Elizabeth Alta Deering
82, of Belva

Lester Dempsey
76, of Craigsville

Ruby Clemens Erwin
78, of Summersville

William Leon Justice
85, of Altamonte Springs, Fla.

Richard Henry Kamine
69, of Gassaway

Gary Dale Lipps
60, of Mt. Lookout

Pauline Elizabeth McClung
75, of Mount Nebo

Roy Lee McClure Jr.
76, of Lake Hills, Texas

Delphia Louise Hinkle Meadows
78, of Lewisburg

Kermit Lee Mullens
79, of Charleston

Lora H. Pace
72, of Washington

Elizabeth Anne Reynolds
79, of Summersville







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Richwood man charged with woman’s murder

A Richwood man was arrested last week and charged with the murder last month of a woman whose body was found in his refrigerator.

David Alan Geier, 65, was charged on Thursday, April 6, with the first-degree murder of Teresa Gwinn, 49, also of Richwood.

According to the criminal complaint filed in Nicholas County Magistrate Court, Sgt. Bruce Clendenin of the Richwood State Police detachment responded to a report that Gwinn had been missing for a few weeks. Sgt. Clendenin went to the East Main Street residence of Geier where Gwinn had last resided.

Geier told Sgt. Clendenin that he hadn’t seen Gwinn since March 23 or 24 and gave Clendenin permission to search his residence for leads to her whereabouts. While searching the residence, Sgt. Clendenin found the remains of Gwinn in the refrigerator in the residence.

Geier admitted to police that he had strangled Gwinn to death on March 23 when the two were involved in a physical altercation and then put her body in the refrigerator to conceal the murder.




Rockin’ Art

If you’ve been out and about in Nicholas County lately, you may have come across a beautifully painted rock such as the one being shown in the above photo. These rocks are the result of a new community-building project named Nicholas County Rocks, which has many in the area tapping into their creative side and participating in an artistic game of community-wide hide-and-seek.





Commission votes to close Magistrate Office in Richwood

The Nicholas County Commission on Wednesday, April 5, voted to close the satellite magistrate office in Richwood.

The Commission also approved a request to donate a rescue boat to a local volunteer fire department, heard a financial update and heard a request to pay liability insurance for a park in the county.

Present for the meeting were Commission President Ken Altizer, Commissioner Lyle Neal and Commissioner Dr. Lloyd Adkins.

Closing of Richwood Satellite Magistrate Court Office
The Commission voted unanimously to end its lease agreement with the City of Richwood on the building at Edgewood and Oakford Avenue which houses the satellite office of the Nicholas County Magistrate Court. The satellite office will close at the end of the fiscal year June 30 or sooner.

The county’s third magistrate and staff member who operated the Richwood satellite office will be moved to the McClung Courthouse Annex in Summersville on the first floor with the two other magistrates There will be very little work or renovation needed in the annex to accommodate the third magistrate. The furniture and office equipment will also be moved to the Summersville office.

It was also noted that the state Supreme Court had ordered in 2010 that all satellite magistrate court offices be closed and the Richwood office is the only one in the state still open.




Man facing murder charge admits counterfeit crime

By Pat Hanna
The Nicholas Chronicle

A man facing a murder charge in Cabell County has admitted to passing counterfeit money at a Summersville retail store.

Terry Allen Frame Jr., 37, pleaded guilty in Nicholas County Circuit Court on April 5 to one count of uttering counterfeit federal reserve notes.

Frame, who was indicted on the charge in January, faces 2 to 10 years in prison when he’s sentenced on May 25 following the completion of a pre-sentence investigation report.

Frame admitted to passing two counterfeit $20 bills at Big Lots in Summersville in March 2016.

Prosecutor Jonathan Sweeney said store officials contacted Summersville police about the incident and that the U.S. Secret Service identified the bills as counterfeit.

Sweeney said the state would recommend the sentence be served concurrently with any sentence pending in Cabell County.

Frame was charged with murder in the fatal stabbing of a Kentucky man on Dec. 22 in Huntington.

Following his arrest on the Nicholas County charge, Frame entered a drug rehabilitation program in Huntington, authorities said, and it was there that he met Christopher Clifton, 42, of Hopkinsville, Ky.

On the night of Dec. 22, authorities said, the two men got into an altercation after leaving an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting.

According to a criminal complaint, Frame approached Clifton and a verbal altercation ensued before Clifton struck Frame.

Frame allegedly responded by stabbing Clifton in the throat. Clifton died a couple of hours later at a Huntington hospital.

Frame, whose criminal history shows only two prior misdemeanors, is being held without bond on the murder charge.




Park Board Updated on Pool Renovations

and City of Summersville Funding

Repairs and renovations to the Nicholas County Veterans Memorial Park Pool are nearing completion.

This was learned at the Thursday evening, April 6, meeting of the Nicholas County Board of Parks and Recreation Commission where members also heard an update from the City of Summmersville on the funding of the park and youth activities and approved a request from the Summersville Little League.

Present for the meeting held in the park office conference room were Commission President Jaime Antoline, Vice-President Jason Swager, Secretary Anita Neary, Treasurer Elizabeth Anderson and Joey Groves, Jay Nowak, Jim Moyer and Eugene Underwood.

Pool repairs and renovations update
Veterans Memorial Park Pool Manager Mary Spencer informed the Board that the renovations and repairs to the park pool were nearly completed. She said water has been put into the pool and they plan to open for the summer on June 3.

The work completed by National Pools includes a new filter system, pool decking, replastering of the inside surface and siding of the pool and replacement of the pool gutters with skimmers. The new filter system will enable the kiddie pool to be kept separate from the main pool so that if one pool had to be shut off, the other pool would continue operating.

The new fencing around the pool was completed this week and workers will return in the next few weeks to complete the landscaping.

The work was completed through a $100,000 federal Natural Resources Conservation Grant and $100,000 in local matching funds from county and municipal governments, local businesses and civic organizations and individual donations.

It was noted that the Nicholas County Commission still owes $7,300 toward their donation to the local fundraising efforts.




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