Courts and Crime

  • Shooting ruled justifiable; officers return to duty

    The officer-related shooting death of Richard Thomas Bergeron on Oct. 28 has been ruled as a justified shooting by Michael R. Doucette, the commonwealth's attorney in Lynchburg, who was serving as special prosecutor in the investigation.

    “I will not be seeking any criminal charges against them,” Doucette wrote in a letter to Circuit Court Judge James Updike. “In fact, in my opinion, they should be commended for the quick and decisive action they took which saved the life of Doris Bergeron.”

  • Bedford man to serve two years in prison

        A Bedford man will spend two years in prison for his conviction Friday of aggravated sexual battery.
        Gregory Wayne Overstreet had pleaded no contest to the charge during a hearing Sept. 16 and Friday adjudication of that plea was made during a sentencing hearing in Bedford County Circuit Court. Judge James Updike sentenced Overstreet to 10 years in prison for the conviction, suspended after two years in prison.

  • Bedford man indicted in federal court in Florida

        Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, John F. Khin, Special Agent in Charge, Defense Criminal Investigative Service (DCIS), Southeast Field Office, and Frank Robey, Director, U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command, Major Procurement Fraud Unit (MPFU), have announced that Brian Charles Tolley, 39, of Bedford, has been indicted for wire fraud, identity theft, aggravated identity theft, possession of counterfeit government seals and money laundering.

  • Oulds enters plea

        Steve Malotey Oulds III, 54, of Lynchburg entered a no contest plea Tuesday in Bedford County Circuit Court, to a charge of involuntary manslaughter while driving under the influence in connection with an accident that led to the death of James Dale Gunter.

  • Jail sentence for man convicted of child endangerment charge

        Danny Craig Nichols Jr., 25 of Evington, entered guilty pleas, Tuesday in Bedford County Circuit Court, to possession of methamphetamine and child endangerment.
        According to Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Stephanie Ayers, Nichols and his girlfriend share a 4-year-old child in common. Authorities found drug paraphernalia, in the single bedroom of the place he and his girlfriend were renting, which tested positive for meth.

  • AEHI founder indicted

    Donald L. Gillispie, 71, of Meridian, Idaho, and Jennifer R. Ransom, 40, of Meridian, Idaho, were indicted Nov. 13 by a federal grand jury sitting in Boise.

  • Muder-for-hire case moves to grand jury

        Kevin Colgan, charged with trying to hire a hit man to murder his wife, waived his right to a preliminary hearing Monday in Bedford County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.
        Colgan remains in jail where he has been since he was arrested on June 19.

  • BCSO deputies involved in shooting
  • Shooting being investigated just outside of Bedford

    Update: BCSO press release is below:

  • Threat leads to lockdown at SRHS; arrest made in JFHS threat from last week

        Both Staunton River High School (SRHS) and Staunton River Middle School were placed on lockdown last Wednesday morning after a threatening message was found inside one of the high school’s buildings, according to Ryan Edwards, the school division’s spokesman.
        Edwards said the middle school was placed on lockdown as a precaution. He said sheriff’s deputies surrounded the perimeter of the high school and a full investigation took place

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