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  • Card game robbery yields 23-year sentence

    A 23-year-old Goode man will spend the next half of his life in prison, following sentencing for robbing a card game in Bedford in March 2007.

    Tyrell Donshey Spinner, 23, had pleaded guilty earlier this year to robbing 11 people at a Liberty Apartments residence and using a firearm when committing those crimes. Spinner received a 20 year sentence on 11 robbery charges, a shooting into an occupied dwelling charge and a charge of burglary with intent to rob. He received a 23-year sentence on five firearms charges, all which carry mandatory sentences.

  • Planning commission approves car wash

    Bedford County's planning commission decided to approve a master plan revision for Thomas Jefferson Crossing.

    The entire development, located off U. S. 221 in Forest,was rezoned PD-1 three years ago. The developer wants a change in the permitted uses for the commercial area of the development to include a car wash and automobile rental/leasing.

  • D-Day Memorial dedicates chapel site

    The National D-Day Memorial consecrated a site for field chapel services, Monday on the Feast of St. Michael and All Angels, using a liturgy from the 1940 Service and Song Book for Soldiers and Sailors.

    This service had a familiar quality to people familiar with Anglican worship forms. Dr. William McIntosh, the D-Day Memorial Foundation's director, said that this World War II service book derived a great deal from Episcopalian liturgy.

  • Tax measure passes

    Bedford County's supervisors voted last week to accept a plan to eliminate personal property tax decals.

    The measure passed unanimously although two supervisors, District 2 Supervisor Chuck Neudorfer and District 3 Supervisor Roger Cheek had reservations about it. Board Chairman Steve Arrrington and District 6 Supervisor Annie Pollard were absent.

  • Big Island man receives 45 year sentence

    A Big Island man will spend the next 45 years in prison for sodomizing six children, some younger than 6 years old.

    Gregory D. Burton, 36, was sentenced in Bedford County Circuit Court Tuesday morning for 13 counts of forcible sodomy and one count of aggravated sexual battery. Burton had entered Alford pleas on the charges this summer. An Alford plea, which carries the same effect as a guilty plea, meant Burton didn't admit his guilt, but felt the plea was in his best interest.

    He continued to maintain his innocence at Tuesday's sentencing hearing.

  • Big Island student diagnosed with MRSA

    Bedford County Public Schools had its first confirmed case of MRSA this year, according to Ryan Edwards, the school division's spokesman.

    Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus is a stain of Staphylococcus aureus, a common type of bacteria, that has developed a resistance to a large family of antibiotics that includes methicillin and penicillin. It is, however, treatable by other types of antibiotics.

  • Flash drive taken to school leads to child porn convictions

    A flash drive that was plugged into a computer at Liberty High School has led to a conviction of possession of child pornography against a Bedford man.

    David Shannon Caldwell, 24, pleaded guilty in Bedford County Circuit Court on Tuesday to six counts of possessing child pornography. The charges stem from an incident in May 2007 in which a student at LHS gave a school secretary a flash drive to run off a school assignment. According to the charges, when the secretary plugged the flash drive into her computer, pornographic images appeared.

  • The Ghosts of Avenel?

    Avenel is an antebellum plantation house has stood since 1838. Sue Soreno of Ghostec believes that some of its former residents may have left something behind, something of themselves.

    Ghostec, which Soreno and a few others formed three years ago, investigates paranormal activity — ghosts. She believes a ghost is what is left after a person's body dies — a field of energy, collected in one place, that contains the person's personality.

  • Warner stops by Bedford on campaign trail

    Former Governor Mark Warner, who is seeking the seat of retiring Senator John Warner (no relation), believes that the House's failure to pass a financial rescue package, Monday, will have an impact that goes beyond Wall Street.

    “It was an embarrassment yesterday,” said Warner, who had stopped by Centerfest on Saturday, during a follow-up phone interview, Tuesday.

  • Charges reduced, Bedford man receives probation

    A Bedford man, who had entered no contest pleas in Bedford County Circuit Court in February to charges that he solicited sex from a minor he believed to be a 13-year-old girl, received probation after the charges were reduced during a sentencing hearing Tuesday.