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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Salem man pleads to porn charges

    A Salem man pleaded guilty to five counts of possession of child pornography, receiving a five-year prison sentence.
        William McKinley Hollie, 49, entered the pleas last Friday, Aug. 5, as part of a deal with the prosecution.

  • Plans for Bedford County Fair expanded for this year

        The Bedford County Fair is coming back for a four-day run starting on Sept. 1.

        According to Joy Powers, superintendent of the fair and chairman of the fair board of directors, last year’s fair, the first in 40 years, exceeded expectations with turnout double what they had anticipated.
        “We were hoping for 7,000,” she said. “We ended up with over 14,500 people.”

  • Missing autistic teen found
  • Pilot programs added

        A report of mixed results from the first year of a pilot program on personalized learning came as no surprise to Bedford County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Douglas Schuch.
        “The report for the school board (last month) was the public side of it,” Dr. Schuch said this week. “We’ve been monitoring the progress for really the past year.”

  • Everette Road bridge to be repaired this month

        A bridge that carries Everett Road (Va. 622) over Norfolk & Western Railroad tracks is currently closed but, according to Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) spokesman Jason Bond, should reopen by the end of the month after repairs are completed.

  • Ruff pleads to rape charge

        A former Bedford resident pleaded guilty to one count of rape Tuesday morning in Bedford County Circuit Court.
        Roger Alfred Ruff, 71, faced three counts of the rape of a juvenile under the age of 13, but under the plea agreement two of the charges were not prosecuted. A sentencing hearing has been set for Oct. 14.