Lois June Bailes
86, of Summersville

Benjamin Porter Brown Jr.

Duane Carlton Brown
56, of Summersville

Jay R. Hanshaw
79, of Poe

Joanne Gawthrop Harrison
87, of Muddlety

Dorthy Sayre
69, of Gauley Bridge

Larry “Steve” Truman
69, of Galien, Mich.

Ralph Eugene Zangari
77, of Craigsville








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Man pleads guilty to child abuse, neglect

By Pat Hanna
The Nicholas Chronicle

A Nettie man is facing up to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to multiple counts of child abuse and neglect.

During a hearing in Nicholas County Circuit Court on Nov. 17, Kenneth Rader, 38, entered guilty pleas to two counts of child abuse resulting in injury and two counts of child neglect creating the risk of serious bodily injury.

Sentencing was set for Jan. 15 following the completion of a pre-sentence investigation report.

Each count carries a penalty of 1 to 5 years in prison. If Rader is ordered to serve consecutive terms, the sentence would be 4 to 20 years.

“The penalty is not as severe as it should be under the statute, but that’s what we have to work with,” Nicholas Prosecutor Jamie Milam told the court.

Rader will also be required to register with the West Virginia Child Abuse and Neglect Registry for 10 years and faces up to 50 years of supervised release.

Rader had been scheduled to stand trial on Dec. 9. As part of the plea agreement, two similar counts contained in a September indictment were dismissed.

His former live-in girlfriend, Amanda McCartney, 32, is facing similar charges in a separate indictment and is due back in court on Dec. 1.




Sassy Shopping

The Sixth Annual Craft Show Extravaganza, held at Summersville Arena & Conference Center last Saturday, was teeming with Christmas shoppers and activity. Three-year-old Bailee Tolliver of Swiss, attending the show with her mother and other family members, could not resist posing for the camera in her leopard outfit.




Man gets 50 to 100 years in sexual abuse case

By Pat Hanna
The Nicholas Chronicle

A Canvas man will likely spend the rest of his life in prison after pleading guilty last week to multiple counts of sexually abusing a young girl.

Richard Lloyd Thomas III, 35, pleaded guilty in Nicholas County Circuit Court on Nov. 12 to five counts of sexual abuse by a parent, guardian or custodian.

Thomas waived a pre-sentence investigation report and automatically received the maximum term of 10 to 20 years in prison on each count.

Nicholas Circuit Judge Gary Johnson, calling the crime “one of the most heinous acts a person can commit on a child,” ordered the terms to run consecutively for a total of 50 to 100 years.

With consecutive terms, Assistant Prosecutor Samuel White said, Thomas would be 85 years old before becoming eligible for parole.

“It’s effectively a life sentence,” he said.

Thomas was indicted in September on 25 counts of second-degree sexual assault and 25 counts of sexual abuse by a parent, guardian or custodian. He was scheduled to stand trial on Nov. 18.

In exchange for his plea, the remaining counts in the indictment were dismissed, along with a charge of failure to register as a sex offender.

White said the plea agreement would spare the victim from having to testify at trial.

“It’s in her best interest not to testify so she can continue with counseling,” he said.

Attorney Cammie Chapman addressed the court as the victim’s legal representative.




Board hears report on RHS

improvement and ballfield upgrading

The Nicholas County Board of Education on Monday evening, Nov. 17, heard a progress report on the School Improvement Grant at Richwood High School.

The Board also heard an update on the improvements to the Richwood High School girls softball field at Pratt Park in Richwood, approved the first reading of a policy regarding the employment of instructors for career and technical programs and discussed the economic impact on the Board when the Nicholas County Solid Waste Authority ends its garbage and recycling pickup program at the end of the year.

Present for the meeting were Board President Dr. Lloyd Adkins, Vice President Phil Berry and members Bob M. O’Dell, Fred Amick and Darrell White.

Richwood High School Improvement Report
Richwood High School Principal Scott Williams and School Improvement Coordinator Susan Barrett came before the Board to provide a report on the third year of the School Improvement Grant programs at the school. The federal grant was received after it was deemed a School of Need by the state after several years of low achievement.

They presented the results of the WESTEST Achievement Test scores for 9th and 11th graders which showed steady improvement in math and reading/language arts. In math from 2010 to 2014, math scores improved 25 percent proficient in 2010 to proficiency levels of 41 percent in 2012, 40 percent in 2013 and 44 percent in 2014, which slightly exceeds the statewide proficiency level of 42 percent.

In Reading/Language Arts, scores improved even more, going from 29 percent proficiency in 2010 to 47 percent proficiency in 20l1, which exceeded the state average of 46 percent. The school’s scores improved to 49 percent in 2012, which exceeded the state average by two points, 50 percent in 2013, which equaled the state average and 53 percent in 2014, which exceeded the state average by nine points.

Other improvements are the number of dropouts decreasing from 36 students to 8 students over the three-year period and the number of PROMISE Scholars increasing from 5 students to 26 students.

“This is the result of all of the teachers working together and the students working hard to improve,” said Barrett.




Back in court after failing drug test,

man enters guilty plea

By Pat Hanna
The Nicholas Chronicle

A week after being jailed for contempt when he failed a drug test during a court appearance, a Nicholas County man pleaded guilty to a felony drug charge.

Tony Lee Jarrell, 34, pleaded guilty in Nicholas Circuit Court on Nov. 13 to conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine.

He faces 1 to 5 years in prison when he’s sentenced on Jan. 15 following the completion of a pre-sentence investigation report.

Jarrell and co-defendant Carolyn Foster were indicted in September on charges of possession of meth precursors (pseudophedrine) and conspiracy to manufacture meth.

As part of the plea agreement, the charge of possession of meth precursors was dismissed and the felony indictment against Foster was to be dismissed in exchange for her magistrate court plea to misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance.

The state also agreed not to pursue recidivist charges against Jarrell. He has two prior felony convictions — possession with intent to deliver marijuana and manufacture of marijuana.

Jarrell and Foster, both free on bond, were in court for a pre-trial hearing on Nov. 6 when Nicholas Circuit Judge Gary Johnson ordered Jarrell to take a drug test. The test came back positive for different substances and Jarrell was taken into custody.

Sources said Jarrell had a bottle on him at the time that apparently contained clean urine that came from another person.

Jarrell acknowledged at his plea hearing that he used meth three days prior to his Nov. 6 court appearance.

He told the court he had an addiction. “I’m working on that, and I’m determined to work on that harder than ever,” he said.




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