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Courts and Crime

  • County man charged in alleged altercation with his brother

        Last Wednesday July 18 at 7:30 p.m., Bedford County 911 received a call from a man on Board Mountain Road.
        According to a report from the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office the caller alleged his brother had assaulted him. A Bedford County Sheriff’s deputy responded to the scene and spoke with the victim, who was covered in blood and missing several teeth.

  • Vinton man guilty of computer solicitation

    A 26-year-old Vinton man pleaded guilty to five charges of computer solicitation in Bedford Circuit Court Tuesday.

        The charges stem from an Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force case in which an officer posing as a 13-year-old girl responded to a Craig’s List ad posted by Kyler Ryan Millman, according to Chief Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Stacey Gardner. The ICAC investigator responded by stating, “Hey, I’m bored, 13 years old, hope I’m not wasting your time.”

  • Woman to serve 90 days on animal cruelty charge

        A Thaxton woman received a three-year sentence with all but 90 days suspended on a felony animal cruelty charge in Bedford County Circuit Court Tuesday.

        Shelby Lynn Gordon pleaded guilty to the felony charge and withdrew her appeal of 10 misdemeanor charges from General District Court. Those included four driving suspended charges, four contempt charges and two animal abuse charges.

  • BCSO charges Thaxton man with rape for alleged July 5 incident

        The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office conducted an investigation of an alleged rape that occurred on July 5 in the Forest area of Bedford County.
        According to a report from the Sheriff’s Office, the victim and alleged suspect were acquaintances. During the course of the investigation Joshua Adam Caudill, 27, of Thaxton was identified as the suspect.

  • Lynchburg man faces abduction, malicious wounding charges

        On Wednesday, July 11, the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office received a call from Bedford Memorial Hospital advising a woman was being treated in their emergency room. 
        The woman had severe injuries to her face.
        According to a report from the Sheriff’s Office, the woman told investigators who had assaulted and strangled her. 

  • Craig lawsuit

        Just prior to going to trial this week an agreement was reached in the lawsuit filed in federal court by former County Director of Tourism Gerald Craig, who alleged his constitutional rights were violated when he was removed from the position.
        Craig filed the lawsuit in 2017 seeking $3 million in damages. Defendants named in the lawsuit included Bedford County, County Administrator Carl Boggess and supervisors Curry Martin, Bill Thomasson and Steve Wilkerson. Martin and Wilkerson no longer serve on the board.

  • Police looking for man accused of assaulting woman

    On Wednesday, July 11, the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office received a call from Bedford Memorial Hospital advising a woman was being treated in their emergency room. 

  • Moneta man indicted, arrested

        On October 6, 2017, Bedford County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a possible abuse case involving a child.
        After investigating the complaint Sheriff’s investigators arrested Tony Stewart Phillips of Moneta on October 31, 2017, and charged him with taking indecent liberties with a child. 

  • Judge denies bond in abduction case

        A Big Island man—facing charges of malicious wounding, abduction and strangulation—will remain in jail following a ruling during a bond hearing Friday.

        Judge James Updike denied bond to Christopher D. Walters, who is facing charges from an incident alleged to have occurred June 6.
        On June 6, a woman reported being kidnapped and assaulted by Walters and Bennie Dale Overstreet Jr, according to a report from the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Bedford man sentenced for stabbing incident

        Crediting the testimony of the defendant’s victim, Bedford County Circuit Court Judge James Updike lowered the amount of time he planned to sentence a Bedford man to serve in prison.

        Still, Dewayne Eric Simmons, 35, will spend two years of a seven-year sentence in the penitentiary, having previously pleaded guilty to abduction and malicious wounding charges.