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Courts and Crime

  • Nativity theft sentences handed out

        Prior to entering a plea for stealing and destroying a church’s Nativity scene last December, Matthew Barringer took advantage of a chance to get out in front of his punishment.

  • Earnest appeal denied

        The Bedford County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office was notified last week that the Virginia State Supreme Court turned down Wesley Earnest’s appeal to have his murder conviction overturned. According to Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Wes Nance, the Supreme Court rendered its decision  July 30.

  • BCSO seeks help in investigation

        The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office is investigating several larceny from vehicles complaints that occurred in the Forest area between July 17 and July 19. Some of the items reported missing are wallets containing credit cards, a firearm and golf clubs.
        Investigators are attempting to identify a person of interest in the crimes.
        Anyone with information on this person is asked to contact Investigator Steve Smith at 540-586-7827 or Central Virginia Crime Stoppers at 1-888-798-5900.

  • Bedford woman charged with attempted murder

        Monday, around 9 p.m., a Bedford woman was arrested and charged with attempted first degree murder.
        Bedford Police arrested  Evelina Simmons Nellum, 56, in the 500 block of Plunkett Street for the attempted murder of her husband, Terry Nellum, 46, also of Bedford. The arrest occurred following a domestic dispute at a garage, according to a report from the Bedford Police Department.

  • Fields sentenced on fraud charges

        A Bedford County man who was a fugitive from justice for more than a year was sentenced last week in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Lynchburg on a variety of fraud charges.

  • Forest convenience store robbed

        At 10:05 p.m. Monday night, Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call from the Quik-E Food Mart in Forest reporting a robbery.

        According to a report from the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, the caller stated that a black male with black framed glasses, carrying a gray sweater and wearing jeans and a black T-shirt, entered the store. He threatened the clerk and demanded money. After getting the money, the suspect left on foot and ran towards Graves Mill Road behind the store, the BCSO report stated.

  • Moneta man guilty of taking indecent liberties with minor

        A 19-year-old Moneta man maintained his innocence throughout his trial last Tuesday, but was eventually found guilty of having sexual contact with a minor girl under the age of 13 years old.
        Howard Jamar Witcher entered not guilty pleas to the charges of taking indecent liberties with a minor and aggravated sexual battery, but following a bench trial was found guilty by Circuit Court Judge James Updike.

  • Man faces six years in prison for relationship with 14-year-old

        A 29-year-old Lynchburg man pleaded guilty Friday to seven felonies related to having sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl.
        Cody Austin McKay received an 18 year sentence—having an active prison term of 6 years, 10 months to serve of that sentence—for five convictions of carnal knowledge of a minor and two charges of possessing child pornography. Those charges relate to sexually explicit images of the girl McKay had on his cellphone when he was arrested.

  • Forest convenience store robbed

    At 10:05 p.m. Monday night, Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call from the Quik-E Food Mart in Forest reporting a robbery.

    According to a report from the Bedford County Sheriff's Office, the caller stated that a black male with black framed glasses, carrying a gray sweater and wearing jeans and a black T-shirt entered the store. He threatened the clerk and demanded money. After getting the money, the suspect left on foot and ran towards Graves Mill Road behind the store, the BCSO report stated.

  • Shooting leads to charges being filed

        A shooting that occurred at a Huddleston residence Wednesday night has led to a number of charges being filed.
        According to a report from the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, at 10 p.m. Wednesday night, Bedford County dispatchers received a call from Jody Roach of  Roach Town Road, Huddleston, stating that she had fired a gun through her door at two subjects standing outside of her residence.