Former Bedford warden requests program

BEDFORD – A former Bedford County jail warden and his wife, facing theft charges for allegedly stealing more than $10,000 from his parents, have requested entry to an accelerated rehabilitation program that would keep the case out of their criminal records.

Donald Orr and his wife, Catherine, both of Hyndman, were charged in October for allegedly signing checks out of Donald Orr’s parents’ bank account, over which he held power of attorney.

The couple, represented by Bedford attorney Anthony Zanoni, requested admittance on Dec. 5 into the county’s Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program, a system that educates offenders and removes crimes from their records upon completion.

Police affidavits indicated Catherine Orr took primary responsibility for the thefts, with her husband – the county jail warden from 2010 to June 2012 – allegedly signing the checks without realizing her intent.

Each faces a felony theft charge. Hearings to determine their approval for ARD are set for Jan. 22, according to court documents.