Deputies Recognized by Liberty High School Students

Liberty HS Students Recognize Local Law Enforcement
Blue stars with words like “Trustworthy”, “Sacrifice”, “Caring”, and “Brave” bearing the signatures of Liberty High School Students were delivered today to the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office.

Student Brandon Creasy, and Special Ed Aide, Regina Carter, delivered the stars and decorated the Deputy Roll Call room with these words of inspiration and support.

Student Brandon Creasy and Special Ed Aide Regina Carter

Student Brandon Creasy and Special Ed Aide Regina Carter

“In a time when many of us in law enforcement are continually criticized for doing our job and protecting our citizens,” says Major Ricky Gardner, “it’s truly inspiring to know that Bedford’s youth do indeed appreciate and value this sheriff’s office efforts to serve and protect.”

Thank you, Liberty High School for your appreciation and raising our spirits!

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Veterans to Train in Bedford County to Fight Online Predators

Bedford Co., VA – A group of wounded veterans is coming to our area next week, where they will train to protect children from online predators.

The Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force will host the HERO (Human Exploitation Rescue Operative) Child Rescue Corps.  The fourth class in the program will train for a month at the task force’s Bedford County headquarters.  A recently installed elevator will allow the veterans to access the forensic lab and classrooms.

The 2013 federal sequestration threatened to end the program before it even started.  That’s when Sheriff Mike Brown’s Safe Surfin’ Foundation and Moose International bought the laptops that kept the program going.  Sheriff Brown traveled to Oak Ridge, Tennessee that summer to meet with the inaugural class.

Local Vietnam veteran and advocate Steve Bozeman will be one of the speakers at a welcome event for the program participants Monday.

“They can get a job, working with some agencies and help solve some of these problems,” said Steve Bozeman.  “These bad guys, take them off the street just like they did taking them off the streets in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Get rid of ’em.”

The veterans will be presented with keys to Bedford County and with lifetime memberships to the local Military Order of the Purple Heart chapter.

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Bedford County Woman Arrested for Abduction and Malicious Wounding after posting ad on CraigsList

Press Release
July 28, 2015

On July 22, 2015, deputies with the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office responded to 5330 Old Country Road in Bedford in reference to an assault call. Upon arrival, deputies spoke to Matthew Caruso who was suffering from numerous cuts and lacerations. Caruso told the deputies that he had responded to a ad offering sexual services by a subject identifying herself as “Trinity”, and he had arranged with her to meet at her residence at 5330 Old Country Road. Upon arrival, Caruso reports that “Trinity”, later identified as Jennifer Bandy-Mitchell, tied him up and assaulted him with a weapon. Caruso was able to escape the residence through a window and was able to contact the Sheriff’s Office. Deputies located Brandy-Mitchell at her residence and took her into custody without incident. She was transferred to the Blue Ridge Jail Authority, Bedford Adult Detention Facility where she was held without bond. Bandy-Mitchell was charged with Malicious Wounding, Abduction, and Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony. Caruso was treated for his injuries at the hospital and released.

Jennifer Bandy-Mitchell

Jennifer Bandy-Mitchell


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Bedford County Sheriff Has Safe Exchange Zone for Craigslist or Facebook Meetups

Bedford County, VA – If you are planning to meet up with a stranger to buy or sell something, there’s a safe place to do it in Bedford County.

This “Exchange Zone” was just set up in front of the Sheriff’s Office.  The two parking spaces are video monitored 24-7.  There is always someone inside the building watching and deputies can review the camera footage.

The Sheriff welcomes anyone to use the zone, even if you don’t live in Bedford County.  He said the zone is in response to a community safety need.

“We have calls here about I’m getting ready to sell something, or buy something, through Craigslist, what should I do?  What precautions should I take,” said Sheriff Mike Brown.

Bedford Domestic Violence Services and the Bedford County Department of Social Services is telling clients to use the zone when they need to meet someone to exchange property or for child visitation.

Bedford County Students Earn State Recognition

Sheriff Mike Brown is pleased to announce that the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office School Resource Officers, under the command of Capt. Tim Hayden and Sgt. Randy Smith, attended the Virginia State YOVASO (Youth Of VA Speak Out) awards dinner, held at the James Madison University. Each SRO coordinates a YOVASO team in the high and middle schools in Bedford county. Students create campaigns that promote safe driving habits, seat belt usage, no texting while driving and how to be a responsible passenger.

Out of 146 schools throughout the state, Bedford County SROs and their schools walked away with seven of the top awards, over 50%, including Cpl. Ryan Hilbish, Law Enforcement Officer of the Year, his school principal, Dr. Leann Calvert of Jefferson Forest High, received the School Administrator of the Year, Jefferson Forest High also received the Outstanding YOVASO Club of the Year. Deputy Chris Cook, SRO of Staunton River High was awarded school Resource Officer of the year and Staunton River High won YOVASO Club of the Year. Student Volunteer of the Year went to Grace Overstreet, daughter of Stephanie Overstreet, who received the Shining Star Award for her efforts in promoting teen driver safety through her foundation “F.O.C.U.S. for ABB” which was established in memory of her daughter, Ashley.


“I am extremely proud of these SROs who instill positive influence through their interaction with these people and encourage responsible driving safety in these teen drivers.” Said Sheriff Brown, “We have lost too many of our young people to car crashes in this county and programs like this have brought that ugly statistic down dramatically over the past five years. I congratulate all the students and the SROs for their hard work and the school administrators encouraging them by embracing this program.”

