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Courts and Crime

  • Couple guilty of welfare, medical assistance fraud

        Otis Lee Witcher and April Michelle Whitaker dug a very deep hole for themselves, a hole more than $100,000 deep, over an extended period of time.
        Tuesday morning, they each entered pleas in Bedford County Circuit Court to 20 charges of welfare fraud and medical assistance fraud. Witcher entered guilty pleas and Whitaker pleaded no contest. A no contest plea means that the defendant does not admit guilt but agrees that the prosecution has enough evidence for a conviction.

  • Two found dead in Forest home

        On Thursday, a call from a worried co-worker led to the discovery of two individuals dead at a home in Forest.
        While still waiting on the medical examiner to determine the cause and manner of death, Bedford County Sheriff’s investigators do not believe a third party is involved in the deaths.
        Investigators continue to look into the deaths of the two individuals at 115 Jane Randolph St. in Forest. Investigators identified the two individuals as Curtis L. Brumfield, 58 and Susan C. Brumfield,  56.

  • Forest man arrested on child porn charges

        On April 7, Cameron Lavelle Boyd, of Forest was arrested on charges related to the possession of child pornography.
        In 2013 Boyd became a person of interest to the SOVA-ICAC when a detective from the Lynchburg Police Department downloaded child pornography from a suspect believed to be within the city of Lynchburg. Further investigation led to the discovery that the suspect lived in Bedford County, at which point the case was referred to the Bedford Sheriff’s Office.

  • Man charged with abducting woman in Thaxton

        On Tuesday, March 31, Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call from a Roanoke County dispatcher advising they had received a call reporting a female had been abducted by gun point from the Thaxton area of Bedford County.
        The caller further advised that the suspect and victim were at a home in Vinton. Vinton Police responded to the address and located them.

  • Moneta man gets 11 year sentence for stabbing wife’s lover

    James David Fincher will spend 11 years behind bars for stabbing his wife’s lover.

  • Three arrested for child abuse

        At 9:50 p.m. Monday, June 22, Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call reporting a possible child abuse on Mt. Airy Road, Lynch Station.
        A Bedford County sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to the location. After arriving on the scene and investigating the complaint Bedford County Social Services Child Protection investigators were contacted and made aware of the complaint.

  • Colgan guilty in murder for hire scheme

        Kevin Christopher Colgan had made references last year on Facebook to wanting to have his estranged wife killed.

        But on June 18, 2014, when he met with an undercover officer that he thought was a hit man, those inferences turned into solicitation.
        That meeting, and a second the following day, led to his arrest and Tuesday morning Colgan, after pleading no contest to the charge of solicitation to commit murder, was found guilty of the charge by Bedford County Circuit Court Judge James Updike.

  • Jury convicts Harris

        A federal jury convicted a naval officer on Monday of coercing nine girls between the ages of 12 and 17 into sending him explicit photos and videos of themselves.
        Lt. Daniel Chase Harris, 31, of Virginia Beach, is set to be sentenced July 13 in U.S. District Court on 31 felonies – including 13 counts of production of child pornography and two counts of obstruction of justice. He faces a minimum of 15 years in prison and the maximum of life.

  • Testimony: Sisters made sex videos under threat

    By Scott Daugherty
    Landmark News Service/The Virginian-Pilot
    and Staff Reports

        The girl didn’t know Frank Dietrich, but she wanted to.
        She was 14 when she received a Facebook friend request from what appeared to be an older boy. His profile picture showed a young man throwing a football while wearing a tight shirt that showed off a muscular physique.

  • Details revealed in Lyon sisters disappearance

        Details of how Bedford County became the central focus in the search for the bodies of sisters Sheila and Katherine Lyon, ages 10 and 12, have emerged through an affidavit recently released as part of a search warrant in the investigation of the girls’ disappearance.