Two Men Rescued from Possible Drowning by Local Police Officers

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PRESS RELEASE
MAY 20, 2014

At 3:37 p.m. Friday, May 16, 2014, Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call from a Maurene Rosko at 1642 Krantzs Corner Road. She reported that her husband, Constantine Rosko age 83, and son, Curt Rosko age 54, were in a jon boat, on their private pond, attempting to remove an aerator pump when their boat capsized.  She said both men were in the water, holding on to the boat, and that her husband couldn’t swim. She also stated the water was approximately 8 to 9 feet deep.  Dispatchers broadcasted the call for distress and at 3:43 p.m. Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries Conservation Police Officer Dallas Neel arrived on the scene, followed by Bedford County Sheriff’s Deputy Tim Shull at 3:44 p.m.  Officer Neel attempted to throw a lifesaving device to them, but after unsuccessful attempts, both he and Deputy Shull removed their shirts and duty belts, and went in to the pond.  They were able to swim to the subjects and successfully brought both men back to shore.  Bedford County Sheriff’s Office Major Ricky Gardner and Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries Captain Tony Fisher both agree that had these two officers not reacted as quickly as they did and put their training into action, the outcome may have been tragically different.

Bedford County Rescue Units arrived on the scene and examined both men who were tired and cold.  Neither men required additional treatment, and were not transported to the hospital.

 

Agency Contacts:

Bedford County Sheriff’s Department – Major Ricky Gardner via the contact form on this website or see PDF for email address.
Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries – Lieutenant Chris Thomas 434-525-7522

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2014 Edward Byrne Memorial JAG Grant Program Notification

BEDFORD COUNTY
MAY 19, 2014

Bedford County welcomes public comment on the next issuance of FY2013 Justice Assistance Grant

(JAG) program. Bedford County Sheriff’s Office is eligible to receive $15,451.00. JAG funds are used to control and prevent crime. The funds are available over the next four years.
JAG funds can be used for:

  • Law enforcement programs
  • Prosecution and court programs, including indigent defense
  • Prevention and educational programs
  • Drug treatment and enforcement programs
  • Technology improvement program

Community input will be accepted until June 9, 2014. Please email your comments and or suggestions to Robin Sundquist via the Contact Form.

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Bedford County Sheriff’s Office Celebrated a Milestone Wednesday

 

 Bedford Co., VA – The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office celebrated a milestone Wednesday.

They held a ceremony to mark the 500th ballistic vest that the sheriff’s office has given to other departments. The Attorney General’s office has funded the program to help law enforcement agencies in Virginia that can’t afford the vests.

The 500th vest went to the Westmoreland County Sheriff’s Office.

“Many police officers die for lack of a ballistic armor and we’ve had many officers saved as a result of ballistic armor,” said Sheriff Mike Brown.

“We’re always looking for ways to make our jobs safe…safety is our number one priority,” said Sgt. Eric Molinares, of the Westmoreland County Sheriff’s Office.

Other vests went out Wednesday to the Town of Amherst Police, Radford City Police and the Albemarle County Sheriff’s Office.

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Bedford’s First Responders Competition Summer Blood Drive!

DonorDays

WHEN: SATURDAY, AUG 17, 2013
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

WHERE: Bedford Group Home – Gymnasium
1185 Turning Point Road


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Register online for an appointment at www.vablood.org or call Lt., Darryl Saunders at the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office at 540-586-4800 ext. 4088.

All donors must present a valid ID or VBS donor card at registration.

For a list of accepted IDs please visit vablood.org or call 1-800-989-4438

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Montvale Man Faces Charges After Pursuit Down 460

PRESS RELEASE
MAY 10, 2013

On Thursday evening May 9, 2013 at 9:30 p.m., a Bedford County deputy sheriff observed a motorcycle traveling east on 460 west of Montvale, clocked at 79 miles per hour. As the deputy attempted to stop the motorcycle, the driver looked back, saw the deputy and increased his speed. During the pursuit the motorcycle reached speeds as high as 120 mph. The pursuit continued approximately 15 miles. As the motorcycle approached the intersection of 460 and Wheatland Road, the motorcycle suddenly slowed and attempted to turn left in the median and go back west. The deputy’s car contacted the rear of the motorcycle and the driver fell off the motorcycle. The driver got up and ran, but was apprehended. The VA State Police responded to investigate the accident.
The driver of the motorcycle was identified as Tyler Songer, age 28, 1385 Mcdearman Road, Montvale, VA. Songer was arrested and transported to the Bedford Adult Detention Center and charged with felony elude a police officer, reckless driving, driving without a license, operate an uninsured vehicle and fail to inspect vehicle.  He was held on a $2,000.00 bond.

TYLER SONGER

TYLER SONGER

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Man Charged With Arson

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MAY 7, 2013

Bedford County Sheriff’s investigators have charged Darrell Bruce Orange, age 52, with arson of a residence at 1071 Murray Hollow Road in Thaxton. He lived in the residence with his mother. He is being held in the Bedford Adult Detention Center on no bond.

