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Courts and Crime

  • Forest man sentenced on sex charge

    In all likelihood, Allen Lee Ford of Forest, a decorated marine combat veteran, will spend most, if not all, of the rest of his life in jail.

        Ford, who turns 63 next month, was sentenced Friday to four years, five months in jail on one conviction of aggravated sexual battery in Bedford County Circuit Court. But he’s facing similar charges in other jurisdictions and once those are finalized, his sentence will be considerably more, according to Bedford County Commonwealth’s Attorney Randy Krantz.

  • Bedford man arrested for felony murder

        On February 7, 2010, Bedford Police responded to a residence in the 1000 block of Quarles Street in the city of Bedford.  On arrival, officers found Matthew Stewart Hamilton, 26, deceased.  Further investigation, along with information from the medical examiner, established that Hamilton had died from an overdose of methadone.  

  • BCSO releases CVS theft video

    On 8/30/2010 at 2:16 p.m. an unidentified black male entered CVS located at 18665 Forest Rd, Forest  and allegedly walked out with two Craig 13’’ HD LCD Televisions valued at $300 without paying for the items, according to a news release from the Bedford County Sheriff's Office.

  • Man pleads to computer solicitation

        What started out as a motions hearing quickly turned into a discussion of split infinitives and diagramming sentences Friday in Bedford County Circuit Court. The hearing would eventually end with 25-year-old John Edward Pressley of Martinsville entering four no contest pleas to computer solicitation of a child less than 15 years old.

  • Two men charged by BCSO with selling dogs for fighting

        Members of the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division arrested two individuals, Monday, at 11268 West Lynchburg-Salem Turnpike in Montvale, charging them with violating Virginia’s animal fighting laws.  

  • Man pleads guilty to burglary at restaurant

    A 24-year-old Bedford man pleaded guilty to 32 felonies in connection with a burglary at the Ruby Tuesday restaurant in Bedford this May.

        Jordan Lee Davidson, a former employee of the restaurant, entered his pleas during a hearing Tuesday in Bedford County Circuit Court. Those pleas included one count of burglary, one count of grand larceny, one count of property damage, one count of possessing burglary tools, one count of larceny with the intent to sell and 27counts of credit card larceny.

  • Man sentenced in animal cruelty case

    A Bedford County man will spend 10 days in jail after entering Alford pleas to 14 counts of animal cruelty in Bedford County Circuit Court.

  • Shifflett enters pleas in embezzlement case

    Deborah Lynn Shifflett, 39, entered no contest pleas Tuesday in Bedford County Circuit Court to 10 felony embezzlement charges.

        A no contest plea, which has the same effect as a guilty plea, means that she did not contest the evidence against her, knowing that she will be found guilty if the court accepts the evidence, according to Commonwealth’s Attorney Randy Krantz. In essence it means that she admits there is enough evidence to convict her.

  • Bedford participates in national program to promote crime prevention through citizen involvement

    National Night Out, a national program designed to promote crime prevention awareness, generate support for law enforcement and send a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back, has been going on for 27 years. This year, Bedford joined in for the first time with a city-wide event held at the Farmers’ Market last week.

  • Help wanted: CASA seeks more volunteers

    Retirement can be a good time to give back to the community.

        Vicki Bertrand moved to the Bedford area after retiring from United Parcel Service. She had worked for 35 years and had finished her career working in security and loss prevention. Bertrand said that UPS had always been big on supporting United Way and she always felt that, once she retired, she wanted to give time as well as money.
        “Working with kids seemed like a good way to help,” she said, explaining why CASA drew her interest.