Courts and Crime

  • 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.

  • Main Street president voices support for former director

        Bedford Main Street Inc. President Kathy McGary said the charge against that organization’s former interim executive director “is going to feel very trivial” when the truth comes out.
        Last week Daniel A. Plattus, 46, was charged with one count of credit card fraud by the Bedford Police Department. Plattus had been serving as Bedford Main Street’s only full-time employee, but resigned prior to the charge being filed by police because he thought it would be in the best interest of Bedford Main Street.

  • Plattus denies credit card fraud charge

    Dan Plattus, who had been serving as interim executive director of Bedford Main Street, has been charged with credit card fraud, according to Bedford Police Chief Jim Day.

        According to Day, on February 2, the Bedford Police Department received a complaint from a local business regarding suspicious credit card charges.  Investigators reviewed documents supplied by the business and interviewed the suspect. 

  • Search warrant results in methamphetamine arrest


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    On February 17, Bedford County Sheriff’s Investigators and Virginia State Police executed a search warrant at 3667 Mill Iron Rd. in Bedford County that resulted in the arrest of a Bedford County resident for the manufacture and distribution of methamphetamine.

  • Woman pleads guilty to DUI maiming

        Elizabeth Doris Coe pleaded guilty Tuesday, in Bedford County Circuit Court, to two counts of DUI maiming. Each charge carries a penalty of between one and five years in prison.
        The charges stemmed from a crash that occurred on May 28, at about 7 p.m. According to Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney John Wheelock, Coe had been drinking since before noon that day.

  • Pongracz sentenced for killing

    Kristina Pongracz will spend more than a decade in prison for the killing of her 77-year-old boyfriend, William Herchenrider, in May, 2010. Pongracz, now 30, was 28 at the time of the attack.

    Herchenrider died on August 25, 2010, after briefly returning home from the hospital, under Hospice care. Pongracz had been with Herchenrider for 10 years, prior to the incident in May 2010.