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Courts and Crime

  • Death ruled murder-suicide

        The deaths of two Evington residents whose bodies were found decomposing have been officially ruled as a murder-suicide.
        This week, Bedford County Sheriff’s investigators received the autopsy report from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner’s on Ruby Laughon and Brent Laughon. Ruby Laughon died from multiple gunshots and Brent died from a single gunshot wound.
        The manner of death was ruled murder-suicide.

  • Three arrested on meth charges

        Bedford County Sheriff’s Office vice investigators, assisted by the Virginia State Police TACT Team, executed a narcotics search warrant at a Pony Acres Road residence in Bedford last Thursday night.
        Bethany Erin Abbott, 40, Randolph Wallace Clark Jr., 40, and Mark Mathew Ferguson, 42, all residing at the Pony Acres Road address, were arrested and charged with manufacturing and possession of methamphetamines. They were transported to the Bedford Adult Detention Center and are being held without bond.

  • '75 abduction case in Maryland leads investigators to Bedford County

    The 1975 abduction and murder case of two sisters in Montgomery County, Maryland, has led investigators to the Taylor Mountain area of Bedford County.

    Investigators with the Montgomery County (MD) Police Department are “zeroing in” on who they believe is responsible for taking the two girls, Sheila and Katherine Lyon, from a popular suburban Washington D.C. shopping center in 1975.

  • MD abduction case leads to Bedford

    The 1975 abduction and murder case of two sisters in Montgomery County, Maryland, has led investigators to the Taylor Mountain area of Bedford County.

        Investigators with the Montgomery County (MD) Police Department are “zeroing in” on who they believe is responsible for taking the two girls, Sheila and Katherine Lyon, from a popular  suburban  Washington  D.C.  shopping center in 1975.

  • Bedford man guilty in hit-and-run death

        A Bedford man, who struck and killed a man riding a bicycle on Va. 122 this past March, will spend the next seven-and-a-half years in prison for his actions that day.
        Michael Wayne Jenkins, 27, spent March 21 drinking beer and texting friends and family before he struck and killed Sean McQuaid, Jenkins entered no contest pleas to charges of hit and run with personal injury, aggravated involuntary manslaughter, both felonies, and disorderly conduct and first offense DUI, misdemeanor charges.

  • Goodview man to serve 22 months

        A 41-year-old Goodview man was sentenced to 22 months in prison during a hearing in circuit court Friday for an aggravated sexual battery charge that he described as a “prank.”
        Brian Howard Webb called his actions a prank—actions which involved him going into his victim’s room, a girl under the age of 13, without any clothes on and placing his penis in her hand while he thought she was sleeping.

  • 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.