Man Arrested and Charged with Arson and Threatening to Burn an Occupied Building

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April 17, 2015

At 9:08 p.m. Thursday night, Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call from a female who advised that she and her husband, Michael W. McCarty, age 56, were arguing and he was  threatening to burn down their house. She also advised she had left the house, however prior to leaving she witnessed him with a gas can. Deputies responded to the 2300 block of Bateman Bridge Road. As deputies arrived, they observed a man run into the house. As they approached the home they saw a man inside holding a five gallon gas can. Deputies made entry in the house, and after a brief struggle, McCarty complained about injuries. He was transported by ambulance to Lynchburg General Hospital and subsequently released.

MICHAEL W. MCCARTY

MICHAEL W. MCCARTY

After leaving the hospital, deputies arrested McCarty and charged him with one count of threatening to burn an occupied building and one count of attempted arson of an occupied building. Further charges are possible. He is being held in the Bedford Adult Detention Center without bond.

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Forest Man Arrested on Charges Related to the Possession of Child Pornography

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On April 7, 2015, Cameron Boyd, of Forest, VA, was arrested on charges related to the possession of child pornography.

In 2013 Cameron Boyd became a person of interest to the SOVA-ICAC when a Detective from Lynchburg Police Department downloaded child pornography from a suspect believed to be within the city of Lynchburg. Further investigation led to the discovery that the suspect lived in Bedford County, at which point the case was referred to the Bedford Sheriff’s Office.

In 2014, investigators from the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office’s assigned to the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Unit, executed a search warrant at the residence of Boyd, 27, of Forest, Virginia, seeking evidence related to the internet activity involving the possession of child pornography. Numerous pieces of evidence were collected, including laptop computers, and digital storage media, which were submitted for forensic analysis. Upon completion of the analysis, the case was presented to the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office for review, and Boyd was subsequently indicted by a grand jury on April 3, 2015.

Lynchburg Police Department is an affiliate agency with the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, which has been administered by the Bedford Sheriff’s Office since the task force program was created in 1998, through a federal grant.

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Search Warrant Results in Methamphetamine Arrest

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February 13, 2014



Bedford County Sheriff’s Investigators and Virginia State Police executed a search warrant at 5575 Jordantown Rd. in Bedford County that resulted in the arrest of two Bedford County residents on drug related charges.

Bedford County Investigators initiated an investigation into illegal activities at 5575 Jordontown Road in Vinton, VA. During this investigation, Investigators found evidence that the narcotics, specifically Methamphetamine, were being manufactured at the home.

On February 12, 2014, Sheriff’s Office Investigators, members of the Drug Enforcement Section of the State Police’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation, and the Virginia State Police Tactical Team executed a search warrant at this residence. An explosion occurred at the residence when the officers made entry. Officers located Joshua Kelley and Crystal Hiner inside and took them into custody. The explosion injured no one and all occupants were safely evacuated from the home.

Joshua Kelly was arrested for the distribution and manufacture of Methamphetamine. Crystal Hiner was arrested for possession of Schedule II narcotic. Both were transported to the Blue Ridge Regional Jail Authority in Bedford. Upon assessment, an active Methamphetamine lab was located in the garage of the residence and the State Police Clandestine Methamphetamine Laboratory team was able to dismantle it.

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Joshua Caleb Kelley, 38 years of age, of 5575 Jordontown Rd., Vinton VA. was arrested on one count of Distribution of Methamphetamine and one count of Manufacturing Methamphetamine. He is currently being held without a bond.

Crystal Nebula Hiner, 36 years of age, of 5575 Jordontown Rd., Vinton VA. was arrested on one count of Possession of Schedule II Narcotic. She is being held on a secured bond.

Other occupants were located during the execution of the search warrant and additional charges are being reviewed.

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Woman Charged with Felonious Malicious Wounding and the Use of a Firearm in Commission of a Felony

Gretchen S. Bennett

Gretchen S. Bennett

Bedford County 911 dispatchers received call at 8:50 p.m. Friday evening from a 131 Big Bear Run Vinton, Va., which is located in Bedford Co. The caller stated that he and his ex-wife, Gretchen Bennett, age 53,  had an argument over the phone earlier in the day. He said she showed up at his home with a gun and shot him in his lower leg. He was able to get the gun away from her and advised he was holding her down until the deputies arrived on the scene. The victim was transported to Roanoke Memorial Hospital by ambulance. Gretchen S. Bennett, Wews Hill Road, Roanoke, Va., was arrested at the scene and charged with Felonious Malicious Wounding and the use of a firearm in commission of a felony. She was transported to the Bedford Adult Detention Center and was held without bond.

 

 

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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