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Courts and Crime

  • Charges for eluding police, shooting gun, go to grand jury

        Charges against a Bedford County man, for firing a firearm while being pursued by law enforcement, have been certified to a Bedford grand jury following the man’s decision to waive his right to a preliminary hearing in General District Court.

  • Riddle to spend six years in prison for DUI crash

        A 20-year-old Lynchburg man will spend six years in prison as the result of an accident last October which  led to the death of a passenger in the car he was driving and severely injured another passenger.

  • Franciso pleads guilty to 12 felonies

        Attempts to use a stolen credit card brought a Moneta woman to Bedford County Circuit Court, Friday. Chelsea Elaine Francisco, 22, entered guilty pleas to 12 felonies. According to Commonwealth’s Attorney Wes Nance, there was no plea agreement.

  • Noell found guilty of charges related to break-in

        A former employee of Sonic in Bedford, arrested for breaking into the fast-food restaurant Feb. 1, has been found guilty on the charges related to the break-in.

        Cedric Choe Noell, 30, is also facing charges of embezzlement from the restaurant. Noell was in Circuit Court on the charges related to the break in last Tuesday.

  • Hardy man faces attempted 2nd degree murder charge

        Charges against a Hardy man for attempted second degree murder will go to a Bedford County grand jury following a preliminary hearing in General District Court Aug. 17.

        Christopher W. Petersen, 29, has been  charged with attempted second degree murder and assault and battery. Judge Lee Stilwell certified the charge against Petersen.
        Just after midnight on May 27 Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call to the 1100 block of Oyler Road in Hardy.

  • Woman killed in early morning shooting
  • Korczynski pleads guilty to meth charges

        Jessica Suzanne Korczynski will be able to avoid a felony conviction if she remains on good behavior for the next year and follows terms set down in Court by Judge James Updike Friday afternoon.
        Korczynski pleaded guilty to possession of methamphetamine and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. The contributing to the delinquency of a minor charge stems from the fact that she had meth in the house at the same time her child was there.

  • Soering claims he should be let out of prison

        Major Ricky Gardner isn’t changing his views on the guilt of convicted double-murderer Jens Soering, no matter what Soering’s lawyer may argue.
        “Mr. (Steven) Rosenfield’s announcement this week does not change the status of Jens Soering’s conviction. In fact, these results have been publicly known for several years,” Gardner said of disputed blood evidence in the case.

  • Former Bedford Police officer to serve 5 years

        Brian McAlexander completed his fall from police lieutenant to convicted felon Tuesday morning in Bedford County Circuit Court.

        According to a plea agreement between McAlexander and Virginia Assistant Attorney General Samuel Gene Fishel, McAlexander pleaded guilty to one charge of distributing child pornography.
        Four other child porn charges were not prosecuted as part of the agreement. Though the charges weren’t prosecuted, the defendant could later be re-indicted on the same charge.

  • Arson charges

        An ongoing dispute between some Bedford residents has led to multiple charges being filed in connection with a fight and a fire being set.
        The most recent charges came Aug. 8 when a call was made about a structure fire in the 200 block of Mill Street.
        According to a report from the Bedford Police Department, property under the house was damaged and part of the residence was damaged.