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Courts and Crime

  • Goodlatte requests information on MS-13 gang members charged with murdering Lynchburg teen

    Sixth District Congressman Bob Goodlatte has asked for information on the three individuals charged with the murder of a 17-year-old teenager from Lynchburg, whose body was found March 27 on Roaring Run Road in Bedford County.

  • Dispute over dog leads to shooting of ex-husband

    By Emily Scruggs
    Intern Writer
    news@bedfordbulletin.com

        The death of a beloved dog spiked serious tension between Gretchen Simpson Bennett, 55, of Roanoke and her ex-husband Gerald Fairchild of Bedford County.
        According to Chief Assistant Commonwealth Attorney Stacey Gardner, Bennett appeared uninvited at the home of Fairchild on February 6, 2016, inquiring about the recent death of their dog and the location that the dog was buried.

  • Bedford man charged with shooting woman twice

        On March 19, deputies with the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office responded to a shots fired call at an address on Hale Street in Goodview. 
        When deputies arrived they heard screaming coming from the residence and located a female victim who had been shot.  Upon investigation, it was determined that the suspect, Ronald Lumsden, 63, had come to the residence and allegedly shot the female twice during a struggle, according to a news release from the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Lynchburg man pleads guilty to soliciting a minor

    By Emily Scruggs
    Intern Writer
    news@bedfordbulletin.com

        Michael Scott Capley, 49, of Lynchburg, pleaded guilty to two felony charges of soliciting a minor in Bedford County’s Circuit Court on Tuesday, March 14. 
        According to Assistant Com-monwealth’s Attorney Stacey Gardner, Capley responded to an ad placed on Craigslist on May 17, 2016. The ad, created by an undercover investigator, insinuated that a 14-year-old girl was seeking friendship in the Lynchburg area. 

  • Carroll County deputy killed while chasing Goodview man

    By Sara Blankenship

    and Shannon Watkins
    Landmark News Service

        Curtis Bartlett, a Carroll County Sheriff’s Department deputy, died in the line of duty last Thursday night, killed when his patrol car collided with a tractor-trailer while on the way to assist fellow officers involved in a chase of a suspect from Bedford County.
        Though he met a tragic end, Carroll Sheriff J.B. Gardner said Bartlett, 32, died doing what he lived for: “He wanted to chase bad guys and catch them.”

  • Ball faces criminal charges

        The Rev. Joshua Ball, pastor of Grace House, Bedford’s now closed homeless shelter, is now facing criminal charges.
        According to Bedford Police Chief Todd Foreman, Ball was arrested on warrants for assault and issuing a bad check.
        The arrest warrant for assault was obtained by a 21-year-old male who alleged that he had gone to see Ball and that Ball was angry with him and hit him. Foreman   said  citizens may obtain warrants by providing probable cause to a magistrate.

  • Welch trial delayed until September

    Because of considerable new evidence filed in the capital murder case of Lloyd Lee Welch Jr., the trial date has been rescheduled from April 18 to Sept. 12.

        The rescheduling of the trial was approved during a motions hearing in Bedford Circuit Court Friday afternoon. Also during the hearing, Judge James Updike approved a defense motion request to hire a DNA expert—Dr. Thomas McClintock of Liberty University—at an expected cost of $21,000.
        The prosecution has listed a number of DNA experts as possible witnesses.

  • Charges reduced

    Two men saw felony charges reduced to misdemeanors in Circuit Court, Tuesday. Both were the result of plea agreements.

  • Bedford County Circuit Court cases

    By Emily Scruggs
    Intern Writer
    news@bedfordbulletin.com

    Kendahl Renee Barker

  • Court rules on motions hearings

        Bedford County Circuit Court Judge James Updike heard motions from defense attorneys, Tuesday, to keep certain items from being presented as evidence when their clients go to trial.
        One set of motions involved  Christopher William Petersen, of Hardy, who is facing a charge of attempted second degree murder. His defense attorney wanted to keep two photographs from being introduced as evidence saying that they were not necessary for the Commonwealth to prove its case and would prejudice a jury against their client.