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Homeless pair arrested for breaking & entering in Westover

WESTOVER, W.Va. – Police in Westover arrested two homeless people breaking into an unoccupied home on Lane Street.

Neighbor watched Patricia Greene and George McMullen gain entry through a rear window and called police.

Police say the pair were injecting narcotics, ransacking the dwelling and taking advantage of utilities that were still on.

Both have been charged with breaking and entering and are being held in the North Central Regional Jail.

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Morgantown fast food worker diagnosed with hepatitis A

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Officials from the Monongalia County Health Department say a worker from the Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen on Earl L. Core Road has tested positive for hepatitis A.

Any resident that ate at the establishment from September 30 through October 16 is advised to get a hepatitis A vaccine to prevent the infection.

Those exhibiting syptoms like nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, low-grade fever, loss of appetite, abdominal pain, achiness, dark urine, weight loss and/or jaundice is encouraged to be tested.

Health department officials and Popeyes are making sure current employees get the vaccine before returning to work and the facility is thoroughly cleaned.

Information about the hepatitis A vaccine is available by calling 304-598-5105.

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Two arrested for drugs in Star City motel

STAR CITY, W.Va. – A warrant service at the Star City Motel 6 led to the arrest of two out of state men for drug charges.

Star City police served a warrant on a woman at the motel and learned she had just purchased crack cocaine in another room.

As police approached the room officers could see one of the occupants grab a plastic container and run to the bathroom.

Police entered the room and found a large sum of cash and digital scales with white residue on them.

Marco Jackson, 20, of Detroit, Michigan, and Aaron Webb, 30, of Albertville, Alabama, were arrested for possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance.

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No injuries reported in WVU lab accident

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – An accident at the Engineering Research Building on the Evansdale Campus forced the evacuation of the building and parking lot.

University Environmental, Health & Safety representatives, University Police and staff members worked with assets from the West Virginia State Police, Morgantown Fire Department and the Fire Marshal’s office to contain, clean up and remove the material.

Officials says students and faculty should report at the normal scheduled time on Wednesday, October 23.

No injuries were reported.

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Fleischauer urges residents to secure travel documents, consider donations for Canadian insulin caravan

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Democrat Delegate from Monongalia County, Barbara Fleischauer called a press conference Tuesday to raise awareness about the price of insulin and a December trip to Canada she is leading.

Liz Rossi, a local teacher, told a story about a friend she had that passed away because she didn’t have insulin. Rossi says she lost her job and benefits in January and rationed insulin while waiting for Medicaid benefits. Four months later she was found deceased due to a diabetic coma in her home.

“Even though there are safety nets there’s still failure within the system,” Rossi said,”If insulin is not easy to access that’s cheap and affordable people will die, people do die.”

Fleischauer says she is working with Jordan Hill, Chair of the House Health and Human Resources Committee, to pass legislation that would limit the co-pay for insulin. It’s modeled after the Colorado law that limits the co-pay to $50. Fleischauer also says she has co-sponsored legislation to allow pharmacies to fill emergency prescriptions for life-saving medicine (sometimes called Kevin’s law) after Kevin Houdeshell, who died after a pharmacy would not fill his expired insulin prescription on New Year’s Eve.

Rossi is very grateful for the state-level effort, but when asked about the lack effort at the federal level she expressed frustration.

“Move it forward,”Rossi said,”Stop worrying about getting reelected, because once you do something huge like that, once you fight for something huge like that people will respond.”

“Everybody knows somebody who has it, we just didn’t realize people were dying from it because of the cost,”Fleischauer said,”I think it’s particularly important in West Virginia that our congressional delegation work together on this.”

The round-trip to the Niagara Falls Walmart will be done on Sunday, December 8.

Round-trip bus tickets are available at $100 each.

Fleischauer says residents who would like to go should make arrangements to get passports now. Passports can take up to six weeks to get up to six weeks to acquire, passport cards are $65 each, regular passports are $165 and for optional expedited service there is an additional $60 fee.

Residents can make donations toward seats on the bur trip or direct a donation to purchase insulin for a person with diabetes that can’t afford the life-saving drug.

For information about the event click here. 

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WVU hosts Pumpkin Drop Friday

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The WVU Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources will host the 32nd Pumpkin Drop Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Dr. Scott Wagner says the competition forces students to be creative and use engineering skills.

Wagner said,”The competition is protect the pumpkin and land closest to a target on the ground.”

The K through 12 students have pick between physically protecting the pumpkin or using a parachute to slow the fall and compensate for accuracy. The pumpkins are dropped from the top of the 11 story Engineering Sciences Building.

Wagner said,”This is a competition that challenges students to engineer a device that would protect a pumpkin of a certain size, about eight inches in diameter, during a fall from the 11-story engineering building.”

Wagner says students learn about the impact of gravity, areodynamics and what materials protect the best.

The students are from surrounding states and an entry fee that goes to the Ronald McDald House in Morgantown. The three pumpkins closest to the target win cash prizes.

