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Courts and Crime

  • RI man to spend 15 years in prison for child porn convictions

        A 45-year-old Rhode Island man, who contacted a local 11-year-old autistic girl through the Internet, will spend 15 years in prison on four child porn charges.
        Paulo B. Tomas, of Cumberland, Rhode Island, was arrested in January by Rhode Island State Police. The charges were related to a child sexual exploitation investigation in Bedford County.

  • Fisher receives bond

    A Lynch Station man, facing child porn charges, was granted bond following a hearing Friday in Bedford County Circuit Court.

         Bobby Matthew Fisher, 23, is facing six charges connected to an investigation earlier this month.
        On August 4 investigators with the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office assigned to the Southern Virginia Internet    Crimes Against Children Taskforce (SOVA-ICAC) began investigating a case involving the solicitation of child pornography.

  • Former BCC golf pro sentenced for embezzlement

        A former golf pro at Bedford Country Club will have to pay back $24,000 he embezzled from the club, but won’t spend any time in jail for his two embezzlement convictions.
        Michael Edward Thompson, 47, of Stanley, Virginia, was sentenced to five years in prison on the convictions, but all of that time was suspended by Judge James Updike during his sentencing hearing in Bedford Circuit Court Friday.

  • Officials investigate ‘suspicious fire’

        Shortly before 3 a.m. Sunday morning (August 19) the Hardy and Stewartsville-Chamblissburg fire companies were dispatched to a reported brush fire in the 1400 block of Gravel Hill Road, in  the  Hardy area of Bedford County.
        When the first units arrived, they determined that this was actually a structure fire, reporting a single-family dwelling with heavy fire showing. Additional fire, EMS and support units from Bedford and Roanoke counties then responded.

  • Bedford County man faces assault charges

        On Friday evening August 18, the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office received a call from the Bedford Magistrate’s Office advising a female was in their office reporting that she had been assaulted.
        A Bedford County Sheriff’s deputy responded and the woman advised that she had been assaulted by her boyfriend, Brandon Johnson, earlier in the day. She said that Johnson also pointed a shotgun at her and assaulted her with it, according to a report from the BCSO.

  • Man charged with soliciting minor to produce child porn

        On August 1, the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call for an unknown adult male found inside of a Bedford County residence.

        The male had exited the home prior to arrival of deputies and investigators with the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce (SOVA-ICAC), according to a report from the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office.
        The suspect was located by Virginia Conservation Police soon after the call, sitting in a vehicle in a school parking lot.

  • Lynch Station man faces child porn charges

        On August 4 investigators with the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office assigned to the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce (SOVA-ICAC) began investigating a case involving the solicitation of child pornography.

    A 15-year-old child victim living in Bedford County was allegedly solicited online multiple times by a suspect using Facebook Messenger. After multiple search warrants were executed on the electronic service provider, 23-year-old Bobby Matthew Fisher of 2243 Bedford Highway, of his prior convictions.

  • Appeal planned

    By Tom Wilmoth
    Editor
    news@bedfordbulletin.com

        Daniel Wayne Brown of Bedford plans to appeal his 10-month sentence for assaulting a police officer and obstructing justice, following his sentencing Friday in Bedford County Circuit Court.

  • Lynch Station man charged with soliciting minor to produce child porn

    On August 4, 2017, Investigators with the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office assigned to the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce (SOVA-ICAC) began investigating a case involving the solicitation of Child Pornography.

  • Chesapeake man charged with coming to Bedford to solicit a minor to produce child pornography

    On August 1, 2017, the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call for an unknown adult male found inside of a Bedford County residence. The male had exited the home prior to arrival of Deputies and Investigators with the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce (SOVA-ICAC), according to a report from the Bedford Countyo Sheriff's Office.