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Courts and Crime

  • 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.

  • Thief takes knives from Terry's Country Store

        Thankfully this time, Bob Terry didn’t get hurt.

        Having survived a 2011 attack after closing up Terry’s Country Store one October evening, Terry, who was 81 years old then, continues two years later to man his shop on Dickerson Mill Road.
        In the 2011 attack, Terry was badly beaten and robbed. On Friday, though he lost some merchandise, Terry escaped injury.

  • $500,000 in fraud recovered

        For 18 months a Bedford County woman had been receiving financial assistance through two programs provided through the Department of Social Services.
        The woman, according to DSS fraud investigator Irene Maxey, had received both Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) funds for her and her three children. The woman claimed she and her husband, who was the manager of a car dealership in another locality, were separated and that he was no longer living in the home.

  • JF student facing charges

        A Jefferson Forest High School student is facing criminal charges—as well as severe school discipline—for allegedly making a bomb threat at the school last week.
        Last Thursday morning at 11:11 a.m. a student reported to a teacher that there was a threat written on a wall in the boys’ rest room. The school administration and the school resource officer were immediately made aware of the threat.

  • Bulletin update: All clear given af JFHS after bomb threat; school will resume as normal on Friday

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    This morning at 11:11 a.m. a student reported to a teacher that there was a threat written on a wall in the boys’ restroom. The school administration and the school resource officer were immediately made aware of the threat.

    The school was evacuated and then searched by law enforcement personnel and explosive K-9s from multiple jurisdictions. The students were dismissed early from school. There were no injuries.

  • Update: Lockdown lifted at Forest area schools that had been placed on lockdown

    The lockdown has been lifted for four Forest area schools—Jefferson Forest High School, Forest Elementary, Thomas Jefferson Elementary and Forest Middle School. The schools were placed had been placed on a Level 1 lockdown earlier this morning.

    The lockdown was apparently in response to a search for a suspect by the Bedford County Sheriff's Office, though school officials directed questions to the Sheriff's Office, which wasn't immediately available for comment.

  • Lovingston man arrested in abduction case of Alexis Murphy

    Commonwealth Attorney (CA) of Nelson County, Anthony Martin; Sheriff David Brooks, Nelson County, Virginia Sheriff's Office; Colonel Steven Flaherty, Virginia State Police; and Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Jeffrey Mazanec, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) announced Monday that Randy Allen Taylor was arrested Sunday and charged with abduction in the disappearance of Alexis Tiara Murphy.

    Taylor, 48, of Lovingston, was taken into custody Sunday without incident and remains in custody without bond, stated Martin.