Courts and Crime

  • Bedford man arrested on child porn charges


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    Clinton Joseph Kuster, 26, of South Street in Bedford was arrested on July 1 at his residence on child pornography charges, according to a release from the Bedford County Sheriff's Office.

    Kuster has been charged with the following:

  • County man convicted of child porn charges

        Ricky Martin, a Bedford County man, pleaded guilty in Circuity Court Tuesday, to 12 counts of possession of child pornography.

        According to Commonwealth’s Attorney Randy Krantz, the charges came to light after his relationship with a girl under the age of 15 that Martin knew came to light. Martin told the girl’s mother about an incident in which Krantz believes was Martin’s attempt to put his own spin on the story before the girl, herself, told her mother.

  • Lawyer defends woman’s care for cats

        The Bedford woman who had more than 40 cats removed from her home earlier this month has “a heart of gold” and is concerned deeply about taking care of animals that have been abandoned, according to her attorney, Philip Baker of Lynchburg.

  • Arrest made in hit and run boat accident on Smith Mountain Lake


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    The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF) Law Enforcement Division investigated a hit and run boating accident that occurred on Smith Mountain Lake on Sunday, June 26,. This accident occurred in the Franklin County portion of the lake in the vicinity of the No Wake Zone at Bridgewater Plaza at approximately 3:30 p.m.

  • Goodview man faces involuntary manslaughter charge

        A 52-year-old Goodview resident is being held without bond on the charge of involuntary manslaughter, following a direct indictment by a Bedford County grand jury this month.

  • Though their accounts differ, both defendants face convictions

    Just who is lying isn’t clear.
        But it doesn’t really matter. In the end, both Andrew Clay Ottinger and Susan Dudley face convictions of helping dispose of the murdered body of Sean Peter Placko in the James River in March 2010.

  • Police: Man lied about shooting

        The Forest man who claimed he was shot outside his home late last month has now been charged with filing a false report. Police say he lied about the shooting.

  • Forest shooting update: Man who said someone shot him, charged with filing false report


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    The Forest man who claimed he was shot outside his home last Thursday has now been charged with filing a false report.

  • Guilty of child abuse, woman is pregnant again — and in jail

        Back in March, a Bedford County jury sentenced Cecelia Burnette to eight years in prison after convicting her of felony child abuse, on March 17, in the death of her infant daughter, Marissa. Last week, she was back in Bedford County Circuit Court for formal sentencing.

        And she’s pregnant, with a new child on the way.
        Burnette’s defense team of David Oblon and Hilary Griffith put Burnette’s mother on the stand in an effort to persuade Judge James Updike to impose a different sentence.

  • Investigators look for leads in Forest shooting

        A shooting Thursday afternoon at a Forest home, that caused four schools and several businesses to go on lockdown, is still under investigation with few new details, according to the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office.

        The lockdowns lasted for more than an hour. At that time Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown believed the area was clear and safe, but said area residents should continue to be careful.