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Courts and Crime

  • Five arrested in string of arrests

        Authorities have arrested five people in connection with a string of thefts in the Stewartsville and Moneta areas.
        On Monday July 24, Bedford County Sheriff’s Office investigators obtained arrest warrants for three men and two women. The warrants were the result of the ongoing investigation of thefts that occurred between the middle of June and middle of July.
        According to Major Ricky Gardner, the thefts included a string of larcenies involving equipment, lawnmowers and trailers in that area.

  • Charges against pastor dismissed

        This past spring, the Rev. Joshua Ball, pastor of Grace House before the homeless shelter closed, was charged with writing a bad check to the town’s electric department and assaulting a man. The check was written in a effort to pay the shelter’s electric bill, which was in arrears.
        Last week, Ball had his day in court. The bad     Ball said, in a phone interview, that as far as he knew, the money was there when he wrote the check.

  • Fatal persuit: Goodview man in court

    HILLSVILLE – A Bedford County man facing charges related to the crash that killed a Carroll County deputy has pleaded guilty to two misdemeanors and his two felony charges will go to a grand jury.

        Joseph Alan Lambert, 21, of Goodview, was being pursued by Carroll County authorities on the night of March 9. Deputy Curtis Bartlett was on his way to join the pursuit for Lambert, answering fellow deputies’ calls for help, when his patrol vehicle collided with a tractor-trailer. He died at the scene.

  • Two face larceny charges

        On June 26 at about 12:05 a.m., officers from the Bedford Police Department responded to a call about a male suspect removing items from the rear of a local store.
        According to a report from the Bedford Police Department, witnesses gave the officers a description of the suspect and his vehicle.  Officers checked the area and located a male walking  who  matched the description and the white Dodge truck.  The truck was loaded with the items that were removed from the store’s parking lot, according to the report.

  • Police arrest one man, search for another on variety of charges

        On June 27, the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant in the 4000 block of Horseshoe Bend Road in Goodview.
        The search warrant was for narcotics and stolen property.
        According to a release from the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, during the search of the property deputies located a stolen motorcycle from Franklin County along with a stolen lawn mower from a business in the town of Bedford.

  • Sheriff’s Office investigating power equipment thefts

        The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the theft of power equipment from two businesses in the Stewartsville area of Bedford County.
        The thefts occurred the night of Thursday June 22 or during the early morning hours of Friday June 23, according to a news release from the Sheriff’s Office.
        Outback Mulch, 17750 Stewartsville Road, reported a Caterpillar 246 Skid Steer stolen from its business.

  • 'He killed my son."

         By all accounts Jamelle Edward Poindexter was a good young man.

        He was respectful, worked hard and loved football.
        But on Sept. 6, 1998, in Montvale, the Liberty High School student was murdered, shot multiple times, including three times in the head, by Randy Dwayne Ross and Keirstin Danea Davis.

  • Bedford resident facing 9 years in prison for defrauding employer, government

        Brian Charles Tolley, 42, of Bedford, was sentenced last week to 9 years in prison, after having been previously convicted at trial in West Palm Beach, Florida, of wire fraud, identity theft, aggravated identity theft, possession of counterfeit government seals with the intent to defraud, money laundering, making and subscribing false federal income tax returns, and failing to file federal income tax returns.

  • Wiley to serve 20 years

        Charles Garrett Wiley, 48, pleaded no contest to three counts of aggravated sexual battery and will spend 20 years in prison for those convictions.

  • Man convicted of 2015 burglary

        The second of two men who broke into a maintenance office at Liberty Lake Park, and were found hiding in the bathroom at the park, have been convicted for statutory burglary.
        Kasey Wayne Johnson, 20, was barely 18 when he and John Marat Merten III were found inside the men’s restroom at the park, claiming to be homeless in December 2015.