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Courts and Crime

  • Forest man arrested on child porn charges

        On April 7, Cameron Lavelle Boyd, of Forest was arrested on charges related to the possession of child pornography.
        In 2013 Boyd became a person of interest to the SOVA-ICAC when a detective from the Lynchburg Police Department downloaded child pornography from a suspect believed to be within the city of Lynchburg. Further investigation led to the discovery that the suspect lived in Bedford County, at which point the case was referred to the Bedford Sheriff’s Office.

  • Man charged with abducting woman in Thaxton

        On Tuesday, March 31, Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call from a Roanoke County dispatcher advising they had received a call reporting a female had been abducted by gun point from the Thaxton area of Bedford County.
        The caller further advised that the suspect and victim were at a home in Vinton. Vinton Police responded to the address and located them.

  • Moneta man gets 11 year sentence for stabbing wife’s lover

    James David Fincher will spend 11 years behind bars for stabbing his wife’s lover.

  • Three arrested for child abuse

        At 9:50 p.m. Monday, June 22, Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call reporting a possible child abuse on Mt. Airy Road, Lynch Station.
        A Bedford County sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to the location. After arriving on the scene and investigating the complaint Bedford County Social Services Child Protection investigators were contacted and made aware of the complaint.

  • Colgan guilty in murder for hire scheme

        Kevin Christopher Colgan had made references last year on Facebook to wanting to have his estranged wife killed.

        But on June 18, 2014, when he met with an undercover officer that he thought was a hit man, those inferences turned into solicitation.
        That meeting, and a second the following day, led to his arrest and Tuesday morning Colgan, after pleading no contest to the charge of solicitation to commit murder, was found guilty of the charge by Bedford County Circuit Court Judge James Updike.

  • Jury convicts Harris

        A federal jury convicted a naval officer on Monday of coercing nine girls between the ages of 12 and 17 into sending him explicit photos and videos of themselves.
        Lt. Daniel Chase Harris, 31, of Virginia Beach, is set to be sentenced July 13 in U.S. District Court on 31 felonies – including 13 counts of production of child pornography and two counts of obstruction of justice. He faces a minimum of 15 years in prison and the maximum of life.

  • Testimony: Sisters made sex videos under threat

    By Scott Daugherty
    Landmark News Service/The Virginian-Pilot
    and Staff Reports

        The girl didn’t know Frank Dietrich, but she wanted to.
        She was 14 when she received a Facebook friend request from what appeared to be an older boy. His profile picture showed a young man throwing a football while wearing a tight shirt that showed off a muscular physique.

  • Charges filed against former officer

    For 26 years he wore the uniform of the Bedford Police Department; on Tuesday morning he was wearing an orange jumpsuit from the local jail.

        Last Friday, Feb. 5, former Bedford Police officer Brian McAlexander was indicted by a Bedford County Grand Jury on six felony indictments for possession of child pornography. He was arrested in Henry County by Henry County Sheriff’s deputies.

  • Aponte in court

        A motion to suppress a blood alcohol concentration test (BAC) conducted on a woman accused of driving while drunk during an accident in which her 6-year-old son was killed was denied during a hearing Tuesday in Bedford County Circuit Court.
        Judge James Updike said there was enough probable cause and exigent circumstances to allow the test, though in essence it was a warrantless search.

  • Back in prison — this time for 15 years

        Since 1994, Larry Preston Caldwell Jr. has been in and out of court including for eight felony sentencing events – and he’s never successfully completed a term of probation before facing new charges.

    `    Caldwell, 40, will have the next 15 years in prison to think about that after being sentenced for a malicious wounding charge and a probation violation after being out of prison for only eight months on similar charges.