Courts and Crime

  • Shifflett enters pleas in embezzlement case

    Deborah Lynn Shifflett, 39, entered no contest pleas Tuesday in Bedford County Circuit Court to 10 felony embezzlement charges.

        A no contest plea, which has the same effect as a guilty plea, means that she did not contest the evidence against her, knowing that she will be found guilty if the court accepts the evidence, according to Commonwealth’s Attorney Randy Krantz. In essence it means that she admits there is enough evidence to convict her.

  • Bedford participates in national program to promote crime prevention through citizen involvement

    National Night Out, a national program designed to promote crime prevention awareness, generate support for law enforcement and send a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back, has been going on for 27 years. This year, Bedford joined in for the first time with a city-wide event held at the Farmers’ Market last week.

  • Help wanted: CASA seeks more volunteers

    Retirement can be a good time to give back to the community.

        Vicki Bertrand moved to the Bedford area after retiring from United Parcel Service. She had worked for 35 years and had finished her career working in security and loss prevention. Bertrand said that UPS had always been big on supporting United Way and she always felt that, once she retired, she wanted to give time as well as money.
        “Working with kids seemed like a good way to help,” she said, explaining why CASA drew her interest.

  • Soering seeks parole

    Jens Soering made another appearance before a parole board last week.

  • Earnest will get new trial after judge confirms jury saw journals of Jocelyn Earnest

    With a unanimous “yes,” jurors from this past spring’s trial who found Wesley Brian Earnest guilty of murdering his wife in December 2007 told Judge James Updike Monday that they had viewed evidence that wasn’t supposed to be given them during their deliberations in April.