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Minerva Center cancels classes after school windows destroyed by man accused of being drunk

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Students at the Minerva Center had their classes cancelled today after a man accused of being drunk destroyed several large windows surrounding the school's entrance at 818 Virginia St. E. early Monday morning.

Charleston Police Sgt. Tony Hazelett said witnesses reported seeing William Bradford Allen, 30, of Charleston, break the windows around 2:30 a.m. Monday.

Hazelett said police don't know where Allen was coming from or going when the incident occurred. No one entered the building or stole anything from inside.

"He was pretty drunk," Hazelett said.

Allen has been charged with two counts of felony destruction of property. He is being held at the South Central Regional Jail on a $10,000 bond.

Minerva Center Director Judie Smith said police contacted her at the time of the incident, and she walked through the building with police to make sure no one had climbed inside. She said she was forced to cancel school today because of all the broken glass around the entrance.

"The lobby is just filled with glass," she said.

Smith said she hopes to have the windows boarded up or find an alternative solution during the day. She plans to have the school open by tomorrow.

"If we have to, we can have (school) elsewhere in the Masonic Temple," she said.

The Minerva Center school operates out of the larger Masonic Temple. The school currently has 10 middle and high school students enrolled.

Contact writer Matt Murphy at or 304-348-4817.


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