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Local News

  • 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

  • At 74, vet seeks recognition for his fallen shipmates

        The Vietnam Memorial is incomplete, according to Del Francis.

        It’s missing the names of his 74 shipmates who died when their ship, USS Frank E. Evans (DD-754) sank. Although the Evans had deployed from the United States to provide Naval gunfire support for the troops fighting in the war, it was assigned to a joint exercise with Australian ships at the time and was determined to be not in the zone of combat at the time. That’s why the names were left off the wall.

  • Major Gardner reacts to Clinton picking Kaine as VP nominee

        When Hillary Clinton announced that US Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia was going to be her pick to run as vice president on the Democratic ticket, Major Ricky Gardner of the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office immediately thought of another name—Jens Soering.

        “I can’t think of Tim Kaine without thinking of Jens Soering,” stated Gardner, who was the lead investigator on the case against Soering. “Those two names are synonymous with me.”

  • She did Bedford proud!

        BeeJay Alexander continues to do Bedford proud.
        At this year’s Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest held on Coney Island in New York City, Alexander, a local native who now resides in Virginia Beach, competed in the event for the second straight year, setting a personal best in the process.

  • Active shooter training

        Area law enforcement from a variety of local departments spent much of Saturday training in active shooter scenarios—one at Bedford Elementary School and the other at the Army Reserve Center.

        “It was great training,” stated Major Ricky Gardner of the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office.
        Planning for the training has been going on for months and the departments hold such events once every three years or so.

  • Cop Camp exposes police, their work to area youth

        At a time when law enforcement has been criticized for not being in touch with the citizens it serves, Bedford’s annual Cop Camp is showcasing police work and local officers to some of this area’s most influential residents—its youth.

        Last week’s heat and humidity drained the adults working at  Cop Camp, but it didn’t slow the children down at all. Police officers and sheriff’s deputies made sure the kids stayed hydrated and the children had a great time.