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

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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

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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

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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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Wishing you and your loved ones a peaceful holiday season and the blessings of good health and prosperity.
To view the December issue and previous issues of the Briefing, please visit:

http://www.nw3c.org/News/the-briefing

 

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The VOICE website is a one-stop resource for free information on what victims can do in the aftermath of an online crime. It also shows how to avoid becoming a victim. www.VictimVoice.org

Stay up-to-date with information of interest to law enforcement related to economic and high-tech crimes at www.NW3C.org/News

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Bedford County Sheriff’s Office Collects Toys for Kids!

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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.

 

Help Us Catch Them! Bedford County’s Most Wanted 10-30-2014

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If you know the location of any of these individuals, please submit your tip through Central Virginia Crime Stoppers (1-888-798-5900 or TEXT CVCS 574637). Callers to CVCS can remain anonymous and are eligible to receive a cash reward. Alternatively you can call the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office at 540-586-7827 or submit a tip through our online tip submission form located here.

Traffic Alert: Section of Route 696 (Crouch Road) Will Be Closed

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Traffic Alert

Beginning Monday, October 30, 2014 a section of Route 696, (Crouch Road) will be closed to traffic for pipe replacements.

The road will be closed between Route 617, (Pike Road) and approximately 0.5 miles west of the intersection of Route 695 (Goose Creek Valley Road).

The road will reopen Friday, December 5, 2014

UPDATE – Need Help In Identifying Female Suspect in Forest Food Lion Credit Card Fraud

UPDATE – 10-22-2014

PRESS RELEASE
October 15, 2014

The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office is investigating credit card fraud that occurred on October 10, 2014 at the Food Lion in Forest. Investigators are seeking the assistance from the public in identifying the female who is the suspect in the fraud.

 

 

FOOD LION FRAUD SUSPECT OCT. 2014

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Anyone with information on this crime or knows the identity of the suspect is asked to call the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office at 540-586-7827, submit a web tip here, or contact Central Virginia Crime Stoppers at 1-888-798-5900. Crime Stoppers callers remain anonymous and could receive a cash reward up to $1,000.00 for information that solves crimes.

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Need Help In Identifying Female Suspect in Forest Food Lion Credit Card Fraud

PRESS RELEASE
October 15, 2014

The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office is investigating credit card fraud that occurred on October 10, 2014 at the Food Lion in Forest. Investigators are seeking the assistance from the public in identifying the female who is the suspect in the fraud.

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Anyone with information on this crime or knows the identity of the suspect is asked to call the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office at 540-586-7827, submit a web tip here, or contact Central Virginia Crime Stoppers at 1-888-798-5900. Crime Stoppers callers remain anonymous and could receive a cash reward up to $1,000.00 for information that solves crimes.

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Threatening Messages Found on Restroom Wall at Staunton River High School

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PRESS RELEASE
October 15, 2014

Bedford County Sheriff’s Office School Resource Officers and sheriff’s investigators are investigating a threatening message found on a restroom wall at Staunton River High School this morning. The SROs, from Staunton River High School and Staunton River Middle School, are working with school officials to ensure the safety of the students and staff at the school. Bedford County Sheriff’s deputies along with the Virginia State Police are on the scene. Explosive K-9s from the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office and Roanoke City Police Department are assisting with the investigation.

The investigation into the threat will continue.

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