Leaders of Bedford County Sheriff’s Department honor fallen New York officer

Originally published: wset.com

BEDFORD COUNTY (WSLS) – Members of local law enforcement are back home after a quick trip to Brooklyn, New York.

Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown and Major Ricky Gardner traveled north to show support for an officer taken too soon.

NYPD Officer Wenjian Liu was shot alongside his partner Rafael Ramos as the two sat in their marked patrol car.

We sat down with the sheriff about what this trip meant to the long serving leader.

“It was a very humbling experience and I’ve been to law enforcement officers, deputy’s funerals, trooper’s funerals, federal agent’s funerals and it’s always a sad feeling, a feeling of loss, we are a family, we are a big family,” Sheriff Brown.

Thousands joined Brown and Gardner in honoring the fallen police officer Sunday.

While many officers in New York say they feel a lack of support from government leaders, namely Mayor Bill de Blasio following the recent officer involved shootings, they say they’ll continue working to keep their city safe.

Originally published: wsls.com

Bedford County Sheriff’s Office Goes Project Blue Light!

Project Blue Light is a simple gesture. The color blue is symbolic of peace. C.O.P.S. is encouraging law enforcement families, friends, and law enforcement agencies to decorate in blue lights not just during the holiday season but every day of the year. By placing one blue light in a window of your home, you’ll be showing your support for those officers who have made the supreme sacrifice and honoring those officers who continue to work the violent streets of our nation.

The Project Blue Light began during the holiday season in 1988 when Mrs. Dolly Craig of Philadelphia, PA wrote to C.O.P.S. that she would be putting two blue candles in her living room that holiday season. One was for her son-in-law, Daniel Gleason, who had been killed in the line of duty on June 5, 1986, while serving the Philadelphia (PA) Police Department, and the other one was for her daughter and Danny’s wife, Pam, who was killed in an automobile accident in August 1988. Danny and Pam had six children. Dolly Craig is now deceased as well, but the idea is her legacy. Project Blue Light now burns bright in the hearts of many of the nearly 15,000 surviving families of America’s fallen law enforcement officers during the holiday season and throughout the year.

Especially during the holidays, decorate with blue lights – C.O.P.S. would like to encourage law enforcement agencies to decorate the precinct stations and headquarters in blue lights. By displaying your blue lights, you will be sending a dual message: that you support America’s peacemakers and that you hope the coming year will be a year of peace.

For more information about the National Concerns of Police Survivors, Inc., visit the National C.O.P.S. website at www.nationalcops.org.

A Bedford County Sheriff’s Christmas Story

Sheriff Mike Brown

Twas’ two weeks before Christmas and at Mr. Gross’s place,
The news of so many not to have Christmas put sadness on his face.
“We need to raise money and shop for these kids, but I am just one,
I need many for this”.
So off to the Sheriff’s office he drove,
Asking for Sheriff Mike Brown to help with this load.
“My Elves all in brown will be happy to help”
So Sheriff Brown sent them to plan it all out.
Over 100 little kids with wish lists were sent,
The money raised by Gross came in and off to Wal-mart they went.
You take Timmy, Tommy, Sammy and Stu,
I’ll head to the pink aisle for Melanie and Sue.
Bags of goodies were sorted, labeled and tagged,
Now comes the hard part, for deliveries to be made.
Decked out in his hat and trusty Ford reindeer by his side,
Sheriff Santa Brown set out for a county-wide ride.
Off to Stewartsville! Body Camp! Moneta and more!
Imagine the shock on Mom’s face at the door!
The Elves in brown helped pick up the slack,
As they spread throughout the county with bags of toys on their backs.
Now these little ones of Bedford will be happy when they wake in the morn,
To see all these gifts under the tree they adorned.
Nothing makes me happier than to see a child’s smile,
Looks like we may be doing this in the future for some while.
On behalf of Mr. Gross, local businesses and my Elves in brown,
This Sheriff Santa wishes Merry Christmas to Bedford County and Bedford Town!
~Poem by Elf Sundquist

BRAG POST: Bedford County Sheriff’s Corporal Receives DMV Award

Media Notification
December 17, 2014

Steve Williams, Program Manager for the Roanoke Region of VA Department of Motor Vehicles, presented Corporal Gary Desilvey with the Click It or Ticket 2014 Award. This award is based on those officers who made aggressive enforcement efforts during the Click It campaign, along with promoting seat belt use to the public and community through education and outreach.

Only six individual officers in the entire Commonwealth earned this annual Seat Belt Leadership Awards this year. “Corporal Desilvey rallied the troops and coordinated Click It events throughout the year”, stated Sheriff Mike Brown, “I am very proud of his commitment and the entire agency’s commitment to the safety of all drivers that travel in and pass through Bedford County. With more than half of Virginia’s 2013 fatalities being unbelted, this type of work has a significant impact when it comes to saving lives.”

Sheriff Brown wishes to remind all drivers that Bedford County Sheriff’s Office has a ‘NO warning’ policy when it comes to those who are not buckled up.

