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Courts and Crime

  • 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.

  • Decade old child sex case leads to sentence

        A Bedford man will spend six months in jail after being convicted Friday on two counts of aggravated sexual battery.
        Carrell Wayne Noble, 57, pleaded no contest to the two felony charges and received a six year sentence on the charges. Judge James Updike accepted the plea agreement which included having Noble spend six months in jail, register as a sex offender and have three years of supervised probation.

  • Woman enters plea in case involving infant

        A 34-year-old Bedford woman will have to give up her home daycare facility as the result of a plea agreement reached in Bedford Circuit Court Tuesday morning.
        Crystal Dawn Youngstead entered   an Alford Plea to a charge of causing malicious bodily injury to a 7-month-old baby back in 2011. With that plea—the net result is a guilty plea—she continues to maintain her innocence but acknowledges that the prosecution has enough evidence to convict her of the crime.

  • Quick work: Call leads to fast arrests for break-in

        Two men, claiming to be homeless, have been arrested for breaking into a maintenance office at Liberty Lake Park.
        According to Lt. Shannon Walker of the Bedford Police Department, law enforcement was notified about 8:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 7 that an office behind the main building at the park had been broken into and some tools and other items were missing.

  • Salem man faces drug, gun charges

        At 1:50 p.m. on Saturday afternoon, Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call to the Shop-In Convenience Store located at 7865 Jordantown Rd.
        According to a press release from the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, the caller reported there was a Nissan Pathfinder parked on the side parking lot of the store with a man in it. The vehicle had been there for two hours and he, the lone occupant, seemed to be unresponsive.

  • Woman pleads guilty to setting fire to car

        Laura Day, 32, of Moneta pleaded guilty last week in Circuit Court to arson.
        According to Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Wes Nance, on Aug. 19, 2014, a couple discovered that somebody had tried to burn their vehicle in their driveway. Day admitted to the arson and said she thought the vehicle belonged to the couple’s daughter, who was a romantic rival.

  • Local man faces animal cruelty, drug charges

        An investigation into dogs being shot at led to additional drug charges, according to a report from the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office.
        On Sunday November 29, the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office received a call to Johnson School Road in Thaxton about dogs being shot at. Bedford County deputies responded and identified Jeremy Lee Johnson, 25, as the suspect, according to the BCSP.

  • Getting to the truth

        All Commonwealth’s Attorney Randy Krantz wants is for those testifying on the 1975 abduction case of sisters Sheila and Katherine Lyon to tell the truth.
        Recently three people involved in the investigation—and related to the man charged with abducting and murdering the two sisters—were in court because Krantz believes they weren’t forthcoming with the truth.


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