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Courts and Crime

  • BCSO issues scam alert

        The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office has received numerous calls from citizens reporting suspicious telephone calls they had received.
        The callers advise that they had received calls from numbers showing County of Bedford, Commonwealth Attorney, Social Services and other public service departments on their caller ID. After answering the phone the person uses several different scam stories attempting to obtain their personal information.

  • Talking toilets

        Toilets at Liberty High School’s (LHS) new baseball field were a major part of a presentation on the Liberty Middle School construction project.
        The project includes building a competition gym for the high school and the new gym is displacing the high school’s baseball field. A new high school baseball field is being built on a portion of the land purchased for the middle school.

  • Former animal shelter worker sentenced for animal cruelty

        A former worker at the Bedford County Animal Shelter will spend 15 days in jail after having his charges of animal cruelty dropped to a misdemeanor.
        Bryan Thomas Skinnell, 45, of Bedford, was arrested Sept. 26 of last year on the charge following the investigation of a complaint that was filed in August 2016. Skinnell’s employment at the shelter was terminated after he was charged with harming the feral cat.
        On May 23, Skinnell pleaded no contest to the animal cruelty charge.

  • Police still looking for suspect

        Bedford Police continue to search for a suspect who fled from custody last Wednesday, after being allowed to step outside to smoke a cigarette.

        Last Wednesday, August 2, Kasey Wayne Johnson, a 6’1, 160 lb. white male, born in 1997 and resident of the town of Bedford, was at the police department in reference to larceny of a vehicle.

  • Suspect escapes custody of BPD; Kasey Wayne Johnson sought by police

     

  • More charges filed in dog shooting case

        A Goodview man who allegedly shot a neighbor’s dog after it had bitten his grandson— which led to him being charged with reckless handling of a firearm—has now also been charged with cruelty of an animal.
        In addition, further investigation led to charges against the owner of the dog.

  • Sixth person charged in thefts

        On Tuesday July 18, Bedford County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Donald H. Beverly for possession of stolen property.
        According to a report from the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, Beverly was found in possession of a Caterpillar Skid Steer that was reported stolen on June 22. Beverly, 39, of Rock Cliff Road was transported to the Bedford Adult Detention Center and released on bond.

  • Welch requests change of venue

        The double murder case against Lloyd Lee Welch Jr. could be moved from Bedford County if his request for a change of venue is granted.
        Welch’s attorneys filed the request at the end of June, stating that because of pretrial publicity their client could not receive a fair trial in Bedford or surrounding counties.

  • Goodview man faces charges in connection with shooting of dog

        A Goodview man who allegedly shot a neighbor’s dog after it had bitten his grandson has been charged with reckless handling of a firearm.
        Last Wednesday, July 19 at 8:20 p.m., Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call to Oak Park Drive in Goodview. The caller reported that a man had just shot a dog in front of children.

  • Five arrested in string of arrests

        Authorities have arrested five people in connection with a string of thefts in the Stewartsville and Moneta areas.
        On Monday July 24, Bedford County Sheriff’s Office investigators obtained arrest warrants for three men and two women. The warrants were the result of the ongoing investigation of thefts that occurred between the middle of June and middle of July.
        According to Major Ricky Gardner, the thefts included a string of larcenies involving equipment, lawnmowers and trailers in that area.