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T he POSTAL CUSTOMER King George Special Section Inside Volume 37, Number 52 Altercation results in drive-by shooting Johnathon N. Bowen, age 26 of Montross, has been arrested and charged with seven felonies involving a drive-by shooting into a residence just outside of Colonial Beach. The residence was occupied by three adults at the time of the shooting, but fortunately no one was injured from the bullets that penetrated the residence in the 200 block of Mount Vernon Drive in Westmoreland Shores. On Wednesday, Dec. 18, Bowen was arrested at a residence in Presidential Lakes in King George County. Arresting officers included Captain Chris Hawkins, Detective Donald Jones and Sheriff ’s Deputy Toni Moles of the Westmoreland County Sheriff ’s Office. Two sheriff ’s deputies from King George County assisted Westmoreland County with the arrest. Deputy Moles responded to a call of shots being fired into a residence from a car in the early morning hours of Dec. 18. Sheriff C.O. Balderson said that one of the residents at the home in Westmoreland Shores reportedly had an altercation with Bowen hours before the shooting. At approximately 3:25 a.m., three shots were fired at the residence. The occupants alleged the shooter was Bowen. Detective Jones was called in to investigate, and later, the suspect was located in a residence in King George where Westmoreland and King George County Sheriff ’s Officers arrested him. Bowen was taken to the Northern Neck Regional Jail and is being held without bond on seven felony charges: one count of attempted malicious wounding; three counts of shooting into an occupied dwelling; and three counts of discharging a firearm from a motor vehicle. Bowen will have his first court appearance on January 7, 2014, in Westmoreland County General District Court. —Linda Farneth helping you relate to your community Dr. Canizares is joining Community Care Clinic King George — Dr. Roosevelt Dean, Medical Director of 24/7 TLC Community Care clinic is pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Roberto Canizares MD to the staff lineup. Dean states “Dr. Canizares will be joining the Community Care Clinic in beginning January 2014” and further explained “Dr. Canizares has provided medical care to the King George community for over  forty years and has also provided free medical care since the 1980s to homeless at Fredericksburg’s Thurman Brisben Center. Dean further commented “We are very pleased to welcome Dr. Canizares, a wellrespected general practitioner and surgeon who received his postgraduate medical training at Harbor View Hospital and Provident Hospital both in Baltimore, Md. Dr. Canizares received his medical degree from Far Eastern University NRMF Institute of Medicine. While Dr. Canizares has many awards for his long history of service, one of his more interesting and noteworthy distinctions is being one of the 1996 Olympic Torchbearers.” Friends and colleagues note that after seeing patients all day at his current King George office, Dr. Canizares goes to the Fredericksburg full-service residential emergency homeless shelter, to provide free medical care with compassion and respect. Last year in a June Roast fundraiser, Father Donald J. Rooney, pastor of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, mentioned that Canizares offers free flu shots in memory of his late wife, Dr. Teresita Cacha Canizares, an OB-GYN who also was devoted to the poor and underserved in Fredericksburg. Canizares, now 72, was raised in a devout Catholic home in Makati, outside of Manila, in the Philippines where his father was in banking and his mother was a biology teacher. The fifth of seven sons, he is a self-proclaimed “mama’s boy” who enjoyed helping around the house with dusting and cleaning. The doctor begins his day with Mass and often ends up back at the parish in the evening for the Miraculous Medal novena or for adoration. Dr. C as he is affectionately known to his patients states his reason for joining the Community Care clinic is to continue living his philosophy that “Greatness lies in what we do for others.” Dr. Dean commented that “Dr. Canizares shares our vision to offer high quality compassionate medical care to all individuals in the greater local region.” Dr. Canizares will continue seeing patients daily at his current location until he moves his practice in the next three weeks over to the Community Care clinic located at 11131 Journal Parkway, King George, in the next two weeks. 24/7 TLC Community Care clinic, a not-forprofit organization located at 11131 Journal Parkway, King George, recently launched an administrative opening to facilitate the credentialing, organizing, and installing of King George won the first round in court last week in its case against Project FAITH to get back a 5.53acre parcel of land it gave to the non-profit residential development company in 2012 with conditions attached to construct and operate a facility referred to as a help center. At a preliminary hearing on Dec. 18, the Circuit Court Judge, Hon. Joseph J. Ellis, denied Project FAITH’s Plea in Bar and Demurrer, both of which asked for dismissal of the county’s complaint. due to Project FAITH’s failure to meet its first major deadline under the contractual conditions in the two guiding legal documents, which was commencement of construction earlier this year, by Aug. 1. The county’s complaint is asking the Circuit Court to either rescind the Deed of Gift and Performance Agreement, or to declare those documents null and void due to default. Either would result in the land going back to the county, effective July 30, 2012, in the first instance, or July 30, 2013, in the second. BREACH OF CONTRACT King George’s lawsuit, filed in October, charges breach of contract PROJECT FAITH SOUGHT BOARD HEARING At last week’s preliminary hearing, Phyllis Cook Phyllis Cook The King George Board of Supervisors last week approved an extension to an agreement with Columbia Gas of Virginia, Inc., for provision of engineering services associated with the design of a natural gas line to the King George Industrial Park. The unanimous board action took place at a meeting on Dec. 17. The agreement with the gas company will now run until Dec. 26, 2014, with the option for additional extensions. County attorney Eric Gregory provided some background information, saying that the original agreement was struck during the summer of 2012 for Columbia Gas to undertake preliminary line extension design and scoping studies that would determine an initial cost estimate for construction of a largescale natural gas line to be brought into the county’s Industrial Park. The line would be extended from existing service provided in Stafford. That agreement struck