Courts and Crime

  • 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.

  • Bedford PD catches suspects in fraud case

        A scheme to cash fraudulent checks throughout Virginia may have been thwarted by local law enforcement following an incident last Wednesday in Bedford.

  • Man charged with assaulting infant denied bond

        A 27-year-old Bedford man, accused of sexually assaulting a 3-month-old infant, was denied bond during a hearing Friday in Bedford Circuit Court.
        Judge James Updike denied bond for Coleman Isaiah Ramsey, who is charged with four felonies including two counts of indecent liberties, one count of aggravated sexual battery and one count of forcible sodomy.
        He could face up to life in prison on the charges.

  • Hawkins’ charges led county to conduct internal study

        Following the arrest of a paid paramedic with Bedford County Fire & Rescue and his subsequent placement on unpaid administrative leave, then Bedford County Administrator Carl Boggess requested an investigation be conducted to see if any other issues had occurred within that county department.

  • Vinton man faces charges

        Theodore Moberg, 40, of Vinton was arrested Jan. 11 in connection with an ongoing investigation by the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children.

        Investigators from the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, with the assistance of the Bedford Police Department, arrested Moberg on charges of computer solicitation and indecent liberties with a minor.
        According to the sheriff’s office, this is an ongoing investigation and anyone with information on the case is asked to call ICAC at 434-534-9521.

  • BCSO warns residents about scam

        The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) is alerting area residents to a scam.
        The department has received numerous calls from citizens who report they had received a message on their voice mail from a person identifying himself as Deputy Mike Denton with the Sheriff Office.

  • Sheriff's Office has holiday round-up

    Around Bedford this has become an annual holiday tradition.

  • Man from PA arrested as part of ICAC investigation

        A 46-year-old Pennsylvania man has been charged with seven counts of using a communication device to propose sex acts with a child less than 15 years old.
        According to a release from the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, Lawrence Wesley Henry Jr., of Normalville, Pennsylvania, was arrested on Dec. 14 in connection with an ongoing Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children (SOVA-ICAC) investigation.

  • Moneta woman sentenced on 22 felonies

        A 34-year-old Moneta woman will spend four years in prison for her conviction on 22 felonies.
        Tiffany Marie Leonard pleaded guilty  in June to 22 felonies—including forgery, burglary, petty larceny and credit card fraud—in Bedford County Circuit Court.
        The pleas related to two separate cases that occurred in October and November 2017. The victims included her parents as well as people she worked for as a caretaker.