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Courts and Crime

  • Headstones damaged at Bedford Cemetery

    More than 40 headstones at the Oakwood, Longwood and Greenwood Cemetery were damaged sometime last weekend, including one at the grave of one of the Bedford Boys killed on June 6, 1944, during the Normandy invasion.

  • Witt gets additional time

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    Former Staunton River High School football coach Rick Witt accepted a plea bargain Tuesday in Roanoke Co0unty Circuit Court reducing charges that he had sex with an underage female William Byrd High School student in 2008.

    Witt, already serving four years after being convicted of having sex with that student and another girl in Bedford County, had faced eight felony charges of carnal knowledge and taking indecent liberties with a minor.

  • Witt gets 4-year jail sentence

    Former Staunton River High School teacher and football coach Richard Isaac Witt was sentenced Tuesday to four years in jail for his convictions of 10 misdemeanor counts of having sexual contact with a minor.

        Bedford County Circuit Court Judge James Updike handed down a 10-year jail sentence, with all but four of those years suspended, during a hearing in which both victims of Witt's crimes, along with their mothers, testified about the impact Witt's actions had on them and their families.

  • Mann pleads in methadone death case

    A 33-year-old Bedford man pleaded guilty last week to providing the drugs that led to the death of another Bedford man.

        Jason Carroll Mann, 33, had been accused of supplying the fatal dosage to Matthew Stewart Hamilton in February 2010, and had been facing a second-degree murder charge against him. But last Tuesday, Mann pleaded guilty to distributing methadone and involuntary manslaughter in connection with the case. He received a 10-year sentence, with seven of those years suspended.

  • BCSO deputy, charged with DUI, terminated

        The investigator with the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, arrested in Campbell County early Sunday morning, March 27, has lost his job with the department.

        Friday afternoon Sheriff Mike Brown said, following an internal investigation, Joshua Hubbard, 30, had been terminated from employment with the BCSO.

  • BCSO investigator, charged with DUI, terminated

    The investigator with the Bedford County Sheriff's Office, arrested in Campbell County early Sunday morning, has lost his job with the department.

    Friday afternoon Sheriff Mike Brown said, following an internal investigation, Joshua Hubbard, 30, had been terminated from employment with the BCSO.

  • Man sought for passing bad checks in Bedford

     

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    On March 17, an individual passed a fraudulent traveler’s check at a local CVS pharmacy. This person is described as a black male, approximately 6 feet tall in his late 20s with short hair. He was wearing a light colored shirt and blue jeans. There may have been another individual with this subject that stayed outside.

    Suspects may have left in a burgundy or maroon four-door vehicle similar to a Nissan or Infinity.

  • BCSO makes arrests in Navigation Point larcenies

     

  • Mother found guilty of child abuse, not guilty on murder charge

    After a three day trial that concluded Thursday, a Bedford County jury found Cecilia Burnette, 26, of Bedford, not guilty of second degree murder. The jury, however, found her guilty of felony child abuse and recommended a sentence of eight years in prison.

  • Elmore sentenced to 30 years

        A Thaxton man will spend at least the next 30 years in prison for sexually molesting two pre-teen girls, according to Commonwealth’s Attorney Randy Krantz. Timothy Craig Elmore, 40, of Thaxton was sentenced last week in Bedford County Circuit Court.

        The crimes occurred in early June and Krantz said that Elmore was still on probation, after serving a little more than a year for a conviction of unlawful carnal knowledge with a minor in Franklin County in 2006.