Deputies of the Month for April 2013

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For exceptionally meritorious service while assigned as a Deputy Sheriff’s with the Operations Division, Field Services Unit of the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office on April 6, 2013.  While serving in this capacity Deputies Rowland and Gibson were on patrol and responded to a call for assistance from a female who advised that she had been assaulted by her boyfriend.  The female also reported that her boyfriend had a gun concealed in his pocket.  The Deputies responded to the scene and  made contact with the suspect at a basement doorway.  When approached, the suspect slammed the door shut.  Deputies quickly forced entry through the door where were confronted by the suspect pointing a large caliber handgun directly at them.  The Deputies quickly sought cover and ordered the suspect to drop the weapon, which he did, but then fled on foot.  As the suspect was fleeing he ran past the deputies and reached in his pocket and began to remove another handgun.  Deputy Rowland announce this action and Deputy Gibson was able to deploy his Taser, which brought  the suspect under control.  A handgun was recovered from the suspects pocket upon arrest.

Deputy Rowland’s and Gibson’s tremendous restraint and calm actions under extreme pressure were in the highest standards of Law Enforcement.  Their  dedication and devotion to duty is in keeping with the finest traditions of the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office  and reflects great credit upon themselves, the Sheriff, and the Citizens of Bedford County.

 

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Sheriff Mike Brown Thanks Mark Hilber and Sam Jones For A Job Well Done

 

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Sheriff Mike Brown thanks Mark Hilber and Sam Jones for a job well done.  Both are members of the Inmate Work Program and successfully completed the grounds renovation in front of the Sheriff’s Office, cleaning out overgrown shrubbery, planting and revitalizing the front entrance. Sheriff Brown commented;  “ I have never seen anyone work as fast and with as much attention to detail as these men have during this project. Anyone in this line of business (landscaping) would be lucky to have these two individuals working for them.”

 

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Sheriff Brown Welcomes New RSVP Members

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Sheriff Brown congratulates and presents his three newest members of the RSVP Team (Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol)  with their official badges. Pictured left to right:  Bill Cheatwood, Sheriff Brown, Pete Check and Hal Devuyst.  This hard working volunteer unit is now 21 members strong and are out in the county at least five days a week directing traffic, helping stranded motorists, issuing warnings for illegal parking and many other services for the citizens of Bedford County.

 

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Closed Roads Report – Section of Rt. 670 Closed for Bridge Deck Replacement

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TRAFFIC ALERT:

BEDFORD COUNTY – A SECTION OF ROUTE 670 TO CLOSE FOR BRIDGE DECK REPLACEMENT

Beginning Monday, June 10, 2013, at 8:00 a.m. thru Wednesday, June 12, 2013, at 4:30 p.m. a section of Rte 670 (Roaring Run Rd) will be closed to traffic and will remain closed until the bridge deck repairs are complete.

The location of the work is approximately 0.70 miles from Rte. 644 (Lankford Mill Rd) and 2.80 miles from Rte. 637 (Hawkins Ridge Rd).

Motorist will need to use alternate routes during this time.

For up to date info please refer to the Virginia 511 website

 

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CAPTURED UPDATE – Bedford County’s Most Wanted

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Steven Delp Captured

Steven Delp

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Closed Roads Report – Section of Rt 717 Closed for Road Repair

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TRAFFIC ALERT
BEDFORD COUNTY – A SECTION OF ROUTE 717 TO CLOSE FOR ROAD REPAIR

 

On Wednesday May 29, 2013, thru Wednesday, June 12, 2013 a section of Route 717 (Murray Hollow Road) will be closed to traffic and will remain closed until roadway and embankment repairs are complete.

The location of the work is approximately 0.5 miles south of the intersection of Route 692 (Cool Spring Road) and 4.0 miles north of the intersection of Route 689 (Irving Road).

Motorist will need to use alternate routes during this time.
For up to date info please refer to the Virginia 511 website
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Lynchburg Man Arrested for Domestic Assault

PRESS RELEASE
MAY 14, 2013

At 9:50 p.m. Thursday evening, Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call from 105 Angus Terrace, Bedford, VA. The caller advised that he operates a bed and breakfast at this address. He called to report a female guest had reported to him that her husband had assaulted her and he was armed.

Upon arrival, deputies located Carolyn Kessinger, who stated her husband Kevin Kessinger had assaulted her. She also advised that he was armed with several firearms. Bedford County Fire and Rescue units responded to the scene and transported the victim to Bedford County Memorial Hospital. Kevin Kessinger fled the scene on foot.

KEVIN KESSINGER

KEVIN KESSINGER

Bedford County deputies with the assistance of a tracking K-9, VA State Police helicopter and officers from the Bedford Police Department searched the area for Kessinger.
Deputies discovered Kevin Kessinger hiding in a ditch near Three Otters Road at 11:50 pm. He was arrested and transported to the Bedford Adult Detention Center.

Kevin Ray Kessinger, age 49, 19302 Sedgebrook Lane, Lynchburg, Va. was charged with felony strangulation, brandishing a firearm, and domestic assault. He is being held without bond.

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D.U.I. Checkpoint on 5/11/2013 Results

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The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, along with Bedford City PD and Virginia State Police, conducted a D.U.I. Checkpoint on 5/11/2013 from 2100-0100 on Stewartsville Road at Morgans Mill Road/Nemmo Road. We had ten deputies along with 2 Bedford City officers and 2 State troopers checking approximately 500 vehicles.

A total of 26 tickets were issued along with 7 arrests made. Three vehicles were towed and one firearm was seized for safekeeping. Three K9 searches were conducted with one alert which resulted in 2 drug arrests.

TICKETS ISSUED

Child Seat – 1
Suspeded – 3
No Operator’s License – 1
Expired Inspection – 1
No Inspection – 5
Expired Registration – 3
Improper Backing – 1
Improper Stopping – 1
Revoked D.U.I Related – 1
No Insurance – 1
Notice of Suspensions – 2

ARRESTS MADE

Outstanding Warrants – 5
Possession of Marijuana – 2 (Approx. an ounce and a half)

 

Montvale Man Faces Charges After Pursuit Down 460

PRESS RELEASE
MAY 10, 2013

On Thursday evening May 9, 2013 at 9:30 p.m., a Bedford County deputy sheriff observed a motorcycle traveling east on 460 west of Montvale, clocked at 79 miles per hour. As the deputy attempted to stop the motorcycle, the driver looked back, saw the deputy and increased his speed. During the pursuit the motorcycle reached speeds as high as 120 mph. The pursuit continued approximately 15 miles. As the motorcycle approached the intersection of 460 and Wheatland Road, the motorcycle suddenly slowed and attempted to turn left in the median and go back west. The deputy’s car contacted the rear of the motorcycle and the driver fell off the motorcycle. The driver got up and ran, but was apprehended. The VA State Police responded to investigate the accident.
The driver of the motorcycle was identified as Tyler Songer, age 28, 1385 Mcdearman Road, Montvale, VA. Songer was arrested and transported to the Bedford Adult Detention Center and charged with felony elude a police officer, reckless driving, driving without a license, operate an uninsured vehicle and fail to inspect vehicle.  He was held on a $2,000.00 bond.

TYLER SONGER

TYLER SONGER

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UPDATE: High Water Report

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DATE:  5/10/2013
TIME:   1021
VDOT has reported that there are no road closures in Bedford County due to flooding.