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Courts and Crime

  • BCSO investigates forgery, uttering cases

        The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a forgery and uttering that recently occurred.
        During the course of the investigation it was discovered that the same female suspect is allegedly responsible for similar crimes in Waynesboro, Chesterfield and the town of Bedford. These crimes with this suspect have been occurring since June 2014.

  • Former teacher faces charges

        A former physical education teacher with Bedford County Public Schools has been charged with three counts of aggravated sexual battery of students while he was working at Montvale Elementary School.
        The incidents allegedly occurred in 2011 and 2012 during gym classes at the school.

  • Hearing delayed until report is completed

        The Roanoke man charged with allegedly trying to hire a hit man to murder his estranged wife will be evaluated to see what his competency was at the time the allegation took place.
        Kevin Colgan remains in jail where he has been since he was arrested on June 19 after allegedly trying to hire the hit man who was actually an undercover officer with the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Bedford man facing child sex charges

        A Bedford man is facing three charges of aggravated sexual battery for incidents that allegedly occurred between 2004-2006.
        Mario Rivero, 43, is set for a jury trial on the charges on Sept. 30. The charges allege he inappropriately touched a girl under the age of 13 years old. He was arrested last August and indicted in December of last year.
        He has been out on bond.

  • Shooting timeline, name of man killed released

        The investigation remains ongoing into the officer-involved shooting in Bedford County July 30; the man who was killed has been identified.
        At the request of the Bedford County Sheriff, the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s “Police Shooting Investigative Team” out of the Salem Field Office is investigating the fatal shooting of the man by a Bedford County deputy sheriff.

  • County man pleads guilty to involuntary manslaughter in death of his friend in accident

        A 22-year-old Goodview man pleaded guilty Tuesday morning to involuntary manslaughter, in connection with a single-vehicle accident last year that killed a Bedford man.
        Durham Westley Falabella, who is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 21, could face from one to 10 years in prison on the involuntary manslaughter conviction and 12 months in jail on a misdemeanor driving under the influence conviction.
        Falabella entered the pleas in Bedford County Circuit Court; he was indicted on the charges in April.

  • Blue Ridge man faces murder charge

        A Blue Ridge man has been charged with second degree murder following a shooting Sunday afternoon in Bedford County.

        At 4:20 p.m. Sunday May 10, Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call reporting a shooting at 961 Summit Ridge Drive, Blue Ridge. Bedford County deputies arrived on the scene at 4:38 p.m. and found a deceased white male lying in the driveway of the residence, according to a news release by the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Blue Ridge man charged with second degree murder

    A Blue Ridge man has been charged with second degree murder following a shooting Sunday afternoon in Bedford County.

    At 4:20 p.m. Sunday May 10, Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call reporting a shooting at 961 Summit Ridge Drive, Blue Ridge. Bedford County deputies arrived on the scene at 4:38 p.m. and found a deceased white male lying in the driveway of the residence, according to a news release by the Bedford County Sheriff's Office.

  • BPD lieutenant resigns after being named in ICAC investigation

    A recently promoted member of the Bedford Police Department has resigned after being named in an ongoing investigation of the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children's Task Force.

    Bedford Police Chief Todd Foreman confirmed Monday that Lt. Brian McAlexander had resigned. The 25-year veteran of the department had been promoted to lieutenant back in December. He first joined the department in 1989.

  • Investigators hope forensic dig will lead to discovery of bodies of abducted sisters

    Local, state and federal law enforcement are working together today in hopes of finding the bodies of Sheila and Katherine Lyon, abducted four decades ago in Montgomery County, Maryland.

    The four-decade long investigation into the missing girls has been focused in the Taylor's Mountain area of Bedford County since early last fall. A search for the bodies of the two girls has been ongoing over the rough terrain of the mountain.