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Courts and Crime

  • Hearing on murder charge delayed until June

        A Bedford woman, charged with first-degree murder in the death of her 2-year-old son, will undergo a mental evaluation at Central State Hospital.

        Bedford County Commonwealth’s Attorney Randy Krantz called the evaluation—which was ordered during a hearing in Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court Monday—routine.
        Shana Marie Witt, 24 is accused of killing her son, Jordan Smith, on Feb. 27 at her Peaksview Lane residence in Bedford.

  • Meth labs are becoming a problem in Bedford County

        Last Monday, a call about a possible burglary led to the discovery of an alleged meth lab by investigators with the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Bedford man arrested in fatal accident with bicyclist

    A Bedford man has been charged with felony hit and run in connection with an accident that killed a bicyclist Friday evening on Va. 122

        Michael Wayne Jenkins, 26, of Bedford, was arrested  early Monday morning at his residence on Snowberry Hill. Jenkins is being held in the Blue Ridge Regional Jail with no bond.

  • Bedford man arrested for felony hit and run in fatal accident that killed bicyclist

    A Bedford man has been charged with felony hit and run in connection with an accident that killed a bicyclist Friday evening on Va. 122

    Michael Wayne Jenkins, 26, of Bedford, was arrested early Monday morning at his residence on Snowberry Hill. Jenkins is being held in the Blue Ridge Regional Jail with no bond.

  • CASAs help children caught up in court system

        According to Juvenile and Domestic Relations Judge Louis Harrison, CASA is a valuable asset in the cases he hears.

        CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocate. These trained volunteers are appointed by the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court to investigate and advocate for children in cases before the court where children are involved. They prepare a report, making a recommendation on what is best for the children, to help the judge make his decision.

  • NY man guilty of computer solicitation

        A New York man who exposed himself on a web cam to investigators on multiple occasions is facing up to 210 years in prison following his conviction in Bedford County Circuit Court on Friday.
        Charles Welsey Olmstead, 39, entered no contest pleas to seven felony charges of computer solicitation at the plea hearing.

  • Search warrant: Mother confessed

        The mother of a child found dead Feb. 27 at a Peaksview Lane residence admitted to smothering the 2-year-old to death, investigators stated in a search warrant connected to the case.
        In multiple search warrants filed by investigators with the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, the investigators stated that Shana Marie Witt, 24, confessed “that she suffocated the child with a large stuffed dog” located in the child’s bedroom.

  • Mother charged with murder in death of 2-year-old son

        Some cases are just more difficult than others. This one, involving the alleged murder of a 2-year-old child by his mother, is about as difficult as it gets, authorities said Friday.

        Such was the case for one investigator last week, who, after finishing his duties, called his grandson, because it had affected him so deeply.
        Shana Marie Witt, 24 of Bedford, has been charged with strangling her 2-year-old child to death.

  • Bedford woman accused of murdering her 2 year old son

    A 24-year-old Bedford woman has been charged with murdering her own 2-year-old child.

    On Thursday afternoon at 1:35 p.m., Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call from 1066 Peaksview Lane, Bedford. The caller , Michael Witt, 25, advised dispatchers that his son was unresponsive and not breathing.

  • Concussion evidence will be allowed at trial

        Expert testimony on the effect a concussion allegedly had on a Forest man’s behavior will be allowed at his hearing.
        Judge James Updike made that ruling last week at a motions hearing; Assistant Com-monwealth’s Attorney John Wheelock had filed a motion to exclude the testimony. Wheelock questioned whether a concussion qualifies as a mental defect or mental disease.
        Corey Bauer, 33, is charged with felonious assault on an officer.