The event is on the Evansdale Campus and is open to the public.

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One arrested in Fairmont State University dorm theft investigation

FAIRMONT, W.Va. – A Huntington man is behind bars accused of theft from a Fairmont State University dorm.

Police reports allege Tyler Smith took electronic items, including a laptop computer from Prichard Hall over the weekend.

Smith was arrested for grand larceny after police found two laptop computers that had been reported stolen.

Smith is being held in the North Central Regional Jail.

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MUB sets end date for negotiations, offers counterproposal

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – MUB Director of Communications Chris Dale has notified WAJR News that there are still two major concerns in the language of the licensing agreement for the raw water pipeline.

The counterproposal eliminated the demand for replacement value of the trees, in an email to Paul Brake dated Monday, October 21, 2019 General Manager Tim Ball said,”We have reviewed the License version that you provided on the evening of Oct 16. That version deleted the demand for replacement value of the trees, thus removing one of the three major issues identified in our comments dated Oct 3. The Oct 16 version made changes to the other 2 major issues, but not in a way that resolves MUB concerns. The continued lack of resolution to either of these remaining major issues prevents MUB’s acceptance of the latest version of the license agreement.”

The email goes on to say the provision that would require MUB to remove the line for any cause has not been changed.

In the email Ball said,”This is a simple matter. MUB refuses to accept the risk of building the pipeline now, and then having to build it yet again sometime in the future at our own expense. We have painstakingly vetted the proposed route 3, and we have tentatively agreed to pay handsomely (with well documented concessions) for that privilege. If the City and/or BOPARC want to preserve their authority to order a relocation of the pipeline (as your drafts have consistently provided), then the agreement must also provide that you will pay that future relocation cost and provide a hydraulically suitable alternate location.”

MUB has agreed to adding recreational amenities at the Flegal Reservoir during pipeline contruction, but they have rquested BOPARC pay for features that create additional costs.

Ball closed the email by setting an end date for negotiations of November 1, 2020.

Ball said,”While MUB remains willing to continue the pursuit of resolution of the differences described above, we remain concerned that the differences remain so far apart that successful conclusion of these negotiations is unlikely. As directed by the Board, we will continue our immediate preparations for resuming construction, and for implementation of route #5/5A.”

“At some point soon, MUB must irrevocably commit to a route, thus ending these negotiations. In order to implement route #3, and to complete it within the construction period allowed by the license (see par 3.a), we currently estimate that negotiations must be successfully concluded by Nov 1, 2019. Protracted discussions of route #3 beyond that date will very likely cause construction (of route #3) to have to be interrupted and completed in the fall of 2020 or winter of 2020/2021. Because route #5 is not subject to the constraints of par 3.a, it will tolerate a later commitment date, but would likely provide an earlier and more certain completion date.”

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Maryland man sentenced in 2018 fatal hit-and-run

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Thirty-nine-year-old Ladon Garrett has been sentenced to one to five years in prison for fatal hit-and-run accident on Earl L. Core Road in July of 2018.

Divante Coles, 20, was riding home from work when he was struck from behind and killed.

Police found the car abandoned days later in Harrison County and Garrett, of Randallstown, Maryland, surrendered to detectives at the Monongalia County Justice Center and was charged with leaving the scene of an accident causing death.

The Morgantown Police Department, Harrison County Sheriff’s Office, Clarksburg Police Department and West Virginia State Police all participated in the investigation.

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Mountain Line offers free passes for taxpayers

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – All property taxpayers in Monongalia County will be able to ride Mountain Line buses for free under a new initiative.

Mountain Line Executive Director Dave Bruffy says voters approved the excess levy in 2016 that provides $1.8 million per year in funding.

Levy income is used to offset $450,000 from the county commission due to reduced coal severance money, expand service in the area and purchase new equipment.

“The taxpayers support public transit through the excess property tax levy they approved back in 2016,” Bruffy said,”Through a series of conversations with our board of directors the authorities decided that we would like to encourage people by offering a bus pass to anyone paying property taxes.”

The program offers a year-long pass for unlimited rides and transfers.

Residents who pay from $1 to $1,000 in taxes are eligible for one pass. Residents paying from $1001 to $2,000 in taxes quality for two passes.

Bruffy doesn’t expect the plan to have a negative effect on cash flow.

“Our total fare box take is about $165,000,” Bruffy said,”I don’t imagine that all of that is going to be wiped out, because we have football fares included in that, visitors coming to town and new riders.”

There are scheduled opportunities for residents to learn more about the program.

Star City Town Hall — 3 p.m. on October 24
370 Broadway Ave., Star City, WV 26505

Westover City Hall — 5 p.m. on October 29
500 DuPont Road, Westover, WV 26501

Granville Town Hall — 1 p.m. on October 30
1245 Main Street, Granville, WV 26534

Mountain Line Transit Board Meeting — 12 p.m. on Nov. 13 at Mountain Line’s Westover headquarters.

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