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Courts and Crime

  • Man gets one day in jail to serve on child neglect charge

        A 39-year-old Bedford man will serve one day in jail for his conviction of felony child abuse and neglect.
        Thomas Edison Updike III entered a no contest plea to the charge stemming from a Nov. 2015 incident in which a juvenile was injured while he was driving an ATV.
        Updike received a five-year sentence for the felony conviction with all but the one day jail sentence suspended. He will be on supervised probation for one year and will need to have five years of good behavior.

  • Woman could face deportation after 3rd DUI arrest

        A 34-year-old Mexican woman, now living in Roanoke, could face deportation as the result of her felony DUI conviction in Bedford Circuit Court Tuesday morning.
        The conviction was her third DUI in five years—she has two convictions from 2015—and the felony conviction in Bedford involved her also transporting three juveniles at the time of the incident which led to her arrest.

  • Charges dismissed against Lloyd Welch’s relative

        Amy Ann Johnson, also known as Amy Ann Welch, won’t face any further prosecution over a misdemeanor charge of obstruction of justice stemming from her testimony to a grand jury looking into the murder of Sheila and Katherine Lyon.
        The two children were abducted from a shopping mall in Maryland in 1975 and allegedly were killed and brought to the county to have their bodies disposed of.

  • Rhode Island man charged with soliciting local child

        Paulo B. Tomas, 45, of Cumberland, Rhode Island was arrested by Rhode Island State Police, Friday, on charges related to a child sexual exploitation investigation in Bedford County,.

  • Charges go to grand jury

        A Moneta woman, facing some 80 charges, had about one-quarter of those charges certified to a Bedford grand jury on Monday.
        Rhonda Renay Overstreet, 32, had charges of grand larceny, credit card fraud and bad check charges certified while many charges, related to those, weren’t prosecuted since she waived her right to a preliminary hearing.

  • ‘Round up’ yields drug, fugitive arrests

        On December 8, law enforcement officers from the Bedford Police Department and the Virginia State Police assisted the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, Vice/Drug Unit, in the service of arrest warrants on seven persons (more arrests are pending) charged with the distribution of illegal drugs and prescription drugs (pills, cocaine, marijuana, and heroin).
        The arrests took place throughout the county and in the town of Bedford.
        Alexander Forte, 20, of Bedford, was charged with distribution of marijuana.

  • Altavista man guilty of child sex charges

        Charlie Ray Haskins Jr., 35, of Altavista, entered no contest pleas, in Bedford County Circuit Court, Tuesday, to two counts of aggravated sexual battery against a minor.
        He had been facing eight felonies related to the charges, but under a plea deal only two were prosecuted.
        According to Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Stephanie Ayers, Haskins began molesting the victim when she was 11 and it continued until she turned 14.

  • Former Army sergeant enters pleas

        A former sergeant in the US Army pleaded no contest Tuesday to six felony charges related to a relationship he had with a 14-year-old Bedford County girl.
        Angelo E. Paderes , 27, entered the pleas on four counts of computer solicitation, one count of carnal knowledge and one count of abduction. A sentencing hearing has been set for March 3 at 1:30 p.m. on the charges. The no contest pleas mean he agrees the commonwealth has enough evidence to convict him, while not admitting to the crimes.

  • Former Sonic employee sentenced for B & E

        A former employee of Sonic in Bedford, arrested for breaking into the fast-food restaurant Feb. 1, has been sentenced on the charges related to the break-in as well as on an embezzlement charge from the restaurant.

  • Nathalie man facing child porn charges

        On November 10, investigators from Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, along with investigators from Halifax County Sheriff’s Office, served warrants on Leslie Gerber of Nathalie, related to charges involving the sexual exploitation of a minor. 

        Additionally, a search warrant for additional evidence related to the arrest warrants, was also executed.