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Courts and Crime

  • 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.

  • Hawkins to spend three years in prison

     

    (For the full story on Friday’s hearing see the June 5 edition of the Bulletin)

     

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

  • Arrests made in Montvale armed robbery

        On Wednesday evening May 22, Bedford County Sheriff’s investigators arrested four individuals in connection with Monday evening’s armed robbery of the Road Side Market on May 20.
        Investigators arrested and charged Kolin Minnick, 18, of Bedford and James Dallas Stewart, 18, of Lynchburg with robbing Road Side Market and the use of a firearm in the robbery.   Destiny  Meador, 19, of Montvale and Amber Mawyer, 19, of Lynchburg were arrested and charged with being accessories in the robbery of Road Side Market.

  • Two suspects sought

        The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) is searching for two suspects involved in an armed robbery Monday.

        At 9:16 p.m. Monday evening May 20, Bedford County 911 received a call from Road Side Market in Montvale.
        According to Major Ricky Gardner of the BCSO, the caller stated that two heavyset white men with masks covering their faces entered the store and one had a shotgun. The caller said the men took cash and cigarettes.

  • Four arrested in connection with Montvale armed robbery

                On Wednesday evening May 22, Bedford County Sheriff’s investigators arrested four individuals in connection with Monday evening’s armed robbery of the Road Side Market on May 20.

  • Man pleads in DWI case

        A Goodview man, charged with Driving While Intoxicated as a fourth offense in 10 years, pleaded guilty May 7 in Bedford Circuit Court to an amended charge of DWI, 3rd/ subsequent offense.
        Tony Montgomery Borden, 36, was spotted driving in a reckless fashion in the Hardy Road area by a law enforcement officer and then wrecked his vehicle, according to Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney John Wheelock.

  • Huddleston man sentenced for cattle thefts

        A Huddleston man will spend two years in prison for stealing more than 300 head of cattle.
        Brian William Bays was sentenced on the grand larceny of cattle conviction April 23 in Bedford Circuit Court. Bays, 35, received a 10-year sentence with eight of those years suspended. Bays was also ordered to pay $162,650  in restitution to the owner of the cattle, Troy Rice.