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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Campbell County Man Arrested for Charges Involving Manufacturing Child Pornography

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JUNE 27,2013

Zackery Morris, of Campbell County, VA, was arrested on June 26, 2013, by members of the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children (SOVA-ICAC) Task Force, for charges involving the manufacturing of child pornography, in violation of Code of Virginia 18.2-374.1

Zackery Morris

ZACKERY MORRIS

As the result of an ongoing investigation by an investigator with the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, evidence was located that indicated Morris had produced sexually explicit material involving a minor. Warrants were obtained, and Morris was taken into custody without incident, and is being held at the Blue Ridge Regional Jail. The investigation is ongoing, and additional charges may be pending.
If anyone has any additional information regarding this case, please contact the SOVA-ICAC Task Force at 434-534-9521.

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Arrest Made in Monday Night’s Robbery of the Quik-E Food Mart in Forest

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JUNE 14, 2013

Bedford County Sheriff’s investigators arrested James Robert Wilson Thursday evening and charged him with Monday night’s robbery of the Quik-E Food Mart in Forest. Wilson, age 33, was arrested in the Forest area after investigators received a call from an citizen advising of his possible whereabouts. Wilson is a transient and has no known address. He is being held in the Bedford Adult Detention Center on no bond.

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JAMES R. WILSON

Bedford County investigators are attempting to locate a possible witness to the robbery at the Quik-E Food Mart Monday night. The witness is a white male driving a early to mid 90’s model dark colored Chevrolet pick-up truck with a standard cab. The vehicle has distinguishing large decals (4X4) with a red stripe through it on the side.

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Quik-e Food Mart Witness Truck

NOTE: The driver of the truck is not a suspect, but could possibly have information on the suspect. Anyone with information of the identity of the witness is asked to contact Inv. Scott Arney at the 540-586-7827.

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Woman Charged With Aggravated Malicious Wounding And Other Firearm Charges

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MAY 30, 2013

At 10:00 p.m. Wednesday night, Bedford County dispatchers received a call from Jody Roach, 1184 Roach Town Road Huddleston, Va. She advised that she had fired her firearm through her door at two subjects standing outside of her residence.

 

Jody Roach

Jody Roach

 

As deputies were responding, Heather Raja called dispatchers and advised that while she and her mother were at 1184 Roach Town Road Jody Roach shot at them. Deputies met Raja and her mother Sherry Wyatt on the road as they were responding. Wyatt advised deputies that she was married to Jody Roach’s brother, who also lives at 1184 Roach Town Road. He was not at home at the time of the incident. Wyatt stated that she had talked to him by phone earlier in the evening and he was expecting her. Because she didn’t want to go there alone, she asked her daughter to go with her. Raja said when they knocked on the door; she witnessed Jody through the window in the door pointing a gun at her. She said that Jody just started shooting. Raja said she threw up her arms. She showed the deputy cuts to her arm caused by the pieces of glass from the window. Wyatt was not injured. After the shooting, both subjects retreated to their vehicle and left.
After arriving on the scene deputies talked to Jody Roach. She advised that Raja and Wyatt had shown up at her residence. She said they were yelling and appeared to be angry. She said she believed they were going to enter the house, so she fired her handgun twice through the door.
Deputies also spoke to two other people who were in the residence at the time. Both said they heard loud talking and shots fired, but did not witness either.
Roach was arrested and transported to the Bedford Adult Detention Center, where she is being held without bond. She is charged with aggravated malicious wounding, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and reckless handing of a firearm.

 

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