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Courts and Crime

  • Woman indicted for 2nd degree murder

        A Bedford County grand jury has indicted a county woman for second degree murder in connection with the Oct. 1, 2015, shooting of her brother.
        Last Friday, the grand jury returned indictments against Vicky Thomas Clark, 54, for second degree murder and use of a firearm in commission of a felony. An August 2 trial date has been set.

  • Vinton man to serve six days for embezzling funds from Chamblissburg Rescue Squad

        Though mild-mannered and elderly, Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney John Wheelock felt it was important that Garry Hyatt Sutliffe, 72, not get out of his felony embezzlement charge without at least a little time to serve.

        On Friday Sutliffe, who had pleaded guilty in January to embezzling almost $1,000 from the  Chamblissburg First Aid and Rescue Squad funds, was sentenced to two years in prison with all but six days of that sentence suspended.

  • Monday to serve 12 years

        Arthur Franklin Monday dropped his jumpsuit and maintained his innocence during his sentencing hearing Friday in which Judge James Updike sentenced him to 12 years in prison on a forcible sodomy conviction.

        “I never touched those girls or forced myself on them in any way,” Monday told Judge Updike before sentencing was handed down. “I maintain my innocence.”

  • After 18 years, Judge Black stepping down

        After 18 years as General District Court judge — he first took his seat on the bench on April Fools Day — Judge Harold Black will hang up his robe for the last time at the end of the day tomorrow. He’s retiring — his first day of retirement will also be April Fools day.

  • Caldwell convicted

        An angry argument, last May, resulted in Gary Hamilton’s death and, after a two-day trial last week, 53-year-old Jeffery Thomas Caldwell becoming a convicted felon.
        The altercation came about after Hamilton nearly ran over one of Caldwell’s dogs and Caldwell went to Hamilton’s home to confront him over the incident. It ended when Caldwell, who has a concealed weapon permit, shot Hamilton in the back of the head with a .357 magnum revolver loaded with jacketed hollow points.

  • BCSO makes arrest in car larceny cases

        Investigators with the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office have made an arrest in a series of larcenies from vehicles on the south side of the county over the last several weeks. 

  • Ware still hasn’t hired an attorney

        On Jan. 20, Tony Ware appeared in Circuit Court for a show cause hearing and asked Judge James Updike for a continuance in order to hire an attorney. He was granted a continuance until March 1.
        Tuesday afternoon, Ware was back in court, still without an attorney. He said a local lawyer told Ware that he should take the money he was going to pay him and put it toward the restitution he must pay.

  • Five felonies yield prison time for Bedford woman

        A Bedford woman will spend two years and three months in jail following her sentencing on five felonies and two sets of probation violations.

        On Friday, Bedford County Circuit Court Judge James Updike sentenced Danielle Elizabeth Crews to five years in prison, suspended after the service of one year and three months in prison on the five felonies. He also sentenced her to serve one year of her previously revoked sentence on probation violations, which was to run consecutively with the felony sentences.

  • Former Cash Advance employee guilty of identity theft

        A former employee of Cash Advance in Bedford will have to pay back $12,000 in restitution to the business, following her conviction on three counts of identify theft Friday in Bedford County Circuit Court.

        Helen Meador Moody was arrested in December 2014 on the charges and entered guilty pleas last October. On Friday she was sentenced to two years in prison with all of that time suspended. She will serve two years of supervised probation and have to make the restitution payments at no less than $100 per month beginning in April.

  • Vinton man guilty of abduction, malicious wounding

        Three months after abducting a Bedford County woman the first time, Willard Wayne Hale abducted the same woman again, causing numerous injuries to his victim.