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Courts and Crime

  • 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.

  • Deborah Shifflett enters pleas in embezzlement case

    The Hardy Volunteer Fire Department can soon begin recouping some of the more than $150,000 prosecutors say were embezzled from it for more than two decades by its long-time fire chief Jeffrey Shifflett.

    Following no contest pleas entered in Bedford County Circuit Court Friday afternoon by Deborah Shifflett, Jeffrey Shifflett's wife, to misdemeanor charges related to the case, the fire department can now gain access to the items purchased with those stolen department funds and begin selling them to help repay debts incurred under Jeffrey Shifflett's leadership.

  • Lockdown update: Investigators look for suspect in Forest shooting

    A shooting Thursday afternoon at a Forest home, that caused four schools and several businesses to go on lockdown, is continuing into the evening, according to Bedford Sheriff Mike Brown.
    The lockdowns were lifted in the area around 3:30 p.m., but area residents should continue to be careful, Brown said at a news conference Thursday.
    “Just take precautions,” he said. He said if anyone suspicious is spotted, residents should immediately call 911. He added that residents should keep their cars and homes locked.

  • Lockdown update: Investigation ongoing into shooting in Forest area

    A shooting Thursday afternoon at a Forest home, that caused four schools and several businesses to go on lockdown, is continuing into the evening, according to Bedford Sheriff Mike Brown.
    The lockdowns were lifted in the area around 3:30 p.m., but area residents should continue to be careful, Brown said at a news conference Thursday.
    “Just take precautions,” he said. He said if anyone suspicious is spotted, residents should immediately call 911. He added that residents should keep their cars and homes locked.