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Courts and Crime

  • Man charged with forcible sodomy

        An Eagle Rock man faces three counts of forcible sodomy, having been indicted by a Bedford County grand jury in June and last Friday.
        Arthur Franklin Monday was originally indicted on one count in June, but testimony during a preliminary hearing in Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court led to two more charges being filed against him, according to Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Stacey Gardner.

  • Bedford man faces charges related to texting girl

        A Bedford man has been charged with two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor
        On  Sunday, Quandre Lamar Lewis was arrested for allegedly communicating with a 15-year-old girl over a cell phone in an effort to have a sexual encounter and share alcoholic beverages, according to a news release from the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office.
        Lewis was booked into the Blue Ridge Regional Jail in Bedford on $5,000 secured bond and bonded out on Monday.

  • Music teacher sentenced

        A music teacher will serve additional time behind bars for a sexual relationship he had with a minor.

        Luís Roberto Méndez, 43, of Lynchburg, pleaded guilty in February in Bedford Circuit Court to a pair of charges of taking indecent liberties with a child by a person in a custodial or supervisory relationship. The victim was a 17-year-old girl.

  • Woman faces robbery charge

        A second person has been charged in the robbery Aug. 18 at English Meadows Elks Home off Ashland Avenue in Bedford.
        According to Bedford Police Chief Todd Foreman, the woman who claimed she was robbed at knifepoint has now been charged in the crime.
        Foreman said Alicyn Marie Updike, 18, has been charged with robbery in which pills and drugs were taken from the Home.

  • Shooting shocks area, nation

    By John Barnhart and Tom Wilmoth
    news@bedfordbulletin.com

        This isn’t supposed to happen here. Not in Moneta – not to someone we know.

        In fact it isn’t supposed to happen at all.
        But last Wednesday morning changed everything. The Smith Mountain Lake Community—and the media family at WDBJ7—will never be the same.    
        A simple live report from Bridgewater Plaza turned deadly—and shocked the world.

  • Man accused of assaulting woman

        Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call, on Saturday, Aug 29 at 1: 30 p.m.,  to a residence in the 1200 block of Breezy Hill Road, Vinton.
        The caller, who was calling from Botetourt County, said that her 28-year-old daughter, Ashley Brogan, was at this residence and was possibly being assaulted by Willard Hale, according to a report from the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Montvale man faces malicious wounding charge

        Bedford County Sheriff’s deputies responded to an Adventure Mountain Road address in Montvale on Saturday Aug. 29 at 8:30 p.m.  A person at that residence had called 911 dispatchers and said that Alvie Ferris was there and had  allegedly assaulted several people. On arrival deputies discovered Ferris was no longer there. Phillip Warfe, 61, was transported to Centra Bedford Memorial Hospital. He was later transferred to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital with internal injuries.   

  • Community comes together

    They came together to pray; they came together to remember; they came together to mourn.
        In the days following the shooting at Bridgewater Plaza in Moneta, coming together was important for the community, in whatever ways possible.

  • Shana Witt enters no contest plea to 1st degree murder charge

        When Commonwealth’s Attorney Randy Krantz initially described the details of the death of Jordan Smith—the child smothered by his own mother in February 2014—he said such a crime, “rips your heart out.”

        For Jordan Smith’s paternal grandmother that was apparent Friday, as she clutched a picture of her grandson as she left court.
        Now, that the woman who committed the crime has been found guilty, Krantz hopes maybe some healing might begin.

  • Bond set in solicitation of minor case

        A Lynchburg man, working at Bedford Middle School as a day treatment counselor, was granted bond last week on a charge related to sexual exploitation of a child, whom he first approached at the school.
        On Friday July 31, Cleveland Leroy Coaxum Jr., of Lynchburg, was arrested on warrants related to the sexual exploitation of a minor. Coaxum, 26, was charged with three felonies involving the use of communications systems to facilitate certain offenses involving children.