last year and now extended is considered the first step in bringing natural gas to the county industrial park. It had been in the works for years, with it put off previously by Columbia Gas due to the slump in the economy. Chairman Dale Sisson stated, “That’s a very important long-term project for us.” Now the company appears to be continuing to drag its feet. Gregory said additional work has yet to be done by the gas company “to fully inform the county so we can make a decision.” He added, “They will provide an estimate about the cost. But we’re not at a point where the board can make a decision as to whether to proceed with that project or not.” The original agreement summarized discussion between the county and the company to permit it to proceed with the engineering services associated with the design of the gas line. The scoping services also include routing analysis, preliminary easement documentation, and preliminary construction plans for natural gas facilities necessary See gas, page 10 Boards say goodbye to departing members The King George Board of Supervisors and the county School Board both held their final meetings of the year last week, with goodbyes said and plaques presented to one departing member from each board. BOARD OF SUPERVISORS Supervisors said goodbye to John LoBuglio during their meeting on Dec. 17, thanking him for his service on the board. LoBuglio served in the position for one fouryear term representing the James Monroe district. Jim Howard will take back the Dr. Roberto Canizares (left) talks with Dr. Roosevelt Dean (right) about plans to move Dr. Canizares’s practice to the 24/7 TLC Community Care Clinic in the next few weeks. Dr. C, as he is known by his patients, will join the staff of the new clinic located at 11131 Journal Parkway, in the former urgent care location. medical equipment. Community Care Clinic Administrative hours are currently 10-5, closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, closed New Year’s Eve and Day with full medical services projected to be on-line within three weeks. Patients with questions may call the office at (540) 625-2527. Project FAITH loses first round of Project FAITH case has a new twist court battle with King George Columbia Gas agreement extended Phyllis Cook Wednesday, December 25, 2013 50 Cents seat in January that he held for several years to begin serving his third separate stint on the Board of Supervisors. In the November election, he won 38.70 percent of the vote in a four-way race. That race included Jeff Bueche who got 23.23 percent, Rich Lorey with 18.13 percent and LoBuglio with 19.55 percent of the vote. Howard and his spouse are longtime county residents. He has a lengthy history of public service, serving on the School Board beginning in the late 1980s through 1991, following a previous term on the Board of Supervisors. Howard’s second stint on the Board of Supervisors was from 2000 through 2009. He has spent the bulk of his professional working career in the federal government, retiring in 2007. He currently works for a government contractor. SCHOOL BOARD The School Board bid farewell to Rick Randall during its meeting on Dec. 16 and thanked him for his service. Randall is departing after serving one four-year term on the School Board representing the James Monroe district. Terence “T.C.” Collins will take over the seat in January, See Board, page 10 attorney Clark Leming, acting for Project FAITH, unsuccessfully argued that the county should have provided Project FAITH a requested hearing before the Board of Supervisors to contest the allegations contained in the Aug. 2 Notice of Default letter. The court sided with attorney Edward “Sunny” Cameron’s argument that reiterated an Oct. 7 response letter from Eric Gregory to that request. Gregory’s letter on behalf of the county said the provision cited by Leming in the Deed of Gift for a hearing by the Board was not applicable. Gregory is the county attorney See faith, page 10 Phyllis Cook With Project FAITH’s requests for dismissal of the case denied last week in court, the suit is expected to go forward once a hearing date can be set between both parties. Project FAITH’s latest defense, put forward this month through its lawyer Clark Leming, provides a new rationale for blaming the county for Project FAITH’s default due to its inability to commence construction. The holdup with the Help Center project has always been the issue of funding. Its financial status has remained unclear. But Leming is now attempting to set aside that issue by replacing it with a new reason to blame the county. PREVIOUSLY BLAMED COUNTY RE FINANCING In Leming’s Sept. 26 letter from Project FAITH to the county asking for the hearing in front of the Board of Supervisors, he had blamed the county for Project FAITH’s default for its failure to commence construction by the Aug.1 deadline. He did that by citing circumstances beyond its control, saying, “specifically certain acts and omissions by the County are the proximate cause of PFI’s inability to meet the performance milestone.” But in that letter, Leming had See TWist, page 10 New Eagle Scouts Two King George boy scouts earned the highest award in scouting on Dec. 7 in a special ceremony held at St. John’s Episcopal Church Parish Hall. Andrew J. Huffman, 18, the son of Julia H. Huffman and Danny L. Huffman and Scott J. Estes, 18, the son of Duane and Stacy-Lynn Estes, attained the rank in an Eagle Scout Court of Honor rite from Troop 191 of King George. Huffman is a 2013 graduate of King George High School and currently works at a Port Royal restaurant. He plans to attend Rappahannock Community College and later Virginia Tech to pursue a degree in botany and entomology. His eagle project consisted of clearing and building four picnic tables for Lamb’s Creek Episcopal Church for Hanover-with-Brunswick Parish’s annual Lamb’s Creek Day homecoming and its annual Blessing of the Animals event. Estes is also a 2013 King George High School graduate and currently works at Walmart in Dahlgren. He will enter the U.S. Air Force in February and later plans to attend college to study engineering. He worked with the King George Parks and Recreation and the King George School System for his eagle project, building wooden trash receptacles. Huffman entered scouting as a Tiger Cub in 2001; he advanced steadily through scouting and earned 48 merit badges in High Adventure Scouting camps and other events. Estes became a boy scout when Scott Estes and Andrew Huffman are new Eagle Scouts. Huffman recruited him into scouting in 2008 and earned 30 merit badges, also on High Adventure camps and other projects. —Doug Davant Now you can follow local breaking news daily on our website at

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