Two in Custody for Feb 2014 Robbery at the Sonic in Forest

PRESS RELEASE
June 24, 2015

Weeks after the robbery of the Sonic in Forest in February 2014, Matthew Kukulski and Caitlin N. Williamson, boyfriend/girlfriend, became persons of interest in the robbery.

In August 2014, Bedford County Sheriff’s Investigator Steve Smith traveled to Florida where Kukulski was serving time in jail. While in Florida, Smith interviewed both Kuklski and Williamson.

In December 2014, a Bedford County Grand Jury returned indictments against both for two counts of armed robbery and two counts for use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

On February 12, 2015, Caitlin Williamson age 26 was transported back to Bedford County to stand trial on her charges. She is currently being held in the Lynchburg Adult Detention Center.

CAITLIN V. WILLIAMSON

CAITLIN V. WILLIAMSON

On June 23, 2015 after completing serving his time in Florida, Matthew Kukulski, age 27, was transported back to Bedford County.

MATTHEW KUKULSKI

MATTHEW KUKULSKI

He is being held in the Bedford Adult Detention Center.

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Three Lynch Station Residents Charged with Felony Child Abuse and Neglect

PRESS RELEASE
June 24, 2015

At 9:50 p.m. Monday evening June 22, 2015, Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call reporting a possible child abuse on Mt. Airy Road, Lynch Station. Bedford County sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to the location. After arriving on the scene and investigating the complaint Bedford County Social Services Child Protection investigators were contacted and made aware of the complaint.

On Tuesday evening June 23, 2015, Bedford County Sheriff’s investigators arrested Arsean Jermaine Hobbs, age 32, Yvette Nicole Hobbs, age 38 and Shirley Mae Venable, age 67. All three reside at 4093 Mount Airy Road, Lynch Station. They each were charged with felony child abuse and neglect of a child, which is a class 6 felony.

 

ARSEAN JERMAINE HOBBS

ARSEAN JERMAINE HOBBS

SHIRLEY MAE VENABLE

SHIRLEY MAE VENABLE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

YVETTE NICOLE HOBBS

YVETTE NICOLE HOBBS

 

To protect the identity of the victim, the victim’s relationship to the defendants is not being released.

They were transported to the Bedford Adult Detention Center.

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Thaxton Man Charged With Armed Robbery, Abduction, and Damage to phone Lines to Prevent 911 Calling.

PRESS RELEASE
June 23, 2015

On June 22, 2015, at 5:54PM, Bedford County 911 dispatch received a call from a female on Triggs Road, Bedford, VA, stating that she had been robbed by a male subject holding a large ‘butcher’ knife to her stomach and demanding “all of her money!” The victim gave the subject the contents of her wallet. After pushing the victim into a chair in the living room he exited the house by the back door, but not before cutting the phone lines so that a call could not be placed.

The subject was recognized by the victim as Winford Tracy Justice, age 53, 104 Peakswood Dr., Thaxton, VA, who had been performing plumbing work for the victim at the victim’s house on Triggs Road. The subject left the area in a black Dodge Dakota, 2WD. No direction of travel was available to the responding deputies.

Numerous locations were checked for the JUSTICE subject with negative results. Notices were sent out to regional jurisdictions, east coast. describing the subject and the warning that he was ‘armed and dangerous.’ Commonwealth Attorney authorized Nationwide Extradition of the subject. The search for JUSTICE continued throughout the night and late morning this date information was received that the subject ‘s truck was observed at the Howard Johnson Inn, 6520 Thirlane Rd., Roanoke, VA.

Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, Special Vice/Drug Unit, and special teams from the US Marshal’s Service, Virginia State Police, and the Roanoke Police Department positioned themselves in and around this location and as the subject and an associate exited the hotel and attempted to leave the parking lot in the Dodge Dakota truck he was arrested without incident.

JUSTICE has been charged with Armed Robbery, Abduction and Damage to Phone Lines to Prevent 911 Calling. Subject is being held in Blue Ridge Regional Jail, Bedford Facility, under ‘No Bond’. Additional charges are pending.

