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Courts and Crime

  • Making the case

        Bedford County Commonwealth’s Attorney Wes Nance called them the heroes of the Lyon sisters case: They were the investigators that put in thousands of hours of work in making the first degree murder cases against Lloyd Lee Welch Jr.

  • Man arrested in stabbing incident

        On Thursday, September 14,  at about 8:13 a.m.., the Bedford Police Department responded to a report of a stabbing at a residence in the 400 block of West King Street in the town. 
        The first officers arrived to find Dewayne Eric Simmons, 34 of Bedford, and a 46-year-old female of Bedford, inside the residence.  Dewayne Simmons ran on foot from the residence to wooded area across Crenshaw Street from the residence. 

  • Prosecutor happy with sentence

    Wes Nance remembers the initial presentation made to members of the Bedford County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office about a new case they were taking on—a case that began in Maryland 40 years ago and one that investigators believed ended on Taylors Mountain in Bedford County.

  • Welch receives 48 years for murders of Lyon sisters

    Three years ago to the day in which officers from the Montgomery County (Maryland) Police Department’s Cold Case Unit dropped by the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office to lay on the desk of the department a 40-year-old abduction and murder case, at least one of the persons responsible for those murders pleaded guilty to those crimes.

  • Two Bedford teens face more charges

    Two Bedford teenagers are facing additional charges for property damage incidents that occurred in February.
        William A. Bailey, 18, of Bedford, is currently facing 22 charges in General District Court. The most recent charges, for which he was charged on Aug. 26, are for incidents that occurred on the north side of Bedford County.
        Those charges include:

  • 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.