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Courts and Crime

  • 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.

  • Bedford man to serve 15 mos.

        A Bedford man is now a convicted sex offender after pleading no contest Tuesday in Bedford County Circuit Court to taking indecent liberties with a child.
        A no contest plea means the defendant neither admits or disputes a charge. It has the same effect as a guilty plea.
        According     to     Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Stephanie Ayers, the offenses happened in 2006. Mario Rivero, now 43, was accused of fondling a minor girl through her clothing.

  • Stabbing leads to 2 arrests

        An altercation Wednesday evening led to the stabbing of two women at a Bedford residence.
        The incident occurred Jan. 14 around 7:30 p.m. at a residence in the 1300 block of Lowry Street. According to Bedford Police Chief Todd Foreman, two women went onto the property at Lowry Street and the altercation occurred between the two teens and two men.

  • Investigators think they are close

        Local, state and federal law enforcement were working together this week in hopes of finding the bodies of  Sheila and Katherine Lyon, abducted four decades ago in Montgomery County, Maryland.
        The four-decade long investigation into the missing girls has been focused in the Taylor’s Mountain area of Bedford County since early last fall. A search for the bodies of the two girls has been ongoing over the rough terrain of the mountain.

  • Ex-Gov. McDonnell sentenced to 2 years in prison

    By Benjamin May and Sean CW Korsgaard
    Capital News Service

  • Competent to stand trial

        A Bedford woman, charged with first-degree murder in the death of her 2-year-old son, has been declared mentally competent to stand trial.

  • Goodview man sentenced for accident that took life of his friend

        A 22-year-old Goodview man will spend 12 months in jail for an involuntary manslaughter conviction involving a single-vehicle accident that killed a Bedford man.

        Durham Westley Falabella received a 10-year-sentence with all but 12 months of that sentence suspended, on the involuntary manslaughter conviction. He also received a 12 month sentence on a misdemeanor driving under the influence conviction, which runs concurrently with the other sentence.