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  • Eight alleged MS-13 members charged; allegations include murder of teen in Bedford County

    A federal grand jury returned an indictment on September 27 and it was unsealed Wednesday. The indictment charges the defendants in connection with a conspiracy to participate in a racketeering enterprise known as the La Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13. The indictments include charges associated with the death of a Lynchburg teen who was killed in Bedford County.

    Those indicted include:

    Carlos Roberto Tejada Cruz, a/k/a “Krusty,” age 20, of Beltsville, Maryland;

  • SALEM DISTRICT: Snow arrives in Bedford area; VDOT, VSP urge caution

    Morning snow showers have started to fall through southwest Virginia and road conditions may continue to change and impact drivers over the next few hours. Virginia Department of Transportation crews have been attending to roads throughout the night and will continue to monitor and address road conditions today.

  • BCSO seeks info on suspect in shoplifting case


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    The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a white man who shoplifted a bottle of alcohol from the ABC Store located in the Graves Mill Shopping Center on January 24, 2018.

  • Whitehurst files federal lawsuit against school board, school superintendent


                Having filed charges against Bedford County Public Schools with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) alleging that she was the victim of discrimination on account of her sex, Dr. Cherie Whitehurst has taken the issue to the next level, filing a federal lawsuit against the Bedford County School Board and Superintendent Dr. Douglas Schuch.

  • Pump catches fire

        No injuries were reported from a fire that erupted Monday at the Shell Station on Longwood Avenue in Bedford.

        On Monday, officers with the Bedford Police Department and from emergency services responded to the Shell Station when a call went out that a car had struck a gas pump, igniting the fire.

  • Missing woman found dead in stream

        Though harsh weather hindered the search for the 83-year-old Bedford County woman who went missing Feb. 22, she was eventually found last Wednesday in a stream near her home.

  • Breakfast will serve as fundraiser for Hospice House

        The Friends of Bedford Hospice House will host its annual Beauty of Life Breakfast on Thursday, April 11, from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at the Bedford Baptist Church Social Hall, 1516 Oakwood St., Bedford.

  • Fire claims life of county woman

        A Bedford County woman lost her life in an early morning fire Monday.

        At 6:33 a.m. units from the Bedford Fire Department were dispatched to 2424 Dickerson Mill Road for a reported house on fire with a subject trapped.  Police were first to arrive at 6:37 a.m. to find heavy fire showing from the front and side of the house. 

  • Program helps disabled residents be productive

        A group called Growth Through Opportunity has teamed up with the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office to help some residents with disabilities become productive citizens.

        Didi Zaryczny, who is working with the program, said she is excited to see it come to Bedford County. It means that local residents don’t have to go to Lynchburg or Roanoke for the services.
        “That’s why I was excited when it came to Bedford County,” she said.

  • Volunteers provide food at four elementary schools

    A group of people spend Thursday mornings in Moneta, in a room donated by Moneta Medical Center, packing paper grocery bags with food for students who would otherwise go hungry on weekends. It's called Food for Kids and has been in operation for nine years.