Courts and Crime

  • Hernandez scheduled for plea

        Originally facing a jury trial set for this week in connection with the killing of 17-year-old Raymond Wood in March 2017, Juan Martin Hernandez is now scheduled for a plea on Aug. 16, 1:30 p.m. in Bedford Circuit Court.
        Hernandez made a quick appearance in Circuit Court Tuesday as another jury trial was in recess.  At that time Hernandez’s attorney requested a continuance on his motion.  The continuance was granted by the court and the case was reset for August 16. 

  • Danville man convicted for Bedford robbery

         A Danville man was convicted last week following a three-day jury trial of committing seven robberies and other charges related to numerous armed robberies of businesses in Danville, Bedford and Rocky Mount, Virginia and in Prospect Hill, North Carolina.
        United States Attorney Thomas T. Cullen made the announcement as part of the Western District of Virginia’s ongoing Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) initiative to reduce violent crime.

  • Indiana man pleads guilty to forging counterfeit bills

        A 20-year-old man from Indiana, caught passing fake $100 bills in this county, pleaded guilty Feb. 15 to five counts of forgery of counterfeit currency.
        Ronzay Tavon Buckner entered the pleas in Bedford Circuit Court receiving a three year suspended sentence. Buckner will have to serve two years of supervised probation and be on three years of good behavior.

  • Sherry Keen will serve five years in prison

     Sherry Ruth Keen, 61, will spend five years in prison for her convictions of felony child neglect and abduction.
        The charges resulted from what authorities found when the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office assisted Bedford County Child Protective Services on the welfare check of a young child on Sunnydale Court in Bedford County last April 23.
        In all, Sherry Keen received a 15 year sentence, with 10 years suspended.

  • Hawkins enters pleas in computer solicitation case


    A former paid paramedic with Bedford County Fire and Rescue pleaded no contest in Bedford Circuit Court Tuesday to one felony count of computer solicitation and one count of misdemeanor assault and battery.

                Larry Scott Hawkins, 53, of Montvale entered the pleas in connection with a case that dates back to just over a year ago involving two girls who were 17 years old at the time of the offenses.

  • 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.