Sheriff Brown Will Host a Press Conference to Report on the Investigations into a String of Recent Burglaries

PRESS CONFERENCE

JANUARY 25, 2012

On Friday morning, January 25, 2013, Sheriff Brown will host a press conference at 10:00 a.m. in the Emergency Operations Center located in the lower level of the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office.
The purpose of the press conference is to report on the results and arrests of ongoing investigations into a string of recent burglaries in Bedford County.
No further information will be released by the Sheriff’s office prior to the conference due to the arrests that still need to be made.

 Please download the PDF Press Release for more information.

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Bedford County Sheriff’s Office Looking for Two Suspects

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On 01/17/2012 at 1:56AM Bedford County Communications received a call from a resident in the 1400 block of Centerville Road stating unknown individuals had shot into her home. A deputy responding to the area observed a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed on Belltown Road. The deputy attempted to stop the vehicle and the vehicle attempted to flee. The deputy pursued the vehicle onto Kincannon Road, where the vehicle wrecked. The occupants of the vehicle fled on foot, and one suspect was taken into custody. A second subject was located by another deputy at a residence near the crash site. Two other occupants of the vehicle remain at large. They are described as black males wearing dark clothing.
The suspects in custody have been identified as Augustus J. Xavier, DOB 1/11/1995, 1101 12th Street, Roanoke VA and Juan Quontell Welton, DOB 9/24/1992, 922 Palm Ave NW, Roanoke, VA.

A possible sighting of one of the at-large suspects was received at 11:31AM in the 3600 block of East Lynchburg-Salem Turnpike. Officers responded to the area immediately and searched the area but were unable to locate any suspects matching the description given by the caller. The public is encouraged to call police immediately should any suspicious subject be observed in the area, or if anyone had contact with subject matching the description given. These subjects should be considered armed and dangerous.

This incident is still under investigation.

Anyone having information regarding this incident should call the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office at 540-586-7827 or the
Crimestoppers Tips Line at 1-888-798-5900.

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Bedford County First Responders Deliver Baby in Parking Lot

From WSET-TV ABC 13 website:

Bedford Co., VA – A couple of first responders delivered a baby in a gas station parking lot early Wednesday morning.

It was an extra special delivery for Deputy Allison Key. It’s a call that will always be a special memory in her law enforcement career.

This what the 911 said:

“Bedford 911, where’s your emergency? Yes ma’am, my girlfriend’s pregnant. She’s about to have the baby.”

It was 2:13 a.m. when that call came in, and the man on the phone was in a race against the clock to get his pregnant girlfriend to the hospital.

Dispatcher Becky Dooley had the man pull off of Route 460 into the parking lot of a New London gas station. The screams from the mother-to-be in the passenger seat had them all worried the baby would get there before the ambulance.

Fortunately, Deputy Allison Key got there soon after.

“I was the closest one there, so I take off and get there and she’s definitely in labor. Screaming. Telling me that the baby’s coming and I’m hoping and praying that it’s not,” said Key.

“She was keeping the mother calm until we got there. She helped assist me when I got there. Taking care of the mother until the medic unit arrived,” said Eddie Witt with Fire and Rescue.

Witt was the next to arrive, and he delivered the baby.

“Within about 8 minutes, we delivered a little baby girl,” said Witt.

“We no more than get her in the back of the ambulance and we have a baby,” said Key. “I got to cut the cord.”

That was a first for Deputy Key. After 8 years on the road, this happened on her last night of duty.

“It’s a good way to go out,” she said.”It was a good cry for a change. Usually you hear the bad cries. That was a good cry for a change.”

Key is leaving the sheriff’s office for a law enforcement job with a private company. But she says she plans to stay on as a reserve deputy. She also plans to stay in touch with the baby’s family.

 

Bedford County Sheriff’s Office is Investigating the Larceny of Fuel Oil From Two Churches

The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the larceny of fuel oil from two county churches.
On Saturday December 1, 2012 Beaver Dam Baptist Church, 10665 Stewartsville Road, Vinton, Va. reported fuel oil missing from the church’s oil tank located behind the church. On Friday evening, a dark color F-150 Ford truck was seen in the area of the church.
On Friday December 7, Bethesda United Methodist Church, 1434 Wyatts Way, Huddleston, Va. reported fuel oil missing from the fuel tank.
In both incidents suspect(s) siphoned the fuel oil from the tanks.
Anyone with information on these crimes is asked to please contact Central Virginia Crime Stoppers at 888-798-5900 or the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office at 540-586-7827. All crime stopper callers remain anonymous and could receive a reward up to a $1,000.00.

Please download the PDF Press Release for more information.

Bedford County Sheriff’s Office is Looking for Missing Nativity Scene Figures!

The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the larceny of figures from a nativity scene from the Shiloh United Methodist Church located at 18121 Forest Road Forest, Va. The church is located at the corner of Graves Mill Road and Forest Road.
A church member advised that the items were stolen sometimes between 9:00 p.m. Sunday night and 6:00 a.m. this morning.
Below is a description of the stolen figures…………(3) wise men, (2) sheep, (1) shepherd, (1) cow, (1) camel, (1) donkey, baby Jesus, Mary and Joseph.
The figures are three to four feet tall, freshly painted and are 40 to 50 years old.
Anyone with information on this crime is asked to please contact Central Virginia Crime Stoppers at 888-798-5900 or the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office at 540-586-7827. All crime stopper callers remain anonymous and could receive a reward up to a $1,000.00.

