Two Men Rescued from Possible Drowning by Local Police Officers


MAY 20, 2014

At 3:37 p.m. Friday, May 16, 2014, Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call from a Maurene Rosko at 1642 Krantzs Corner Road. She reported that her husband, Constantine Rosko age 83, and son, Curt Rosko age 54, were in a jon boat, on their private pond, attempting to remove an aerator pump when their boat capsized.  She said both men were in the water, holding on to the boat, and that her husband couldn’t swim. She also stated the water was approximately 8 to 9 feet deep.  Dispatchers broadcasted the call for distress and at 3:43 p.m. Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries Conservation Police Officer Dallas Neel arrived on the scene, followed by Bedford County Sheriff’s Deputy Tim Shull at 3:44 p.m.  Officer Neel attempted to throw a lifesaving device to them, but after unsuccessful attempts, both he and Deputy Shull removed their shirts and duty belts, and went in to the pond.  They were able to swim to the subjects and successfully brought both men back to shore.  Bedford County Sheriff’s Office Major Ricky Gardner and Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries Captain Tony Fisher both agree that had these two officers not reacted as quickly as they did and put their training into action, the outcome may have been tragically different.

Bedford County Rescue Units arrived on the scene and examined both men who were tired and cold.  Neither men required additional treatment, and were not transported to the hospital.


Agency Contacts:

Bedford County Sheriff’s Department – Major Ricky Gardner via the contact form on this website or see PDF for email address.
Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries – Lieutenant Chris Thomas 434-525-7522

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2014 Edward Byrne Memorial JAG Grant Program Notification

MAY 19, 2014

Bedford County welcomes public comment on the next issuance of FY2013 Justice Assistance Grant

(JAG) program. Bedford County Sheriff’s Office is eligible to receive $15,451.00. JAG funds are used to control and prevent crime. The funds are available over the next four years.
JAG funds can be used for:

  • Law enforcement programs
  • Prosecution and court programs, including indigent defense
  • Prevention and educational programs
  • Drug treatment and enforcement programs
  • Technology improvement program

Community input will be accepted until June 9, 2014. Please email your comments and or suggestions to Robin Sundquist via the Contact Form.

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Bedford County Sheriff’s Office Celebrated a Milestone Wednesday


 Bedford Co., VA – The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office celebrated a milestone Wednesday.

They held a ceremony to mark the 500th ballistic vest that the sheriff’s office has given to other departments. The Attorney General’s office has funded the program to help law enforcement agencies in Virginia that can’t afford the vests.

The 500th vest went to the Westmoreland County Sheriff’s Office.

“Many police officers die for lack of a ballistic armor and we’ve had many officers saved as a result of ballistic armor,” said Sheriff Mike Brown.

“We’re always looking for ways to make our jobs safe…safety is our number one priority,” said Sgt. Eric Molinares, of the Westmoreland County Sheriff’s Office.

Other vests went out Wednesday to the Town of Amherst Police, Radford City Police and the Albemarle County Sheriff’s Office.



BCSO Needs Information Regarding Burglaries of Storage Units


MAY 8, 2014

Bedford County Sheriff’s investigators are investigating numerous burglaries of storage units that have occurred since January 2014.  Suspect(s) are gaining entry into a single unit and are then able to access adjoining units. After gaining entrance, suspect(s) are stealing various items (jewelry, silverware, dinnerware, etc.). Storage units located in Moneta, Thaxton, New London and Forest have all been victimized.

 Anyone with information on these crimes is asked to call the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office 540-586-7699, use our anonymous web crime tip form or contact Central Virginia Crime Stoppers at 1-888-798-5900. Crime Stoppers callers remain anonymous and could receive cash reward at to $1,000.00 for information that solves the crimes.


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21st Annual BCSO G.R.E.A.T/DARE Golf Tournament



Saturday, July 26, 2014
8:00 am flight ONLY/ Lunch time: 12:00 noon


Ivy Hills Golf Course, Forest VA.For maps and directions check out our calendar


4 members per team. All teams much have a combined handicap of 40 or greater.

