Sheriff Brown Will Host a Press Conference to Report on the Investigations into a String of Recent Burglaries


JANUARY 25, 2012

On Friday morning, January 25, 2013, Sheriff Brown will host a press conference at 10:00 a.m. in the Emergency Operations Center located in the lower level of the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office.
The purpose of the press conference is to report on the results and arrests of ongoing investigations into a string of recent burglaries in Bedford County.
No further information will be released by the Sheriff’s office prior to the conference due to the arrests that still need to be made.

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Bedford County Sheriff’s Office Looking for Two Suspects


On 01/17/2012 at 1:56AM Bedford County Communications received a call from a resident in the 1400 block of Centerville Road stating unknown individuals had shot into her home. A deputy responding to the area observed a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed on Belltown Road. The deputy attempted to stop the vehicle and the vehicle attempted to flee. The deputy pursued the vehicle onto Kincannon Road, where the vehicle wrecked. The occupants of the vehicle fled on foot, and one suspect was taken into custody. A second subject was located by another deputy at a residence near the crash site. Two other occupants of the vehicle remain at large. They are described as black males wearing dark clothing.
The suspects in custody have been identified as Augustus J. Xavier, DOB 1/11/1995, 1101 12th Street, Roanoke VA and Juan Quontell Welton, DOB 9/24/1992, 922 Palm Ave NW, Roanoke, VA.

A possible sighting of one of the at-large suspects was received at 11:31AM in the 3600 block of East Lynchburg-Salem Turnpike. Officers responded to the area immediately and searched the area but were unable to locate any suspects matching the description given by the caller. The public is encouraged to call police immediately should any suspicious subject be observed in the area, or if anyone had contact with subject matching the description given. These subjects should be considered armed and dangerous.

This incident is still under investigation.

Anyone having information regarding this incident should call the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office at 540-586-7827 or the
Crimestoppers Tips Line at 1-888-798-5900.

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Woman Charged with Malicious Wounding, Assault on a Police Officer and Obstruction of Justice


On December 19 at 7:18 p.m., Bedford County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to 1025 Buffalo Run Road, Thaxton, in reference to an assault. Deputies arrive at the address and spoke with the caller, who stated that Jessica Hiner had showed up at her residence with blood on her clothing. Hiner told her that she had been involved in an altercation with Phillip Helms and then left on foot.

Deputies then went to the Helms residence at 1577 Irving Road. While attempting to get an answer at the door, deputies observe what appeared to be drops of dried blood near the door.

At 9:00 p.m., Roanoke Memorial Hospital notified Bedford County dispatchers that Phillip Helms was in their emergency department. He had lacerations to his hand and chest area. A deputy responded to the hospital and interviewed Helms.

At 11:29 p.m., deputies went to 215 Meadow Creek Drive where they located Jessica Hiner, age 27. After being advised that she was arrested for malicious wounding, she assaulted the deputy and resisted being handcuffed.

She was transported to the Blue Ridge Regional Jail in Bedford, where she is being held without bond. She is charged with malicious wounding, assault on a police officer and obstruction of justice. Deputies believe alcohol was involved in this incident.

Investigation of this incident is ongoing.

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Bedford County First Responders Deliver Baby in Parking Lot

From WSET-TV ABC 13 website:

Bedford Co., VA – A couple of first responders delivered a baby in a gas station parking lot early Wednesday morning.

It was an extra special delivery for Deputy Allison Key. It’s a call that will always be a special memory in her law enforcement career.

This what the 911 said:

“Bedford 911, where’s your emergency? Yes ma’am, my girlfriend’s pregnant. She’s about to have the baby.”

It was 2:13 a.m. when that call came in, and the man on the phone was in a race against the clock to get his pregnant girlfriend to the hospital.

Dispatcher Becky Dooley had the man pull off of Route 460 into the parking lot of a New London gas station. The screams from the mother-to-be in the passenger seat had them all worried the baby would get there before the ambulance.

Fortunately, Deputy Allison Key got there soon after.

“I was the closest one there, so I take off and get there and she’s definitely in labor. Screaming. Telling me that the baby’s coming and I’m hoping and praying that it’s not,” said Key.

