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Courts and Crime

  • 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.

  • 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.