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Courts and Crime

  • CASAs help children caught up in court system

        According to Juvenile and Domestic Relations Judge Louis Harrison, CASA is a valuable asset in the cases he hears.

        CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocate. These trained volunteers are appointed by the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court to investigate and advocate for children in cases before the court where children are involved. They prepare a report, making a recommendation on what is best for the children, to help the judge make his decision.

  • Search warrant: Mother confessed

        The mother of a child found dead Feb. 27 at a Peaksview Lane residence admitted to smothering the 2-year-old to death, investigators stated in a search warrant connected to the case.
        In multiple search warrants filed by investigators with the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, the investigators stated that Shana Marie Witt, 24, confessed “that she suffocated the child with a large stuffed dog” located in the child’s bedroom.

  • Mother charged with murder in death of 2-year-old son

        Some cases are just more difficult than others. This one, involving the alleged murder of a 2-year-old child by his mother, is about as difficult as it gets, authorities said Friday.

        Such was the case for one investigator last week, who, after finishing his duties, called his grandson, because it had affected him so deeply.
        Shana Marie Witt, 24 of Bedford, has been charged with strangling her 2-year-old child to death.

  • NY man guilty of computer solicitation

        A New York man who exposed himself on a web cam to investigators on multiple occasions is facing up to 210 years in prison following his conviction in Bedford County Circuit Court on Friday.
        Charles Welsey Olmstead, 39, entered no contest pleas to seven felony charges of computer solicitation at the plea hearing.

  • Bedford woman accused of murdering her 2 year old son

    A 24-year-old Bedford woman has been charged with murdering her own 2-year-old child.

    On Thursday afternoon at 1:35 p.m., Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call from 1066 Peaksview Lane, Bedford. The caller , Michael Witt, 25, advised dispatchers that his son was unresponsive and not breathing.

  • Concussion evidence will be allowed at trial

        Expert testimony on the effect a concussion allegedly had on a Forest man’s behavior will be allowed at his hearing.
        Judge James Updike made that ruling last week at a motions hearing; Assistant Com-monwealth’s Attorney John Wheelock had filed a motion to exclude the testimony. Wheelock questioned whether a concussion qualifies as a mental defect or mental disease.
        Corey Bauer, 33, is charged with felonious assault on an officer.

  • Deputy cleared in July officer-involved shooting

    A Bedford County Sheriff's OFfice Deputy has been cleared in the officer-involved shooting that occurred July 30.

    The special prosecutor's report to the Virginia State Police follows:

     

     

    To: Virginia State Police,

    From: Mary Pettitt, Special Prosecutor for Bedford County and Commonwealth’s Attorney of Montgomery County

  • BCSO deputies involved in shooting
  • Shooting being investigated just outside of Bedford

    Update: BCSO press release is below:

  • 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