Sheriff Mike Brown Running For Re-election

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To The Citizens of Bedford County and Town:

As a great number of you already know I am running for reelection as Sheriff, Bedford County, this November. With this in mind I am again respectfully and humbly asking for your vote! I am looking forward to another four years as your sheriff and will, as in the past, continue to develop projects that enhances the safety and security of each and every citizen of this county while pursuing regional, state and federal grants that takes the financial burden of paying for these programs off of the backs of our hard working citizens.

A few of the grants that we have received, at no cost to our tax payers, are: ballistic vests for our deputies, computers that are used in the investigations of sexual predators that target our children, overtime for deputies for DUI enforcement and speed suppression, alco-sensors and dash cameras for our vehicles, mobile data units for the patrol cars, SROs for the schools,  3 deputies for gang unit (we have seen an increase of gang activity over the last 5 years in the county), special safety and security equipment for the court house,  forensic equipment for Investigations, mobile document scanners for investigations, camera equipment, computer monitors for deputy’s room, large screen displays for dispatch calls,  tactical team ballistic shields, laptops for SROs, PowerPoint projector for SROs, keyless entry system for BCSO building, reverse 911 system

 I have several projects that I will be developing over the next four years and I think you will be excited and pleased when I preview them for your information and review. One in particular should have your full support as it deals with the training of wounded, injured and ill veterans in high-tech computer forensics and law enforcement skills, to assist in the fight against online child sexual exploitation. Upon successful completion of the program these veterans will have the knowledge, skills and experience to apply for careers with federal, state and local police agencies, and other organizations, in the field of computer forensics. This training will be funded by a grant and will give these Wounded Warriors a second chance at living an almost perfect life style… considering their injuries. It has been my honor and pleasure to serve the citizens of Bedford County for the last 19 + years and I look forward to another four years as your sheriff.

‘Like’ my re-election page on Facebook and keep updated on my progress.

Thank you

Sheriff Mike Brown

Bedford County Sheriff’s Office Seeking Assistance on Identifying Driver of the Moneta Red Dodge Neon

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PRESS RELEASE
April 23, 2015

Recently there has been a lot of discussion on social media concerning a subject in a newer model red Dodge Neon in the Moneta area. The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office would like to take a moment to address some of the postings and comments that have been put out by concerned citizens via social media.

The initial information was received by the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office third-hand by a friend of a woman who experienced a disturbing incident where a heavy-set white male in a new model Dodge Neon had made rude and vulgar comments to her as she left the Food Lion Grocery Store at 14807 Moneta Road in Moneta. She then told her friend that the subject appeared to be following her because after she ate at nearby establishment, the same red Neon was parked near where she had parked her vehicle. This incident was not reported to law enforcement at the time of the incident. Once the information was provided to a Bedford County Sheriff’s Office employee, a notice was sent to all deputies to keep an extra eye and conduct additional patrols in this area to attempt to identify this subject. It must be noted that his actions were suspicious in nature, but no criminal offense occurred at that time.

Additionally, the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call Sunday, April 19, 2015 to the Dollar General Store at 14655 Moneta Road concerning a juvenile subject who reported that a subject in a red Dodge Neon had attempted to abduct her. This incident was investigated, including video surveillance from the store, and it was found to be a false report. There was no evidence or information that corroborated the juveniles account, and there was no sighting of the Dodge Neon at this incident.

There have been postings on social media accounts from citizens in the Moneta area discussing additional incidents concerning a person (and this vehicle) over the last several days. One posting identified this subject as a convicted sex offender. At this time, none of these additional incidents has been reported to law enforcement and the subject has not been identified, let alone verified as a sex offender. At this time, there are no outstanding warrants on this individual; however investigators are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the driver of the red Dodge Neon at the Moneta Food Lion.

The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office encourages anyone who is the victim of a crime to call 911. Anyone with information on the identity of this individual is asked to call 540-586-7827 or send information via our anonymous web tip form.

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G.R.E.A.T/DARE Annual Car Show and Swap Meet

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Bedford County Sheriff’s Office
G.R.E.A.T./DARE
Annual Car Show & Swap Meet

Date: May 9, 2015
Time: 10 AM – 2 PM
Location: Liberty High School. Route 122, Bedford, VA.

There will be muscle cars, sports cars, motorcycles, tractors and trucks. Food and prizes! First 75 participants receive plaque.
Guaranteed music and fun for everyone!

