Look for the King George Parks & Rec Guide Inside POSTAL CUSTOMER T he King George Volume 38, Number 23 KG women arrested in connection with Spotsy slaying With the help of the King George Sheriff ’s Office, two King George women have been arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of a popular Spotsylvania nurse on May 17. One of the women arrested is the daughter of the victim. Christina Brown, 25, and Alaina Mercer, 25, have been charged with the fatal shooting of Nancy Lynne Mercer, 60. The elder Mercer was a nurse at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. Her body was found at her home in Spotsylvania on May 18 when worried Hospital officials contacted authorities after she failed to show up for her shift. After an extensive investigation by sheriff ’s officers, Brown and Mercer were charged Friday with felony conspiracy to commit murder after they were arrested in King George County. The two women, who were recently married in a ceremony in Washington, DC, were living in Brown’s townhouse on Angel Court off of Faith Drive in King George. They were arrested by sheriff ’s officers at a location on Inaugural Drive near Route 3 in King George after a brief attempt to evade capture Friday. King George Sheriff Steve Dempsey said, “We provided support to Spotsylvania officers. They did all of the work.” Spotsylvania Sheriff Roger Harris expressed his appreciation to the King George Sheriff ’s Office and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. A gun owned by one of the suspects was identified as the murder weapon, authorities said. “In working together and utilizing the force multiplier of local, federal and state resources, we are able to bring this case to a successful conclusion and bring the suspects to justice,” Sheriff Harris said. Lynne Mercer was the mother of six children, according to authorities. Her relationship with her daughter had become strained in recent months, officers said. Both suspects in the murder are being held in the Rappahannock Regional Jail as the investigation into the case continues. — Richard Leggitt The King George Board of Supervisors is continuing to lay the groundwork for the establishment of a new business, HGAC, LLC, in the King George Industrial Park. Establishment of HGAC in the county would entail a $12 million project investment and ten new jobs associated with the company’s move to King George. The county has been taking swift action to follow through on its promises made on May 6 in a resolution and a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with HGAC, a rebar fabrication company seeking to relocate and consolidate two of its other facilities in the state to King George. The resolution provided the board’s unanimous support for HGAC’s intent to move to King George and endorsed the company’s application for a $450,000 grant from the state’s Industrial Access Railroad Track Funds, administered by the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation. The MOU approved by the board indicates the county’s intent to sell the firm 32 acres of property adjacent to the industrial park at a price of $43,000 per acre, and to approve a rezoning of the property to industrial use along with a special exception KG man accused of abducting, raping and robbing senior citizen Community Care Clinic celebrates opening Jessica Herrink Pastor Sherman Davis, Congressman Rob Wittman, Dr. Brian Josephs, Dr. Roberto Canizares, Dr. Roosevelt Dean, Arlene Jacovelli, Bishop E. W. Jackson and Dr. Michael Costa pose before the ceremonial ribbon cutting for the Community Care Clinic Saturday afternoon. The clinic, at 11131 Journal Parkway, has been open four months. See the story on page 12. Dominion Power line energizing high-power transmission line in King George Phyllis Cook Dominion Virginia Power is in the midst of energizing the new 230kV transmission line constructed between the Dahlgren Substation and Route 3. The project is expected to continue through June, working to link residential lines into the substation for complete connection to the local grid. That transmission work is expected to be completed by July 1. Then, crews will turn their attention to restoring the areas that have been disturbed during the construction of this critical project. Restoration and rehab will continue throughout the summer months. LENGTH, WIDTH, HEIGHT The high-power transmission line extends about 10 miles cutting a swath through the county 120-feet wide, with single steel pole tower facilities carrying the overhead lines about 119 feet off the ground. The pole tower facilities allow Dominion to co-locate antennas and other equipment for the provision of broadband and cell phone service. Dominion Power’s new transmission line will connect to a point along the existing 230-kilovolt line that runs east-west, roughly parallel to Route 3 (along the north side). The other end of the new line is at a new substation near B-Gate on Naval Support Facility Dahlgren property. King George spending for HGAC LLC to establish at Industrial Park Phyllis Cook Wednesday, June 4, 2014 50 Cents helping you relate to your community permit. If the deal goes through, the property would be incorporated into the county’s industrial park. The county also agreed to provide public water and sewer lines to the property intended for development by HGAC, as well to arrange and pay for costs associated with providing fiber optic cable to a connection point within 75-feet of the lot line. It also indicates the county’s intent to provide up to $150,000 toward HGAC’s costs for the rail line improvements. FIBER OPTIC CABLE The board is following through on those promises. At this week’s meeting on Tuesday, June 3, (following our press time) the board is expected to vote for an agenda action item that would authorize execution of a facilities construction agreement with Metrocast Communications for the construction of a fiber optic cable infrastructure line to the industrial park at a cost to the county of $86,383. The cable project is anticipated to be completed within six months. ENGINEERING WORK This week’s pending action follows on previous action taken at the last meeting on May 21 to approve $52,765 for engineering services related to railroad design. At the same time, the board also voted to fund $10,015 for professional surveying services relating to a boundary survey, property line adjustment plat and subdivision plat for the property by Draper Aden Associates. The costs for the county’s incentives are primarily coming from the proceeds from a 2008 Virginia Resources Authority loan to the King George Service Authority earmarked to provide infrastructure for services for the industrial park expansion, with transfers made to a new Industrial Park Infrastructure project fund. RAILROAD LINE EXTENSION HGAC’s application to the state for the $450,000 grant funding noted above is pending action