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Courts and Crime

  • Woman pleads guilty to robbing family

        Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Wes Nance gives credit to Bedford Police Investigator Neil Baltzelle for making it possible to bring a robbery case to court. He attributes it to “good old fashioned investigative work.” According to Nance, Baltzelle never gave up on the case in spite of encountering multiple dead ends.
        “He’s the primary reason why we are at this point,” said Nance.

  • Man guilty of robbing his grandmother

        A Lynchburg man will spend five years in prison for robbing his step-grandmother. Blake Johnson, 20, pleaded guilty Tuesday morning in Bedford County Circuit Court to breaking and entering and grand larceny.

  • Thief takes knives from Terry's Country Store

        Thankfully this time, Bob Terry didn’t get hurt.

        Having survived a 2011 attack after closing up Terry’s Country Store one October evening, Terry, who was 81 years old then, continues two years later to man his shop on Dickerson Mill Road.
        In the 2011 attack, Terry was badly beaten and robbed. On Friday, though he lost some merchandise, Terry escaped injury.

  • $500,000 in fraud recovered

        For 18 months a Bedford County woman had been receiving financial assistance through two programs provided through the Department of Social Services.
        The woman, according to DSS fraud investigator Irene Maxey, had received both Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) funds for her and her three children. The woman claimed she and her husband, who was the manager of a car dealership in another locality, were separated and that he was no longer living in the home.

  • JF student facing charges

        A Jefferson Forest High School student is facing criminal charges—as well as severe school discipline—for allegedly making a bomb threat at the school last week.
        Last Thursday morning at 11:11 a.m. a student reported to a teacher that there was a threat written on a wall in the boys’ rest room. The school administration and the school resource officer were immediately made aware of the threat.

  • Lovingston man arrested in abduction case of Alexis Murphy

    Commonwealth Attorney (CA) of Nelson County, Anthony Martin; Sheriff David Brooks, Nelson County, Virginia Sheriff's Office; Colonel Steven Flaherty, Virginia State Police; and Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Jeffrey Mazanec, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) announced Monday that Randy Allen Taylor was arrested Sunday and charged with abduction in the disappearance of Alexis Tiara Murphy.

    Taylor, 48, of Lovingston, was taken into custody Sunday without incident and remains in custody without bond, stated Martin.

  • BCSO seeks help in locating suspect accused of assaults

         The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s assistance in identifying and locating Sanjay Patel (also known as Sunny). Patel stands accused of allegedly assaulting three females, while being employed at a local convenience store in Bedford County. At this time, the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Homeland Security are unable to obtain necessary identifying information to obtain warrants. Patel lives in the Roanoke area.

  • Nativity theft sentences handed out

        Prior to entering a plea for stealing and destroying a church’s Nativity scene last December, Matthew Barringer took advantage of a chance to get out in front of his punishment.

  • Bedford woman charged with attempted murder

        Monday, around 9 p.m., a Bedford woman was arrested and charged with attempted first degree murder.
        Bedford Police arrested  Evelina Simmons Nellum, 56, in the 500 block of Plunkett Street for the attempted murder of her husband, Terry Nellum, 46, also of Bedford. The arrest occurred following a domestic dispute at a garage, according to a report from the Bedford Police Department.

  • Man faces six years in prison for relationship with 14-year-old

        A 29-year-old Lynchburg man pleaded guilty Friday to seven felonies related to having sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl.
        Cody Austin McKay received an 18 year sentence—having an active prison term of 6 years, 10 months to serve of that sentence—for five convictions of carnal knowledge of a minor and two charges of possessing child pornography. Those charges relate to sexually explicit images of the girl McKay had on his cellphone when he was arrested.