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Courts and Crime

  • Craig lawsuit

        Just prior to going to trial this week an agreement was reached in the lawsuit filed in federal court by former County Director of Tourism Gerald Craig, who alleged his constitutional rights were violated when he was removed from the position.
        Craig filed the lawsuit in 2017 seeking $3 million in damages. Defendants named in the lawsuit included Bedford County, County Administrator Carl Boggess and supervisors Curry Martin, Bill Thomasson and Steve Wilkerson. Martin and Wilkerson no longer serve on the board.

  • Police looking for man accused of assaulting woman

    On Wednesday, July 11, the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office received a call from Bedford Memorial Hospital advising a woman was being treated in their emergency room. 

  • Moneta man indicted, arrested

        On October 6, 2017, Bedford County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a possible abuse case involving a child.
        After investigating the complaint Sheriff’s investigators arrested Tony Stewart Phillips of Moneta on October 31, 2017, and charged him with taking indecent liberties with a child. 

  • Judge denies bond in abduction case

        A Big Island man—facing charges of malicious wounding, abduction and strangulation—will remain in jail following a ruling during a bond hearing Friday.

        Judge James Updike denied bond to Christopher D. Walters, who is facing charges from an incident alleged to have occurred June 6.
        On June 6, a woman reported being kidnapped and assaulted by Walters and Bennie Dale Overstreet Jr, according to a report from the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Bedford man sentenced for stabbing incident

        Crediting the testimony of the defendant’s victim, Bedford County Circuit Court Judge James Updike lowered the amount of time he planned to sentence a Bedford man to serve in prison.

        Still, Dewayne Eric Simmons, 35, will spend two years of a seven-year sentence in the penitentiary, having previously pleaded guilty to abduction and malicious wounding charges.

  • Moneta woman pleads guilty to 22 felonies

        A 34-year-old Moneta woman pleaded guilty to 22 felonies—including forgery, burglary, petty larceny and credit card fraud—Friday in Bedford County Circuit Court.

        Tiffany Marie Leonard entered the pleas, related to two separate cases that occurred last October and November. The victims included her parents as well as people she worked for as a caretaker.

  • Scam alert

    The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office is warning citizens of a telephone scam.

  • Charges certified in Big Island robbery case

        Four defendants charged in the robbery of a Big Island gun shop owner last December had charges certified Monday to the next meeting of the Bedford grand jury.
        On Monday in a series of hearings held in General District Court, Judge Randy Krantz certified a number of charges against the four defendants in the case.

  • 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.