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Shepherd University football players face charges of battery

November 29, 2006

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - Two Shepherd University football players each were charged with two counts of battery after a fight early Thanksgiving day at Stonewalls bar, according to the Shepherdstown Police Department.

Robert Flint Jarvis, 23, of 4928 Shepherdstown Road, Martinsburg, W.Va., and his brother, Brian Allen Jarvis, 20, of the same address, were charged, according to police department records.

Shepherdstown police were called to Stonewalls, which is in a lower level below Tony's Pizza at 126 E. German St., for a disturbance, Patrolman T.W. Bellomy said. When they arrived, the officers found two people who said they were struck, Bellomy said.

The Jarvis brothers were working as bar bouncers, according to police.

Police records did not give any additional details about the incident.

A hearing on the charges against the Jarvis brothers has been set for Dec. 13 in the town's municipal court, police said.

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Shepherd football coach Monte Cater said he does not plan any immediate disciplinary action against the players.

"I talked to both parents and talked to the Jarvis (brothers). The stories are so far apart and I'm stuck in the middle," Cater said. "You want to certainly be loyal to your players, but if you made a mistake, you made a mistake. I'm not going to do anything."

Shepherd officials are investigating the incident to determine whether the Student Code of Conduct was violated. Cater and the school's athletic director will evaluate whether institutional, athletic or team policies were violated, said Alan Perdue, general counsel for Shepherd.

"We are still in a process of trying to get a handle on what it is that happened," he said.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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