“She was keeping the mother calm until we got there. She helped assist me when I got there. Taking care of the mother until the medic unit arrived,” said Eddie Witt with Fire and Rescue.

Witt was the next to arrive, and he delivered the baby.

“Within about 8 minutes, we delivered a little baby girl,” said Witt.

“We no more than get her in the back of the ambulance and we have a baby,” said Key. “I got to cut the cord.”

That was a first for Deputy Key. After 8 years on the road, this happened on her last night of duty.

“It’s a good way to go out,” she said.”It was a good cry for a change. Usually you hear the bad cries. That was a good cry for a change.”

Key is leaving the sheriff’s office for a law enforcement job with a private company. But she says she plans to stay on as a reserve deputy. She also plans to stay in touch with the baby’s family.


Update on Fuel Oil Thefts

Read 12/11/2012 Press Release here

On December 12, 2012, Michael Scott Toler, age 49, 156 Winfall Road, Gladys, Virginia was arrested in Amherst County. Toler is charged with grand larceny of fuel oil from Beaver Dam Baptist Church. He is free on bond.

The investigation of the larceny from Bethesda United Methodist Church continues.

Due to Toler pending trial, suspect’s photo will not be released. The media is asked to not print or broadcast any photo at this time. This is a continuing investigation.

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Search Warrant Executed Arrest Made for Possession of Child Pornography


On 12/4/2012, the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant for possession of child pornography on Baymeadow Dr, Vinton, which is located within Bedford County.
The search warrant was part of a joint investigation by the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and included Task Force officers from the Bedford County County Sheriff’s Office, Christiansburg Police Department, the Greene County Sheriff’s Office, and Vinton Police Department. Over 60 items of evidence was seized as part of the search warrant.
James Otis Baker was subsequently arrested and transported to the Blue Ridge Regional Jail in Bedford County, where 10 felony warrants for possession of child pornography were obtained and served on him for violation of § 18.2-374.1:1 Code of Virginia. Mr. Baker was processed and released on a $7,000 secured bond.

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Man Arrested in Connection With Malicious Wounding

On 12/15/2012 Deputies responded to 1833 Joco Lane in Moneta in reference to a subject who had been assaulted, and upon arrival deputies found a man with a severe laceration to the neck. The victim and several witnesses described that an altercation had ensued between the victim and another subject at the residence identified as Jamie Ellis and during this altercation; Ellis cut the victim’s throat. Ellis had fled the scene prior to deputies arriving. The victim was evaluated by rescue personnel and flown to Roanoke Memorial Hospital for treatment. Ellis was later arrested at a separate location as he attempted to force his way into a residence. Ellis was taken into custody and transported to the Blue Ridge Regional Jail where warrants for Aggravated Malicious Wounding and Interfering with Property Rights was issued. Ellis is held without bond.

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Jefferson Forest High School Student Arrested For Making A Threat By An Electronic Device Against Another Student

Forest, (Bedford County) VA 

On Monday December 17, a 15 year‐old Jefferson Forest High School student was arrested for making a threat against another student, who attends a school outside of Bedford County.
The Sheriff’s Office School Resource Officer learned of the alleged threat and confronted this student, which lead to him being taken into custody.
This minor is being charged with making a threat by an electronic device which is a felony. He was transported to the Lynchburg Detention Home where he is being held.

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Three Adults and Two Juveniles Arrested and Charged For Theft of Church Nativity Figures

Bedford County deputies have arrested and charged three adults and two juveniles for their involvement in the theft of nativity scene figures from the Shiloh United Methodist Church in Forest.
John Killgo, 19, 203 Homestead Drive, Forest, Scott Cooley, 19, 1076 Gables Drive, Forest, and Matthew Barringer, 19, 1054 Blue Ridge Circle, Forest, are charged with grand larceny, felony property damage, trespassing on church property after dark and two counts of contributing to a minor.

Scott Cooley John Killgo Matthew Barringer


The two juveniles are charged with grand larceny, felony property damage and trespassing on church property after dark. Both juveniles were transported to and are being held in the Lynchburg Detention Home.
The arrests occurred after receiving a tip from a Crime Stoppers caller.

Deputies believe the suspects destroyed the figures. The church estimates value of the 12 figures to be between $2,000.00 and $2,500.00.

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