Courts and Crime

  • Woman faces robbery charge

        A second person has been charged in the robbery Aug. 18 at English Meadows Elks Home off Ashland Avenue in Bedford.
        According to Bedford Police Chief Todd Foreman, the woman who claimed she was robbed at knifepoint has now been charged in the crime.
        Foreman said Alicyn Marie Updike, 18, has been charged with robbery in which pills and drugs were taken from the Home.

  • Shooting shocks area, nation

    By John Barnhart and Tom Wilmoth

        This isn’t supposed to happen here. Not in Moneta – not to someone we know.

        In fact it isn’t supposed to happen at all.
        But last Wednesday morning changed everything. The Smith Mountain Lake Community—and the media family at WDBJ7—will never be the same.    
        A simple live report from Bridgewater Plaza turned deadly—and shocked the world.

  • Man accused of assaulting woman

        Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call, on Saturday, Aug 29 at 1: 30 p.m.,  to a residence in the 1200 block of Breezy Hill Road, Vinton.
        The caller, who was calling from Botetourt County, said that her 28-year-old daughter, Ashley Brogan, was at this residence and was possibly being assaulted by Willard Hale, according to a report from the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Montvale man faces malicious wounding charge

        Bedford County Sheriff’s deputies responded to an Adventure Mountain Road address in Montvale on Saturday Aug. 29 at 8:30 p.m.  A person at that residence had called 911 dispatchers and said that Alvie Ferris was there and had  allegedly assaulted several people. On arrival deputies discovered Ferris was no longer there. Phillip Warfe, 61, was transported to Centra Bedford Memorial Hospital. He was later transferred to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital with internal injuries.   

  • Community comes together

    They came together to pray; they came together to remember; they came together to mourn.
        In the days following the shooting at Bridgewater Plaza in Moneta, coming together was important for the community, in whatever ways possible.

  • Shana Witt enters no contest plea to 1st degree murder charge

        When Commonwealth’s Attorney Randy Krantz initially described the details of the death of Jordan Smith—the child smothered by his own mother in February 2014—he said such a crime, “rips your heart out.”

        For Jordan Smith’s paternal grandmother that was apparent Friday, as she clutched a picture of her grandson as she left court.
        Now, that the woman who committed the crime has been found guilty, Krantz hopes maybe some healing might begin.

  • Bond set in solicitation of minor case

        A Lynchburg man, working at Bedford Middle School as a day treatment counselor, was granted bond last week on a charge related to sexual exploitation of a child, whom he first approached at the school.
        On Friday July 31, Cleveland Leroy Coaxum Jr., of Lynchburg, was arrested on warrants related to the sexual exploitation of a minor. Coaxum, 26, was charged with three felonies involving the use of communications systems to facilitate certain offenses involving children.

  • Attempted murder for hire

    Kevin Christopher Colgan will spend 10 years in prison for trying to hire a hit man to kill his estranged wife.

        The hit man turned out to be an undercover police officer. Colgan pleaded no contest, in March, to the charge of solicitation to commit murder.
        Colgan took the stand during his sentencing hearing Tuesday morning in Bedford County Circuit Court. He said the divorce was hard for him.
        “I never planned to get a divorce,” he said.

  • Body Camp lawsuit dropped

        A lawsuit alleging that racism played a role in the school board’s decision to close Body Camp Elementary School has been dropped.
        “We had to let it go due to financial problems,” said Penny Berger, the Body Camp parent and volunteer who helped organize the lawsuit.
        Berger said the group had been told that it would cost another $20,000, plus $5,000 for depositions, plus court costs, to pursue the lawsuit. They dropped the suit because they didn’t have the money to proceed.

  • Caregiver faces charges

        A 37-year-old Lynchburg woman, working as a caregiver at Carriage Hill, has been charged with malicious wounding and felony abuse of an incapacitated adult causing injury.
        Andrea Nicole Richmond-Smith was arrested Aug. 11, following an investigation of a July 3 incident that occurred with an 82-year-old female patient at Carriage Hill, according to Bedford Police Chief Todd Foreman.