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Courts and Crime

  • Smith pleads guilty

        Michael Anthony Smith pleaded guilty, last week, to charges stemming from the death of his 2-year-old son this past winter. The boy’s mother, Shana Witt, has been charged with smothering the boy with a stuffed toy.
        According to Commonwealth’s Attorney Randy Krantz, an investigation indicated that the couple delayed calling emergency services for up to two hours while they got rid of evidence of a meth lab operating in the house.

  • Two dead at Evington home

        The investigation is continuing into the discovery of two partially decomposed bodies found this weekend at an Evington home.

        On Saturday July 19, at 1:30 p.m., a Bedford County Sheriff’s Office deputy responded to a home located at 2478 Tucker Terrace, Evington, after receiving a call from a neighbor, according to Major Ricky Gardner of the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office.
        Ruby Laughon is listed as the owner of the property where the bodies were discovered.

  • Grand jury indicts father of dead child

        The father of a 2-year-old child who died in late February has been indicted for two counts of child abuse and neglect.
        Michael Anthony Smith was indicted by a Bedford County grand jury this month on two counts of felony child abuse and neglect and one count of manufacturing methamphetamines. Smith is scheduled to appear in circuit court July 29 for a plea on the charges, according to court records.

  • Oulds charges to go to grand jury

        Charges against Steve Oulds, of Lynchburg, have been certified to the grand jury following a preliminary hearing Monday in General District Court.
        Oulds faces charges stemming from the death of James Dale Gunter in a single vehicle crash last year near Coleman Falls. Oulds has been accused of driving the car. The accident occurred on U. S. 501 on Aug. 18, 2013.

  • Charges certified

        Michael Wayne Jenkins, charged with felony hit and run and felony assault and battery on an EMS worker, waived a preliminary hearing when he appeared in Bedford County General District Court, Monday. Judge Harold Black certified the charges to the August grand jury.
        Jenkins is charged with hitting a bicyclist on Va. 122, near Va. 24 on March 21 and then leaving the scene of the accident. Sean McQuaid, the bicyclist, died from his injuries the next day.

  • Blue Ridge man faces murder charge

        A Blue Ridge man has been charged with second degree murder following a shooting Sunday afternoon in Bedford County.

        At 4:20 p.m. Sunday May 10, Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call reporting a shooting at 961 Summit Ridge Drive, Blue Ridge. Bedford County deputies arrived on the scene at 4:38 p.m. and found a deceased white male lying in the driveway of the residence, according to a news release by the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Blue Ridge man charged with second degree murder

    A Blue Ridge man has been charged with second degree murder following a shooting Sunday afternoon in Bedford County.

    At 4:20 p.m. Sunday May 10, Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call reporting a shooting at 961 Summit Ridge Drive, Blue Ridge. Bedford County deputies arrived on the scene at 4:38 p.m. and found a deceased white male lying in the driveway of the residence, according to a news release by the Bedford County Sheriff's Office.

  • BPD lieutenant resigns after being named in ICAC investigation

    A recently promoted member of the Bedford Police Department has resigned after being named in an ongoing investigation of the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children's Task Force.

    Bedford Police Chief Todd Foreman confirmed Monday that Lt. Brian McAlexander had resigned. The 25-year veteran of the department had been promoted to lieutenant back in December. He first joined the department in 1989.

  • Investigators hope forensic dig will lead to discovery of bodies of abducted sisters

    Local, state and federal law enforcement are working together today in hopes of finding the bodies of Sheila and Katherine Lyon, abducted four decades ago in Montgomery County, Maryland.

    The four-decade long investigation into the missing girls has been focused in the Taylor's Mountain area of Bedford County since early last fall. A search for the bodies of the two girls has been ongoing over the rough terrain of the mountain.

  • 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