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Courts and Crime

  • County man allegedly shoots at officer

        A Bedford County man faces a number of charges following a pursuit in Bedford County last Tuesday, Jan. 19.

        An investigation conducted by the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Salem Field Office has resulted in George L. Chasson being charged with one felony count of attempted capital murder of a police officer and one felony count of shooting from an occupied vehicle.
        Chasson, 34, continues to be held without bond at the Bedford County Adult Detention Center.

  • Ware slow on restitution payments

        “I will never be in this court again,” Tony Ware promised Judge James Updike when he appeared in Bedford County Circuit Court when he was sentenced on April 10, 2013, on embezzlement charges. 

  • Jury: 12 years on forcible sodomy conviction

        After finding 50-year-old Arthur Franklin Monday guilty of one count of forcible sodomy on a girl under the age of 12 years old, a Bedford County jury recommended last Wednesday he receive 12 years on the conviction.
        The eight-woman, four-man jury found Monday guilty on one count of forcible sodomy involving one victim. The jury found him not guilty on two separate counts involving a second girl.

  • Counterfeit bills making rounds in Bedford

        Between October and December the Bedford Police Department had 10 cases of counterfeit money being passed in the town. The department is seeking area residents’ help in identifying people who may have information about the incidents.

        Pictures of two people the police department wants to talk to have been posted on the town’s Facebook page.
        Bedford Police Chief Todd Foreman said most of the counterfeit bills have been 50s and 100s, along with some 20s.

  • Indecent liberties conviction yields five day sentence

        A 40-year-old Forest man pleaded no contest to taking indecent liberties with a 7-year-old girl last March, resulting in a five-year sentence with all but five days suspended.
        Christopher Johnson, who has some intellectual disabilities and a speech impediment, was found guilty by Circuit Court Judge James Updike during a plea hearing Friday.

  • Man sentenced for unlawful wounding charge

        A 25-year-old Montvale man received a four-year suspended sentence after pleading guilty to an unlawful wounding charge in connection with an August 2015 incident.
        Alvie Lee Ferris III entered his plea Friday in Bedford County Circuit Court.

  • Father, son enter pleas to A&B

        Two Hardy men, a father and son, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault and battery Tuesday morning in Bedford County Circuit Court.
        Johnny Dean Clark, 56, and Mitcheal DeHaven, 23, will each spend 12 months in jail on the conviction. They had originally faced a felony malicious wounding charge.
        According to Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney John Wheelock the two attacked the victim, beating him on his head, face and shoulders. He suffered broken ribs and lost a good deal of blood.

  • Vinton man enters plea for embezzling funds

        A 72-year-old Vinton man, who has a long history of serving with rescue squads and similar organizations, pleaded guilty Tuesday to felony embezzlement of almost $950 from the Chamblissburg First Aid and Rescue Squad funds.
        Garry Hyatt Sutliffe used rescue squad funds in the amount of $946.47 for his own personal use, according to Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney John Wheelock.

  • County man accused of attacking landlord with bat

        At 10:09 a.m. last Saturday. June 25, Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call in reference to an assault.
        The caller advised that he has a rental property on Homeplace Drive and went there to do some repairs. While there, the caller alleged he had been assaulted with a baseball bat by Kevin St. Clair, who is the son of the woman that rents the property. The caller advised he had a laceration on his arm and he returned to his home to call 911.

  • 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.