The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office Citizen’s Police Academy scheduled for starting Sept 16 has been postponed until January 2015. If you would like to participate in January please use the following online form to sign up.
Suspect Charged with Abduction, Three Counts of Assault and Battery, Destruction of Property, and Trespassing
At 8:22 a.m. Monday September 8, 2014, Bedford County sheriff’s deputies responded to Jane Randolph Street in Forest after receiving a call from a mother who reported that her 13 year old son had returned home from his bus stop. He told her that a white male in a silver or gold car had approached him at the bus stop, stuck a metal object in his stomach and tried to get him into his vehicle. While responding to the call on Jane Randolph Street, Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call from a female at Westwood Apartments, who reported a white male had tried to attack her with a metal flash light. Dispatchers received another call, a third call, from a male, who reported that a white male had assaulted him with a flash light in the parking lot of Westwood Apartments. He was able to take the flash light away from the suspect and the suspect ran into an apartment, not the suspect’s. During this altercation the suspect stuck the victim’s vehicle several times with the flash light. Due to similar descriptions of the suspect, it was quickly determined that the suspect in the attempted abduction was the same white male that attempted to assault the male and female at the apartments. Deputies were able to identify the suspect as Michael A. Wood Jr., age 48, who lived in Apt. 502 Westwood Apartments. After searching the area deputies located and arrested Michael Wood at 8:51 a.m. He was charged with abduction, three counts of assault and battery, destruction of private property and trespassing.
Wood was transported to the Bedford Adult Detection Center and is being held on no bond.
September 3, 2014
The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office would like to alert the citizens about a possible email phishing scam that citizens have reported receiving.
The email claims it is from the US Department of Treasury stating that Jacob “Jack” Lew, Secretary of Treasury, will release $500,000 to your bank account and all you have to do is provide $150 and your bank account information.
Any email from any government agency (federal, state, or local) will require you to come in person or verify your identity before discussing any sensitive information with you. There is not a single government agency that will ever request bank account or sensitive information via email or request payment over email. Don’t be scammed!
If you look carefully at the sample email below you will see that the “From”, “Reply-to”, and “To” information lists the email accounts as coming from gmail.com or qq.com. QQ.com is a foreign domain. This information is known as the ‘header’ information. You can use this information to determine if the message you receive is legitimate or not.
Also note in the sample at the bottom the request to respond to ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’. Terra.com is also a foreign based website.
If you receive this email please contact the US Department of Treasury directly to report it. The US Treasury does not send unsolicited requests and does not seek personal or financial information from members of the public by email.
If you receive an unsolicited email claiming to be from or involving the Internal Revenue Service (IRS):
report it to email@example.com according to these instructions.
If you receive an unsolicited email claiming to be from the U.S. Department of the Treasury, report it to the Treasury Office of Inspector General Hotline by:
Call 1-800-359-3898 (toll free)
Above information from http://www.treasury.gov/services/report-fwa/Pages/Report-Email-Scams.aspx
August 29, 2014
The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a forgery and uttering that recently occurred. During the course of the investigation it was discovered that the same female suspect is responsible for similar crimes in Waynesboro, Chesterfield, and the Town of Bedford. These crimes with this suspect have been occurring since June 2014.
The suspect appears to be intercepting legitimate business, in this case, Forest Foot and Ankle, checks from the mail and in one case, a private drop box. The suspect then alters the check to reflect a fake name. She then takes the checks to a bank and cashes them.
The suspect has used the following names and fake I.D.’s in these crimes:
- Tabitha Leigh Williams, 4552 Brookgreen Dr. West Columbia, SC 29169; SC DL 85185749
- Jennifer Cauthen, 3024 Anchorbrook Dr. Bellefontaine, OH 43311; Oh ID 9404951281
- Keandra Ellen Duncan; address 3225 Centerfield Dr. Cincinnati, OH 45201, Oh ID OHTL95140
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office at 540-586-7827, submit a web crime tip, or call Central Virginia Crime Stoppers at 1-888-798-5900. Crime Stoppers callers remain anonymous and could receive a cash reward to up $1,000 for information that solves the crime.
Bedford County Sheriff’s investigators are investigating home burglaries and larcenies from homes, boat docks and out buildings in the Goodview area of Bedford County. The crimes occurred July 30, 2014 through August 18, 2014. Victims report money, guns, jewelry, lawn equipment and fishing equipment taken. Investigators advise that a white male, wearing camouflage clothing, has been seen in the area of the crimes. Also a small red truck, a blue pickup and a small white car has been seen in the area of the crimes. Investigators believe some of the crimes may have been committed by a suspect(s) on a bright colored kayak.
Anyone with information on these crimes should call the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office at 540-586-7827, submit a tip over the web, or Central Virginia Crime Stoppers at 1-888-798-5900. Crime Stoppers callers remain anonymous and could receive a cash reward up to $1,000.00 for information that helps solve these crimes.
AUGUST 12, 2014
Monday evening Bedford Co. Sheriff’s investigators located Katherine Taylor.
She is no longer a missing person
AUGUST 11, 2014
On August 7, 2014, Bedford County Sheriff’s deputies took a missing person’s report on Katherine Lynn Taylor, age 44. She is a white female, brown hair, hazel eyes,
5’7”and 110 lbs. She has a unicorn tattoo on her right shoulder and a butterfly tattoo on her right leg. She was last seen on Wednesday August 6, around 11:00 a.m., at her
home at 101 Carol Court in Forest by her husband. Katherine has been known to leave home in the past for a couple days before returning.
Anyone with information on her whereabouts can call the Bedford County Sheriff’ Office at 540-586-7827 or submit your information through the online tip form.
July 24, 2014
One of the two bodies found on Saturday July 19, 2014 on Tucker Terrace has been identified as Brent Laughon, age 48. The second body has not been positively identified.
August 11, 2014
Tucker Terrace Death Investigation
The Chief Medical Examiner’s Office in Roanoke has notified Bedford County Sheriff’s Office investigators that the female body found on Tucker Terrace on July 19, 2014 is Ruby W. Laughon, age 73.
The cause and manner of the deaths have not been determined.
POSSIBLE SCAM ARTISTS
These three subjects visit churches in the Town of Bedford/Bedford County area, usually on a Friday or a Sunday, asking for help. When they are told that they cannot be helped at the time they tend to get angry and belligerent.
If any of them visit your church please contact the Bedford Police or Bedford County Sheriff’s Office at 540‐586‐7827 or dial 911.
JUNE 24, 2014
Major Ricky Gardner welcomes Soledad Moore as the newest member of the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office’s Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol, (RSVP).
Sheriff Mike Brown started the RSVP program in May 2001 with six volunteers. Currently the program has 18 active members. The program utilizes retired persons in assisting deputies in non-emergency situations.
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 85 citizens with locked vehicles, performed 370 house checks, 626 school checks and delivered 76 meeting packets to Bedford County Board of Supervisor members. The RSVP volunteers also visit persons who participate with 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 devoted service to the citizens of Bedford County.
JUNE 24, 2014
On Friday June 27, 2014, Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown and Lt. Chris Thomas, Department of Game and Inland Fishers will recognize the men from their respective agencies who assisted in the rescue, see below, on Friday May 16, 2014. The ceremony will be held in the Emergency Operations Center located in the lower level of the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office at 11:00 a.m.. The Rosko family will be in attendance to show their appreciation as well.
Two Men Rescued from Possible Drowning by Local Police Officers
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.