Sheriff Brown Urges Everyone to ‘Lock It Or Lose It’

Location: Forest, VA

The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a series of larceny complaints in the Perrowville Road area of Forest.
Victims are reporting items missing from their unlocked vehicles that are parked in their driveways. Missing items that have been reported range from credit cards to laptop computers and are taken during the night.
Citizens throughout the county are encouraged to keep their vehicles locked whenever parked. Do not leave any items of value in vehicles.

Residents in the Perrowville Road area will be receiving a phone call from our Emergency Notification System regarding these larceny complaints.

Protect your belongings; “Lock It, Or Lose It”.

Anyone with information on these crimes is asked to call the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office at 540-586-7827 or Central Virginia Crime Stoppers at 888-798-5900.
All crime stopper callers remain anonymous and you could receive a reward up to a $1,000.00.

Please download the PDF Press Release for more information.

Investigators Looking for Vinton Man in Connection with Several Charges

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Investigators with Bedford County Sheriff’s Office are currently looking for Joey Dwayne Roach of Vinton, Virginia, in connection with the following charges: burglary, grand larceny of firearms, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, grand larceny of timber and felony property damage.
Anyone with information of his whereabouts is asked to please contact Central Virginia Crime Stoppers at 888-798-5900, or the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office at 540-586-7827. All crime stopper callers remain anonymous and could receive a reward up to a $1,000.00.

 

Joey Dwayne Roach
Vinton, VA

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Lynchburg Man Arrested Unlawful Filming, Videotaping or Photographing of Another

Bedford, VA- Auri Christopher Collin Jones age 28, of Lynchburg Virginia was arrested on November 14, 2012, on one felony count of, Unlawful filming, videotaping or photographing of another; in violation of §18.2-386.1 (D), Code of VA. On November 15, 2012 Jones was arrested on one misdemeanor count of Unlawful filming, videotaping or photographing of another; in violation of §18.2-386.1 (A).
Law enforcement officials are working with a local church in Bedford County and two colleges in the Lynchburg area where Jones was employed as a youth leader and adjunct Professor. Authorities were notified that Jones was a volunteer on “Finding Faith” film that was filmed in Bedford County and the surrounding area. Authorities have not found any link to criminal activity that occurred during the filming. The investigation is continuing in multiple jurisdictions
and additional charges are pending.
Jones was released on bond from the Blue Ridge Regional Jail, Lynchburg Facility.

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Man Arrested and Awaiting Extradition to Virginia for Use of a Communications System to Solicit a Child

On November 15, 2012, investigators with the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (SOVA-ICAC) and the North Carolina Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (NCICAC), served a search warrant in the 5000 Block of Sullivantown Rd., in Walkertown, NC and seized evidence related to an ongoing investigation in to the online sexual exploitation of a child.
Investigators form the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, assigned to the SOVA-ICAC, were investigating a suspect who was online soliciting children for sexual purposes. Investigators were able to identify and locate the suspect as Grady Wayne Mabe, Jr. who was living in North Carolina. The investigators contacted the NCICAC, and arrangements were made to execute a search warrant at Mabe’s residence in NC. In addition, arrest warrants were obtained by the SOVA-ICAC investigators, for violation of the Code of Virginia Statute 18.2-374.3, “Use of a Communications System to Solicit a Child”.
During the service of the search warrant, Grady Wayne Mabe Jr. was arrested pursuant to the warrants from Virginia. Mabe was taken to the Forsyth County Law Enforcement Detention Center and was confined with no bond. He is currently incarcerated in the FCLEDC awaiting extradition to Virginia. Mabe’s next scheduled court appearance is November 30, 2012, in Preliminary court, in North Carolina.

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Man Arrested For Engaging Minors In Sexually Explicit Communcations

Bedford, VA- Brian Keith Spivey age 50, of Hephzibah, Georgia was arrested on October 26, 2012, on charges involving use of a communication system to facilitate certain offenses involving children, in violation of §18.2-374.3 Code of VA.

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Bedford County Sheriff’s Office Fall Newsletter

Take the time to read the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office Fall Newsletter which is full of good information for the citizens of Bedford County. In this issue:

1. “Bath Salts” Use on the Rise
2. Public Safety Memorial
3. Election Day Almost Here
4. VSI Members Speak Out
5. Dangers of Texting While Driving
6. Scholarship Applications Now Available
7. Message from Sheriff Michael J. Brown

To read the newsletter download the PDF.

