Bedford County Sheriff’s Office Fall Newsletter

Take the time to read the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office Fall Newsletter which is full of good information for the citizens of Bedford County. In this issue:

1. “Bath Salts” Use on the Rise
2. Public Safety Memorial
3. Election Day Almost Here
4. VSI Members Speak Out
5. Dangers of Texting While Driving
6. Scholarship Applications Now Available
7. Message from Sheriff Michael J. Brown

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Scam Alert: Don’t Let Your Bank Account Be Compromised!

The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office has received several calls in the last several days
from citizens reporting that their bank accounts have been compromised.
Victims report they received a text messages on their phones stating:
“Notice of (Name of Bank) account suspension. Please visit a (web-site address) to
solve the problem”
Victims then go to the web-site and fill in their account information. Later after
checking their statement the victims learn that they are missing money from their
accounts.
*Note: Banks will not text you or email you if there is a problem with your account.
Never enter account info into websites, they are usually phony sites made to look like
your bank’s site. If you receive such a message, pick up the phone and call your bank
directly or stop in to verify.
Never give out ANY personal or banking information over the
telephone or computer to anyone before verifying who you are
sharing this information with!

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Man Arrested and Charged with Malicious Wounding

At 8:22 p.m. Thursday, October 11th, Bedford County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call from a female reporting a domestic dispute at 1871 Wheatland Road, Bedford.
Upon arrival, deputies found the caller lying in the driveway with stab wounds to her abdomen. The victim advised that her husband, Kenneth, had stabbed her.
She was transported to Carillon Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
Deputies then arrested Kenneth Fitzgerald, age 56, at the scene and charged him with malicious wounding. He was transported to Bedford County Memorial Hospital for treatment to cut wounds to both his wrists. He was then transferred to the Blue Ridge Regional Jail in Bedford, where he is being held without bond.

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Sheriff’s Corner: Work Force Project a Great Success

After receiving numerous complaints of trash on the sides of the roads from residents in many areas of the county, Board of Supervisor member Bill Thomasson and I researched the legalities of possibly utilizing inmates for community service.

Back in mid-July, BCSO launched the “Inmate Work Force”, allowing non-violent inmates that qualify, to join this outside work detail program. Not only would this help Bedford County stay beautiful, it was also a great opportunity for these non-violent inmates to build their self-esteem and give something back to their community.
Since July, the Work Force goes out on trash patrol three days a week, usually with two inmates and one off-duty deputy. It is mind-boggling, but this initiative has already collected 750 bags of trash!
Thanks to a cooperative agreement with VDOT, bright orange trash bags are supplied to the work force then when their shift is complete, VDOT pick up the bags and transports them to the landfill. The jail agreed to pack bag lunches for the inmates while they’re out working and the Inmate Work Force van is equipped with a tag-a-long port-a-potty.
It’s a win-win service for everyone in the county!
The work force deputy tries to cover all different areas of the county. However, I suggest if you wish to report a high-trash area, to please notify your area Board of Supervisor and he/she will contact BCSO for scheduling. Big results can come from small investments; Total cost involved with this project is $30,000 a year. With this kind of volume of trash being removed from our roadsides, I would say its well worth it!

Download the October 2012 PDF “Sheriff’s Corner”

Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Issues Arrest Warrants

On October 4, 2012, Investigators from the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes
Against Children Task Force, executed a search warrant in the County of Bedford, VA, seeking
evidence related to an ongoing investigation into online solicitation of underage persons.
In July 2012, Investigators assigned to the SOVAICAC Task Force began an investigation on a
suspect reported to be in the area of Forest, VA, who was chatting online with a person whom
they had reason to believed was a minor female. Additionally at a later time the suspect began
chatting with another person he had reason to believe was a minor female.
A search warrant was obtained and subsequently executed at the residence of William Ramsey
Rogers on 117 Winesap Drives, Lynchburg VA. The residence is located within the confines of
Bedford County.
Arrest warrants were obtained and executed for the arrest of William Ramsey Rogers. Rogers
was charged with five felonies under Code of Virginia § 18.2-374.3 Use of communications
systems to facilitate certain offenses involving children. He was charged with 2 counts under sub
section (C-1), 2 counts under sub section (C-2) and 1 count under subsection (C-3).
Rogers was subsequently taken into custody without incident. Investigators may obtain
additional charges, pending the completion of the computer forensic examination on all items
seized from the residence.
Rogers is currently being held in the Bedford Blue Ridge Regional Jail without bond.
The Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force is one of over 60 task forces
across the US and is administered by the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office.

