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Courts and Crime

  • Moneta man gets 11 year sentence for stabbing wife’s lover

    James David Fincher will spend 11 years behind bars for stabbing his wife’s lover.

  • Colgan guilty in murder for hire scheme

        Kevin Christopher Colgan had made references last year on Facebook to wanting to have his estranged wife killed.

        But on June 18, 2014, when he met with an undercover officer that he thought was a hit man, those inferences turned into solicitation.
        That meeting, and a second the following day, led to his arrest and Tuesday morning Colgan, after pleading no contest to the charge of solicitation to commit murder, was found guilty of the charge by Bedford County Circuit Court Judge James Updike.

  • Jury convicts Harris

        A federal jury convicted a naval officer on Monday of coercing nine girls between the ages of 12 and 17 into sending him explicit photos and videos of themselves.
        Lt. Daniel Chase Harris, 31, of Virginia Beach, is set to be sentenced July 13 in U.S. District Court on 31 felonies – including 13 counts of production of child pornography and two counts of obstruction of justice. He faces a minimum of 15 years in prison and the maximum of life.

  • Testimony: Sisters made sex videos under threat

    By Scott Daugherty
    Landmark News Service/The Virginian-Pilot
    and Staff Reports

        The girl didn’t know Frank Dietrich, but she wanted to.
        She was 14 when she received a Facebook friend request from what appeared to be an older boy. His profile picture showed a young man throwing a football while wearing a tight shirt that showed off a muscular physique.

  • Details revealed in Lyon sisters disappearance

        Details of how Bedford County became the central focus in the search for the bodies of sisters Sheila and Katherine Lyon, ages 10 and 12, have emerged through an affidavit recently released as part of a search warrant in the investigation of the girls’ disappearance.

  • Oulds receives 3-year sentence for accident that killed his friend

        A Lynchburg man, who drove a car involved in an accident that killed his best friend, will spend three years in prison for causing that accident.
        Steve Malotey Oulds III, 54, of Lynchburg had previously entered a no contest plea last fall in Bedford County Circuit Court, to a charge of involuntary manslaughter while driving under the influence in connection with the August 2013 accident that led to the death of 52-year-old James Dale Gunter.

  • Police raid meth lab

        Last week Bedford County Sheriff’s investigators and Virginia State Police executed a search warrant at a Jordantown Road residence in Bedford County that resulted in the arrest of two Bedford County residents on drug related charges.

  • Music teacher pleads guilty

          Luis Roberto Mendez, a music teacher in Bedford County, pleaded to a pair of charges of taking indecent liberties with a child by a person in a custodial or supervisory relationship in Bedford Circuit Court on Friday afternoon.

        The Class Five felonies can result in one to five years in the penitentiary per charge.
        Mendez, 42, appeared bedecked in an orange jumpsuit in front of Judge James Updike, along with defense counsel Matthew Pack.

  • 1st degree murder charge certified

         A first degree murder charge against a Bedford woman, accused of smothering her 1-year-old son with a stuffed animal last February, has been certified to a Bedford County grand jury, following a preliminary hearing in Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court Monday morning.

  • Music teacher's charges certified to grand jury

        Charges against a Lynchburg man, accused of taking indecent liberties with a minor female student he taught at a music school, will go to a Bedford County grand jury.

        On Fri-day Dec. 19, Luis Roberto Mendez, 42, was arrested and charged with two counts of taking indecent liberty with a child. He has been held in the Bedford Adult Detention Center on no bond since his arrest.
        At  a  bond  hearing  appeal, Judge James Updike deemed him as a flight risk, denying Mendez bond.