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Courts and Crime

  • 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.

  • Moneta woman facing embezzlement charges

    A Moneta woman was granted a $2,500 unsecured bond on three embezzlement charges.
        Danielle Beth Hager is facing one misdemeanor and two felony embezzlement charges.
        At a bond hearing Monday in General District Court, Judge Randy Krantz granted Hager the bond request. The offense dates are for earlier this month; she was arrested on the charges April 13.

  • Judge denies bond

        A Vinton man, facing 10 felony charges, remains in jail after having his bond request denied in General District Court April 11.
        On March 29, the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office with the assistance of Vinton Police Department, executed a search warrant at the residence of Dewey Edward Brown III on East Augusta Ave in Vinton.

  • Coleman Falls man faces 18 charges

        Facing a possible mandatory 95 years in prison, if convicted of all the crimes he is charged with, a 39-year-old Coleman Falls man will remain in prison having been denied bond Monday.

        At a hearing in General District Court, Judge Randy Krantz denied a request by Jason Vesely Marquis for bond.

  • Prosecuting team recognized for work

        A 40-year-old cold case united public safety workers in Bedford with their counterparts in Montgomery County, Maryland, as they spent three years working together to solve the case, culminating in the conviction of Lloyd Lee Welch Jr. for the 1975 murders of Katherine and Sheila Lyon.

  • Big Island man to serve six years on rape charge

        A Big Island man pleaded no contest March 30 to raping a victim under the age of 13.
        Ernest William Bondurant, 30, entered the plea in circuit court and was sentenced to 20 years in prison, with 14 years suspended. After being released he will have 10 years of supervised probation.
        The case dates back to 2007. At that time Bondurant was 19 years old.

  • Appomattox man faces embezzlement charges from Lynchburg Nissan

    An Appomattox man is facing eight felony embezzlement charges following a complaint that was filed by Lynchburg Nissan.
        According to the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, representatives with the car dealership filed a complaint on Feb. 6 advising they had found some possible fraudulent activity on one of their business credit cards.
        As the result of the investigation, Mike D. Smith Jr., a former employee, was charged with nine counts of embezzlement. Eight of those are felony charges, one is a misdemeanor.