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Courts and Crime

  • Two charged with firing gun in residence, child neglect

        An alleged argument at a Bedford residence has led to two people being charged with discharging a firearm in an occupied dwelling and felony child neglect.

  • Jury finds mother guilty in death of her child

        Her ex-husband, Nathan Aponte, asked the jury to show Emily Aponte mercy as it went back to the jury room to decide on a sentence, having convicted her of involuntary manslaughter for causing the accident that took the life of their 6-year-old son, Ethan.

  • Rotting corpse found in barrel

        On Saturday, April 30, Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call from a homeowner on Trapper Lane, off Stewartsville Road in the Stewartsville area of the county, who reported finding a barrel at their residence containing possible human remains.
        Bedford County sheriff’s deputies and investigators responded and determined the remains were human. The caller told the investigators that the barrel belonged to Robert Wozniak, according to Major Ricky Gardner of the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Woman indicted for 2nd degree murder

        A Bedford County grand jury has indicted a county woman for second degree murder in connection with the Oct. 1, 2015, shooting of her brother.
        Last Friday, the grand jury returned indictments against Vicky Thomas Clark, 54, for second degree murder and use of a firearm in commission of a felony. An August 2 trial date has been set.

  • After 18 years, Judge Black stepping down

        After 18 years as General District Court judge — he first took his seat on the bench on April Fools Day — Judge Harold Black will hang up his robe for the last time at the end of the day tomorrow. He’s retiring — his first day of retirement will also be April Fools day.

  • Monday to serve 12 years

        Arthur Franklin Monday dropped his jumpsuit and maintained his innocence during his sentencing hearing Friday in which Judge James Updike sentenced him to 12 years in prison on a forcible sodomy conviction.

        “I never touched those girls or forced myself on them in any way,” Monday told Judge Updike before sentencing was handed down. “I maintain my innocence.”

  • Vinton man to serve six days for embezzling funds from Chamblissburg Rescue Squad

        Though mild-mannered and elderly, Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney John Wheelock felt it was important that Garry Hyatt Sutliffe, 72, not get out of his felony embezzlement charge without at least a little time to serve.

        On Friday Sutliffe, who had pleaded guilty in January to embezzling almost $1,000 from the  Chamblissburg First Aid and Rescue Squad funds, was sentenced to two years in prison with all but six days of that sentence suspended.

  • Caldwell convicted

        An angry argument, last May, resulted in Gary Hamilton’s death and, after a two-day trial last week, 53-year-old Jeffery Thomas Caldwell becoming a convicted felon.
        The altercation came about after Hamilton nearly ran over one of Caldwell’s dogs and Caldwell went to Hamilton’s home to confront him over the incident. It ended when Caldwell, who has a concealed weapon permit, shot Hamilton in the back of the head with a .357 magnum revolver loaded with jacketed hollow points.

  • BCSO makes arrest in car larceny cases

        Investigators with the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office have made an arrest in a series of larcenies from vehicles on the south side of the county over the last several weeks. 

  • Vinton man guilty of abduction, malicious wounding

        Three months after abducting a Bedford County woman the first time, Willard Wayne Hale abducted the same woman again, causing numerous injuries to his victim.