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Courts and Crime

  • Home invasion suspenct killed in shootout with deputy

    At 8:03 p.m. Tuesday night, Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call from 1554 Stewartsville Road, Moneta. The caller reported that she was home alone and was in the shower, when a male broke into her home. He grabbed her and pulled her out of the shower while holding a hand gun to her head. He demanded she give him her car keys. When she did not, he tried hot wire her vehicle. When his efforts to start the car failed he left the victims home riding what she described as a moped and traveled west on Stewartsville Road.

  • Two decomposing bodies found at Evington home

    Two decomposing bodies have been discovered at an Evington home.

    On Saturday July 19, at 1:30 p.m., a Bedford County sheriff’s deputy responded to a home at Tucker Terrace, Evington, after receiving a call from a neighbor, according to Major Ricky Gardner of the Bedford County Sheriff's Office.

  • Man arrested for soliciting someone to murder his wife

    A former Bedford man has been charged with hiring someone to murder his wife.

    Kevin Colgan, 61, who now lives in Roanoke was arrested Thursday after an investigation in which Colgan allegedly attempted to hire an undercover officer to murder Sara Colgan, who lives in the 5700 block of E. Lynchburg Salem Turnpike.

  • Bedford man arrested for felony hit and run in fatal accident that killed bicyclist

    A Bedford man has been charged with felony hit and run in connection with an accident that killed a bicyclist Friday evening on Va. 122

    Michael Wayne Jenkins, 26, of Bedford, was arrested early Monday morning at his residence on Snowberry Hill. Jenkins is being held in the Blue Ridge Regional Jail with no bond.

  • 3 of 5 defendants in home invasion case enter pleas

        Three of the five defendants charged with a home invasion last January 17 have already pleaded guilty to six felonies in connection with the crime. Court dates for the final two defendants are currently on the docket.
        Augustis Julian Xavier, 19, of Roanoke, Juan Quontell Welton, 21, of Roanoke, and Nathan Jamal Nelms, 19, of Fincastle have all entered guilty pleas in the case. Kenneth Tito Beaner, 19, of Bedford and Durell Orlando Brown, 26, of Bedford are also charged in the case.

  • Thaxton man guilty of having child porn

        A Thaxton man now stands convicted on 20 counts of possession of child pornography after entering no contest pleas to the charges Friday in Bedford County Circuit Court.

  • Big Island woman, guilty of embezzlement, will now face jail time on probation violation

        A Big Island woman who pleaded guilty to 13 felony embezzlement charges during a hearing in Bedford County Circuit Court in 2008, will now face additional jail time stemming from those charges following a probation violation conviction.
        Christina Carmichael Poore originally faced 27 embezzlement charges that spanned a time period between July 1, 2005, and Dec. 1, 2007. In each charge she was accused of embezzling more than $200 from H & H Food Market off Lee Jackson Highway.

  • County man gets 20 years

        A Bedford County man will spend 20 years in prison for sexual solicitation of a minor on a computer.
        William Ramsey Rogers, 38, thought he was chatting with a 13-year-old girl on his computer, but it actually turned out to be an investigator with the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children task force.
        Rogers had previously pleaded no contest to four solicitation charges and was sentenced last Tuesday on the convictions.

  • Mother guilty of child endangerment

        A 28-year-old Bedford woman, upset because she felt the father of her child was not taking care of the child, tied an extension chord around the child’s neck, took a picture, and sent the photo to the child’s father.
        That action led the woman, Charitye Tanner, to be charged with child endangerment. She pleaded guilty to that charge last Tuesday in Circuit Court and received a four-year suspended sentence.

  • Robbery conviction lands Lynchburg man a 10-year sentence

    A Lynchburg man will spend 10 years in prison as part of a plea agreement involving the robbery at a Quik-E Store in Forest last year.
        James Robert Wilson, 34, pleaded guilty last Tuesday to the robbery charge, receiving a 20-year sentence, with 10 years to serve.
        According to Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney John Wheelock, Wilson had some prior burglary and fraud offenses.