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Courts and Crime

  • 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.

  • Former BCC golf pro guilty of embezzlement

        A former golf pro at Bedford Country Club pleaded guilty on Tuesday to two counts of embezzlement from the club.
        Michael Edward Thompson, 46, of Stanley, Virginia, entered the pleas in connection with a 2015 investigation into irregularities in BCC’s financial books. That investigation led to the charges placed against Thompson, who was arrested and charged in April 2016.

  • 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.