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Courts and Crime

  • Man accused of abducting 2-year-old while en route to Bedford County to meet 14-year-old girl

        Last Monday, June 6, Angelo Paderes, 26, was arrested in Georgia, on charges related to an investigation in Bedford County by the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
        The investigation includes the man attempting to visit with a 14-year-old girl here in Bedford County as well as abducting a 2-year-old child en route here.

  • Bedford man arrested for malicious wounding

    A 29-year-old Bedford man has been charged with malicious wounding following a stabbing early Tuesday morning.
        Bedford Police responded to a call at about 5 a.m., after learning from Bedford Memorial Hospital personnel that there was a man there with multiple stab wounds. The subsequent investigation led to the arrest of Christopher William Lantrip.

  • Hardy man faces attempted murder charge

        A Hardy man is facing an attempted second degree murder charge following an incident early Friday morning, May 27.
         Christopher W. Petersen, 29, has been  charged with attempted second degree murder; discharging a firearm in an occupied dwelling and assault and battery.
        Just after midnight on May 27 Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call to the 1100 block of Oyler Road in Hardy.

  • Former worker at BMS pleads guilty to soliciting a minor

        A Lynchburg man, working at Bedford Middle School as a day treatment counselor, has pleaded guilty to three charges of computer solicitation of a minor under the age of 15.
        On Tuesday, Cleveland Leroy Coaxum Jr., 27, of Lynchburg, entered the pleas in Bedford Circuit Court.
        He had been charged last summer with the three felonies involving the use of communications systems to facilitate certain offenses involving children.

  • Tax fraud scheme

        Two Bedford residents were sentenced to prison Tuesday for criminal offenses arising out of a four-year scheme to defraud the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Social Security Administration, announced Acting Assistant Attorney General Caroline D. Ciraolo and U.S. Attorney John P. Fishwick Jr. of the Western District of Virginia.

  • Two charged with firing gun in residence, child neglect

        An alleged argument at a Bedford residence has led to two people being charged with discharging a firearm in an occupied dwelling and felony child neglect.

  • Rotting corpse found in barrel

        On Saturday, April 30, Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call from a homeowner on Trapper Lane, off Stewartsville Road in the Stewartsville area of the county, who reported finding a barrel at their residence containing possible human remains.
        Bedford County sheriff’s deputies and investigators responded and determined the remains were human. The caller told the investigators that the barrel belonged to Robert Wozniak, according to Major Ricky Gardner of the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Jury finds mother guilty in death of her child

        Her ex-husband, Nathan Aponte, asked the jury to show Emily Aponte mercy as it went back to the jury room to decide on a sentence, having convicted her of involuntary manslaughter for causing the accident that took the life of their 6-year-old son, Ethan.

  • Ware still hasn’t hired an attorney

        On Jan. 20, Tony Ware appeared in Circuit Court for a show cause hearing and asked Judge James Updike for a continuance in order to hire an attorney. He was granted a continuance until March 1.
        Tuesday afternoon, Ware was back in court, still without an attorney. He said a local lawyer told Ware that he should take the money he was going to pay him and put it toward the restitution he must pay.

  • Five felonies yield prison time for Bedford woman

        A Bedford woman will spend two years and three months in jail following her sentencing on five felonies and two sets of probation violations.

        On Friday, Bedford County Circuit Court Judge James Updike sentenced Danielle Elizabeth Crews to five years in prison, suspended after the service of one year and three months in prison on the five felonies. He also sentenced her to serve one year of her previously revoked sentence on probation violations, which was to run consecutively with the felony sentences.