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WESTOVER, W.Va. – Members of the Mon Metro Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force arrested two Morgantown residents and confiscated a large amount of methamphetamine Thursday.
Task force members served a search warrant at the Econo Lodge motel room being shared by Walter Johnson, 52, and Melissa Allen, 36, and found a large amount of methamphetamine, packaging materials and scales.
Both are being held in the North Central Regional Jail and charged with possession with intent to deliver.
KINGWOOD, W.Va. – West Virginia State Police are looking for tips to find a vehicle that hit a school bus Tuesday.
Troopers say a blue Subaru four-door sedan hit the school bus on Route 7 near the Victory Dodge dealership in Kingwood. Information can be left confidentially by calling 304-329-1101.
PHEONIX, Az. – Former WVU basketball player and current Phoenix Suns point guard Jevon Carter and his mom have launched a campaign to raise money for the family of Alex miller, the high school football player who died during a game last Friday.
For every dollar contributed via the cash app, $NextLevel3CEO or paypal the donor’s name will be entered in a drawing for a pair of shoes or other signed items from Carter.
All proceeds will go to the Miller family.
The drawing will be held Sunday, September 22 at 5 p.m.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Monongalia County commissioners are advancing a plan to enact subdivision regulations.
Subdivision regulations are designed to guarantee safe and adequate streets, utilities, drainage, entrance and exits. They are a standards used by developers to construct developments that conform to county regulations.
Variances are still possible for areas were terrain or circumstances make compliance too costly or not practical.
Monongalia County director of planning Andrew Gast-Bray said,”Patterns for roads, ect in Monongalia County are struggling under the load of new development, which is a good thing, but we’ve also identified that infrastructure is inadequate, we’ve been struggling with storm water issues and washouts.”
Commissioner Tom Bloom says the standard rules will be good for development.
Bloom said,”For all of those developers that do it correctly and then hear concerns from those who don’t follow the rules. This way, everyone will be treated equally and everyone knows the form.”
Beginning in October, the commission is planning to hold public meetings with the hope of having a draft final plan by the end of November. If adopted, the rules could take effect in March of 2020.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – In an effort to keep independent healthcare choices in the Grafton community Mon Health has entered into an affiliation with the hospital there.
The top leadership of Mon Health and the Grafton City Hospital have agreed to the plan that make Mon Health business support services, clinics and purchasing options available to the staff in Grafton.
“The national health care economy is posing significant challenges to many community hospitals,” said David Goldberg, President and CEO of Mon Health System. “When community hospitals like Grafton City Hospital can align with another community-based healthcare system like Mon Health to improve efficiencies, the biggest winners are the citizens Grafton City Hospital serves. Mon Health is proud to live up to its not-for-profit mission and its legacy by stepping up to help maintain health care choice in the Grafton community.”
Goldberg has eyed the partnership since he assumed the role in the fall of 2018.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Reigning Miss West Virginia and Morgantown native, Tariane Graal attended the Monongalia County commission meeting Wednesday to bring a cancer awareness message home.
One of the families Graal brought to the meeting was Andrea Stevens and her son Benjamin. Benjamin was diagnosed with nueroblastoma in April of this year, he continues to fight the disease.
Graal, an educator took the cause of childhood cancer awareness up when a student of hers named Scarlet was diagnosed with children’s leukemia when she was three-years-old, now she has been cancer free for the last seven years.
Graal said,”If it weren’t for the help of the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and people like us advocating for children who do not have a voice of their own she would not be back in second grade doing well and continuing to live her life as she did before she was diagnosed.”
She says that although her focus is children with leukemia, she is garnering support for all children battling cancer.
Graal also took time to promote the campaign,”Go Gold For Kids With Cancer.”
Graal said,”October is pink out month for breast cancer, but September needs to be let’s go all gold for childhood cancer and just for West Virginia University.”
The “Go Gold” effort was started by a group of parents in 1997.
MORGANTOWN – There are both significant opportunities and significant challenges facing the Morgantown Municipal Airport, according to new Airport Director Jonathan Vrabel.
Vrabel has 25 years of executive aviation experience and was named to the job on Aug. 22, succeeding Mick Galusky, who retired from the role back in April. He officially stepped into the job on Sept. 6 and has already identified very basic improvements that are needed.
“There’s no signage to get you to the terminal. There’s no good signs to even tell you there’s an airport here,” Vrabel said on Wednesday’s Talk of the Town with Dave & Sarah on WAJR.
“Just a whole modernization of the terminal itself. The building built in 1972 still looks like it was built in 1972. It needs brought up to today’s technology and look.”
In addition to the infrastructure improvements Vrabel is eyeing, Vrabel stated that air service provider Soutern Airways is working on interline agreements with Southwest and Jet Blue, like the current interline agreement it has with American Airlines that allows passengers the ability to travel on a single itinerary.
Vrabel most recently held the title of Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for the Capital Region Airport Authority in Lansing, MI. Prior to that, Vrabel worked for the Cleveland Airport System for more than seven years.
“There’s a lot of opportunity to do that here, with passenger growth, airport infrastructure, terminal improvements, basic customer service improvements all around, I saw that as a great opportunity for me,” Vrabel said.
While major projects, such as the runway extension, are undoubtedly critical to the future success of the airport, Vrabel believes getting community buy-in can go a long way to viability of the airport.
“Inviting the community out to the airport for different events we put on. Once people know the airport is here, they see the services we offer and the get a better understanding of this great resource we have in our backyard.”
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Beginning Monday, September 23 motorists can expect daytime traffic restrictions on West Run Road at Point Marion Road will be closed for drilling. The closure will be from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Friday, September 27.
Work operations will be on the West Run Apartment side of the roadway. Access to apartment complex will be available from Stewartstown Road.
Look for future closures on the other side as required by the contractor.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The Morgantown City Council meeting became a homeless forum Tuesday led by downtown business owners and service providers.
Gary Tannenbaum is the owner of the Blue Moose has operated the business for more than 20 years and loves to be in downtown but he says things are getting out of hand.
Tannenbaum said,”We see people sleeping in the doorways on benches right on the sidewalk, drug deals are going on before my eyes everyday on Walnut Street.”
Other residents complained about antisocial behavior being displayed at all hours of the day. Some said young women are sometimes the harshest targets.
Tannenbaum said,”Last week I witnessed someone being bludgeoned with a baseball bat right before my very eyes in front of Friendship House, that was icing on the cake for me.”
Caitlin Sussman is the Program Director at the Friendship House and explained these services are vital, sometimes the only reasons people have to continue in recovery.
The Friendship House offers food, shelter and programs, some peer programs, to promote recovery.
Sussman said,”I’m here to tell you guys this is a we issue not just a Health Right issue, not just a client issue this is for all fo us, this is not just a “those people” issue.”
Council members have agreed the issue needs to be examined further. Council members have placed the issue on the agenda for the next meeting.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Police have arrested one person after two attempts to break in homes over the weekend in Morgantown.
The first victim called for help from a home on Antietam Drive when Kyle Mason opened the front door with a baseball bat and a dog. The victim was able to get the door shut and Mason fled the scene.
Next, Mason went to the home of an off-duty police officer. The off-duty cop heard a smack outside the front door, opened it and saw Mason crouched down with the baseball bat and dog. The officer took the bat from mason and ordered him to the ground.