Cpl Desilvey received an award certificate and a gift of a SureFire LED Flashlight which are known as ‘the best’ in the law enforcement world.

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BRAG POST: Citizens Compliment Bedford County Sheriff’s Office!

Yesterday the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office received 2 complimentary notes from citizens. Below is the text of both letters:

Letter one:

Dear Sheriff’s

I want to thank you so much for getting me in my car on a very cold day – the gentlemen who came to help me were wonderful, and never gave up on getting my car unlocked – since my ‘roadside service’ said they had no record of me, I got a refund, which I want to share with your department – Please know how much I appreciate your help.

Letter two:

Dear Sheriff Brown:

I am writing to let you know how thankful I am to live in Bedford County. On November 30, 2014, my two kids and I returned home in the morning after driving back from visiting family in Chicago, IL over the thanksgiving holiday. We were exhausted after our 12 hour trip. When we entered our house, we learned that someone else had been in the house while we were on vacation. Shoes, playstation games, and a bottle of controlled ADD medication that had been on the counter had been stolen. We called the police who transferred us to Bedford County Sheriff’s (we live in Lynchburg City and Bedford County). Deputy Kyle Gibson was dispatched to take a report within 30 minutes. He took a thorough report, but honestly, because of the petty nature of the theft, I didn’t expect too much manpower to be dispatched for the crime. I didn’t expect to hear back from the Bedford County Sheriff’s again.

I was surprised that evening to see him back at our door with some recovered items. The suspect had been apprehended and was in juvenile detention. It was very quick and quite unexpected! Deputy Gibson was very professional and kind; he really is an asset to your operation.

In addition, in order to refilled the ADD mendication, I needed a copy of the police report. Rebecca Hartford very kindly printed me out a temporary letter to explain that the final police report hadn’t been dictated yet, and I picked up this letter the following day. Because of her going above and beyond, we got the controlled medication refilled in a timely manner.

Both Kyle and Rebecca were amazing. In situations like this, citizens are already feeling stressed so to be able to work with such professional adn caring public servants is truly a blessing. Please pass on this letter of thanks to them.

Thank you for all you do to keep Bedford County safe!

We are happy to serve Bedford County, thank you for sending in these letters. It is nice to hear feedback on how we are doing. Happy Holidays!

Letter One Download
Letter Two Download

Sheriff Mike Brown, Board Member for NW3C shares The Briefing, which is the latest information to protect you and your family online

December 2014 News from NW3C:

Phone Scams


Phone scammers seek to profit by tricking those on the other end of the line into giving out personal information, such as credit card numbers, social security numbers or dates of birth. According to Jeff Lybarger, Fraud Complaint Supervisor for the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) at NW3C, phone scams are still very common. Find out about common tactics, ways to avoid phone scams and what to do if you are a victim of one.

Pew Survey:
Online Harassment Affects 40% of Adult Internet Users


A new Pew Research Center survey shows that a majority of adult Internet users have witnessed some form of online harassment and 40%  have been subjected to it. Find out more in this timely article.


Happy Holidays
from all of us at NW3C


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Bedford County Sheriff’s Office Collects Toys for Kids!


Toys slated for delivery to local children

Sheriff Mike Brown and his deputies might soon be mistaken for Santa and his elves, as they deliver toys to children all over Bedford County. The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office collected toys for 113 children whose families are having a hard time this year. They’ll be delivered to families and schools on their own time, starting Friday.

Sheriff Brown says deputies bought toys and donated money to buy them. They are volunteering their time to deliver the toys.


Christmas 2014 Drug Dealer Roundup

December 11, 2014

On 11 December 2014, 0800 hours, law enforcement agents from the ABC Board, Town of Bedford PD, and the Virginia State Police assisted the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, Vice/Drug Unit, in the service of arrest warrants on eighteen persons charged with the distribution of illegal drugs and prescription drugs (pills, cocaine, marijuana, and heroin). The arrest took place throughout the county and in the Town of Bedford.

A list of persons arrested and the exact charges against them will be provided to the media as soon as possible.

“I want to commend the public for their assistance in this effort. We received information through our Facebook and Twitter accounts and our land line which assisted in our investigation. In this regard, I would encourage our communities to reach out to us if they have information on illegal drugs in their community. ALL information provided to us is kept CONFIDENTIAL!”

Taking these drug dealers out of our communities may have saved a life during this Christmas Holiday…citizens of Bedford County, keep up the good work!

As in past Christmas ‘Round Ups’, we presented every person arrested our, now famous, Miranda Christmas Card that is attached to this email. Most took it in the spirit of holiday giving and several weren’t too happy to get them.

