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Courts and Crime

  • Blue Ridge man faces murder charge

        A Blue Ridge man has been charged with second degree murder following a shooting Sunday afternoon in Bedford County.

        At 4:20 p.m. Sunday May 10, Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call reporting a shooting at 961 Summit Ridge Drive, Blue Ridge. Bedford County deputies arrived on the scene at 4:38 p.m. and found a deceased white male lying in the driveway of the residence, according to a news release by the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Blue Ridge man charged with second degree murder

    A Blue Ridge man has been charged with second degree murder following a shooting Sunday afternoon in Bedford County.

    At 4:20 p.m. Sunday May 10, Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call reporting a shooting at 961 Summit Ridge Drive, Blue Ridge. Bedford County deputies arrived on the scene at 4:38 p.m. and found a deceased white male lying in the driveway of the residence, according to a news release by the Bedford County Sheriff's Office.

  • BPD lieutenant resigns after being named in ICAC investigation

    A recently promoted member of the Bedford Police Department has resigned after being named in an ongoing investigation of the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children's Task Force.

    Bedford Police Chief Todd Foreman confirmed Monday that Lt. Brian McAlexander had resigned. The 25-year veteran of the department had been promoted to lieutenant back in December. He first joined the department in 1989.

  • Details revealed in Lyon sisters disappearance

        Details of how Bedford County became the central focus in the search for the bodies of sisters Sheila and Katherine Lyon, ages 10 and 12, have emerged through an affidavit recently released as part of a search warrant in the investigation of the girls’ disappearance.

  • Police raid meth lab

        Last week Bedford County Sheriff’s investigators and Virginia State Police executed a search warrant at a Jordantown Road residence in Bedford County that resulted in the arrest of two Bedford County residents on drug related charges.

  • Oulds receives 3-year sentence for accident that killed his friend

        A Lynchburg man, who drove a car involved in an accident that killed his best friend, will spend three years in prison for causing that accident.
        Steve Malotey Oulds III, 54, of Lynchburg had previously entered a no contest plea last fall in Bedford County Circuit Court, to a charge of involuntary manslaughter while driving under the influence in connection with the August 2013 accident that led to the death of 52-year-old James Dale Gunter.

  • Music teacher pleads guilty

          Luis Roberto Mendez, a music teacher in Bedford County, pleaded to a pair of charges of taking indecent liberties with a child by a person in a custodial or supervisory relationship in Bedford Circuit Court on Friday afternoon.

        The Class Five felonies can result in one to five years in the penitentiary per charge.
        Mendez, 42, appeared bedecked in an orange jumpsuit in front of Judge James Updike, along with defense counsel Matthew Pack.

  • 1st degree murder charge certified

         A first degree murder charge against a Bedford woman, accused of smothering her 1-year-old son with a stuffed animal last February, has been certified to a Bedford County grand jury, following a preliminary hearing in Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court Monday morning.

  • Music teacher's charges certified to grand jury

        Charges against a Lynchburg man, accused of taking indecent liberties with a minor female student he taught at a music school, will go to a Bedford County grand jury.

        On Fri-day Dec. 19, Luis Roberto Mendez, 42, was arrested and charged with two counts of taking indecent liberty with a child. He has been held in the Bedford Adult Detention Center on no bond since his arrest.
        At  a  bond  hearing  appeal, Judge James Updike deemed him as a flight risk, denying Mendez bond.

  • Stabbing leads to 2 arrests

        An altercation Wednesday evening led to the stabbing of two women at a Bedford residence.
        The incident occurred Jan. 14 around 7:30 p.m. at a residence in the 1300 block of Lowry Street. According to Bedford Police Chief Todd Foreman, two women went onto the property at Lowry Street and the altercation occurred between the two teens and two men.