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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.

  • BCSO makes arrest in thefts of signs

        A county man has been charged with two counts of petit larceny for stealing campaign signs from private property.
        According to Sheriff Mike Brown, his office received several calls about campaign signs being stolen. They also got a call reporting a possible suspect and this led deputies to Samuel Edmund Coffey, 72, of Langford Mill Road. Brown said Coffey admitted to the theft of campaign signs and has been charged with two counts of petit larceny.

  • Yard signs go missing

        District 7 Supervisor Tammy Parker, who is seeking the Republican nomination for supervisor in the June 9 Republican primary, found her yard signs to be in great demand — from somebody who is stealing them.
        “I had a problem this weekend,” Parker said. “By Saturday afternoon they started going missing. By Sunday afternoon, the count was up to 12.”

  • Bedford Police Department officer, under investigation, resigns
  • Former Cash Advance employee guilty of identity theft

        A former employee of Cash Advance in Bedford will have to pay back $12,000 in restitution to the business, following her conviction on three counts of identify theft Friday in Bedford County Circuit Court.

        Helen Meador Moody was arrested in December 2014 on the charges and entered guilty pleas last October. On Friday she was sentenced to two years in prison with all of that time suspended. She will serve two years of supervised probation and have to make the restitution payments at no less than $100 per month beginning in April.

  • Vinton man guilty of abduction, malicious wounding

        Three months after abducting a Bedford County woman the first time, Willard Wayne Hale abducted the same woman again, causing numerous injuries to his victim.
        Hale, 31, now stands convicted of two abduction charges, a malicious wounding charge, a bad check charge and misdemeanor charges of resisting arrest and assault and battery. He could face up to 13 years in prison.

  • Bond hearing held Tuesday in former police officer’s child porn case

        Brian McAlexander, a former Bedford police officer, has been granted bond.
        McAlexander has been charged with distributing child pornography. He has been held in the Blue Ridge Regional Jail since his arrest on Feb. 5.
        McAlexander has been charged with one count of distribution of child pornography and five counts of distribution of child pornography, subsequent offense.

  • Bedford woman is thankful to be jailed

        Testimony in Circuit Court last Tuesday described  Rebecka Lynn Jones, 33, as being as much of a victim as she was a criminal. Jones faced sentencing after being found guilty of manufacturing methamphetamine.
        She had already spent six months in jail at the time of her sentencing and described being in jail as a lifesaving experience.
        “My prayers were answered by being put in jail,” she said.

  • County man allegedly shoots at officer

        A Bedford County man faces a number of charges following a pursuit in Bedford County last Tuesday, Jan. 19.
        An investigation conducted by the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Salem Field Office has resulted in George L. Chasson being charged with one felony count of attempted capital murder of a police officer and one felony count of shooting from an occupied vehicle.
        Chasson, 34, continues to be held without bond at the Bedford County Adult Detention Center.

  • Police arrest man after chase, shooting

        Officers with several law enforcement agencies participated in a search for a vehicle with a man suspected of having a gun Tuesday morning.

        The search ended when the suspect was brought into custody early Tuesday afternoon after being apprehended  near the intersection of Va. 122 and Dickerson Mill Road in Bedford.
        The Virginia State Police, Bedford County Sheriff’s Office and Bedford Police Department participated in the pursuit.