Courts and Crime

  • Bedford man pleads guilty to 30 felonies

        A 47-year-old Bedford man pleaded guilty to 30 felony charges in Bedford Circuit Court Friday.
        Jeffrey Allen Richardson entered the pleas, related to two different cases, to the charges including obtaining money by false pretense, forgery, uttering and petty larceny.
        The charges stem from incidents that occurred last spring. He was arrested in late July.

  • Grand jury indicts 27

        A Bedford grand jury indicted 27 people on a total of 97 charges on Friday.
        The indictments include a group of several individuals accused of being a part of a theft ring in the Stewartsville and Moneta areas, a rape charge, abduction, assault and battery, escape from custody, grand larceny and forgery.

    Alleged theft ring

  • Mother wants justice in case

        Betty Jean Thomas isn’t happy about the way her son was portrayed at the trial of the woman who killed him in 2015.
        In December Vicky Thomas Clarke, 56,  was found guilty of voluntary manslaughter—she had been charged with second degree murder–for killing her brother, Paul Thomas, in the early morning hours on Oct. 1, 2015. The jury recommended a five-year sentence for the conviction.
        “There were a lot of lies told in court,” Betty Jean said.

  • BCSO issues scam alert
  • BCSO seeks assistance in locating suspects on thefts from ABC store

        For the second time in a week, the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect in a theft from an ABC Store.

        The latest suspect being sought is a white female, wearing a floral shirt, glasses and a pink handbag, who allegedly shoplifted a bottle of alcohol from the ABC Store located in the Graves Mill Shopping Center on January 22.

  • BCSO seeks info on suspect in shoplifting case


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    The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a white man who shoplifted a bottle of alcohol from the ABC Store located in the Graves Mill Shopping Center on January 24, 2018.

  • Charges certified against 5 for thefts

        Five of the six defendants in an alleged string of thefts in the Stewartsville and Moneta areas had charges certified to the March grand jury during hearings held Monday in General District Court.
        Last July, Bedford County Sheriff’s deputies charged six defendants in a string of thefts in the Southside area. They all faced grand larceny and larceny with intent to sell charges.

  • LPD investigation leads to Bedford charges

        A 30-year-old Bedford man is facing charges of rape and abduction, following his arrest on January 9.

        The alleged incident occurred January 6.  On January 8, representatives with the Lynchburg Police Department contacted the Bedford Police Department concerning information officers had received while on a call in Lynchburg. 

  • Local authorities help with MS-13 cases in NY, MD

        Bedford County Commonwealth’s Attorney Wes Nance, and an investigator with the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, participated last Thursday in a news conference held at Mineola, New York, concerning the indictments of 17 alleged members and associates of the MS-13 (Mara Salvatrucha) gang.
        The grand jury indictments include various charges of murder, conspiracy to commit murder and drug trafficking in New York and nationally. All 17 of the defendants face up to 25 years to life in prison if convicted on their top charges.

  • Police chase, apprehend suspect

        A 42-year-old Bedford man is in custody following a high-speed chase that began in Bedford County and ended at a residence on Otey Street on Saturday.
        According to Bedford Police Chief Todd Foreman, Michael Shawn Parker faces multiple charges following the pursuit which began on Woods Road in the county, went to Big Island Highway and concluded in the town.
        Bedford Police, with guns drawn, surrounded the vehicle at the Otey Street residence, but no shots were fired, according to Foreman.