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Courts and Crime

  • Man gets 12 months on child porn charges

        Jamey Otis Baker Jr. didn’t want to go to jail. He’d spent a little time there prior to receiving bond after his arrest in December 2012. He didn’t want to go back.
        But Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Wes Nance felt Baker’s crimes justified jail time. Bedford County Circuit Court Judge James Updike agreed, sentencing Baker to 12 months of active jail time of a 10-year sentence for the possession of child pornography.

  • Killgo enters guilty plea

        The final of five defendants convicted of stealing and destroying a church Nativity scene last December pleaded guilty in Bedford County Circuit Court Friday and will spend 60 days in jail for the crime.

         John Morgan Killgo, 20, of Forest, received a 12 month sentence on misdemeanor convictions of destruction of property and petit larceny. Judge James Updike suspended all but two months of that sentence.

  • NC man pleads guilty to exposing himself online

        A 48-year-old North Carolina man pleaded guilty Tuesday in Bedford County Circuit Court to exposing himself, via a web camera, to what he thought was a minor under the age of 15.

  • 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.

  • Man arrested for soliciting someone to murder his wife

    A former Bedford man has been charged with hiring someone to murder his wife.

    Kevin Colgan, 61, who now lives in Roanoke was arrested Thursday after an investigation in which Colgan allegedly attempted to hire an undercover officer to murder Sara Colgan, who lives in the 5700 block of E. Lynchburg Salem Turnpike.

  • Bedford man arrested for felony hit and run in fatal accident that killed bicyclist

    A Bedford man has been charged with felony hit and run in connection with an accident that killed a bicyclist Friday evening on Va. 122

    Michael Wayne Jenkins, 26, of Bedford, was arrested early Monday morning at his residence on Snowberry Hill. Jenkins is being held in the Blue Ridge Regional Jail with no bond.

  • Man sentenced on solicitation charges

    William Ramsey Rogers, 38, of Lynchburg, will spend the next 20 years in prison for sexual solicitation via his computer of a person he thought was a 13-year-old girl.

    He pleaded no contest late last year to four solicitation charges. The charges stemmed from contact with a Internet Crimes Against Children investigator, portraying a 13-year-old girl on the Internet. During these chats, Rogers also used a web camera to expose himself to the investigator and masturbate in front of a person he thought was a 13-year-old girl.