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Courts and Crime

  • Intruder at FES leads to increased security at school

        Bedford County Public Schools officials are working to increase security at Forest Elementary School following reports of an intruder who entered the school Sept. 19.
        According to school officials, an African-American man, bald and apparently in his 20s, went to the school and requested to have lunch with a first grade student.

  • Search continues

        Last week, two Bedford County Sheriff’s Office investigators and Bedford’s chief prosecutor were in Maryland continuing to investigate the 1975 abduction and murder of sisters Shelia, 12, and Katie, 10, Lyon.
        Maryland investigators believe that the missing children may have ultimately been brought to Bedford.

  • Death ruled murder-suicide

        The deaths of two Evington residents whose bodies were found decomposing have been officially ruled as a murder-suicide.
        This week, Bedford County Sheriff’s investigators received the autopsy report from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner’s on Ruby Laughon and Brent Laughon. Ruby Laughon died from multiple gunshots and Brent died from a single gunshot wound.
        The manner of death was ruled murder-suicide.

  • Three arrested on meth charges

        Bedford County Sheriff’s Office vice investigators, assisted by the Virginia State Police TACT Team, executed a narcotics search warrant at a Pony Acres Road residence in Bedford last Thursday night.
        Bethany Erin Abbott, 40, Randolph Wallace Clark Jr., 40, and Mark Mathew Ferguson, 42, all residing at the Pony Acres Road address, were arrested and charged with manufacturing and possession of methamphetamines. They were transported to the Bedford Adult Detention Center and are being held without bond.

  • '75 abduction case in Maryland leads investigators to Bedford County

    The 1975 abduction and murder case of two sisters in Montgomery County, Maryland, has led investigators to the Taylor Mountain area of Bedford County.

    Investigators with the Montgomery County (MD) Police Department are “zeroing in” on who they believe is responsible for taking the two girls, Sheila and Katherine Lyon, from a popular suburban Washington D.C. shopping center in 1975.

  • MD abduction case leads to Bedford

    The 1975 abduction and murder case of two sisters in Montgomery County, Maryland, has led investigators to the Taylor Mountain area of Bedford County.

        Investigators with the Montgomery County (MD) Police Department are “zeroing in” on who they believe is responsible for taking the two girls, Sheila and Katherine Lyon, from a popular  suburban  Washington  D.C.  shopping center in 1975.

  • Bedford man guilty in hit-and-run death

        A Bedford man, who struck and killed a man riding a bicycle on Va. 122 this past March, will spend the next seven-and-a-half years in prison for his actions that day.
        Michael Wayne Jenkins, 27, spent March 21 drinking beer and texting friends and family before he struck and killed Sean McQuaid, Jenkins entered no contest pleas to charges of hit and run with personal injury, aggravated involuntary manslaughter, both felonies, and disorderly conduct and first offense DUI, misdemeanor charges.

  • 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.

  • WDBJ releases statement on employment history of shooter; Reporter and photographer killed during live interview; gunmen dies after shooting himself

     

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    Statement of Jeffrey Marks, president and general manager, WDBY Television Inc. on employment of Vester Flanagan at the station