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Courts and Crime

  • 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.

  • Local store owner faces embezzlement charges

        A local pizza store owner has been charged with four counts of felony embezzlement for allegedly failing to pay taxes, according to Bedford Police Chief Jim Day.
        Gianfranco Greco, 38, the owner of Frank’s Place on E. Main Street, is charged with failing to pay taxes on four different occasions, Day said. He said the city treasurer attempted to work with Greco on getting the taxes paid, but when those efforts failed the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office suggested going ahead with filing the charges.

  • Three sentenced on burglaries

        When the two men and one woman who broke into a Huddleston home in Dec. 2011 returned to that home to pick  up the merchandise they planned to take, a surprise was waiting for them — the owners of that home and two neighbors.

        One of those neighbors, Dave Vaden, had a gun.
        Two of the suspects were detained until authorities could show up; the third took off and was on the loose for more than a month.

  • Ten face federal drug charges

        A Federal Grand Jury sitting in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Roanoke has charged 10 individuals with conspiring to possess with the intent to distribute and distribution of a variety of prescription drugs, as well as other charges.

        In an indictment returned under seal on January 17, 2013, and unsealed last Wednesday following the defendants’ initial court appearances, the grand jury has charged the following:

  • Break-in arrests

        Beverly Stanley never expected to get all the items back that were stolen from her home when it was broken into Jan. 4.
        But there was one item—worth very little, if anything—that she had to have back: her nine-year-old laptop.
        That was not because of its value, but because of what was stored inside, several years worth of family photos. To Stanley, those were priceless.
        Some good police work, and a bit of luck, helped her wish come true.

  • Judge denies bond in child sex case

        A Bedford man, facing charges of aggravated sexual batter and forcible sodomy of an 11-year-old girl, was denied bond during a hearing Friday in Bedford County Circuit Court.

  • Ware enters pleas to embezzlement charges

        Tony Ware, a former Bedford County District 5 Supervisor, pleaded no contest Tuesday  in Bedford County Circuit Court to seven embezzlement charges and seven money laundering charges.
         The charges stem from his handling of a fundraiser, his time as treasurer of the Big Island Volunteer Fire Department and his work as power of attorney for a county resident.

  • Taco Bell robber sentenced

        The Evington man convicted of robbing, at gunpoint, the Taco Bell in Forest, will spend six years in prison for his crimes.
        But it could have been longer.
        Elton Mays Short III, 23, was facing a nine-year mandatory sentence until his lawyer, Linda Willis, presented a recent case to Judge James Updike in which the Virginia Supreme Court ruled mandatory gun sentences could run concurrently, rather than consecutively.

  • 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.