On Tuesday, 2/20/18, a water disruption will occur from 9 am to 11 am while a waterline leak is repaired in the Saint Andrews Circle Area. You may notice low water pressure or no water during this time. After service is restored, you may notice air in the lines or discolored water; this should subside shortly. If you have questions or concerns about this outage, please contact Customer Service at 540-586-7679 option 4.
Sheriff Mike Brown has arranged for BwaD to be honored at the Virginia General Assembly on Monday, February 19th, at noon. The group will be recognized by Delegates Austin and Garrett from the floor of the Assembly and a brief overview of this group’s accomplishments will be noted.
Sheriff Brown is also in discussions with officials to get the group recognized by President Trump, a tour of the White House, and recognition on Capitol Hill.
This group will also be a part of the sheriff’s office partnership with the Department of Homeland Security’s “See Something, Say Something” program which the Sheriff noted when he spoke at the prayer vigil in Bedford’s town center after the incident in Charleston SC, at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in downtown Charleston.
The group’s schedule of meetings in Richmond at the General Assembly 2/19/18:
9:30AM: Delegate Garrett, Room 418
10:15AM: Delegate Byron, Room 307
10:30AM: Delegate Austin, Room 402
10:45AM: Senator Newman, Room 604
11:45AM: Be seated in the House Gallery
12:00PM: Delegate Garrett recognizes the group from the Floor
The Commonwealth of Virginia institutes a 4 p.m. Law which restricts burning during certain times during the year.
The 4 P.M. Law (commonly referred to as the Burn Ban) dates are:
February 15 – April 30
Open air burning is restricted before 4 o’clock in the afternoon if your fire is within 300 feet of the woods or dry grass which can carry the fire to the woods. You are allowed to burn between 4 p.m and midnight as long as you take proper care and precaution and attend your fire at all times.
During other times of the year you are allowed open air burning as long as you take proper care and precaution and attend your fire at all times. You must confirm that there is not a local restriction on open air burning. However, anytime you attempt to burn leaves or debris it is important that you notify the local fire department dispatch center at 540-586-7827 and plan to stay in attendance of your debris fire at all times.
UPDATE. DARRIN HAS BEEN FOUND.
Name: Darrin Wayne Trail
Weight: 130 lbs
Last seen in Bedford county on 2/5/18 at approximately 1500 hrs when he left his residence to go to Roanoke to pay his truck payment. Please contact Inv. C. A. Edmondson of the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office at 540-586-7827.
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Since 1982, the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Foreign Missions (OFM) has been charged with protecting the American public by ensuring that individuals with diplomatic privileges and immunities abide by the law. In furtherance of this goal, OFM has been working to create an outreach video for the law enforcement community. I am pleased to announce that the video entitled Diplomats and the Law: Dispelling the Myths, and including a companion quiz consisting often questions to test one’s knowledge, is now available for viewing on our website at www.state.gov/ofm/resource/ile/index.htm.
This eight to ten minute video shows three scenarios, which were adapted from actual cases. One of our goals in creating this video was not only to show law enforcement officers what should happen at the time of the incident, but also to give them a peek behind the curtain at how the U.S. Department of State handles these cases once we receive them. I hope that you and your officers will find it both engaging and informative. I welcome your feedback. Please contact us anytime at (202) 895- 3521.
February 5, 2018
Investigators with the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, assigned to the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes
Against Children Task Force, are aware of a viral Facebook video, depicting the sexual abuse of an African-
American child, by an adult African-American male. This video is being shared via Facebook, and has been
reported to the Task Force by residents in the Central Virginia area. This video is in most cases being shared
in an attempt to identify the victim and the offender. While authorities acknowledge and appreciate the
public’s wanting to identify these subjects, they want to ask the public to please refrain from sharing this, or
similar, videos or pictures, for the following reasons:
• Sharing the video is a violation of the Code of VA 18.2-374.1:1, Distribution of Child Pornography. While
the intent may be good, in trying to identify the victim and offender, it is still distribution of child
pornography, and is a felony.
• Each share victimizes the child again!
• With the open nature of Facebook (and social media in general), sharing of this (or any other type of
sexually explicit content) increases the risk of other children being exposed to this material, which can
create a host of emotional and mental issues for the child who sees it. You may create more victims, by
sharing this type of material.
• Facebook, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), and all ICAC Task Forces
across the United States are aware of this video, and are actively working to identify the victim and
• Facebook is tracking the spread of the video on their network, and will most likely terminate your account
for violating their Terms of Service by sharing child pornography. You will most likely lose any personal
content in your account, to include private messages, wall posts, personal pictures and videos, etc
• By federal law, Facebook must report every user who posts, shares, distributes, etc, any known or
suspected child sexual exploitation material, to NCMEC. NCMEC will then forward those reports to the
appropriate law enforcement authority for further investigation. Members of the public who share this
video, may have law enforcement execute a search warrant at their residence, and have all electronic
devices seized for examination, with possible forfeiture of any device this video is on. In addition, they
may face criminal charges for distribution and possession of child pornography. Having to investigate and
follow-up on each of the previously mentioned reports, uses valuable investigative resources, that could
be used to investigate other offenses against children.
• If someone shares this video and you see it, report it to Facebook. Do not share it, comment on it, etc.
Each share will create more work for law enforcement, and puts you at risk.
Again, law enforcement wants to thank the members of our community for their desire to help protect children,
especially from this type of abuse, but wanted to highlight how in a situation such as this, the desire to help can
actually hurt you, other children, the victim herself, and law enforcement capability to investigate this offense.
Today the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office and Bedford Town Police Department received numerous calls from citizens reporting scam phone calls. The scammers are calling people and identifying themselves as Bedford County Sheriff deputies. Some scammers advise they have an arrest warrant for them and to avoid being arrested they must purchase a green dot card (prepaid card). After purchasing the card they are given a telephone number to call and give the scammer the number off the card. Other scammers advise the person that they missed jury duty and to avoid being arrested to follow the same procedure.
The public is advised that law enforcement officers never call citizens and advise them to avoid being arrested they must send money.
January 30, 2018
Bedford County Sheriff’s deputies have obtained an arrest warrant for Stephen M. Sutphin, age 37, of Evington. The warrant charges him with shoplifting a bottle of alcohol from the ABC Store located in the Graves Mill Shopping Center on January 24, 2018. The warrant in a felony for third of subsequent offence of larceny.
Anyone with information on his whereabouts can call the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office at 540-586-7827 or Central Virginia Crime Stoppers at 1-888-798-5900 or Text 274637. Crime Stopper callers remain anonymous and could receive a cash reward up to $1,000.00.|
January 29, 2018
The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a white female, wearing a floral shirt, glasses and a pink handbag, who shoplifted a bottle of alcohol from the ABC Store located in the Graves Mill Shopping Center on January 22, 2018.
Anyone with information on this crime can call the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office at 540-586-7827 or Central Virginia Crime Stoppers at 1-888-798-5900 or Text 274637. Crime Stopper callers remain anonymous and could receive a cash reward up to $1,000.00.