Courts and Crime

  • 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.

  • Thaxton man sentenced for breaking into churches

        A Thaxton man will spend four years in prison for breaking into two Thaxton churches last May.
        Cody Nicolas Beverly, 23,  pleaded guilty last November to the two charges, along with a trespassing charge. Last Friday Judge James Updike sentenced Beverly to 10 years in prison, suspended after serving four years.
        While in prison, Beverly will be ordered to go through the Department of Corrections Therapeutic Behavior Program.

  • 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.

  • 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



  • 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.

  • Franciso pleads guilty to 12 felonies

        Attempts to use a stolen credit card brought a Moneta woman to Bedford County Circuit Court, Friday. Chelsea Elaine Francisco, 22, entered guilty pleas to 12 felonies. According to Commonwealth’s Attorney Wes Nance, there was no plea agreement.