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Courts and Crime

  • Fields sentenced on fraud charges

        A Bedford County man who was a fugitive from justice for more than a year was sentenced last week in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Lynchburg on a variety of fraud charges.

  • Forest convenience store robbed

        At 10:05 p.m. Monday night, Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call from the Quik-E Food Mart in Forest reporting a robbery.

        According to a report from the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, the caller stated that a black male with black framed glasses, carrying a gray sweater and wearing jeans and a black T-shirt, entered the store. He threatened the clerk and demanded money. After getting the money, the suspect left on foot and ran towards Graves Mill Road behind the store, the BCSO report stated.

  • Moneta man guilty of taking indecent liberties with minor

        A 19-year-old Moneta man maintained his innocence throughout his trial last Tuesday, but was eventually found guilty of having sexual contact with a minor girl under the age of 13 years old.
        Howard Jamar Witcher entered not guilty pleas to the charges of taking indecent liberties with a minor and aggravated sexual battery, but following a bench trial was found guilty by Circuit Court Judge James Updike.

  • Forest convenience store robbed

    At 10:05 p.m. Monday night, Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call from the Quik-E Food Mart in Forest reporting a robbery.

    According to a report from the Bedford County Sheriff's Office, the caller stated that a black male with black framed glasses, carrying a gray sweater and wearing jeans and a black T-shirt entered the store. He threatened the clerk and demanded money. After getting the money, the suspect left on foot and ran towards Graves Mill Road behind the store, the BCSO report stated.

  • Shooting leads to charges being filed

        A shooting that occurred at a Huddleston residence Wednesday night has led to a number of charges being filed.
        According to a report from the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, at 10 p.m. Wednesday night, Bedford County dispatchers received a call from Jody Roach of  Roach Town Road, Huddleston, stating that she had fired a gun through her door at two subjects standing outside of her residence.

  • BCSO: Shooting leads to charges being filed

    A shooting that occurred at a Huddleston residence Wednesday night has led to a number of charges being filed.

    According to a report from the Bedford County Sheriff's Office, at 10 p.m. Wednesday night, Bedford County dispatchers received a call from Jody Roach of Roach Town Road Huddleston, stating that she had fired a gun through her door at two subjects standing outside of her residence.

  • Jones convicted for 'upskirt videos' of 16-year-old girl

        A former church youth director pleaded guilty, Tuesday in Bedford County Circuit Court, to taking what Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney Wes Nance termed “upskirt videos” of a 16-year-old.

  • BCSO warns against scam

        Over the past several days, the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office has received calls from several citizens reporting that they have received messages on their answering machines from a health alert company.
        According to the Sheriff's Office, the recording sounds like a real person claiming that either “someone has purchased a health alert system for you” or “you qualify for a free health alert.” The recorded message then advises to press #1 to talk to a sales person or press #5 to decline.

  • Former LHS aide sentenced

        Though sentencing guidelines called for no jail time, a former teacher’s aide at Liberty High School received a 90-day active sentence on an indecent liberties conviction related to charges filed last September.
        Michael Dean Robertson, 42, received a five-year sentence for his conviction—with all but the 90 days suspended—following a no contest plea to the charge entered in February. He was sentenced last Friday, with the judge stating that any crime of this type against a child demanded active jail time.

  • Thaxton man sentenced on child porn charges

        A Thaxton man pleaded guilty to 11 counts of possessing child pornography, following a tip authorities received from the parents of a boy who were in some of the photos the man had.
        Police arrested Joshua Earl Grimstead, 23, on Dec. 28 of last year following a case investigated by the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.