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Courts and Crime

  • Lawsuit moved to federal court

        A lawsuit,  alleging that racism motivated the school board to close Body Camp Elementary School rather than Moneta Elementary, has been moved to federal court.
        A hearing was originally scheduled in Bedford County Circuit Court, last Friday afternoon, but the decision to move it to federal court was made prior to the hearing.

  • Couple charged with 2014 Sonic robbery

        Weeks after the robbery of the Sonic in Forest in February 2014, Matthew Kukulski and Caitlin N. Williamson, boyfriend/girlfriend, became persons of interest in the robbery.
        In August 2014, Bedford County Sheriff’s Investigator Steve Smith traveled to Florida where Kukulski was serving time in jail. While in Florida, Smith interviewed both Kuklski and Williamson.

  • Thaxton man arrested for armed robbery

        Monday afternoon,  at 5:54 p.m., Bedford County 911 dispatch received a call from a female on Triggs Road, Bedford, stating that she had been robbed by a male subject holding a large “butcher” knife to her stomach and demanding “all of her money.”

        The victim gave the subject the contents of her wallet. After pushing the victim into a chair in the living room he exited the house by the back door, but not before cutting the phone lines so that a call could not be placed.

  • Three arrested on child abuse charges

    At 9:50 p.m. Monday evening, Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call reporting a possible child abuse on Mt. Airy Road, Lynch Station. A Bedford County sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to the location. After arriving on the scene and investigating the complaint Bedford County Social Services Child Protection investigators were contacted and made aware of the complaint.

  • Lawsuit claims racial bias

        A lawsuit filed against the Bedford County School Board, and Dr Douglas Schuch in his capacity as superintendent of schools, alleges that the decision to close Body Camp Elementary School, rather than Moneta Elementary School, was based on racial bias.

  • Sheriff: Drug bust helped keep heroin out of county

        Last week’s heroin bust, which amounted to 2,800 hits of the drug, helped keep the drug from gaining a stronghold in the county, according to Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown.
        Late Sunday, June 7 and early into Monday morning, members of the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, Vice Unit and investigators from DEA, Virginia State Police, Roanoke Police Department  and the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (“HIDTA”) Task Force  made the bust, arresting 54-year-old Jesse Ray Little of Huddleston.

  • Woman allegedly kicks out window of BCSO vehicle

        On Saturday afternoon, May 30,  a Bedford County Sheriff’s deputy was transporting a female to the Bedford Adult Detention Center, when she kicked the back door window glass out of his patrol vehicle, according to a report from the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office.
        The female, Kristin N. Forbes, 26, had been arrested at the Smith Mountain Lake State Park by a Smith Mountain Lake State Park officer for public intoxication. The arresting officer requested a police vehicle with a cage to transport her.

  • Former Thaxton resident fails to show for court

        A former Thaxton resident who claimed he wanted to start a company to build and operate a nuclear power plant in Idaho didn’t show for a court appearance this past week in federal court in Idaho.

  • Man enters plea in fatal accident case

        A Lynchburg man pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter Tuesday in Bedford County Circuit Court in connection with a fatal accident that occurred Halloween in 2013.

  • Blue Ridge man faces murder charge

        A Blue Ridge man has been charged with second degree murder following a shooting Sunday afternoon in Bedford County.

        At 4:20 p.m. Sunday May 10, Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call reporting a shooting at 961 Summit Ridge Drive, Blue Ridge. Bedford County deputies arrived on the scene at 4:38 p.m. and found a deceased white male lying in the driveway of the residence, according to a news release by the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office.