Notice from Sheriff Mike Brown – Significant Developments in Lyon Sisters Case


A Press Conference will be held at Mid-County Services Center, 2424 Reedie Dr., Wheaton, MD, at 12:00 Noon, this Wednesday, July 15, 2015, on major developments in the Lyon Sister’s Cold Case Investigation. Sheriff Mike Brown and Commonwealth Attorney Randy Krantz and members of the Montgomery County (MD) Police Department and the State’s Attorney’s Office will be speaking on these latest developments in this investigation.

A Press Conference will be held at the Central Virginia Community College, Main Training Room, 1633 Venture Blvd., Bedford, VA, at 12:00 Noon, this Thursday, July 16, 2015, on additional developments in the Lyon Sister’s Cold Case Investigation. Sheriff Mike Brown and Commonwealth Attorney Randy Krantz and members of the Montgomery County (MD) Police Department and the State’s Attorney’s Office will be speaking on other developments in this investigation.

No additional information will be available from this office or the officials in Maryland.

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Sheriff Mike Brown

Bedford County Students Earn State Recognition

Sheriff Mike Brown is pleased to announce that the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office School Resource Officers, under the command of Capt. Tim Hayden and Sgt. Randy Smith, attended the Virginia State YOVASO (Youth Of VA Speak Out) awards dinner, held at the James Madison University. Each SRO coordinates a YOVASO team in the high and middle schools in Bedford county. Students create campaigns that promote safe driving habits, seat belt usage, no texting while driving and how to be a responsible passenger.

Out of 146 schools throughout the state, Bedford County SROs and their schools walked away with seven of the top awards, over 50%, including Cpl. Ryan Hilbish, Law Enforcement Officer of the Year, his school principal, Dr. Leann Calvert of Jefferson Forest High, received the School Administrator of the Year, Jefferson Forest High also received the Outstanding YOVASO Club of the Year. Deputy Chris Cook, SRO of Staunton River High was awarded school Resource Officer of the year and Staunton River High won YOVASO Club of the Year. Student Volunteer of the Year went to Grace Overstreet, daughter of Stephanie Overstreet, who received the Shining Star Award for her efforts in promoting teen driver safety through her foundation “F.O.C.U.S. for ABB” which was established in memory of her daughter, Ashley.


“I am extremely proud of these SROs who instill positive influence through their interaction with these people and encourage responsible driving safety in these teen drivers.” Said Sheriff Brown, “We have lost too many of our young people to car crashes in this county and programs like this have brought that ugly statistic down dramatically over the past five years. I congratulate all the students and the SROs for their hard work and the school administrators encouraging them by embracing this program.”

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2015 22nd Annual BCSO G.R.E.A.T/D.A.R.E Golf Tournament Info


Who: 4 members per team
All teams must have a combined handicap of 40 or greater

What: $55.00 per person
$220.00 per team
To Include: Green fees / Cart rental / Lunch / Giftbag


When: Saturday August 1, 2015
8:00 am flight ONLY / Lunch time: 12:00 noon

Where: Ivy Hills Golf Course, Forest Virginia

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


Call 540-586-7718 for more inf

Two in Custody for Feb 2014 Robbery at the Sonic in Forest

June 24, 2015

Weeks after the robbery of the Sonic in Forest in February 2014, Matthew Kukulski and Caitlin N. Williamson, boyfriend/girlfriend, became persons of interest in the robbery.

In August 2014, Bedford County Sheriff’s Investigator Steve Smith traveled to Florida where Kukulski was serving time in jail. While in Florida, Smith interviewed both Kuklski and Williamson.

In December 2014, a Bedford County Grand Jury returned indictments against both for two counts of armed robbery and two counts for use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

On February 12, 2015, Caitlin Williamson age 26 was transported back to Bedford County to stand trial on her charges. She is currently being held in the Lynchburg Adult Detention Center.



On June 23, 2015 after completing serving his time in Florida, Matthew Kukulski, age 27, was transported back to Bedford County.



He is being held in the Bedford Adult Detention Center.

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Three Lynch Station Residents Charged with Felony Child Abuse and Neglect

June 24, 2015

At 9:50 p.m. Monday evening June 22, 2015, Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call reporting a possible child abuse on Mt. Airy Road, Lynch Station. Bedford County sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to the location. After arriving on the scene and investigating the complaint Bedford County Social Services Child Protection investigators were contacted and made aware of the complaint.

On Tuesday evening June 23, 2015, Bedford County Sheriff’s investigators arrested Arsean Jermaine Hobbs, age 32, Yvette Nicole Hobbs, age 38 and Shirley Mae Venable, age 67. All three reside at 4093 Mount Airy Road, Lynch Station. They each were charged with felony child abuse and neglect of a child, which is a class 6 felony.



















To protect the identity of the victim, the victim’s relationship to the defendants is not being released.

They were transported to the Bedford Adult Detention Center.

