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Courts and Crime

  • 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.

  • Investigation leads to 50 arrests

        “We are always delighted, during one of these roundups, to give out our Christmas cards,” Sheriff Mike Brown said at a Thursday afternoon press conference.

        The recipients were 21 people arrested the previous week in what Sheriff Brown calls the “Bedford County Sheriff’s Office Drug Blitz 2013. All face felony charges. The Christmas cards are a festive way of reading those being arrested their Miranda rights.
        “The response was mixed,” Sheriff Brown commented.

  • 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.

  • Lynchburg man pleads guilty to computer solicitation

    Rogers, 38, of Lynchburg could spend a long time in prison after pleading no contest, in Bedford County Circuit Court last week, to four computer solicitation charges. According to Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Wes Nance, each of the charges carries a sentence of five to 30 years in prison, with a mandatory five year sentence.

  • Karl enters pleas in child molestation case

        Faced with three charges of aggravated sexual battery against three girls, Douglas Earl Karl Jr, 31, of Amherst, chose to make Alford pleas in Bedford County Circuit Court, Tuesday.
        An Alford plea is when a defendant, while maintaining his innocence, pleads guilty due to the evidence the prosecution has against him. He will serve 18 months in prison as a result of the plea agreement.
        “I plead guilty as it’s in my best interest,” said Karl to the charges.

  • Trailer, tent stolen from Big Otter Mill; reward offered for recovery

        A reward is being offered for the recovery of items stolen from the Big Otter Mill last week.
        It is believed that sometime between Thursday, Nov. 14, and Friday afternoon, Nov. 15, a car trailer was stolen from the Mill, located on Big Island Highway, north of Liberty High School. Stolen was a white, 24’ x 8.5’, dual axel car trailer. Inside was a 60’ x 30’ tent with ropes and poles. The thief apparently cut the security lock and pulled the trailer away with a sizable truck.

  • 60-year-old woman guilty of embezzling money from Witt Mechanical

        A 60-year-old Lynchburg woman pleaded guilty Tuesday to embezzling more than $100,000 from Witt Mechanical in Bedford over a four-year period beginning in 2009.
        Vicki Elkins McPhearson entered guilty pleas in Bedford County Circuit Court to three counts of embezzlement and three counts of money laundering.

  • Bedford man guilty of distributing marijuana

        A 41-year-old Bedford man pleaded no contest in Bedford County Circuit Court Tuesday to two counts of distributing marijuana.

  • Bedford man to serve six months on carnal knowledge conviction

        A 24-year-old Bedford man pleaded guilty to having sexual contact with a girl who was 14 years old at the time of the offense.
        Duston Glynn Holdren entered his plea Tuesday in Bedford County Circuit Court to the felony count of carnal knowledge for an incident that occurred in November 2010. A second charge was set aside and not prosecuted.