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KG fire department addresses residents' concerns

Residents of Monmouth Village in Dahlgren want answers.  They want to know what took King George Department of Fire and Rescue so long to respond to a house fire on Lisa Lane on the evening of Sept. 21.  They also want to know why the conduct of firefighters on the scene was “atrocious,” describing firefighters riding around in the homeowner’s scooter and dancing around the rescue stretchers.

The Timeline

It is 11 p.m. on Sept. 21 and there was a fire starting in the back of Patrick and Angel Durham’s home in Monmouth Village. 

KG Sheriff’s Deputy Timothy Lyons came upon the scene at 11:25 p.m. after noticing smoke pouring out of the home on Lisa Lane and contacted dispatch to report the fire. KG Sheriff’s Office dispatch sent out the call to King George Fire and Rescue and two mutual aid units at 11:28 p.m.

According to Major Steve Dempsey of the King George Sheriff’s Office, the 911 call logs from Sept. 21 show the first call coming from Deputy Lyons at 11:25 p.m., a second call coming at the same time from a citizen, and a third call from a citizen logged in at 11:27 p.m.  The Sheriff’s Office timeline differs from residents’ recollections that 911 calls were placed by neighbors as early as 11:15 p.m.

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Fire on Kitchen Point

This home on Kitchen Point in King George was destroyed by fire on Saturday afternoon. Fire trucks from King George, Colonial Beach, Bel Alton, Cobb Island, Newburg, NSASP and other areas responded to the scene.

 

 

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Investigation points to obsolete software, equipment issues

Meter reading issues

The King George Service Authority Board last week heard what’s happening with an investigation it had ordered in September to address some reported meter reading discrepancies.
The investigation was sparked by complaints during public comment time at a meeting in September from three Chatham Village subdivision residents who raised questions about discrepancies between their own readings of their meters and the meter readings reported on their bills.  
Donita Harper, Deputy County Administrator & Director of Finance, had been tasked by County Administrator Travis Quesenberry to head up the investigation.
Harper’s second report to the authority took place at a Service Authority meeting on Oct. 19.
The members of the Service Authority are the same members as those on the Board of Supervisors.
Harper said the process improvement team she had put together was continuing a review of the meter reading, data recording process, and other aspects of the system, using a process of elimination by testing each element of the process, one-by-one.

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Special olympics achievements

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Gates County, N.C. — Thomas (TJ) Abbott, Jr., son of Sonya Abbott-Crandle and grandson of Charles and Elnora Johnson excelled at the Special Olympics this summer.
He is 16 years old and attends Gates County High School. Thomas is very athletic and participated in the Special Olympics every Saturday for four consecutive weeks.
Thomas was honored at the Special Olympics Banquet on June 26, 2010, and was awarded two trophies, one gold medal and six ribbons for his achievements.

Stonecrest Financial’s bankruptcy converted to Chapter 7

Trustee appointed to take possession of Meadow-Brooke Memorial Park
A hearing was held in the United States Bankruptcy Court in Richmond on Tuesday, October 19 on the Stonecrest Financial, Inc. bankruptcy filing by Robert R. Crouch.  Stonecrest Financial operates Meadow-Brooke Memorial Park in King George. After testimony by Herbert Nichols, investigator for the state Cemetery Board and questioning by Crouch who was acting as his own representative, Chief Judge Tice changed Stonecrest Financial, Inc.’s bankruptcy filing from a Chapter 11 reorganization to a Chapter 7 dissolution. Further, Tice appointed a trustee to take possession of the cemetery so that it will be safely managed.
Ruth Herrink, noteholder of several secured notes involving the cemetery and the property next to it, said, “We are hoping that the Bankruptcy court will now allow us to foreclose on our notes so that we can begin to secure the cemetery and the people who have made it a part of their lives for so many years.”
 

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