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Today's News

  • Former Bedford Police officer to serve 5 years

        Brian McAlexander completed his fall from police lieutenant to convicted felon Tuesday morning in Bedford County Circuit Court.

        According to a plea agreement between McAlexander and Virginia Assistant Attorney General Samuel Gene Fishel, McAlexander pleaded guilty to one charge of distributing child pornography.
        Four other child porn charges were not prosecuted as part of the agreement. Though the charges weren’t prosecuted, the defendant could later be re-indicted on the same charge.

  • Arson charges

        An ongoing dispute between some Bedford residents has led to multiple charges being filed in connection with a fight and a fire being set.
        The most recent charges came Aug. 8 when a call was made about a structure fire in the 200 block of Mill Street.
        According to a report from the Bedford Police Department, property under the house was damaged and part of the residence was damaged. 

  • BCSO: Major drug bust takes ‘dealer off the streets’

        Last Tuesday August 16, investigators from the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office Vice Unit, assisted by the Bedford Police Department, executed a search warrant for 912 Grand Arbre Dr. in the town of Bedford. The search warrant was in reference to the alleged distribution and sale of cocaine from the residence.

  • Moneta man faces rape, forcible sodomy charges

        Charges against a 43-year-old Moneta man for having sex with a woman without her consent have been certified to a Bedford grand jury.
        Judge Stephanie Maddox certified two felony charges—rape of a helpless victim and forcible sodomy of a helpless victim— and one misdemeanor charge of sexual battery, against Christopher Morgan Pannell.

  • Local youth recognized for their effort to improve the community

        Boys with a Dream was recognized at a lunch at the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, Thursday.
        “All we thought they were doing was playing basketball,” commented Robert Carson, president of the Bedford chapter of the NAACP.

  • Alford plea leads to conviction

        Patricia Jean Welch, 66, entered an Alford plea Tuesday to a charge of lying to a multi-jurisdictional grand jury investigating the case of two sisters who went missing in 1975 in Maryland.

        Welch was found guilty of the charge, but won’t spend any time in jail, receiving a two-year suspended sentence. She will have to pay a $1,000 fine and be on good behavior for five years.
        “We’re satisfied with the Alford plea,” stated Patricia Ann Welch, the daughter of Patricia Jean Welch.

  • More details emerge in solicitation, abduction case

        More details of the case against a 26-year-old man charged with soliciting a relationship with a 14-year-old Bedford County girl came to light last Wednesday during a preliminary hearing on an abduction by force charge.
        Already indicted on four counts of computer solicitation and one count of carnal knowledge, the additional abduction charge against Angelo  E. Paderes Sr., has now been certified to the grand jury after Judge Joseph Serkes found there was sufficient evidence to send the case on to the grand jury.

  • Grace House protests proposed zoning change

        The public comment portion of Bedford Town Council rarely has speakers, but last week’s Council meeting was an exception.
        The Rev. Joshua Ball, pastor of Grace Ministries, is worried that new language being added to the town’s zoning ordinance to permit emergency homeless shelters in business areas will actually hurt the homeless shelter  he operates. He and several of the residents came to speak about the shelter’s importance.

  • Body in barrel case moves ahead to grand jury

        Charges against a Roanoke man, accused of putting his deceased grandmother in a steel barrel while living in Bedford County so he could continue to collect her social security checks, have been certified to the grand jury, following a preliminary hearing Monday in General District Court.

         Robert Andrew Wozniak, 48, has been charged with four counts of obtaining money by false pretenses and one count of disposing of a body with malicious intent to avoid detection.

  • Man faces charges for soliciting 14-year-old girl

        A 26-year-old man, accused of soliciting a 14-year-old girl, has been indicted on the charges by a Bedford County grand jury.

        Angelo E. Paderes Sr., who is listed with a Bedford address on court records but was arrested in Georgia, is facing four counts of computer solicitation and one count of carnal knowledge. He was indicted on all of those counts by the grand jury.