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Courts and Crime

  • ICAC investigation yields arrests

        The following subjects have been arrested in connection with an ongoing Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children investigation.
        Roman David Marshall, 25, of Salem, was arrested and charged on the following charges: one count solicitation of child pornography and three counts of use of a communications device to facilitate certain offenses involving children.
        Marshall is scheduled to have a preliminary hearing on the charges on Aug. 27 at 1:30 p.m.

  • BCSO makes arrests in assault case

        On June 6, a woman reported being allegedly kidnapped and assaulted by Christopher Walters and Bennie Dale Overstreet Jr, according to a report from the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office.
         The victim was admitted to RMH ICU due to her injuries.

  • Bowser guilty on child porn charges

        Last August 1, the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call in which an unknown man had been  found inside a Bedford County residence.

  • Judge will allow cameras in court at MS-13 trial

        News organizations will be able to have cameras in the courtroom at the capital murder trial of an alleged MS-13 gang member when it takes place.
        The first of five defendants charged in the case of the murder of 17-year-old Raymond Wood, whose body was found along Roaring Run Road in March 2017, is scheduled for September 11. On Tuesday, May 8, both Commonwealth’s Attorney Wes Nance and defense attorney Neil Horn argued against allowing still or video photography at the trial.

  • Judge denies bond

    The Bedford County man accused of abusing, assaulting and injuring a 13-year-old child will remain in jail without bond.
        Wesley A. Keen, 47, is charged with assault of a family member, malicious bodily injury, abuse and neglect of a child, causing serious injury, abduction by force by depriving of liberty and malicious wounding. He was in court Friday asking to be released on bond.

  • Man convicted of indecent liberties charges

        William Samuel Goad of Salem will spend three years in prison on two indecent liberties convictions.

        Goad, 55, pleaded no contest to the charges in Bedford Circuit Court Friday. The charges involved incidents that occurred last June.
        In all, Goad received an eight-year sentence, but five years of that sentence was suspended. Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Stephanie Ayers said during the investigation Goad admitted to being alone with the victim but not to touching her inappropriately.

  • Drug court to begin in Sept.

        Bedford County’s Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court received state approval for a family drug court on May 9.

        “It’s just a new docket,” explained Juvenile and Domestic Relations Judge Louis Harrison.
        It’s the same court with the same judge, but it’s a new approach. It involves teamwork with the Department of Social Services, Horizon Behavioral Health, CASA, law enforcement and the schools.

  • Trial delayed

        By Brian Funk
    Landmark News Service

    HILLSVILLE — A jury trial has been delayed for a man charged in connection with the death of a Carroll County deputy in 2017.
        Joseph Alan Lambert, 21, of Goodview, was being pursued by the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department in March 2017 when Deputy Curtis Bartlett answered fellow officers’ calls for help. He was on his way to join the pursuit when his patrol vehicle collided with a tractor-trailer at the Interstate 77-U.S 58 intersection.

  • Search warrant provides more details of Keens’ arrest

        A search warrant executed as part of the investigation into a couple facing multiple charges involving alleged child abuse reveals new details in the case.
        The search warrant included an attachment in which the investigator stated that the victim was allegedly locked in her bedroom, was deprived of food and water and had to urinate and defecate in her bedroom. The attachment also stated the victim was not attending school and was not being taught through homeschooling.

  • Clarke denied furlough request

        Vicky Thomas Clarke won’t be attending her son’s graduation.

        Clarke, convicted last December of voluntary manslaughter for shooting her brother in October 2015, is now spending five years in prison for that conviction. On Friday Clarke was in court asking Circuit Court Judge James Updike for a furlough to attend her son’s graduation on May 26.
        Judge Updike denied the request.