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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.

  • BIA to hold service for Bedford Boys

        The Bedford International Alliance will conduct a short service at the Greenwood and Oakwood Cemeteries on Monday May 28 to honor the fallen Bedford Boys who were laid to rest at home.
        The ceremony will be at 3 p.m. (rain or shine) at which time the members of the BIA will place a flower and flag on each of the graves.

  • Memorial Day observance Monday at 11 a.m.

        “Remembering Their Sacrifice: A Memorial Day Observance” will be held this Monday, May 28 at the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford.

        Admission is free from 10 a.m. – noon, with the ceremony at 11 a.m.

  • Debt of gratitude

        In honor of Law Enforcement Month, a dogwood tree was planted in front of the sheriff’s office last week. The tree honors law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.

  • Too wet to handle

        Last week’s rain fell far short of 40 days and 40 nights, but the four days of heavy rain created problems for almost everybody.

        A mud slide over the weekend closed one lane of U. S. 460 on the westbound side near its intersection with Va. 122.
        “The road is open and all is well,” said Jen Ward, a Virginia Department of Transportation spokesman in a phone interview on Monday afternoon.
        All was not well elsewhere.

  • Event to raise funds for Big Otter Mill

        Big Otter Mill will hold its annual Spring Festival Saturday, May 19 from noon to 4 p.m.

        The event features BBQ by the Master Masons’ Association. According to Kristy Milton, chairman of the Big Otter Mill Foundation’s board of directors, this is a group representing six area Masonic lodges. Milton said this group has been the regular food provider, always BBQ, at the event.

  • Community Day promotes trust

        Community Day will be held this Saturday, May 12, as part of the effort of the Bedford Crime Prevention Coalition, a group of community members who seek to promote community trust.
        Community Day will feature activities for both youth and adults from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.  at  Edmund Street Park. There will be a 3-on-3 basketball tournament for ages 9-18. Individuals can be combined to form teams or you can bring your own team.

  • Event to draw attention to suicide prevention

        Two women from Bedford participated in the Out of Darkness Walk, held in Lynchburg, back in October. Out of Darkness has a suicide prevention focus. They thought that Bedford needed to have something similar.

        “We thought that at the same time, that we should bring it to Bedford,” said Shannon Jurkus, one of those who attended the event.
        They got a friend involved and the three women have organized “Hike for Hope,” which will take place Saturday morning at Falling Creek Park.