Christmas Miranda RightsDownload the PDF Press Release

Appeals Exhausted for Aston Earl McCrea, AKA ‘Kojak’


December 10, 2014

On October 5, 2011, investigators with the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, Vice Unit, obtained a State Search Warrant for the residence of Aston Earl McCrea, located at 3764 Spradlin Road, Goodview, Virginia. The search warrant was obtained as a result information provided by Roanoke City Police Department, Vice Unit, and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

Bedford County Investigators were informed that a UPS package was interdicted in Roanoke City containing approximately 50 pounds of marijuana and that a controlled delivery of the package would be delivered to a subject that resided at 3764 Spradlin Road, which is located in the Goodview area of Bedford County. Investigators then conducted a controlled delivery of the package to Mr. McCrea at his residence located in Bedford County. Bedford County Sheriff’s Office led a search warrant at McCrea’s home assisted by Department of Homeland Security Special Agents, the Roanoke City Police Department, and the Virginia State Police. A search of the residence located the marijuana shipment along with a firearm and currency.

The joint investigation revealed that McCrea was party to an interstate conspiracy to traffic large amounts of marijuana into Virginia where he arranged for distribution of the drugs in the Roanoke Valley and surrounding area. McCrea admitted to investigators to receiving large shipments of marijuana for several months and profiting approximately $77,000.00 from illegal marijuana sales. McCrea was charged with conspiracy to distribute more than 100 kilograms of marijuana, conspiracy to commit money laundering, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and possession of a firearm in the furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

The case was tried at the United States District Court in Roanoke, Virginia by the United States Attorney’s Office. After a two-day trial, the jury convicted McCrea of the charges. On September 7, 2012, the District Court sentence McCrea to 180 months of incarceration. After McCrea’s sentencing, the District Court ordered the seizure and forfeiture of McCrea’s residence at 3764 Spradlin Road, Goodview, Virginia

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit recently affirmed the forfeiture of McCrea’s property, which includes a single-family residence with approximately 49.54 acres of land. Homeland Security Investigations plans to secure the property this week.

This release was held until this date as the result of appeals on the sentence handed down and the seizure of the assets of the subject.

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Operation Pain Train


November 21, 2014

Bedford County, the Epicenter of Illegal Prescription Pill Distribution in Central and Southwest Virginia – The Hammer Has Dropped

Operation Pain Train was initiated by Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, Drug Investigators in October of 2009. It originally started as a Counterfeit Money/Prescription Pill Distribution Case involving many of the same players that were indicted in Pain Train. Soon after initiating the case, an overdose death of methadone occurred. The methadone had been obtained from an illegal sale of the prescription medication. There was at least one other overdose death attributed to this operation.

There were several search warrants completed by Investigators of the BCSO and arrests were made in reference to the Counterfeit Money Operation. The focus was then turned to Narcotics Distribution and the Illegal Sale of Prescription Medication.

Bedford County Sheriff’s Office was ably assisted by the Virginia State Police, the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives, and vigorously prosecuted by the US Attorney’s Office, Western District of Virginia. This investigation would not have been as successful as it turned out to be had it not been for the close knit association of all of these ‘team players’ and their overriding desire to ‘Sweep the field clean’ of the criminal elements that would ply their illegal trade to the citizens of Bedford County and other locations. Their efforts resulted in the indictments of 37 people on charges pertaining to the distribution and illegal sale of illicit narcotics and prescription medication.

The investigation took our investigative team to Virginia, DC, North Carolina, Florida and New Jersey

The 37 defendants are listed on the attachment along with time to be served, which totals to 170 years of prison time!

Judge Norman Moon, Western District, US Federal Court, Lynchburg, Virginia, presided over each of the 37 court hearings and his sentencing should have left no question in the minds of those who would choose the illegal drug trade as a business venture…don’t do it in the Western District of Virginia!

Property crimes have dropped since this case has been finalized.

Operation Pain Train Defendants
Name         Time to be served
Bryant Reynolds  108mo/9years
Jeff Reynolds  72mo/6years
Mark Campbell  90mo/7.5years
Matt Barlow  90mo/7.5years
Chad Overstreet  60mo/5years
George Lynch  48mo/4years
Dana Parker  66mo/5.5years
Danielle Reynolds  66mo/5.5years
Elizabeth Reynolds  21mo/1.75years
Chris O’Neal  72mo/6years
Josh Surprenant  12mo 1 day
Ronnie Cupp  204mo/17years
Cory Mowles  52mo/4years
Jerry Woolwine  52mo/4years
Wendy Hanner  8years
Johnny Rohton  47mo/4years
Kevin Jessee  36mo/3years
Tony Abee  48mo/4years
Robert Van Arsdale  32mo/2.6years
Jennifer Kirsche  36mo/3years
Scottie Andrews  36mo/3years
Andy Dooley  12mo 1 day
Brandon Turpin  48mo/4years
Jimmy Wheat  30mo/2.5years
Les Chris Burns  136mo/11.4years
Eric Nichols  60mo/5years
Teddy Gillespie  84mo/7years
John Gillespie  45mo/3.75years
Matt Miles  42mo/3.5years
Reva White  42mo/3.5years
Timmy White  42mo/3.5years
Tammy Henderson  24mo/2years
Timmy Nichols  41mo/3.5years
Colton Massie  24m/2years
Lewis Carroll  41mo/3.5years
Edgar Rawlings  42mo/3.5years
Jeff McCormick  166mo/13years 8mo

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