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Authorities Identify Those Arrested After WVU-Texas Game

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MORGANTOWN -

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The Morgantown Police Department has released the names of six individuals arrested after WVU's win against Texas last Saturday.

Authorities arrested James Richard Zito, 20 of Glenelg, Md., Kathryn Durko, 20 of Cokeburg, Pa., Nathan Hoopergarner, 19 of Pursglove, W.Va, Timothy Watkins, 22 of Westminster, Md., Alexandra Amato 18 of Morgantown, W.Va., and Vincent Raubaugh, 39 of Germantown, Md., according to a press release issued Thursday from police.

In addition to these arrests, the police department said 17 criminal citations were issued.

Officials said through law enforcement efforts and the help of the public through tips, social media, and news media, several individuals have been identified committing illegal acts and will be charged accordingly.

In preparation for Saturday's football game against Texas tech, the Morgantown Police Department said it is coordinating with several outside agencies due to the recent incidents in the city.

The Morgantown Police Department advises those who need immediate police attention or witness a crime in progress to call 911.

ORIGINAL STORY:

Several law enforcement agencies in Monongalia County were prepared to deal with the aftermath of the WVU and Texas game on Saturday.

Approximately 1,000 people took to streets in the Sunnyside area in Morgantown, officials said.

About 50 police officers wearing protective helmets, gas masks, and body armor and carrying crowd control batons were repeatedly pelted by bottles, rocks, and other objects as they attempted to gain control of the crowd.

Officers used pepper spray canisters, and CS gas against groups which were also setting fires, fighting, and attempting to overturn vehicles.

The crowd eventually dispersed, but several officers received minor injuries, but didn't require medical treatment.

The Morgantown Fire Department put out 35 fires, and the Morgantown City Fire Marshal's Office has charged five people with Malicious Burning. Additional charges may be pending.

Those charged with Malicious Burning include: Andrew Thompson of Centerville, Virginia, David Joseph Costa of Germantown, Maryland, Robert F. Comorosky of Loveland, Ohio, Alexander Zuo Malverin, Pennsylvania, and Brett Zachary Stevens of Highland, Maryland.

The last fire was reported Sunday morning at 6:28 a.m. on Allen Avenue. Investigators are continuing to review information and follow up on multiple leads.

Anyone with information about the fires is asked to contact the Morgantown Arson Tip-line at 304-225-3586. 24 street fires and 11 dumpster fires were reported, officials said. Property damages assessments are also underway Sunday afternoon. An energized light pole was toppled and thrown into a fire on Grant Avenue.

Police arrested 10 people with charges ranging from battery on an officer to resisting arrest.

Officials will be meeting this week to discuss response options to future problems.

Agencies responding were Morgantown Police Department, West Virginia University Department of Public Safety, Monongalia County Sheriff's Department, West Virginia State Police, Granville Police Department, Westover Police Department, Morgantown Fire Department, and Morgantown Street Department.