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Courts and Crime

  • Store owner gets suspended sentence

    A local pizza store owner, charged with failing to pay local restaurant taxes, has been found guilty on one count of misdemeanor failing to pay food and beverage taxes to the city of Bedford.

  • Manhunt going on in Wyndhurst area; looking for suspects

    Bedford County deputies, assisted by Lynchburg authorities, were conducting a search for two armed robbery suspects in the Wyndhurst area, assisted by Lynchburg area police, according to reports.

    Several Lynchburg schools were on lockdown during the search. A helicopter was also being utilized.

  • Former Teva employee guilty of grand larceny from the Forest company

        A human resources manager with Teva was found guilty Tuesday in Bedford County Circuit Court to a charge that she stole $172,000 from her employer.

  • Man sentenced in water filtration scam

        A man accused of carrying out a water purification system scam in multiple localities pleaded guilty Tuesday morning in Bedford County Circuit Court, to three counts of construction fraud.

        Larry Eugene Foster, 46, was picked up by the U.S. Marshal’s Service in Nashville, Tenn., in August and has been in custody in Bedford County since last fall.

  • County man pleads guilty to stabbing his wife

        Kenneth Ray Fitzgerald, a 56-year-old Bedford County man, will spend the next five years in prison for stabbing his wife last year. He pleaded guilty, Tuesday morning in Bedford County Circuit Court, to possession of a firearm by a felon and malicious wounding.

        According to Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney John Wheelock, Fitzgerald and his wife were headed for divorce. An argument broke out between the two on Oct. 12 about the tax issues involved.

  • Ware faces 12 mos. in jail

        For justice to be served, 67-year-old Earl Anthony Ware needed to spend some time in jail, stated Bedford County Circuit Court Judge James Updike during a sentencing hearing Monday.

        “I have seen people go to jail for stealing a cheap bottle of wine,” Judge Updike explained in handing out the 12 month jail sentence to the former Bedford County supervisor, found guilty earlier this year of stealing close to $300,000 from a widow, children and firefighters.

  • Manslaughter plea

        A 22-year-old Bedford County man left the Bedford County Circuit Court courtroom, Tuesday morning, to immediately start serving his prison term for a crash that killed a Montvale teen last fall.

  • Teen pleads guilty to attempted home invasion

    One of a group of men who allegedly attempted a home invasion in January has pleaded guilty to his participation in the incident.

        Augustus Xavier, 18, pleaded guilty last Tuesday in Bedford County Circuit Court to wearing a mask, two charges of using a firearm in the commission of a felony, attempted burglary, attempted robbery and malicious shooting into a dwelling.

  • Sentenced on child porn charges

        A Bedford County man was sentenced, last Tuesday, in Bedford County Circuit Court to two years and six months on child pornography charges.

        Milton Wright, 51, entered no contest pleas to five charges, all felonies, of possession of child pornography.

  • 4 years for running over man with truck

        A Bedford County man will spend four years and one month behind bars for running over a man with a pickup truck last year. Thomas Stinnett, 28, pleaded guilty, in Bedford County Circuit Court Tuesday morning, to charges of malicious bodily injury, driving suspended and felony hit and run.
        “In this case, he drove over a male who was with his wife who was estranged,” said Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney John Wheelock.