TO REGISTER PLEASE DOWNLOAD AND PRINT THIS FORM AND MAIL TO THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE OR BRING TO THE CAR SHOW

Pre-Registration by April 30, 2015
Swap Spaces – $8.00
Show Entries – $15.00
Pre-Registration – less $3.00

Please send Registration to:

Car Show – Bedford County Sheriff’s Office
1345 Falling Creek Road
Bedford, VA 24523

Download the Registration form here

Virginia Sheriffs’ Institute Newsletter

In this issue:

  • VA Legislature Takes on Issue of Sexual Assaults on Campus\
  • Move Over – It’s the Law
  • Spring Showers Could Bring Dangerous Floods
  • First “Animal Law” Unit in Nation
  • Scholarship Deadline Approaches
  • Better Business Bureau Gives VSI 100% Charity Accountability Rating
  • Message from Sheriff Michael J. Brown

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Man Charged with Malicious Wounding in Stabbing Incident in Huddleston

PRESS RELEASE
April 20,2015

At 3:43 a.m. on Sunday morning April 19, 2015, Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call from a female reporting a stabbing on Old Firetrail Road in Huddleston. She further advised the victim was lying in the road and the suspect, Justin Burrell, age 19, had left the scene in a Jeep with two other males. Deputies located and stopped the Jeep on Gladdy Branch Road at 4:11 a.m. Burrell was taken into custody and charged with malicious wounding. He is being held in the Bedford Adult Detention Center without bond. Investigation of this incident continues.

JUSTIN W. BURRELL

JUSTIN W. BURRELL

The victim of the stabbing Joey D. Roach Jr., age 18, was transported by helicopter to Roanoke Memorial Hospital.

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Man Arrested and Charged with Arson and Threatening to Burn an Occupied Building

PRESS RELEASE
April 17, 2015

At 9:08 p.m. Thursday night, Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call from a female who advised that she and her husband, Michael W. McCarty, age 56, were arguing and he was  threatening to burn down their house. She also advised she had left the house, however prior to leaving she witnessed him with a gas can. Deputies responded to the 2300 block of Bateman Bridge Road. As deputies arrived, they observed a man run into the house. As they approached the home they saw a man inside holding a five gallon gas can. Deputies made entry in the house, and after a brief struggle, McCarty complained about injuries. He was transported by ambulance to Lynchburg General Hospital and subsequently released.

MICHAEL W. MCCARTY

MICHAEL W. MCCARTY

After leaving the hospital, deputies arrested McCarty and charged him with one count of threatening to burn an occupied building and one count of attempted arson of an occupied building. Further charges are possible. He is being held in the Bedford Adult Detention Center without bond.

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Bedford County Sheriff’s Office Needs Information About Recent Thefts

Between the dates of March 11th and March 13th 2015 unknown subject or subjects entered the property of Witt Mechanical located at 2990 E. Lynchburg Salem Turnpike Bedford Va. At that time, a 1982 Chevrolet Suburban and1997 Easy Ride utility trailer 18-20 ft tilt bed car hauler were stolen.

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Stolen Chevy Suburban

Stolen Suburban

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Bedford County Sheriffs Office and speak with Inv. Steve Smith: phone (540-586-4800 EXT. 4076 /540-586 7827). You can submit a tip via our anonymous tip form and you may also make an anonymous report to Central Virginia Crime stoppers at 1-888-798-5900. Information leading to the arrest and subsequent conviction are subject to a reward up to $1000.00

 

Forest Man Arrested on Charges Related to the Possession of Child Pornography

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On April 7, 2015, Cameron Boyd, of Forest, VA, was arrested on charges related to the possession of child pornography.

In 2013 Cameron Boyd became a person of interest to the SOVA-ICAC when a Detective from Lynchburg Police Department downloaded child pornography from a suspect believed to be within the city of Lynchburg. Further investigation led to the discovery that the suspect lived in Bedford County, at which point the case was referred to the Bedford Sheriff’s Office.

In 2014, investigators from the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office’s assigned to the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Unit, executed a search warrant at the residence of Boyd, 27, of Forest, Virginia, seeking evidence related to the internet activity involving the possession of child pornography. Numerous pieces of evidence were collected, including laptop computers, and digital storage media, which were submitted for forensic analysis. Upon completion of the analysis, the case was presented to the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office for review, and Boyd was subsequently indicted by a grand jury on April 3, 2015.

Lynchburg Police Department is an affiliate agency with the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, which has been administered by the Bedford Sheriff’s Office since the task force program was created in 1998, through a federal grant.

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Bedford County Sheriff’s Office Continues to Investigate Deaths of Two Individuals

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PRESS RELEASE
April 10, 2015
(UPDATE)

Bedford County Sheriff’s investigators continue to investigate the deaths of the two individuals on Jane Randolph Street in Forest. Investigators identified the two individuals as Curtis L. Brumfield, age 58 and Susan C. Brumfield, age 56. In addition to the bodies found at the scene, additional items of physical evidence will be submitted to the forensic science laboratory in Roanoke. The exact manner and cause of death can only be determined by a complete and thorough autopsy. The autopsy and the examination of the forensic evidence may take several weeks or more before any investigative conclusions can be reached. Preliminary investigation of these deaths does not indicate the involvement of a third party.

