Courts and Crime

  • Crowd doubles for second annual Night Out

    Bedford’s observance of National Night Out drew twice as many people to the Farmers Market area as it did last year. According to Bedford

    Police Lt. Todd Foreman, a little more than 300 people turned out on a warm, humid summer night for the event.
        Members of Bedrock Community Church cooked up free hamburgers and hot dogs and China Tastes, a local restaurant brought food. A wide selection of other Bedford restaurants also provided free food in the form of a number of gift certificates which were given out as door prizes.

  • Charges to be dropped

    The 53-year-old Bedford woman who had more than 40 cats removed from her home in June will have to reimburse the organizations that have taken care of the cats since they were seized, but won’t face any jail time following action in Bedford General District Court Monday.

        Carolyn Creasy was charged with two counts of animal cruelty or neglect, one count of failing to vaccinate for rabies and one count of owning more than five animals within the city of Bedford.

  • Lifestyle that led up to shooting included belief in ‘tree people,’ heavy drinking

        According to Bedford County Commonwealth’s Attorney Randy Krantz, Tammy Dell Spencer is “crazy like a fox.”

        Now, more than two-and-a-half years after her live-in boyfriend was shot in the head at their Bedford County home near Vinton, she’s been sentenced for the shooting.

  • Crime fighting effort to be held Aug. 2

    Bedford will observe its second National Night Out on Tuesday, Aug. 2.

  • Is Nancy Grace headed here?

        Now that the Casey Anthony story is winding down, could CNN’s Nancy Grace be turning her focus to Bedford County?

        It’s not out of the question. The  prosecution of Kristina Pongracz may now be in her crosshairs.
        And if it is, there will be cameras allowed in the courtroom, following a hearing held earlier this month on the issue.

  • Bedford man arrested on child porn charges


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    Clinton Joseph Kuster, 26, of South Street in Bedford was arrested on July 1 at his residence on child pornography charges, according to a release from the Bedford County Sheriff's Office.

    Kuster has been charged with the following:

  • County man convicted of child porn charges

        Ricky Martin, a Bedford County man, pleaded guilty in Circuity Court Tuesday, to 12 counts of possession of child pornography.

        According to Commonwealth’s Attorney Randy Krantz, the charges came to light after his relationship with a girl under the age of 15 that Martin knew came to light. Martin told the girl’s mother about an incident in which Krantz believes was Martin’s attempt to put his own spin on the story before the girl, herself, told her mother.

  • Lawyer defends woman’s care for cats

        The Bedford woman who had more than 40 cats removed from her home earlier this month has “a heart of gold” and is concerned deeply about taking care of animals that have been abandoned, according to her attorney, Philip Baker of Lynchburg.

  • Arrest made in hit and run boat accident on Smith Mountain Lake


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    The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF) Law Enforcement Division investigated a hit and run boating accident that occurred on Smith Mountain Lake on Sunday, June 26,. This accident occurred in the Franklin County portion of the lake in the vicinity of the No Wake Zone at Bridgewater Plaza at approximately 3:30 p.m.

  • Goodview man faces involuntary manslaughter charge

        A 52-year-old Goodview resident is being held without bond on the charge of involuntary manslaughter, following a direct indictment by a Bedford County grand jury this month.