Please download the PDF Press Release for more information.

Sheriff’s Corner: Bedford County Emergency Notification System

Bedford County initiated the “Reverse 911 System” back in 2006 with, what was at the time, the most sophisticated system available, to send out emergency messages via telephone, advising citizens of potential dangers.
These days, many folks are using only cell phones and have done away with land lines all together. In order to provide the best possible service to everyone in Bedford County, the Emergency Notification System, ENS, has now been upgraded so that your cell phone number can be registered for ENS, should an emergency occur that citizens need to be made aware of; Forest fires, hazardous waste spills, multiple vehicle accidents, anything that could endanger your family or home.
If you have a land line, listed or unlisted, your home phone is already in the data base. However, you need to register your cell number or VOIP, (Magic Jack, Comcast, Vonage, etc.) number with the Sheriff’s office to ensure that any emergency call going out to your area of the county, will also be sent to your cell.
Please log on to the website; www.bedfordcountysheriff.org and follow the easy instructions to register. If you do not have Internet availability, you can still register your cell number by calling the Sheriff’s office and provide the necessary information for registration. Call 540-586-4800 x 4015.
“The safety of Bedford Citizens is our highest priority and this is best done by utilizing the newest technologies available.”

Download the December 2012 PDF “Sheriff’s Corner”

Sheriff Brown Urges Everyone to ‘Lock It Or Lose It’

Location: Forest, VA

The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a series of larceny complaints in the Perrowville Road area of Forest.
Victims are reporting items missing from their unlocked vehicles that are parked in their driveways. Missing items that have been reported range from credit cards to laptop computers and are taken during the night.
Citizens throughout the county are encouraged to keep their vehicles locked whenever parked. Do not leave any items of value in vehicles.

Residents in the Perrowville Road area will be receiving a phone call from our Emergency Notification System regarding these larceny complaints.

Protect your belongings; “Lock It, Or Lose It”.

Anyone with information on these crimes is asked to call the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office at 540-586-7827 or Central Virginia Crime Stoppers at 888-798-5900.
All crime stopper callers remain anonymous and you could receive a reward up to a $1,000.00.

Please download the PDF Press Release for more information.

Bedford County Sheriff’s Office Fall Newsletter

Take the time to read the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office Fall Newsletter which is full of good information for the citizens of Bedford County. In this issue:

1. “Bath Salts” Use on the Rise
2. Public Safety Memorial
3. Election Day Almost Here
4. VSI Members Speak Out
5. Dangers of Texting While Driving
6. Scholarship Applications Now Available
7. Message from Sheriff Michael J. Brown

To read the newsletter download the PDF.

Scam Alert: Don’t Let Your Bank Account Be Compromised!

The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office has received several calls in the last several days
from citizens reporting that their bank accounts have been compromised.
Victims report they received a text messages on their phones stating:
“Notice of (Name of Bank) account suspension. Please visit a (web-site address) to
solve the problem”
Victims then go to the web-site and fill in their account information. Later after
checking their statement the victims learn that they are missing money from their
accounts.
*Note: Banks will not text you or email you if there is a problem with your account.
Never enter account info into websites, they are usually phony sites made to look like
your bank’s site. If you receive such a message, pick up the phone and call your bank
directly or stop in to verify.
Never give out ANY personal or banking information over the
telephone or computer to anyone before verifying who you are
sharing this information with!

Please download the PDF Press Release for More Information

Sheriff’s Corner: Work Force Project a Great Success

After receiving numerous complaints of trash on the sides of the roads from residents in many areas of the county, Board of Supervisor member Bill Thomasson and I researched the legalities of possibly utilizing inmates for community service.

Back in mid-July, BCSO launched the “Inmate Work Force”, allowing non-violent inmates that qualify, to join this outside work detail program. Not only would this help Bedford County stay beautiful, it was also a great opportunity for these non-violent inmates to build their self-esteem and give something back to their community.
Since July, the Work Force goes out on trash patrol three days a week, usually with two inmates and one off-duty deputy. It is mind-boggling, but this initiative has already collected 750 bags of trash!
Thanks to a cooperative agreement with VDOT, bright orange trash bags are supplied to the work force then when their shift is complete, VDOT pick up the bags and transports them to the landfill. The jail agreed to pack bag lunches for the inmates while they’re out working and the Inmate Work Force van is equipped with a tag-a-long port-a-potty.
It’s a win-win service for everyone in the county!
The work force deputy tries to cover all different areas of the county. However, I suggest if you wish to report a high-trash area, to please notify your area Board of Supervisor and he/she will contact BCSO for scheduling. Big results can come from small investments; Total cost involved with this project is $30,000 a year. With this kind of volume of trash being removed from our roadsides, I would say its well worth it!

Download the October 2012 PDF “Sheriff’s Corner”