Courts and Crime

  • Local authorities help with MS-13 cases in NY, MD

        Bedford County Commonwealth’s Attorney Wes Nance, and an investigator with the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, participated last Thursday in a news conference held at Mineola, New York, concerning the indictments of 17 alleged members and associates of the MS-13 (Mara Salvatrucha) gang.
        The grand jury indictments include various charges of murder, conspiracy to commit murder and drug trafficking in New York and nationally. All 17 of the defendants face up to 25 years to life in prison if convicted on their top charges.

  • Police chase, apprehend suspect

        A 42-year-old Bedford man is in custody following a high-speed chase that began in Bedford County and ended at a residence on Otey Street on Saturday.
        According to Bedford Police Chief Todd Foreman, Michael Shawn Parker faces multiple charges following the pursuit which began on Woods Road in the county, went to Big Island Highway and concluded in the town.
        Bedford Police, with guns drawn, surrounded the vehicle at the Otey Street residence, but no shots were fired, according to Foreman.

  • 3 suspects arrested for robbery in Big Island

        On December 23, 2017, Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call from a residence on Marcus Trail in Big Island.
         According to a report from the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, the caller said three black males had come into his house and robbed him. The caller said he wasn’t hurt and the suspects took several guns and cash.

  • Charges certified against suspect who fled custody

        Charges against a Bedford man who fled to Florida after escaping police custody in August were certified to a Bedford grand jury in action Monday in General District Court.

        On August 2 of last year, Kasey Wayne Johnson, 20, was at the Bedford Police Department in reference to larceny of a vehicle.  Johnson was placed in handcuffs and was being prepared to be transported to the Magistrate’s Office so warrants could be obtained.

  • Five arrested for theft at LMS work site

        Five area individuals have been arrested for charges in connection with tools allegedly stolen from the construction site of the new Liberty Middle School.
        On Monday, Dec. 18 the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office took a report of the larceny of a large number of tools from the  job site. The contractor advised deputies that several tool boxes had been broken into sometime over the weekend.
        The contractor also stated that the stolen tools had a value of $9,000.

  • Vandals strike church again

    Shiloh United Methodist Church has been visited by Christmas vandals for the second time in five years.

  • Man to serve 15 years for shooting estranged wife

        Authorities were a jammed gun away from having to investigate a murder/suicide instead of an aggravated malicious wounding this past March, according to Bedford County Commonwealth’s Attorney Wes Nance.
        Nance said 64-year-old Ronald Lee Lumsden of Moneta admitted to having every intention of killing his estranged wife and then himself when he went to her home on March 19. As it was, he shot the victim twice leaving her with permanent damage.

  • Sheriff wishes suspects a 'Merry Christmas' in annual roundup

        On Friday December 1 a Bedford County Grand Jury indicted 29 individuals on 53 narcotics charges. The indictments are the results of an ongoing narcotics investigation in Bedford County by the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Traffic stop leads to theft case

    By Tom Wilmoth

        A simple traffic stop turned into a stolen merchandise case last week.
        Shortly after midnight on Friday, December 8, officers of the Bedford Police Department stopped a vehicle traveling east bound on US 460 for driving erratically and then making an improper lane change. 

  • Bedford woman faces cruelty to animal charges

        A Bedford woman is facing one felony count of animal cruelty and five misdemeanor counts of animal abuse, following her arrest Nov. 27.
        Shelby Lynn Gordon, 26, was arrested and charged on the charges following a call on Nov. 18 to Bedford County 911 dispatchers.