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Courts and Crime

  • Former animal shelter worker sentenced for animal cruelty

        A former worker at the Bedford County Animal Shelter will spend 15 days in jail after having his charges of animal cruelty dropped to a misdemeanor.
        Bryan Thomas Skinnell, 45, of Bedford, was arrested Sept. 26 of last year on the charge following the investigation of a complaint that was filed in August 2016. Skinnell’s employment at the shelter was terminated after he was charged with harming the feral cat.
        On May 23, Skinnell pleaded no contest to the animal cruelty charge.

  • BCSO issues scam alert

        The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office has received numerous calls from citizens reporting suspicious telephone calls they had received.
        The callers advise that they had received calls from numbers showing County of Bedford, Commonwealth Attorney, Social Services and other public service departments on their caller ID. After answering the phone the person uses several different scam stories attempting to obtain their personal information.

  • Goodview man faces charges in connection with shooting of dog

        A Goodview man who allegedly shot a neighbor’s dog after it had bitten his grandson has been charged with reckless handling of a firearm.
        Last Wednesday, July 19 at 8:20 p.m., Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call to Oak Park Drive in Goodview. The caller reported that a man had just shot a dog in front of children.

  • Welch requests change of venue

        The double murder case against Lloyd Lee Welch Jr. could be moved from Bedford County if his request for a change of venue is granted.
        Welch’s attorneys filed the request at the end of June, stating that because of pretrial publicity their client could not receive a fair trial in Bedford or surrounding counties.

  • Charges against pastor dismissed

        This past spring, the Rev. Joshua Ball, pastor of Grace House before the homeless shelter closed, was charged with writing a bad check to the town’s electric department and assaulting a man. The check was written in a effort to pay the shelter’s electric bill, which was in arrears.
        Last week, Ball had his day in court. The bad     Ball said, in a phone interview, that as far as he knew, the money was there when he wrote the check.

  • Two face larceny charges

        On June 26 at about 12:05 a.m., officers from the Bedford Police Department responded to a call about a male suspect removing items from the rear of a local store.
        According to a report from the Bedford Police Department, witnesses gave the officers a description of the suspect and his vehicle.  Officers checked the area and located a male walking  who  matched the description and the white Dodge truck.  The truck was loaded with the items that were removed from the store’s parking lot, according to the report.

  • Wiley to serve 20 years

        Charles Garrett Wiley, 48, pleaded no contest to three counts of aggravated sexual battery and will spend 20 years in prison for those convictions.

  • Bedford resident facing 9 years in prison for defrauding employer, government

        Brian Charles Tolley, 42, of Bedford, was sentenced last week to 9 years in prison, after having been previously convicted at trial in West Palm Beach, Florida, of wire fraud, identity theft, aggravated identity theft, possession of counterfeit government seals with the intent to defraud, money laundering, making and subscribing false federal income tax returns, and failing to file federal income tax returns.

  • BCSO investigating cases of heroin laced with fentanyl

        On June 2, Bedford County Sheriff’s deputies and Bedford County Fire and Rescue units responded to two heroin overdose calls.

        In both incidents, narcan was administered and both victims were revived and transported to the hospital by EMS. Investigators later learned that the heroin consumed in both cases was laced with fentanyl.
        Narcan, an opiate antidote, can be used when a person is overdosing on an opioid.

  • Charges upgraded in teen’s murder

        Charges against three defendants previously charged for their alleged role in the death of a local teenager were upgraded this past week by a Bedford County grand jury—two are now facing capital murder charges.
        On Friday, the June session of the grand jury was held to consider a number of proposed indictments. The three defendants charged in the death of Raymond Wood on March 27, 2017, saw their charges upgraded by these indictments.