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Today's News

  • Johnson caught in Florida after being arrested

        Kasey Wayne Johnson is no longer on the run.
        Johnson, who escaped the custody of the Bedford Police Department Aug. 2, was arrested last Saturday in Florida.
         Johnson, a 6’1 160 lb. white male born in 1997 and resident of the town of Bedford, was taken into custody in Bay County, Florida.  When he was taken into custody he was charged with a larceny in Florida and held on fugitive charges from Virginia.

  • Local youth wins national honor

        Madison Martin has already accomplished a lot and she has big plans for the future.

        And she’s only 15.
        This summer Madison was named as the American Junior Paint Horse Association Youth Member of the Year. A rising sophomore at Jefferson Forest High School, she is also interested in politics and plans to start a Young Republicans Club at the school this year.
        One day, she plans to hold public office.

  • Police still looking for suspect

        Bedford Police continue to search for a suspect who fled from custody last Wednesday, after being allowed to step outside to smoke a cigarette.

        Last Wednesday, August 2, Kasey Wayne Johnson, a 6’1, 160 lb. white male, born in 1997 and resident of the town of Bedford, was at the police department in reference to larceny of a vehicle.

  • Former animal shelter worker sentenced for animal cruelty

        A former worker at the Bedford County Animal Shelter will spend 15 days in jail after having his charges of animal cruelty dropped to a misdemeanor.
        Bryan Thomas Skinnell, 45, of Bedford, was arrested Sept. 26 of last year on the charge following the investigation of a complaint that was filed in August 2016. Skinnell’s employment at the shelter was terminated after he was charged with harming the feral cat.
        On May 23, Skinnell pleaded no contest to the animal cruelty charge.

  • BCSO issues scam alert

        The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office has received numerous calls from citizens reporting suspicious telephone calls they had received.
        The callers advise that they had received calls from numbers showing County of Bedford, Commonwealth Attorney, Social Services and other public service departments on their caller ID. After answering the phone the person uses several different scam stories attempting to obtain their personal information.

  • Pure instinct

        Friday, July 14 had already been a busy day at the guard gate at Georgia-Pacific’s Big Island mill for Security Officers Lieutenant RJ Nowlin and Captain Danny Humphreys.

  • Big Otter bridge to be replaced

        A long-term project to replace the Big Otter River Bridge on Route 43—Peaks Road—will likely lead to single-lane traffic across the bridge for the next two years.

  • Moneta Park work day

        Thanks to a Lowe’s Hero’s grant, Moneta Park will get some upgrades.
        According to Wyatt Woody, the county’s director of parks and recreation, the Lowe’s grant consists of $1,800 worth of material. He’s scheduled a volunteer work day this Saturday to do the upgrades.
        The dugouts at the ball field will get covers.
        “There’s not a whole lot of shade out there on the ball fields,” Woody said.

  • Sixth person charged in thefts

        On Tuesday July 18, Bedford County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Donald H. Beverly for possession of stolen property.
        According to a report from the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, Beverly was found in possession of a Caterpillar Skid Steer that was reported stolen on June 22. Beverly, 39, of Rock Cliff Road was transported to the Bedford Adult Detention Center and released on bond.

  • More charges filed in dog shooting case

        A Goodview man who allegedly shot a neighbor’s dog after it had bitten his grandson— which led to him being charged with reckless handling of a firearm—has now also been charged with cruelty of an animal.
        In addition, further investigation led to charges against the owner of the dog.