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The Town of Bedford appointed a new town attorney from a Salem-based firm on July 29 in the wake of former town attorney William Berry IV’s retirement after 37 years in the position. Attorney Mike Lockaby brings expertise in local government law as he settles into his new role.

Richmond fire investigators identified and questioned a suspect in last summer’s arson at the United Daughters of the Confederacy headquarters and sought to bring charges against that person. But Richmond’s commonwealth’s attorney says there is insufficient evidence to proceed, and no one likely will be prosecuted for one of the largest fires set during the 2020 Black Lives Matter protests.

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