Two Arrests made Sunday Morning on Horseshoe Bend Road in Bedford County.

August 24, 2015

At 2:00 a.m. Sunday morning, Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call from Cindy Davis, 1386 Horseshoe Bend Road Moneta. She advised that she had been assaulted by a Charles Green. After arriving on the scene, deputies found Green outside the home. He advised them that Davis had shot at him while they both were inside the house. Davis told the deputies that Green had assaulted her. After finding evidence of both, deputies arrested Cindy Davis, age 58, for discharging a firearm in an occupied dwelling. Charles Green, age 38, 1386 Horseshoe Bend Road, was arrested and charged with domestic assault and battery. Both parties had consumed alcohol and were transported to the Bedford Adult Detention Center.





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Veterans to Train in Bedford County to Fight Online Predators

Bedford Co., VA – A group of wounded veterans is coming to our area next week, where they will train to protect children from online predators.

The Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force will host the HERO (Human Exploitation Rescue Operative) Child Rescue Corps.  The fourth class in the program will train for a month at the task force’s Bedford County headquarters.  A recently installed elevator will allow the veterans to access the forensic lab and classrooms.

The 2013 federal sequestration threatened to end the program before it even started.  That’s when Sheriff Mike Brown’s Safe Surfin’ Foundation and Moose International bought the laptops that kept the program going.  Sheriff Brown traveled to Oak Ridge, Tennessee that summer to meet with the inaugural class.

Local Vietnam veteran and advocate Steve Bozeman will be one of the speakers at a welcome event for the program participants Monday.

“They can get a job, working with some agencies and help solve some of these problems,” said Steve Bozeman.  “These bad guys, take them off the street just like they did taking them off the streets in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Get rid of ’em.”

The veterans will be presented with keys to Bedford County and with lifetime memberships to the local Military Order of the Purple Heart chapter.

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Sheriff’s Office Investigating Drowning at Smith Mountain Lake

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July 27, 2015

On July 26, 2015, at 22:22, deputies with the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office responded to the community dock located off Lake Retreat Road in the Mariners Landing subdivision at Smith Mountain Lake in reference to a possible drowning incident. Upon arrival, the deputies were told that a 17-year-old male dove off a dock into the lake, but had not resurfaced. After a search of the area by emergency personnel, including Bedford County Fire & Rescue, Department of Game & Inland Fisheries, and the Sheriff’s Office, the victim was located deceased in the water nearby. Investigators and the Medical Examiner responded to the scene and are still in the process of investigating the incident. Due to the victim’s age and in consideration of family notifications, no further identifying information will be released at this time.

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Bedford County Woman Arrested for Abduction and Malicious Wounding after posting ad on CraigsList

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July 28, 2015

On July 22, 2015, deputies with the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office responded to 5330 Old Country Road in Bedford in reference to an assault call. Upon arrival, deputies spoke to Matthew Caruso who was suffering from numerous cuts and lacerations. Caruso told the deputies that he had responded to a ad offering sexual services by a subject identifying herself as “Trinity”, and he had arranged with her to meet at her residence at 5330 Old Country Road. Upon arrival, Caruso reports that “Trinity”, later identified as Jennifer Bandy-Mitchell, tied him up and assaulted him with a weapon. Caruso was able to escape the residence through a window and was able to contact the Sheriff’s Office. Deputies located Brandy-Mitchell at her residence and took her into custody without incident. She was transferred to the Blue Ridge Jail Authority, Bedford Adult Detention Facility where she was held without bond. Bandy-Mitchell was charged with Malicious Wounding, Abduction, and Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony. Caruso was treated for his injuries at the hospital and released.

Jennifer Bandy-Mitchell

Jennifer Bandy-Mitchell


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Bedford County Sheriff Has Safe Exchange Zone for Craigslist or Facebook Meetups

Bedford County, VA – If you are planning to meet up with a stranger to buy or sell something, there’s a safe place to do it in Bedford County.

This “Exchange Zone” was just set up in front of the Sheriff’s Office.  The two parking spaces are video monitored 24-7.  There is always someone inside the building watching and deputies can review the camera footage.

The Sheriff welcomes anyone to use the zone, even if you don’t live in Bedford County.  He said the zone is in response to a community safety need.

“We have calls here about I’m getting ready to sell something, or buy something, through Craigslist, what should I do?  What precautions should I take,” said Sheriff Mike Brown.

Bedford Domestic Violence Services and the Bedford County Department of Social Services is telling clients to use the zone when they need to meet someone to exchange property or for child visitation.

Bedford Begins Extradition Process for Suspect In Lyon Sisters Case


Sheila Lyon (left) and Katherine Lyon

The Delaware prisoner facing murder charges in connection with a mysterious 40-year-old cold case is expected to be brought to Bedford County for a trial in the next two months, authorities said at a press conference Thursday.

Lloyd Lee “Michael” Welch Jr., 58, was indicted Friday by a Bedford County grand jury on two counts of first degree felony murder stemming from the disappearance of two Maryland girls in 1975. The indictments were unsealed Wednesday.

Authorities wrote in recently unsealed search-warrant applications they believe Welch, who has family ties on Taylors Mountain in Bedford County, visited the area in March 1975 to dispose of the bodies of Sheila and Katherine Lyon.

The 12- and 10-year-old Lyon sisters went to a mall in Wheaton, Maryland, on March 25, 1975, and didn’t return home. Their bodies were never found.

Authorities from Montgomery County, Maryland, and Bedford County announced Welch’s indictment at a press conference in Wheaton Wednesday and gave a more detailed picture of the case Thursday.

