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T he POSTAL CUSTOMER Colonial Beach • Westmoreland Special Section Inside Volume 37, Number 51 helping you relate to your community Wednesday, December 18, 2013 50 Cents Former mayor appointed Dr. Roosevelt Dean named Medical Director to vacant council seat Despite having interviewed two applicants, Linda Crandell and Polly Parks, the Colonial Beach Town Council could not reach a consensus on whom to appoint to fill the vacant seat left by Tim Curtin, who resigned on Nov. 14. The council voted five-toone to appoint George “Pete” Bone to serve until the special election. Bone previously served as mayor for the Town of Colonial Beach from 1996 to 2008, when he decided not to run for re-election. Linda Crandell had previously served on council from 2002 to 2008, resigning her position after the 2008 election. Her term was originally set to end in 2010, and Crandell was not up for re-election, but she resigned her seat shortly after the 2008 election. Polly Parks is new to Colonial Beach, having moved here in 2010, as well as being new to the world of politics. Parks has an impressive list of employment, ranging from environmental work to graphic design and journalism. Parks also has some experience in agricultural services, as well. During his seven-year tenure, Bone not only refurbished offices upstairs in Town Hall, but also renovated the meeting room next to the library, which now bears his name as the “George ‘Pete’ Bone Room.” He also served as town manager, consecutively, during three years of his tenure. Mayor Mike Ham said that Bone was not aware of the decision made by council, but in a phone call after the meeting, Ham confirmed that Bone accepted the appointment. The vote came at the Dec. 12 council meeting, just two days before the council’s deadline to fill the seat. Former Councilman Tim Curtin resigned his seat shortly after a morning meeting on Nov. 14, held to discuss the Colonial Beach Police Department. Following that meeting, Curtin left the meeting room, returning about 45 minutes later with his typed resignation, stating that he had joined council to address grave concerns for the future of the town and the need for hard decisions. Curtin felt that the council is not working together towards a common goal. He said in his resignation, “I have tried to be patient and wait for the consensus to emerge on Council that would convince me that at least some of my concerns are shared.” Curtin referenced long hours with little resolutions saying, “I have spent an enormous amount of time in meetings and discussions that would have otherwise have been spent with my family or in the pursuit of my career. I no longer believe that day will come with the current council.” Curtin stated, “Unfortunately, the direction in which the council has been going over that entire period has continued to give me great concern. It has only worsened since the first of the year.” See Bone, page 5 The ailing female patient shuffled slowly away from the medical clinic. Noticing his retreating patient Dr. Roosevelt went to investigate. As former co-workers relate the details, the patient explained that she did not have the money to call a taxi and also fill the prescription held tightly in her hand. Without hesitation upon hearing this, Dr. Dean quickly coordinated with his nurses to rearrange his schedule, and then personally drove the woman to the pharmacy and on to her home. According to his former coworkers this compassionate caring streak is one of his hallmarks, so when 24/7 TLC Community Care clinic began interviewing for a Medical Director, Dr. Roosevelt Dean’s name was mentioned frequently by former medical colleagues and patients. “Personalized one on one service, and a heart of compassion, along with excellent medical skills are key criteria for the culture we’re striving to create here at the community care clinic.” states 24/7 TLC President Arlene Jacovelli. Theresa Gauvin RN, the 24/7 TLC Community Care Clinic Director of Administration explains “Dr. Dean was frequently praised for his warm bedside manner, and for going the extra mile when diagnosing a patient’s symptoms. Any of the former nurses and his patients conveyed his close attention to detail, yet he was pleasant to work for. When one factors how many hours one may spend in a high stress medical situation this attitude is a critical component of providing excellent health care.” Therefore, it is with great pleasure that Arlene Jacovelli, President of 24/7 TLC community Care Clinic announces that Dr. Roosevelt Dean has accepted the position of Medical Director. Theresa Gauvin RN further stated that “Dr. Dean comes with a solid reputation for having a warm, bedside manner, and pays attention to detail which for a nurse is very important. Another important fact is his commitment to this community. One of his reasons he stated in the interview was a desire to stay in the area to continue his relationships he has built here, and to support his patients while enjoying the serenity of life here in King George County. We also discussed our mutual vision to provide every patient whether insured or uninsured quality medical care in the challenging uncertainty that surrounds the future of medical care delivery systems.” For him, Dr. Dean expressed “My motivation for joining the Community Care Clinic is to be a small part of helping to establish and maintain affordable quality health care in King George County that shall endure. I’d like to leave a positive legacy for the generations of the county to depend on proudly for their health care needs.” Dr. Dean and fellow co-workers were just as dismayed as fellow See Dean, page 5 Theresa Gauvin (left) talks with Arlene Jacovelli and Dr. Roosevelt Dean about plans for the Community Care Clinic which had its administrative opening Monday, Dec. 16. 