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Courts and Crime

  • Schools placed on lockdown

    At 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call from West Crossing Drive, Forest. The caller advised that two black males wearing ski masks entered his home armed with a handgun. The suspects took the callers safe and left in a grey SUV. The caller said one of the suspects was wearing a yellow jacket and the other had on a grey jacket. Bedford County Sheriff’s deputies are actively searching the area for the suspect vehicle. As a precautionary measure several Forest schools were placed on a perimeter lock-down, which was lifted at 2:20 p.m.

  • Goodview man faces rape charge

        On May 31, 2017, a Bedford County Sheriff’s Office investigator took a complaint from a female reporting she had been raped.
        The victim stated that she was visiting a friend in Stewartsville on April 25, 2017. She said she had been drinking alcohol and had gone to bed in the guest room. She said when she woke up, her friend’s boyfriend, Brian Riggs, was having sex with her against her will.

  • Bedford man faces charges for incident at Pinecrest Apartments

    A 21-year-old Bedford man has been charged with three felonies and a misdemeanor in connection with an incident that occurred Oct. 14 at Pinecrest Apartments.
        Demonte Treon Bryant has been charged with strangling another causing wounding or injury, misdemeanor assault and battery; breaking and entering with the intent to commit a felony; and abduction and kidnapping.

  • Eight alleged MS-13 members charged

        A federal grand jury returned an indictment on September 27 and it was unsealed Wednesday. The indictment charges the defendants in connection with a conspiracy to participate in a racketeering enterprise known as the La Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13. The indictments include charges associated with the death of a Lynchburg teen who was killed in Bedford County.
        Those indicted include:
        Carlos Roberto Tejada Cruz, a/k/a “Krusty,” age 20, of Beltsville, Maryland;

  • BCSO charges two more men in connection with murder of Lynchburg teen

        Two additional suspects have been charged in connection with the murder of a teen in Bedford County last March.
        Kevin Soto-Bonilla, age 20, was arrested in New York on September 19, 2017. He will be extradited back to Bedford in the coming days.
        Cristian José Sánchez-Gómez, age 22, was arrested on October 5, 2017 in Albemarle County, Va. He is being held in the Blue Ridge Regional Jail on no bond.

  • Eight alleged MS-13 members charged; allegations include murder of teen in Bedford County

    A federal grand jury returned an indictment on September 27 and it was unsealed Wednesday. The indictment charges the defendants in connection with a conspiracy to participate in a racketeering enterprise known as the La Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13. The indictments include charges associated with the death of a Lynchburg teen who was killed in Bedford County.

    Those indicted include:

    Carlos Roberto Tejada Cruz, a/k/a “Krusty,” age 20, of Beltsville, Maryland;

  • Teen pleads guilty to four felonies

        A Bedford teen pleaded guilty to four felonies Friday in connection with an October 2016 incident in which he stole a gun from his parents’ home and fired at several occupied vehicles.
        Daniel Jared Flint, 18, entered guilty pleas in Bedford Circuit Court to two counts of shooting at an occupied vehicle, one count of possessing a firearm after being involuntarily committed and one count of destruction of property.

  • 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.