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Courts and Crime

  • Alford plea leads to conviction

        Patricia Jean Welch, 66, entered an Alford plea Tuesday to a charge of lying to a multi-jurisdictional grand jury investigating the case of two sisters who went missing in 1975 in Maryland.

        Welch was found guilty of the charge, but won’t spend any time in jail, receiving a two-year suspended sentence. She will have to pay a $1,000 fine and be on good behavior for five years.
        “We’re satisfied with the Alford plea,” stated Patricia Ann Welch, the daughter of Patricia Jean Welch.

  • Salem man pleads to porn charges

    A Salem man pleaded guilty to five counts of possession of child pornography, receiving a five-year prison sentence.
        William McKinley Hollie, 49, entered the pleas last Friday, Aug. 5, as part of a deal with the prosecution.

  • Man faces charges for soliciting 14-year-old girl

        A 26-year-old man, accused of soliciting a 14-year-old girl, has been indicted on the charges by a Bedford County grand jury.

        Angelo E. Paderes Sr., who is listed with a Bedford address on court records but was arrested in Georgia, is facing four counts of computer solicitation and one count of carnal knowledge. He was indicted on all of those counts by the grand jury.

  • Body in barrel case moves ahead to grand jury

        Charges against a Roanoke man, accused of putting his deceased grandmother in a steel barrel while living in Bedford County so he could continue to collect her social security checks, have been certified to the grand jury, following a preliminary hearing Monday in General District Court.

         Robert Andrew Wozniak, 48, has been charged with four counts of obtaining money by false pretenses and one count of disposing of a body with malicious intent to avoid detection.

  • Ruff pleads to rape charge

        A former Bedford resident pleaded guilty to one count of rape Tuesday morning in Bedford County Circuit Court.
        Roger Alfred Ruff, 71, faced three counts of the rape of a juvenile under the age of 13, but under the plea agreement two of the charges were not prosecuted. A sentencing hearing has been set for Oct. 14.

  • Cousin of Lloyd Welch speaks out about murder case

        Patricia Ann Welch, the cousin of the man charged in the 1975 killings of  two Maryland girls, wants people in this area to know what she believes about the case:

        • Her parents Richard Welch and Patricia Jean Welch were not involved; and
        • She believes her cousin, Lloyd Lee Welch Jr., is the person who abducted and murdered Sheila Lyon, 12, and her sister Katherine Lyon, 10, more than 40 years ago.

  • County man accused of attacking landlord with bat

        At 10:09 a.m. last Saturday. June 25, Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call in reference to an assault.
        The caller advised that he has a rental property on Homeplace Drive and went there to do some repairs. While there, the caller alleged he had been assaulted with a baseball bat by Kevin St. Clair, who is the son of the woman that rents the property. The caller advised he had a laceration on his arm and he returned to his home to call 911.

  • Former JF color guard instructor sentenced

        A 23-year-old North Carolina man was sentenced Friday to 16 months in jail for having an inappropriate relationship with a girl who was 14 years old.
        Kyler Reid Parker had been serving as a color guard instructor at Jefferson Forest High School when the relationship occurred. He pleaded guilty to charges of indecent liberties with a minor as a custodian and computer solicitation.

  • Judge increases Ware’s payments

        Earl Anthony Ware, a former Bedford County supervisor convicted on 12 counts of embezzlement and money laundering, has been ordered to begin paying more money towards the almost $300,000 in restitution he owes as a result of his convictions.
        Ware had entered no contest pleas in January of 2013 to his charges and. received an 11-year sentence for his 12 convictions. Judge James Updike suspended all but 12 months of that jail term. Another dozen charges were dropped as part of the plea agreement.

  • Montvale man charged with felony child neglect

        At 6:12 p.m. Saturday June 18, Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call from a motorist reporting that she had found a small child, 18 to 20 months old, on the side of Quarterwood Road in  Montvale.