(06/19/2006)
By Drew Moody
For the Hur Herald
drewmoody@verizon.net

Sheriff Mickey Metz characterized the West Virginia State Folk Festival as a mostly quiet, well-organized event.

Area law enforcement agencies were very conspicuous during weekend festivities in Glenville. By Saturday there were several cruisers near the main downtown intersection.

Officers from the West Virginia State Police, Gilmer County Sheriff's Department and Glenville City Police were available in case of trouble.

The problems were minimal.

The only significant incident Thursday, which may not have been "festival related," was an auto accident on Route 5, near Appcon Lumber. A female driver was injured in the accident and transported to a hospital. Alcohol is suspected to be involved. The incident is under investigation and the Gilmer County Sheriff's Department is awaiting blood test results. Attempts were made to find out additional details Friday, but the victim hadn't been charged as yet.

On Friday, according to Sheriff Mickey Metz, Glenville Police received a tip that minors were drinking in what was formerly a tattoo parlor and "Alf's Place."

In West Virginia it's illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to consume alcoholic beverages.

Glenville police arrested at least one individual in connection with the "Minor Beer Bash." The sheriff's department was only involved as backup. Court documents were unavailable over the weekend for further details.

Late Friday or early Saturday a man was discovered drunk and passed out near Hardman's Home Center. Sheriff's Deputy Casey Jones notified the ambulance service, requesting a transport. "Any situation like that is dangerous," Sheriff Metz said, "because of the possibility of someone choking on their own vomit."


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