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Courts and Crime

  • Judge denies motions to suppress evidence in murder case

        Four motions to suppress evidence gathered by investigators against one of the five defendants charged with first  degree murder in the death of Lynchburg teenager Raymond Wood in March 2017 were denied Tuesday during a hearing in Bedford Circuit Court.
        Judge James Updike denied the four motions from Matthew Pack, the attorney of alleged MS-13 gang member Victor Arnoldo Rodas, 20, who is charged with first degree murder, robbery, abduction and gang participation.

  • Bedford has first murder of the year

    Investigators from the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) as well as other jurisdictions continue to investigate the first murder of 2018 in the county.
        BCSO investigators with the assistance of investigators from both the Lynchburg Police Department and Campbell County Sheriff’s Office worked through the weekend investigating the homicide.

  • ATF, firearms industry offer reward in Black Dog Sporting Goods burglary

        The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) have announced a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the burglary of Black Dog Sporting Goods in Bedford County. 
        ATF and the NSSF are each offering a reward of up to $2,500, for a total reward of $5,000 for information that leads to an arrest.

  • Alleged MS-13 gang members to have motions hearings

    Two of the five alleged MS-13 gang members charged with capital murder in the death of Raymond Wood in March, 2017, are scheduled to be in court this Tuesday on motions hearings related to their cases.
        Victor Arnoldo Rodas, 20, and Cristian Jose Sanchez Gomez both have hearings scheduled in Bedford Circuit Court. This will be the second hearing in two weeks for Rodas as Judge James Updike is expected to rule on two previous motions as well as hear arguments on two more motions.

  • Caregiver pleads guilty to using elderly woman’s credit cards

    A Bedford caregiver pleaded guilty to two felonies in Circuit Court Friday, admitting that she took a credit card from a patient and used it.
        Alicia Marie Webster  entered guilty pleas to credit card fraud and credit card larceny during Friday’s hearing. Sentencing has been set for Nov. 16 at 1:30 p.m.
        The charges stem from a 2017 investigation by the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office. Webster had been living with and serving as a caretaker for the elderly woman whose credit card was taken and used.

  • County man, out on bail, allowed to move back to his home

        A Bedford County man—facing five charges of possession of child pornography—will be allowed to move back into his home while out on bond.
        At a hearing Friday, Judge James Updike granted the request to allow Theodore Ohara Rainey Jr. to move back to his home, though he has a child living there. Prior to the ruling, Rainey had been living at the Roanoke Rescue Mission.

  • Father pleads guilty to locking his child up in her room, depriving her of food and abusing her

        The Bedford County man accused of abusing, assaulting and injuring a 14-year-old child told a Bedford Circuit Court judge he didn’t have anything to say after  pleading guilty Friday to four felony charges in the case.

        “I don’t want to say anything right now, sir,” he told the judge.
        Judge James Updike proceeded to find Wesley A. Keen, 48, guilty of  child abuse and neglect, abduction and two counts of unlawful wounding.

  • Woman accused of changing lease documents

        On March 8, the Bedford Police Department responded to the 400 block of Jackson Street to speak with a complainant about problems that she discovered with her lease documents. 

  • Man shot, then arrested for assault and battery

        Just after midnight last Wednesday, August 15, Bedford County 911 received a call from a resident at Shady Grove Drive.
        The caller stated that she had heard someone outside of her residence. She then called her father, who lives next door, and told him.
        According to a report from the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, when her father showed up, they both checked around the outside of the house. She said she found Jesse Carter hiding outside of the residence behind the air conditioning unit.

  • Woman guilty of child abduction, neglect

         Sherry Ruth Keen, 61, entered no contest pleas, in Bedford County Circuit Tuesday, to charges 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  on April 23.