Cases advance

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By Tom Wilmoth

A continuance was granted Friday in Bedford County Circuit Court in the case against a Moneta man accused of holding a woman as a prisoner at her Bedford County home last February.

Robert Edward Bignall, 41, is charged with robbery, abduction and malicious wounding in the incident which allegedly occurred on Feb. 27, 2007.

According to Commonwealth's Attorney Randy Krantz, the victim claims Bignall tied her up, assaulted her and stole her vehicle, and then fled to North Carolina. The victim was able to free herself and call 911, Krantz said.

Bignall was apprehended in North Carolina and fought extradition back to Virginia. He was later returned to face the charges on a governor's warrant and first appeared in Bedford County General District Court in December. He was indicted on the charges by a Bedford County grand jury in January.

Bestiality case

The case against a Bedford couple charged with crimes against nature will be heard by an upcoming grand jury following action in Bedford County General District Court Monday.

William Kurz, 65, and Libby Kurz, 47, were arrested last Dec. 18, following a four-month investigation. The charges involve sexual acts with an animal, specifically a dog, according to the report from the Bedford Police Department.

The investigation began following a tip of an alleged criminal act back in August. The crimes involved images appearing on the Internet, police say.

The investigation included getting subpoenas from Yahoo, regarding subscriber information.

The charge is classified as a Class 6 felony. The two waived their right to a preliminary hearing, certifying the charges to the grand jury.