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Courts and Crime

  • Hernandez scheduled for plea

        Originally facing a jury trial set for this week in connection with the killing of 17-year-old Raymond Wood in March 2017, Juan Martin Hernandez is now scheduled for a plea on Aug. 16, 1:30 p.m. in Bedford Circuit Court.
        Hernandez made a quick appearance in Circuit Court Tuesday as another jury trial was in recess.  At that time Hernandez’s attorney requested a continuance on his motion.  The continuance was granted by the court and the case was reset for August 16. 

  • Lawsuit alleges sexual misconduct by former Centra CEO

     

                A Lynchburg woman and former Centra employee has filed a $10 million lawsuit against Centra Health Inc. and its former Chief Executive Officer E.W. Tibbs, alleging sexual misconduct on the part of Tibbs.

  • Whitehurst files federal lawsuit against school board, school superintendent

     

                Having filed charges against Bedford County Public Schools with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) alleging that she was the victim of discrimination on account of her sex, Dr. Cherie Whitehurst has taken the issue to the next level, filing a federal lawsuit against the Bedford County School Board and Superintendent Dr. Douglas Schuch.

  • Danville man convicted for Bedford robbery

         A Danville man was convicted last week following a three-day jury trial of committing seven robberies and other charges related to numerous armed robberies of businesses in Danville, Bedford and Rocky Mount, Virginia and in Prospect Hill, North Carolina.
        United States Attorney Thomas T. Cullen made the announcement as part of the Western District of Virginia’s ongoing Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) initiative to reduce violent crime.

  • Indiana man pleads guilty to forging counterfeit bills

        A 20-year-old man from Indiana, caught passing fake $100 bills in this county, pleaded guilty Feb. 15 to five counts of forgery of counterfeit currency.
        Ronzay Tavon Buckner entered the pleas in Bedford Circuit Court receiving a three year suspended sentence. Buckner will have to serve two years of supervised probation and be on three years of good behavior.

  • Sherry Keen will serve five years in prison

     Sherry Ruth Keen, 61, will spend five years in prison for her convictions of felony child neglect and abduction.
        The charges resulted from what authorities found when the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office assisted Bedford County Child Protective Services on the welfare check of a young child on Sunnydale Court in Bedford County last April 23.
        In all, Sherry Keen received a 15 year sentence, with 10 years suspended.

  • Hawkins enters pleas in computer solicitation case

     

    A former paid paramedic with Bedford County Fire and Rescue pleaded no contest in Bedford Circuit Court Tuesday to one felony count of computer solicitation and one count of misdemeanor assault and battery.

                Larry Scott Hawkins, 53, of Montvale entered the pleas in connection with a case that dates back to just over a year ago involving two girls who were 17 years old at the time of the offenses.

  • Rodas to serve 55 years in prison

     

    Friday’s sentencing hearing was the tale of two mothers.

  • Student arrested for taking loaded gun to school

        A 12-year-old student at Forest Middle School has been arrested for taking a loaded handgun to school.
        Last Wednesday morning, Feb. 6, a Bedford County Sheriff’s School Resource Officer received a complaint from an assistant principal at Forest Middle School.
        The principal advised the SRO that he had received information from a fellow student of a possible gun being on school property. After receiving the information, the principal reported that he checked a locker and found a small caliber hand gun.

  • Roanoke man to spend six years in prison for computer solicitation

        A Roanoke man will spend six years in prison for four counts of computer solicitation convictions.
        At a sentencing hearing Friday, Judge James Updike sentenced Robert Ryan Terry to 16 years in prison with 10 years of that sentence suspended.
        Commonwealth’s Attorney Wes Nance had argued that a prior conviction Terry had in 2008 when he was 18 should factor in to his sentencing.