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Today's News

  • Going out on top

        Sheriff Mike Brown is 76, but age is not why he’s retiring. Brown said his health is good. He also said the department is strong.

        “The department is on a high level,” he said. He said the vice unit — which has a focus on drugs and gangs — is one of the best in the state. The Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force has 21 officers looking for sexual predators and the unit has a 100 percent conviction rate for people it has arrested. It’s all paid for with money from federal grants.

  • 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.

  • Town’s new building official is now on the job

        When Bedford was a city, it had its own building official. Once it reverted to town status six years ago, it ceded that enforcement of the state portions of the building code to the county.

        The town retained enforcement of the maintenance code because it varies from locality to locality. Now the town is taking back the responsibility for enforcing the entire code and hired its own building official. The new building official started the day after New Year’s Day.

  • Miller to run for sheriff

        Captain Mike Miller of the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office wants to see the strides made under the two sheriffs he has served under move forward and he wants to build even stronger ties with the community in the days ahead.

  • 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.

  • Scott to chair board

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors held its organizational meeting Monday night. The supervisors chose District 5 Supervisor Tommy Scott as chairman and District 6 Supervisor Andy Dooley as vice chairman.
        During the meeting, the supervisors unanimously adopted a resolution supporting the town’s application for a grant to design and build an Amtrak passenger station in Bedford. The resolution does not obligate the county to spend any money.

  • Vinton man faces charges

        Theodore Moberg, 40, of Vinton was arrested Jan. 11 in connection with an ongoing investigation by the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children.

        Investigators from the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, with the assistance of the Bedford Police Department, arrested Moberg on charges of computer solicitation and indecent liberties with a minor.
        According to the sheriff’s office, this is an ongoing investigation and anyone with information on the case is asked to call ICAC at 434-534-9521.

  • Hawkins’ charges led county to conduct internal study

        Following the arrest of a paid paramedic with Bedford County Fire & Rescue and his subsequent placement on unpaid administrative leave, then Bedford County Administrator Carl Boggess requested an investigation be conducted to see if any other issues had occurred within that county department.

  • Man charged with assaulting infant denied bond

        A 27-year-old Bedford man, accused of sexually assaulting a 3-month-old infant, was denied bond during a hearing Friday in Bedford Circuit Court.
        Judge James Updike denied bond for Coleman Isaiah Ramsey, who is charged with four felonies including two counts of indecent liberties, one count of aggravated sexual battery and one count of forcible sodomy.
        He could face up to life in prison on the charges.

  • Tax relief for working families a priority

    By Delegate T. Scott Garrett, M.D.
    23rd District