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Courts and Crime

  • Woman pleads guilty to meth charges

        A Forest woman pleaded no contest Friday to charges of manufacturing methamphetamine and having a child present while manufacturing the meth.
        Jessica Lynn Kirsche, 27, entered the pleas in Circuit Court Friday; the commonwealth agreed to not prosecute two other charges she had been indicted on by a grand jury.

  • BCSO helping with homicide cold case

        The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office and the Virginia State Police are assisting the Montgomery County (MD) Police Department with a homicide investigation, according to a news release from the Sheriff’s Office.
        Last week investigators from the Montgomery County Police Department, Cold Case Squad, traveled to Bedford County and met with investigators from the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office and Virginia State Police.

  • Forest man charged with attempting to abduct boy, attacking several others

    A Forest man has been arrested for attempting to abduct a 13-year-old boy Monday at a bus stop, as well as attacking several other residents.

    At 8:22 a.m. Monday, September 8, Bedford County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to Jane Randolph Street in Forest after receiving a call from a mother who reported that her 13 year old son had returned home from his bus stop.

  • Former teacher will have one trial for all three students he is accused of touching

        Harry Claiborne Dillard, 61, a former physical education teacher with Bedford County Public Schools, will face all three aggravated sexual battery charges against him in one trial.
        Dillard was in Bedford County Circuit Court, Tuesday morning, to determine if the charges would be tried at one time, or in separate trials.

  • Pair enter pleas to grand larceny charges

        Josey Ray Edwards, 25, and Angelina Delores Brooks, 31, both from Amherst, were found guilty in Bedford County Circuit Court of grand larceny on Tuesday.
        Brooks pleaded guilty to the charge while Edwards entered a no contest plea. A no contest plea means that the defendant does not admit guilt, but agrees that there is enough evidence to convict him.

  • BCSO investigates forgery, uttering cases

        The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a forgery and uttering that recently occurred.
        During the course of the investigation it was discovered that the same female suspect is allegedly responsible for similar crimes in Waynesboro, Chesterfield and the town of Bedford. These crimes with this suspect have been occurring since June 2014.

  • Former teacher faces charges

        A former physical education teacher with Bedford County Public Schools has been charged with three counts of aggravated sexual battery of students while he was working at Montvale Elementary School.
        The incidents allegedly occurred in 2011 and 2012 during gym classes at the school.

  • Hearing delayed until report is completed

        The Roanoke man charged with allegedly trying to hire a hit man to murder his estranged wife will be evaluated to see what his competency was at the time the allegation took place.
        Kevin Colgan remains in jail where he has been since he was arrested on June 19 after allegedly trying to hire the hit man who was actually an undercover officer with the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Bedford man facing child sex charges

        A Bedford man is facing three charges of aggravated sexual battery for incidents that allegedly occurred between 2004-2006.
        Mario Rivero, 43, is set for a jury trial on the charges on Sept. 30. The charges allege he inappropriately touched a girl under the age of 13 years old. He was arrested last August and indicted in December of last year.
        He has been out on bond.

  • Shooting timeline, name of man killed released

        The investigation remains ongoing into the officer-involved shooting in Bedford County July 30; the man who was killed has been identified.
        At the request of the Bedford County Sheriff, the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s “Police Shooting Investigative Team” out of the Salem Field Office is investigating the fatal shooting of the man by a Bedford County deputy sheriff.