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Courts and Crime

  • Judge to rule on embezzlement charge by June 5

        An embezzlement charge against the former director of Bedford Main Street, Inc., has been taken under advisement following a preliminary hearing in General District Court Wednesday.

        Calling it “an awkward embezzlement” charge, Judge Harold Black said he will rule within three weeks on whether to certify the charge against 46-year-old Daniel A. Plattus to a Bedford grand jury.

  • Man receives 30-year sentence in Goode Country Store robbery

        A Bedford man will spend 30 years in prison for charges related to the armed robbery of Goode Country Store last March.

  • Grand jury indicts former BCSO deputy

        On Tuesday, a Bedford County Grand jury indicted a former deputy with the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office on five charges of taking indecent liberties with a child in a custodial relationship.

         Earnest Grubbs, 47, was indicted on the charges related to having a sexual relationship with a then 15-year-old Liberty High School student.

  • Goodview man faces murder charge

        A Goodview man has been charged with first degree murder following an apparent domestic incident last Tuesday, April 10, at Jeters Chapel Road.
        Charles Edward Glover, 43, was taken into custody in Vinton, by officers with the Vinton Police Department around 2:15 p.m. Tuesday, just minutes after Bedford County dispatchers received a call reporting a structure fire and an injury to an unresponsive male.

  • Hughes guilty of involuntary manslaughter

        One of two men charged in connection with a Huddleston shootout last August that left one woman dead, now stands convicted of those charges, following a plea hearing in Bedford County Circuit Court Friday.
        Joshua Lewis Hughes, 28, of Monroe entered no contest pleas to involuntary manslaughter and brandishing a firearm, charges that stemmed from the Aug. 11 shootout in which 25-year-old Audrey Michelle Bryan was killed.
        Sentencing in the case has been set for June 8; Hughes remains free on bond.

  • Girl's father faces charge

        Elvin Gene McCombs Jr., the father of a Bedford teenager named in a lawsuit that alleges a former deputy sheriff had an inappropriate relationship with her, was served a summons on Sunday for misdemeanor assault and battery of an unnamed family member.

  • Charges against Grubbs sent to grand jury

    Five charges of taking indecent liberties with a child in a custodial relationship will be considered by a Bedford County grand jury next month against the former Bedford County Sheriff’s Office deputy charged with having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old Liberty High School student.

  • Trial set for man accused of attacking Bob Terry last Oct.

        The man accused of attacking and robbing Moneta store owner Bob Terry last October was indicted on four felonies last week by a Bedford County Circuit Court grand jury.
        Jason Andrew Shell, 38 of Roanoke, was indicted for aggravated malicious wounding, robbery, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and use of a firearm in commission of a felony.
        During a preliminary hearing in January, two witnesses testified that Shell threatened to kill them if they told who had committed the crime.

  • Two arrested on prostitution charges

        Two Roanoke residents have been arrested on prostitution-related charges that allegedly occurred in Bedford County.

        On Friday, January 27, Bedford Co. Sheriff’s Office vice investigators arrested the two individuals at a Bedford motel. The arrests were the results of a joint investigation with the Roanoke Police Department and the Bedford Co. Sheriff’s Office.

  • Man pleads guilty to last year's Goode Country Store robbery

    A Bedford man charged with the armed robbery of Goode Country Store last March, pleaded guilty Friday in Bedford County Circuit Court to six felonies.

        Jason Anthony Jackson, 32, is scheduled to be sentenced May 8.
        The charges included two counts of robbery, one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, one count of possession of ammunition by a convicted felon, one count of use of a firearm in commission of a felony and one count of wearing a mask in public.