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Courts and Crime

  • 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.

  • County man faces child porn charges

    On May 10 officers from the Lynchburg Police Department and the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office assigned to the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (SOVA-ICAC) executed a search warrant for possession and distribution of child pornography at 1648 Old Farm Road in Bedford County.
        The search warrant was part of a joint investigation initiated by task force officers from the Lynchburg Police Department assigned to the SOVA-ICAC.
        About 30 items of evidence were seized as a part of the search warrant.

  • Crook faces charges for allegedly being a thief

        You can’t make this stuff up.
        On Wednesday April 26, the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office received a call reporting property damage and larceny from the Montvale Recreation Club, Montvale Elementary School and the old Montvale Elementary School.
        When the deputy arrived at each location he learned that someone had removed the metal bench seats from the bleachers located at the ball fields at each location.

  • Petersen not guilty of 2nd degree murder

    By Tom Wilmoth and Emily Scruggs
    news@bedfordbulletin.com

        A Hardy man, facing an attempted second degree murder charge following an incident May 27 of last year, was found not guilty Wednesday by a Bedford County jury.
         Christopher William Petersen, 29, had been  charged with three felonies, all of which he was found not guilty, following an incident in which he was accused of trying to shoot an ex-girlfriend in the head.

  • Murder case moves to J&D court

        The three men charged with second degree murder in the homicide of a 17-year-old Lynchburg teenager, whose body was found dumped on Roaring Run Road March 27, have preliminary hearing dates set for June 13 in Bedford County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.
        Jose Coreas-Ventura, 21, had a public defender assigned to be his lawyer last week. Lisandro Posada-Vazquez, 23, and Victor Arnoldo Rodas, 19, were scheduled to be in J&D court Tuesday afternoon for attorney advisements.

  • Circuit Court Cases from April 11

    By Emily Scruggs
    Intern Writer
    news@bedfordbulletin.com

        In Bedford County Circuit Court Tuesday, April 11:
        • Benjamin David Dinwiddie and Chasidy Michelle Reynolds of Bedford both pleaded guilty to reckless handling of a firearm and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Judge Updike sentenced both offenders to 12 months, suspending all but one month for reckless handling of a firearm and 12 months all suspended for contributing to the delinquency of a minor.