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Courts and Crime

  • Vinton man faces child porn charges

        On March 29, the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office with the assistance of the Vinton Police Department, executed a search warrant at the residence of Dewey Brown on East Augusta Ave in Vinton.
        The search warrant was part of an ongoing investigation by the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Approximately 15 items of evidence were seized as a part of the search warrant.

  • Judge denies bond to woman charged with animal cruelty

        A Bedford woman, facing one felony count of animal cruelty and five misdemeanor counts of animal abuse, has been denied bond by General District Court Judge Randy Krantz.
        Shelby Lynn Gordon, 27, was arrested on the charges following a call on Nov. 18 of last year to Bedford County 911 dispatchers. On Wednesday, April 4, Gordon was in court requesting bond.

  • Bedford man to spend 2 years in prison on 30 charges

        A 47-year-old Bedford man, who had previously pleaded guilty to 30 felony charges in Bedford Circuit Court, was sentenced April 3.
        Jeffrey Allen Richardson entered the pleas, related to two different cases, to the charges including obtaining money by false pretense, forgery, uttering and petty larceny. He received a five year sentence with three of those years suspended, leaving him two years to serve. He will also serve two years of supervised probation when released.

  • Gardner 'steadfast' in integrity of investigation

        Major Ricky Gardner said he stands “steadfast in my belief in the integrity of the investigation” of the murders of Derek and Nancy Haysom and the outcome of the subsequent trial, which resulted in the conviction of Jens Soering for committing the brutal murders of the couple in 1985.

  • Update: Crash claims the life of Bedford Co. teen

    Bedford County Public Schools Public Relations Coordinator Ryan Edwards released the following statement:
    "It is with tremendous sorrow that we confirm and mourn the death of Victoria Diehl, 10th grade student at Staunton River High School, in yesterday's vehicle crash in Campbell County. Victoria was an outstanding young lady and proud Golden Eagle. Our condolences and deepest sympathy go out to Victoria's family and friends.
    In addition, Edwards stated that counselors will be on-hand at the school when classes resume next week for all grieving students and staff.

  • Vinton man faces 10 charges including child porn charges

    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 Brown on East Augusta Ave in Vinton VA.
    The search warrant was part of an ongoing investigation by the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Approximately 15 items of evidence were seized as a part of the search warrant.

  • Joining forces

        Dr. Kim McCabe has been studying about crimes against children for some time.

        At the same time, for some 20 years the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office has been attempting to provide children the opportunity to explore the virtual world online in a safe environment.
        Recently Dr. McCabe and the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children (SOVA ICAC) Task Force teamed up to produce a book to educate parents about how to help protect their children while using social media.

  • Police locate man wanted for alleged February incident

        After several weeks of searching, the Bedford Police Department has arrested a Lynchburg man wanted on a number of felony warrants, including malicious wounding.
         On March 22 investigators with the Bedford PD apprehended Mark Hanson Elliott, 50, with the assistance of the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office. Elliott was wanted for several felony warrants including malicious wounding and sexual battery.  

  • Aponte appeals conviction to Supreme Court of Virginia

        Having lost her appeal before the Virginia Court of Appeals, Emily Lynn Aponte has appealed her conviction of involuntary manslaughter to the Supreme Court of Virginia.

  • Judge upholds 5-year sentence

        Last December, Vicky Thomas Clarke, 56, was found guilty of voluntary manslaughter—she had been charged with second degree murder–for killing her brother in the early morning hours on Oct. 1, 2015.
        The eight-man, four-woman jury recommended a five-year sentence. The five-year sentence falls midway between the one to 10 years that a sentence for voluntary manslaughter can carry.
        Tuesday, Circuit Court Judge James Updike upheld that recommendation.