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Charges against Donald Dove Dismissed

An update on the September 26, 2012 incident previously reported as an unknown white male approaching a 13 year old girl at her bus stop; After further investigation, it has been determined that Donald Dove was wrongly identified by the witness.
This information was immediately forwarded to Bedford County Commonwealth’s Attorney, Randy C. Krantz who filed a motion with the court seeking dismissal of the charge against Mr. Dove.
The charge against Donald Dove was dismissed and he has been released from custody.
Further investigations of this incident continue.
Please read the Press Release for more information.

Man charged with unlawfully entering or present on property, school bus stop, used by public or private schools.

On Wednesday September 26, 2012, the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office received a call reporting that an unknown white male, bald with grey hair on the sides, approached a 13 year old girl at her bus stop around 7:30 a.m. The male made certain references to his home and asked her if she would like to accompany him there. The male was wearing a sweat suit and was on foot.

As the analysis proceeded, investigators, utilizing the Virginia state sex offender registry, identified Donald Dove as a possible suspect. On Thursday afternoon, investigators from both Campbell Co. and Bedford County Sheriff Offices arrested Donald Dove, age 68 of 421 Rogers Drive, Evington, Va.

He has been charged with the following; (Having been convicted of a sexually violent offence), unlawfully enter or be present on property, school bus stop, used by public or private schools.

He was transported to the Blue Ridge Regional Jail in Bedford and is being held with no bond.

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UPDATE:

The incident at the bus stop occurred in the Evington area of Bedford County.

Indecent Liberties Press Release

On Friday September 14, Michael D. Robertson, 42, of Hardy, Virginia was arrested and charged with one count of taking indecent liberties with a child while in a supervisory roll. At the time of the incident Robertson was a teacher’s aide at Liberty High School. The incident occurred on Wednesday September 12, 2012 on school property.

Due to the sensitivity of the case and that it is still under investigation, no further information will be available at this time.

Anyone with information pertaining to this, or any other investigation is asked to contact the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office at (540)586-7827.

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Bedford County Sheriff’s Office 2009 Press Releases

These older press releases are posted for archival and research purposes. All press releases are in Adobe Acrobat PDF format.

06242009 – Sheriff Brown Welcomes Academy Graduates to B.C.S.O.
06252009 – Bedford County Man Arrested on Courthouse Bomb Threat
07082009 – Hardy Fire Chief, Jeffrey Shifflett, Found Dead
07142009 – Three Petersburg Adults Arrested for Child Endangerment
07152009 – Drowning
08142009 – Lynchburg Man Arrested for Rape
08132009 – Home Invasion in Bedford County
08152009 – Eagle’s Roost Camp Ground Assault
09212009 – NC Man Arrested On Dog Fighting Charges
10022009 – Bedford County Man Arrested for Child Sexual Assault
10232009 – Two Bedford County Men Arrested For Break-Ins and Larcenies
10282009 – Bedford County Men Arrested in Counterfeiting/Drugs
11052009 – Bedford County Man Arrested on Sex Offenses
12042009 – Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Executes Search Warrant for Moneta Resident
Sheriff Mike Brown Presents 2009 Virginia Sheriff’s Institute Scholarship to Bedford County Resident

 

Bedford County Man Arrested for Arson

On September 11, 2012 Bedford County Deputies responded to 1053 Bills Road in reference to a citizen reporting that his home was on fire. Upon arrival, deputies spoke to the resident who reported that he was at home in his residence when he smelled something burning. He went outside and found his residence on fire. He was able to extinguish the blaze after calling 911. The resident told the deputies that he had seen someone walking from the property and provided a description along with the name of a subject he had been having problems with recently.

Deputies responded to 1031 Bills Road and made contact with a Darrell Orange. After a preliminary investigation, Orange was arrested and transported to the Blue Ridge Jail Authority in Bedford where he was charged with one count of Burning or Destroying an Occupied Dwelling, 2nd Offense.

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