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Courts and Crime

  • 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.

  • Oulds enters plea

        Steve Malotey Oulds III, 54, of Lynchburg entered a no contest plea Tuesday in Bedford County Circuit Court, to a charge of involuntary manslaughter while driving under the influence in connection with an accident that led to the death of James Dale Gunter.

  • Bedford man indicted in federal court in Florida

        Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, John F. Khin, Special Agent in Charge, Defense Criminal Investigative Service (DCIS), Southeast Field Office, and Frank Robey, Director, U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command, Major Procurement Fraud Unit (MPFU), have announced that Brian Charles Tolley, 39, of Bedford, has been indicted for wire fraud, identity theft, aggravated identity theft, possession of counterfeit government seals and money laundering.

  • Muder-for-hire case moves to grand jury

        Kevin Colgan, charged with trying to hire a hit man to murder his wife, waived his right to a preliminary hearing Monday in Bedford County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.
        Colgan remains in jail where he has been since he was arrested on June 19.

  • Foreman named new Bedford Police chief

    Todd Foreman has been appointed Chief of Police for the Town of Bedford.

    An 18 year veteran of the Bedford Police Department, Foreman has served in the office of Lieutenant since 2009. He is a graduate of Liberty University, where he is completing work on a Master of Science degree.

    Foreman is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy as well as the Professional Executive Leadership School sponsored by the University of Richmond. He succeeds Jim Day, who retired from the position after eight years.

  • Grand jury to help with case

        Investigators have named a second person of interest in the abduction and slaying case of two sisters in 1975 in Montgomery County, Maryland, and a special grand jury convened Friday in Bedford County Circuit Court to help with the investigation.

        As many as a dozen witnesses were expected to appear before the grand jury.

  • Intruder at FES leads to increased security at school

        Bedford County Public Schools officials are working to increase security at Forest Elementary School following reports of an intruder who entered the school Sept. 19.
        According to school officials, an African-American man, bald and apparently in his 20s, went to the school and requested to have lunch with a first grade student.

  • Search continues

        Last week, two Bedford County Sheriff’s Office investigators and Bedford’s chief prosecutor were in Maryland continuing to investigate the 1975 abduction and murder of sisters Shelia, 12, and Katie, 10, Lyon.
        Maryland investigators believe that the missing children may have ultimately been brought to Bedford.

  • Death ruled murder-suicide

        The deaths of two Evington residents whose bodies were found decomposing have been officially ruled as a murder-suicide.
        This week, Bedford County Sheriff’s investigators received the autopsy report from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner’s on Ruby Laughon and Brent Laughon. Ruby Laughon died from multiple gunshots and Brent died from a single gunshot wound.
        The manner of death was ruled murder-suicide.