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Courts and Crime

  • Embezzler gets three years in prison

        A Forest woman will spend three years in prison for embezzling $109,000 from Witt Mechanical over a four year period, starting in 2009.
        Vicki Elkins McPhearson, 60, was employed by Witt as a bookkeeper and embezzled the money between September, 2009, and June, 2013 when the thefts were discovered.
        Jeff Witt, Witt Mechanical’s owner, testified, at McPhearson’s sentencing hearing Tuesday morning about the damage the embezzlement caused his business.

  • Goode man arrested for shooting at family

        A domestic issue turned dangerous Sunday afternoon at a home next to the Goode Post Office.
        At 2:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon, Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call from a Forest Road home. The caller was a 14-year-old teenager who told authorities his brother was threatening to kill their parents with a gun.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • BCSO helping with homicide cold case

        The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office and the Virginia State Police are assisting the Montgomery County (MD) Police Department with a homicide investigation, according to a news release from the Sheriff’s Office.
        Last week investigators from the Montgomery County Police Department, Cold Case Squad, traveled to Bedford County and met with investigators from the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office and Virginia State Police.

  • BCSO looking for missing person

     

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    On August 7, Bedford County Sheriff’s deputies took a missing person’s report on Katherine Lynn Taylor, 44.

    She is a white female, brown hair, hazel eyes, 5’7”and 110 lbs. She has a unicorn tattoo on her right shoulder and a butterfly tattoo on her right leg.