Brief Thank you Ceremony for Good Samaritan Citizens

To read the newspapers and watch TV one would think that law enforcement is despised by most of the public…not true, and we in law enforcement know it. I receive notes and calls every week from citizens that congratulate our deputies on their service to them personally or to someone they know. This scenario was played out yesterday, Wednesday, in Forest and this office wants to recognize the citizens who took the time to assist one of our deputies. We will have a short ceremony in the parking lot of Trio’s Pizza, Forest, VA,(beside Sheetz near Perrowville Road) Friday, June 12 at 2:00PM. At least one of the ‘Good Samaritan Citizens’ will be there to accept our thanks and a small token of our appreciation. We are attempting to locate the others.

Please see below the comments from Deputy Daniel’s email sent to me this morning.

“Yesterday during my motorcycle pursuit, that turned into foot pursuit in Forest, I was reminded that even with all that is taking place in our country, law enforcement ‘battering’ , that we still have some grateful citizens in our community that appreciate what we do. This happened yesterday and took place in probably the busiest part of the day, lots of traffic, in Forest. As a result, a lot of citizens witnessed this ordeal. Also, a lot of people, including the motorcyclist, could have been injured, possibly killed due to his reckless regard for the public. Due to manpower being stretched razor thin with our office I didn’t have a back up unit even remotely close…not blaming anyone…we were super busy. Not one but 4 different citizens stopped to help. The first one pointed me in the direction where the cyclist had gone… I had lost sight of the driver and was not sure which way to go. Then I was stopped by another man who told me which way the driver went after he had abandoned his motorcycle. After a grueling foot pursuit , a citizens stopped gave me a ride on the back of his truck to get closer to the suspect who had crossed Rt. 221 and entered Trio Pizza. Once inside the pizza restaurant employees pointed to where the suspect was hiding. After he was taken into custody several people at the bank near Sheetz clapped and cheered as he was walked back to my patrol car. I know we get thanks from the public, but I wish somehow I could thank the public for their support. So the moral of story is keep your head up sheep dogs, some still support what we do!”




Ryan D. Ellis

Ryan D. Ellis

Ryan D. Ellis

Age 22

Forest, VA

Charged with Speeding, Reckless Driving and Felony Elude Police.

Released on unsecured bond.


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Three on Three Basketball Tournament on June 13, 2015

An Invitation from Sheriff Brown and Chief Foreman

June 11, 2015

Law Enforcement United with Community

“The Bedford Crime Prevention Coalition” is a coalition composed of both members of the community   (parents and residents) and providers of social services, law enforcement, businesses, spiritual leaders, school representatives, and many other interested or concerned parties. We believe that all forms of violence are unacceptable and that community life requires nonviolent resolution of conflict.


Chief Todd Foreman is a leader in this arena and I am excited to be a part of this effort and look forward to assisting him and the coalition in this program. Too many times lately we hear from the media and other sources about the lack of empathy of our police community toward the communities that we serve. This is one example of the efforts that the town police and the sheriff’s office are undertaking to show our communities that we are concerned for our citizens, adults, teens and children.

Please review the attached flyer and schedule a reporter or camera crew to visit the event and see what the efforts of this small, but concerned, group of concerned leaders can do.

There will be free food and drinks…and, a basketball tournament that will ‘dazzle’ even the most rabid sports fan!”

PDF of Baskeball Game Invitation

Largest Heroin Seizure in Bedford County, VA History!

Bedford Co., VA – A coordinated law enforcement effort resulted in the largest heroin seizure ever in Bedford County according to Sheriff Mike Brown.

The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office seized 2,800 hits of heroin. The street value is $84,000.

Sheriff Brown says the heroin came from New Jersey.

“You can bet your bottom dollar that a lot of it would have been distributed in Bedford County,” said Sheriff Mike Brown. “It would have been a tremendous, tremendous headache for law enforcement and for other individuals in Bedford County.”

Jesse Ray Little, 56, of Huddleston was arrested early Monday morning. He’s charged with possession with intent to distribute. The arrest happened in western Bedford County, near Roanoke.

The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office Vice Unit, DEA, Virginia State Police, Roanoke Police Department, and the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force (HIDTA) took part in the operation. Sheriff Brown said intelligence in this case was collected locally and in New Jersey.

Sheriff Brown said they’ve been working this case for several months and the investigation continued into Monday night, after Little’s arrest.

Little is being held without bond at the Bedford Adult Detention Center. His preliminary hearing is set for late July.

