We had the privilege to attend last night’s Annual Domestic Violence Candlelight Vigil in Bedford. We honored those who are victims and survivors of domestic violence. Please seek call if you, or someone you know, needs help. You can contact us at 911 or the Domestic Violence hotline at 540-587-0970.
October 15, 2018
At 11:00 p.m. Sunday night Travis Howell called 911 and advised Timothy Howell, his father, had broken into his home. After entering the house, Howell went into the bedroom of Elizabeth Wilson, age 59, and killed her. Wilson is Travis Howell’s mother-in-law. Travis, age 29, said he heard a noise and when he went to check he encountered Timothy, age 51, carrying a hand gun and two long guns. A struggle occurred between the two and Timothy was shot and killed in the struggle.
During the investigation of the crime scene, investigators learned Wilson was stabbed multiple times. Although there were others in the residence at the time, no one else was injured during this incident.
Due to previous incidents between the parties involved, there was an active protective order against Timothy Howell ordering him to have no contact with any of the parties.
The investigation of this incident is ongoing.
It appears that we may not see the expected impact from Hurricane Florence (thankfully), but we do want to take this opportunity to bring some important information to you.
Following nearly every natural disaster, we see an upswing in frauds, so we want to make sure to remind everyone to be vigilant for unsolicited contacts over the Internet or phone. Common scams involve contacts from charities that are seeking money for disaster victims. Please make sure that you:
- Donate to charities you know and trust with a proven track record of dealing with disasters.
- Be alert for charities that seem to have sprung up overnight in connection with current events.
- Check out the charity with the Better Business Bureau’s (BBB) Wise Giving Alliance, Charity Navigator, Charity Watch, or GuideStar.
Here are some guidelines to help those interested in giving to avoid scammers:
- Do not respond to any unsolicited (spam) incoming emails, including clicking links contained within those messages, because they may contain computer viruses.
- Be skeptical of individuals representing themselves as members of charitable organizations or officials asking for donations via email or social networking sites.
- Beware of organizations with copycat names that are similar to but not exactly the same as those of reputable charities.
- Be cautious of emails that claim to show pictures of the disaster areas in attached files because the files may contain viruses. Open attachments only from known senders.
- Check to ensure that contributions are received and used for intended purposes. Make contributions directly to known organizations rather than relying on others to make the donation on your behalf.
- Do not be pressured into contributing; reputable charities do not use such tactics.
- Be aware of whom you are dealing with when providing your personal and financial information. Providing such information may compromise your identity and make you vulnerable to identity theft.
- Avoid cash donations, if possible. Pay by credit card or write a check directly to the charity. Do not make checks payable to individuals.
- Legitimate charities do not normally solicit donations via money transfer services. Most legitimate charities’ websites end in .org rather than .com.
If you think that someone attempting to defraud you has contacted you, make sure to report it to the National Center for Disaster Fraud, at 866-720-5721. This center is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Additionally, emails can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Additionally you may contact the Sheriff’s Office to report these as well.
As always, if it seems too good to be true, it probably is. Before you give your money, please research the group you are planning to give to.
Additionally, we would like to remind everyone of our Emergency Notification System, Alert Bedford. This program enables public safety to make mass notifications to the public in the event of an emergency. This has been used numerous times over the years when we are conducting operations where the public’s assistance or their safety is paramount, such as missing persons or searching for wanted individuals. However, this system only works with listed or registered phone numbers. If you have an unlisted phone, or would like to add your cell phone to our list of contact numbers with this system, you can do it HERE.
SEPTEMBER 12, 2018
(For Immediate Release)
On Monday evening September 10, Bedford County Sheriff’s Office investigators arrested Nadia La-sha McDaniel, age 21. She is presently charged with breaking and entering, while armed with a firearm, with the intent to commit robbery. This charge stems from the homicide of Aaron Brumfield in Bedford County on Friday September 7, 2018. She is being held in the Blue Ridge Regional Jail in Bedford without bond.
Additional charges against McDaniel are possible as the investigation continues.
Bedford County Sheriff’s investigators have also obtained a warrant for Trevor James McIntosh, age 23, charging him with the second degree murder of Aaron Brumfield.
Investigators are asking for the public’s help in identifying suspect #1 in the attached photos wearing a white shirt and dark color pants. Suspect #2, shown in the attached photos wearing a dark color sweat shirt with writing on the front.
We are also seeking any possible information on the whereabouts of Trevor McIntosh, who remains at large.
Anyone with information on this crime or either of the individuals is asked to call the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office at 540-586-7827 or Central Virginia Crime Stoppers at 1-888-798-5900 or go online to http://cvcrimestoppers.org. Enter your tip online at http://p3tips.com or use the P3TIPS app on your mobile device. Crime Stopper callers remain anonymous and could receive a cash reward up to $1,000.00.
Release prepared by Major Ricky Gardner
Around 11:30 p.m. last night (9/4/18) while on a traffic stop on 460 west of Bedford, a Bedford County Sheriff’s deputy observed a dark color Mustang traveling east bound at a high rate of speed. A short time later, while attempting to locate the suspect car, BCSO deputies found the Mustang on Irving Road. The Mustang had run off the roadway breaking a wheel and flattening a tire. When the deputies attempted to arrest Russell K. Orange, age 30, he resisted and kicked one the deputies in the ribs.
Russell K. Orange III, of Thaxton, was arrested and charged with Driving While Intoxicated and Felonious Assault of a Police Officer. Deputies also arrested Orange’s father, Russell K. Orange Jr., age 59, with Public Intoxication.
The deputy was examined at the hospital and released.
Major Ricky Gardner
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Bedford and Roanoke County Schools Awarded for Teen Related Crash and Fatality Prevention Efforts
October 10, 2017
Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call today at 4:33 p.m. from Butterfly Lane in Stewartsville. The caller stated that a girl was running up the road screaming for help. The high school age girl advised the caller that a white male in a tan Toyota truck stopped and asked her to get into his vehicle. She also stated that he exposed himself to her. Bedford County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded and spoke with the female. She said that she had gotten off the school bus and was walking home when the incident occurred.
Anyone with information on this incident can call the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office at 540-586-7827 or Central Virginia Crime Stoppers at 1-888-798-5900 or Text 274637. Crime Stopper callers remain anonymous and could receive a cash reward up to $1,000.00.
Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call at 8:50 p.m. Wednesday night from Georgia Pacific in Big Island. The caller reported a man had fallen into a machine. Big Island Fire Department and rescue units along with Bedford County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the scene. The victim of the accident is Robert C. Dameron, age 44, of Natural Bridge. The body was transported to the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office in Roanoke.
The Virginia Department of Labor will investigate the incident.
Because of the ongoing investigation no further comments will be made until the investigation is completed.
Pokemon Go is taking the world by storm AND those critters are crawling and flying all over Bedford County!
Though many of us here at the Sheriff’s office enjoy catching these critters, please be sure to play carefully and keep yourself safe.
- Pay attention and be aware of where you are and where you are going. (don’t step into traffic)
- Be sure to play ‘legally’. Don’t trespass on private property and respect the laws in restricted areas.
- If out at night, be sure you’re wearing visible clothing.
- Don’t play while driving…I know this seems obvious, but this IS happening!
- Be cautious of strangers. All those gathering may have things other than Pokemon in mind.
- If you are approached by an inquisitive deputy, educate him/her on this cool game.
- Have fun, get out and about our beautiful county and catch as many Pokemon as you can!