Need Help In Identifying Female Suspect in Forest Food Lion Credit Card Fraud

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October 15, 2014

The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office is investigating credit card fraud that occurred on October 10, 2014 at the Food Lion in Forest. Investigators are seeking the assistance from the public in identifying the female who is the suspect in the fraud.

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FOOD LION IMAGE

FOOD LION IMAGE

FOOD LION IMAGE

Anyone with information on this crime or knows the identity of the suspect is asked to call the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office at 540-586-7827, submit a web tip here, or contact Central Virginia Crime Stoppers at 1-888-798-5900. Crime Stoppers callers remain anonymous and could receive a cash reward up to $1,000.00 for information that solves crimes.

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Threatening Messages Found on Restroom Wall at Staunton River High School

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October 15, 2014

Bedford County Sheriff’s Office School Resource Officers and sheriff’s investigators are investigating a threatening message found on a restroom wall at Staunton River High School this morning. The SROs, from Staunton River High School and Staunton River Middle School, are working with school officials to ensure the safety of the students and staff at the school. Bedford County Sheriff’s deputies along with the Virginia State Police are on the scene. Explosive K-9s from the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office and Roanoke City Police Department are assisting with the investigation.

The investigation into the threat will continue.

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Student Arrested in Jefferson Forest High School Threat Case

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October 15, 2014

On Wednesday morning, Bedford County Sheriff’s School Resource Officers arrested a Jefferson Forest High School student and charged him with writing a threat against the school and students, which is a felony. The threat was found Monday afternoon written on a restroom wall in the school. The student was taken into custody and transported to the Lynchburg Juvenile Detention Home.

 

PRESS RELEASE
October 13, 2014

Bedford County Sheriff’s Office School Resource Officers are investigating a threatening message found on a restroom wall at Jefferson Forest High School today around 1:50 p.m. The SROs, from Jefferson Forest and Forest Middle School, worked with school officials to ensure the safety of the students and staff at the school. Bedford County Sheriff’s field services deputies along with Virginia Game Commission Conservation Police Offices were at the school during dismissal assisting the SROs.
The investigation into the threat will continue.

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Katie Hyatt Arrested and Charged with Three Home Burglaries and Four Grand Larcenies in Bedford County.

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October 10, 2014

On Friday morning October 10, 2014, Bedford County Sheriff’s investigators obtained arrest warrants for Katie C. Hyatt, age 39, of Concord. Hyatt is charged with three home burglaries and four grand larcenies in Bedford County. The additional larceny charge is taking firearms from one of a home. The crimes occurred between the end of May 2014 and September 2014.
Hyatt is being held in the Lynchburg Adult Detection Center.

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KATIE HYATT

KATIE HYATT

Press Conference Scheduled at 3:00pm Regarding Lyon Sisters Investigation

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October 2, 2014

There will be a press conference at the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office today, October 2, 2014, at 3:00 p.m. Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown, Bedford County Commonwealth’s Attorney Randy Krantz and Montgomery County MD Police Assistant Chief Russ Hamill will address the media on the ongoing investigation into the Lyon sister’s case.

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Tucker Terrance Investigation Update – September 30, 2014

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September 30, 2014

Bedford County Sheriff’s investigators have received the autopsy report from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner’s of Ruby Laughon and Brent Laughon. Rudy Laughon died from multiple gunshots and Brent died from a gunshot wound. The manner of death was ruled murder-suicide.

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Three People Arrested and Charged with Manufacturing and Possession of Meth on Pony Acres Road

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September 26,2014

Bedford County Sheriff’s Office vice investigators, assisted by the Virginia State Police TACT Team, executed a narcotics search warrant at 222 Pony Acres Road, Bedford, Va. Thursday night.

BETHANY ERIN ABBOTT RANDOLF WALLACE CLARK MARK MATTHEW FERGUSON
Bethany Erin Abbott
Randolph Wallace Clark, Jr.
Mark Mathew Ferguson

Bethany Erin Abbott, age 40, Randolph Wallace Clark Jr., age 40, and Mark Mathew Ferguson, age 42, all residing at 222 Pony Acres Road, Bedford were arrested and charged with manufacturing and possession of methamphetamines. They were transported to the Bedford Adult Detention Center and are being held without bond.

Investigators advise that this is an ongoing investigation and additional arrests are pending.

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Bedford County Sheriff’s Office Is Seeking Information in Taylor Mountain Area Investigation

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September 16, 2014

The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, the Virginia State Police, the Bedford County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office and the Montgomery County, Maryland, Police Department are jointly investigating the 1975 abduction of sisters Katherine and Shelia Lyon. Recent developments in the investigation have led law enforcement to the Taylor Mountain area of Bedford County. Anyone having information concerning this matter is asked to call 540-586-7827.

There is also an online Tip Submission form.

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Citizen’s Police Academy Postponed Until January 2015

The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office Citizen’s Police Academy scheduled for starting Sept 16 has been postponed until January 2015. If you would like to participate in January please use the following online form to sign up.

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Suspect Charged with Abduction, Three Counts of Assault and Battery, Destruction of Property, and Trespassing

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September 12,2014

At 8:22 a.m. Monday September 8, 2014, Bedford County sheriff’s deputies responded to Jane Randolph Street in Forest after receiving a call from a mother who reported that her 13 year old son had returned home from his bus stop. He told her that a white male in a silver or gold car had approached him at the bus stop, stuck a metal object in his stomach and tried to get him into his vehicle. While responding to the call on Jane Randolph Street, Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call from a female at Westwood Apartments, who reported a white male had tried to attack her with a metal flash light. Dispatchers received another call, a third call, from a male, who reported that a white male had assaulted him with a flash light in the parking lot of Westwood Apartments. He was able to take the flash light away from the suspect and the suspect ran into an apartment, not the suspect’s. During this altercation the suspect stuck the victim’s vehicle several times with the flash light. Due to similar descriptions of the suspect, it was quickly determined that the suspect in the attempted abduction was the same white male that attempted to assault the male and female at the apartments. Deputies were able to identify the suspect as Michael A. Wood Jr., age 48, who lived in Apt. 502 Westwood Apartments. After searching the area deputies located and arrested Michael Wood at 8:51 a.m. He was charged with abduction, three counts of assault and battery, destruction of private property and trespassing.
Wood was transported to the Bedford Adult Detection Center and is being held on no bond.

Michael A. Wood

Michael A. Wood

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