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Courts and Crime

  • 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.

  • Guilty: First degree murder

        Charles Edward Glover will spend the better part of the rest of his life—if not all of it—in prison following his guilty pleas to killing a Bedford County man last April.

        Glover, 44, of Goodview pleaded guilty to the first degree murder of Reginald Perry Bowles on April 10, 2012, at Bowles' home on Jeters Chapel Road. Glover also entered guilty pleas to using a firearm in the commission of murder and arson.

  • NY man arrested on computer solicitation charges

        Moses Kahn of Forest Hills, N.Y., was arrested on February 25 on 13 counts of “Use of a communications system to facilitate certain offenses involving children.”
        Kahn engaged in sexually explicit communications with a person he had reason to believe was a
    minor female in Bedford County.

  • Charges move on to April grand jury

        A North Carolina man, facing multiple counts of using a computer to solicit a minor, waived a preliminary hearing in Bedford County General District Court Monday, moving the charges on to the April grand jury to consider.

  • Shell gets 18-year sentence

        Heroin was at the core of the robbery and beating of 80-year-old Bob Terry in Oct. 2011.

        The highly-addictive drug also proved to be the impetus for a plea agreement reached in the case Tuesday in Bedford County Circuit Court.

  • BCSO arrests 5th suspect in burglary case

        Bedford County Sheriff’s investigators have charged another person in connection with a series of five burglaries in Bedford County. The burglaries occurred between December 24, 2012, and January 4, 2013.

        Tanisha Ping Linette Nelson, 20, of Roanoke, was arrested early Tuesday morning and is being held on a $25,000 bond in the Bedford Adult Detention Center. Nelson was charged with five counts of grand larceny and two counts of larceny of a firearm.