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Courts and Crime

  • CASAs help children caught up in court system

        According to Juvenile and Domestic Relations Judge Louis Harrison, CASA is a valuable asset in the cases he hears.

        CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocate. These trained volunteers are appointed by the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court to investigate and advocate for children in cases before the court where children are involved. They prepare a report, making a recommendation on what is best for the children, to help the judge make his decision.

  • Search warrant: Mother confessed

        The mother of a child found dead Feb. 27 at a Peaksview Lane residence admitted to smothering the 2-year-old to death, investigators stated in a search warrant connected to the case.
        In multiple search warrants filed by investigators with the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, the investigators stated that Shana Marie Witt, 24, confessed “that she suffocated the child with a large stuffed dog” located in the child’s bedroom.

  • Mother charged with murder in death of 2-year-old son

        Some cases are just more difficult than others. This one, involving the alleged murder of a 2-year-old child by his mother, is about as difficult as it gets, authorities said Friday.

        Such was the case for one investigator last week, who, after finishing his duties, called his grandson, because it had affected him so deeply.
        Shana Marie Witt, 24 of Bedford, has been charged with strangling her 2-year-old child to death.

  • NY man guilty of computer solicitation

        A New York man who exposed himself on a web cam to investigators on multiple occasions is facing up to 210 years in prison following his conviction in Bedford County Circuit Court on Friday.
        Charles Welsey Olmstead, 39, entered no contest pleas to seven felony charges of computer solicitation at the plea hearing.

  • Bedford woman accused of murdering her 2 year old son

    A 24-year-old Bedford woman has been charged with murdering her own 2-year-old child.

    On Thursday afternoon at 1:35 p.m., Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call from 1066 Peaksview Lane, Bedford. The caller , Michael Witt, 25, advised dispatchers that his son was unresponsive and not breathing.

  • Concussion evidence will be allowed at trial

        Expert testimony on the effect a concussion allegedly had on a Forest man’s behavior will be allowed at his hearing.
        Judge James Updike made that ruling last week at a motions hearing; Assistant Com-monwealth’s Attorney John Wheelock had filed a motion to exclude the testimony. Wheelock questioned whether a concussion qualifies as a mental defect or mental disease.
        Corey Bauer, 33, is charged with felonious assault on an officer.

  • Bedford Weaving drops lawsuit against Water Authority

    The lawsuit filed against the Bedford Regional Water Authority is now in the process of being dropped.  On Friday, February 21 Bedford Weaving filed a motion for a non-suit at the Bedford County Circuit Court.

  • Embezzler gets three years in prison

        A Forest woman will spend three years in prison for embezzling $109,000 from Witt Mechanical over a four year period, starting in 2009.
        Vicki Elkins McPhearson, 60, was employed by Witt as a bookkeeper and embezzled the money between September, 2009, and June, 2013 when the thefts were discovered.
        Jeff Witt, Witt Mechanical’s owner, testified, at McPhearson’s sentencing hearing Tuesday morning about the damage the embezzlement caused his business.

  • Goode man arrested for shooting at family

        A domestic issue turned dangerous Sunday afternoon at a home next to the Goode Post Office.
        At 2:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon, Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call from a Forest Road home. The caller was a 14-year-old teenager who told authorities his brother was threatening to kill their parents with a gun.

  • Evington man pleads guilty to 31 charges stemming from vehicle break-ins

        A 25-year-old Evington man pleaded guilty to multiple felony and misdemeanor counts associated with thefts from vehicles and the subsequent use of stolen credit cards.
        Christopher Michael Powell had a total of 31 counts in Bedford County and is facing charges in other jurisdictions as well. Those included 19 felony counts of credit card larceny, four counts of credit card fraud, three counts of grand larceny, one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and four misdemeanor counts of petit larceny.