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Courts and Crime

  • 10 years later

        Ten years ago Heidi Childs and David Metzler visited Caldwell Fields in Montgomery County.
        Both were just weeks into their sophomore year at Virginia Tech when they headed there in David’s 1992 Toyota Camry that Wednesday night in 2009.  They hadn’t planned on staying long.
        But sometime between 8:25 and 10 p.m. the two Tech students were brutally murdered.

  • Crowder guilty of petty larceny

        A Bedford woman who faced 15 felony charges as the result of a Virginia State Police investigation involving finances at the Bedford Moose Lodge, was found guilty of three misdemeanor counts of petty larceny in the case.
        Patsy Brown Crowder, 77, was arrested in January and charged with five counts of grand larceny, five counts of forgery and five counts of uttering. The felony charges were dropped, as part of the agreement, and she was found guilty of three misdemeanor charges.

  • Roanoke man guilty of 2 counts of computer solicitation

        A 28-year-old Roanoke man was found guilty of two counts of computer solicitation in Bedford County Circuit Court on Tuesday, Aug. 20.
        Jordan Timothy Johnson entered Alford pleas to the charges that stemmed from an Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force case from last October.
        As part of the plea agreement, Johnson received a 10-year-sentence with all but 2 ½ years suspended. After his release he will be on supervised probation for four years.

  • Bedford man convicted of assaulting infant

    It was going to be a difficult case.

        That’s how Commonwealth’s Attorney Wes Nance described the child abuse and aggravated sexual battery case against 30-year-old Eldridge Lee Gibson of Bedford.
        “The age of this child shocks the conscience,” Nance said of the victim.
        In Bedford Circuit Court Tuesday, Gibson entered Alford pleas to the charges, meaning he maintained his innocence, but did admit that the Commonwealth had enough evidence for a conviction.

  • 86-year-old man pleads guilty to sex crimes against young girls

        An 86-year-old Bedford man pleaded guilty to three felony charges of aggravated sexual battery during a hearing in Bedford County Circuit Court Friday.
        Carl Ulric Wheeler entered his pleas to the charges which involve three different victims. The crimes took place between 1994 and 2015 involving girls who ranged in age from 5 years old to 13 years old.

  • Victim speakes out; hopes to help others

        After seeing the man who raped her admit in court that he was guilty of the crime, 22-year-old Kayla Cotten said she will never be able to totally forget what happened to her on the evening of July 5, 2018.

  • Caudill to spend 7 1/2 years in prison

    Editor’s note: Normally the Bulletin does not identify the victims of sexual crimes, but the victim in this case gave her approval to use her name.

        Calling a 45-second voicemail recording made       during the rape of a Forest woman “haunting,” Bedford  County Commonwealth’s Attorney Wes Nance noted that recording proved to be an important piece of evidence in getting the defendant to plead guilty to the charge during a hearing in Circuit Court Tuesday.

  • MS-13 gang member pleads guilty to helping in death of teen

        Another MS-13 gang member has pleaded guilty to playing a part in the death of 17-year-old Raymond Wood in March 2017.

        Wood was picked up at his home in Lynchburg and later killed in Bedford County on Roaring Run Road, suffering multiple stab wounds and trauma to his body.

  • BCSO investigating threat at SRHS

     

             On Tuesday, the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) was working with school officials at Staunton River High School (SRHS) on a possible threat at the school.

  • Former Liberty SRO pleads guilty to charge

    The former School Resource Office (SRO) at Liberty High School pleaded guilty last Friday to a misdemeanor charge of attempting to contribute to the delinquency of a minor.

        Daniel Clark, who was a corporal with the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) before resigning from the department last November, entered the plea during a closed hearing in Bedford Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court. The charge, however, will be dismissed if Clark follows through with a number of conditions placed by the J&DR judge.