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  • Eight alleged MS-13 members charged; allegations include murder of teen in Bedford County

    A federal grand jury returned an indictment on September 27 and it was unsealed Wednesday. The indictment charges the defendants in connection with a conspiracy to participate in a racketeering enterprise known as the La Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13. The indictments include charges associated with the death of a Lynchburg teen who was killed in Bedford County.

    Those indicted include:

    Carlos Roberto Tejada Cruz, a/k/a “Krusty,” age 20, of Beltsville, Maryland;

  • SALEM DISTRICT: Snow arrives in Bedford area; VDOT, VSP urge caution

    Morning snow showers have started to fall through southwest Virginia and road conditions may continue to change and impact drivers over the next few hours. Virginia Department of Transportation crews have been attending to roads throughout the night and will continue to monitor and address road conditions today.

  • BCSO seeks info on suspect in shoplifting case

     

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    The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a white man who shoplifted a bottle of alcohol from the ABC Store located in the Graves Mill Shopping Center on January 24, 2018.

  • Run to benefit YMCA program is Sat.

        The annual Blossom to Bottle run will take place at Johnson’s Orchard Saturday, starting at 5 p.m.

        This year’s event as a new feature. It will still have its 5K course, but a new 3K route has been added.
        “You can run or walk,” said Nancy Johnson.

  • Friends of Blue Ridge Parkway looks for volunteers

        The Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway Peaks chapter is looking for some helping hands.

  • Reserve Center named for fallen vets

        Bedford’s Army Reserve Center officially has a name now.

  • They split a cool million

    It was a few days after the winning numbers were announced in Virginia’s New Year’s Millionaire Raffle, and Rick Manley was at the Speedy Mart at 514-B Blue Ridge Avenue in Bedford.

     

    He spotted a sign in the store proclaiming that one of the $1 million top prize tickets had been bought there. So he offered his congratulations to the store owner.

    “He said, ‘Was it you?’” Manley recalled. “I said, ‘I doubt it.’”

  • Army Reserve Center to honor local vets

        The Army Reserve Center, located on U. S. 460, just west of Bedford, will get an official name Saturday. It will be named in honor of Tucker Oliver and Elmer Nance. Oliver and Nance are two local men who were killed in Vietnam. Nance was the uncle of Commonwealth’s Attorney Wes Nance.

  • Update: Crash claims the life of Bedford Co. teen

    Bedford County Public Schools Public Relations Coordinator Ryan Edwards released the following statement:
    "It is with tremendous sorrow that we confirm and mourn the death of Victoria Diehl, 10th grade student at Staunton River High School, in yesterday's vehicle crash in Campbell County. Victoria was an outstanding young lady and proud Golden Eagle. Our condolences and deepest sympathy go out to Victoria's family and friends.
    In addition, Edwards stated that counselors will be on-hand at the school when classes resume next week for all grieving students and staff.

  • Vinton man faces 10 charges including child porn charges

    On March 29, the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office with the assistance of Vinton Police Department, executed a search warrant at the residence of Dewey Brown on East Augusta Ave in Vinton VA.
    The search warrant was part of an ongoing investigation by the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Approximately 15 items of evidence were seized as a part of the search warrant.