Bedford County Commonwealth’s Attorney Randy Krantz said that Thursday morning he started the process of extraditing Welch from Delaware, where he is serving a lengthy sentence for child-sex crimes.

“Because that Mr. Welch is an inmate of a Delaware state prison, we have to through the process of having him transported and turned over to Bedford County authorities. This morning, prior to coming here, I submitted the initial documents entering them into the system so that what we call ‘detainers’ may be filed against him in Delaware,” Krantz said.

He estimates it will take between 30 and 60 days for Welch to arrive in Bedford County, where he’ll face a trial. No trial date has been set.

Bedford County Sheriff Michael Brown said Welch’s indictment is a significant milestone for the case, which has gone decades without any substantial leads.

“They were killed in order for their captors to escape detection. The motive for the abduction of the Lyon sisters was to sexually exploit, abuse and defile them,” Brown said.

He and other authorities noted the investigation is ongoing, and warned against withholding information from officials.

“As we go forward in preparing for the trial of Lloyd Welch, the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office will also continue to focus its investigative efforts on identifying and bringing to justice those individuals that added or assisted in this horrible crime,” Brown said.

Montgomery County Police Capt. Darren Franke urged anyone with information about the girls to examine their conscience.

“Our message is very very simple, and it’s to the whole community: We will be relentless in finding the facts of this case. If you have information, if you’re a Welch, if you’re a citizen of Bedford County, if you’re a citizen of Montgomery County, we want to hear from you,” Franke said.

Anyone with information about the case is urged to call the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce at (434) 534-9521, or email the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at

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Notice from Sheriff Mike Brown – Significant Developments in Lyon Sisters Case


A Press Conference will be held at Mid-County Services Center, 2424 Reedie Dr., Wheaton, MD, at 12:00 Noon, this Wednesday, July 15, 2015, on major developments in the Lyon Sister’s Cold Case Investigation. Sheriff Mike Brown and Commonwealth Attorney Randy Krantz and members of the Montgomery County (MD) Police Department and the State’s Attorney’s Office will be speaking on these latest developments in this investigation.

A Press Conference will be held at the Central Virginia Community College, Main Training Room, 1633 Venture Blvd., Bedford, VA, at 12:00 Noon, this Thursday, July 16, 2015, on additional developments in the Lyon Sister’s Cold Case Investigation. Sheriff Mike Brown and Commonwealth Attorney Randy Krantz and members of the Montgomery County (MD) Police Department and the State’s Attorney’s Office will be speaking on other developments in this investigation.

No additional information will be available from this office or the officials in Maryland.

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Bedford County Students Earn State Recognition

Sheriff Mike Brown is pleased to announce that the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office School Resource Officers, under the command of Capt. Tim Hayden and Sgt. Randy Smith, attended the Virginia State YOVASO (Youth Of VA Speak Out) awards dinner, held at the James Madison University. Each SRO coordinates a YOVASO team in the high and middle schools in Bedford county. Students create campaigns that promote safe driving habits, seat belt usage, no texting while driving and how to be a responsible passenger.

Out of 146 schools throughout the state, Bedford County SROs and their schools walked away with seven of the top awards, over 50%, including Cpl. Ryan Hilbish, Law Enforcement Officer of the Year, his school principal, Dr. Leann Calvert of Jefferson Forest High, received the School Administrator of the Year, Jefferson Forest High also received the Outstanding YOVASO Club of the Year. Deputy Chris Cook, SRO of Staunton River High was awarded school Resource Officer of the year and Staunton River High won YOVASO Club of the Year. Student Volunteer of the Year went to Grace Overstreet, daughter of Stephanie Overstreet, who received the Shining Star Award for her efforts in promoting teen driver safety through her foundation “F.O.C.U.S. for ABB” which was established in memory of her daughter, Ashley.


“I am extremely proud of these SROs who instill positive influence through their interaction with these people and encourage responsible driving safety in these teen drivers.” Said Sheriff Brown, “We have lost too many of our young people to car crashes in this county and programs like this have brought that ugly statistic down dramatically over the past five years. I congratulate all the students and the SROs for their hard work and the school administrators encouraging them by embracing this program.”

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2015 22nd Annual BCSO G.R.E.A.T/D.A.R.E Golf Tournament Info


Who: 4 members per team
All teams must have a combined handicap of 40 or greater

What: $55.00 per person
$220.00 per team
To Include: Green fees / Cart rental / Lunch / Giftbag


When: Saturday August 1, 2015
8:00 am flight ONLY / Lunch time: 12:00 noon

Where: Ivy Hills Golf Course, Forest Virginia

Why: Proceeds to benefit the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office
School Resource Officer G.R.E.A.T. Program


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Two in Custody for Feb 2014 Robbery at the Sonic in Forest

June 24, 2015

Weeks after the robbery of the Sonic in Forest in February 2014, Matthew Kukulski and Caitlin N. Williamson, boyfriend/girlfriend, became persons of interest in the robbery.

In August 2014, Bedford County Sheriff’s Investigator Steve Smith traveled to Florida where Kukulski was serving time in jail. While in Florida, Smith interviewed both Kuklski and Williamson.

In December 2014, a Bedford County Grand Jury returned indictments against both for two counts of armed robbery and two counts for use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

On February 12, 2015, Caitlin Williamson age 26 was transported back to Bedford County to stand trial on her charges. She is currently being held in the Lynchburg Adult Detention Center.



On June 23, 2015 after completing serving his time in Florida, Matthew Kukulski, age 27, was transported back to Bedford County.



He is being held in the Bedford Adult Detention Center.

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