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Courts and Crime

  • Bedford PD seeks suspect in robbery at Walmart

        On Sunday, November 26 at  about 7 p.m., the Bedford Police Department responded to a report of a robbery at Walmart, located in the 1100 Block of East Lynchburg Salem Turnpike in the town of Bedford.
        A black male suspect described as approximately 6 foot tall entered the store and approached a register. He stated, “Give me the money and no one will get hurt,” police stated in their report.

  • Trial begins against woman accused of killing her brother

        The jury trial for a Bedford    County woman charged with second degree murder in connection with the Oct. 1, 2015, shooting of her brother was set to get underway Tuesday morning.
        In April 2016 a Bedford grand jury returned indictments against Vicky Thomas Clark, 56, for second degree murder and use of a firearm in commission of a felony. The trial has been delayed several times since then.
        She pleaded not guilty to the charges.

  • Bedford PD seeks suspect in robbery at Walmart

     

  • Grand jury indicts 2 men on child porn charges

        Two men facing charges related to child pornography were indicted by a Bedford grand jury Tuesday.
        The grand jury returned indictments against Theodor Ohara Rainey Jr. of Lynchburg and Michael Ian Bowser of Accomack.

        Two men facing charges related to child pornography were indicted by a Bedford grand jury Tuesday.
        The grand jury returned indictments against Theodor Ohara Rainey Jr. of Lynchburg and Michael Ian Bowser of Accomack.

  • Charges upgraded to capital murder

        Two defendants who were previously charged in connection with the murder of a Lynchburg teen this past March had those charges upgraded by a grand jury in Bedford that met Tuesday.

         Kevin Josue Soto Bonilla, 20, and Cristian Jose Sanchez Gomez, 22, have now been charged with capital murder, robbery, abduction for pecuniary benefit and participation in a criminal act in association with a criminal street gang.

  • Schools placed on lockdown

    At 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call from West Crossing Drive, Forest. The caller advised that two black males wearing ski masks entered his home armed with a handgun. The suspects took the callers safe and left in a grey SUV. The caller said one of the suspects was wearing a yellow jacket and the other had on a grey jacket. Bedford County Sheriff’s deputies are actively searching the area for the suspect vehicle. As a precautionary measure several Forest schools were placed on a perimeter lock-down, which was lifted at 2:20 p.m.

  • Goodview man faces rape charge

        On May 31, 2017, a Bedford County Sheriff’s Office investigator took a complaint from a female reporting she had been raped.
        The victim stated that she was visiting a friend in Stewartsville on April 25, 2017. She said she had been drinking alcohol and had gone to bed in the guest room. She said when she woke up, her friend’s boyfriend, Brian Riggs, was having sex with her against her will.

  • Bedford man faces charges for incident at Pinecrest Apartments

    A 21-year-old Bedford man has been charged with three felonies and a misdemeanor in connection with an incident that occurred Oct. 14 at Pinecrest Apartments.
        Demonte Treon Bryant has been charged with strangling another causing wounding or injury, misdemeanor assault and battery; breaking and entering with the intent to commit a felony; and abduction and kidnapping.

  • Eight alleged MS-13 members charged

        A federal grand jury returned an indictment on September 27 and it was unsealed Wednesday. The indictment charges the defendants in connection with a conspiracy to participate in a racketeering enterprise known as the La Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13. The indictments include charges associated with the death of a Lynchburg teen who was killed in Bedford County.
        Those indicted include:
        Carlos Roberto Tejada Cruz, a/k/a “Krusty,” age 20, of Beltsville, Maryland;

  • BCSO charges two more men in connection with murder of Lynchburg teen

        Two additional suspects have been charged in connection with the murder of a teen in Bedford County last March.
        Kevin Soto-Bonilla, age 20, was arrested in New York on September 19, 2017. He will be extradited back to Bedford in the coming days.
        Cristian José Sánchez-Gómez, age 22, was arrested on October 5, 2017 in Albemarle County, Va. He is being held in the Blue Ridge Regional Jail on no bond.