When children are targets of predators

Former Bedford police officer Brian Alexander, 54, is in jail without bond, facing six charges of possession of child pornography. Two Virginia Tech students, both teenagers, sit in Montgomery County Regional jail without bond for the death of 13-year-old Nicole Lovell of Blacksburg.  Investigators say 18-year-old David Edmond Eisenhauer,, an engineering student at Tech and […]

Misdirected anger

  Perhaps, as a reflection of society in general, an anger exists in Floyd County and surrounding Southwestern Virginia nowadays, an attitude of “I’m fed up and I’m not going to take it anymore.” We see anger is violence against each other.  We see torment, both mental and physical, of others with different ancestries, different […]

A local tradition of sexual assault of minors

The guilty pleas and prison sentences of a prominent father and his adult son on charges of child pornography has kept tongues wagging at Blue Ridge Restaurant and other gathering places in Floyd this week. But sexual crimes against underage girls and boys was a problem around here long before Sheriff Shannon Zeman led 61-year-old […]

Monsters who prey on children

Circuit Judge Brett Geisler sent 27-year-old Joshua Lantz Cromer to prison for 64 years, five months this week for raping a seven-year-old girl. Cromer’s excuse for his brutal attack on a young, innocent child? He thought the girls’ father had slept with his girlfriend. He reportedly bragged to the father: “You screwed my girlfriend while […]