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Courts and Crime

  • Arrest made in May theft at Taco Bell; BCSO seeks second suspect

        One suspect in a May theft at the Taco Bell in Forest is in custody, another is being sought.

        The robbery occurred when a masked male carrying a handgun entered through the drive-through window on May 23. Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call a little after 11 p.m. that Wednesday night from the Taco Bell, 14867 Forest Road in Forest, reporting an attempted armed robbery.

  • Ware's bond modified

        The former Bedford County Board of Supervisors member, charged with embezzlement and money laundering, will be allowed to travel out of state as part of his bond agreement that was modified at a hearing last week.

  • Judge dismisses Soering's lawsuit

    By Michael Sluss
    Landmark News Service

        RICHMOND — A judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by convicted murderer Jens Soering, who had challenged Gov. Bob McDonnell's authority to rescind consent for Soering to be transferred from a Virginia prison to his native Germany.
        Soering, the son of a German diplomat, is serving two life sentences for his role in the 1985 murders of his girlfriend's parents, Derek and Nancy Haysom, in Bedford County.

  • Two plead guilty in area break-in cases

    By Tyler Flynn
    Intern Writer
    news@bedfordbulletin.com

        Two Huddleston residents pleaded guilty in Bedford County Circuit Court Tuesday to their involvement in a series of local break-ins last year.

  • Vandals strike historic congregation

    Margarita Williams was the first to arrive at Mount Rock Baptist Church, in Goode, Sunday morning, to open it for Sunday morning worship. She noticed the widows were broken. It quickly became obvious that somebody had broken into the church and vandalized it.

    Williams did not go inside, as she had no way of knowing if the vandal, or vandals, were still there. After a few phone calls, she waited in her car until a sheriff’s deputy arrived.

  • Vandals strike historic congregation

    Margarita Williams was the first to arrive at Mount Rock Baptist Church, in Goode, Sunday morning, to open it for Sunday morning worship. She noticed the widows were broken. It quickly became obvious that somebody had broken into the church and vandalized it.

  • Lynch sentenced for possession of child porn

    Kevin Mark Lynch, 43, will spend two years of active jail time for possession of child pornography. Lynch was sentenced, Tuesday, in Bedford County Circuit Court.
        Last month he pleaded guilty to 15 counts of possession of child pornography. He received a 10-year sentence, with eight years suspended.
        Lynch had worked professionally, counseling long-term substance abusers and Defense Attorney John Bradley presented character witnesses, one of whom testified to how Lynch’s work helped her turn her life around.

  • BCSO drug bust yields 29 charges against 12

        After an eight month operation, the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office Vice Unit has charged 12 people with a total of 29 drug charges, according to Sheriff Mike Brown. 
        These all represent middle and upper dealers distributing illegal drugs throughout Bedford County, Brown stated in a release on the charges.
        Those include:

  • Huddleston shooting

        A Monroe man will spend a year behind bars for his role in an altercation, last summer, that resulted in the death of a young woman.
        The shooting occurred outside a residence on Johnson Mountain Road last summer. Joshua Hughes, 28, and Audrey Michelle Bryan, 25, were hit by shots fired from a .22 caliber rifle. Bryan died from her wound.

  • Forest man sentenced in sexual battery case

    By Tyler Flynn
    Intern Writer
    news@bedfordbulletin.com

        A Forest man was sentenced for an amended sexual battery charge in Bedford Circuit Court Tuesday.
        Kyle Richard Tomko, who had originally been charged with the felony of aggravated sexual battery, had his charge amended to misdemeanor sexual battery. He pleaded no contest to the sexual battery charge, as well as to a felony abduction charge.