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Courts and Crime

  • Concussion evidence will be allowed at trial

        Expert testimony on the effect a concussion allegedly had on a Forest man’s behavior will be allowed at his hearing.
        Judge James Updike made that ruling last week at a motions hearing; Assistant Com-monwealth’s Attorney John Wheelock had filed a motion to exclude the testimony. Wheelock questioned whether a concussion qualifies as a mental defect or mental disease.
        Corey Bauer, 33, is charged with felonious assault on an officer.

  • Bedford Weaving drops lawsuit against Water Authority

    The lawsuit filed against the Bedford Regional Water Authority is now in the process of being dropped.  On Friday, February 21 Bedford Weaving filed a motion for a non-suit at the Bedford County Circuit Court.

  • Embezzler gets three years in prison

        A Forest woman will spend three years in prison for embezzling $109,000 from Witt Mechanical over a four year period, starting in 2009.
        Vicki Elkins McPhearson, 60, was employed by Witt as a bookkeeper and embezzled the money between September, 2009, and June, 2013 when the thefts were discovered.
        Jeff Witt, Witt Mechanical’s owner, testified, at McPhearson’s sentencing hearing Tuesday morning about the damage the embezzlement caused his business.

  • Goode man arrested for shooting at family

        A domestic issue turned dangerous Sunday afternoon at a home next to the Goode Post Office.
        At 2:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon, Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call from a Forest Road home. The caller was a 14-year-old teenager who told authorities his brother was threatening to kill their parents with a gun.

  • Evington man pleads guilty to 31 charges stemming from vehicle break-ins

        A 25-year-old Evington man pleaded guilty to multiple felony and misdemeanor counts associated with thefts from vehicles and the subsequent use of stolen credit cards.
        Christopher Michael Powell had a total of 31 counts in Bedford County and is facing charges in other jurisdictions as well. Those included 19 felony counts of credit card larceny, four counts of credit card fraud, three counts of grand larceny, one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and four misdemeanor counts of petit larceny.

  • Victim’s body from Aug. crash will be exhumed

        The body of a Lynchburg man who died in an automobile accident last August will be exhumed to determine the actual cause of death.
        James Dale Gunter, 53, died in a wreck Aug. 18, 2013, on US 501 near the Eagle Eyrie Baptist Convention Center in Bedford County when the car he was a passenger in overturned. The driver of the vehicle, Steve Malotey Oulds III, also of Lynchburg, is charged with DUI, a misdemeanor, and involuntary manslaughter, a felony, as a result of the accident.

  • County man gets 20 years

        A Bedford County man will spend 20 years in prison for sexual solicitation of a minor on a computer.
        William Ramsey Rogers, 38, thought he was chatting with a 13-year-old girl on his computer, but it actually turned out to be an investigator with the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children task force.
        Rogers had previously pleaded no contest to four solicitation charges and was sentenced last Tuesday on the convictions.

  • Robbery conviction lands Lynchburg man a 10-year sentence

    A Lynchburg man will spend 10 years in prison as part of a plea agreement involving the robbery at a Quik-E Store in Forest last year.
        James Robert Wilson, 34, pleaded guilty last Tuesday to the robbery charge, receiving a 20-year sentence, with 10 years to serve.
        According to Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney John Wheelock, Wilson had some prior burglary and fraud offenses.

  • Mother guilty of child endangerment

        A 28-year-old Bedford woman, upset because she felt the father of her child was not taking care of the child, tied an extension chord around the child’s neck, took a picture, and sent the photo to the child’s father.
        That action led the woman, Charitye Tanner, to be charged with child endangerment. She pleaded guilty to that charge last Tuesday in Circuit Court and received a four-year suspended sentence.

  • Big Island woman, guilty of embezzlement, will now face jail time on probation violation

        A Big Island woman who pleaded guilty to 13 felony embezzlement charges during a hearing in Bedford County Circuit Court in 2008, will now face additional jail time stemming from those charges following a probation violation conviction.
        Christina Carmichael Poore originally faced 27 embezzlement charges that spanned a time period between July 1, 2005, and Dec. 1, 2007. In each charge she was accused of embezzling more than $200 from H & H Food Market off Lee Jackson Highway.