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Courts and Crime

  • Mother guilty of child endangerment

        A 28-year-old Bedford woman, upset because she felt the father of her child was not taking care of the child, tied an extension chord around the child’s neck, took a picture, and sent the photo to the child’s father.
        That action led the woman, Charitye Tanner, to be charged with child endangerment. She pleaded guilty to that charge last Tuesday in Circuit Court and received a four-year suspended sentence.

  • Big Island woman, guilty of embezzlement, will now face jail time on probation violation

        A Big Island woman who pleaded guilty to 13 felony embezzlement charges during a hearing in Bedford County Circuit Court in 2008, will now face additional jail time stemming from those charges following a probation violation conviction.
        Christina Carmichael Poore originally faced 27 embezzlement charges that spanned a time period between July 1, 2005, and Dec. 1, 2007. In each charge she was accused of embezzling more than $200 from H & H Food Market off Lee Jackson Highway.

  • Thaxton man guilty of having child porn

        A Thaxton man now stands convicted on 20 counts of possession of child pornography after entering no contest pleas to the charges Friday in Bedford County Circuit Court.

  • 3 of 5 defendants in home invasion case enter pleas

        Three of the five defendants charged with a home invasion last January 17 have already pleaded guilty to six felonies in connection with the crime. Court dates for the final two defendants are currently on the docket.
        Augustis Julian Xavier, 19, of Roanoke, Juan Quontell Welton, 21, of Roanoke, and Nathan Jamal Nelms, 19, of Fincastle have all entered guilty pleas in the case. Kenneth Tito Beaner, 19, of Bedford and Durell Orlando Brown, 26, of Bedford are also charged in the case.

  • Man indicted for setting fire

        A Bedford man with a history of charges of setting fires has been indicted by a Bedford grand jury for allegedly setting fire to his mother’s home in May.

        The January grand jury returned a total of 41 indictments against 19 different defendants.
        Darrell Bruce Orange, 53, faces an arson charge for a fire at a residence at 1071 Murray Hollow Road in Thaxton. He lived in the residence with his mother. He has been in jail without bond since being arrested.

  • Woman pleads guilty to child neglect

        A Bedford woman will spend 60 days in jail after pleading guilty to two felony counts of child neglect during a hearing in Bedford County Circuit Court Jan. 10.
        Catherine Nicole Jackson, 24, entered the guilty pleas for a Sept. 5, 2013, incident in which police were called to investigate two children left in a car alone at Wal-Mart. Jackson was stopped by law enforcement on Forest Road.

  • Graffiti threat leads to lockdown at JFHS

    Bedford County Sheriff’s Office School Resource Officers are investigating a threatening message found on a restroom wall at Jefferson Forest High School Monday around 1:50 p.m.

  • Threat leads to lockdown at SRHS; arrest made in JFHS threat from last week

        Both Staunton River High School (SRHS) and Staunton River Middle School were placed on lockdown last Wednesday morning after a threatening message was found inside one of the high school’s buildings, according to Ryan Edwards, the school division’s spokesman.
        Edwards said the middle school was placed on lockdown as a precaution. He said sheriff’s deputies surrounded the perimeter of the high school and a full investigation took place

  • Man enters FES, apparently steals teacher's credit card

    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.

  • 2nd person of interest named in case of sisters' abduction

    Investigators have named a second person of interest in the abduction and slaying case of two sisters in 1975 in Montgomery County, Maryland, and a special grand jury is scheduled to convene Friday in Bedford County Circuit Court to help with the investigation.

    For the past several weeks the four-decade long investigation into the missing girls has been focused in the Taylor Mountain area of Bedford County. A search for the bodies of the two girls has been ongoing over the rough terrain of the mountain.