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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

  • Judicial Watch files lawsuit in Bedford County

        Judicial Watch filed a lawsuit last week in Bedford County Circuit Court seeking to block Governor Terry McAuliffe’s executive order that restored the voting rights of 206,000 felons.
        The lawsuit was filed on behalf of five Bedford County residents who are registered voters and say that Gov. McAuliffe’s action is illegal and cancels out their votes with the votes of people who are not eligible to vote.
        Why did Judicial Watch file the suit here?

  • Body discovered at town’s hydro- electric plant on the James River

    According to John Wagner, the director of Bedford’s electric department, the operator of the town’s hydroelectric plant on the James River got a nasty surprise when he arrived at work at 7:30 a.m. on June 10.
        The Snowden plant has a debris rake, a grate that stops debris floating down the river from being sucked into the plant’s turbines. The operator noticed something unusual that morning and went over to check on it. He was horrified to discover a rotting corpse.

  • Woman injured in Jet ski explosion

        Smith Mountain Lake Marine Volunteer Fire Rescue, teamed with Bedford County Medics 14-8 and Company 8 were dispatched at 11:08 a.m. Tuesday morning to marker R26 for an operator whose jet ski explosion ejected the operator with injuries into Smith Mountain Lake.

        Smith Mountain Lake Marine Volunteer Fire Rescue Fireboat 11-6 & 11-8 were on scene in minutes, according to a release from the department.

  • Bower Center finishes upgrades

    Dr. John D. Bower and his partner of 40 years, Edna Curry, gifted the Bower Center for the Arts with $1 million for upgrades and expansion for the facility.
        That work is now complete and a ribbon cutting and grand reopening of the Bower Center has been set for June 30 at 3 p.m.
        Dr. Bower and his family will be here for the reopening, along with numerous local and state officials. The upgrades have ensured the Center’s legacy for years to come.

  • Riding for a cause

        A group of young adults riding bicycles across the country stopped for a lunch break in Moneta, Friday. The bicyclists are riding cross country. They started in Baltimore, Maryland, and are headed for San Francisco.