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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.

  • 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.

  • Tornado confirmed in county

        The National Weather Service has confirmed that wind damage in the Moneta area of Bedford County, on April 15, was caused by a tornado.
        According to Andrew Loconto, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s Blacksburg office, the EF1 twister touched down at 6:10 p.m. and traveled about three-fourths of a mile, remaining on the ground for a minute.
        “It was a brief touchdown,” said Loconto.

  • Legion honors Congressman

        The American Legion posts of the 5th Congressional District honored Congressman Tom Garrett for being a co-sponsor of the American Legion 100th Anniversary Coin Act.

  • Hospice House benefit

        Tara Cheek knows first-hand how the Bedford Hospice House can help a caregiver.

  • Car show will benefit man with cancer

        Richard Cunningham is organizing a cruise-in to benefit Charles “Chuck” Forrest, a Body Camp neighbor.

        “He’s got cancer,” Cunningham said.
        It’s lung cancer and the goal of the cruise-in is to raise money to help Forrest with the medical bills for his treatment.
        Forrest, who is 64 and lives near the former Body Camp Elementary School, is a truck driver and has also worked on cars in the Body Camp community for years.