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Courts and Crime

  • County man pleads guilty to involuntary manslaughter in death of his friend in accident

        A 22-year-old Goodview man pleaded guilty Tuesday morning to involuntary manslaughter, in connection with a single-vehicle accident last year that killed a Bedford man.
        Durham Westley Falabella, who is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 21, could face from one to 10 years in prison on the involuntary manslaughter conviction and 12 months in jail on a misdemeanor driving under the influence conviction.
        Falabella entered the pleas in Bedford County Circuit Court; he was indicted on the charges in April.

  • Grand jury indicts two men for aggravated involuntary manslaughter

        Two men, charged with aggravated involuntary manslaughter in separate cases, have been indicted by the August grand jury in Bedford County.
        Michael Wayne Jenkins, 27 of Bedford, was indicted for aggravated involuntary manslaughter, assault on medical personnel and felony hit and run.
         Jenkins is charged with hitting a bicyclist on Va. 122, near Va. 24 on March 21 and then leaving the scene of the accident. Sean McQuaid, the bicyclist, died from his injuries the next day.

  • Suspect killed

        A Bedford County Sheriff’s Office deputy shot and killed a suspect in a home invasion that occurred last Tuesday night, July 29.
        At 8:03 p.m. Tuesday night, Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call from 1554 Stewartsville Road, Moneta. The caller reported that she was home alone and was in the shower, when a male broke into her home.

  • Judge denies bond in murder-for-hire case

        Kevin Colgan, charged with trying to hire a hit man to murder his wife, is still in jail where he has been since he was arrested on June 19.
        According to Commonwealth’s Attorney Randy Krantz, Colgan was originally denied bail by Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court Judge Louis Harrison. He appealed that decision to Bedford County Circuit Court where Judge James Updike denied him bail last week.

  • Smith pleads guilty

        Michael Anthony Smith pleaded guilty, last week, to charges stemming from the death of his 2-year-old son this past winter. The boy’s mother, Shana Witt, has been charged with smothering the boy with a stuffed toy.
        According to Commonwealth’s Attorney Randy Krantz, an investigation indicated that the couple delayed calling emergency services for up to two hours while they got rid of evidence of a meth lab operating in the house.

  • Two dead at Evington home

        The investigation is continuing into the discovery of two partially decomposed bodies found this weekend at an Evington home.

        On Saturday July 19, at 1:30 p.m., a Bedford County Sheriff’s Office deputy responded to a home located at 2478 Tucker Terrace, Evington, after receiving a call from a neighbor, according to Major Ricky Gardner of the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office.
        Ruby Laughon is listed as the owner of the property where the bodies were discovered.

  • Grand jury indicts father of dead child

        The father of a 2-year-old child who died in late February has been indicted for two counts of child abuse and neglect.
        Michael Anthony Smith was indicted by a Bedford County grand jury this month on two counts of felony child abuse and neglect and one count of manufacturing methamphetamines. Smith is scheduled to appear in circuit court July 29 for a plea on the charges, according to court records.

  • Oulds charges to go to grand jury

        Charges against Steve Oulds, of Lynchburg, have been certified to the grand jury following a preliminary hearing Monday in General District Court.
        Oulds faces charges stemming from the death of James Dale Gunter in a single vehicle crash last year near Coleman Falls. Oulds has been accused of driving the car. The accident occurred on U. S. 501 on Aug. 18, 2013.

  • Charges certified

        Michael Wayne Jenkins, charged with felony hit and run and felony assault and battery on an EMS worker, waived a preliminary hearing when he appeared in Bedford County General District Court, Monday. Judge Harold Black certified the charges to the August grand jury.
        Jenkins is charged with hitting a bicyclist on Va. 122, near Va. 24 on March 21 and then leaving the scene of the accident. Sean McQuaid, the bicyclist, died from his injuries the next day.

  • Former Bedford man faces charge of soliciting undercover officer to kill his estranged wife

        A former Bedford resident, charged with attempting to hire someone he thought was a hit man  to murder his wife, had been under surveillance for months prior to his arrest.