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  • Fire destroys South Street home in Bedford

    Bedford Fire Department units responded to 511 South Street for multiple reports of an explosion and a house on fire early this morning.

    The first engine arrived at 12:29 a.m. to find heavy fire showing from a two-story wood frame private dwelling. Two occupants were reported missing initially.

    After a primary and secondary search proved negative both of those occupants were located at a nearby house. Seven occupants in all were displaced; six adults and one child.

  • BPD lieutenant resigns after being named in ICAC investigation

    A recently promoted member of the Bedford Police Department has resigned after being named in an ongoing investigation of the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children's Task Force.

    Bedford Police Chief Todd Foreman confirmed Monday that Lt. Brian McAlexander had resigned. The 25-year veteran of the department had been promoted to lieutenant back in December. He first joined the department in 1989.

  • Blue Ridge man charged with second degree murder

    A Blue Ridge man has been charged with second degree murder following a shooting Sunday afternoon in Bedford County.

    At 4:20 p.m. Sunday May 10, Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call reporting a shooting at 961 Summit Ridge Drive, Blue Ridge. Bedford County deputies arrived on the scene at 4:38 p.m. and found a deceased white male lying in the driveway of the residence, according to a news release by the Bedford County Sheriff's Office.

  • Bedford County woman arrested for abduction, malicious wounding after posting ad on Craigslist for sex

    Last Wednesday, July 22, deputies with the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 5000 block of Old Country Road in Bedford in reference to an assault call.
    According to a news release from the Sheriff's Office, deputies spoke to a male victim who was suffering from numerous cuts and lacerations. The victim told the deputies that he had responded to a Craigslist.com ad offering sexual services by a subject identifying herself as “Trinity,” and he had arranged with her to meet at her residence in the 5000 block of Old Country Road.

  • Winter Storm Warning in Effect: Watch for updates

    SALEM DISTRICT:  ROAD CONDITIONS EXPECTED TO WORSEN AS SNOW CHANGES TO FREEZING RAIN THIS AFTERNOON

    Travel not advisable this afternoon and into the evening hours

  • Missing teen with autism found

    The search for Timothy Kilpatrick had a happy ending. He was found sleeping beside dog kennel at 8:30 this morning a half mile north of his home.

     

    According to Sheriff Mike Brown, a citizen heard his dogs barking and went out to investigate. He found the Kilpatrick sleeping beside the kennel. Citizens had been alerted to be on the lookout for anything unusual and the man who found him realized that this is the young man everybody was looking for.

  • Helping horses, helping people

    Brook Hill Farm has been in operation for 15 years.

        The non-profit rescues horses and provides a place where law enforcement can bring horses that have been confiscated because their former owners were abusing or neglecting them. The rescued horses have a job. They help rescue kids.
        “I was overwhelmed  with the passion I saw with the kids, with the horses, with the accomplishments of this team,” said Georgia Fauber, a volunteer, about her first visit to the farm.

  • First in the nation

    Bedford’s Moose Lodge has become the first Moose Lodge to have a dedicated parking space for combat wounded veterans.

        The Lodge has two spaces with the Purple Heart logo. The Purple Heart, America’s oldest medal, is awarded to servicemen who have been injured due to enemy action.
        “It means a lot to our membership,” commented District 6 Supervisor Andy Dooley, a member of the Lodge.

  • A piece of history

        A group of people in Montvale have gathered together to try to prevent the old Montvale Elementary School from being sold to the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT).

  • Tuesday morning accident has two fatalities

        Virginia State Police Senior Trooper B. P. Long is investigating a two-vehicle fatal crash which occurred on Stewartsville Road, three tenths of a mile east of Goodview Road.  The crash occurred at 6:04 a.m. Tuesday in Bedford County.
        A 1996 Ford Explorer was traveling west on Stewartsville Road when it ran off the roadway on the right side, over corrected, came back into the roadway crossing the center line and struck a Ford pick-up truck head-on, according to a news release from the VSP.