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Courts and Crime

  • Goode man arrested for shooting at family

        A domestic issue turned dangerous Sunday afternoon at a home next to the Goode Post Office.
        At 2:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon, Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call from a Forest Road home. The caller was a 14-year-old teenager who told authorities his brother was threatening to kill their parents with a gun.

  • Evington man pleads guilty to 31 charges stemming from vehicle break-ins

        A 25-year-old Evington man pleaded guilty to multiple felony and misdemeanor counts associated with thefts from vehicles and the subsequent use of stolen credit cards.
        Christopher Michael Powell had a total of 31 counts in Bedford County and is facing charges in other jurisdictions as well. Those included 19 felony counts of credit card larceny, four counts of credit card fraud, three counts of grand larceny, one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and four misdemeanor counts of petit larceny.

  • Victim’s body from Aug. crash will be exhumed

        The body of a Lynchburg man who died in an automobile accident last August will be exhumed to determine the actual cause of death.
        James Dale Gunter, 53, died in a wreck Aug. 18, 2013, on US 501 near the Eagle Eyrie Baptist Convention Center in Bedford County when the car he was a passenger in overturned. The driver of the vehicle, Steve Malotey Oulds III, also of Lynchburg, is charged with DUI, a misdemeanor, and involuntary manslaughter, a felony, as a result of the accident.

  • County man gets 20 years

        A Bedford County man will spend 20 years in prison for sexual solicitation of a minor on a computer.
        William Ramsey Rogers, 38, thought he was chatting with a 13-year-old girl on his computer, but it actually turned out to be an investigator with the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children task force.
        Rogers had previously pleaded no contest to four solicitation charges and was sentenced last Tuesday on the convictions.

  • Robbery conviction lands Lynchburg man a 10-year sentence

    A Lynchburg man will spend 10 years in prison as part of a plea agreement involving the robbery at a Quik-E Store in Forest last year.
        James Robert Wilson, 34, pleaded guilty last Tuesday to the robbery charge, receiving a 20-year sentence, with 10 years to serve.
        According to Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney John Wheelock, Wilson had some prior burglary and fraud offenses.

  • Mother guilty of child endangerment

        A 28-year-old Bedford woman, upset because she felt the father of her child was not taking care of the child, tied an extension chord around the child’s neck, took a picture, and sent the photo to the child’s father.
        That action led the woman, Charitye Tanner, to be charged with child endangerment. She pleaded guilty to that charge last Tuesday in Circuit Court and received a four-year suspended sentence.

  • Big Island woman, guilty of embezzlement, will now face jail time on probation violation

        A Big Island woman who pleaded guilty to 13 felony embezzlement charges during a hearing in Bedford County Circuit Court in 2008, will now face additional jail time stemming from those charges following a probation violation conviction.
        Christina Carmichael Poore originally faced 27 embezzlement charges that spanned a time period between July 1, 2005, and Dec. 1, 2007. In each charge she was accused of embezzling more than $200 from H & H Food Market off Lee Jackson Highway.

  • Thaxton man guilty of having child porn

        A Thaxton man now stands convicted on 20 counts of possession of child pornography after entering no contest pleas to the charges Friday in Bedford County Circuit Court.

  • 3 of 5 defendants in home invasion case enter pleas

        Three of the five defendants charged with a home invasion last January 17 have already pleaded guilty to six felonies in connection with the crime. Court dates for the final two defendants are currently on the docket.
        Augustis Julian Xavier, 19, of Roanoke, Juan Quontell Welton, 21, of Roanoke, and Nathan Jamal Nelms, 19, of Fincastle have all entered guilty pleas in the case. Kenneth Tito Beaner, 19, of Bedford and Durell Orlando Brown, 26, of Bedford are also charged in the case.

  • Man indicted for setting fire

        A Bedford man with a history of charges of setting fires has been indicted by a Bedford grand jury for allegedly setting fire to his mother’s home in May.

        The January grand jury returned a total of 41 indictments against 19 different defendants.
        Darrell Bruce Orange, 53, faces an arson charge for a fire at a residence at 1071 Murray Hollow Road in Thaxton. He lived in the residence with his mother. He has been in jail without bond since being arrested.