At 2:05 p.m. Tuesday, Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call reporting the fire. The caller reported that the back bedroom was on fire. Bedford County Fire and Rescue units responded to the location.

DARRELL BRUCE ORANGE

DARRELL BRUCE ORANGE

 

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Arrest Warrants Obtained For Second Man In Last Weeks Manhunt

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APRIL 29, 2013 (UPDATE)

On Monday April 29, 2013 Bedford County Sheriff’s investigators obtained arrest warrants for DeAngelo Montez Brown, age 28, 6520 Dorchester Rd. Apt. 2800H, North Charleston, South Carolina. Brown has been identified as the second black male in the Altima last Wednesday. Brown faces the same charges as Waring, minus the driving charge.

DeAngelo Montez Brown

DeAngelo Montez Brown

 Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Waring or Brown or with information of these crimes is asked to call the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office 586-7827 or Central Virginia Crime Stoppers at 1-888-798-5900. Crime Stoppers callers remain anonymous and could receive a cash reward up to $1,000.00 for information leading to the arrest of either subject. You can also submit tips on our website by clicking here.

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Update to Yesterdays Manhunt

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April 25, 2013

Wednesday evening Bedford County Sheriff’s investigators arrested Lachelle Lynette Slaughter, age 24, 2115 Early Street Lynchburg, Va. She is charged with cashing a forged note (check) and feloniously conducting a bank action. The charges stem from check she cashed at the Bank of the James Wednesday afternoon. She was released on bond. (Slaughter is the black female that was left in Forest yesterday afternoon by the two black male suspects.)

LACHELLE LYNETTE SLAUGHTER

LACHELLE LYNETTE SLAUGHTER

Investigators have obtained four warrants for Antonio Mariello Waring, B/M, age 27, 5805 Forest Point Drive, Raleigh, N.C. The charges are as follows; conspiring to cash a forged note (check), conspiring to utter a forged note (check), feloniously conspiring to conduct a bank action and felony eluding of a police officer(s). All the charges stem from the incident at the Bank of the James on Forest Road Wednesday afternoon, April 24th.

The investigation of this incident continues and Sheriff’s investigators are continually working to identify the second suspect.

Note: We will send out a photo of Waring as soon as possible.

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Two Suspects at Large After Yesterdays Manhunt

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APRIL 24, 2013

Forest, VA – On Tuesday April 23, 2013, the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office received a report of suspicious activity at the Fink’s Jewelers, 16960 Forest Road. After receiving this information, investigators with the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office with the assistance of the Lynchburg City Police Department, VA State Police and agents with the A.T.F. set up surveillance on the business.

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At 2:20 p.m. today investigators observed a maroon Nissan Altima with North Carolina tags in the area of Fink’s. A black female got out of the car and went onto the Bank of the James, 17000 Forest Road. After dropping off the female, the Altima with two black males parked in a nearby business parking lot. As the female exited the bank she walked in the direction of the Altima. As she approached the car the driver drove away at a very high rate of speed, leaving the female standing in the lot. Officers pursued the vehicle onto Forest Road then onto Enterprise Drive. Due to the heavy traffic in the area at the time, contact was lost of the Altima, however it was located a short time later in the Wyndhurst area. The vehicle engine was still running and the passenger door and trunk were open. Investigators held and identified the black female. Both suspects were last seen running toward Lynchburg City.

Suspect #1: Black male, 6’ tall, wearing a black and red cap, blue jeans, white shirt.

Suspect #2: Black male, blue jeans, black shirt, wearing a Charlotte Hornets cap.

The investigation continues and charges are pending on the female.

Anyone with information on this crime or the whereabouts of the suspect is asked to call 540‐586‐7827 or Central Virginia Crime Stoppers at 1‐888‐798‐5900 or text CVCS 274637. Crime Stopper callers remain anonymous and could receive a reward up to $1,000.00. (www.cvcrimestoppers.org) You can also submit tips on our website by clicking here.

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Sheriff Reacts to No Money for New School SROs

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Bedford Co., VA – There will not be a resource officer in every Bedford County elementary school next school year.

The board of supervisors approved a budget last night, leaving out an $800,000 request by the sheriff to pay for 15 additional deputy positions.

Sheriff Mike Brown calls it a foreseeable liability.

“I think there was a lot of lip service paid to the potential problems, the potential dangers, that we as law enforcement executives are seeing by city councils and by board of supervisors members,” said Brown. “Then, all of the sudden once it sort of dies down, that concern goes away and that’s irresponsible.”

The Sheriff’s Office is applying for state grants that would pay for a few additional SRO positions. They expect it to be a very competitive process, as localities all over Virginia are also applying for that same money in the wake of Sandy Hook.

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Author: Angela Hatcher
Date: April 23, 2013

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