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Courts and Crime

  • Charges upgraded in teen’s murder

        Charges against three defendants previously charged for their alleged role in the death of a local teenager were upgraded this past week by a Bedford County grand jury—two are now facing capital murder charges.
        On Friday, the June session of the grand jury was held to consider a number of proposed indictments. The three defendants charged in the death of Raymond Wood on March 27, 2017, saw their charges upgraded by these indictments.

  • BCSO investigating cases of heroin laced with fentanyl

        On June 2, Bedford County Sheriff’s deputies and Bedford County Fire and Rescue units responded to two heroin overdose calls.

        In both incidents, narcan was administered and both victims were revived and transported to the hospital by EMS. Investigators later learned that the heroin consumed in both cases was laced with fentanyl.
        Narcan, an opiate antidote, can be used when a person is overdosing on an opioid.

  • Charges upgraded in alleged gang-related slaying

     

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    Today, Friday, the June session of the Bedford County Grand Jury was held to consider a number of proposed indictments. Three defendants who were previously charged for their alleged role in the death of Raymond Wood on March 27, 2017, saw their charges upgraded by these indictments. True bills were returned against the following individuals.

  • Fake endorsement letter circulating

        According to District 4 Supervisor John Sharp, a letter claiming to be from the  “John Sharp Election Committee” has been circulated. There is no  “John Sharp Election Committee” and the letter is listing the wrong date for the Republican Primary. The letter states that the primary is on June 16, but it is actually on Tuesday, June 13.

  • No jail time in animal cruelty case

        A 38-year-old Moneta man received a 3-year suspended sentence Friday for a felony animal cruelty conviction.
        Last November, authorities were called to the home of Ian Michael Long and found a 1-year-old puppy dead, chained in a makeshift shelter outside.
        According to Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney John Wheelock the dog had been malnourished and later tests confirmed that the dog had not been fed properly.

  • Former animal shelter worker guilty of animal cruelty

        A worker at the Bedford County Animal Shelter has been found guilty of felony animal cruelty, in connection with injuries to a cat that led it to have to be euthanized.
        Bryan Thomas Skinnell, 45, of Bedford, was arrested Sept. 26 of last year on the charge following the investigation of a complaint that was filed on Aug. 10. Skinnell’s employment at the shelter was terminated after he was charged with harming the feral cat.
        Last Tuesday, May 23, Skinnell pleaded no contest to the animal cruelty charge.

  • Former Army sergeant to serve 12 years in prison

    A former sergeant in the US Army will spend 12 years in prison on six felony charges related to a relationship he had with a 14-year-old Bedford County girl.

        On Friday Judge James Updike sentenced 27-year-old Angelo E. Paderes to 22 years in prison on four counts of computer solicitation, one count of carnal knowledge and one count of abduction. Judge Updike suspended 10 years of that sentence.

  • County man faces child porn charges

    On May 10 officers from the Lynchburg Police Department and the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office assigned to the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (SOVA-ICAC) executed a search warrant for possession and distribution of child pornography at 1648 Old Farm Road in Bedford County.
        The search warrant was part of a joint investigation initiated by task force officers from the Lynchburg Police Department assigned to the SOVA-ICAC.
        About 30 items of evidence were seized as a part of the search warrant.

  • Moyer pleads guilty to title fraud

        A Charlottesville woman pleaded guilty to six felonies, including two counts of title fraud, receiving a suspended sentence during a hearing Tuesday in Bedford County Circuit Court.
        Linda Marie Moyer, 59, was accused of owning a vehicle and going to different businesses getting multiple title loans. In addition to the title fraud convictions, she was also convicted of two counts of filing false statements with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and two counts of obtaining DMV documents under false pretenses.

  • Nance responds to Sheriff Harding

        While commending Albemarle County Sheriff J.E. “Chip” Harding for his service, Bedford County Commonwealth’s Attorney Wes Nance doesn’t agree with the stance that Governor Terry McAuliffe should pardon convicted double-murderer Jens Soering.