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Courts and Crime

  • 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.

  • Former BCC golf pro guilty of embezzlement

        A former golf pro at Bedford Country Club pleaded guilty on Tuesday to two counts of embezzlement from the club.
        Michael Edward Thompson, 46, of Stanley, Virginia, entered the pleas in connection with a 2015 investigation into irregularities in BCC’s financial books. That investigation led to the charges placed against Thompson, who was arrested and charged in April 2016.

  • Man convicted of 2015 burglary

        The second of two men who broke into a maintenance office at Liberty Lake Park, and were found hiding in the bathroom at the park, have been convicted for statutory burglary.
        Kasey Wayne Johnson, 20, was barely 18 when he and John Marat Merten III were found inside the men’s restroom at the park, claiming to be homeless in December 2015.

  • Charges upgraded in alleged gang-related slaying

     

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    Today, Friday, the June session of the Bedford County Grand Jury was held to consider a number of proposed indictments. Three defendants who were previously charged for their alleged role in the death of Raymond Wood on March 27, 2017, saw their charges upgraded by these indictments. True bills were returned against the following individuals.

  • Former Army sergeant to serve 12 years in prison

    A former sergeant in the US Army will spend 12 years in prison on six felony charges related to a relationship he had with a 14-year-old Bedford County girl.

        On Friday Judge James Updike sentenced 27-year-old Angelo E. Paderes to 22 years in prison on four counts of computer solicitation, one count of carnal knowledge and one count of abduction. Judge Updike suspended 10 years of that sentence.

  • Former animal shelter worker guilty of animal cruelty

        A worker at the Bedford County Animal Shelter has been found guilty of felony animal cruelty, in connection with injuries to a cat that led it to have to be euthanized.
        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 on Aug. 10. Skinnell’s employment at the shelter was terminated after he was charged with harming the feral cat.
        Last Tuesday, May 23, Skinnell pleaded no contest to the animal cruelty charge.

  • No jail time in animal cruelty case

        A 38-year-old Moneta man received a 3-year suspended sentence Friday for a felony animal cruelty conviction.
        Last November, authorities were called to the home of Ian Michael Long and found a 1-year-old puppy dead, chained in a makeshift shelter outside.
        According to Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney John Wheelock the dog had been malnourished and later tests confirmed that the dog had not been fed properly.

  • Fake endorsement letter circulating

        According to District 4 Supervisor John Sharp, a letter claiming to be from the  “John Sharp Election Committee” has been circulated. There is no  “John Sharp Election Committee” and the letter is listing the wrong date for the Republican Primary. The letter states that the primary is on June 16, but it is actually on Tuesday, June 13.

  • Former tourism director sues county

        Bedford County’s former director of tourism has filed a lawsuit in federal court seeking $3 million in damages, alleging his constitutional rights were violated when he was removed from his post.
        Gerald Ernest Craig named Bedford County, County Administrator Carl Boggess, and supervisors Curry Martin, Bill Thomasson and Steve Wilkerson as defendants in the case.