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Courts and Crime

  • Father files $20 million lawsuit against school board after obtaining video

        The father of an autistic child in Bedford County has filed a $20 million lawsuit against the Bedford County School Board, the director of special services and a bus driver and aide, alleging that his 12-year-old son was physically abused while riding a Bedford County bus in 2009.

  • Police impersonator being sought

        The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office is urging motorists to use caution following an incident last Wednesday where a man impersonating a police officer pulled over a woman in the Cifax area of the county.

        At 7:24 a.m. on Sept. 28, Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call from the woman who advised them she was traveling from the Cifax area to US 221 in Bedford County, when a white, early 2000 model Lincoln with a blue “bubble” light located on the right side of the dash, stopped her on Bethany Circle.

  • Community shows concern for Moneta man injured in robbery

        The Moneta community was still coping Monday with what had happened to one of its own.

        A candlelight vigil, held in front of Terry’s Country Corner store, showed the care and concern the community has for Bob Terry, seriously injured Saturday night in a robbery.
        Monday evening’s event drew a crowd of at least 150 people. People parked at Flint Hill Baptist Church and walked the short distance to the store.

  • Police impersonator being sought by BCSO; police urge caution

     

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    The Bedford County Sheriff's Office is urging motorists to use caution following an incident Wednesday where a man impersonating a police officer pulled over a woman in the Cifax are of the county.

  • Sentences handed down in murder case

        Sometimes you just have to play the hand you’re dealt.

        That was certainly the case in Bedford County Circuit Court last week for Commonwealth’s Attorney Randy Krantz who had two different defendants—claiming two different accounts about the disposal of the body of Sean Placko—sentenced for the same crime.

  • Burglary could put charity's work in jeopardy

        A burglary this week could put a local charity’s work in jeopardy.

        According to the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded, Monday, to 1913 Belltown Rd. in Bedford in reference to a burglary.

  • Jury finds Forest woman not guilty of indecent liberties charge

    A Bedford County woman has been found not guilty of taking indecent liberties with a minor in custodial care by a Bedford County jury Wednesday.

    Valerie Casto, 40, of Forest, was an eighth grade teacher at Dunbar Middle School. The Bedford County Commonwealth's Attorney's office claimed that Casto had exposed herself to a former student, who had just turned 15, at her Forest home.

  • Forest woman not guilty of indecent liberties with minor

    A Bedford County woman was found not guilty, Wednesday morning in Bedford County Circuit Court, of taking indecent liberties with a minor.

  • Preliminary hearing rescheduled in motorcycle crash case

    A preliminary hearing for the Bedford woman charged with two counts of felony maiming, DUI, in connection with an incident that occurred over Memorial Day weekend has been rescheduled for Oct. 26 at 1:30 p.m. in General District Court.

        That hearing had originally been set for August 31.

  • Man enters plea to abduction charge

    A 77-year-old Bedford man pleaded no contest Friday to abducting a 22-year-old woman in April.

        According to Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Mark Robinette, Emory Hale was driving on Independence Boulevard on April 20 when he spotted the woman walking along the side of the road. Hale stopped and asked the woman, who was walking to her job at Arby’s, if she wanted a ride to work.