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

PRESS RELEASE
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.

Local Man Charged with Abduction, Assault and Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony.

PRESS RELEASE
April 1, 2015

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BRADLEY GRAY

On Tuesday March 31, 2015, Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call from the a Roanoke County dispatcher advising they had received a call reporting a female had been abducted by gun point from the Thaxton area of Bedford County. The caller further advised that the suspect and victim were at a home in Vinton. Vinton Police responded to the address and located them. The suspect, Bradley R. Gray, age 23, the husband of the victim, was taken into custody and transported back to Bedford.

Gray was charged with abduction, assault and the use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. He is being held without bond in the Bedford Adult Detention Center.

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Lyons Sisters Investigation Continues

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March 23, 2015

Bedford, Virginia – The ongoing investigation into the disappearance of the Lyon sisters from Maryland continues with new efforts on Taylor’s Mountain in Bedford. The investigation has developed additional leads through supplemental investigative interviews that have found cause to conduct an additional dig on the mountain in efforts to locate the missing children. This effort is being conducted collaboratively by the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, the Virginia State Police, and the Montgomery Maryland Police Department. A representative from the Virginia Department of Forensic Science is on scene, and it is anticipated this process will take several days to complete. The dig is being done in hopes of finding additional evidence to bring a successful resolution and closure to the case from 1975.

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Time Sensitive – Business Scam Where Callers Pretend to be AEP

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February 24, 2015

Sheriff Brown is providing the following information in reference to a ‘scam ‘ being perpetuated against businesses in our area.

The business owner receives a call from 866-978-8143 from a person alleging that they were calling from AEP and asking for payments of large amounts, $1,000.00 to $1,400.00, for ‘balance owed’ or, they would ‘cut off’ the power to the business. The first person to speak did not have an accent, but passed off the customer to a woman with an accent…Far East accent or similar and asking that the amount owed be ‘wired’ to ‘powerreloadit’

If you receive this type of call DO NOT PAY! But, call AEP to register the call and ask if, in fact, your business does have a ‘balanced owed.’

While we only have businesses reporting this ‘scam’ households should also be alert to this newest, in this area, ‘scam.’ Probably because of the severe cold weather and snow we are experiencing.

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Search Warrant Results in Methamphetamine Arrest

Press Release
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.

Joshua Kelley Crystal Hiner

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.

 

 

Residential Fire at Saber Court in Forest Results in One Fatality

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January 9, 2015

At 4:38am a call was received for a residential fire at 1152 Saber Court, Forest Va caller advising there were flames showing from the neighbors home, unknown if residence was occupied. Crews from Forest Fire Department, Bedford Fire Company, Bedford County Fire & Rescue, Goode Rescue Squad responded. Upon arrival crews found a residential mobile home with heavy fire noted. The fire was under control at 5:21 am with one fatality. The victim has been transported to the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office in Roanoke.   The cause of the fire at this time is under investigation by Bedford County Fire and Rescue’s Fire Marshal’s & Bedford County’s Sherriff’s Office.

Christmas 2014 Drug Dealer Roundup

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December 11, 2014

On 11 December 2014, 0800 hours, law enforcement agents from the ABC Board, Town of Bedford PD, and the Virginia State Police assisted the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, Vice/Drug Unit, in the service of arrest warrants on eighteen persons charged with the distribution of illegal drugs and prescription drugs (pills, cocaine, marijuana, and heroin). The arrest took place throughout the county and in the Town of Bedford.

A list of persons arrested and the exact charges against them will be provided to the media as soon as possible.

“I want to commend the public for their assistance in this effort. We received information through our Facebook and Twitter accounts and our land line which assisted in our investigation. In this regard, I would encourage our communities to reach out to us if they have information on illegal drugs in their community. ALL information provided to us is kept CONFIDENTIAL!”

Taking these drug dealers out of our communities may have saved a life during this Christmas Holiday…citizens of Bedford County, keep up the good work!

As in past Christmas ‘Round Ups’, we presented every person arrested our, now famous, Miranda Christmas Card that is attached to this email. Most took it in the spirit of holiday giving and several weren’t too happy to get them.

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