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Courts and Crime

  • Charges upgraded to capital murder

        Two defendants who were previously charged in connection with the murder of a Lynchburg teen this past March had those charges upgraded by a grand jury in Bedford that met Tuesday.

         Kevin Josue Soto Bonilla, 20, and Cristian Jose Sanchez Gomez, 22, have now been charged with capital murder, robbery, abduction for pecuniary benefit and participation in a criminal act in association with a criminal street gang.

  • Grand jury indicts 2 men on child porn charges

        Two men facing charges related to child pornography were indicted by a Bedford grand jury Tuesday.
        The grand jury returned indictments against Theodor Ohara Rainey Jr. of Lynchburg and Michael Ian Bowser of Accomack.

        Two men facing charges related to child pornography were indicted by a Bedford grand jury Tuesday.
        The grand jury returned indictments against Theodor Ohara Rainey Jr. of Lynchburg and Michael Ian Bowser of Accomack.

  • Schools placed on lockdown

    At 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call from West Crossing Drive, Forest. The caller advised that two black males wearing ski masks entered his home armed with a handgun. The suspects took the callers safe and left in a grey SUV. The caller said one of the suspects was wearing a yellow jacket and the other had on a grey jacket. Bedford County Sheriff’s deputies are actively searching the area for the suspect vehicle. As a precautionary measure several Forest schools were placed on a perimeter lock-down, which was lifted at 2:20 p.m.

  • Goodview man faces rape charge

        On May 31, 2017, a Bedford County Sheriff’s Office investigator took a complaint from a female reporting she had been raped.
        The victim stated that she was visiting a friend in Stewartsville on April 25, 2017. She said she had been drinking alcohol and had gone to bed in the guest room. She said when she woke up, her friend’s boyfriend, Brian Riggs, was having sex with her against her will.

  • Bedford man faces charges for incident at Pinecrest Apartments

    A 21-year-old Bedford man has been charged with three felonies and a misdemeanor in connection with an incident that occurred Oct. 14 at Pinecrest Apartments.
        Demonte Treon Bryant has been charged with strangling another causing wounding or injury, misdemeanor assault and battery; breaking and entering with the intent to commit a felony; and abduction and kidnapping.

  • Eight alleged MS-13 members charged

        A federal grand jury returned an indictment on September 27 and it was unsealed Wednesday. The indictment charges the defendants in connection with a conspiracy to participate in a racketeering enterprise known as the La Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13. The indictments include charges associated with the death of a Lynchburg teen who was killed in Bedford County.
        Those indicted include:
        Carlos Roberto Tejada Cruz, a/k/a “Krusty,” age 20, of Beltsville, Maryland;

  • BCSO charges two more men in connection with murder of Lynchburg teen

        Two additional suspects have been charged in connection with the murder of a teen in Bedford County last March.
        Kevin Soto-Bonilla, age 20, was arrested in New York on September 19, 2017. He will be extradited back to Bedford in the coming days.
        Cristian José Sánchez-Gómez, age 22, was arrested on October 5, 2017 in Albemarle County, Va. He is being held in the Blue Ridge Regional Jail on no bond.

  • Eight alleged MS-13 members charged; allegations include murder of teen in Bedford County

    A federal grand jury returned an indictment on September 27 and it was unsealed Wednesday. The indictment charges the defendants in connection with a conspiracy to participate in a racketeering enterprise known as the La Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13. The indictments include charges associated with the death of a Lynchburg teen who was killed in Bedford County.

    Those indicted include:

    Carlos Roberto Tejada Cruz, a/k/a “Krusty,” age 20, of Beltsville, Maryland;

  • Teen pleads guilty to four felonies

        A Bedford teen pleaded guilty to four felonies Friday in connection with an October 2016 incident in which he stole a gun from his parents’ home and fired at several occupied vehicles.
        Daniel Jared Flint, 18, entered guilty pleas in Bedford Circuit Court to two counts of shooting at an occupied vehicle, one count of possessing a firearm after being involuntarily committed and one count of destruction of property.

  • Making the case

        Bedford County Commonwealth’s Attorney Wes Nance called them the heroes of the Lyon sisters case: They were the investigators that put in thousands of hours of work in making the first degree murder cases against Lloyd Lee Welch Jr.