Courts and Crime

  • Bedford man faces six months in jail for accident that hurt passenger

        A 24-year-old Bedford man will spend six months in jail for an accident that occurred September 10 of last year while he was driving under the influence of alcohol.
        Shane David Danby pleaded no contest to charges of felony maiming while driving while intoxicated and a misdemeanor charge of driving while intoxicated, first offense.
        Judge James Updike sentenced Danby to three years in prison on the maiming charge with all but six months suspended. Danby received a 30-day suspended sentence on the DWI charge.

  • Bedford man faces child porn charges

        On July 30, Gordon Matthew Goff, 24, of Rocky Ford Road, Bedford, was arrested in connection with an ongoing investigation into the sexual exploitation of children. 
        Investigators with the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, from both the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office and the Town of Bedford Police Department, participated in the investigation, and execution of a search warrant at his residence.

  • Forest teen facing charges in fatal accident

        Virginia State Police Trooper N.J. Houck has obtained charges against the 17-year-old male driver who was allegedly responsible for the May 6, 2018, fatal crash in Bedford County.
        Those charges include DUI, manslaughter-DUI, maiming-DUI, reckless driving, driving between midnight and 4 a.m., and driving with three or more passengers  under  the  age  of  21. 

  • BCSO responds to assault and battery case

        Last Thursday, July 19 at 10:07 p.m., Bedford County 911 received a call from a woman advising she had received a call from her step-mother, stating that the caller’s father had allegedly assaulted her.

  • 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.