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Courts and Crime

  • 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.

  • Charges against robbery suspects go to grand jury

        Four defendants facing charges related to an armed robbery at the Road Side Market convenience store in Montvale will all have their charges go before a Bedford grand jury in September.

  • Former Liberty High SRO faces charge

        The former School Resource Office (SRO) at Liberty High School is facing 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), was charged last week, according to Henry County Commonwealth’s Attorney Andrew Nester. Nester is serving as the special prosecutor on the case that was investigated by the Virginia State Police.

  • 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.

  • LAWYER: ATTACKS ARE ‘REPUTATIONAL TERRORISM’

    By Tom Wilmoth
    Editor
    news@bedfordbulletin.com

        The attorney representing a Bedford County  woman who has spent the last 10 years serving as a missionary in Uganda says the social media attacks against her are “reputational terrorism.”