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Courts and Crime

  • Shelter worker charged with animal cruelty

        A worker at the Bedford County Animal Shelter has been charged with felony animal cruelty, in connection with injuries to a cat that led it to have to be euthanized.
        Bryan Skinnell, 43, of Bedford County, was arrested Sept. 26 on the charge following the investigation of a complaint that was filed  on Aug. 10. Skinnell’s employment at the shelter was terminated after he was charged.

  • Catfishing scam targets local residents

        “I loved him…he was very kind, very respectful, and said I was to be cherished.”
        One Virginia woman has lost $9,000, while another was asked to send $65,000, in a sophisticated love scheme that is targeting area users of a popular dating website.
        In a scam known as ‘Catfishing’ a man pretending to live in Roanoke is using a false identity on Match.com and tricking legitimate users out of thousands of dollars.

  • 18 year old in custody following shooting, manhunt

    A shooting incident in the Thaxton area has ended with an 18-yearold in custody, without incident, according to the Bedford County Sheriff's Office.

    No citizens or law enforcement officers were injured during this event. One report stated the suspect had suffered a minor injury.

    The manhunt led to some roads being closed and schools going on lockdown in the Wheatland Road area of the county.

    The Sheriff's Office will release more information later this afternoon.

  • Florida man sentenced for armed robbery of Forest sonic

        A Florida man was sentenced Tuesday in Bedford County Circuit Court to 16 years in prison for the armed robbery of a Sonic in Forest on Feb. 8, 2014.
        Matthew Edward Kukulski, 28, had two weeks earlier robbed the home of his mother and step father. Among the items taken were four firearms. Two of these firearms were used by him and an accomplice in the armed robbery of the Sonic. His accomplice, Caitlin Williams, was sentenced last year, according to Commonwealth’s Attorney Wes Nance.

  • Aponte sentence upheld

        Bedford Circuit Court Judge James Updike, upheld the nine year, six month sentence a jury imposed on Emily Lynn Aponte, 32, during a hearing Tuesday.

        Aponte had been convicted on charges that included involuntary manslaughter and DUI, the result of a crash that occurred in Bedford County on April 26, 2014, that killed her 6-year-old son, Ethan, who was riding with her. The head on collision also injured the driver of the vehicle that hit her after she swerved into his lane.

  • Bedford PD search for missing man with dementia

    The Town of Bedford Police Department is asking for the public’s help finding an 80-year-old with dementia.

    Alan Carter was last seen in the Hillcrest Drive area of Bedford at approximately 8:30pm on 09/28/2016. He was wearing jeans and a long sleeve maroon shirt.

    Carter is driving a gold 2005 Ford Ranger Extended cab with Virginia license plate JVS-3779.

    Carter wears glasses and has a thin mustache.

    If you have any information about his whereabouts, call 9-1-1 or 540-586-7827

     

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  • Riddle to spend six years in prison for DUI crash

        A 20-year-old Lynchburg man will spend six years in prison as the result of an accident last October which  led to the death of a passenger in the car he was driving and severely injured another passenger.

  • Charges for eluding police, shooting gun, go to grand jury

        Charges against a Bedford County man, for firing a firearm while being pursued by law enforcement, have been certified to a Bedford grand jury following the man’s decision to waive his right to a preliminary hearing in General District Court.

  • Korczynski pleads guilty to meth charges

        Jessica Suzanne Korczynski will be able to avoid a felony conviction if she remains on good behavior for the next year and follows terms set down in Court by Judge James Updike Friday afternoon.
        Korczynski pleaded guilty to possession of methamphetamine and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. The contributing to the delinquency of a minor charge stems from the fact that she had meth in the house at the same time her child was there.

  • Woman killed in early morning shooting