24/7 TLC, a not-for-profit organization, is working to open a new primary care practice in the space formerly occupied by Gateway Urgent Care in King George. The clinic will offer care for walk-in patients. Dr. Dean had treated patients at the urgent care practice. Drilling for natural gas is good news and bad news for Westmoreland Richard Leggitt Public meetings last week on proposed efforts to drill for natural gas in the ancient shale deposits that make up the Taylorsville Basin made the point that county officials in King George and Westmoreland will need to be busy in the coming months preparing regulations to protect citizens and the environment. In meetings in Bowling Green and Montross, speakers talked about the good news and the bad news that may result from the drilling efforts, and urged local officials to be prepared for both. The good news included dramatic job growth, substantial income for landowners, state and local revenue and increased energy production. The bad news included increased truck traffic on local roads, declining property values, noise and possible threats to the environment. Texas-based Shore Exploration and Production discovered potential natural gas deposits in the Taylorsville Basin in Virginia more than 20 years ago. The basin is a 210-million-year-old layer of shale deposits that runs from Richmond to Maryland underneath the Rappahannock and Potomac Rivers. At the time, drilling costs to obtain the natural gas locked in the shale were considered prohibitive. But recent developments in using hydraulic fracturing --- commonly called fracking -- have led to significant energy production in other areas of the country and may be the key to energy production in Virginia. Shore Exploration has signed drilling leases for 84,390 acres in the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula, including 13,864 acres in Westmoreland and 10,443 acres in King George. Actual drilling is scheduled to begin in about 18 months. Last week’s meetings were hosted by the Friends of the Rappahannock and  the Caroline County Countryside Alliance. More than 40,000 acres have been leased for drilling in Caroline County. At both meetings, Friends of the Rappahannock Executive Director John Tippett said his organization “has not taken a position on whether hydraulic fracturing is good or bad. What we hope is to start a conversation between elected officials and each other,” Tippett said. Westmoreland Supervisor Rosemary Mahan said she felt speakers “tried to give both sides.” Mahan said she considered the meetings “very informative and fairly unbiased” and noted the local officials who attended have work to do to be prepared for the proposed natural gas drilling. “I think it is important for us to get as much information as possible about the topic and have a determination of what our responsibilities are with regard to regulation on a local level,” Westmoreland County Administrator Norm Risavi said, when See Fracking, page 5 Operation Take-Back nets 10 arrests and 21 indictments Dec. 11 turned out to be a bad day for ten individuals. Under Operation Take-Back, the TriCounty Taskforce (TCT) arrested nine early in the morning, and one was already incarcerated on unrelated charges. The roundup resulted in a combination of twentyone indictments among the accused. During the early morning hours, the TCT, made up of sheriff ’s offices from Westmoreland, King George and Caroline Counties, along with VA State Police and NCIS, executed indictments on ten individuals with charges ranging from distribution of illegal substances, to child abuse and neglect. The taskforce received assistance in the operation from Westmoreland County Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Alcohol and Beverage Control (ABC), the Colonial Beach Police Department and the Northern Neck Regional Jail. A search warrant was also executed in the 300 block of Fourth Street in Colonial Beach. The groundwork for Operation Take-Back had been in the works for roughly four months. During June C. Cornwell Musgrove the execution of the search warrant, items seized include narcotics, paraphernalia, U.S. currency and one passenger vehicle. All parties arrested on Dec.11 were arraigned in the Westmoreland County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court the following morning. Those suspects without bond will return to Westmoreland County on Friday, Dec. 13, to conduct bond hearings in the Circuit Court. Westmoreland County Sheriff C.O. Balderson said in a phone interview Wednesday morning, “We said from day one, we have zero tolerance for this type of activity. Individuals who continue to be involved in this type Stanley Cornwell of illegal activity will be arrested and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.” Balderson said that the investigation is ongoing, and more charges will be forthcoming. All suspects are currently being held at the Northern Neck Regional Jail (NNRJ) in Warsaw. Catherine J. Musgrove, 55, of Westmoreland Shores Subdivision was indicted on one count of distribution of a schedule-1 or -2 substance, namely morphine and one count to conspire to distribute the same. Musgrove is being held without bond. Samantha M. Musgrove, 22, of Westmoreland Shores Subdivision Cornwell-Wood was indicted on two counts of child neglect and abuse. Musgrove is eligible for a $3,000 bond. Kenneth W. Musgrove, 25, of Westmoreland Shores Subdivision was indicted on four charges: one count to distribute a schedule-1 or -2 substance, namely morphine; one count to conspire to distribute the same; and two counts of child abuse and neglect. Musgrove is eligible for a $5,000 bond. Perry A. Fauntleroy, Jr., 27, of Hague was indicted on one count of distribution of Marijuana. Fauntleroy is being held without bond. See Takeback, page 5 Richard Leggitt Citizens from King George and Westmoreland filled up the General District Courtroom in Montross to hear about the pros and cons of drilling for natural gas in the area. Crouch granted hearing by Va. Court of Appeals Robert Ray Crouch of King George, who was sentenced to five years in prison, fined $35,000 and ordered to pay more than $84,000 in restitution for defrauding customers of the former MeadowBrooke Memorial Gardens cemetery in King George, has been granted a hearing by the Virginia Court of Appeals. Crouch, 47, was convicted by a King George Circuit Court earlier this year of nine counts of failure to deposit in the proper trust account and five counts of receiving money by false pretenses. The jury convicting him recommended the sentences handed down by Circuit Court Judge Martin Bass. After his convictions, Crouch filed a notice of appeal citing a case decided in 1998, Rooney v. Commonwealth. The Rooney case had similar facts to the Crouch case, but Rooney was found guilty of embezzlement. Crouch made a similar argument in an attempt to strike the evidence during his trial, but King George Commonwealth’s Attorney Keri Gusmann successfully argued that Crouch was found guilty of obtaining money by false pretenses, a different crime, and that different crimes have different elements of the offense.   In addition, Gusmann argued at the time, the law was changed in 2005 and that Rooney was no longer an appropriate law. However, the Virginia Court of Appeals decision to hear the appeal means the issue will be debated further in a full appeals hearing next Spring. Crouch was found guilty by a King George Circuit Court jury that See Crouch, page 5 Now you can follow local breaking news daily on our website at Sponsored by NSWC Federal Credit Union - Partners in Community

12-18-2013 Colonial Beach/Westmoreland County Va Journal

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