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Courts and Crime

  • Man arrested for soliciting someone to murder his wife

    A former Bedford man has been charged with hiring someone to murder his wife.

    Kevin Colgan, 61, who now lives in Roanoke was arrested Thursday after an investigation in which Colgan allegedly attempted to hire an undercover officer to murder Sara Colgan, who lives in the 5700 block of E. Lynchburg Salem Turnpike.

  • Bedford man arrested for felony hit and run in fatal accident that killed bicyclist

    A Bedford man has been charged with felony hit and run in connection with an accident that killed a bicyclist Friday evening on Va. 122

    Michael Wayne Jenkins, 26, of Bedford, was arrested early Monday morning at his residence on Snowberry Hill. Jenkins is being held in the Blue Ridge Regional Jail with no bond.

  • Man sentenced on solicitation charges

    William Ramsey Rogers, 38, of Lynchburg, will spend the next 20 years in prison for sexual solicitation via his computer of a person he thought was a 13-year-old girl.

    He pleaded no contest late last year to four solicitation charges. The charges stemmed from contact with a Internet Crimes Against Children investigator, portraying a 13-year-old girl on the Internet. During these chats, Rogers also used a web camera to expose himself to the investigator and masturbate in front of a person he thought was a 13-year-old girl.

  • Bedford County Department of Fire & Rescue units respond to two structure fires

    On Tuesday, January 7, at 1:38 p.m. a call was received for a residential fire at 1346 Union Church Road, caller advising smoke coming from the attic. Crews from Bedford Fire Department, Forest Fire Department, Montvale Fire Department, Stewartsville Fire Department, Shady Grove Fire Department, Bedford County Fire & Rescue and Blue Ridge Fire Departments responded.

  • Bulletin update: Fire damages home on Longwood Ave.

    Crews from several area fire departments were still on the scene of a fire at 2 a.m. Sunday morning at 719 Longwood Ave. in Bedford, a fire that began late Saturday night.

  • Route 43 crash being investigated

    The Virginia State Police is continuing its investigation into a traffic crash this morning that occurred around 8:20 am on Route 43 just north of Route 838 Bedford County. The investigation revealed that 2003 Chevrolet Tracker which was traveling northbound on Route 43 crossed the center line and struck a 2007 Ford Taurus which was traveling southbound head-on.

  • Classes resume at BSTC after bomb threat

    A written bomb threat lead to the evacuation of students and staff from Bedford Science and Technology Center Friday morning.

    The note was found around 10:15 a.m., according to Ryan Edwards, public relations coordinator with Bedford County Public Schools. The Bedford County Sheriff's Office brought in a bomb-sniffing dog and searched the entire building; the building was deemed safe and students and staff were allowed back into the building at noon. They had been evacuated to a field next to the school.

  • $500,000 in fraud recovered

        For 18 months a Bedford County woman had been receiving financial assistance through two programs provided through the Department of Social Services.
        The woman, according to DSS fraud investigator Irene Maxey, had received both Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) funds for her and her three children. The woman claimed she and her husband, who was the manager of a car dealership in another locality, were separated and that he was no longer living in the home.

  • JF student facing charges

        A Jefferson Forest High School student is facing criminal charges—as well as severe school discipline—for allegedly making a bomb threat at the school last week.
        Last Thursday morning at 11:11 a.m. a student reported to a teacher that there was a threat written on a wall in the boys’ rest room. The school administration and the school resource officer were immediately made aware of the threat.

  • Bulletin update: All clear given af JFHS after bomb threat; school will resume as normal on Friday

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    This morning at 11:11 a.m. a student reported to a teacher that there was a threat written on a wall in the boys’ restroom. The school administration and the school resource officer were immediately made aware of the threat.

    The school was evacuated and then searched by law enforcement personnel and explosive K-9s from multiple jurisdictions. The students were dismissed early from school. There were no injuries.