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Courts and Crime

  • Back in prison — this time for 15 years

        Since 1994, Larry Preston Caldwell Jr. has been in and out of court including for eight felony sentencing events – and he’s never successfully completed a term of probation before facing new charges.

    `    Caldwell, 40, will have the next 15 years in prison to think about that after being sentenced for a malicious wounding charge and a probation violation after being out of prison for only eight months on similar charges.

  • Lynchburg man will seek trial for taking knife to man’s throat

    Instead of entering a plea, the 37-year-old Lynchburg man, accused of cutting a man across his face and neck last September, is now planning to seek a jury trial, scheduled for March 29.
        Michael Dale Fitzgerald was in court last Friday afternoon for what was originally scheduled as a plea, but turned into a motions hearing to have the trial date set. Fitzgerald was arrested Sept. 28 for the alleged attack which had occurred Sept. 23.

  • Craigslist sex ad pleas

        Jennifer Anne Bandy-Mitchell, 23, of Roanoke, entered guilty pleas, Tuesday, to abduction and malicious wounding charges that stem from a response to an online personal ad she ran for sex that turned violent.
        According to Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Wes Nance, Matthew William Caruso responded to a personal ad Bandy-Mitchell ran on Craigslist for casual sex, arriving at a home in Bedford County near the town of Bedford on July 22, 2015.

  • Welch trial set for October

        The capital murder trial against Lloyd Lee “Michael” Welch Jr., 59, is expected to take three to four weeks and is set to begin Oct. 18.

  • Smith sentenced on drug, neglect charges

        Michael Anthony Smith, whose wife is spending more than 50 years in prison for killing their child, will spend four years in prison on charges that came about as a result of that death investigation.
        Smith, 27, who cooperated with authorities in the prosecution of his wife, Shana Marie Witt, for killing their son two years ago, had previously pleaded guilty to a felony count of conspiracy to manufacture meth and two counts of child neglect.

  • Salem man faces malicious wounding charges

    A former employee of Sonic in Bedford has been arrested for breaking into the fast-food restaurant.
        Cedric Choe Noell, 29, is also facing charges of embezzlement from the restaurant.
        According to Lt. Shannon Walker of the Bedford Police Department, officers responded to a call Monday at 6:30 a.m. about the break in, which had been discovered by one of the restaurant’s managers who had arrived to open the store.

  • Bedford PD search for missing man with dementia

    The Town of Bedford Police Department is asking for the public’s help finding an 80-year-old with dementia.

    Alan Carter was last seen in the Hillcrest Drive area of Bedford at approximately 8:30pm on 09/28/2016. He was wearing jeans and a long sleeve maroon shirt.

    Carter is driving a gold 2005 Ford Ranger Extended cab with Virginia license plate JVS-3779.

    Carter wears glasses and has a thin mustache.

    If you have any information about his whereabouts, call 9-1-1 or 540-586-7827

     

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  • Riddle to spend six years in prison for DUI crash

        A 20-year-old Lynchburg man will spend six years in prison as the result of an accident last October which  led to the death of a passenger in the car he was driving and severely injured another passenger.

  • Charges for eluding police, shooting gun, go to grand jury

        Charges against a Bedford County man, for firing a firearm while being pursued by law enforcement, have been certified to a Bedford grand jury following the man’s decision to waive his right to a preliminary hearing in General District Court.

  • Noell found guilty of charges related to break-in

        A former employee of Sonic in Bedford, arrested for breaking into the fast-food restaurant Feb. 1, has been found guilty on the charges related to the break-in.

        Cedric Choe Noell, 30, is also facing charges of embezzlement from the restaurant. Noell was in Circuit Court on the charges related to the break in last Tuesday.