Local News

  • 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 PD investigating incidents involving firearms

                The Bedford Police Department is investigating incidents that occurred Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, possibly involving men who were armed.

                According to a press release from the Bedford PD, o            n Wednesday, April 10,  at about 10 a.m., the Bedford Police Department responded to a disturbance in the 300 Block of E Franklin St.

  • Vice President Mike Pence to Attend 75th Anniversary Commemoration at National D-Day Memorial

                The National D-Day Memorial Foundation announced Friday Vice President Mike Pence will attend the 75th Anniversary Commemoration of D-Day on Thursday, June 6 at the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, VA.

                Vice President Pence will deliver the keynote address, “D-Day and the Nation,” during the ceremony, which begins at 10 a.m. with an aerial tribute to veterans of the Second World War.

  • Hawkins to spend three years in prison


    (For the full story on Friday’s hearing see the June 5 edition of the Bulletin)


                A former paid paramedic with Bedford County Fire and Rescue will spend three years in jail for relationships he had with two 17-year-old girls.


    The town of Bedford turned out to greet the newly crowned Class 3 state champion Liberty Lady Minutemen softball team as they enjoyed a police escort through town and back to the school. Check out the upcoming June 19 issue of the Bedford Bulletin for the complete story on Liberty's first-ever women's state championship.

  • Crash takes out multiple vehicles

        According to Virginia State Police, a 2017 Ford Escape, driven by Benjamin A. Quintana of Lynchburg, took out two other vehicles when he crossed the center line on Va. 221 (Forest Road) Monday morning.

        Police say Quintana was driving east on Va. 221 when he struck a 2013 Nissan Altima, driven by Kiana G. Bell, 22, of Lynchburg. Bell was traveling west. He then struck a 2014 Freightliner van, driven by Jennifer R. Gibbs, 37, of Forest, causing the Freightliner to overturn. Gibbs was traveling west in the left lane.

  • Fire destroys large house in Boonsboro

        A two-story wood frame house with a large porch at 105 Citation Lane in Boonsboro was totally destroyed by fire Sunday afternoon.

        According to Jack Jones, the county’s chief of fire and rescue, the fire was called in by a neighbor at 4:35 p.m. The first unit to arrive, a unit from Big Island, reported flames showing from three sides. Units from Boonsboro, Big Island and Forest responded.
        It took until 7:55 p.m. to extinguish the blaze.

  • Missing plaque

        “You guys ought to be ashamed,” Twila Ross told a group of Naval Academy graduates back in March, 2015.

        Ross was giving the men a tour of the National D-Day Memorial that had been arranged by Roger Henderson. Ross was pointing to a blank spot on a wall next to plaques dedicated to the U. S. Military Academy (West Point), Virginia Tech’s Corps of Cadets and Virginia Military Institute.