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Bedford County Sheriff’s Office Seizes $84,000 Worth of Heroin in Huddleston

Press Release
June 9, 2015


Late Sunday night, 6/7/2015, and, in the early morning hours of Monday, 6/8/’15, members of the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, Vice Unit, with the priceless and ‘above and beyond’ assistance from DEA, Virginia State Police, Roanoke Police Department and the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (“HIDTA”) Task Force arrested:



Jesse Ray Little
5670 Johnson Mountain Road, Huddleston, VA 23104,

The arrest took place in the western portion of Bedford County and was supported by the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office Tact Team.

Bedford County Sheriff’s Office seized 2,800 ‘hits’ of heroin with street value of $84,000.00

Seized Heroin

Seized Heroin

This is the largest seizure of heroin in Bedford County …ever, and a disturbing trend in the illegal drug arena as we, BCSO, has concentrated on this particular illegal drug, as others, but our concern reference this drug has been a little more focused because of the it’s high risk for addiction. To see this amount of heroin come into our county is a concern to this office and a concern that we will certainly keep an in our ‘crosshairs!’

Heroin addiction is one of the most destructive and painful addictions in the world and rehab can be a lifelong process. Produced from the poppy, heroin is a semi-synthetic form of morphine. It has been estimated to be one of the most addictive substances created. In 2011, 4.2 million Americans aged 12 or older (or 1.6 percent) had used heroin at least once in their lives. It is estimated that about 23 percent of individuals who use heroin become dependent on it.

Our Vice and Drug Unit worked with the above noted agencies for several months perfecting this case, as well as police and intelligence units in New Jersey.

We will not have a formal press release, but will schedule each of your outlets at a time convenient to you. The seizure will be available for photographing.\

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Kyle Marks is the Recipient of the 3rd Will Branham Officer Survival Award

Dep. Kyle Marks

Dep. Kyle Marks

Officer Jonathan “Kyle” Marks, Bedford County Sheriffs Office. Recipient of the 3rd Will Branham Officer Survival Award.

Will Branham was a good friend of some BCSO deputies and after high school worked at Lynchburg PD. He passed away from cancer some years ago and left behind 2 small children and a wife.

There have only been 3 of these awards given.

The BCSO Family congratulates Deputy Kyle Marks on this prestigious award

Lynchburg Woman Charged with Public Intoxication and Assault on a Police Officer

June 1, 2015

On Saturday afternoon, May 30, 1015, a Bedford County Sheriff’s deputy was transporting a female to the Bedford Adult Detention Center, when she kicked the back door window glass out of his patrol vehicle. The female, Kristin N. Forbes, age 26, had been arrested by a the Smith Mountain Lake State Park Officer for public intoxication. The arresting officer requested a police vehicle with a cage to transport her. After kicking the window glass out, she attempted to escape out of the broken window. As the deputy attempted to restrain her she assaulted him. A second sheriff’s deputy responded to the scene and she was placed in the Sheriff’s office transport van.


Kristin N. Forbes, of Lynchburg, was charged with public intoxication, obstruction of justice (resist arrest), destruction of property and assault on a police officer.




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Woman Charged with Malicious Wounding

May 28, 2015

At 2:11a.m. May 28, 2015, Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call to 115 Mill Acres Dr. from a man reporting his wife had stabbed him. The caller, James
Dudley, age 61, said while he was sleeping his wife stabbed him with what he believed to be a kitchen fork. Deputies arrived on the scene at 2:32 a.m. and arrested
Barbara Dudley, age 63, without incident. She was transported to the Bedford Adult Detention Center and is being held without bond. She was charged with malicious
wounding. The victim refused medical treatment.



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Bedford County Board of Supervisors Invited on a Ride Along with Working Deputies


The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office will host members of the BoS this Friday from 3:00 PM to 11:00 PM is a ‘Ride Along’ exercise, see above email, that will allow the members of the board to better understand the duties of our deputies and see firsthand the stress and dangers these men and women encounter every day while protecting the citizens of the county. It is also my fervent hope that the BoS members will reconsider their plans to give the deputies, and all county employees, a 2.5% raise and increase it another 2% for a total of 4.5% pay increase. This would give the deputies, and other county employees, a raise equal to the school board pay increase. We are ranked 14th lowest paid out of 15 law enforcement agencies in this area and some of our employees may still qualify for food stamps. I am not aware of any that do, but I suspect that if some are receiving these benefits they would not let anyone know but for the embarrassment.

I was told by a shift sergeant: “The deputies are very grateful for every penny they receive, but they just can’t understand why some get more pennies than others, especially when these ‘some’ lay their lives on the line every day for members of the board and the citizens of this county.”

The supervisors will start their shift with their ‘partners’ at 3:00PM on May 29, 2015, in the upper parking area of the sheriff’s office…rain or shine!

