Courts and Crime

  • Rodas to serve 55 years in prison


    Friday’s sentencing hearing was the tale of two mothers.

  • Student arrested for taking loaded gun to school

        A 12-year-old student at Forest Middle School has been arrested for taking a loaded handgun to school.
        Last Wednesday morning, Feb. 6, a Bedford County Sheriff’s School Resource Officer received a complaint from an assistant principal at Forest Middle School.
        The principal advised the SRO that he had received information from a fellow student of a possible gun being on school property. After receiving the information, the principal reported that he checked a locker and found a small caliber hand gun.

  • Roanoke man to spend six years in prison for computer solicitation

        A Roanoke man will spend six years in prison for four counts of computer solicitation convictions.
        At a sentencing hearing Friday, Judge James Updike sentenced Robert Ryan Terry to 16 years in prison with 10 years of that sentence suspended.
        Commonwealth’s Attorney Wes Nance had argued that a prior conviction Terry had in 2008 when he was 18 should factor in to his sentencing.

  • Thaxton man faces aggravated sexual battery charges

        A Thaxton man has been indicted on 10 felony charges following the meeting of the February Bedford grand jury.
        On June 29, 2018, the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office along with Bedford County Child Protective Services, received a complaint of a possible sexual assault.
        On August 24, 2018, after an investigation Jan Manley, 61, was charged and arrested for aggravated sexual battery.

  • Man in country illegally charged with sex crimes

        A Roanoke man who admits to being in the country illegally was granted $35,000 cash bond Friday in Bedford Circuit Court.
        Antonio Dejesus Mayora Ventura, 34, is charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor and carnal knowledge of a minor between the ages of 13 and 15. He was scheduled to appear in Bedford Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court yesterday.

  • Bedford PD maakes arrest in thefts from cars

        Bedford Police have arrested one man in connection with a series of car break-ins in town and more suspects are still being sought.

        Quentin Alan Blake was arrested Thursday, Jan. 31 following a special investigation involving larcenies from cars.
        According to Bedford Police Chief Todd Foreman, more than 30 reports of items being taken from unlocked vehicles have been reported, which led to the investigation. “People have been leaving doors unlocked and valuables in their cars,” Foreman said.

  • Lynchburg man to serve 22 months in prison for 2018 incident

        A 51-year-old Lynchburg man entered Alford pleas to two felonies and a misdemeanor charge in connection with a Feb. 2018 incident.
        Mark Hanson Elliott entered the pleas Tuesday in Circuit Court. In an Alford plea a defendant does not admit guilt, but enters the plea in his best interest.
        Hanson entered the pleas to felony charges of unlawful wounding and threatening to burn and the misdemeanor charge of obstructing the use of a commercial device, preventing help.

  • Judge denies bond to Vinton man

        A Vinton man, charged with soliciting sex online with a minor, was denied bond in General District Court last Wednesday.

  • Maryland man enters plea in real estate case

        A Maryland man involved in a case involving a real estate transaction entered an Alford plea of guilty to felony money laundering Tuesday in Bedford Circuit Court.
        Eric Samba Awanga, 31, of Lanham, Maryland, was sentenced to five years in prison with all but six months of the sentence suspended, meaning that he expected to be freed from prison Tuesday or Wednesday because of time already served.

  • Bedford woman faces 15 felony charges

        A Bedford woman is facing 15 felony charges as the result of a Virginia State Police investigation involving finances at the Bedford Moose Lodge.

        Patsy Brown Crowder, 76, was arrested Saturday and charged with five counts of grand larceny, five counts of forgery and five counts of uttering. She was released on bond on the charges Monday.