Courts and Crime

  • Vandals strike historic congregation

    Margarita Williams was the first to arrive at Mount Rock Baptist Church, in Goode, Sunday morning, to open it for Sunday morning worship. She noticed the widows were broken. It quickly became obvious that somebody had broken into the church and vandalized it.

  • Lynch sentenced for possession of child porn

    Kevin Mark Lynch, 43, will spend two years of active jail time for possession of child pornography. Lynch was sentenced, Tuesday, in Bedford County Circuit Court.
        Last month he pleaded guilty to 15 counts of possession of child pornography. He received a 10-year sentence, with eight years suspended.
        Lynch had worked professionally, counseling long-term substance abusers and Defense Attorney John Bradley presented character witnesses, one of whom testified to how Lynch’s work helped her turn her life around.

  • BCSO drug bust yields 29 charges against 12

        After an eight month operation, the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office Vice Unit has charged 12 people with a total of 29 drug charges, according to Sheriff Mike Brown. 
        These all represent middle and upper dealers distributing illegal drugs throughout Bedford County, Brown stated in a release on the charges.
        Those include:

  • Huddleston shooting

        A Monroe man will spend a year behind bars for his role in an altercation, last summer, that resulted in the death of a young woman.
        The shooting occurred outside a residence on Johnson Mountain Road last summer. Joshua Hughes, 28, and Audrey Michelle Bryan, 25, were hit by shots fired from a .22 caliber rifle. Bryan died from her wound.

  • Forest man sentenced in sexual battery case

    By Tyler Flynn
    Intern Writer

        A Forest man was sentenced for an amended sexual battery charge in Bedford Circuit Court Tuesday.
        Kyle Richard Tomko, who had originally been charged with the felony of aggravated sexual battery, had his charge amended to misdemeanor sexual battery. He pleaded no contest to the sexual battery charge, as well as to a felony abduction charge.

  • Huddleston man enters plea in shooting death

    By Laura Enderson

    Intern Writer

        Michael Thomas Loboschefski, accused of killing an Amherst County woman in a shootout last August, pleaded no contest to involuntary manslaughter and reckless handling of a firearm in Bedford County Circuit Court on Tuesday.
        Loboschefski, 30 of Huddleston, was initially charged with aggravated malicious wounding, maliciously shooting at an occupied vehicle, felony murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

  • People who know Ware are surprised by the charges

    “Quite a shock,” commented District 3 Supervisor Roger Cheek. “I would have never thought that in a million years. That’s not the Tony I knew.”
        Cheek was responding to the charges in which Earl Anthony (Tony) Ware has been arrested on seven counts of embezzlement and seven counts of money laundering. The charges stemmed from Ware’s connection to the Big Island Fire Department, the estate of Hattie Routon and a benefit for children.

  • Former supervisor faces charges

        A six month investigation by the Virginia State Police has resulted in the arrest of a former member of the Bedford County Board of Supervisors.

        The investigation by the VSP Bureau of Criminal Investigation resulted in the indictment and arrest of Earl Anthony (Tony) Ware of Big Island in Bedford County on June 7.

  • Woman sentenced in DUI maiming case

    Laura Enderson
    Intern Writer

        Last Tuesday, Bedford County Circuit Court Judge James Updike handed down a sentence on two counts of DUI maiming to 42-year-old Elizabeth Doris Coe.
        She received two years in prison with five years suspended for each of the two counts of DUI maiming, and 12 months in prison and a $1,000 fine for one count of DUI, totaling 11 years suspended after five years served.  

  • Plattus responds

    Editor’s note: Dan Plattus, former Bedford Main Street Inc. director, issued this statement concerning the embezzlement charge that was dismissed last week by General District Court Judge Harold Black.

        What a long, strange road it’s been.