Below is the email invitation from Sheriff Mike Brown

Honorable Board Members and others: 

In reference to the email that I sent to you on the May 12, 2015, attached above; we will accommodate any of you who wish to ‘Ride Along’  next Friday, May 29, 2015, with the start time being 3:00PM until midnight, at the sheriff’s office. You can ride the whole shift or a portion thereof. It is important that you show your support for the men and women of the sheriff’s office and let them know that you are working on raising the percentage extended to them and the other county employees another 2.5%.  The deputies lives are on the line 24/7/365… you have seen this scenario unfolded here in Bedford County twice in the last year. Adding to the already volatile situation in Maryland, Missouri, Oklahoma, North Carolina, Tidewater area of Virginia and other locations, is the official police ‘alert’ that I received yesterday after the shootout in Waco, Texas, as noted below:

“On May 18, 2015, police have issued an Officer Safety Alert after credible information was received that the outlaw motorcycle gangs (OMGs) involved in yesterday’s deadly shootout, that killed 12 in Waco, TX,, have been ordered to ‘kill anyone in uniform’.” This alert covers the whole of the USA … our deputies, as well as area police departments and the state police, are on high alert. THIS ALERT IS NOT JUST FOR THE STATE OF TEXAS .  

Please show our deputies that they are more than an employee ID number…their lives matter and they deserve a wage equivalent to other departments in the area. We are still # 14, on a list of 15 police and sheriffs offices that surround our county. This is a morale ‘buster’!  Adding to this dreadful situation your sheriff’s office is facing an employee shortage that is only getting bleaker by the week. I learned yesterday that one of our deputies has accepted an offer from the VPI Police Department, and on the heels of this ‘nauseas’ announcement I was advised in a staff meeting that we are three deputies short now, and have at least six other deputies that are actively searching for employment at other law enforcement agencies. The reason is salary … this sheriff’s office is fast approaching ‘critical mass’ and when that point is reached I will remove all SRO’s from the schools and put them on a shift. I will have no other choice. At least one of the deputies leaving will be glad to meet with a representative of the Board and explain the reason that he is leaving…again, pay! They feel that the board does not appreciate their service and considers other employees more valuable.  I am being told, from representatives of our employees, that they are very grateful for every penny they receive but they just can’t understand why some get more pennies than others, especially when these ‘some’ lay their lives on the line every day for you and the citizens of this county.

Ride and see what it’s like and tell me you would do it for what they are paid.

Bedford County Sheriffs Office Needs Information on Goodview Larcenies

Between 5/8/15 and 5/11/15 an unknown person or persons entered the property at 1437 Dickerson Rd. Goodview Virginia and entered several storage buildings and stole the following items.

1 Northern Star fertilizer spreader 40 gal tank w/electric sprayer
Craftsman 2 wheel utility trailer
small white refrigerator
craftsman toolboxes w/misc tools
Dewalt construction radio
Bush Hog Squealer 6ft Deck Kubota Orange
Post Hole augers
3 pt. Hitch for augers
Harrow Discs
Manure Spreader make unknown Brown in color

These items had to be removed from the property with a very large truck or trailer and most likely with multiple people involved to take them.

Here is a photo of the property.

Stolen Property - Goodview


Anyone having information is asked to please contact the BCSO website through our anonymous tip line or Investigator Steve Smith phone 540-586-4800 EXT. 4076 or contact Central Virginia Crime Stoppers at 1-888-798-5900. Any information leading to the arrest and conviction of subjects involved could lead to a cash reward.

ICAC Installing Elevator to Host Wounded Warrior Training

Bedford Co., VA – A program that gives our wounded veterans a new career protecting our children is getting a lift, literally. The Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force is putting in an elevator at its office in Bedford County.

Much of the office is already ADA compliant, but if the task force wants to host H.E.R.O. Child Rescue Corps, they need to make sure those heroes can access every part of the building.

Investigators have been doing the demolition and construction work themselves, under the supervision of general contractor Tommy Scott. That work passed inspection Friday morning, clearing the way for the concrete footer to be poured. Two wheelchairs will be able to fit inside the lift.

The work is being done so our local task force can host training classes of warriors, like one going on in Washington D.C. right now. The next class is tentatively set for October.

Sheriff Mike Brown would like for Bedford County to be a permanent training location for the warriors and hopes to hire some of the veterans when positions are available on our local task force.

Several local businesses either donated labor and materials or offered them at a reduced cost for the elevator project. Those businesses are:

Lynchburg Ready Mix

Tommy Dawson Electrical

Taylor Brothers Lumber

Pearson Equipment

Romar Elevators

Magic City Sprinkler

Eastbrook Heating and Air

Bays Trash Removal

The sheriff’s office is hoping local businesses will donate meals and other items for the warriors to enjoy during their 12-week training. If you’re interested in donating call (540)586-4800 and ask for Robin Sundquist.

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