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Courts and Crime

  • Vinton man faces 10 charges including child porn charges

    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 Brown on East Augusta Ave in Vinton VA.
    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.

  • Joining forces

        Dr. Kim McCabe has been studying about crimes against children for some time.

        At the same time, for some 20 years the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office has been attempting to provide children the opportunity to explore the virtual world online in a safe environment.
        Recently Dr. McCabe and the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children (SOVA ICAC) Task Force teamed up to produce a book to educate parents about how to help protect their children while using social media.

  • Police locate man wanted for alleged February incident

        After several weeks of searching, the Bedford Police Department has arrested a Lynchburg man wanted on a number of felony warrants, including malicious wounding.
         On March 22 investigators with the Bedford PD apprehended Mark Hanson Elliott, 50, with the assistance of the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office. Elliott was wanted for several felony warrants including malicious wounding and sexual battery.  

  • Aponte appeals conviction to Supreme Court of Virginia

        Having lost her appeal before the Virginia Court of Appeals, Emily Lynn Aponte has appealed her conviction of involuntary manslaughter to the Supreme Court of Virginia.

  • Judge upholds 5-year sentence

        Last December, Vicky Thomas Clarke, 56, was found guilty of voluntary manslaughter—she had been charged with second degree murder–for killing her brother in the early morning hours on Oct. 1, 2015.
        The eight-man, four-woman jury recommended a five-year sentence. The five-year sentence falls midway between the one to 10 years that a sentence for voluntary manslaughter can carry.
        Tuesday, Circuit Court Judge James Updike upheld that recommendation.

  • Lynchburg man faces malicious wounding, abduction and sexual battery charges

        Warrants were taken out by officers from the Bedford Police Department last week on Mark Hanson Elliott of Lynchburg for an incident that allegedly occurred Tuesday morning.
        According to Bedford Police, at about 8:30 a.m., police responded to the 1000 block of Pinecrest Avenue for the report of a disturbance.  A Lynchburg man, identified as Mark Hanson Elliott, was not at the location when officers arrived. 

  • Judge dismisses case against former SB chair

        General District Court Judge Randy Krantz dismissed a charge against former Bedford County School Board Chairman Gary Hostutler, following a hearing in GDC last Wednesday.
        John Briscoe had filed for a warrant against Hostutler late last fall, charging him with false entry/destroying a public record. The misdemeanor charge related to the alleged removal of information from a Facebook account.

  • Terry to remain in jail

        A 28-year-old Roanoke man, facing five counts of computer solicitation of someone less than 15 years old and more than seven years younger than the defendant, was denied bond during a hearing last Wednesday in General District Court.
        Robert Ryan Terry is scheduled for a May 14 bond hearing. He can appeal his bond request to circuit court.

  • Hawkins on unpaid leave

    A 52-year-old paid paramedic with Bedford County Fire & Rescue has been placed on unpaid administrative leave following his arrest on six counts of computer solicitation of a minor.

  • VSP arrest Montvale man for soliciting a minor

        Investigators with the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Salem Division arrested Larry Scott Hawkins, 52, of Montvale, on Feb. 14 at his residence in Bedford County.

        At the request of the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, the Virginia State Police initiated an investigation into an allegation that Hawkins had used a media device to solicit a 17-year-old female for sexual misconduct.