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Courts and Crime

  • No bond for former JF color guard instructor

        A North Carolina man, being held on child sex and pornography charges, was denied bond last week in Bedford County Circuit Court. He was appealing a lower court ruling that had denied him bond on the charges.

  • Getting to the truth

        All Commonwealth’s Attorney Randy Krantz wants is for those testifying on the 1975 abduction case of sisters Sheila and Katherine Lyon to tell the truth.
        Recently three people involved in the investigation—and related to the man charged with abducting and murdering the two sisters—were in court because Krantz believes they weren’t forthcoming with the truth.

  • Local man faces animal cruelty, drug charges

        An investigation into dogs being shot at led to additional drug charges, according to a report from the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office.
        On Sunday November 29, the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office received a call to Johnson School Road in Thaxton about dogs being shot at. Bedford County deputies responded and identified Jeremy Lee Johnson, 25, as the suspect, according to the BCSP.

  • Woman pleads guilty to setting fire to car

        Laura Day, 32, of Moneta pleaded guilty last week in Circuit Court to arson.
        According to Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Wes Nance, on Aug. 19, 2014, a couple discovered that somebody had tried to burn their vehicle in their driveway. Day admitted to the arson and said she thought the vehicle belonged to the couple’s daughter, who was a romantic rival.

  • Former JF color guard instructor faces charges

        A former color guard instructor at Jefferson Forest High School has been charged with a number of child sex crimes.

  • Soering again seeking release to Germany

        Convicted double murderer Jens Soering is again trying to talk a Virginia governor into releasing him into the hands of German authorities.
        But Major Ricky Gardner of the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office is adamantly against it.
        According to a recent lengthy article on Soering in the New Yorker, a member of Soering’s defense team has contacted the governor’s office about allowing him to return to his native Germany to serve his sentence.

  • Police: Man shoots into own trailer

        Bedford police officers responded to a call, at 5 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, about a man who had shot into an occupied residence in the 1000 block of Billie Leighs Court Road.
        According to Chief Todd Foreman, officers found a woman and children inside the residence. The shooter, fter firing one shot inside the residence and one shot into the residence from outside left on foot.

  • Bedford man dies in accident

        Virginia State Police Trooper M. R. Heath is investigating a fatal crash that occurred Sunday, October 18, killing one local man.
         The crash occurred at 10:47 p.m. on Fancy Farm Rd (Route 644) one half mile east of Route 43 in Bedford County.
        A 1998 Ford Crown Victoria was traveling west on Route 644 when it ran off the roadway on the right side, overcorrected then ran off the left side of the roadway, through a fence and overturned, according to a report from VSP.

  • A family’s feud

        Vicky Clarke’s bond on second degree murder charges came with a stern warning from Circuit Court Judge James Updike: Don’t go back to your home or your property.

        Judge Updike said Friday he was well aware of the family feud between Clarke, 54, and others in her family over a gravel road—a feud that apparently led up to Clarke allegedly shooting her brother, Paul Thomas, in the early morning hours of Oct. 1.

  • Woman charged with shooting her brother

    A Bedford County woman, charged with second degree murder for allegedly shooting her brother last Thursday, was denied bond at a hearing Tuesday morning in Bedford County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.

        On October 1  at 12:39 a.m. Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call from John Clarke, 1257 Green Mountain Road, stating that his brother-in-law, Paul Thomas, was in his vehicle tearing up their    private road,  according to a news release from the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office.