UPDATE from the Bedford County Sheriff’s office: On Friday January 20, 2017, Bedford County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Derhonda Spruce and Margie Harder. Both were transported to the Bedford Adult Detention Center, where they are being held.
Previously: Thanks to several Central Virginia Crime Stoppers callers, Bedford County Sheriff’s deputies have identified the two female suspects responsible for the shoplifting from the Kroger Store in Forest on January 16, 2017. On Thursday, Bedford County Sheriff’s deputies obtained felony warrants for Margie R. Harder, age 53, of Lynchburg and Derhonda R. Spruce, age 52, of Lynchburg. They are both charged with larceny third or subsequent offense. Sheriff Mike Brown says “this is one more example of the invaluable assistance that Central Virginia Crime Stoppers provides the law enforcement agencies in Central Virginia”. Anyone with information on their whereabouts can call the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office at 540-586-7827 or Central Virginia Crime Stoppers at 1-888-798-5900. Crime Stopper callers remain anonymous and could receive a cash reward up to $1,000.00.
(Continue reading for the original news release of January 17)
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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Attorneys for a convicted killer executed in Virginia say they’re concerned his lethal injection caused a painful death.Ricky Gray was pronounced dead at 9:42 p.m. Wednesday after receiving a three-drug injection. The 39-year-old was convicted of brutally killing a Richmond family in 2006.Gray’s attorneys said yesterday that officials have provided “no plausible explanation” for why the process of inserting the IV took about 30 minutes, which is longer than usual. They also questioned whether Gray was fully unconscious when the second drug was injected, noting that his head moved side to side after the so-called “pinch test.”A Department of Corrections spokeswoman didn’t immediately respond to messages. She told The Richmond Times-Dispatch the delay was due to difficulty in placing the IV line in a vein.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Three of four Democratic congressmen from Virginia say they’ll skip tomorrow’s presidential inauguration.They are U.S. Reps Don Beyer, Gerry Connolly and Donald McEachin. The Virginian-Pilot reports that Congressman Bobby Scott will attend Donald Trump’s swearing in.Separate statements from Beyer, Connolly and McEachin cite various reasons for their absences. But common themes include claims that Trump has been divisive and that Russia had an alleged role in helping him win.Connolly said Trump “poured salt” into the wounds of a divided country and helped resurrect white supremacy.Beyer blasted the president-elect for a “profound disrespect for women” and mimicking people with disabilities.McEachin said he’s “never seen a campaign that was based so much on hatred.” He said Trump has failed to bring the country together post-election.
JARRATT, Va. (AP) – Virginia has executed a man convicted of killing two young girls and their parents during a New Year’s Day home invasion more than 11 years ago.Authorities say 39-year-old Ricky Gray was pronounced dead at 9:42 p.m. Wednesday following a lethal injection at the Greensville Correctional Center in Jarratt, Virginia.Asked if he had any last words, he responded, “Nope.”Gray was sentenced to death for the slayings of 9-year-old Stella Harvey and her 4-year-old sister Ruby. Gray also was convicted of killing their parents, Bryan and Kathryn Harvey. The family was attacked when their front door was open as they prepared to hold a holiday party.All were found in their burning home in Richmond, bound, beaten, stabbed and with their throats cut.
Feds say two plead guilty to ring that distributed 1.5 kilos of meth around Bedford, Campbell Counties
Two Bedford County men pleaded guilty today in a Lynchburg courtroom to participating in a methamphetamine ring operating throughout Bedford and Campbell counties. The U.S. Attorney’s office says 35-year-old Ivan Chavez of Forest 27-year-old Brent Hutchins of Goode entered pleas to federal drug and firearms charges. Federal prosecutors say can trace more than one-and-a-half kilos of meth to the operation.
(Continue reading for the full U.S. Attorney’s news release.)