Man Charged With Two Counts of Larceny in Connection to Political Sign Removals

PRESS RELEASE
May 8, 2015

In the last week the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office have received several calls reporting the larceny of campaign signs from land owner’s property. On Thursday Bedford County sheriff’s deputies received a call reporting a possible suspect in the theft of the sign. As a result of the call deputies charged Samuel E. Coffey, age 72, 1795 Langford Mill Road, with two counts of larceny.

Sheriff Mike Brown Will Hold A Press Conference Today at 10:30 AM

PRESS RELEASE
May 8, 2015

Sheriff Mike Brown will hold a press conference on Friday May 8, at 10:30 a.m. The conference will be in the Emergency Operations Center located in the lower level of the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office 1345 Falling Creek Road, Bedford, Virginia. Sheriff Brown will brief the media on his offices ongoing investigation into the theft of campaign signs and announce the arrest of a suspect.

Moneta Woman Charged with Malicious Wounding, Assault and Battery and Destruction of Property

PRESS RELEASE
May 4, 2015

On Saturday afternoon May 2, 2015, Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call from the 1300 block of Hannabass Dr., Moneta. The caller reported that Alena Gupta was outside of her house causing a disturbance. As deputies were responding, Gupta broke the door glass out, entered the residence and assaulted the caller. Deputies arrived on the scene and arrested Gupta, age 25. She was charged with breaking and entering, malicious wounding, assault and battery and destruction of property. She is being held in the Bedford Adult Detention Center without bond.

Caller’s name: Stephanie Kortlang, age 20, 1327 Hannabass Drive, Moneta. Refused transport to hospital.

Alena Gupta, age 25, 1324 Rucker Road, Moneta.

The two are acquaintances.

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ALENA R. GUPTA

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Bedford Man Being Investigated by Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children

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April 27, 2015

Southern Virginia ICAC investigators are conducting an investigation of Brian McAlexander of Bedford. In order to respect the integrity of the investigative process, the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office will not release any further details of this ongoing investigation. ICAC investigators are working with the Virginia Attorney General’s Office, Computer Crimes Section.

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Sheriff Mike Brown Running For Re-election

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To The Citizens of Bedford County and Town:

As a great number of you already know I am running for reelection as Sheriff, Bedford County, this November. With this in mind I am again respectfully and humbly asking for your vote! I am looking forward to another four years as your sheriff and will, as in the past, continue to develop projects that enhances the safety and security of each and every citizen of this county while pursuing regional, state and federal grants that takes the financial burden of paying for these programs off of the backs of our hard working citizens.

A few of the grants that we have received, at no cost to our tax payers, are: ballistic vests for our deputies, computers that are used in the investigations of sexual predators that target our children, overtime for deputies for DUI enforcement and speed suppression, alco-sensors and dash cameras for our vehicles, mobile data units for the patrol cars, SROs for the schools,  3 deputies for gang unit (we have seen an increase of gang activity over the last 5 years in the county), special safety and security equipment for the court house,  forensic equipment for Investigations, mobile document scanners for investigations, camera equipment, computer monitors for deputy’s room, large screen displays for dispatch calls,  tactical team ballistic shields, laptops for SROs, PowerPoint projector for SROs, keyless entry system for BCSO building, reverse 911 system

 I have several projects that I will be developing over the next four years and I think you will be excited and pleased when I preview them for your information and review. One in particular should have your full support as it deals with the training of wounded, injured and ill veterans in high-tech computer forensics and law enforcement skills, to assist in the fight against online child sexual exploitation. Upon successful completion of the program these veterans will have the knowledge, skills and experience to apply for careers with federal, state and local police agencies, and other organizations, in the field of computer forensics. This training will be funded by a grant and will give these Wounded Warriors a second chance at living an almost perfect life style… considering their injuries. It has been my honor and pleasure to serve the citizens of Bedford County for the last 19 + years and I look forward to another four years as your sheriff.

‘Like’ my re-election page on Facebook and keep updated on my progress.

Thank you

Sheriff Mike Brown

Bedford County Sheriff’s Office Seeking Assistance on Identifying Driver of the Moneta Red Dodge Neon

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PRESS RELEASE
April 23, 2015

Recently there has been a lot of discussion on social media concerning a subject in a newer model red Dodge Neon in the Moneta area. The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office would like to take a moment to address some of the postings and comments that have been put out by concerned citizens via social media.

