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Courts and Crime

  • Competent to stand trial

        A Bedford woman, charged with first-degree murder in the death of her 2-year-old son, has been declared mentally competent to stand trial.

  • Goodview man sentenced for accident that took life of his friend

        A 22-year-old Goodview man will spend 12 months in jail for an involuntary manslaughter conviction involving a single-vehicle accident that killed a Bedford man.

        Durham Westley Falabella received a 10-year-sentence with all but 12 months of that sentence suspended, on the involuntary manslaughter conviction. He also received a 12 month sentence on a misdemeanor driving under the influence conviction, which runs concurrently with the other sentence.

  • Officer cleared in July shooting

        Armed, dangerous and desperate.
        That is how Bedford County Deputy Juette Renalds described 32-year-old David Mendoza, the man he shot and killed July 30, following a chase that began earlier that evening after a home invasion in which Mendoza had attacked a county woman.
        Following a four month investigation by special prosecutor Montgomery County Commonwealth’s Attorney Mary Pettitt, Renalds has been cleared in the shooting.

  • Perjury charge

    The special grand jury investigating the 1975 disappearance of sisters Sheila and Katherine Lyon met last week and at least one woman has been indicted, according to a story in The Washington Post.
        According to the Post article, 65-year-old Patricia Jean Welch, a Maryland resident, has been indicted for perjury. Patricia Welch is the wife of Richard Allen Welch who authorities named in October as a “person of interest” in the investigation of the abduction of the two girls who were last seen at a Wheaton, Maryland, shopping mall.

  • Shooting ruled justifiable; officers return to duty

    The officer-related shooting death of Richard Thomas Bergeron on Oct. 28 has been ruled as a justified shooting by Michael R. Doucette, the commonwealth's attorney in Lynchburg, who was serving as special prosecutor in the investigation.

    “I will not be seeking any criminal charges against them,” Doucette wrote in a letter to Circuit Court Judge James Updike. “In fact, in my opinion, they should be commended for the quick and decisive action they took which saved the life of Doris Bergeron.”

  • Shooting details revealed

        The officer-related shooting death of Richard Thomas Bergeron on Oct. 28 has been ruled as a justified shooting by Michael R. Doucette, the commonwealth’s attorney in Lynchburg, who was serving as special prosecutor in the investigation.

  • Investor reacts to charges

        Charlie Frazer describes himself as a minor investor, but still just feels “that he’s been had.”

  • Bedford man to serve two years in prison

        A Bedford man will spend two years in prison for his conviction Friday of aggravated sexual battery.
        Gregory Wayne Overstreet had pleaded no contest to the charge during a hearing Sept. 16 and Friday adjudication of that plea was made during a sentencing hearing in Bedford County Circuit Court. Judge James Updike sentenced Overstreet to 10 years in prison for the conviction, suspended after two years in prison.

  • AEHI founder indicted

    Donald L. Gillispie, 71, of Meridian, Idaho, and Jennifer R. Ransom, 40, of Meridian, Idaho, were indicted Nov. 13 by a federal grand jury sitting in Boise.

        Gillispie, a former Thaxton resident, began the nuclear power company, included in the indictment, in Bedford County.
        The defendants were charged with 14 counts of conspiracy, securities fraud, wire fraud, filing false tax returns, federal agents, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. An initial appearance is set for Gillispie this month.

  • Jail sentence for man convicted of child endangerment charge

        Danny Craig Nichols Jr., 25 of Evington, entered guilty pleas, Tuesday in Bedford County Circuit Court, to possession of methamphetamine and child endangerment.
        According to Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Stephanie Ayers, Nichols and his girlfriend share a 4-year-old child in common. Authorities found drug paraphernalia, in the single bedroom of the place he and his girlfriend were renting, which tested positive for meth.