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Courts and Crime

  • Thefts at Walmart

        Charges were certified to an upcoming Bedford grand jury for suspects in two thefts at Walmart last October.
        Joseph Chad Martin, 30 of Glade Hill, had two grand larceny charges and one charge of felony property damage certified to the grand jury from General District Court on March 25.
        Justin Michael Stacey, 28 of Roanoke, had two grand larceny charges and a destruction of property charge of greater than $1,000 certified to the grand jury.
        The two were arrested in December.

  • Bedford couple faces multiple charges of neglect of animals

        While serving an eviction notice, deputies with the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office found conditions at the rented home that led to multiple charges involving failing to take care of animals in that home.
        On Wednesday, February 13, Bedford County deputies executed the eviction notice in the 1800 block of Preston Mill Rd, Huddleston, the rented home of Donovan and Brooke Blair. Both of the Blairs are facing charges in connection with the case.

  • Hale had nursing license suspended

        The woman who filed a $10 million lawsuit against Centra and its former CEO E. W. Tibbs, was fired from a nursing job at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital in January 2018 and later had  her  nursing license suspended by the Virginia Board of Nursing.
        Stephanie A. Hale, and LPN, was licensed to practice nursing in Virginia in 2009, but while working at Carilion last January showed up for work appearing to be “impaired,” according to the allegations that were brought against her.

  • Whitehurst files lawsuit

        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.

  • Woman files lawsuit against Centra, Tibbs

        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.

        Stephanie Ann Hale filed the 11-page lawsuit in Lynchburg Circuit Court Monday. Centra has started an internal investigation into the allegations and sent a letter out to its employees last Tuesday concerning that review.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.