O.C. student held for court in connection with school incident

An Oil City High School student who was arrested at school Friday morning was held for court Wednesday following a preliminary hearing in Central Court.

William James Albaugh, 19, of 315 East Fourth St. in Oil City, became both verbally and physically aggressive against school and law enforcement officials during the incident, accoridng to Oil City police.

Venango County assistant district attorney Brenda Servidio questioned one witness at the hearing, Oil City senior patrolman Robert Culp.

Culp said he was told by school staff that Albaugh originally became unruly the night before his arrest, Feb. 25, when he sat in on a class his girlfriend was taking.

Albaugh made some derogatory comments directed at the teacher, who then instructed Albaugh to leave the class, Culp said. Albaugh responded with obscentities, saying he would go after the teacher some time after school or following graduation, Culp said.

The harassment continued Friday morning when Albaugh began speaking out in another teacher’s class about going after the teacher from the night before, according to Culp.

That teacher became concerned and contacted the principal, who called police. Albaugh was taken to the school office area, and after two patrolman and chief Bob Wenner arrived, Albaugh became combative and used more obscentitites, Culp said.

He also reportedly threw a cell phone, narrowly missing a female teacher, according to Culp.

Culp said Albaugh struggled with him as he took him to a police vehicle. Albaugh was charged and placed in the Venango County jail.

Servidio amended the original charges against Albaugh based on a follow-up call the school made to the police department.

Culp said the school informed police they had found a knife with a two-to-three-inch blade in the pocket of Albaugh’s coat, which had been left at the school.

During cross-examination, Albaugh’s attorney, Jeffrey Misko, asked Culp if Albaugh ever struck him or anyone else, other than struggling with officers who were apprehending him.

“No, he didn’t,” Culp said.

Charges against Albaugh were amended to include misdemeanor counts of possession of a weapon on school property and disorderly conduct and summary counts of harassment and disorderly conduct.

District judge Andrew Fish ordered Albaugh held for court on all the charges following the hearing.