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Courts and Crime

  • 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.

  • BCSO makes arrest in thefts of signs

        A county man has been charged with two counts of petit larceny for stealing campaign signs from private property.
        According to Sheriff Mike Brown, his office received several calls about campaign signs being stolen. They also got a call reporting a possible suspect and this led deputies to Samuel Edmund Coffey, 72, of Langford Mill Road. Brown said Coffey admitted to the theft of campaign signs and has been charged with two counts of petit larceny.

  • Yard signs go missing

        District 7 Supervisor Tammy Parker, who is seeking the Republican nomination for supervisor in the June 9 Republican primary, found her yard signs to be in great demand — from somebody who is stealing them.
        “I had a problem this weekend,” Parker said. “By Saturday afternoon they started going missing. By Sunday afternoon, the count was up to 12.”

  • Bedford Police Department officer, under investigation, resigns
  • Couple guilty of welfare, medical assistance fraud

        Otis Lee Witcher and April Michelle Whitaker dug a very deep hole for themselves, a hole more than $100,000 deep, over an extended period of time.
        Tuesday morning, they each entered pleas in Bedford County Circuit Court to 20 charges of welfare fraud and medical assistance fraud. Witcher entered guilty pleas and Whitaker pleaded no contest. A no contest plea means that the defendant does not admit guilt but agrees that the prosecution has enough evidence for a conviction.

  • Two found dead in Forest home

        On Thursday, a call from a worried co-worker led to the discovery of two individuals dead at a home in Forest.
        While still waiting on the medical examiner to determine the cause and manner of death, Bedford County Sheriff’s investigators do not believe a third party is involved in the deaths.
        Investigators continue to look into the deaths of the two individuals at 115 Jane Randolph St. in Forest. Investigators identified the two individuals as Curtis L. Brumfield, 58 and Susan C. Brumfield,  56.

  • Forest man arrested on child porn charges

        On April 7, Cameron Lavelle Boyd, of Forest was arrested on charges related to the possession of child pornography.
        In 2013 Boyd became a person of interest to the SOVA-ICAC when a detective from the Lynchburg Police Department downloaded child pornography from a suspect believed to be within the city of Lynchburg. Further investigation led to the discovery that the suspect lived in Bedford County, at which point the case was referred to the Bedford Sheriff’s Office.

  • Man charged with abducting woman in Thaxton

        On Tuesday, March 31, Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call from a Roanoke County dispatcher advising they had received a call reporting a female had been abducted by gun point from the Thaxton area of Bedford County.
        The caller further advised that the suspect and victim were at a home in Vinton. Vinton Police responded to the address and located them.