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Courts and Crime

  • Harris case goes to federal court

        A US Naval pilot, stationed at Oceana Naval Air Station, in the Virginia Beach area, had a court date in Bedford County Tuesday.

        His charges here were dropped, on a motion filed in Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court by Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Wes Nance, because the case is now being pursued through the federal court system.

  • BCSO IDs hiker who died

        Bedford County Sheriff’s investigators have identified the hiker found dead at the Matt Creek Shelter Monday morning as Rodney Montgomery, 59, of Otis Orchard, Wash.

        Investigators contacted one of Montgomery’s brothers in Washington state late yesterday. The brother said that he had two brothers hiking together on the Appalachian Trial.  Investigators contacted the second brother, by cell phone, and learned he was in Troutville.

  • Husband, wife crime team enter guilty pleas

        Two 19-year-old married teens entered guilty pleas to multiple felony counts in Bedford County Circuit Court Tuesday morning.

        The couple were among 50 people arrested last year following an investigation by the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office.
        Leigha Bragg Hall entered guilty pleas for breaking and entering, grand larceny, credit card theft and credit card fraud.

  • Thaxton man to serve 8 years on child porn charges

        A Thaxton man will spend eight years in prison, following a contested sentencing hearing last week in Bedford County Circuit Court.

        Judge James Updike sentenced David Wayne Seabolt, 58, to 18 years in prison, with 10 years suspended on his10 felony convictions of possessing, 1st count and 10 felony convictions, subsequent offense.

  • Scam alert! Listing targets renters

    Steve Rush a real estate agent with Scott and Bond Inc., in Bedford, wants area residents to be warned of a scam targeting those seeking to rent a home.
        For the second time since this past summer, an individual has used real estate listings with the company to try and defraud people through Craigslist.

  • Meth labs are becoming a problem in Bedford County

        Last Monday, a call about a possible burglary led to the discovery of an alleged meth lab by investigators with the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Hearing on murder charge delayed until June

        A Bedford woman, charged with first-degree murder in the death of her 2-year-old son, will undergo a mental evaluation at Central State Hospital.

        Bedford County Commonwealth’s Attorney Randy Krantz called the evaluation—which was ordered during a hearing in Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court Monday—routine.
        Shana Marie Witt, 24 is accused of killing her son, Jordan Smith, on Feb. 27 at her Peaksview Lane residence in Bedford.

  • Man enters pleas in home invasion case

        The first of five defendants has pleaded guilty to charges related to a 2011 home invasion case in Bedford.
        Jeffrey Lamar Brown, 24, entered guilty pleas to possession of a firearm as a convicted felon, burglary, robbery and wearing a mask in public. As part of his plea agreement, Brown received an 11-year active sentence from Circuit Court Judge James Updike,

  • Four charged with vandalizing mail boxes

        Four men have been arrested in connection with a spree of vandalism of mailboxes in the Trents Ferry Road area of Bedford County.
        On Saturday, utilizing information from tips generated by media reports, deputies with the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office arrested Daniel Kosowski, 19, of  Lynchburg; Joseph Spriggs, 20, of Lynchburg; Joseph Hallstrom, 20,  of Lynchburg; and Jack Robertson, 20, of Lynchburg. All four men were charged with vandalism to 11 mailboxes that occurred on Thursday night March 13.

  • Roanoke man guilty of aggravated sexual battery

        A registered sex offender pleaded no contest Friday to an aggravated sexual battery charge, stemming from a June 2012 incident.
        As part of a plea agreement, James Naff Gibson Jr., 52 of Roanoke, entered the plea to the charge—amended from a forcible sodomy charge that could have carried a mandatory life sentence—receiving a seven-year active prison sentence. Naff had previously registered as a sex offender because of a 2008 conviction in the city of Roanoke for object sexual penetration.