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2015 22nd Annual BCSO G.R.E.A.T/D.A.R.E Golf Tournament Info


Who: 4 members per team
All teams must have a combined handicap of 40 or greater

What: $55.00 per person
$220.00 per team
To Include: Green fees / Cart rental / Lunch / Giftbag


When: Saturday August 1, 2015
8:00 am flight ONLY / Lunch time: 12:00 noon

Where: Ivy Hills Golf Course, Forest Virginia

Why: Proceeds to benefit the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office
School Resource Officer G.R.E.A.T. Program


Call 540-586-7718 for more inf

Bedford County Deputies Thank Mystery Couple for Dinner

Bedford, VA – If you are the mystery couple who treated five Bedford County sheriff’s deputies to dinner Friday night, they’d like to thank you once again.

The deputies were on their dinner break at Applebee’s before returning to the range to train.

They exchanged polite conversation with the couple at the next table, even shared an appetizer.

On the couple’s way out, the woman slipped one of the deputies a $100 bill to pay for their meals, which the deputy tried to give back to the man with her.

“We said sir, there’s five of us here,” said Sgt. Chris Edmondson. “He said I know that and he turned around and subsequently walked out the door. We were amazed to say the least that a citizen would do that.”

The deputies put the change from the $100 toward the tip.

Local Citizens Help Bedford County, VA Deputy Make Arrest



FOREST, Va. – Last week on one of Bedford County’s most congested roads, Deputy Sonny Daniels tried to pull over a speeding motorcycle driver.

What should have been a routine traffic stop didn’t go as  planned.

“As I initiated lights and sirens on the motorcycle, he increased speeds dramatically,” said Daniels, who has worked for the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office since 2011.

Daniels said the driver, later identified as Ryan Ellis, was heading through Forest on Route 221 at speeds that are considered reckless under Virginia law.

It was around 5 in the afternoon and the road was packed with drivers heading home.

“He put himself and the public in a lot of danger at that time of day,” Daniels told WDBJ7 Friday.

Daniels followed Ellis to Perrowville Road, where Ellis ditched his motorcycle and took off running.

Randy Willis saw what was happening and offered to help.

“When you see a situation and you realize there’s an emergency, you just respond,” said Willis.

When he saw Daniels chasing Ellis on foot, Willis offered to give the deputy a ride.

“I turned my truck around and he hopped in the back of it,” Willis explained.  “Then we went looking for the suspect.”

Another man at a nearby gas station showed them where to go and called 911.

By that time Ellis had ducked into Trio Pizza.  He hoped the employees there would help him hide, but they showed Daniels exactly where to find him.

The deputy took him outside to his patrol car and was greeted with support.

“Two ladies were at the bank across the street,” said Daniels.  “They clapped, gave me a thumbs up and cheered.”

Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown held a ceremony in front of Trio Pizza Friday to thank Willis and the others who helped Daniels in his time of need.

Daniels said its reassuring to know the community has his back.

“When someone offers their help and support like that, it’s rare but it lets you know that you can still hold your head high and do your job,” Daniels said.

Ellis is facing charges of speeding, reckless driving, and a felony count of eluding police.

Article Sources: WSLS and WDBJ

Bedford County Scam Alert Public Service Announcement

Fraud Alert

June 15, 2015
For Immediate Release!


Bedford, VA – Once again, a Bedford resident has been fooled by a scam and is out $3000.

Sheriff Brown can’t stress enough; “NEVER send money to anyone claiming that you have won something but must pay money in order to claim it! It’s a scam. These people are good at fooling you and are really good at stealing your money!”

Please share this information with everyone you know, especially our seniors, since they are the ones most heavily targeted.

Please report any scams via phone or mail to the Sheriff’s Office; 540-586-4800 so that we can then share with other residents.

Brief Thank you Ceremony for Good Samaritan Citizens

To read the newspapers and watch TV one would think that law enforcement is despised by most of the public…not true, and we in law enforcement know it. I receive notes and calls every week from citizens that congratulate our deputies on their service to them personally or to someone they know. This scenario was played out yesterday, Wednesday, in Forest and this office wants to recognize the citizens who took the time to assist one of our deputies. We will have a short ceremony in the parking lot of Trio’s Pizza, Forest, VA,(beside Sheetz near Perrowville Road) Friday, June 12 at 2:00PM. At least one of the ‘Good Samaritan Citizens’ will be there to accept our thanks and a small token of our appreciation. We are attempting to locate the others.

Please see below the comments from Deputy Daniel’s email sent to me this morning.

“Yesterday during my motorcycle pursuit, that turned into foot pursuit in Forest, I was reminded that even with all that is taking place in our country, law enforcement ‘battering’ , that we still have some grateful citizens in our community that appreciate what we do. This happened yesterday and took place in probably the busiest part of the day, lots of traffic, in Forest. As a result, a lot of citizens witnessed this ordeal. Also, a lot of people, including the motorcyclist, could have been injured, possibly killed due to his reckless regard for the public. Due to manpower being stretched razor thin with our office I didn’t have a back up unit even remotely close…not blaming anyone…we were super busy. Not one but 4 different citizens stopped to help. The first one pointed me in the direction where the cyclist had gone… I had lost sight of the driver and was not sure which way to go. Then I was stopped by another man who told me which way the driver went after he had abandoned his motorcycle. After a grueling foot pursuit , a citizens stopped gave me a ride on the back of his truck to get closer to the suspect who had crossed Rt. 221 and entered Trio Pizza. Once inside the pizza restaurant employees pointed to where the suspect was hiding. After he was taken into custody several people at the bank near Sheetz clapped and cheered as he was walked back to my patrol car. I know we get thanks from the public, but I wish somehow I could thank the public for their support. So the moral of story is keep your head up sheep dogs, some still support what we do!”




Ryan D. Ellis

Ryan D. Ellis

Ryan D. Ellis

Age 22

Forest, VA

Charged with Speeding, Reckless Driving and Felony Elude Police.

Released on unsecured bond.


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