Archive for December, 2009

Ex-finance Director Charged in $500K D.C. Church Theft

| December 31, 2009 | 0 Comments



WASHINGTON – The former finance director has been charged with stealing more than $500,000 from a historic D.C. church over six years. Thirty-eight-year-old Jason Reynolds of Bowie, Md., was arrested last week on a charge of wire fraud. A U.S. Secret Service agent alleges in court papers that Reynolds, who worked for National City Christian […]




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Nepal Hindu Militant Asks Forgiveness For Church Bombing

| December 31, 2009 | 2 Comments



KATHMANDU, NEPAL (BosNewsLife)– The jailed chief of a Hindu-militant group has asked forgiveness for his alleged involvement in the May 23 church bombing in Nepal that killed three people. In statements to reporters, obtained by BosNewsLife Wednesday, December 30, Ram Prasad Mainali, said his Nepal Defense Army (NDA) was wrong to attack the Our Lady […]




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Burglars swipe gifts for poor kids, set Modesto church on fire

| December 30, 2009 | 0 Comments



MODESTO, Calif. — A man and a woman were arrested in Modesto on suspicion of stealing Christmas gifts intended for children in need and then setting a church on fire, police said. At about 11:44 p.m. Tuesday, Modesto police were dispatched to New Bethany Church at 315 Sixth St. to investigate a silent burglary alarm. […]




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Man gets 30 years for killing pastor

| December 30, 2009 | 1 Comment



COVINGTON, Ky., Dec. 30 (UPI) — A judge in Kenton County, Ky., said a 41-year-old man will serve 30 years in prison for fatally shooting a pastor and trying to kill a deacon. The Cincinnati Enquirer said Kenton County Circuit Judge Martin Sheehan sentenced Frederick Davis to 20 years for first-degree manslaughter and 10 years […]




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Swastikas Painted on Church, Synagogue in Oshkosh

| December 30, 2009 | 0 Comments



Black swastikas were found spray-painted on a Jewish temple and Methodist church in Oshkosh, and police say they're still looking for suspects. The damage was discovered Christmas Eve at B'Nai Israel Congregation and Algoma Methodist Church. Avi Stern is the president of the Jewish temple. He says the swastika is a symbol of hate, but […]




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Parishioners greeted by police tape at Oshawa church

| December 28, 2009 | 0 Comments



OSHAWA — Some parishioners arrived for mass at St. Phillip the Apostle Catholic Church in Oshawa Sunday, unaware that the church had been struck by fire early Christmas morning. A sign on the door read 'No service due to fire', the church closed by a suspicious fire that broke out just after 5:30 a.m. Friday. […]




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Hundreds to worship outside churches amid tight security

| December 24, 2009 | 0 Comments



Fifteen police officers backed up by soldiers and local residents will guard every church across West Java during Christmas celebrations to prevent possible attacks, police said. Dozens of churches in the province have closed since 2004 after being stormed or attacked by hard-line Muslim mobs. In 2000, militants bombed churches across the archipelago on Christmas […]




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Russian Priest Killed By Urinating Drunks

| December 24, 2009 | 0 Comments



A Russian priest has been shot dead after he criticised a group of drunken men who were urinating in the hallway of his apartment block. Prosecutors said orthodox priest Alexander Filippov was shot and killed after he admonished the men for "breaching public order" in the hallway. The men were "answering a call of nature", […]




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Church Volunteer Accused Of Theft

| December 24, 2009 | 0 Comments



PONTIAC, Mich. — A 71-year-old church volunteer accused of stealing thousands of dollars from St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Pontiac was charged Monday in the crime. Salley Crake entered not guilty pleas in a Pontiac courtroom Tuesday to felony charges of embezzlement and larceny. Police said Crake had been stealing hundreds of dollars once […]




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Fire crews attend ‘vicious’ fire at church

| December 21, 2009 | 0 Comments



A BLAZE at St Andrew's Church, Orford, required four crews to put it out on Sunday at 4.10 am. Police are investigating the blaze which they have called 'a vicious attack'. They damaged furniture and decorations and a nativity scene. Detectives say in a "final, mindless act of violence" the vestry of the church was […]




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Church employee arrested, accused of stealing $36,000

| December 20, 2009 | 0 Comments



AUGUSTA, Ga– 42-year-old Ginger Kaye Vintson is in jail, facing five felony charges in connection to a theft operation investigators say she operated at the church she worked at in Augusta. Richmond County Financial Crimes Investigator Michelle Walden tells News 12 Vintson will likely be indicted on a total of 81 counts of forgery for […]




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Former bookkeeper pleads guilty to church theft

| December 20, 2009 | 0 Comments



DETROIT (AP) – A former bookkeeper and disbarred attorney has pleaded guilty to charges that he stole money from a Detroit-area church. The Wayne County prosecutor's office says Friday that Frederick Petz will be sentenced Jan. 25 following his guilty plea to four counts of embezzlement. An Archdiocese of Detroit audit revealed more than $90,000 […]




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Neo-Nazis protest at Riverside synagogue

| December 20, 2009 | 0 Comments



Congregants at Temple Beth El who had gathered to celebrate the last night of Hanukkah were met by a group of neo-Nazi demonstrators who waved red-and-black swastika flags outside the Reform synagogue in Riverside on Friday evening. Rabbi Suzanne Singer said the demonstration was the third such protest at the temple in recent months. She […]




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Greenfield woman arrested on church embezzlement

| December 18, 2009 | 0 Comments



A Greenfield resident was arrested just after noon Thursday on an indictment from a Highland County grand jury on charges of grand theft and tampering with records in connection with embezzlement from a Greenfield church. Greenfield Police Chief Tim Hester said the charges against Nancy M. Williams, 55, come as the result of an investigation […]




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Police set up command post at arson-struck church

| December 18, 2009 | 0 Comments



Durham Regional Police say they are looking for an arsonist in connection with a fire at Whitby's All Saints' Anglican Church and they want the public's help to find the person. Police have set up a mobile command post at the fire site, located at 300 Dundas St. W., which will operate over the following […]




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