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Courts and Crime

  • Getting to the truth

        All Commonwealth’s Attorney Randy Krantz wants is for those testifying on the 1975 abduction case of sisters Sheila and Katherine Lyon to tell the truth.
        Recently three people involved in the investigation—and related to the man charged with abducting and murdering the two sisters—were in court because Krantz believes they weren’t forthcoming with the truth.

  • Local man faces animal cruelty, drug charges

        An investigation into dogs being shot at led to additional drug charges, according to a report from the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office.
        On Sunday November 29, the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office received a call to Johnson School Road in Thaxton about dogs being shot at. Bedford County deputies responded and identified Jeremy Lee Johnson, 25, as the suspect, according to the BCSP.

  • Woman pleads guilty to setting fire to car

        Laura Day, 32, of Moneta pleaded guilty last week in Circuit Court to arson.
        According to Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Wes Nance, on Aug. 19, 2014, a couple discovered that somebody had tried to burn their vehicle in their driveway. Day admitted to the arson and said she thought the vehicle belonged to the couple’s daughter, who was a romantic rival.

  • Former JF color guard instructor faces charges

        A former color guard instructor at Jefferson Forest High School has been charged with a number of child sex crimes.

  • Riddle enters pleas

        A 20-year-old Lynchburg man entered no contest pleas for two felonies and a misdemeanor, including involuntary manslaughter, for an accident last October that led to the death of a passenger in the car he was driving.
        Christian Luke Riddle entered his pleas Tuesday in Bedford County Circuit Court for misdemeanor driving under the influence, felony DUI maiming and felony involuntary manslaughter.

  • Montvale man charged with felony child neglect

        At 6:12 p.m. Saturday June 18, Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call from a motorist reporting that she had found a small child, 18 to 20 months old, on the side of Quarterwood Road in  Montvale.

  • Judge increases Ware’s payments

        Earl Anthony Ware, a former Bedford County supervisor convicted on 12 counts of embezzlement and money laundering, has been ordered to begin paying more money towards the almost $300,000 in restitution he owes as a result of his convictions.
        Ware had entered no contest pleas in January of 2013 to his charges and. received an 11-year sentence for his 12 convictions. Judge James Updike suspended all but 12 months of that jail term. Another dozen charges were dropped as part of the plea agreement.

  • Former JF color guard instructor sentenced

        A 23-year-old North Carolina man was sentenced Friday to 16 months in jail for having an inappropriate relationship with a girl who was 14 years old.
        Kyler Reid Parker had been serving as a color guard instructor at Jefferson Forest High School when the relationship occurred. He pleaded guilty to charges of indecent liberties with a minor as a custodian and computer solicitation.

  • Man accused of abducting 2-year-old while en route to Bedford County to meet 14-year-old girl

        Last Monday, June 6, Angelo Paderes, 26, was arrested in Georgia, on charges related to an investigation in Bedford County by the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
        The investigation includes the man attempting to visit with a 14-year-old girl here in Bedford County as well as abducting a 2-year-old child en route here.

  • Former worker at BMS pleads guilty to soliciting a minor

        A Lynchburg man, working at Bedford Middle School as a day treatment counselor, has pleaded guilty to three charges of computer solicitation of a minor under the age of 15.
        On Tuesday, Cleveland Leroy Coaxum Jr., 27, of Lynchburg, entered the pleas in Bedford Circuit Court.
        He had been charged last summer with the three felonies involving the use of communications systems to facilitate certain offenses involving children.