William Robert Adams
of Milton

Mildred Louise Bragg

Irene Helen Bailes Dotson
94, of Glade Creek/Summersville

Patsy Ruth McClung Downey 85, of Laguna Niguel, Cali.

Samuel B. Gallogoly
88, of Cowen

Jerry Dale Harlow
48, of Richwood

Linda Lou Johnson
59, of Summersville

Tina R. Baughman Shaver
51, of Tioga

Amy Pearl (Hellems) Spence 102, of Mt. Lookout

Bernice Wade Taylor
82, of Summersville

Marion Macel Green VanDerHorn
85, of Richwood

Russell Arnold Wilson
75, of Craigsville









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Traffic stop results in large amount of cash and marijuana

The Summersville Police Department’s stop of a car speeding on  U.S. Route 19 resulted in the confiscation of a large amount of cash and marijuana.

Summersville Police Department Corporal S.M. Louden, right, and SPD Patrolman First Class N.M. Harper, left, along with K-9 police dog Nommie and the seven pounds of marijuana and more than $50,000 in cash turned over to the department after a traffic stop on U.S. Route 19 and subsequent arrest of a New York state resident.

According to Sumnmersville Police Chief Jay Nowak, Cpl. S.M. Louden stopped a 2007 Infinity traveling 71 miles per hour in a 50 miles per hour speed zone near the intersection of Route 39 on Friday morning, Dec, 5. Cpl. Louden requested a K-9 to also respond to the stop.

Pfc. N.M. Harper arrived shortly and deployed K-9 Nommie. The police dog received a positive alert of an odor of an illegal substance.

A further search of the car found approximately 7 pounds of marijuana and $54,515 in cash.

Police arrested Michael J. Jackson of Rochester, N.Y. Later on Friday, Jackson pleaded no contest in Nicholas County Magistrate Court to one misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana.

As part of the plea agreement, Jackson agreed to turn over to the Summersville Police Department seven pounds of marijuana, $54,515 in cash and the 2007 Infinity he was driving.

He wasn’t sentenced to any jail time and was ordered to pay $165.25 in court costs.




Summersville Council OKs police cruiser

purchases; light watercraft launch site

The Summersville City Council on Monday evening, Dec. 8, approved the purchase of three new police cruisers.

Council also amended their lease with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the Muddlety Creek hiking-biking trail so that a light watercraft launch site could be installed near the trail on Summersville Lake.

Council also honored and recognized a local girls softball team for their outstanding service to the community and approved payments on preliminary work being done on the city’s water extension projects to the Muddlety Valley and  Werth/Persinger areas.

Present for the meeting were Mayor Robert Shafer, Recorder Fred Reed and Council members Wayne Halstead, Amy Young, Lisa Baker, Dave Harper, Eugene Underwood and Joe Rapp.

New Police Cruisers
Summersville Police Chief Jay Nowak came before Council to express the need to purchase additional cruisers for the police department.

It was noted that the department needs to replace a cruiser that was a total loss in an accident which occurred during a pursuit a few weeks ago. Also needing to be replaced is an older model cruiser being driven by the Prevention Resource Officer Eddie O’Dell at Summersville Middle School and another older model cruiser that was involved in accident which occurred several weeks ago on ice on Hughes Bridge during bad weather.

Mayor Shafer explained that each new cruiser costs $26,813 utilizing the state bid, which the city will do so that they won’t have to advertise for bids.

In order to purchase one new cruiser, Council voted to move $22,361 from the Contingency fund into the police department’s budget for new cruiser purchases.

Mayor Shafer noted that the city will receive approximately $31,263 in insurance money for the cruiser that was totaled in the pursuit and the cruiser involved in the Hughes Bridge accident. This amount will pay for a second new cruiser.

Mayor Shafer also explained that the police department has at its disposal the Drug Forfeiture Account, which are funds seized as the result of individuals being arrested on drug charges.




Woman charged with attempted arson and child neglect

A Gauley Bridge woman is facing two felony charges after allegedly attempting to burn down the residence of a family member of a man with whom she had lived. The incident occured last week in the Belva area in the western end of Nicholas County.

Casey Velez, 30, is charged with one felony count of attempted arson and one felony count of child neglect.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Nicholas County Magistrate Court by State Police at the Oak Hill detachment, a police detective from the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department informed state police last Wednesday, Dec. 3, that the department had received a call in reference to a woman, Velez, who had possibly been abducted in the Charleston area. The detective reported that he had a possible suspect that was living in the Belva area.

Cpl. J.L. Syner and other troopers went to the residence of the suspect, Michael Hill, in Belva.

Hill advised the troopers that he had lived with Velez for a period of time until she recently filed sexual assault charges against him. He further stated that at the request of Velez, he had traveled to Charleston and transported her to one of his family member’s residence on Vaughan Road in the Belva area. Hill said he didn’t abduct Velez and accompanied the officers to the residence where she was located.




Richwood Common Council addresses variety of issues

Maxine Corbett
Richwood Editor

A variety of issues were discussed during the Dec. 4 Richwood Common Council meeting.

The foremost topics were concerns over the closing of the local grocery store and access to a sufficient water supply for the Richwood Volunteer Fire Department.

The meeting began with a brief report from Mayor Robert Johnson. He gave a brief update on the schedule for accreditation for New River Community and Technical College. He said that the accreditation final reports should be complete by March of next year. Mayor Johnson serves on that educational facility’s Advisory Board.

Finances were discussed at length with clerk Abby McClung present. McClung continues to receive training on the city’s newest computer software system, installed several months ago, prior to her filling the financial clerk position. Included in the discussion were accounts needed to participate in online banking and direct deposit for employees. Councilwoman Chris McKenzie, an employee of First Community Bank, explained the bank’s process to set up such accounts.




Change in insurance provider topic of Commission meeting

The recent change made by the Nicholas County Commission in their provider for county employees dental and visual insurance coverage was the topic of the Commission meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 2.

Present for the meeting were Commission President John Miller, Commissioner Yancy Short M.D. and Commissioner Ken Altizer.

Kathryn Yates, Membership Services Coordinator for the West Virginia Association of Counties, came before the Commission regarding the county employees dental and visual insurance coverage.

Last month, the Commission voted to change from the county employee dental and visual insurance plan provided by the West Virginia Association of Counties to the Guardian plan provided by the County Commissioners Association of West Virginia, effective Feb. 1, 2015. The Commission is a member of both organizations.

President Miller explained that after meeting with all department heads, the Commission voted last month to make the change in provider because the Guardian plan will save the county approximately $4,000 per month and also pay for employee glasses and contact lenses while the current plan does not.

Yates expressed concern with the change, noting that with Guardian being a private insurance company, they could raise their rates after the first year of coverage and the county would only be saving money in the short term, but not in the long run.




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