Student Arrested in Jefferson Forest High School Threat Case

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October 15, 2014

On Wednesday morning, Bedford County Sheriff’s School Resource Officers arrested a Jefferson Forest High School student and charged him with writing a threat against the school and students, which is a felony. The threat was found Monday afternoon written on a restroom wall in the school. The student was taken into custody and transported to the Lynchburg Juvenile Detention Home.

 

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October 13, 2014

Bedford County Sheriff’s Office School Resource Officers are investigating a threatening message found on a restroom wall at Jefferson Forest High School today around 1:50 p.m. The SROs, from Jefferson Forest and Forest Middle School, worked with school officials to ensure the safety of the students and staff at the school. Bedford County Sheriff’s field services deputies along with Virginia Game Commission Conservation Police Offices were at the school during dismissal assisting the SROs.
The investigation into the threat will continue.

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Katie Hyatt Arrested and Charged with Three Home Burglaries and Four Grand Larcenies in Bedford County.

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October 10, 2014

On Friday morning October 10, 2014, Bedford County Sheriff’s investigators obtained arrest warrants for Katie C. Hyatt, age 39, of Concord. Hyatt is charged with three home burglaries and four grand larcenies in Bedford County. The additional larceny charge is taking firearms from one of a home. The crimes occurred between the end of May 2014 and September 2014.
Hyatt is being held in the Lynchburg Adult Detection Center.

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KATIE HYATT

KATIE HYATT

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.

 

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.

Bedford County Sheriff’s Office Drug Blitz 2013

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DECEMBER 19, 2013

The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office has made numerous arrests in the illegal activity of narcotics distribution in the past twelve months.   These arrests have been far reaching into the criminal enterprise of illegal narcotics, burglary and thefts within the county.

In 2013, VICE/Narcotics Investigators, along with Criminal Investigators with the Sheriff’s Office began perfecting cases in relation to illegal narcotics activities within the county, and quickly identified numerous individuals tied together in this criminal enterprise. During the weekend beginning on Friday December 13, 2013 deputies, along with Virginia State Police agents, engaged in a round-up of several of these individuals, resulting in the arrest of seventeen people.  Included are these individuals in relation to narcotics offenses:

Howell, Bryan E. Mason, Samuel L Mason, Wanda G.
Bryan Eugene Howell
Samuel Levi Mason
Wanda Gail Mason
2 counts Distribution of Methamphetamine
1 count Possession of Methamphetamine 1 count Possession of Methamphetamine
1 count Manufacture Methamphetamine 1 count of Manufacture Methamphetamine
1 count of Manufacture Methamphetamine
Fitzgerald, Patrick K. Begley, Cassie L. Hodges, Quen B.
Patrick Kelly Fitzgerald
Cassie Lawhorne Begley
Quen Barrett Hodges
2 counts Distribution of Marijuana
2 counts Distribution of Schedule III Narcotic
2 counts Distribution of Schedule II Narcotic
1 count of Distribution of Schedule IV Narcotic
Staples, Frederick J. Woodruff, Ian C. Willis, Nathan A.
Frederick Jaral Staples
Ian Woodruff
Nathan Willis
3 counts Distribution of Crack Cocaine
1 count Distribution of Cocaine
2 counts Distribution of Schedule II Narcotic

Updike, Jeffrey D. Maner, Dustin P. Pollard, Kenneth Wayne
Jeffrey Daniel Updike
Dustin Paul Maner
Kenneth Wayne Pollard, Jr.
1 count Distribution of Crack Cocaine
1 count Possession of Marijuana
1 count Possession of Marijuana

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Cody D. Campbell
John David Maddox
Sydney L. Seager
1 count Possession of a Schedule II Narcotic
1 count Distribution of Marijuana
1 count Conspiracy to Distribute Marijuana
 1 count of Possess with Intent to Distribute Marijuana 1 count Possession of Cocaine
Elliott, Forest E.
Forrest E. Elliot
 1 count of Possess with Intent to Distribute Marijuana

The following individuals are still WANTED on outstanding warrants:

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Damien Laniear Anderson
Eric Eugene Burley
Sidney Puckette
1 count Distribution of Cocaine
1 count Distribution of Cocaine
1 count Possession of Marijuana
 KNOWN GANG MEMBER NO PICTURE AVAILABLE

As well as these individuals, the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office has perfected 39 additional narcotics cases in 2013 and there are pending charges against unnamed subjects.

Also in early 2013, Investigators began perfecting cases on a Burglary ring.  Numerous interviews were conducted and some of the stolen property was recovered by investigators  and returned to the rightful owners. It was determined that all the crimes committed were done in order to obtain funds for heroin. The following is a list of crimes and suspects which centered around the south side of the county:

1/15/2013 – Burglary in the 1300 block of Walnut Shell Road Vinton, Va.Jason Tyler Hall has been charged with 1 count Burglary, 1count Grand Larceny, and 1 count Possession of Firearm by Convicted Felon

8/20/2013 -Burglary of 1500 block of Walnut Shell Road Vinton, Va. Jason Tyler Hall and Brandon Bowden have each been charged with 1 count Burglary, 1 count Grand Larceny, 1 count of Possession of Firearm by a Convicted Felon.
8/20/2013 – Burglary of 1300 block of Walnut Shell Road Vinton, Va. Jason Tyler Hall and Brandon Bowden have each been charged with 1 count Burglary and 1 count of Grand Larceny
9/23/2013 – Larceny of credit card at 100 block of Big Bear Run Vinton, Va. Jason Tyler Hall and Leigha Bragg Hall were each charged with 1 count Larceny of Credit Card and 4 counts of Credit Card Fraud.
Between 9/25/2013 and 10/1/2013 – Grand Larceny from 100 block of Big Bear Run Vinton, Va. Jason Tyler Hall and Leigha Bragg Hall were each charged with Grand Larceny of jewelry totaling over $10,000.00.

