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Courts and Crime

  • Petersen not guilty of 2nd degree murder

    By Tom Wilmoth and Emily Scruggs
    news@bedfordbulletin.com

        A Hardy man, facing an attempted second degree murder charge following an incident May 27 of last year, was found not guilty Wednesday by a Bedford County jury.
         Christopher William Petersen, 29, had been  charged with three felonies, all of which he was found not guilty, following an incident in which he was accused of trying to shoot an ex-girlfriend in the head.

  • Murder case moves to J&D court

        The three men charged with second degree murder in the homicide of a 17-year-old Lynchburg teenager, whose body was found dumped on Roaring Run Road March 27, have preliminary hearing dates set for June 13 in Bedford County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.
        Jose Coreas-Ventura, 21, had a public defender assigned to be his lawyer last week. Lisandro Posada-Vazquez, 23, and Victor Arnoldo Rodas, 19, were scheduled to be in J&D court Tuesday afternoon for attorney advisements.

  • Circuit Court Cases from April 11

    By Emily Scruggs
    Intern Writer
    news@bedfordbulletin.com

        In Bedford County Circuit Court Tuesday, April 11:
        • Benjamin David Dinwiddie and Chasidy Michelle Reynolds of Bedford both pleaded guilty to reckless handling of a firearm and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Judge Updike sentenced both offenders to 12 months, suspending all but one month for reckless handling of a firearm and 12 months all suspended for contributing to the delinquency of a minor. 

  • Three teens face multiple charges

        On Thursday April 6, Bedford County Sheriff’s deputies arrested three Bedford County men on a total of 36 charges that occurred between the end of January 2017 through March 27, 2017.

  • 3 charged in teen's murder

    Three men charged with second degree murder in connection with the March 27 death of a Lynchburg teenager, whose body was found in Bedford County, are undocumented Salvadoran illegal immigrants with ties to the notorious MS-13 gang, Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown announced Friday.

  • Sheriff seeks to enhance plans to deal with gang activity

        Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown said more than five years ago gang activity could filter into this county because of its location between Lynchburg and Roanoke.
        Last Monday, his worst fears were realized. That came when the body of a 17-year-old Lynchburg teen was found on Roaring Run Road in Bedford County, having been allegedly murdered by three undocumented illegal aliens with ties to the MS-13 gang.

  • Goodlatte requests information on MS-13 gang members charged with murdering Lynchburg teen

    Sixth District Congressman Bob Goodlatte has asked for information on the three individuals charged with the murder of a 17-year-old teenager from Lynchburg, whose body was found March 27 on Roaring Run Road in Bedford County.

  • Dispute over dog leads to shooting of ex-husband

    By Emily Scruggs
    Intern Writer
    news@bedfordbulletin.com

        The death of a beloved dog spiked serious tension between Gretchen Simpson Bennett, 55, of Roanoke and her ex-husband Gerald Fairchild of Bedford County.
        According to Chief Assistant Commonwealth Attorney Stacey Gardner, Bennett appeared uninvited at the home of Fairchild on February 6, 2016, inquiring about the recent death of their dog and the location that the dog was buried.

  • Bedford man charged with shooting woman twice

        On March 19, deputies with the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office responded to a shots fired call at an address on Hale Street in Goodview. 
        When deputies arrived they heard screaming coming from the residence and located a female victim who had been shot.  Upon investigation, it was determined that the suspect, Ronald Lumsden, 63, had come to the residence and allegedly shot the female twice during a struggle, according to a news release from the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Lynchburg man pleads guilty to soliciting a minor

    By Emily Scruggs
    Intern Writer
    news@bedfordbulletin.com

        Michael Scott Capley, 49, of Lynchburg, pleaded guilty to two felony charges of soliciting a minor in Bedford County’s Circuit Court on Tuesday, March 14. 
        According to Assistant Com-monwealth’s Attorney Stacey Gardner, Capley responded to an ad placed on Craigslist on May 17, 2016. The ad, created by an undercover investigator, insinuated that a 14-year-old girl was seeking friendship in the Lynchburg area.