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Courts and Crime

  • Testimony: Sisters made sex videos under threat

    By Scott Daugherty
    Landmark News Service/The Virginian-Pilot
    and Staff Reports

        The girl didn’t know Frank Dietrich, but she wanted to.
        She was 14 when she received a Facebook friend request from what appeared to be an older boy. His profile picture showed a young man throwing a football while wearing a tight shirt that showed off a muscular physique.

  • Details revealed in Lyon sisters disappearance

        Details of how Bedford County became the central focus in the search for the bodies of sisters Sheila and Katherine Lyon, ages 10 and 12, have emerged through an affidavit recently released as part of a search warrant in the investigation of the girls’ disappearance.

  • Oulds receives 3-year sentence for accident that killed his friend

        A Lynchburg man, who drove a car involved in an accident that killed his best friend, will spend three years in prison for causing that accident.
        Steve Malotey Oulds III, 54, of Lynchburg had previously entered a no contest plea last fall in Bedford County Circuit Court, to a charge of involuntary manslaughter while driving under the influence in connection with the August 2013 accident that led to the death of 52-year-old James Dale Gunter.

  • Police raid meth lab

        Last week Bedford County Sheriff’s investigators and Virginia State Police executed a search warrant at a Jordantown Road residence in Bedford County that resulted in the arrest of two Bedford County residents on drug related charges.

  • Music teacher pleads guilty

          Luis Roberto Mendez, a music teacher in Bedford County, pleaded to a pair of charges of taking indecent liberties with a child by a person in a custodial or supervisory relationship in Bedford Circuit Court on Friday afternoon.

        The Class Five felonies can result in one to five years in the penitentiary per charge.
        Mendez, 42, appeared bedecked in an orange jumpsuit in front of Judge James Updike, along with defense counsel Matthew Pack.

  • 1st degree murder charge certified

         A first degree murder charge against a Bedford woman, accused of smothering her 1-year-old son with a stuffed animal last February, has been certified to a Bedford County grand jury, following a preliminary hearing in Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court Monday morning.

  • Music teacher's charges certified to grand jury

        Charges against a Lynchburg man, accused of taking indecent liberties with a minor female student he taught at a music school, will go to a Bedford County grand jury.

        On Fri-day Dec. 19, Luis Roberto Mendez, 42, was arrested and charged with two counts of taking indecent liberty with a child. He has been held in the Bedford Adult Detention Center on no bond since his arrest.
        At  a  bond  hearing  appeal, Judge James Updike deemed him as a flight risk, denying Mendez bond.

  • Bedford man to serve 15 mos.

        A Bedford man is now a convicted sex offender after pleading no contest Tuesday in Bedford County Circuit Court to taking indecent liberties with a child.
        A no contest plea means the defendant neither admits or disputes a charge. It has the same effect as a guilty plea.
        According     to     Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Stephanie Ayers, the offenses happened in 2006. Mario Rivero, now 43, was accused of fondling a minor girl through her clothing.

  • Stabbing leads to 2 arrests

        An altercation Wednesday evening led to the stabbing of two women at a Bedford residence.
        The incident occurred Jan. 14 around 7:30 p.m. at a residence in the 1300 block of Lowry Street. According to Bedford Police Chief Todd Foreman, two women went onto the property at Lowry Street and the altercation occurred between the two teens and two men.

  • Investigators think they are close

        Local, state and federal law enforcement were working together this week in hopes of finding the bodies of  Sheila and Katherine Lyon, abducted four decades ago in Montgomery County, Maryland.
        The four-decade long investigation into the missing girls has been focused in the Taylor’s Mountain area of Bedford County since early last fall. A search for the bodies of the two girls has been ongoing over the rough terrain of the mountain.