The initial information was received by the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office third-hand by a friend of a woman who experienced a disturbing incident where a heavy-set white male in a new model Dodge Neon had made rude and vulgar comments to her as she left the Food Lion Grocery Store at 14807 Moneta Road in Moneta. She then told her friend that the subject appeared to be following her because after she ate at nearby establishment, the same red Neon was parked near where she had parked her vehicle. This incident was not reported to law enforcement at the time of the incident. Once the information was provided to a Bedford County Sheriff’s Office employee, a notice was sent to all deputies to keep an extra eye and conduct additional patrols in this area to attempt to identify this subject. It must be noted that his actions were suspicious in nature, but no criminal offense occurred at that time.

Additionally, the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call Sunday, April 19, 2015 to the Dollar General Store at 14655 Moneta Road concerning a juvenile subject who reported that a subject in a red Dodge Neon had attempted to abduct her. This incident was investigated, including video surveillance from the store, and it was found to be a false report. There was no evidence or information that corroborated the juveniles account, and there was no sighting of the Dodge Neon at this incident.

There have been postings on social media accounts from citizens in the Moneta area discussing additional incidents concerning a person (and this vehicle) over the last several days. One posting identified this subject as a convicted sex offender. At this time, none of these additional incidents has been reported to law enforcement and the subject has not been identified, let alone verified as a sex offender. At this time, there are no outstanding warrants on this individual; however investigators are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the driver of the red Dodge Neon at the Moneta Food Lion.

The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office encourages anyone who is the victim of a crime to call 911. Anyone with information on the identity of this individual is asked to call 540-586-7827 or send information via our anonymous web tip form.

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G.R.E.A.T/DARE Annual Car Show and Swap Meet

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Bedford County Sheriff’s Office
G.R.E.A.T./DARE
Annual Car Show & Swap Meet

Date: May 9, 2015
Time: 10 AM – 2 PM
Location: Liberty High School. Route 122, Bedford, VA.

There will be muscle cars, sports cars, motorcycles, tractors and trucks. Food and prizes! First 75 participants receive plaque.
Guaranteed music and fun for everyone!

TO REGISTER PLEASE DOWNLOAD AND PRINT THIS FORM AND MAIL TO THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE OR BRING TO THE CAR SHOW

Pre-Registration by April 30, 2015
Swap Spaces – $8.00
Show Entries – $15.00
Pre-Registration – less $3.00

Please send Registration to:

Car Show – Bedford County Sheriff’s Office
1345 Falling Creek Road
Bedford, VA 24523

Download the Registration form here

Virginia Sheriffs’ Institute Newsletter

In this issue:

  • VA Legislature Takes on Issue of Sexual Assaults on Campus\
  • Move Over – It’s the Law
  • Spring Showers Could Bring Dangerous Floods
  • First “Animal Law” Unit in Nation
  • Scholarship Deadline Approaches
  • Better Business Bureau Gives VSI 100% Charity Accountability Rating
  • Message from Sheriff Michael J. Brown

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Man Charged with Malicious Wounding in Stabbing Incident in Huddleston

PRESS RELEASE
April 20,2015

At 3:43 a.m. on Sunday morning April 19, 2015, Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call from a female reporting a stabbing on Old Firetrail Road in Huddleston. She further advised the victim was lying in the road and the suspect, Justin Burrell, age 19, had left the scene in a Jeep with two other males. Deputies located and stopped the Jeep on Gladdy Branch Road at 4:11 a.m. Burrell was taken into custody and charged with malicious wounding. He is being held in the Bedford Adult Detention Center without bond. Investigation of this incident continues.

JUSTIN W. BURRELL

JUSTIN W. BURRELL

The victim of the stabbing Joey D. Roach Jr., age 18, was transported by helicopter to Roanoke Memorial Hospital.

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Man Arrested and Charged with Arson and Threatening to Burn an Occupied Building

PRESS RELEASE
April 17, 2015

At 9:08 p.m. Thursday night, Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call from a female who advised that she and her husband, Michael W. McCarty, age 56, were arguing and he was  threatening to burn down their house. She also advised she had left the house, however prior to leaving she witnessed him with a gas can. Deputies responded to the 2300 block of Bateman Bridge Road. As deputies arrived, they observed a man run into the house. As they approached the home they saw a man inside holding a five gallon gas can. Deputies made entry in the house, and after a brief struggle, McCarty complained about injuries. He was transported by ambulance to Lynchburg General Hospital and subsequently released.

MICHAEL W. MCCARTY

MICHAEL W. MCCARTY

After leaving the hospital, deputies arrested McCarty and charged him with one count of threatening to burn an occupied building and one count of attempted arson of an occupied building. Further charges are possible. He is being held in the Bedford Adult Detention Center without bond.

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