Courts and Crime

  • Former JF color guard instructor faces charges

        A former color guard instructor at Jefferson Forest High School has been charged with a number of child sex crimes.

  • Soering again seeking release to Germany

        Convicted double murderer Jens Soering is again trying to talk a Virginia governor into releasing him into the hands of German authorities.
        But Major Ricky Gardner of the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office is adamantly against it.
        According to a recent lengthy article on Soering in the New Yorker, a member of Soering’s defense team has contacted the governor’s office about allowing him to return to his native Germany to serve his sentence.

  • Police: Man shoots into own trailer

        Bedford police officers responded to a call, at 5 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, about a man who had shot into an occupied residence in the 1000 block of Billie Leighs Court Road.
        According to Chief Todd Foreman, officers found a woman and children inside the residence. The shooter, fter firing one shot inside the residence and one shot into the residence from outside left on foot.

  • Bedford man dies in accident

        Virginia State Police Trooper M. R. Heath is investigating a fatal crash that occurred Sunday, October 18, killing one local man.
         The crash occurred at 10:47 p.m. on Fancy Farm Rd (Route 644) one half mile east of Route 43 in Bedford County.
        A 1998 Ford Crown Victoria was traveling west on Route 644 when it ran off the roadway on the right side, overcorrected then ran off the left side of the roadway, through a fence and overturned, according to a report from VSP.

  • A family’s feud

        Vicky Clarke’s bond on second degree murder charges came with a stern warning from Circuit Court Judge James Updike: Don’t go back to your home or your property.

        Judge Updike said Friday he was well aware of the family feud between Clarke, 54, and others in her family over a gravel road—a feud that apparently led up to Clarke allegedly shooting her brother, Paul Thomas, in the early morning hours of Oct. 1.

  • Woman charged with shooting her brother

    A Bedford County woman, charged with second degree murder for allegedly shooting her brother last Thursday, was denied bond at a hearing Tuesday morning in Bedford County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.

        On October 1  at 12:39 a.m. Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call from John Clarke, 1257 Green Mountain Road, stating that his brother-in-law, Paul Thomas, was in his vehicle tearing up their    private road,  according to a news release from the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Welch appears in court in Bedford

        The man accused of abducting and killing two Maryland girls, and disposing of their bodies in Bedford County, made his first official court appearance in Bedford Thursday.

  • Man charged with forcible sodomy

        An Eagle Rock man faces three counts of forcible sodomy, having been indicted by a Bedford County grand jury in June and last Friday.
        Arthur Franklin Monday was originally indicted on one count in June, but testimony during a preliminary hearing in Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court led to two more charges being filed against him, according to Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Stacey Gardner.

  • Bedford man faces charges related to texting girl

        A Bedford man has been charged with two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor
        On  Sunday, Quandre Lamar Lewis was arrested for allegedly communicating with a 15-year-old girl over a cell phone in an effort to have a sexual encounter and share alcoholic beverages, according to a news release from the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office.
        Lewis was booked into the Blue Ridge Regional Jail in Bedford on $5,000 secured bond and bonded out on Monday.

  • Music teacher sentenced

        A music teacher will serve additional time behind bars for a sexual relationship he had with a minor.

        Luís Roberto Méndez, 43, of Lynchburg, pleaded guilty in February in Bedford Circuit Court to a pair of charges of taking indecent liberties with a child by a person in a custodial or supervisory relationship. The victim was a 17-year-old girl.