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Courts and Crime

  • Bedford man arrested for malicious wounding

    A 29-year-old Bedford man has been charged with malicious wounding following a stabbing early Tuesday morning.
        Bedford Police responded to a call at about 5 a.m., after learning from Bedford Memorial Hospital personnel that there was a man there with multiple stab wounds. The subsequent investigation led to the arrest of Christopher William Lantrip.

  • Hardy man faces attempted murder charge

        A Hardy man is facing an attempted second degree murder charge following an incident early Friday morning, May 27.
         Christopher W. Petersen, 29, has been  charged with attempted second degree murder; discharging a firearm in an occupied dwelling and assault and battery.
        Just after midnight on May 27 Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call to the 1100 block of Oyler Road in Hardy.

  • Former worker at BMS pleads guilty to soliciting a minor

        A Lynchburg man, working at Bedford Middle School as a day treatment counselor, has pleaded guilty to three charges of computer solicitation of a minor under the age of 15.
        On Tuesday, Cleveland Leroy Coaxum Jr., 27, of Lynchburg, entered the pleas in Bedford Circuit Court.
        He had been charged last summer with the three felonies involving the use of communications systems to facilitate certain offenses involving children.

  • Tax fraud scheme

        Two Bedford residents were sentenced to prison Tuesday for criminal offenses arising out of a four-year scheme to defraud the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Social Security Administration, announced Acting Assistant Attorney General Caroline D. Ciraolo and U.S. Attorney John P. Fishwick Jr. of the Western District of Virginia.

  • Two charged with firing gun in residence, child neglect

        An alleged argument at a Bedford residence has led to two people being charged with discharging a firearm in an occupied dwelling and felony child neglect.

  • Rotting corpse found in barrel

        On Saturday, April 30, Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call from a homeowner on Trapper Lane, off Stewartsville Road in the Stewartsville area of the county, who reported finding a barrel at their residence containing possible human remains.
        Bedford County sheriff’s deputies and investigators responded and determined the remains were human. The caller told the investigators that the barrel belonged to Robert Wozniak, according to Major Ricky Gardner of the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Jury finds mother guilty in death of her child

        Her ex-husband, Nathan Aponte, asked the jury to show Emily Aponte mercy as it went back to the jury room to decide on a sentence, having convicted her of involuntary manslaughter for causing the accident that took the life of their 6-year-old son, Ethan.

  • Woman indicted for 2nd degree murder

        A Bedford County grand jury has indicted a county woman for second degree murder in connection with the Oct. 1, 2015, shooting of her brother.
        Last Friday, the grand jury returned indictments against Vicky Thomas Clark, 54, for second degree murder and use of a firearm in commission of a felony. An August 2 trial date has been set.

  • Vinton man to serve six days for embezzling funds from Chamblissburg Rescue Squad

        Though mild-mannered and elderly, Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney John Wheelock felt it was important that Garry Hyatt Sutliffe, 72, not get out of his felony embezzlement charge without at least a little time to serve.

        On Friday Sutliffe, who had pleaded guilty in January to embezzling almost $1,000 from the  Chamblissburg First Aid and Rescue Squad funds, was sentenced to two years in prison with all but six days of that sentence suspended.

  • Monday to serve 12 years

        Arthur Franklin Monday dropped his jumpsuit and maintained his innocence during his sentencing hearing Friday in which Judge James Updike sentenced him to 12 years in prison on a forcible sodomy conviction.

        “I never touched those girls or forced myself on them in any way,” Monday told Judge Updike before sentencing was handed down. “I maintain my innocence.”