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Today's News

  • Teen competent to stand trial

        A Bedford County teen has been found competent to stand trial for allegedly firing shots in his home and at several vehicles. A preliminary hearing date has been set for April 26 at 1:30 p.m.
        On Oct. 13, 2016, incidents led to the arrest of 18-year-old Daniel Jared Flint. He was initially charged with arson, malicious shooting of an occupied vehicle and attempted malicious shooting of an occupied vehicle. He was also later charged with possession of a firearm after being involuntarily committed to a mental hospital.

  • Former Army sergeant enters pleas

        A former sergeant in the US Army pleaded no contest Tuesday to six felony charges related to a relationship he had with a 14-year-old Bedford County girl.
        Angelo E. Paderes , 27, entered the pleas on four counts of computer solicitation, one count of carnal knowledge and one count of abduction. A sentencing hearing has been set for March 3 at 1:30 p.m. on the charges. The no contest pleas mean he agrees the commonwealth has enough evidence to convict him, while not admitting to the crimes.

  • Board opposes bill on broadband

        Monday night’s regular Bedford County Board of Supervisors meeting included a presentation by Brian McCrodden on the status of a potential Amtrak stop in Bedford.
        McCrodden was speaking on behalf of the local Rail Initiative group. The group, of which McCrodden is a member, includes  elected   officials   from Bedford, Bedford County and Franklin County, as well as staff from these localities.
        “We don’t think Amtrak is going to be a big player,” McCrodden said.

  • Man gets one day in jail to serve on child neglect charge

        A 39-year-old Bedford man will serve one day in jail for his conviction of felony child abuse and neglect.
        Thomas Edison Updike III entered a no contest plea to the charge stemming from a Nov. 2015 incident in which a juvenile was injured while he was driving an ATV.
        Updike received a five-year sentence for the felony conviction with all but the one day jail sentence suspended. He will be on supervised probation for one year and will need to have five years of good behavior.

  • Moving ahead

        The Bedford County School Board selected its chairman—Gary Hostutler—for the upcoming year, held a public hearing on the 2017-2018 budget and got a look from some Forest Middle School students at what it might take to get to Mars.

  • Hostutler to seek District 4 BOS seat

        Long-time Bedford County School Board member Gary Hostutler has thrown his hat in the ring for a seat on the Board of Supervisors.

        “I think it’s time for a change,” Hostutler said. “We need someone to move this county forward. We’re very stalled.”
        Hostutler announced this week that he would be seeking the District 4 seat in the November 2017 election. He plans to have his name on the ballot for the Republican primary for the seat on June 13.

  • Woman could face deportation after 3rd DUI arrest

        A 34-year-old Mexican woman, now living in Roanoke, could face deportation as the result of her felony DUI conviction in Bedford Circuit Court Tuesday morning.
        The conviction was her third DUI in five years—she has two convictions from 2015—and the felony conviction in Bedford involved her also transporting three juveniles at the time of the incident which led to her arrest.

  • Council sets new power cost adjustment

        Bedford Town Council adopted a new power cost adjustment (PCA) that will be used for calculating town electric bills starting Feb. 1.

  • Bedford remembers Martin Luther King Jr.

    By Brandi Mitchell
    Intern

        Martin Luther King Jr. Day, 2017.    
        A group of NAACP members and others from Bedford, gathered and marched from the Bedford County Courthouse to Washington Street Baptist Church Monday as part of the annual remembrance of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.. The procession was led by a group from Bedford County Public School’s ROTC.

  • Charges dismissed against Lloyd Welch’s relative

        Amy Ann Johnson, also known as Amy Ann Welch, won’t face any further prosecution over a misdemeanor charge of obstruction of justice stemming from her testimony to a grand jury looking into the murder of Sheila and Katherine Lyon.
        The two children were abducted from a shopping mall in Maryland in 1975 and allegedly were killed and brought to the county to have their bodies disposed of.