Officals Staying Quiet On Plan To Fight Street Fires In Morgantown
Written by Andrew Forgotch
Last updated on October 12, 2012 @ 8:19AM
Created on October 11, 2012 @ 6:52PM
It's been four days since more than 30 street fires were set in the University City.
Officials with West Virginia University and the City of Morgantown met Tuesday to come up with a plan to stop them and after hours of back and forth they believe they have one. They're just not saying much about it.
Except for a letter sent to students Wednesday, and few photos on Facebook, officials are staying pretty tight lipped about their proposal to squash the street fires.
"I use the word hooligans," Interim Dean of Students at West Virginia University, Corey Farris said.
Farris had some pretty choice words Thursday for those who set more than 30 street fires over the weekend.
Now everyone can expect a different response from emergency responders and officials with West Virginia University.
"We are certainly going to be much more prepared," Farris said. "We're going to treat any game like it's a home game."
Farris wouldn't say much more, but mentioned folks should expect to see more police and extra cameras where the fires tend to take place.
When asked why they wouldn't share specific details Farris said it's the same thing as the school's football coach choosing not to share his game plan with an opposing team.
"The behavior is not acceptable," Captain Kevin Clark, with the Morgantown Police Department, said. "It put's everyone in danger."
The Morgantown Police Department has also adapted a new approach.
For the first time ever they've posted pictures on Facebook from last weekend's riots. They're asking for help to identify the people in them.
"We have gotten several leads and several names of people in the pictures from the Facebook page," Clark said.
Still officials are being very careful with what they release about the plan, which is why some students are doubting the fires will actually stop.
"I understand where they're coming from, but I don't know if it would make me do anything differently," WVU Senior, John Post said.
Police also announced Thursday that six more people had been arrested for the riots over the weekend.
Four out of the six of those are WVU students.
Below you can see the people who were arrested and their charges.
The following is from the Morgantown Police Department:
- James Richard Zito, 20,Glenelg, MD, WVU student
(1) Obstructing - Officers observed Zito appearing to light a fire and ordered him to stop. Zito ran away from officers as they tried to stop and identify him. Once he was caught, he resisted arrest and attempted to stop the officers from placing him into handcuffs.
- Kathryn Durko, 21, Cokeburg, PA, WVU student
(1) Battery on a Police (2) Obstructing an Officer (3) Disorderly Conduct - Physically interfered with the arrest of another Officer and struck an officer with her hand.
- Nathan Hoopergarner, 19, Pursglove, WV
(1) Battery on Governmental RepresentativesHealth Care Providers, and Emergency Medical Service Personnel, - Officer observed Hoopergarner throw a bottle at him
- Timothy Watkins, 22,Westminster, MD, WVU student
(1) Obstructing an Officer (2) Disorderly Conduct Acting with aggression to officer (attempting to punch) and actively resisting arrest
- Alexandra Amato, 18, Morgantown, WV, WVU student
(1) Obstructing an Officer (2) Underage Possession/Consumption of Alcohol Interfering in the arrest of another while in an intoxicated state (below the legal age to consume alcoholic beverages.)
- Vincent Raubaugh, 39, Germantown, MD
(1) Appear in Public in an Intoxicated Condition - Acting in a belligerent, aggressive, and drunken manner and failing to comply with officer's directions.
In addition to these arrests, 17 criminal citations were also issued for charges ranging from Underage Possession/Consumption, Throwing Missiles (objects), Nuisance Party, and Disorderly Conduct.
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