9/26/2013 – Burglary of 1600 block of Halesford Road Moneta, Va. Jason Tyler Hall, Leigha Bragg Hall, and a juvenile suspect have each been charged with Burglary and Grand Larceny. In addition, Jason Tyler Hall was also charged with Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon.

 

Hall, Jason Tyler Hall, Leigha Bragg Bowden, Brandon Bernard
Jason Tyler Hall
Leigha Bragg Hall
Brandon Bowden
4 counts Burglary
1 count Burglary
 5 counts Grand Larceny  2 counts Grand Larceny   2 counts Burglary
 1 count Larceny of a Credit Card  1 count of Larceny of a Credit Card  2 counts Grand Larceny
 4 counts Credit Card Fraud  4 counts of Credit Card Fraud  1 count Possession of a Firearm by Felon
 4 counts Possession of a Firearm by Felon

A Juvenile has also been charged with B&E and Grand Larceny.

Additionally, there are still pending charges that may be filed in relation to all of these incidents.

If you have information on crimes in the County of Bedford please contact the Sheriff’s  Office at 540-586-4800.

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Suspect Arrested for Malicious Wounding of Juvenile Victim

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DECEMBER 3, 2013

On Monday December 2 around 5:30 p.m., Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call from Saunders Road reporting an 11 year old child had been shot in the leg with a bow and arrow. Deputies were dispatched and after arriving on the scene learned that the 11 year old victim had been transported to the hospital by a relative. After further investigation it was determined that a 15 year old male shot the victim with a blow gun not a bow and arrow.

After receiving conflicting stories from the victim and suspect, the suspect was arrested for malicious wounding. He was taken into custody and transported to the Lynchburg Detention Center.

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Jefferson Forest Student Arrested For Making Bomb Threat

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AUGUST 30, 2013

On Friday afternoon, Bedford County school resource officers arrested a Jefferson Forest student for making the bomb threat at the school on Thursday. The student was taken into custody and is being held at the Lynchburg Detention Home.

 

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Thaxton Man Arrested and Charged with Possessing and Reproducing Child Pornography

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AUGUST 30, 2013

Bedford, VA – On August 29, 2013, David Seabolt, of Thaxton, VA, was arrested and charged with 20 felony counts of possessing and reproducing child pornography, in violation of the Code of Virginia 18.2-374.1:1. He is being held in the Bedford Adult Detention Center on no bond.

DAVID SEABOLT

DAVID SEABOLT

 

In July 2013, investigators with the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, assigned to the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (SOVA ICAC), assisted the Town of Bedford Police Department, also a member of the SOVA ICAC Task Force, with a citizen’s complaint of possible child pornography.

The investigation led to Seabolt as a person of interest, and a subsequent search warrant was executed at his residence. Further evidence was recovered, that led to the arrest of Seabolt for child pornography violations.

If anyone has any additional information involving this case, please contact the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office at 540-586-7628.

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Man Charged With Six Counts of Assault and One Count of Threatening To Burn A Residence

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AUGUST 23, 2013

On Thursday August 22, at 5:45 p.m., Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call reporting an assault had occurred at 1017 Falcon Road, which is located in the Hardy Road Mobile Home Park. Before deputies could arrive on the scene, 911 dispatchers received several additional calls reporting that the suspect had assaulted multiple people with a metal pipe. Witnesses advised deputies that the first assault occurred after an argument between the suspect and the first victim. One of the victims was transported to the hospital with unknown injuries.
After arriving in the area, deputies located and arrested Brandon M. Carpenter, age 22. He was transported to the Bedford Adult Detention Center and is being held without bond. Carpenter is charged with six counts of assault and one count of threatening to burn a residence.

Brandon Carpenter

BRANDON CARPENTER

The investigation of this incident continues.

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Young Man Arrested and Charged After Motorcycle Pursuit on 460

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JULY 22, 2013

On Friday evening, July 19, 2013 at 7:06 p.m., a Bedford County deputy sheriff observed a motorcycle traveling east on 460 west in the Thaxton area. The motorcycle was traveling 78 miles per hour. As the deputy attempted to stop the motorcycle, it continued traveling east on 460 at speeds exceeding 100 mph. As the motorcycle was attempting to turn onto East Main Street/Link Road off 460, the driver lost control of the motorcycle and crashed. The driver was transported by helicopter to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.

On Sunday, July 21, Alexander T. Turner, age 23, was released from the hospital. He was arrested and charged with one count of felony eluding a police officer and one count of driving with a suspended operator license. He has been released on bond.

 

ALEXANDER TURNER

ALEXANDER TURNER

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