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Courts and Crime

  • Man to spend 3 years in prison for break-ins

        A Bedford man who broke into the homes of three retired Bedford residents pleaded guilty Friday to six felony counts in connection with the break-ins.
        Adam Oldfield, 32, was arrested after he broke into the home of one of the residents who was home at the time. He had busted down the door, and when he was discovered in the kitchen by the resident at her home, Oldfield told her he was there looking for a job. Oldfield left and was later found by police which led them to connect him to some open breaking and entering cases in the area.

  • 3 women convicted in welfare fraud cases

        Three recent convictions in connection with welfare fraud charges have been registered in Bedford Circuit Court. Those cases include:

    Sabrina Farmer
        Sabrina Farmer, 36, of Bedford pleaded guilty and was convicted of the amended misdemeanor charge of making a false report to law enforcement in Bedford Circuit Court. She was originally charged with two felonies, one for welfare fraud and one for making a false application for assistance.

  • Man gets 12 months on child porn charges

        Jamey Otis Baker Jr. didn’t want to go to jail. He’d spent a little time there prior to receiving bond after his arrest in December 2012. He didn’t want to go back.
        But Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Wes Nance felt Baker’s crimes justified jail time. Bedford County Circuit Court Judge James Updike agreed, sentencing Baker to 12 months of active jail time of a 10-year sentence for the possession of child pornography.

  • Five arrests made in home invasion case

        On Sunday, March 6, 2011, at about 4 a.m. a resident of the 1000 block of Gum Street in Bedford contacted the Police Department and reported a robbery. After a lengthy investigation, five defendants in that case are now making their way through the court system.

  • NC man pleads guilty to exposing himself online

        A 48-year-old North Carolina man pleaded guilty Tuesday in Bedford County Circuit Court to exposing himself, via a web camera, to what he thought was a minor under the age of 15.

  • Killgo enters guilty plea

        The final of five defendants convicted of stealing and destroying a church Nativity scene last December pleaded guilty in Bedford County Circuit Court Friday and will spend 60 days in jail for the crime.

         John Morgan Killgo, 20, of Forest, received a 12 month sentence on misdemeanor convictions of destruction of property and petit larceny. Judge James Updike suspended all but two months of that sentence.

  • Route 43 crash being investigated

    The Virginia State Police is continuing its investigation into a traffic crash this morning that occurred around 8:20 am on Route 43 just north of Route 838 Bedford County. The investigation revealed that 2003 Chevrolet Tracker which was traveling northbound on Route 43 crossed the center line and struck a 2007 Ford Taurus which was traveling southbound head-on.

  • Man guilty of robbing his grandmother

        A Lynchburg man will spend five years in prison for robbing his step-grandmother. Blake Johnson, 20, pleaded guilty Tuesday morning in Bedford County Circuit Court to breaking and entering and grand larceny.

  • Woman pleads guilty to robbing family

        Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Wes Nance gives credit to Bedford Police Investigator Neil Baltzelle for making it possible to bring a robbery case to court. He attributes it to “good old fashioned investigative work.” According to Nance, Baltzelle never gave up on the case in spite of encountering multiple dead ends.
        “He’s the primary reason why we are at this point,” said Nance.

  • Classes resume at BSTC after bomb threat

    A written bomb threat lead to the evacuation of students and staff from Bedford Science and Technology Center Friday morning.

    The note was found around 10:15 a.m., according to Ryan Edwards, public relations coordinator with Bedford County Public Schools. The Bedford County Sheriff's Office brought in a bomb-sniffing dog and searched the entire building; the building was deemed safe and students and staff were allowed back into the building at noon. They had been evacuated to a field next to the school.