Training to Spot Cyberbullying Available to Parents and Educators

Richmond, VA – A new training program designed to teach adults how to know if a child is being cyberbullied was unveiled today by Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown at the Virginia State Capitol.

Brown got the idea for “Cyberbullying: Our Children, Our Problem” after reading about the suicide of a 12-year-old Florida girl.

The program is a partnership between the Safe Surfin’ foundation and the National White Collar Crime Center.

Tammy Garcia flew overnight from California to be there for the announcement. Garcia’s son Michael committed suicide in 2011.

“He was an athlete in school. He was beautiful. He was a bodybuilder and had so much going for him. He was the captain of the football team. He was getting straight A’s” said Tammy Garcia. “So for something like this to come to the point of suicide, it was shocking for our family.”

The online training is geared toward both parents and educators. It takes about 30-45 minutes to complete. Click here for a link to the training.

Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown Targets Cyberbullying

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Time Sensitive – Business Scam Where Callers Pretend to be AEP

Fraud AlertPress Release
February 24, 2015

Sheriff Brown is providing the following information in reference to a ‘scam ‘ being perpetuated against businesses in our area.

The business owner receives a call from 866-978-8143 from a person alleging that they were calling from AEP and asking for payments of large amounts, $1,000.00 to $1,400.00, for ‘balance owed’ or, they would ‘cut off’ the power to the business. The first person to speak did not have an accent, but passed off the customer to a woman with an accent…Far East accent or similar and asking that the amount owed be ‘wired’ to ‘powerreloadit’

If you receive this type of call DO NOT PAY! But, call AEP to register the call and ask if, in fact, your business does have a ‘balanced owed.’

While we only have businesses reporting this ‘scam’ households should also be alert to this newest, in this area, ‘scam.’ Probably because of the severe cold weather and snow we are experiencing.

Download the PDF Press Release to Place in your Retail Office

CAPTURED UPDATE – February 2015



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Help Us Catch Them! Bedford County’s Most Wanted



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Jerry Wayne Underwood Timothy Lee Fizer
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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.

Woman Charged with Felonious Malicious Wounding and the Use of a Firearm in Commission of a Felony

Gretchen S. Bennett

Gretchen S. Bennett

Bedford County 911 dispatchers received call at 8:50 p.m. Friday evening from a 131 Big Bear Run Vinton, Va., which is located in Bedford Co. The caller stated that he and his ex-wife, Gretchen Bennett, age 53,  had an argument over the phone earlier in the day. He said she showed up at his home with a gun and shot him in his lower leg. He was able to get the gun away from her and advised he was holding her down until the deputies arrived on the scene. The victim was transported to Roanoke Memorial Hospital by ambulance. Gretchen S. Bennett, Wews Hill Road, Roanoke, Va., was arrested at the scene and charged with Felonious Malicious Wounding and the use of a firearm in commission of a felony. She was transported to the Bedford Adult Detention Center and was held without bond.



National White Collar Crime Center Newsletter Highlights Elderly Scams and Identity Theft

“The Briefing”, a newsletter from the National White Collar Crime Center, highlights elderly scams and identity theft and has other information on relevant topics to today such as data breaches and legislation requiring businesses to notify consumers within 30 days of a data breach.

Take the time to read this and educate yourself so you can stay safe from scams and identity theft.

NW3C Newletter in PDF

Deadline to apply for Virginia Sheriff’s Institute Scholarships May 1

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The Virginia Sheriff’s Institute Scholarship program was established to provide an opportunity for young people across Virginia to pursue an educational curriculum in law enforcement or criminal justice. The Virginia Sheriffs’ Institute’s Board of Directors has established the application process for students to review scholarships to assist in their education endeavors. The scholarships are available to students in jurisdictions where sheriffs participate in the Virginia Sheriff’s Institute fund raising efforts. The scholarship is limited to students attending Virginia colleges and universities.

The application deadline for the 2015/2016 school year is May 1, 2015. Applications may be downloaded from .

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Brag Post: Citizen Letter to Sheriff Mike Brown

Dep Daniel Clark and Young Citizen

Good Afternoon Sheriff Brown,

I went to Liberty High School last night (Monday) with my son who is 7 and my in-laws.  We went to watch my oldest son and his team (Heritage High School) play varsity basketball against Liberty at 7:30pm.

Your deputy that was on duty there last night for the game was the nicest, deputy I have ever encountered at a school.   He had a smiling face from the time he opened the door for my little boy to enter the building until we left the gym.   He has left a lasting impression with us.

My 7 year old is not your ordinary 7 year old.  He is a people person.  Everyone is his friend.  Which scares me at times.  Because not everyone has good intentions

Your deputy spoke to him and they talked at times during the 2 hours we were there. They even high fived a couple of times.  I failed to look at his name badge.  Hopefully you will know who it is from the pictures.

You should be proud to have him on your team!

Amy Snead


SCAM ALERT: Euro Millions Lottery Letters Are A Scam

Fraud Alert

Citizens are receiving letters from  the “Euro Millions Lotteries Board Commission” asking you to call a number and claim your winnings.


Here is an actual letter: Sample Euro Millions Lotteries Board Letter