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

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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.

Sheriff Mike Brown Will Hold A Press Conference Today at 10:30 AM

PRESS RELEASE
May 8, 2015

Sheriff Mike Brown will hold a press conference on Friday May 8, at 10:30 a.m. The conference will be in the Emergency Operations Center located in the lower level of the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office 1345 Falling Creek Road, Bedford, Virginia. Sheriff Brown will brief the media on his offices ongoing investigation into the theft of campaign signs and announce the arrest of a suspect.

Moneta Woman Charged with Malicious Wounding, Assault and Battery and Destruction of Property

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May 4, 2015

On Saturday afternoon May 2, 2015, Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call from the 1300 block of Hannabass Dr., Moneta. The caller reported that Alena Gupta was outside of her house causing a disturbance. As deputies were responding, Gupta broke the door glass out, entered the residence and assaulted the caller. Deputies arrived on the scene and arrested Gupta, age 25. She was charged with breaking and entering, malicious wounding, assault and battery and destruction of property. She is being held in the Bedford Adult Detention Center without bond.

Caller’s name: Stephanie Kortlang, age 20, 1327 Hannabass Drive, Moneta. Refused transport to hospital.

Alena Gupta, age 25, 1324 Rucker Road, Moneta.

The two are acquaintances.

ALENA  R. GUPTA

ALENA R. GUPTA

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Bedford Man Being Investigated by Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children

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April 27, 2015

Southern Virginia ICAC investigators are conducting an investigation of Brian McAlexander of Bedford. In order to respect the integrity of the investigative process, the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office will not release any further details of this ongoing investigation. ICAC investigators are working with the Virginia Attorney General’s Office, Computer Crimes Section.

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Bedford County Sheriff’s Office Seeking Assistance on Identifying Driver of the Moneta Red Dodge Neon

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PRESS RELEASE
April 23, 2015

Recently there has been a lot of discussion on social media concerning a subject in a newer model red Dodge Neon in the Moneta area. The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office would like to take a moment to address some of the postings and comments that have been put out by concerned citizens via social media.

The initial information was received by the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office third-hand by a friend of a woman who experienced a disturbing incident where a heavy-set white male in a new model Dodge Neon had made rude and vulgar comments to her as she left the Food Lion Grocery Store at 14807 Moneta Road in Moneta. She then told her friend that the subject appeared to be following her because after she ate at nearby establishment, the same red Neon was parked near where she had parked her vehicle. This incident was not reported to law enforcement at the time of the incident. Once the information was provided to a Bedford County Sheriff’s Office employee, a notice was sent to all deputies to keep an extra eye and conduct additional patrols in this area to attempt to identify this subject. It must be noted that his actions were suspicious in nature, but no criminal offense occurred at that time.

Additionally, the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call Sunday, April 19, 2015 to the Dollar General Store at 14655 Moneta Road concerning a juvenile subject who reported that a subject in a red Dodge Neon had attempted to abduct her. This incident was investigated, including video surveillance from the store, and it was found to be a false report. There was no evidence or information that corroborated the juveniles account, and there was no sighting of the Dodge Neon at this incident.

There have been postings on social media accounts from citizens in the Moneta area discussing additional incidents concerning a person (and this vehicle) over the last several days. One posting identified this subject as a convicted sex offender. At this time, none of these additional incidents has been reported to law enforcement and the subject has not been identified, let alone verified as a sex offender. At this time, there are no outstanding warrants on this individual; however investigators are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the driver of the red Dodge Neon at the Moneta Food Lion.

The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office encourages anyone who is the victim of a crime to call 911. Anyone with information on the identity of this individual is asked to call 540-586-7827 or send information via our anonymous web tip form.

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Man Charged with Malicious Wounding in Stabbing Incident in Huddleston

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April 20,2015

At 3:43 a.m. on Sunday morning April 19, 2015, Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call from a female reporting a stabbing on Old Firetrail Road in Huddleston. She further advised the victim was lying in the road and the suspect, Justin Burrell, age 19, had left the scene in a Jeep with two other males. Deputies located and stopped the Jeep on Gladdy Branch Road at 4:11 a.m. Burrell was taken into custody and charged with malicious wounding. He is being held in the Bedford Adult Detention Center without bond. Investigation of this incident continues.

JUSTIN W. BURRELL

JUSTIN W. BURRELL

The victim of the stabbing Joey D. Roach Jr., age 18, was transported by helicopter to Roanoke Memorial Hospital.

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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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Bedford County Sheriff’s Office Continues to Investigate Deaths of Two Individuals

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PRESS RELEASE
April 10, 2015
(UPDATE)

Bedford County Sheriff’s investigators continue to investigate the deaths of the two individuals on Jane Randolph Street in Forest. Investigators identified the two individuals as Curtis L. Brumfield, age 58 and Susan C. Brumfield, age 56. In addition to the bodies found at the scene, additional items of physical evidence will be submitted to the forensic science laboratory in Roanoke. The exact manner and cause of death can only be determined by a complete and thorough autopsy. The autopsy and the examination of the forensic evidence may take several weeks or more before any investigative conclusions can be reached. Preliminary investigation of these deaths does not indicate the involvement of a third party.

However, the investigation is ongoing.
Bedford County Sheriff’s investigators are not making assumptions concerning the two deaths. But will follow where ever the evidence leads them.

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April 9, 2015 Press Release

At 9:58 this morning, Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call requesting a well being check on a co-worker at 115 Jane Randolph in Forest. The caller started the person had not showed up at work for a couple days.

Deputies were dispatched and arrive at 10:18 a.m. After entering the home, deputies located two deceased bodies.