Courts and Crime

  • Bedford woman guilty of embezzling money from grandchildren

        A 72-year-old Bedford woman pleaded guilty last week in Bedford Circuit Court to embezzling $100,000 from her grandchildren to fund her gambling habit.
        Frances Milazzo Ireland was sentenced to five years in prison, but all of that time was suspended per a plea agreement. She will have to serve three years of supervised probation.

  • Dog attacks two women

        The physical condition of a pit bull that bit two women, prior to that attack, is still under investigation.
        According to Major Ricky Gardner of the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, an animal control officer with the Sheriff’s Office had responded to a call of possible animal neglect prior to the attack at that residence.

  • Ford vs Chevy argument leads to shootin

    An argument over which make of truck is better—Ford or Chevy—has landed one man in jail and three in the hospital after a shooting Monday, April 22.

        After being charged and denied bond Monday in General District Court, Mark Edwin Turner, 56, is appealing that decision to Circuit Court this Friday at 1:30 p.m.
        According to Commonwealth’s Attorney Wes Nance, Turner had several people over to his Shepherd Lane residence for dinner. Those included his girlfriend, her adult son and her son’s girlfriend.

  • Incident in Moneta leads to arrest

        A 50-year-old man has been charged with sexually assaulting a woman at a residence on Little Creek Road in  Moneta.
        At 6:30 a.m., on Wednesday, April 17, Bedford County 911 received a call from Little Creek Road in Moneta. The caller stated that a female had come to her house and said she had been sexually assaulted, according to a news release from the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office. The caller also advised that the female appeared to have been beaten, the report stated.

  • Man charged with sexually assaulting woman in Moneta


             A 50-year-old man has been charged with sexually assaulting a woman at a residence on Little Creek Road in  Moneta.

  • BCSO seeking suspects in break-in

        The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office is requesting help locating suspects who allegedly broke into a county home.
        On Sunday at 8 p.m., Bedford County 911 received a call reporting suspicious activity in the area of Holiday Bob Court in Boonsboro.
        The caller stated  he witnessed a tan or gold Toyota Corolla parked in the area of Holiday Bob Court.

  • Bedford PD investigating incidents involving firearms

                The Bedford Police Department is investigating incidents that occurred Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, possibly involving men who were armed.

                According to a press release from the Bedford PD, o            n Wednesday, April 10,  at about 10 a.m., the Bedford Police Department responded to a disturbance in the 300 Block of E Franklin St.

  • Centra plans to fight against ‘meritless claims’

        A third-party investigation by Centra into allegations that its former Chief Executive Officer found that E.W. Tibbs Jr. did not engage in inappropriate sexual behavior with current or former Centra employees while employed with the hospital, Centra stated in a release last week.
        As a result, Centra will defend itself against the “meritless claims,” the statement added.

  • 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.