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Courts and Crime

  • Oulds charges to go to grand jury

        Charges against Steve Oulds, of Lynchburg, have been certified to the grand jury following a preliminary hearing Monday in General District Court.
        Oulds faces charges stemming from the death of James Dale Gunter in a single vehicle crash last year near Coleman Falls. Oulds has been accused of driving the car. The accident occurred on U. S. 501 on Aug. 18, 2013.

  • Charges certified

        Michael Wayne Jenkins, charged with felony hit and run and felony assault and battery on an EMS worker, waived a preliminary hearing when he appeared in Bedford County General District Court, Monday. Judge Harold Black certified the charges to the August grand jury.
        Jenkins is charged with hitting a bicyclist on Va. 122, near Va. 24 on March 21 and then leaving the scene of the accident. Sean McQuaid, the bicyclist, died from his injuries the next day.

  • Former Bedford man faces charge of soliciting undercover officer to kill his estranged wife

        A former Bedford resident, charged with attempting to hire someone he thought was a hit man  to murder his wife, had been under surveillance for months prior to his arrest.

  • Colgan's Facebook postings

        Kevin Colgan’s alleged posts to his Facebook page played a role in law enforcement’s increased interest in his activity, leading up to his arrest for hiring a hit man to kill his wife. The following posts—arranged from the most recent to some older posts—were being monitored by law enforcement.

    June 18
        “So if  you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?”
        Evil. In the form of my ex wife.

  • Evington man gets 3 years for 31 convictions

        A 25-year-old Evington man, who pleaded guilty to multiple felony and misdemeanor counts associated with thefts from vehicles and the subsequent use of stolen credit cards, will spend three years in prison for his convictions.

  • 50 years: Jailhouse calls lead to longer sentence

        Charles Wesley Olmstead just couldn’t help himself.
        And it cost him—it cost him a lot.
        Facing up to 50 years on computer solicitation charges, Olmstead, 39, made calls for phone sex to two different minor age girls—from jail.

  • Motorcyclist fled deputies in Campbell Co.; wrecked in Bedford

    Robert Morgan, 36, of Forest, was taken into custody by a Campbell County deputy, late Monday afternoon, after his motorcycle hit a tree in the Sonic parking lot on Independence Boulevard in Bedford.

        According to Lt. Todd Foreman, of the Bedford Town Police Department, a Campbell County deputy had been pursuing a man on a motorcycle, but broke off pursuit. Shortly after, Bedford County deputies in an unmarked car spotted a man on a motorcycle, near Wal-Mart, who matched the description of the person the Campbell County deputy had been chasing.

  • Robbery suspect sought

    An armed man robbed the Spirit Market in Bedford Monday night and police continue to look for the suspect.

  • Thieves targeting storage units

    >Bedford County Sheriff’s investigators are investigating numerous burglaries of storage units that have occurred since January 2014.

    Suspect(s) are gaining entry into a single unit and are then able to access adjoining units. After gaining entrance, suspect(s) are stealing various items (jewelry, silverware, dinnerware, etc.). Storage units located in Moneta, Thaxton, New London and Forest have all been victimized.

  • Harris case goes to federal court

        A US Naval pilot, stationed at Oceana Naval Air Station, in the Virginia Beach area, had a court date in Bedford County Tuesday.

        His charges here were dropped, on a motion filed in Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court by Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Wes Nance, because the case is now being pursued through the federal court system.