Courts and Crime

  • 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.

  • 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.