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Courts and Crime

  • Lynchburg man will seek trial for taking knife to man’s throat

    Instead of entering a plea, the 37-year-old Lynchburg man, accused of cutting a man across his face and neck last September, is now planning to seek a jury trial, scheduled for March 29.
        Michael Dale Fitzgerald was in court last Friday afternoon for what was originally scheduled as a plea, but turned into a motions hearing to have the trial date set. Fitzgerald was arrested Sept. 28 for the alleged attack which had occurred Sept. 23.

  • 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.

  • WDBJ releases statement on employment history of shooter; Reporter and photographer killed during live interview; gunmen dies after shooting himself

     

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    Statement of Jeffrey Marks, president and general manager, WDBY Television Inc. on employment of Vester Flanagan at the station

     

     

    Vester Flanagan was employed by WDBJ7 as a reporter between March 2012 and February 2013. Flanagan applied for the position using the air name of Bryce Williams. As part of WDBJ's standard protocol his background check resulted in positive references.

  • 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.