WINFORD  T. JUSTICE

WINFORD T. JUSTICE

 

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Brief Thank you Ceremony for Good Samaritan Citizens

To read the newspapers and watch TV one would think that law enforcement is despised by most of the public…not true, and we in law enforcement know it. I receive notes and calls every week from citizens that congratulate our deputies on their service to them personally or to someone they know. This scenario was played out yesterday, Wednesday, in Forest and this office wants to recognize the citizens who took the time to assist one of our deputies. We will have a short ceremony in the parking lot of Trio’s Pizza, Forest, VA,(beside Sheetz near Perrowville Road) Friday, June 12 at 2:00PM. At least one of the ‘Good Samaritan Citizens’ will be there to accept our thanks and a small token of our appreciation. We are attempting to locate the others.

Please see below the comments from Deputy Daniel’s email sent to me this morning.

“Yesterday during my motorcycle pursuit, that turned into foot pursuit in Forest, I was reminded that even with all that is taking place in our country, law enforcement ‘battering’ , that we still have some grateful citizens in our community that appreciate what we do. This happened yesterday and took place in probably the busiest part of the day, lots of traffic, in Forest. As a result, a lot of citizens witnessed this ordeal. Also, a lot of people, including the motorcyclist, could have been injured, possibly killed due to his reckless regard for the public. Due to manpower being stretched razor thin with our office I didn’t have a back up unit even remotely close…not blaming anyone…we were super busy. Not one but 4 different citizens stopped to help. The first one pointed me in the direction where the cyclist had gone… I had lost sight of the driver and was not sure which way to go. Then I was stopped by another man who told me which way the driver went after he had abandoned his motorcycle. After a grueling foot pursuit , a citizens stopped gave me a ride on the back of his truck to get closer to the suspect who had crossed Rt. 221 and entered Trio Pizza. Once inside the pizza restaurant employees pointed to where the suspect was hiding. After he was taken into custody several people at the bank near Sheetz clapped and cheered as he was walked back to my patrol car. I know we get thanks from the public, but I wish somehow I could thank the public for their support. So the moral of story is keep your head up sheep dogs, some still support what we do!”

 

Arrested:

 

Ryan D. Ellis

Ryan D. Ellis

Ryan D. Ellis

Age 22

Forest, VA

Charged with Speeding, Reckless Driving and Felony Elude Police.

Released on unsecured bond.

 

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Bedford County Sheriff’s Office Seizes $84,000 Worth of Heroin in Huddleston

Press Release
June 9, 2015

MAJOR BEDFORD COUNTY DRUG DEALER ARRESTED, ILLEGAL DRUG TENTACLES TO NEW JERSEY SEVERED

Late Sunday night, 6/7/2015, and, in the early morning hours of Monday, 6/8/’15, members of the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, Vice Unit, with the priceless and ‘above and beyond’ assistance from DEA, Virginia State Police, Roanoke Police Department and the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (“HIDTA”) Task Force arrested:

JESSE RAY LITTLE

JESSE RAY LITTLE

Jesse Ray Little
5670 Johnson Mountain Road, Huddleston, VA 23104,
DOB-01/01/1959

The arrest took place in the western portion of Bedford County and was supported by the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office Tact Team.

Bedford County Sheriff’s Office seized 2,800 ‘hits’ of heroin with street value of $84,000.00

Seized Heroin

Seized Heroin

This is the largest seizure of heroin in Bedford County …ever, and a disturbing trend in the illegal drug arena as we, BCSO, has concentrated on this particular illegal drug, as others, but our concern reference this drug has been a little more focused because of the it’s high risk for addiction. To see this amount of heroin come into our county is a concern to this office and a concern that we will certainly keep an in our ‘crosshairs!’

Heroin addiction is one of the most destructive and painful addictions in the world and rehab can be a lifelong process. Produced from the poppy, heroin is a semi-synthetic form of morphine. It has been estimated to be one of the most addictive substances created. In 2011, 4.2 million Americans aged 12 or older (or 1.6 percent) had used heroin at least once in their lives. It is estimated that about 23 percent of individuals who use heroin become dependent on it.

