|By Drew Moody|
For the Hur Herald
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
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."