Courts and Crime

  • Unusual and horrendous crime

        Lisandro Antonio Posada-Vasquez, 25, pleaded guilty in Bedford County Circuit Court Tuesday morning to murdering a Lynchburg teen in Bedford County.

        Posada-Vasquez is one of five defendants who have been arrested for the March 2017 murder of Raymond Wood.
        Bedford County Commonwealth’s Attorney Wes Nance described the killing as an “unusual and horrendous crime for Bedford County.”

  • BCSO arrests River Oak murder suspects

        All four of the suspects of a Sept. 7 shooting have been arrested by the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office.
        On Friday, Sept. 7, Bedford County 911 received a call from 1034 River Oak Dr. at 11:44 p.m. by a male subject stating that his roommate had been shot.
        According to a report from the BCSO, a Bedford County deputy arrived on scene at 11:50 p.m. and found a male subject in the floor with multiple gunshots to his body. Deputies started CPR until Rescue arrived and took over.

  • Update on River Oak Drive murder investigation; suspects arrested

    On Monday evening September 10, Bedford County Sheriff’s Office investigators arrested Nadia La-sha McDaniel, 21. She is presently charged with breaking and entering, while armed with a firearm, with the intent to commit robbery.
    This charge stems from the homicide of Aaron Brumfield in Bedford County on Friday September 7. She is being held in the Blue Ridge Regional Jail in Bedford without bond. Additional charges against McDaniel are possible as the investigation continues.

  • Judge denies motions to suppress evidence in murder case

        Four motions to suppress evidence gathered by investigators against one of the five defendants charged with first  degree murder in the death of Lynchburg teenager Raymond Wood in March 2017 were denied Tuesday during a hearing in Bedford Circuit Court.
        Judge James Updike denied the four motions from Matthew Pack, the attorney of alleged MS-13 gang member Victor Arnoldo Rodas, 20, who is charged with first degree murder, robbery, abduction and gang participation.

  • Bedford has first murder of the year

    Investigators from the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) as well as other jurisdictions continue to investigate the first murder of 2018 in the county.
        BCSO investigators with the assistance of investigators from both the Lynchburg Police Department and Campbell County Sheriff’s Office worked through the weekend investigating the homicide.

  • ATF, firearms industry offer reward in Black Dog Sporting Goods burglary

        The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) have announced a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the burglary of Black Dog Sporting Goods in Bedford County. 
        ATF and the NSSF are each offering a reward of up to $2,500, for a total reward of $5,000 for information that leads to an arrest.

  • Alleged MS-13 gang members to have motions hearings

    Two of the five alleged MS-13 gang members charged with capital murder in the death of Raymond Wood in March, 2017, are scheduled to be in court this Tuesday on motions hearings related to their cases.
        Victor Arnoldo Rodas, 20, and Cristian Jose Sanchez Gomez both have hearings scheduled in Bedford Circuit Court. This will be the second hearing in two weeks for Rodas as Judge James Updike is expected to rule on two previous motions as well as hear arguments on two more motions.

  • Caregiver pleads guilty to using elderly woman’s credit cards

    A Bedford caregiver pleaded guilty to two felonies in Circuit Court Friday, admitting that she took a credit card from a patient and used it.
        Alicia Marie Webster  entered guilty pleas to credit card fraud and credit card larceny during Friday’s hearing. Sentencing has been set for Nov. 16 at 1:30 p.m.
        The charges stem from a 2017 investigation by the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office. Webster had been living with and serving as a caretaker for the elderly woman whose credit card was taken and used.

  • County man, out on bail, allowed to move back to his home

        A Bedford County man—facing five charges of possession of child pornography—will be allowed to move back into his home while out on bond.
        At a hearing Friday, Judge James Updike granted the request to allow Theodore Ohara Rainey Jr. to move back to his home, though he has a child living there. Prior to the ruling, Rainey had been living at the Roanoke Rescue Mission.

  • Father pleads guilty to locking his child up in her room, depriving her of food and abusing her

        The Bedford County man accused of abusing, assaulting and injuring a 14-year-old child told a Bedford Circuit Court judge he didn’t have anything to say after  pleading guilty Friday to four felony charges in the case.

        “I don’t want to say anything right now, sir,” he told the judge.
        Judge James Updike proceeded to find Wesley A. Keen, 48, guilty of  child abuse and neglect, abduction and two counts of unlawful wounding.