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Courts and Crime

  • 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.

  • County man allegedly shoots at officer

        A Bedford County man faces a number of charges following a pursuit in Bedford County last Tuesday, Jan. 19.
        An investigation conducted by the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Salem Field Office has resulted in George L. Chasson being charged with one felony count of attempted capital murder of a police officer and one felony count of shooting from an occupied vehicle.
        Chasson, 34, continues to be held without bond at the Bedford County Adult Detention Center.

  • Police arrest man after chase, shooting

        Officers with several law enforcement agencies participated in a search for a vehicle with a man suspected of having a gun Tuesday morning.

        The search ended when the suspect was brought into custody early Tuesday afternoon after being apprehended  near the intersection of Va. 122 and Dickerson Mill Road in Bedford.
        The Virginia State Police, Bedford County Sheriff’s Office and Bedford Police Department participated in the pursuit.

  • Madison Heights man faces strangulation charge

        A Madison Heights man was arrested Jan. 1 on two felony charges—strangulation and statutory burglary—related to incidents that occurred in 2014.
        Todd Alan Breeden, 45, had previously been convicted in Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court on a misdemeanor count of assault and battery. That case was heard in July 2015. The felony charges were also certified to the grand jury at that time.

  • Soering will stay in Virginia

        Jens Soering’s latest attempt to be transferred to a prison in his native Germany was turned down, last week, by Governor Terry McAuliffe.
        Soering, the son of a retired German diplomat, received consecutive life sentences for the stabbing deaths of his girlfriend’s parents in their Boonsboro home on April 3, 1985.
        “He got some bad news for Christmas,” Major Ricky Gardner of the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office.