Information Needed About Goodview Area Home Burglaries

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August 25, 2014

Bedford County Sheriff’s investigators are investigating home burglaries and larcenies from homes, boat docks and out buildings in the Goodview area of Bedford County. The crimes occurred July 30, 2014 through August 18, 2014. Victims report money, guns, jewelry, lawn equipment and fishing equipment taken. Investigators advise that a white male, wearing camouflage clothing, has been seen in the area of the crimes. Also a small red truck, a blue pickup and a small white car has been seen in the area of the crimes. Investigators believe some of the crimes may have been committed by a suspect(s) on a bright colored kayak.

Anyone with information on these crimes should call the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office at 540-586-7827, submit a tip over the web, 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 that helps solve these crimes.

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UPDATE: FOUND : Missing Person: Katherine Lynn Taylor

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AUGUST 12, 2014

Monday evening Bedford Co. Sheriff’s investigators located Katherine Taylor.

She is no longer a missing person

 

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MISSING PERSON
AUGUST 11, 2014

 

On August 7, 2014, Bedford County Sheriff’s deputies took a missing person’s report on Katherine Lynn Taylor, age 44. She is a white female, brown hair, hazel eyes,
5’7”and 110 lbs. She has a unicorn tattoo on her right shoulder and a butterfly tattoo on her right leg. She was last seen on Wednesday August 6, around 11:00 a.m., at her
home at 101 Carol Court in Forest by her husband. Katherine has been known to leave home in the past for a couple days before returning.

Katherine Lynn Taylor

Katherine Lynn Taylor

Anyone with information on her whereabouts can call the Bedford County Sheriff’ Office at 540-586-7827 or submit your information through the online tip form.

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Tucker Terrace Investigation Update – August 11, 2014

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July 24, 2014

One of the two bodies found on Saturday July 19, 2014 on Tucker Terrace has been identified as Brent Laughon, age 48. The second body has not been positively identified.

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August 11, 2014

Tucker Terrace Death Investigation

The Chief Medical Examiner’s Office in Roanoke has notified Bedford County Sheriff’s Office investigators that the female body found on Tucker Terrace on July 19, 2014 is Ruby W. Laughon, age 73.
The cause and manner of the deaths have not been determined.

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Bedford County Sheriff’s Office Welcomes New RSVP Member: Soledad Moore

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JUNE 24, 2014

Soledad Moore with Ricky Gardner

Welcome Soledad Moore

 

Major Ricky Gardner welcomes Soledad Moore as the newest member of the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office’s Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol, (RSVP).

Sheriff Mike Brown started the RSVP program in May 2001 with six volunteers. Currently the program has 18 active members. The program utilizes retired persons in assisting deputies in non-emergency situations.

In 2013, the volunteers donated a total of 4250 hours, which saved Bedford County tax payers over $72,000. They drove 51,201 miles performing their duties. Last year, RSVP volunteers assisted with 803 department errands, assisted with 56 funerals, assisted 85 citizens with locked vehicles, performed 370 house checks, 626 school checks and delivered 76 meeting packets to Bedford County Board of Supervisor members. The RSVP volunteers also visit persons who participate with Project Life Saver Program making sure the batteries in their equipment are in good working order.

Sheriff Brown is very proud and appreciative to each volunteer for their devoted service to the citizens of Bedford County.

 

Official Recognition for Officers Who Assisted in the May 20th Rescue of Drowning Men

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JUNE 24, 2014

 

On Friday June 27, 2014, Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown and Lt. Chris Thomas, Department of Game and Inland Fishers will recognize the men from their respective agencies who assisted in the rescue, see below, on Friday May 16, 2014. The ceremony will be held in the Emergency Operations Center located in the lower level of the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office at 11:00 a.m.. The Rosko family will be in attendance to show their appreciation as well.

 

Two Men Rescued from Possible Drowning by Local Police Officers

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.

Kevin Colgan Arrested For Solicitation To Commit Murder

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JUNE 19, 2014

Kevin Colgan

KEVIN COLGAN

Since October 2012, Kevin Colgan has been in the process of a divorce from his former wife of 30 years, Sarah Colgan. While married they resided at 5713 East Lynchburg Salem Turnpike, Bedford, Va. Throughout the divorce process, Kevin Colgan has made threats towards Sarah Colgan, which resulted in an active protective order against Kevin Colgan. The final divorce hearing is scheduled for August 27, 2014 in Bedford County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.

