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Courts and Crime

  • Five arrested in string of arrests

        Authorities have arrested five people in connection with a string of thefts in the Stewartsville and Moneta areas.
        On Monday July 24, Bedford County Sheriff’s Office investigators obtained arrest warrants for three men and two women. The warrants were the result of the ongoing investigation of thefts that occurred between the middle of June and middle of July.
        According to Major Ricky Gardner, the thefts included a string of larcenies involving equipment, lawnmowers and trailers in that area.

  • Goodview man faces charges in connection with shooting of dog

        A Goodview man who allegedly shot a neighbor’s dog after it had bitten his grandson has been charged with reckless handling of a firearm.
        Last Wednesday, July 19 at 8:20 p.m., Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call to Oak Park Drive in Goodview. The caller reported that a man had just shot a dog in front of children.

  • Welch requests change of venue

        The double murder case against Lloyd Lee Welch Jr. could be moved from Bedford County if his request for a change of venue is granted.
        Welch’s attorneys filed the request at the end of June, stating that because of pretrial publicity their client could not receive a fair trial in Bedford or surrounding counties.

  • Charges against pastor dismissed

        This past spring, the Rev. Joshua Ball, pastor of Grace House before the homeless shelter closed, was charged with writing a bad check to the town’s electric department and assaulting a man. The check was written in a effort to pay the shelter’s electric bill, which was in arrears.
        Last week, Ball had his day in court. The bad     Ball said, in a phone interview, that as far as he knew, the money was there when he wrote the check.

  • Two face larceny charges

        On June 26 at about 12:05 a.m., officers from the Bedford Police Department responded to a call about a male suspect removing items from the rear of a local store.
        According to a report from the Bedford Police Department, witnesses gave the officers a description of the suspect and his vehicle.  Officers checked the area and located a male walking  who  matched the description and the white Dodge truck.  The truck was loaded with the items that were removed from the store’s parking lot, according to the report.

  • Wiley to serve 20 years

        Charles Garrett Wiley, 48, pleaded no contest to three counts of aggravated sexual battery and will spend 20 years in prison for those convictions.

  • Bedford resident facing 9 years in prison for defrauding employer, government

        Brian Charles Tolley, 42, of Bedford, was sentenced last week to 9 years in prison, after having been previously convicted at trial in West Palm Beach, Florida, of wire fraud, identity theft, aggravated identity theft, possession of counterfeit government seals with the intent to defraud, money laundering, making and subscribing false federal income tax returns, and failing to file federal income tax returns.

  • BCSO investigating cases of heroin laced with fentanyl

        On June 2, Bedford County Sheriff’s deputies and Bedford County Fire and Rescue units responded to two heroin overdose calls.

        In both incidents, narcan was administered and both victims were revived and transported to the hospital by EMS. Investigators later learned that the heroin consumed in both cases was laced with fentanyl.
        Narcan, an opiate antidote, can be used when a person is overdosing on an opioid.

  • Charges upgraded in teen’s murder

        Charges against three defendants previously charged for their alleged role in the death of a local teenager were upgraded this past week by a Bedford County grand jury—two are now facing capital murder charges.
        On Friday, the June session of the grand jury was held to consider a number of proposed indictments. The three defendants charged in the death of Raymond Wood on March 27, 2017, saw their charges upgraded by these indictments.

  • Former BCC golf pro guilty of embezzlement

        A former golf pro at Bedford Country Club pleaded guilty on Tuesday to two counts of embezzlement from the club.
        Michael Edward Thompson, 46, of Stanley, Virginia, entered the pleas in connection with a 2015 investigation into irregularities in BCC’s financial books. That investigation led to the charges placed against Thompson, who was arrested and charged in April 2016.