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Courts and Crime

  • 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.

  • Three arrested on meth charges

        Bedford County Sheriff’s Office vice investigators, assisted by the Virginia State Police TACT Team, executed a narcotics search warrant at a Pony Acres Road residence in Bedford last Thursday night.
        Bethany Erin Abbott, 40, Randolph Wallace Clark Jr., 40, and Mark Mathew Ferguson, 42, all residing at the Pony Acres Road address, were arrested and charged with manufacturing and possession of methamphetamines. They were transported to the Bedford Adult Detention Center and are being held without bond.

  • '75 abduction case in Maryland leads investigators to Bedford County

    The 1975 abduction and murder case of two sisters in Montgomery County, Maryland, has led investigators to the Taylor Mountain area of Bedford County.

    Investigators with the Montgomery County (MD) Police Department are “zeroing in” on who they believe is responsible for taking the two girls, Sheila and Katherine Lyon, from a popular suburban Washington D.C. shopping center in 1975.

  • MD abduction case leads to Bedford

    The 1975 abduction and murder case of two sisters in Montgomery County, Maryland, has led investigators to the Taylor Mountain area of Bedford County.

        Investigators with the Montgomery County (MD) Police Department are “zeroing in” on who they believe is responsible for taking the two girls, Sheila and Katherine Lyon, from a popular  suburban  Washington  D.C.  shopping center in 1975.

  • Bedford man guilty in hit-and-run death

        A Bedford man, who struck and killed a man riding a bicycle on Va. 122 this past March, will spend the next seven-and-a-half years in prison for his actions that day.
        Michael Wayne Jenkins, 27, spent March 21 drinking beer and texting friends and family before he struck and killed Sean McQuaid, Jenkins entered no contest pleas to charges of hit and run with personal injury, aggravated involuntary manslaughter, both felonies, and disorderly conduct and first offense DUI, misdemeanor charges.

  • Goodview man to serve 22 months

        A 41-year-old Goodview man was sentenced to 22 months in prison during a hearing in circuit court Friday for an aggravated sexual battery charge that he described as a “prank.”
        Brian Howard Webb called his actions a prank—actions which involved him going into his victim’s room, a girl under the age of 13, without any clothes on and placing his penis in her hand while he thought she was sleeping.