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Courts and Crime

  • 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.

  • Former Cash Advance employee guilty of identity theft

        A former employee of Cash Advance in Bedford will have to pay back $12,000 in restitution to the business, following her conviction on three counts of identify theft Friday in Bedford County Circuit Court.

        Helen Meador Moody was arrested in December 2014 on the charges and entered guilty pleas last October. On Friday she was sentenced to two years in prison with all of that time suspended. She will serve two years of supervised probation and have to make the restitution payments at no less than $100 per month beginning in April.

  • Vinton man guilty of abduction, malicious wounding

        Three months after abducting a Bedford County woman the first time, Willard Wayne Hale abducted the same woman again, causing numerous injuries to his victim.
        Hale, 31, now stands convicted of two abduction charges, a malicious wounding charge, a bad check charge and misdemeanor charges of resisting arrest and assault and battery. He could face up to 13 years in prison.

  • Bond hearing held Tuesday in former police officer’s child porn case

        Brian McAlexander, a former Bedford police officer, has been granted bond.
        McAlexander has been charged with distributing child pornography. He has been held in the Blue Ridge Regional Jail since his arrest on Feb. 5.
        McAlexander has been charged with one count of distribution of child pornography and five counts of distribution of child pornography, subsequent offense.

  • Bedford woman is thankful to be jailed

        Testimony in Circuit Court last Tuesday described  Rebecka Lynn Jones, 33, as being as much of a victim as she was a criminal. Jones faced sentencing after being found guilty of manufacturing methamphetamine.
        She had already spent six months in jail at the time of her sentencing and described being in jail as a lifesaving experience.
        “My prayers were answered by being put in jail,” she said.