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Thaxton Man Charged With Armed Robbery, Abduction, and Damage to phone Lines to Prevent 911 Calling.

June 23, 2015

On June 22, 2015, at 5:54PM, Bedford County 911 dispatch received a call from a female on Triggs Road, Bedford, VA, stating that she had been robbed by a male subject holding a large ‘butcher’ knife to her stomach and demanding “all of her money!” The victim gave the subject the contents of her wallet. After pushing the victim into a chair in the living room he exited the house by the back door, but not before cutting the phone lines so that a call could not be placed.

The subject was recognized by the victim as Winford Tracy Justice, age 53, 104 Peakswood Dr., Thaxton, VA, who had been performing plumbing work for the victim at the victim’s house on Triggs Road. The subject left the area in a black Dodge Dakota, 2WD. No direction of travel was available to the responding deputies.

Numerous locations were checked for the JUSTICE subject with negative results. Notices were sent out to regional jurisdictions, east coast. describing the subject and the warning that he was ‘armed and dangerous.’ Commonwealth Attorney authorized Nationwide Extradition of the subject. The search for JUSTICE continued throughout the night and late morning this date information was received that the subject ‘s truck was observed at the Howard Johnson Inn, 6520 Thirlane Rd., Roanoke, VA.

Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, Special Vice/Drug Unit, and special teams from the US Marshal’s Service, Virginia State Police, and the Roanoke Police Department positioned themselves in and around this location and as the subject and an associate exited the hotel and attempted to leave the parking lot in the Dodge Dakota truck he was arrested without incident.

JUSTICE has been charged with Armed Robbery, Abduction and Damage to Phone Lines to Prevent 911 Calling. Subject is being held in Blue Ridge Regional Jail, Bedford Facility, under ‘No Bond’. Additional charges are pending.




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Bedford County Deputies Thank Mystery Couple for Dinner

Bedford, VA – If you are the mystery couple who treated five Bedford County sheriff’s deputies to dinner Friday night, they’d like to thank you once again.

The deputies were on their dinner break at Applebee’s before returning to the range to train.

They exchanged polite conversation with the couple at the next table, even shared an appetizer.

On the couple’s way out, the woman slipped one of the deputies a $100 bill to pay for their meals, which the deputy tried to give back to the man with her.

“We said sir, there’s five of us here,” said Sgt. Chris Edmondson. “He said I know that and he turned around and subsequently walked out the door. We were amazed to say the least that a citizen would do that.”

The deputies put the change from the $100 toward the tip.

Local Citizens Help Bedford County, VA Deputy Make Arrest



FOREST, Va. – Last week on one of Bedford County’s most congested roads, Deputy Sonny Daniels tried to pull over a speeding motorcycle driver.

What should have been a routine traffic stop didn’t go as  planned.

“As I initiated lights and sirens on the motorcycle, he increased speeds dramatically,” said Daniels, who has worked for the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office since 2011.

Daniels said the driver, later identified as Ryan Ellis, was heading through Forest on Route 221 at speeds that are considered reckless under Virginia law.

It was around 5 in the afternoon and the road was packed with drivers heading home.

“He put himself and the public in a lot of danger at that time of day,” Daniels told WDBJ7 Friday.

Daniels followed Ellis to Perrowville Road, where Ellis ditched his motorcycle and took off running.

Randy Willis saw what was happening and offered to help.

“When you see a situation and you realize there’s an emergency, you just respond,” said Willis.

When he saw Daniels chasing Ellis on foot, Willis offered to give the deputy a ride.

“I turned my truck around and he hopped in the back of it,” Willis explained.  “Then we went looking for the suspect.”

Another man at a nearby gas station showed them where to go and called 911.

By that time Ellis had ducked into Trio Pizza.  He hoped the employees there would help him hide, but they showed Daniels exactly where to find him.

The deputy took him outside to his patrol car and was greeted with support.

“Two ladies were at the bank across the street,” said Daniels.  “They clapped, gave me a thumbs up and cheered.”

Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown held a ceremony in front of Trio Pizza Friday to thank Willis and the others who helped Daniels in his time of need.

Daniels said its reassuring to know the community has his back.

“When someone offers their help and support like that, it’s rare but it lets you know that you can still hold your head high and do your job,” Daniels said.

Ellis is facing charges of speeding, reckless driving, and a felony count of eluding police.

Article Sources: WSLS and WDBJ

Bedford County Scam Alert Public Service Announcement

Fraud Alert

June 15, 2015
For Immediate Release!


Bedford, VA – Once again, a Bedford resident has been fooled by a scam and is out $3000.

Sheriff Brown can’t stress enough; “NEVER send money to anyone claiming that you have won something but must pay money in order to claim it! It’s a scam. These people are good at fooling you and are really good at stealing your money!”

Please share this information with everyone you know, especially our seniors, since they are the ones most heavily targeted.

Please report any scams via phone or mail to the Sheriff’s Office; 540-586-4800 so that we can then share with other residents.

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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