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Morgantown Dominion Post (Newspaper) - July 11, 2015, Morgantown, West VirginiaMorgantown, West Virginia dominion post.com Newsstand: 75 cents SATURDAY July 11, 2015 ® Local Quilt week Celebration features seminar, store displays. Page 9-A Sports Horseshoes tourney bid touted Fairmont man says world championship rings cash registers. Page 1-B Post 2 swept Legion team has difficulty trying to sustain offense. Page 1-B Morgantown man leads BOE Green wants to increase family involvement across state. Page 9-A WEATHER A shower this morning; otherwise, some sun. High Low 82 62 Your complete forecast Page 12-A BY ALEX LANG The Dominion Post KINGWOOD — A Preston County man was arrested after calling police when his gun was taken from him following two armed robbery attempts, accord- ing to court documents. James Allen Lewis, 27, of Ter- ra Alta, was charged with two counts of first-degree robbery and one count of wanton endan- germent. He was arraigned in Pre- ston County Mag- istrate Court and bail was set at $210,000. As of Friday night, he was housed at North Central Regional Jail. He faces at least 10 years in prison if convicted. According to a press release and the Preston County Sheriff ’s De partment: n Early on Friday, deputies were sent to the Terra Alta BFS for a reported robbery. The clerk said a man entered the store with an assault rifle. He was wearing a red ski mask, and demanded money. n Despite the mask, the clerk identified the robber as Lewis. He left in a red Ford F-150 pickup truck. n Nine minutes later, Lewis called 911 dispatchers and report- ed he was robbed of his AR-15 assault rifle at a Ringer Avenue residence. He went to the res- idence to look for marijuana, armed with the rifle and a pistol. He was confronted by the resident and the two fought. n During the struggle, shots were fired from both guns, but nobody was struck. n A neighbor called 911 and reported a man wearing a red ski mask had forced his way into the residence. Police found shell casings from both guns at the home. n Lewis fled in his truck and wrecked on Freeland Road. Deputies found Lewis on the road and recovered the pis- tol in his truck. Lewis had in- juries consistent with being in a fight and had an empty hol- ster on his belt. n While under arrest, Lewis asked if he hurt the people at the re s i d e n c e. Robbery suspect charged Man called 911 after gun taken during break-in Associated Press ROYAL OAK, Mich.— The Detroit suburb wants to hear a lot more cowbell. The “more cowbell” line from a 2000 “S at u rd ay Night Live” TV sketch is part of the inspiration for an effort to break the Guin- ness World Records mark for the most people to ring a cowbell at once. The attempt is Aug. 1, during the Cowbell Classic 10K and 5K runs. Matt Flynn, race direc- tor for Ultimate Fun Runs, said they’re ordering 3,000 cowbells to be rung for five consecutive minutes. More cowbell! Suburb seeks to set record BY BEN CONLEY The Dominion Post Office trash cans were strategically placed around council chambers during Mor- gantown City Council’s most recent meetings. The normal seating arrangement was al- tered to allow city staff and members of council to avoid the leaks those receptacles were in place to catch. Normally leaks are the typical symptom of a roof in need of repair. City Manager Jeff Mikor- ski explained that these partic- ular drips were actually proof that repairs were under way. “We are removing the top roof of city hall. There is an original concrete roof, then about 20 to 25 years ago an additional roof, because of leaking, was placed over the concrete roof — wh i ch has over the last 20 years also started to leak,” Mikorski said. For a cost of about $340,000, the outer roof is being removed and a rubberized seal is being placed over the concrete roof, he said. “That will make sure that our envelope for city hall is sealed and intact,” Mikorski said, adding that while the old outer roof is being removed, more water than City hall’s roof repairs under way $340K project puts rubberized seal on Associated Press WASHINGTON — For the second time this year, the House used overwhelming bipartisan unity Friday to approve health legislation, this time voting to bolster biomedical research and streamline how the gov- ernment approves drugs and medical devices. The chamber’s 344-77 vote sent the measure to the Senate, where a bill is unlikely until later this year. It is unclear how different the Senate version will be. “Hopefully, it will in fact trig- ger a similar reaction in the Senate, where families know that there really is hope,” Re p. Fred Upton, R-Mich., chief au- thor of the bill with Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Colo., said of the lop- sided House vote. Upton chairs the House Energy and Com- merce Committee. Supporters said that with medicine rapidly creating new treatments, it was time to mod- ernize how the federal Food and Drug Administration assesses the safety of new products and allows their use by patients. The bill was backed by the phar- maceutical, biotechnology and medical device industries and research universities. But consumer groups and some doctors said some provi- sions sacrificed sound science for speed and could be dangerous. “There are parts of this bill that unnecessarily allow drugs and devices to be approved based on very limited data and unnecessarily accelerate prod- ucts to market before we know enough about their safety and ef fectiveness,” Dr. Aaron Kesselheim, a Harvard Univer- sity medical school professor, said in an interview. Kesselheim, who recently wrote an article criticizing the bill in The New England Journal of Medicine with Harvard col- league Dr. Jerry Avorn, said the legislation contained a “false as- sumption” that current FDA ap- proval processes are too slow. The two parties remain deeply divided over President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, which Democrats defend and Re- publicans want to repeal. But on other health issues, they’ve found common ground. This spring, they banded together to easily ap- prove legislation revamping how Medicare pays doctors, an issued that had nagged them for years. House votes to speed drug approvals, boost research BY MIA MCCASLIN The Dominion Post The big oak tree across the street from Morgantown High School came down late Thurs- day after- noon. The tree was more than a century old and at least 4 feet in diameter, with limbs 40 to 50 feet long. According to Morgantown Tree Board Chairman Dave Barnett, it is not unusual for a tree of that age and size to fall victim to an urban setting. “It’s always a shame,” Bar- nett said. “It’s a big loss to the city of Morgantown. Trees that big have a big history.” The tree fell across Wilson Avenue. Although it is ultimate- ly the responsibility of the prop- erty owner to dispose of the tree, public works employees were dispatched to remove it from the road. The tree was rotting around its base, Barnett said, from what he expects was years of lawn trimmings and lack of soil nutrients. Under the tornado watch Thursday, the wind gusts were the final straw. MECCA 911 Director Mike Wolfe said wins gusted up to 50 mph Thursday evening in Morg antown. Bob Losh lived across the Tree was more than 100 years old Huge oak falls near Morgantown High James Lewis REPRESENTATIVES ALAN JENKINS and David McKinley voted for the measure, while Alex Mooney voted against it. All are Republicans. SEE ROOF, 2- A Ron Rittehouse/The Dominion Post photos Seth Dearian walks past a fallen oak tree at the in- tersection of Wil- son Avenue and Linden Street, in the South Park neighborhood Fri- day. He passed the tree while jogging Thursday, a hour before it fell. Yel- low tape marks the closed sidewalk at the intersection. SEE TREE, 2- A OBITUARIES Omar Sharif, of ‘Funny Girl,’ dies at 83 Page 11-A Personnel chief steps down Government office plagued by data breaches. Page 4-A Reddit CEO resigns Co-founder put in as leader. Page 2-A Charleston, S.C., shooting FBI: Gunman shouldn’t have been able to get gun. Page 8-A Atticus Finch New Harper Lee novel presents unsaintly literary icon. Page 11-A Wimbeldon Federer defeats Murray; Djokovic next. Page 6-B COMING TOMORROW Paddle boarding Learn about this fitness trend. 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