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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.

  • Bedford Fire Department celebrates 130 years

    Bedford’s fire department celebrated 130 years Saturday. The volunteer fire department was first formed in 1888 after a devastating fire, which destroyed most of Bedford’s business area, demonstrated the need.

  • BCSO officer’s car hit

        This past weekend’s winter storm brought a wintry mix to the area leaving some picturesque scenes but also some treacherous driving.

        And for two members of the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, the icy roads led to a close call while responding to another accident.

  • Memorial set to put up final Quonset hut

        The Army tent that has for years served as the educational facility at the National D-Day Memorial will be taken down this week. It will be replaced with a Quonset hut style structure similar to the two that have already been built.

        Unlike the Army tent, the Quonset hut will be climate controlled. This will allow artifacts to be displayed. The structure will also be used for educational activities until the new education center is built. Once that’s done, another Army tent will be set up inside it.

  • BBB warns about gift card scam

        BBB serving Central VA Scam Alert: Richmond, VA- BBB serving Central Virginia warns that a con uses phony balance check website to drain gift cards. If you receive a gift card this holiday season, watch out for this scam. According to recent BBB Scam Tracker reports, a website claiming to help check gift card balances is really a con. When you enter your card’s information, scammers use it to access and drain your gift card.  

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  • No end in sight

        According to Ben Gruver, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s Blacksburg office, Bedford had recorded 75 inches of rain by Friday afternoon. The additional rain in the last few days of 2018 certainly pushed that total higher. Gruver said a normal year’s rainfall for the Bedford area is between 40 and 50 inches. While he had no information on whether Bedford set a record for rain, he said both Roanoke and Lynchburg had the wettest year ever recorded.

  • Bedford Christian Ministries helps make ends meet

        There are a lot of elderly people living in Bedford.

        “More than the national average, that’s for sure,” commented Houston Crum, Bedford Christian Ministries’ (BCM) finance director.
        According to information Crum provided, the US Census Bureau estimates for 2017 show that 20.8 percent of the people in Bedford County are 65 or older. The national average for that age group is 15.6 percent.

  • CASA to hold class for those who would like to help

        CASA’s Bedford office is looking for more volunteers and the organization has scheduled a training class that will begin meeting on Feb. 7.