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Liberty University provided 75 box lunches and transportation for law enforcement in Bedford County, Va., on Monday, Jan. 12, as investigators, following new leads, conducted a search for a break in a decades-old case involving two missing girls.
In 1975, the Lyon sisters — Sheila, 12, and Katherine, 10 — were last seen walking to the Wheaton Plaza mall in the Washington, D.C., suburb of Wheaton, Md., from their nearby home. Investigators now believe the suspect in the case owned property on Taylor Mountain in Bedford County, which is the subject search area.
Bedford County Sheriff Michael Brown said he could not describe how thankful he was for Liberty’s assistance during this time.
“There is nothing that President Jerry Falwell and Liberty will not provide for local law enforcement,” he said. “This is a financial cost for the sheriff’s office because we are a small department compared to some. I cannot say enough about how thankful I am to Liberty for providing the lunches and transportation for investigators up and down the mountain.”
For 12 hours per day from Jan. 12-15, members from the FBI field office in Richmond, Va., and other law enforcement agencies will eat meals provided by Sodexo, Liberty’s dining services provider, at Thaxton Baptist Church in Bedford. Liberty University Transit Services will shuttle them to and from Taylor Mountain throughout the search process.
“We are hoping to uncover evidence on the mountain that will lead us to a suspect after a proper examination,” Brown said. “The priority is to locate these two young girls so that we can return remains to their parents and give them a (proper) burial. No parent should go through not knowing where their children are.”
Original Article: Liberty University News and Events
January 9, 2015
At 4:38am a call was received for a residential fire at 1152 Saber Court, Forest Va caller advising there were flames showing from the neighbors home, unknown if residence was occupied. Crews from Forest Fire Department, Bedford Fire Company, Bedford County Fire & Rescue, Goode Rescue Squad responded. Upon arrival crews found a residential mobile home with heavy fire noted. The fire was under control at 5:21 am with one fatality. The victim has been transported to the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office in Roanoke. The cause of the fire at this time is under investigation by Bedford County Fire and Rescue’s Fire Marshal’s & Bedford County’s Sherriff’s Office.
Originally published: wset.com
BEDFORD COUNTY (WSLS) – Members of local law enforcement are back home after a quick trip to Brooklyn, New York.
Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown and Major Ricky Gardner traveled north to show support for an officer taken too soon.
NYPD Officer Wenjian Liu was shot alongside his partner Rafael Ramos as the two sat in their marked patrol car.
We sat down with the sheriff about what this trip meant to the long serving leader.
“It was a very humbling experience and I’ve been to law enforcement officers, deputy’s funerals, trooper’s funerals, federal agent’s funerals and it’s always a sad feeling, a feeling of loss, we are a family, we are a big family,” Sheriff Brown.
Thousands joined Brown and Gardner in honoring the fallen police officer Sunday.
While many officers in New York say they feel a lack of support from government leaders, namely Mayor Bill de Blasio following the recent officer involved shootings, they say they’ll continue working to keep their city safe.
Originally published: wsls.com
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.
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
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:
Community input will be accepted until June 9, 2014. Please email your comments and or suggestions to Robin Sundquist via the Contact Form.
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.
WHEN: SATURDAY, AUG 17, 2013
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
WHERE: Bedford Group Home – Gymnasium
1185 Turning Point Road
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
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.
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.