by the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) at an upcoming meeting of that 18-member body appointed by the governor to establish administrative policies for Virginia’s transportation system and make decisions within its budget for funding projects. Virginia’s Industrial Access Railroad Tracks Program helps connect businesses to freight rail service by funding the construction or improvement of railroad tracks See HGAC, page 3 MORE POWER NEEDED Prior to this project, the Dahlgren base and the rest of the county have been fed by two distribution circuits with distribution lines from substations at Arnolds Corner near Routes 3 and 206 in King George, and at Oak Grove near Routes 3 and 205 in Westmoreland. The planned transmission line will boost power to the Dahlgren base and provide additional power benefits to the county by spreading the demand for power over three substations instead of the two currently in operation. In addition to the increasing power needs at the base, the new power line is expected to provide increased reliability for provision of electricity to homes and businesses in the area. It will also meet the needs for additional electrical capacity to serve the county’s high growth area in Dahlgren and support continued growth and economic development. FOUR-YEAR PROJECT Dominion began the project with its outreach to the community and county officials in 2011, prior to filing its application to the State Corporation Commission (SCC) for its selected route in late October of that year, with letters also sent by the power company to potential affected landowners at the same time. Following acceptance of public comments for several months prior to a June 2012 public hearing on the project, the SCC approved the project in October 2012, with construction beginning soon after. Kevin Arnold Lewis, 52, of King George is being held in the Rappahannock Regional Jail charged with the adduction, rape and robbery of a 65-year-old woman in the Dahlgren area. Lewis was rested by sheriff ’s officers on May 25. King George Sheriff Steve Dempsey said officers arrested Lewis at his apartment on Harbor Court after a complaint was filed by the woman, who was not identified by authorities. She told officers she was assaulted, tied up, gagged, raped, abducted and robbed on May 24. Sheriff ’s officers served a search warrant seeking the suspect at his residence in Dahlgren. “Deputy Patrick Weston and his police dog, Titan, found the suspect hiding in a closet at the residence,” the sheriff said. Dempsey said the victim, who lives alone, reported to officers that Lewis showed up at her home in Dahlgren looking for work. She said she had previously hired Lewis to do repair work around the property. The victim said she told Lewis she had no work for him, but he asked if he could use her cellphone. When she went to get the phone, Lewis followed her into the house and locked the door, the woman told officers. Dempsey said the suspect physically assaulted the woman, knocking her to the floor and demanding her money and her credit cards. She was then reportedly tied up, gagged and raped. After the rape, the victim said Lewis ordered her to drive him to an ATM where she withdrew cash and gave it to him. Dempsey said Lewis then ordered her to drive him to his home where he got out of her car and she fled. The victim notified authorities who went to Lewis’ apartment Saturday night, but were unable to find him. Dempsey said his officers returned to the apartment the next day with a search warrant and, with the aid of the police dog, found Lewis hiding in the closet. The woman was treated and released by Mary Washington Hospital shortly after reporting the rape, Dempsey said. The sheriff praised the quick work of his officers including Deputy Weston and Lt. Monty Clift, who is heading the investigation. — Richard Leggitt Republican Primary election for Congressional seat next Tuesday Phyllis Cook Don’t forget to vote next week on Tuesday, June 10, if you are interested in having a say in who will be on the ballot this fall to run for the U.S. Congress from the First Congressional District. Robert J. “Rob” Wittman will be first on the ballot for next week’s Republican Primary, followed by Anthony T. Riedel. Both are running to see who will get the chance to run on the Nov. 4 ballot to represent the First Congressional District of Virginia in the U.S. Congress. Also this November, another national slot is up for grabs, with one of the state’s two U.S. Senate seats up for grabs. Democrat Mark Warner is up for reelection in November, expected to be challenged by Republican Ed Gillespie later this year during the mid-term elections. On Primary Election Day the polling places will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. IDENTIFICATION NEEDED FOR VOTING Changes made by the General Assembly for voter ID do not go into effect until later this summer in July 2014 that will require photo identification for in-person voting. For the upcoming election on June 10, the current law in effect allows for the acceptance of all identification documents listed below. Acceptable forms of identification for in-person voting include the following: Virginia voter registration card; Valid Virginia driver’s license; Military ID; Any Federal, Virginia state or local government-issued ID; Employer issued photo ID card; Concealed handgun permit; Valid student ID issued by any institution of higher education located in the Commonwealth of Virginia; Current utility bill, bank statement, government check or paycheck indicating the name and address of the voter; Social Security card. A voter who does not bring an acceptable ID to the polls will be offered a provisional ballot. ABSENTEE VOTING IN PERSON – NOW Absentee voting is available now which enables voters to cast their ballots in advance of Primary Election Day. Submitted by Linda Klinethat There are numerous reasons make voters eligible to vote absentee, including being out of the precinct on Election Day. In-person absentee voting is an effective choice for Now you can follow local breaking news daily on our website at www.journalpress.com those with numerous other reasons, including travel for out-of-county appointments, long commutes, or those expecting unpredictable work hours on Election Day. Any King George voter with a question about whether they qualify to vote absentee should contact the Registrar’s office, 775-9186. Voters may complete an application and vote absentee in-person at the Registrar’s office up through this Saturday, June 7, by 5 p.m. Special Saturday opening hours are in effect on Saturday, Nov. 2, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ALREADY HAVE AN ABSENTEE BALLOT? Those who have already applied for absentee ballots must complete and deliver them in person or by mail to the Registrar’s office in the Revercomb Building by 7 p.m. on Primary Election Day.