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Courts and Crime

  • 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.

  • Bedford teen won’t spend additional time in jail

        A Bedford teen, who previously pleaded guilty to four felonies Friday in connection with an October 2016 incident in which he stole a gun from his parents’ home and fired at several occupied vehicles, won’t spend any additional time in jail as a result of his sentence handed out Friday.

  • Moneta man arrested for mobile home burglaries

        On April 19 Bedford County Sheriff’s Office investigators arrested Travis L. Hall, 31, of Moneta. His arrest was the result of an ongoing investigation of burglaries in the Lake Haven Mobile Home Park.
        In early March, the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office started receiving calls from the owners of seasonal mobile homes reporting their homes had been burglarized and items missing. As of today, 12 mobile homes have been reported burglarized.

  • Couple faces child abuse charges

        Two people have been arrested following a welfare check conducted last Monday.
        On April 23 the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office assisted Bedford County Child Protective Services on the welfare check of a child on Sunnydale Court, Vinton.  While in the home investigators observed evidence of possible child abuse and the child was removed from the home, according to a release from the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office.