$55.00 per person
$220.00 per team
Includes: Green fees, cart rental, lunch and gift bag.

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


Please call 540-586-7718 for more information.

To register download the registration form and fill it out and return via the instructions.


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


Bedford County Sheriff’s Office
Annual Car Show & Swap Meet

Date: May 10, 2014
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!


Pre-Registration by April 30, 2014
Swap Spaces – $8.00
Show Entries – $15.00
Pre-Registration – less $3.00

Please send Pre-Registration to:

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

Download the Registration Form Here.

500th Ballistic Vest Donated To VA Law Enforcement

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Bedford, VA

Where: Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, EOC Room, Lower Level
When: Wednesday, May 7th, 1:30 pm

Today Sheriff Brown will be presenting the 500th ballistic vest, funded by the VA Office of Attorney General, to budget stricken law enforcement agencies in Virginia. This program is a direct result of the Moose International/Safe Surfin’ Foundation, “Protect the Protector” program.

This is our contribution to National Police Week.

This shipment of vests arrived earlier than planned and was decided that it is imperative this life-saving equipment is put into the hands of our dedicated law enforcement brothers and sisters as soon as possible.

Please join us at BCSO to celebrate this milestone and show your support for those that put their lives on the line for us all, everyday!

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Woman Charged with First Degree Murder of 2 Year Old Child

FEBRUARY 28, 2014

On Thursday afternoon at 1:35 p.m., Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call from 1066 Peaksview Lane, Bedford, Va. The caller advised dispatchers that his 2 year son was unresponsive and not breathing. Bedford County Fire and Rescue units along with Bedford County sheriff’s deputies responded to the scene. Resuscitation efforts were started at the scene and the child was transported to Bedford County Memorial Hospital, where it was pronounced dead. The victim’s body was transported to the Medical Examiner’s Office in Roanoke and an autopsy was performed this morning.



Investigators learned that Michael Smith, the father, Shana Witt, the mother, and two children, one 5 years old and the victim resided at the Peaksview Lane residence. The five year old was with a relative and not at the residence when the incident occurred. Michael and Shana are married.





Last night, Bedford County Sheriff’s investigators charged Shana Marie Witt, age 24, the mother, with first degree murder of the child. The father, Michael Smith, age 25, was also arrested and charged with two counts of felony child abuse and neglect and one count of manufacturing methamphetamines. Both are being held in the Bedford Adult Detention Center on no bond.

Bedford County’s Most Wanted – Help Us Catch Them!



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If you know the location of any of these individuals, please submit your tip through Central Virginia Crime Stoppers (1-888-798-5900 or TEXT CVCS 574637). Callers to CVCS can remain anonymous and are eligible to receive a cash reward. Alternatively you can call the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office at 540-586-7827 or submit a tip through our online tip submission form located here.

Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol (R.S.V.P.) Program Appreciation Dinner Held


JANUARY 16, 2014

RSVP Dinner Picture

On Wednesday January 15, 2014, the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office held its annual Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol (RSVP) Program Appreciation Dinner. Sheriff Mike Brown started the RSVP program in May 2001 with six volunteers. Two of the six charter members, Chuck Neudorfer and Charlie Walker are still very active members. Currently the program has 19 active members. The program unitizes retired persons in assisting deputies with non-emergency tasks.
In 2013, the volunteers donated a total of 4250 hours, which saved Bedford County tax payers over $72,000. They drove 51,201 miles performing their duties. Last year, RSVP volunteers assisted with 803 department errands, assisted with 56 funerals, assisted 85citizens with locked vehicles, performed 370 house checks, 626 school checks and delivered 76 meeting packets to members of the Bedford County Board of Supervisors. The RSVP volunteers also visit persons who participate with the Project Life Saver Program making sure the batteries in their equipment are in good working order.
Sheriff Brown is very proud and appreciative to each volunteer for their tireless devoted service to the citizens of Bedford County.

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