Scam Alert: Don’t Let Your Bank Account Be Compromised!

The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office has received several calls in the last several days
from citizens reporting that their bank accounts have been compromised.
Victims report they received a text messages on their phones stating:
“Notice of (Name of Bank) account suspension. Please visit a (web-site address) to
solve the problem”
Victims then go to the web-site and fill in their account information. Later after
checking their statement the victims learn that they are missing money from their
accounts.
*Note: Banks will not text you or email you if there is a problem with your account.
Never enter account info into websites, they are usually phony sites made to look like
your bank’s site. If you receive such a message, pick up the phone and call your bank
directly or stop in to verify.
Never give out ANY personal or banking information over the
telephone or computer to anyone before verifying who you are
sharing this information with!

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Man Arrested and Charged with Malicious Wounding

At 8:22 p.m. Thursday, October 11th, Bedford County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call from a female reporting a domestic dispute at 1871 Wheatland Road, Bedford.
Upon arrival, deputies found the caller lying in the driveway with stab wounds to her abdomen. The victim advised that her husband, Kenneth, had stabbed her.
She was transported to Carillon Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
Deputies then arrested Kenneth Fitzgerald, age 56, at the scene and charged him with malicious wounding. He was transported to Bedford County Memorial Hospital for treatment to cut wounds to both his wrists. He was then transferred to the Blue Ridge Regional Jail in Bedford, where he is being held without bond.

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Sheriff’s Corner: Work Force Project a Great Success

After receiving numerous complaints of trash on the sides of the roads from residents in many areas of the county, Board of Supervisor member Bill Thomasson and I researched the legalities of possibly utilizing inmates for community service.

Back in mid-July, BCSO launched the “Inmate Work Force”, allowing non-violent inmates that qualify, to join this outside work detail program. Not only would this help Bedford County stay beautiful, it was also a great opportunity for these non-violent inmates to build their self-esteem and give something back to their community.
Since July, the Work Force goes out on trash patrol three days a week, usually with two inmates and one off-duty deputy. It is mind-boggling, but this initiative has already collected 750 bags of trash!
Thanks to a cooperative agreement with VDOT, bright orange trash bags are supplied to the work force then when their shift is complete, VDOT pick up the bags and transports them to the landfill. The jail agreed to pack bag lunches for the inmates while they’re out working and the Inmate Work Force van is equipped with a tag-a-long port-a-potty.
It’s a win-win service for everyone in the county!
The work force deputy tries to cover all different areas of the county. However, I suggest if you wish to report a high-trash area, to please notify your area Board of Supervisor and he/she will contact BCSO for scheduling. Big results can come from small investments; Total cost involved with this project is $30,000 a year. With this kind of volume of trash being removed from our roadsides, I would say its well worth it!

Download the October 2012 PDF “Sheriff’s Corner”

Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Issues Arrest Warrants

On October 4, 2012, Investigators from the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes
Against Children Task Force, executed a search warrant in the County of Bedford, VA, seeking
evidence related to an ongoing investigation into online solicitation of underage persons.
In July 2012, Investigators assigned to the SOVAICAC Task Force began an investigation on a
suspect reported to be in the area of Forest, VA, who was chatting online with a person whom
they had reason to believed was a minor female. Additionally at a later time the suspect began
chatting with another person he had reason to believe was a minor female.
A search warrant was obtained and subsequently executed at the residence of William Ramsey
Rogers on 117 Winesap Drives, Lynchburg VA. The residence is located within the confines of
Bedford County.
Arrest warrants were obtained and executed for the arrest of William Ramsey Rogers. Rogers
was charged with five felonies under Code of Virginia § 18.2-374.3 Use of communications
systems to facilitate certain offenses involving children. He was charged with 2 counts under sub
section (C-1), 2 counts under sub section (C-2) and 1 count under subsection (C-3).
Rogers was subsequently taken into custody without incident. Investigators may obtain
additional charges, pending the completion of the computer forensic examination on all items
seized from the residence.
Rogers is currently being held in the Bedford Blue Ridge Regional Jail without bond.
The Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force is one of over 60 task forces
across the US and is administered by the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office.

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