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Courts and Crime

  • Former JF color guard instructor sentenced

        A 23-year-old North Carolina man was sentenced Friday to 16 months in jail for having an inappropriate relationship with a girl who was 14 years old.
        Kyler Reid Parker had been serving as a color guard instructor at Jefferson Forest High School when the relationship occurred. He pleaded guilty to charges of indecent liberties with a minor as a custodian and computer solicitation.

  • Judge increases Ware’s payments

        Earl Anthony Ware, a former Bedford County supervisor convicted on 12 counts of embezzlement and money laundering, has been ordered to begin paying more money towards the almost $300,000 in restitution he owes as a result of his convictions.
        Ware had entered no contest pleas in January of 2013 to his charges and. received an 11-year sentence for his 12 convictions. Judge James Updike suspended all but 12 months of that jail term. Another dozen charges were dropped as part of the plea agreement.

  • Montvale man charged with felony child neglect

        At 6:12 p.m. Saturday June 18, Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call from a motorist reporting that she had found a small child, 18 to 20 months old, on the side of Quarterwood Road in  Montvale.

  • Riddle enters pleas

        A 20-year-old Lynchburg man entered no contest pleas for two felonies and a misdemeanor, including involuntary manslaughter, for an accident last October that led to the death of a passenger in the car he was driving.
        Christian Luke Riddle entered his pleas Tuesday in Bedford County Circuit Court for misdemeanor driving under the influence, felony DUI maiming and felony involuntary manslaughter.

  • 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.