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Courts and Crime

  • Main Street president voices support for former director

        Bedford Main Street Inc. President Kathy McGary said the charge against that organization’s former interim executive director “is going to feel very trivial” when the truth comes out.
        Last week Daniel A. Plattus, 46, was charged with one count of credit card fraud by the Bedford Police Department. Plattus had been serving as Bedford Main Street’s only full-time employee, but resigned prior to the charge being filed by police because he thought it would be in the best interest of Bedford Main Street.

  • Plattus denies credit card fraud charge

    Dan Plattus, who had been serving as interim executive director of Bedford Main Street, has been charged with credit card fraud, according to Bedford Police Chief Jim Day.

        According to Day, on February 2, the Bedford Police Department received a complaint from a local business regarding suspicious credit card charges.  Investigators reviewed documents supplied by the business and interviewed the suspect. 

  • Search warrant results in methamphetamine arrest

     

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    On February 17, Bedford County Sheriff’s Investigators and Virginia State Police executed a search warrant at 3667 Mill Iron Rd. in Bedford County that resulted in the arrest of a Bedford County resident for the manufacture and distribution of methamphetamine.

  • Woman pleads guilty to DUI maiming

        Elizabeth Doris Coe pleaded guilty Tuesday, in Bedford County Circuit Court, to two counts of DUI maiming. Each charge carries a penalty of between one and five years in prison.
        The charges stemmed from a crash that occurred on May 28, at about 7 p.m. According to Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney John Wheelock, Coe had been drinking since before noon that day.

  • Pongracz sentenced for killing

    Kristina Pongracz will spend more than a decade in prison for the killing of her 77-year-old boyfriend, William Herchenrider, in May, 2010. Pongracz, now 30, was 28 at the time of the attack.

    Herchenrider died on August 25, 2010, after briefly returning home from the hospital, under Hospice care. Pongracz had been with Herchenrider for 10 years, prior to the incident in May 2010.

  • Horses’ necks slashed

    The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information on an animal cruelty investigation in the Montvale area.  

  • Trial related to August shooting delayed

        Dennis Caldwell’s day in court to answer charges stemming from a shooting last summer, will be delayed. Judge James Updike agreed to the delay after Caldwell’s defense attorney appeared in Bedford County Circuit Court, Tuesday, to ask for a continuance.

  • Charge reduced to abduction

        When Ryland Elton Lee Jr., 51, of Bedford County had his day in court, Tuesday, he faced a reduced charge of abduction. He pleaded guilty to that charge.
        Last summer, on Aug. 13, Lee was charged for allegedly raping a female acquaintance in the county’s Body Camp area in the early hours of Aug. 13 or late on Aug. 12. In a plea agreement worked out between the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office and Lee’s defense attorney, William Walker, Lee agreed to plead guilty to the abduction charge.

  • Charges certified

    Two witnesses testified at a hearing Monday that the man accused of attacking and robbing 80-year-old Bob Terry Oct. 1 of last year threatened to kill them if they told who had committed the crime.

        Eventually, however, after Jason Andrew Shell of Roanoke was arrested in Vinton on another charge, they did tell police, leading to his arrest for the Bedford County crime that outraged the Moneta community.

  • From toilet paper to tools

        This year, the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office’s pre-Christmas activities included arresting four suspects on burglary charges.

        And finding a variety of stolen items.
        A fifth suspect is still at large. According to Sheriff Mike Brown, the five have allegedly committed multiple burglaries in Bedford County since early last fall.