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Courts and Crime

  • Jury recommends five year sentence

        According to Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Stacey Gardner, the death of Paul Thomas came down to one thing—gravel.

        Last Thursday, 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 and also found her not guilty of a use of a firearms charge.

  • Grand jury returns 44 true bills

        A Bedford County grand jury met Friday, returning 44 true bills against 29 defendants, including against 43-year-old Shawn Patrick Overstreet of Bedford.
        Overstreet was indicted on one charge of misdemeanor sexual battery and two charges of online computer solicitation.
        The sexual battery charge alleges that Overstreet sexually touched a girl under the age of 18 but between 15 and 18 years of age. That is alleged to have occurred on July 14 of this year.

  • Suspect in Walmart robbery charged

    A suspect has been charged in the Nov. 26 robbery at Bedford Walmart.

    On Friday, December 8, investigators from the Bedford Police Department obtained warrants on Sherman Romel Jones, 37, of Roanoke, charging him with two counts robbery.

    The investigation is ongoing and more charges are possible, authorities state.

     

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    It appears Jones has been tied to other robberies.

  • Bedford PD seeks suspect in robbery at Walmart

        On Sunday, November 26 at  about 7 p.m., the Bedford Police Department responded to a report of a robbery at Walmart, located in the 1100 Block of East Lynchburg Salem Turnpike in the town of Bedford.
        A black male suspect described as approximately 6 foot tall entered the store and approached a register. He stated, “Give me the money and no one will get hurt,” police stated in their report.

  • Trial begins against woman accused of killing her brother

        The jury trial for a Bedford    County woman charged with second degree murder in connection with the Oct. 1, 2015, shooting of her brother was set to get underway Tuesday morning.
        In April 2016 a Bedford grand jury returned indictments against Vicky Thomas Clark, 56, for second degree murder and use of a firearm in commission of a felony. The trial has been delayed several times since then.
        She pleaded not guilty to the charges.

  • Bedford PD seeks suspect in robbery at Walmart

     

  • Grand jury indicts 2 men on child porn charges

        Two men facing charges related to child pornography were indicted by a Bedford grand jury Tuesday.
        The grand jury returned indictments against Theodor Ohara Rainey Jr. of Lynchburg and Michael Ian Bowser of Accomack.

        Two men facing charges related to child pornography were indicted by a Bedford grand jury Tuesday.
        The grand jury returned indictments against Theodor Ohara Rainey Jr. of Lynchburg and Michael Ian Bowser of Accomack.

  • Charges upgraded to capital murder

        Two defendants who were previously charged in connection with the murder of a Lynchburg teen this past March had those charges upgraded by a grand jury in Bedford that met Tuesday.

         Kevin Josue Soto Bonilla, 20, and Cristian Jose Sanchez Gomez, 22, have now been charged with capital murder, robbery, abduction for pecuniary benefit and participation in a criminal act in association with a criminal street gang.

  • Schools placed on lockdown

    At 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call from West Crossing Drive, Forest. The caller advised that two black males wearing ski masks entered his home armed with a handgun. The suspects took the callers safe and left in a grey SUV. The caller said one of the suspects was wearing a yellow jacket and the other had on a grey jacket. Bedford County Sheriff’s deputies are actively searching the area for the suspect vehicle. As a precautionary measure several Forest schools were placed on a perimeter lock-down, which was lifted at 2:20 p.m.

  • Goodview man faces rape charge

        On May 31, 2017, a Bedford County Sheriff’s Office investigator took a complaint from a female reporting she had been raped.
        The victim stated that she was visiting a friend in Stewartsville on April 25, 2017. She said she had been drinking alcohol and had gone to bed in the guest room. She said when she woke up, her friend’s boyfriend, Brian Riggs, was having sex with her against her will.