Courts and Crime

  • New CASA volunteers

    Juvenile and Domestic Relations Judge Louis Harrison swore in a dozen new CASA volunteers Thursday evening. CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocate.

  • Earnest found guilty in retrial

    The trial was held in a different courtroom with a jury from a different county. But in the end, the verdict was the same: Guilty.

  • Drug bust

    A routine traffic stop resulted in two Bedford men now facing drug charges.

  • On trial — again

    There’s a different courtroom, but the parties involved in the murder trial of Wesley Earnest are the same: Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Wes Nance is heading up the prosecution; Joseph Sanzone the defense; and Judge James Updike is applying the needed interpretations of the law to the trial as it unfolds.

  • Prosecution tries again to convict Earnest of murder

    The second murder trial against Wesley Brian Earnest began Monday.
        First up in the retrial of Earnest—who was granted a mistrial this summer after being found guilty of murdering his wife at a two-week trial in April—will be the presentation of any pre-trial motions as well as seating the jury that will hear the case.

        A Nelson County jury will decide the fate of Earnest, with the trial itself being held in Amherst County Circuit Court.

  • First degree murder charge moves ahead

    A first degree murder charge against a 28-year-old Waynesboro man, accused of killing his uncle and dumping the body in the James River, has been certified to the December grand jury in Bedford.

  • No jail time in dog sale case

    A North Carolina man is now a convicted felon due to an attempt to sell five American Pit Bull Terriers in Bedford County. But he won’t serve any jail time as a result of that conviction.

  • Convictions yield 10-year sentence

    A discussion of a state statute cropped up once again during John Edward Pressley’s sentencing hearing in Bedford County Circuit Court, Friday. The 25-year-old Martinsville man entered four no contest pleas to computer solicitation of a child less than 15 years old at a hearing in August. The charges stemmed from conversations Pressley had on the computer between May 6, 2009, and June 3, 2009, with a Bedford County Sheriff’s Office undercover officer that Pressley believed was a 13-year-old girl.

  • Area residents, advocates gather on behalf of domestic violence victims

    More than 100 people gathered around the Centertown clock late Thursday afternoon to draw attention to domestic violence and its victims.

        The group walked down Bridge Street to a granite bench, dedicated to the memory of Sherrie Conner, located across Bedford Avenue from the Bower Center. Conner, who had worked for Bedford County’s Department of Social Services for 20 years, was killed three years ago, the result of a domestic dispute that turned fatal.

  • Three dogs returned to owner

    A Thaxton man whose doublewide was once home to 90 cats and dogs will get three of his animals back.