Courts and Crime

  • Judge upholds 5-year sentence

        Last December, Vicky Thomas Clarke, 56, was found guilty of voluntary manslaughter—she had been charged with second degree murder–for killing her brother in the early morning hours on Oct. 1, 2015.
        The eight-man, four-woman jury recommended a five-year sentence. The five-year sentence falls midway between the one to 10 years that a sentence for voluntary manslaughter can carry.
        Tuesday, Circuit Court Judge James Updike upheld that recommendation.

  • Lynchburg man faces malicious wounding, abduction and sexual battery charges

        Warrants were taken out by officers from the Bedford Police Department last week on Mark Hanson Elliott of Lynchburg for an incident that allegedly occurred Tuesday morning.
        According to Bedford Police, at about 8:30 a.m., police responded to the 1000 block of Pinecrest Avenue for the report of a disturbance.  A Lynchburg man, identified as Mark Hanson Elliott, was not at the location when officers arrived. 

  • Judge dismisses case against former SB chair

        General District Court Judge Randy Krantz dismissed a charge against former Bedford County School Board Chairman Gary Hostutler, following a hearing in GDC last Wednesday.
        John Briscoe had filed for a warrant against Hostutler late last fall, charging him with false entry/destroying a public record. The misdemeanor charge related to the alleged removal of information from a Facebook account.

  • Terry to remain in jail

        A 28-year-old Roanoke man, facing five counts of computer solicitation of someone less than 15 years old and more than seven years younger than the defendant, was denied bond during a hearing last Wednesday in General District Court.
        Robert Ryan Terry is scheduled for a May 14 bond hearing. He can appeal his bond request to circuit court.

  • Hawkins on unpaid leave

    A 52-year-old paid paramedic with Bedford County Fire & Rescue has been placed on unpaid administrative leave following his arrest on six counts of computer solicitation of a minor.

  • VSP arrest Montvale man for soliciting a minor

        Investigators with the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Salem Division arrested Larry Scott Hawkins, 52, of Montvale, on Feb. 14 at his residence in Bedford County.

        At the request of the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, the Virginia State Police initiated an investigation into an allegation that Hawkins had used a media device to solicit a 17-year-old female for sexual misconduct. 

  • Two current, two former supervisors claim Craig's firing 'politically motivated.'

        In documents filed Friday in federal court, two current and two former members of the Bedford County Board of Supervisors claim the firing of former County Director of Tourism Gerald Craig was the result of actions he took, prior to taking the job, in which he participated in a local Republican party meeting in which three supervisors were censured.

  • ICAC: Viral video of sexual abuse victim should not be shared

        Investigators with the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, assigned to the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, are aware of a viral Facebook video, depicting the sexual abuse of an African-American child, by an adult African-American male.

  • Bedford man pleads guilty to 30 felonies

        A 47-year-old Bedford man pleaded guilty to 30 felony charges in Bedford Circuit Court Friday.
        Jeffrey Allen Richardson entered the pleas, related to two different cases, to the charges including obtaining money by false pretense, forgery, uttering and petty larceny.
        The charges stem from incidents that occurred last spring. He was arrested in late July.

  • Grand jury indicts 27

        A Bedford grand jury indicted 27 people on a total of 97 charges on Friday.
        The indictments include a group of several individuals accused of being a part of a theft ring in the Stewartsville and Moneta areas, a rape charge, abduction, assault and battery, escape from custody, grand larceny and forgery.

    Alleged theft ring