Over the last several months, Bedford County Sheriff’s Office investigators have been aware of several threats Kevin Colgan has made against Sarah Colgan.

On Wednesday June 18, 2014, Kevin Colgan met with an undercover investigator and discussed wanting his wife, Sarah Colgan, murdered. During this meeting Kevin Colgan advised the investigator he would pay him to kill her.

On Thursday morning June 19, the two met again in Bedford County. Kevin Colgan drove the investigator by Sarah Cogan’s home at 5713 East Lynchburg Salem Turnpike. At 10:10 a.m., Thursday morning Bedford County Sheriff’s investigators arrested Kevin Cogan, age 61, 357 Salem Ave. S.W. Roanoke, Va. and charged with him with solicitation to commit murder of Sarah Colgan. He was transported to the Bedford Adult Detention Center and is being held without bond.

Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown credits the arrest in this case to the combined efforts of the Roanoke Police Department, Salem Police Department, Roanoke County Police Department, Vinton Police Department, Bedford Police Department and the Virginia State Police.

 

Two Men Rescued from Possible Drowning by Local Police Officers

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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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BCSO Needs Information Regarding Burglaries of Storage Units

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MAY 8, 2014

Bedford County Sheriff’s investigators are investigating numerous burglaries of storage units that have occurred since January 2014.  Suspect(s) are gaining entry into a single unit and are then able to access adjoining units. After gaining entrance, suspect(s) are stealing various items (jewelry, silverware, dinnerware, etc.). Storage units located in Moneta, Thaxton, New London and Forest have all been victimized.

 Anyone with information on these crimes is asked to call the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office 540-586-7699, use our anonymous web crime tip form or contact Central Virginia Crime Stoppers at 1-888-798-5900. Crime Stoppers callers remain anonymous and could receive cash reward at to $1,000.00 for information that solves the crimes.

 

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Woman Charged with First Degree Murder of 2 Year Old Child

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FEBRUARY 28, 2014

On Thursday afternoon at 1:35 p.m., Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call from 1066 Peaksview Lane, Bedford, Va. The caller advised dispatchers that his 2 year son was unresponsive and not breathing. Bedford County Fire and Rescue units along with Bedford County sheriff’s deputies responded to the scene. Resuscitation efforts were started at the scene and the child was transported to Bedford County Memorial Hospital, where it was pronounced dead. The victim’s body was transported to the Medical Examiner’s Office in Roanoke and an autopsy was performed this morning.

JORDON SMITH

JORDON SMITH

Investigators learned that Michael Smith, the father, Shana Witt, the mother, and two children, one 5 years old and the victim resided at the Peaksview Lane residence. The five year old was with a relative and not at the residence when the incident occurred. Michael and Shana are married.

SHANA WITT

SHANA WITT

MICHEAL SMITH

MICHEAL SMITH

Last night, Bedford County Sheriff’s investigators charged Shana Marie Witt, age 24, the mother, with first degree murder of the child. The father, Michael Smith, age 25, was also arrested and charged with two counts of felony child abuse and neglect and one count of manufacturing methamphetamines. Both are being held in the Bedford Adult Detention Center on no bond.

Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol (R.S.V.P.) Program Appreciation Dinner Held

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R.S.V.P. PROGRAM

JANUARY 16, 2014

RSVP Dinner Picture

On Wednesday January 15, 2014, the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office held its annual Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol (RSVP) Program Appreciation Dinner. Sheriff Mike Brown started the RSVP program in May 2001 with six volunteers. Two of the six charter members, Chuck Neudorfer and Charlie Walker are still very active members. Currently the program has 19 active members. The program unitizes retired persons in assisting deputies with non-emergency tasks.
In 2013, the volunteers donated a total of 4250 hours, which saved Bedford County tax payers over $72,000. They drove 51,201 miles performing their duties. Last year, RSVP volunteers assisted with 803 department errands, assisted with 56 funerals, assisted 85citizens with locked vehicles, performed 370 house checks, 626 school checks and delivered 76 meeting packets to members of the Bedford County Board of Supervisors. The RSVP volunteers also visit persons who participate with the Project Life Saver Program making sure the batteries in their equipment are in good working order.
Sheriff Brown is very proud and appreciative to each volunteer for their tireless devoted service to the citizens of Bedford County.

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