However, the investigation is ongoing.
Bedford County Sheriff’s investigators are not making assumptions concerning the two deaths. But will follow where ever the evidence leads them.

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April 9, 2015 Press Release

At 9:58 this morning, Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call requesting a well being check on a co-worker at 115 Jane Randolph in Forest. The caller started the person had not showed up at work for a couple days.

Deputies were dispatched and arrive at 10:18 a.m. After entering the home, deputies located two deceased bodies.

Beware of These Scams!

Fraud Alert

Your phone rings. The caller ID reads “Internal Revenue Service.”  It’s the IRS calling to tell you that you owe taxes.  The agent on the phone provides their name and badge number, and the agent provides the last four digits of your Social Security number as verification. The agent tells you the amount of taxes that you owe, threatens consequences of the failure to pay back taxes such as loss of business license or jail time, and takes any questions you may have.  Next, they provide you with details on how to pay your back taxes through debit card or wire transfer.

Now the question ­– is the IRS agent real or fake?

The answer is: fake. This is the scenario of one of the latest consumer scams, which has many Americans sending their hard-earned dollars to the “IRS” only to find out that they have fallen victim to financial theft.

I shared this scenario last year. Unfortunately, it’s still one of the top reported consumer scams in the United States. In fact, tax-related identity theft was the most common form of identity theft reported to the Federal Trade Commission in 2014, while the number of complaints from consumers about criminals impersonating IRS officials was nearly 24 times more than in 2013, according to FTC statistics.

Internet and telephone consumer scams that result in identity or financial theft are becoming more sophisticated and they are often unidentifiable at first blush. Here are three recent scams to be aware of, according to the Better Business Bureau’s Top Ten Scams of 2014:

The Grandchild Emergency Scam

Scammers call pretending to be a grandchild who was arrested and robbed and needs money ASAP. They start by saying “Grandma? Can you hear me ok?” They’ll wait for the grandparent to say a grandchild’s name (“Justin? Is that you sweetheart?”). Scammers then use emotional pleas to ask for money. For instance, they might say, “Please don’t call my parents – I know they will be mad at me, but I need help and you are the only person I could turn to to bail me out. I need $5,000 for bail.” They’ll provide instructions for wiring money. Typically, these scams target older individuals who are likely to help a grandchild with no questions asked.

The Tech Support Scam

Scammers use phone call or internet pop ups on your computer. They claim to be an individual from Microsoft, Apple, or another tech company. They tell you that they received an alert that there are errors that need to be repaired on your computer. They will attempt to get remote access to your computer in order to “repair” the bug. These scams often happen at a workplace, where you may be more inclined to share information with a tech support group.

The Click Bait Scam

Scammers use popular news, like breaking news stories, celebrity images, or other enticing stories to bait you to click on a video or photograph. The click leads you to unintentionally download malware to your computer.

So how can individuals protect themselves against scams such as these? In this day of technology, consumers must learn to be vigilant in sharing and protecting personal information no matter what the platform. The following steps may help in protecting you from a scam:

First, verify the person you are speaking with or the link you have received is who he, she, or it claims to be. In all of the instances above (and with most telephone and internet scams), the scammers request personal information over a non-secure site (your mobile device, a website, or over the phone). Often, institutions have policies that state they will never request personal information by email, text, or social media. When in doubt, hang up and call the institution or agency using a phone number listed on an old bank statement, from an official website, or other trusted document. If the request is legitimate, the person will be able to direct you to an agent for assistance.

Second, don’t send money to someone you don’t know. Agencies like the IRS usually first contact people by mail about unpaid taxes. Again, calling the agency using a phone number from a trusted source will help verify an appropriate method for any necessary payments. If you use online auction sites (like eBay), the FTC recommends using a payment option that provides protection, like a credit card.  If a caller says that they are someone you know, the FBI recommends calling another family member to determine whether or not the call is legitimate. The FBI also recommends never wiring money based on a request made over the phone or in an e-mail because, “wiring money is like giving cash—once you send it, you can’t get it back.” http://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/2012/april/grandparent_040212

Third, learn how to keep your personal information secure online and offline. The FTC has tips for anything from securing your Social Security number to keeping your mobile devices secure: http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0272-how-keep-your-personal-information-secure.

Finally, stay up to date on the latest scams. If you suspect you’re the target of a scam, do a quick search through Google or another search engine to see if something similar has been reported in the news. The Federal Trade Commission regularly posts scam alerts on its website. You can sign up to receive scam alerts by email, too: http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/scam-alerts.

If you think you may have fallen victim to a scam, report the incident to the FTC at http://www.ftc.gov/complaint. Also, report scams to your state Attorney General. In Virginia, those complaints can be filed at http://www.oag.state.va.us/index.php/citizen-resources/consumer-protection.