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Courts and Crime

  • Vandals steal fish fry signs

        Otterville United Methodist Church holds a fish fry twice each year, something that it’s been doing for the last 40 years. Its second fish fry of 2012 will be held this Saturday, Sept. 15 and is still on schedule despite the absence of the usual signs that advertise the event.

  • Watching out for businesses

        The Bedford Police Department has implemented a new Business Watch group to help reduce and prevent crimes in area businesses.
        The goal is to help business owners and merchants identify what they can do to create a safer, more secure environment for their business.
        According to Lt. Todd Foreman with the BPD, by working together businesses can reduce, resolve or avoid some problems altogether. He said the possibility of identifying and arresting criminals increases as more people become involved.

  • Forest man to serve 15 years for child porn convictions

        A Forest man will spend 15 years in prison for possessing and reproducing child pornography.
        Gregory Winston Robertson, 44, was sentenced on 25 felony counts—15 possession of child pornography and 10 counts of reproducing it—during a hearing in Bedford County Circuit Court last Tuesday. He had previously pleaded guilty to the charges.

  • Man sought in connection with alleged local scam

    It’s believed that Larry Foster has carved a path of scams from Indiana all the way to Bedford County.

        The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office is looking for Foster, having taken out warrants for his arrest on construction fraud and obtaining money under false pretenses.
        Foster is being sought in connection with numerous complaints from citizens to the BCSO of a possible water filtration system scam.

  • Three vehicle accident involves school bus

    A Bedford County school bus was involved in a three-vehicle accident on Dickerson Mill Road this morning.

  • Fla. man pleads in child molestation case

        A 48-year-old Florida man will spend 15 years in prison for sexually abusing a 7-year-old girl, the result of a plea agreement reached in Bedford County Circuit Court Friday.

  • One year sentence handed down in shooting

        Michael Thomas Loboschefski will spend a year behind bars for his role in an altercation, last summer, that resulted in the death of a young woman.

        The shooting occurred at Loboschefski’s residence on Johnson Mountain Road on Aug. 11, 2011. Joshua Hughes, 28, and Audrey Michelle Bryan, 25, were hit by shots fired from a .22 caliber rifle by Loboschefski. Bryan died from her wound.

  • Man enters plea in shooting

        One year to the day after being shot in their own yard on Haven Heights Road just outside Bedford, 62-year-old Glenn Caldwell and his son, 36-year-old Michael Caldwell, sat in court as their attacker was found guilty for inflicting their wounds.

        And after the guilty verdict was pronounced, Glenn Caldwell picked up the cane he is now forced to use and walked out of the courtroom with his son and other members of his family. The wounds remain for both of them.

  • Plattus back in court on charge

        Though dismissed in General District Court, the embezzlement charge against the former director of Bedford Main Street Inc. is back in court.

        A multi-jurisdictional grand jury issued a direct indictment on the charge against 46-year-old Daniel A. Plattus on Aug. 3. Plattus was in Circuit Court Tuesday on an attorney advisement. Judge James Updike appointed Mark Arthur to represent Plattus on the charge. Arthur had also represented Plattus in General District Court on the same charge.

  • Arrest made in May theft at Taco Bell; BCSO seeks second suspect

        One suspect in a May theft at the Taco Bell in Forest is in custody, another is being sought.

        The robbery occurred when a masked male carrying a handgun entered through the drive-through window on May 23. Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call a little after 11 p.m. that Wednesday night from the Taco Bell, 14867 Forest Road in Forest, reporting an attempted armed robbery.