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Courts and Crime

  • Vinton man faces charges

        Theodore Moberg, 40, of Vinton was arrested Jan. 11 in connection with an ongoing investigation by the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children.

        Investigators from the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, with the assistance of the Bedford Police Department, arrested Moberg on charges of computer solicitation and indecent liberties with a minor.
        According to the sheriff’s office, this is an ongoing investigation and anyone with information on the case is asked to call ICAC at 434-534-9521.

  • Hawkins’ charges led county to conduct internal study

        Following the arrest of a paid paramedic with Bedford County Fire & Rescue and his subsequent placement on unpaid administrative leave, then Bedford County Administrator Carl Boggess requested an investigation be conducted to see if any other issues had occurred within that county department.

  • Man charged with assaulting infant denied bond

        A 27-year-old Bedford man, accused of sexually assaulting a 3-month-old infant, was denied bond during a hearing Friday in Bedford Circuit Court.
        Judge James Updike denied bond for Coleman Isaiah Ramsey, who is charged with four felonies including two counts of indecent liberties, one count of aggravated sexual battery and one count of forcible sodomy.
        He could face up to life in prison on the charges.

  • BCSO warns residents about scam

        The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) is alerting area residents to a scam.
        The department has received numerous calls from citizens who report they had received a message on their voice mail from a person identifying himself as Deputy Mike Denton with the Sheriff Office.

  • Sheriff's Office has holiday round-up

    Around Bedford this has become an annual holiday tradition.

  • Man from PA arrested as part of ICAC investigation

        A 46-year-old Pennsylvania man has been charged with seven counts of using a communication device to propose sex acts with a child less than 15 years old.
        According to a release from the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, Lawrence Wesley Henry Jr., of Normalville, Pennsylvania, was arrested on Dec. 14 in connection with an ongoing Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children (SOVA-ICAC) investigation.

  • Moneta woman sentenced on 22 felonies

        A 34-year-old Moneta woman will spend four years in prison for her conviction on 22 felonies.
        Tiffany Marie Leonard pleaded guilty  in June to 22 felonies—including forgery, burglary, petty larceny and credit card fraud—in Bedford County Circuit Court.
        The pleas related to two separate cases that occurred in October and November 2017. The victims included her parents as well as people she worked for as a caretaker.

  • BCSO seeks help to ID suspect in theft

        The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a shoplifting suspect.
        On Friday November 23, a black male wearing a red hoodie and believed to be in his 40s shoplifted several items from the Quick Mart located on Moneta Road. The suspect is believed to be traveling in a black Dodge Nitro.

  • 86 year old county man facing sexual battery charges

        An 86-year-old Huddleston man is facing three aggravated sexual battery charges.
        On October 22, the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office received a complaint of possible sex crimes. The investigation into the complaint revealed the alleged crimes occurred between 1994 and 2010.
        On December 4, Carl U. Wheeler, 86, of Huddleston was arrested and charged with three aggravated sexual battery charges. He is being held in the Blue Ridge Regional Jail in Bedford without bond.

  • Area begins to dig out from snowstorm