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.

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“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

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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

REGISTER TODAY!!!

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

“GANG RESISTANCE EDUCATION AND TRAINING”

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!

SCAM ALERT!!!

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!”

 

Arrested:

 

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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Three on Three Basketball Tournament on June 13, 2015

An Invitation from Sheriff Brown and Chief Foreman

June 11, 2015

Law Enforcement United with Community

“The Bedford Crime Prevention Coalition” is a coalition composed of both members of the community   (parents and residents) and providers of social services, law enforcement, businesses, spiritual leaders, school representatives, and many other interested or concerned parties. We believe that all forms of violence are unacceptable and that community life requires nonviolent resolution of conflict.

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Chief Todd Foreman is a leader in this arena and I am excited to be a part of this effort and look forward to assisting him and the coalition in this program. Too many times lately we hear from the media and other sources about the lack of empathy of our police community toward the communities that we serve. This is one example of the efforts that the town police and the sheriff’s office are undertaking to show our communities that we are concerned for our citizens, adults, teens and children.

Please review the attached flyer and schedule a reporter or camera crew to visit the event and see what the efforts of this small, but concerned, group of concerned leaders can do.

There will be free food and drinks…and, a basketball tournament that will ‘dazzle’ even the most rabid sports fan!”

PDF of Baskeball Game Invitation

Largest Heroin Seizure in Bedford County, VA History!

Bedford Co., VA – A coordinated law enforcement effort resulted in the largest heroin seizure ever in Bedford County according to Sheriff Mike Brown.

The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office seized 2,800 hits of heroin. The street value is $84,000.

Sheriff Brown says the heroin came from New Jersey.

“You can bet your bottom dollar that a lot of it would have been distributed in Bedford County,” said Sheriff Mike Brown. “It would have been a tremendous, tremendous headache for law enforcement and for other individuals in Bedford County.”

Jesse Ray Little, 56, of Huddleston was arrested early Monday morning. He’s charged with possession with intent to distribute. The arrest happened in western Bedford County, near Roanoke.

The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office Vice Unit, DEA, Virginia State Police, Roanoke Police Department, and the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force (HIDTA) took part in the operation. Sheriff Brown said intelligence in this case was collected locally and in New Jersey.

Sheriff Brown said they’ve been working this case for several months and the investigation continued into Monday night, after Little’s arrest.

Little is being held without bond at the Bedford Adult Detention Center. His preliminary hearing is set for late July.

Original Link: WSET.com

Bedford County Sheriff’s Office Seizes $84,000 Worth of Heroin in Huddleston

Press Release
June 9, 2015

MAJOR BEDFORD COUNTY DRUG DEALER ARRESTED, ILLEGAL DRUG TENTACLES TO NEW JERSEY SEVERED

Late Sunday night, 6/7/2015, and, in the early morning hours of Monday, 6/8/’15, members of the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, Vice Unit, with the priceless and ‘above and beyond’ assistance from DEA, Virginia State Police, Roanoke Police Department and the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (“HIDTA”) Task Force arrested:

JESSE RAY LITTLE

JESSE RAY LITTLE

Jesse Ray Little
5670 Johnson Mountain Road, Huddleston, VA 23104,
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The arrest took place in the western portion of Bedford County and was supported by the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office Tact Team.

Bedford County Sheriff’s Office seized 2,800 ‘hits’ of heroin with street value of $84,000.00

Seized Heroin

Seized Heroin

This is the largest seizure of heroin in Bedford County …ever, and a disturbing trend in the illegal drug arena as we, BCSO, has concentrated on this particular illegal drug, as others, but our concern reference this drug has been a little more focused because of the it’s high risk for addiction. To see this amount of heroin come into our county is a concern to this office and a concern that we will certainly keep an in our ‘crosshairs!’

Heroin addiction is one of the most destructive and painful addictions in the world and rehab can be a lifelong process. Produced from the poppy, heroin is a semi-synthetic form of morphine. It has been estimated to be one of the most addictive substances created. In 2011, 4.2 million Americans aged 12 or older (or 1.6 percent) had used heroin at least once in their lives. It is estimated that about 23 percent of individuals who use heroin become dependent on it.

Our Vice and Drug Unit worked with the above noted agencies for several months perfecting this case, as well as police and intelligence units in New Jersey.

We will not have a formal press release, but will schedule each of your outlets at a time convenient to you. The seizure will be available for photographing.\

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Kyle Marks is the Recipient of the 3rd Will Branham Officer Survival Award

Dep. Kyle Marks

Dep. Kyle Marks

Officer Jonathan “Kyle” Marks, Bedford County Sheriffs Office. Recipient of the 3rd Will Branham Officer Survival Award.

Will Branham was a good friend of some BCSO deputies and after high school worked at Lynchburg PD. He passed away from cancer some years ago and left behind 2 small children and a wife.

There have only been 3 of these awards given.

The BCSO Family congratulates Deputy Kyle Marks on this prestigious award