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Courts and Crime

  • Tidewater soldier faces solicitation charges

        A Newport News man, serving on active duty in the U.S. Army, is facing two computer solicitation charges.
        Scott Anthony Fare, arrested last September as part of a Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children task force investigation, was indicted by a Bedford County grand jury last Wednesday on two counts of computer solicitation. The 31-year-old Fort Eustis soldier is accused of using a computer to inappropriately communicate with someone he thought to be a 14-year-old female.

  • Man indicted on scam charges

        The man believed to have defrauded residents from the Midwest to Bedford County is facing five charges related to his alleged water filtration system scam.

        Last Wednesday, a Bedford County grand jury indicted Larry Eugene Foster of Louisville, Ky.. on two counts of obtaining money by false pretense and three counts of construction fraud.

  • Break-in leads to warning

        After having her house broken into Friday, a Bedford woman is warning people about the men she believes committed the crime.
        Beverly Stanley of Timber Ridge Road said a number of items were taken from her home Friday morning after two men knocked on doors in the area, asking for directions to Wal-Mart. She said if someone was home, the two men moved on. But she wasn’t and her house was targeted as a result, she believes.
        “They busted in my back door,” she said.

  • Grubbs pleads guilty

        Although Ernest Grubbs pleaded guilty, Friday, to five felony counts of taking indecent liberties with a minor, he was released from jail that evening.

  • FHS student arrested for threat

        On Monday, Dec. 17, a Jefferson Forest High School student, 15, was arrested for making a threat against another student who attends a school outside of Bedford County.

  • Davis pleads no contest

        A 32-year-old man will spend 22 years in prison for the rape of an 11-year-old girl.
        Last week Ernest Walter Davis, of Bedford, pleaded no contest to the charge in Bedford County circuit court.
         Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Wes Nance said that the rape occurred on Aug. 11, 2011. The girl had spent the night at the apartment of the grandmother of a friend. What the girl’s family did not know is that the grandmother had a drinking problem.

  • Former Kroger employee receives suspended sentence

        An Evington woman, who pleaded guilty in September to 15 counts of embezzlement while working at Kroger, received a suspended sentence in the case during a hearing Friday in Bedford County Circuit Court.

        All eight felony counts were dropped against Jennifer Elaine Johns; she was only found guilty of seven misdemeanor counts. She received six months on each conviction, for a total of 42 months, all of which was suspended.

  • Fuel taken from two churches

        The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the larceny of fuel oil from two county churches.
        On Saturday, Dec. 1 Beaver Dam Baptist Church, 10665 Stewartsville Rd., reported fuel oil missing from the church’s  oil  tank  located behind the church. On Friday evening, a dark color F-150 Ford truck was seen in the area of the church, according to a release from the BCSO.

  • Thieves target churches

        Baby Jesus was missing, but arrests in his theft were imminent Tuesday afternoon.
        A crime stoppers tip had led investigators to as many as five suspects alleged to have been involved with taking figurines from a Nativity scene at a Forest church this week, according to Major Ricky Gardner of the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office. Recovery of the figurines had not occurred, however.

  • Appeals court upholds Earnest's murder conviction

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        A three-judge panel of the Virginia Court of Appeals has affirmed the first-degree murder conviction of Wesley Earnest.
        Earnest, a former Bedford County teacher, was convicted in 2010 of killing his estranged wife, Jocelyn Earnest, and trying to make it look like a suicide.
        Tuesday’s decision by the three-judge panel upholds the life sentence that Earnest received for the crime which occurred at the couple's Forest home.