Student Arrested in Jefferson Forest High School Threat Case


October 15, 2014

On Wednesday morning, Bedford County Sheriff’s School Resource Officers arrested a Jefferson Forest High School student and charged him with writing a threat against the school and students, which is a felony. The threat was found Monday afternoon written on a restroom wall in the school. The student was taken into custody and transported to the Lynchburg Juvenile Detention Home.


October 13, 2014

Bedford County Sheriff’s Office School Resource Officers are investigating a threatening message found on a restroom wall at Jefferson Forest High School today around 1:50 p.m. The SROs, from Jefferson Forest and Forest Middle School, worked with school officials to ensure the safety of the students and staff at the school. Bedford County Sheriff’s field services deputies along with Virginia Game Commission Conservation Police Offices were at the school during dismissal assisting the SROs.
The investigation into the threat will continue.

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Katie Hyatt Arrested and Charged with Three Home Burglaries and Four Grand Larcenies in Bedford County.

October 10, 2014

On Friday morning October 10, 2014, Bedford County Sheriff’s investigators obtained arrest warrants for Katie C. Hyatt, age 39, of Concord. Hyatt is charged with three home burglaries and four grand larcenies in Bedford County. The additional larceny charge is taking firearms from one of a home. The crimes occurred between the end of May 2014 and September 2014.
Hyatt is being held in the Lynchburg Adult Detection Center.

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Press Conference Scheduled at 3:00pm Regarding Lyon Sisters Investigation

October 2, 2014

There will be a press conference at the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office today, October 2, 2014, at 3:00 p.m. Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown, Bedford County Commonwealth’s Attorney Randy Krantz and Montgomery County MD Police Assistant Chief Russ Hamill will address the media on the ongoing investigation into the Lyon sister’s case.

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Tucker Terrance Investigation Update – September 30, 2014

September 30, 2014

Bedford County Sheriff’s investigators have received the autopsy report from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner’s of Ruby Laughon and Brent Laughon. Rudy Laughon died from multiple gunshots and Brent died from a gunshot wound. The manner of death was ruled murder-suicide.

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Three People Arrested and Charged with Manufacturing and Possession of Meth on Pony Acres Road

September 26,2014

Bedford County Sheriff’s Office vice investigators, assisted by the Virginia State Police TACT Team, executed a narcotics search warrant at 222 Pony Acres Road, Bedford, Va. Thursday night.

Bethany Erin Abbott
Randolph Wallace Clark, Jr.
Mark Mathew Ferguson

Bethany Erin Abbott, age 40, Randolph Wallace Clark Jr., age 40, and Mark Mathew Ferguson, age 42, all residing at 222 Pony Acres Road, Bedford were arrested and charged with manufacturing and possession of methamphetamines. They were transported to the Bedford Adult Detention Center and are being held without bond.

Investigators advise that this is an ongoing investigation and additional arrests are pending.

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Bedford County Sheriff’s Office Is Seeking Information in Taylor Mountain Area Investigation


September 16, 2014

The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, the Virginia State Police, the Bedford County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office and the Montgomery County, Maryland, Police Department are jointly investigating the 1975 abduction of sisters Katherine and Shelia Lyon. Recent developments in the investigation have led law enforcement to the Taylor Mountain area of Bedford County. Anyone having information concerning this matter is asked to call 540-586-7827.

There is also an online Tip Submission form.

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Citizen’s Police Academy Postponed Until January 2015

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.

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Suspect Charged with Abduction, Three Counts of Assault and Battery, Destruction of Property, and Trespassing


September 12,2014

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.

Michael A. Wood

Michael A. Wood

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Bedford County Sheriff’s Office Citizen Alert: Don’t Get Scammed! US Treasury E-mail Scam


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 or 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 ‘’. is also a foreign based website.

Scam Email Sample


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 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:

online form
Call 1-800-359-3898 (toll free)
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Help Identify Female Suspect in Forgery and Uttering Investigation

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

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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.

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