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Courts and Crime

  • Man sentenced for molesting toddler

    Calling the sentencing guidelines “totally inadequate,” Bedford County Commonwealth’s Attorney Randy Krantz argued for a significantly higher prison sentence for a 21-year-old Roanoke man who sexually assaulted a 2 1/2-year-old girl in May 2009 while living in Bedford.

  • Murder charge certified in Huddleston shooting

        It was supposed to be a fistfight, but it turned into a shootout that left one woman dead and another man charged with first degree murder in her death.

        On Monday, that murder charge against Michael Thomas Loboschefski of Huddleston was certified to circuit court following a preliminary hearing before Judge Harold Black in general district court. Black also certified charges of malicious wounding and two counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony against Loboschefski.

  • Police believe missing girl might be with accused former sheriff's deputy

    Special Agents from the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) are looking for a missing 16-year-old Bedford County girl. It's believed she might be with the former Bedford County Sheriff's Deputy recently charged with taking indecent liberties with a minor.

    According to State Police, Audrey Marie McCombs' parents reported her missing Monday morning. They had last seen her at her Bedford County residence at 9 p.m. Sunday night.

  • Felony maiming charges certified to grand jury

        The 41-year-old Bedford woman charged with injuring two people as a result of a May 28 accident on Peaks Road had two felony counts of DUI maiming certified to the grand jury following a preliminary hearing Wednesday in Bedford County General District Court.

  • SHERIFF'S DEPUTY ARRESTED

        Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown spent much of Monday meeting with principals at county schools that have school resource officers from his department in them.

        The meetings were a result of last week’s arrest of an SRO officer, who now stands charged with 12 counts of taking indecent liberties of a minor by a custodian.

  • Bomb threat at JF leads to evacuation

        A message, found at Jefferson Forest High School Monday morning, threatening to blow up the school led to the evacuation of the school.

        According to Ryan Edwards, the school division’s spokesman, school administrators became aware of the bomb threat shortly before 9 a.m. and evacuated the school. Sheriff’s deputies, along with school administrators conducted a visual search of the school. This was followed up with a search by bomb sniffing dogs.

  • Pongracz guilty of second degree murder

        The 29-year-old Goode woman, accused of beating her 77-year-old boyfriend to death at his home in Bedford County in 2010, was found guilty Tuesday of second degree murder after entering a no contest plea in connection with the case.

         Kristina Pongracz faces from 5 to 40 years in prison for her conviction. She had faced charges of first degree murder, which was amended to second degree murder as part of the plea agreement, and aggravated malicious wounding, a  charge which the prosecution dropped.

  • Bomb threat at JF

    A message, found at Jefferson Forest High School Monday morning, threatening to blow up the school led to the evacuation of the school.

        According to Ryan Edwards, the school division's spokesman, school administrators became aware of the bomb threat shortly before 9 a.m. and evacuated the school. Sheriff's deputies, along with school administrators conducted a visual search of the school. This was followed up with a search by bomb sniffing dogs.
        Nothing was found and students returned to their classes.

  • Student hit while boarding school bus

        A letter went home, Monday, to parents of Goodview Elementary School students from the school’s principal, Eddie Zimmerman, informing them that a child from the school had been hit by a car while attempting to board a school bus that morning.

  • Father files $20 million lawsuit against school board after obtaining video

        The father of an autistic child in Bedford County has filed a $20 million lawsuit against the Bedford County School Board, the director of special services and a bus driver and aide, alleging that his 12-year-old son was physically abused while riding a Bedford County bus in 2009.