Courts and Crime

  • Ware slow on restitution payments

        “I will never be in this court again,” Tony Ware promised Judge James Updike when he appeared in Bedford County Circuit Court when he was sentenced on April 10, 2013, on embezzlement charges. 

  • Vinton man enters plea for embezzling funds

        A 72-year-old Vinton man, who has a long history of serving with rescue squads and similar organizations, pleaded guilty Tuesday to felony embezzlement of almost $950 from the Chamblissburg First Aid and Rescue Squad funds.
        Garry Hyatt Sutliffe used rescue squad funds in the amount of $946.47 for his own personal use, according to Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney John Wheelock.

  • Father, son enter pleas to A&B

        Two Hardy men, a father and son, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault and battery Tuesday morning in Bedford County Circuit Court.
        Johnny Dean Clark, 56, and Mitcheal DeHaven, 23, will each spend 12 months in jail on the conviction. They had originally faced a felony malicious wounding charge.
        According to Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney John Wheelock the two attacked the victim, beating him on his head, face and shoulders. He suffered broken ribs and lost a good deal of blood.

  • Man sentenced for unlawful wounding charge

        A 25-year-old Montvale man received a four-year suspended sentence after pleading guilty to an unlawful wounding charge in connection with an August 2015 incident.
        Alvie Lee Ferris III entered his plea Friday in Bedford County Circuit Court.

  • Indecent liberties conviction yields five day sentence

        A 40-year-old Forest man pleaded no contest to taking indecent liberties with a 7-year-old girl last March, resulting in a five-year sentence with all but five days suspended.
        Christopher Johnson, who has some intellectual disabilities and a speech impediment, was found guilty by Circuit Court Judge James Updike during a plea hearing Friday.

  • Counterfeit bills making rounds in Bedford

        Between October and December the Bedford Police Department had 10 cases of counterfeit money being passed in the town. The department is seeking area residents’ help in identifying people who may have information about the incidents.

        Pictures of two people the police department wants to talk to have been posted on the town’s Facebook page.
        Bedford Police Chief Todd Foreman said most of the counterfeit bills have been 50s and 100s, along with some 20s.

  • Madison Heights man faces strangulation charge

        A Madison Heights man was arrested Jan. 1 on two felony charges—strangulation and statutory burglary—related to incidents that occurred in 2014.
        Todd Alan Breeden, 45, had previously been convicted in Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court on a misdemeanor count of assault and battery. That case was heard in July 2015. The felony charges were also certified to the grand jury at that time.

  • Soering will stay in Virginia

        Jens Soering’s latest attempt to be transferred to a prison in his native Germany was turned down, last week, by Governor Terry McAuliffe.
        Soering, the son of a retired German diplomat, received consecutive life sentences for the stabbing deaths of his girlfriend’s parents in their Boonsboro home on April 3, 1985.
        “He got some bad news for Christmas,” Major Ricky Gardner of the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Lynchburg man faces charge in stabbing case

        A Lynchburg man who cut a man across his face and neck back in September is expected to enter a plea to an aggravated malicious wounding charge Feb. 5.
        Michael Dale Fitzgerald Jr., 36, was arrested Sept. 28 for the alleged attack, which occurred on Sept. 23.

  • Woman accused of stealing from home she cleaned

        Bedford County Sheriff’s deputies have charged a Lynchburg woman with taking items from a home in Forest. At the time of the theft, she was employed to clean the home.
        Bonnie Michelle Woodson, 35, was arrested on Dec. 12 in Lynchburg and charged with third offense petit larceny, a felony. She was released on bond.
        Anyone with information on this crime or similar crimes is asked to call the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office at 540-586-7827.  The investigation is ongoing.