Our Vice and Drug Unit worked with the above noted agencies for several months perfecting this case, as well as police and intelligence units in New Jersey.

We will not have a formal press release, but will schedule each of your outlets at a time convenient to you. The seizure will be available for photographing.\

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Lynchburg Woman Charged with Public Intoxication and Assault on a Police Officer

PRESS RELEASE
June 1, 2015

On Saturday afternoon, May 30, 1015, a Bedford County Sheriff’s deputy was transporting a female to the Bedford Adult Detention Center, when she kicked the back door window glass out of his patrol vehicle. The female, Kristin N. Forbes, age 26, had been arrested by a the Smith Mountain Lake State Park Officer for public intoxication. The arresting officer requested a police vehicle with a cage to transport her. After kicking the window glass out, she attempted to escape out of the broken window. As the deputy attempted to restrain her she assaulted him. A second sheriff’s deputy responded to the scene and she was placed in the Sheriff’s office transport van.

FORBES JUNE 1, 2015

Kristin N. Forbes, of Lynchburg, was charged with public intoxication, obstruction of justice (resist arrest), destruction of property and assault on a police officer.

KRISTIN NOEL FORBES

KRISTIN NOEL FORBES

 

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Woman Charged with Malicious Wounding

PRESS RELEASE
May 28, 2015

At 2:11a.m. May 28, 2015, Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call to 115 Mill Acres Dr. from a man reporting his wife had stabbed him. The caller, James
Dudley, age 61, said while he was sleeping his wife stabbed him with what he believed to be a kitchen fork. Deputies arrived on the scene at 2:32 a.m. and arrested
Barbara Dudley, age 63, without incident. She was transported to the Bedford Adult Detention Center and is being held without bond. She was charged with malicious
wounding. The victim refused medical treatment.

BARBARA B. DUDLEY

BARBARA B. DUDLEY

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Father and Son Arrested and Charged with Malicious Wounding

PRESS RELEASE
May 11, 2015

On Friday afternoon May 8, 2015, Bedford County Sheriff’s deputies responded to 2850 Chestnut Fork Road, Bedford after receiving a call of a disturbance. After arriving on the scene deputies found the victim, Travis Singleton, age 32, 2850 Chestnut Fork Road, had been assaulted. He was transported to Bedford Memorial Hospital by ambulance. He was treated for facial wounds and a broken rib and later released.

Deputies arrested Johnny Dean Clark, age 55, and his son, Mitcheal Dehaven, age 30, and charged them with malicious wounding of the victim. They both reside at 1821 Edwardsville Road, Hardy Virginia. They are being held in the Bedford Adult Detention Center without bond.

 

JOHNNY DEAN CLARK

JOHNNY DEAN CLARK

MITCHEAL DEHAVEN

MITCHEAL DEHAVEN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Man Arrested and Charged with Second Degree Murder

PRESS RELEASE
May 11, 2015

At 4:20 p.m. Sunday May 10, 2015, Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call reporting a shooting at 961 Summit Ridge Drive, Blue Ridge. Bedford County deputies arrived on the scene at 4:38 p.m. and found a deceased white male lying in the driveway of the residence. It appeared the victim had been shot. The victim was identified as Gary Hamilton, age 45, 961 Summit Ridge Road, Blue Ridge. The body was transported to the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office in Roanoke.

Sunday night, investigators arrested Jeffery Thomas Caldwell, age 52, 208 Summit Ridge Drive, Blue Ridge, Va. Caldwell was charged with Second Degree Murder and is being held in the Bedford Adult Detention Center without bond.

JEFFERY THOMAS CALDWELL

JEFFERY THOMAS CALDWELL

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Man Charged With Two Counts of Larceny in Connection to Political Sign Removals

PRESS RELEASE
May 8, 2015

In the last week the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office have received several calls reporting the larceny of campaign signs from land owner’s property. On Thursday Bedford County sheriff’s deputies received a call reporting a possible suspect in the theft of the sign. As a result of the call deputies charged Samuel E. Coffey, age 72, 1795 Langford Mill Road, with two counts of larceny.