Courts and Crime

  • Grand jury indicts former BCSO deputy

        On Tuesday, a Bedford County Grand jury indicted a former deputy with the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office on five charges of taking indecent liberties with a child in a custodial relationship.

         Earnest Grubbs, 47, was indicted on the charges related to having a sexual relationship with a then 15-year-old Liberty High School student.

  • Goodview man faces murder charge

        A Goodview man has been charged with first degree murder following an apparent domestic incident last Tuesday, April 10, at Jeters Chapel Road.
        Charles Edward Glover, 43, was taken into custody in Vinton, by officers with the Vinton Police Department around 2:15 p.m. Tuesday, just minutes after Bedford County dispatchers received a call reporting a structure fire and an injury to an unresponsive male.

  • Hughes guilty of involuntary manslaughter

        One of two men charged in connection with a Huddleston shootout last August that left one woman dead, now stands convicted of those charges, following a plea hearing in Bedford County Circuit Court Friday.
        Joshua Lewis Hughes, 28, of Monroe entered no contest pleas to involuntary manslaughter and brandishing a firearm, charges that stemmed from the Aug. 11 shootout in which 25-year-old Audrey Michelle Bryan was killed.
        Sentencing in the case has been set for June 8; Hughes remains free on bond.

  • Girl's father faces charge

        Elvin Gene McCombs Jr., the father of a Bedford teenager named in a lawsuit that alleges a former deputy sheriff had an inappropriate relationship with her, was served a summons on Sunday for misdemeanor assault and battery of an unnamed family member.

  • Charges against Grubbs sent to grand jury

    Five charges of taking indecent liberties with a child in a custodial relationship will be considered by a Bedford County grand jury next month against the former Bedford County Sheriff’s Office deputy charged with having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old Liberty High School student.

  • Trial set for man accused of attacking Bob Terry last Oct.

        The man accused of attacking and robbing Moneta store owner Bob Terry last October was indicted on four felonies last week by a Bedford County Circuit Court grand jury.
        Jason Andrew Shell, 38 of Roanoke, was indicted for aggravated malicious wounding, robbery, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and use of a firearm in commission of a felony.
        During a preliminary hearing in January, two witnesses testified that Shell threatened to kill them if they told who had committed the crime.

  • Two arrested on prostitution charges

        Two Roanoke residents have been arrested on prostitution-related charges that allegedly occurred in Bedford County.

        On Friday, January 27, Bedford Co. Sheriff’s Office vice investigators arrested the two individuals at a Bedford motel. The arrests were the results of a joint investigation with the Roanoke Police Department and the Bedford Co. Sheriff’s Office.

  • Man pleads guilty to last year's Goode Country Store robbery

    A Bedford man charged with the armed robbery of Goode Country Store last March, pleaded guilty Friday in Bedford County Circuit Court to six felonies.

        Jason Anthony Jackson, 32, is scheduled to be sentenced May 8.
        The charges included two counts of robbery, one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, one count of possession of ammunition by a convicted felon, one count of use of a firearm in commission of a felony and one count of wearing a mask in public.

  • Bus driver, aide file responses to lawsuit

        The former Bedford County Public Schools bus driver and aide, named as defendants in a $20 million lawsuit filed by the father of a special education student, deny abusing the boy while he was being transported on their bus in 2009.
        In separate filings responding to the lawsuit in Lynchburg Circuit Court, both bus driver Alice Davis Holland and her aide, Mary Alice Evans, claimed that the allegations of abuse of the 11-year-old student, Timothy Earl Kilpatrick, were false.

  • Sheriff, former SRO named in $3M lawsuit

        Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown and Ernest Grubbs, a former Liberty High School (LHS) school resource officer, are facing a $3 million lawsuit. The suit was filed Friday in Bedford County Circuit Court by Elvin McCombs on behalf of his daughter, Audrey McCombs.