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Courts and Crime

  • Plattus responds

    Editor’s note: Dan Plattus, former Bedford Main Street Inc. director, issued this statement concerning the embezzlement charge that was dismissed last week by General District Court Judge Harold Black.

        What a long, strange road it’s been.

  • Judge's ruling clears former Bedford Main Street director

        The embezzlement charge filed against the former director of Bedford Main Street has been dismissed.

        Bedford County General District Court Judge Harold Black issued his ruling Friday, stating that the charge against 46-year-old Daniel A. Plattus was dismissed, denying the attempt to have the charge certified to the grand jury.

  • Man sentenced on firearms charge

    By Tyler Flynn
    Intern Writer
    News@bedfordbulletin.com

        A Bedford man was sentenced for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in Bedford Circuit Court Tuesday involving a case in which two dogs were shot and killed.
        John Wayne Surface Sr., 70, was sentenced on the charge related to having shot and killed his neighbor’s two dogs last year.

  • Preliminary hearing waived on embezzlement charges

        The 26-year-old Evington woman accused of embezzling from Kroger in Forest waived her right to a preliminary hearing May 14.
        Jennifer Elaine Johns faces 15 embezzlement charges, eight felonies and seven misdemeanors. A Bedford County grand jury will now decide whether to indict Johns on the felony charges.

  • Judge to rule on embezzlement charge by June 5

        An embezzlement charge against the former director of Bedford Main Street, Inc., has been taken under advisement following a preliminary hearing in General District Court Wednesday.

        Calling it “an awkward embezzlement” charge, Judge Harold Black said he will rule within three weeks on whether to certify the charge against 46-year-old Daniel A. Plattus to a Bedford grand jury.

  • Man receives 30-year sentence in Goode Country Store robbery

        A Bedford man will spend 30 years in prison for charges related to the armed robbery of Goode Country Store last March.

  • Grand jury indicts former BCSO deputy

        On Tuesday, a Bedford County Grand jury indicted a former deputy with the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office on five charges of taking indecent liberties with a child in a custodial relationship.

         Earnest Grubbs, 47, was indicted on the charges related to having a sexual relationship with a then 15-year-old Liberty High School student.

  • Goodview man faces murder charge

        A Goodview man has been charged with first degree murder following an apparent domestic incident last Tuesday, April 10, at Jeters Chapel Road.
        Charles Edward Glover, 43, was taken into custody in Vinton, by officers with the Vinton Police Department around 2:15 p.m. Tuesday, just minutes after Bedford County dispatchers received a call reporting a structure fire and an injury to an unresponsive male.

  • Hughes guilty of involuntary manslaughter

        One of two men charged in connection with a Huddleston shootout last August that left one woman dead, now stands convicted of those charges, following a plea hearing in Bedford County Circuit Court Friday.
        Joshua Lewis Hughes, 28, of Monroe entered no contest pleas to involuntary manslaughter and brandishing a firearm, charges that stemmed from the Aug. 11 shootout in which 25-year-old Audrey Michelle Bryan was killed.
        Sentencing in the case has been set for June 8; Hughes remains free on bond.

  • Girl's father faces charge

        Elvin Gene McCombs Jr., the father of a Bedford teenager named in a lawsuit that alleges a former deputy sheriff had an inappropriate relationship with her, was served a summons on Sunday for misdemeanor assault and battery of an unnamed family member.