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Courts and Crime

  • Lawsuit filed against county, Jones

    A $10 million lawsuit has been filed against Bedford County and its fire and rescue chief by the female victim of a case involving Larry Hawkins, a former paid paramedic with Bedford County Fire and Rescue who is now serving three years in prison for relationships he had with two 17-year-old girls.

  • Thaxton man denied bond on rape charge

        A Thaxton man, charged with rape and object sexual penetration, will remain in jail after having his appeal for bond denied July 2 in Bedford Circuit Court.
        Joshua Adam Caudill, 28, is facing the charges for an alleged July 5, 2018 incident. Caudill had sought the new request for bond after having a rape charge against him dropped in Campbell County last month. That incident was alleged to have occurred in 2017, with the alleged victim coming forward after Caudill had been charged with the rape charge in Bedford County.

  • Ford vs. Chevy suspect granted bond

        One of the victims who was shot during an altercation April 22 said she wanted the man charged with the shooting let out on bond.

        Another victim did not.
        The bond hearing appeal for Mark Edwin Turner, 56 of Bedford, was held July 2 in Bedford Circuit Court. Turner was given a $40,000 bond.

  • Bedford man guilty of assaulting infant

        A Bedford man, accused of sexually assaulting a 3-month-old infant will spend nine years in prison after entering an Alford plea to the charge of forcible sodomy July 2 in Bedford Circuit Court.

        Judge James Updike found Coleman Isaiah Ramsey guilty of the charge, sentencing him to 30 years in prison with 21 years of that sentence suspended, as part of the plea agreement made. Three other felony charges related to the case were dropped as part of that agreement.

  • BCSO seeks help in finding suspect in larcenies

       The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect involved in several recent larcenies in the Moneta area. 

  • Roanoke man gets 4-year sentence

        A Roanoke man will spend four years in prison after being convicted last Friday on four felonies in connection with a Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force investigation.
        Matt Stanley Perry pleaded no contest to one count of indecent liberties and three counts of computer solicitation for charges based on conversations he had with an undercover ICAC officer Dec. 5, 2017. The officer was posing as a 13-year-old girl.

  • Jury convicts former LU physics professor

        A former physics professor at Liberty University maintained his innocence through a two-day trial, telling a Bedford County jury that he was simply carrying on a fantasy conversation with someone he knew wasn’t an underage girl.

  • Bedford man enters Alford pleas in abduction case

    A Bedford man entered Alford pleas on three charges in Bedford County Circuit Court Friday in relation to an incident that occurred last September.
        Andrew D. Shrewsbury entered the pleas—which means he denies his guilt while acknowledging there is enough evidence to convict him—for a felony charge of abduction and two misdemeanor charges of assault and battery and brandishing a firearm.

  • Man to spend 39 months in prison on child porn convictions

        A  Lynchburg man will spend 39 months in prison following his convictions Friday on multiple child pornography charges.
        Christopher Bradley Thompson pleaded guilty to 11 felony charges of possessing child porn with one of those charges cited as a second or subsequent offense.

  • Hawkins to serve 3 years

        A former paid paramedic with Bedford County Fire and Rescue will spend three years in prison for relationships he had with two 17-year-old girls.

        Back in February Larry Scott Hawkins, 53, of Montvale pleaded guilty to one felony count of computer solicitation and one count of misdemeanor assault and battery. He entered the pleas in connection with a case that dates back to more than a year ago involving two girls who were 17 years old at the time of the offenses.