Courts and Crime

  • Former LHS aide sentenced

        Though sentencing guidelines called for no jail time, a former teacher’s aide at Liberty High School received a 90-day active sentence on an indecent liberties conviction related to charges filed last September.
        Michael Dean Robertson, 42, received a five-year sentence for his conviction—with all but the 90 days suspended—following a no contest plea to the charge entered in February. He was sentenced last Friday, with the judge stating that any crime of this type against a child demanded active jail time.

  • Thaxton man sentenced on child porn charges

        A Thaxton man pleaded guilty to 11 counts of possessing child pornography, following a tip authorities received from the parents of a boy who were in some of the photos the man had.
        Police arrested Joshua Earl Grimstead, 23, on Dec. 28 of last year following a case investigated by the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

  • NC man faces 10 years in prison on child solicitation charges

        William Alan Brothers, 51, of Moyock, N.C., pleaded no contest last month to two charges of child solicitation, stemming from charges gathered last November through the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

  • Thaxton man accused of burning down his mother's house

        A Bedford man with a history of charges relating to setting fires has been charged with starting a blaze that destroyed his mother’s home Monday.
        Bedford County Sheriff’s investigators have changed Darrell Bruce Orange, 53, with arson of a residence at 1071 Murray Hollow Road in Thaxton. He lived in the residence with his mother. He is being held in the Bedford Adult Detention Center on no bond.

  • Store owner gets suspended sentence

    A local pizza store owner, charged with failing to pay local restaurant taxes, has been found guilty on one count of misdemeanor failing to pay food and beverage taxes to the city of Bedford.

  • Manhunt going on in Wyndhurst area; looking for suspects

    Bedford County deputies, assisted by Lynchburg authorities, were conducting a search for two armed robbery suspects in the Wyndhurst area, assisted by Lynchburg area police, according to reports.

    Several Lynchburg schools were on lockdown during the search. A helicopter was also being utilized.

  • Former Teva employee guilty of grand larceny from the Forest company

        A human resources manager with Teva was found guilty Tuesday in Bedford County Circuit Court to a charge that she stole $172,000 from her employer.

  • Man sentenced in water filtration scam

        A man accused of carrying out a water purification system scam in multiple localities pleaded guilty Tuesday morning in Bedford County Circuit Court, to three counts of construction fraud.

        Larry Eugene Foster, 46, was picked up by the U.S. Marshal’s Service in Nashville, Tenn., in August and has been in custody in Bedford County since last fall.

  • County man pleads guilty to stabbing his wife

        Kenneth Ray Fitzgerald, a 56-year-old Bedford County man, will spend the next five years in prison for stabbing his wife last year. He pleaded guilty, Tuesday morning in Bedford County Circuit Court, to possession of a firearm by a felon and malicious wounding.

        According to Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney John Wheelock, Fitzgerald and his wife were headed for divorce. An argument broke out between the two on Oct. 12 about the tax issues involved.

  • Ware faces 12 mos. in jail

        For justice to be served, 67-year-old Earl Anthony Ware needed to spend some time in jail, stated Bedford County Circuit Court Judge James Updike during a sentencing hearing Monday.

        “I have seen people go to jail for stealing a cheap bottle of wine,” Judge Updike explained in handing out the 12 month jail sentence to the former Bedford County supervisor, found guilty earlier this year of stealing close to $300,000 from a widow, children and firefighters.