Archive for February, 2010

Suspected vandals light Murfreesboro church bus afire with burning Bible

| February 26, 2010 | 2 Comments



Murfreesboro Police investigators want to find out who is responsible for using a Christian Bible to start a fire Thursday evening on a church bus belonging to Middle Tennessee Baptist Church. The bus caretaker for that church, which is located at 706 Richard Road, told officers he was at the rear of the church when […]




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Corrections department releases 1989 Albany church arsonist from supervision

| February 26, 2010 | 0 Comments



ALBANY – Linn County’s most heavily-supervised felon today became a free man. Parole ended Wednesday for Bruce Erbs, who served a 13-year prison sentence and more than six years of probation for burning down St. Mary’s Catholic Church in 1989. Erbs, who turned 64 in December, declined a Democrat-Herald interview request to talk about his […]




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Brothers stop gun-wielding cousin from entering church

| February 25, 2010 | 0 Comments



Louisburg, N.C. — Two brothers are being hailed as heroes in Louisburg after they stopped a man with a gun from entering a church last weekend. James White had been asked to leave St. Delight United Church of Christ, on U.S. Highway 401 south of Louisburg, on Saturday morning after acting inappropriately, according to his […]




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Arson Suspect’s Mom Says Her Son Didn’t Do It

| February 24, 2010 | 0 Comments



The mother of one of the men accused of torching East Texas churches said her son has a relationship with God and she feels the 19-year-old has been falsely accused. Kimberly Bourque talked with the Tyler Morning Telegraph this morning to defend her son and to clear up an earlier report about her being arrested […]




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A year after shooting, a church pushes forward

| February 24, 2010 | 0 Comments



The dream of the late Rev. Fred Winters to grow First Baptist Church of Maryville continues. Church and community members broke ground Sunday on a church expansion that will add eighth grade to the Maryville Christian School and improve the church's Illinois Route 162 campus. "His life lives on," said Loydene Wilson, 71, of Edwardsville, […]




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Majestic North church targeted

| February 24, 2010 | 0 Comments



NORTH ATTLEBORO – Thieves attempted to steal copper gutters from St. Mary's Church early Tuesday morning, a week after stealing several hundred dollars worth of downspouts from Sacred Heart Church – and police say the incidents are related. Police and Fire Chief Peter Lamb say thieves also stole a hand-held spotlight from a surplus rescue […]




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Man Accused of Writing a Bad Check to a Church, Getting Cash Back

| February 24, 2010 | 0 Comments



JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Police are trying to track down the man they say used a church as a front to defraud a bank. According to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, a member of Greater Bethel Divine Holiness Church approached the church's bishop about a friend who wanted to make a donation, identifying the friend as Terrell […]




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Atheist books, guns found at home of suspect in East Texas church fires

| February 24, 2010 | 0 Comments



TYLER – One of two East Texas church arson suspects kept books on demon possession and atheism as well as assault rifles and guns, and may have left graffiti offering inside information about one of the attacks in a local store bathroom, according to court records. Jason Bourque, 19, was under police surveillance on Feb. […]




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KLTV EXCLUSIVE: Church arson tipster torn about turning in suspects

| February 23, 2010 | 0 Comments



EAST TEXAS (KLTV) – A major break in the church arson case came from a friend who turned Bourque and McAllister in to authorities. Her mother had been keeping us updated – naming those suspects nearly two weeks ago. She and her daughter want to remain anonymous but we want you to know she is […]




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What pushed church arson suspects to breaking point

| February 23, 2010 | 0 Comments



TYLER, TX (KLTV) – Close friends of the church arson suspects are offering new details on what they say pushed the two men to the breaking point. Raised in a Christian home, Jason Bourque was known by friends and family as extremely intelligent. He was a state champion in philosophical debate. A close friend of […]




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Friends , Acquaintances Surprised By Arrest

| February 23, 2010 | 0 Comments



Friends and acquaintances of a former honor student and art major described him as quiet, and were taken aback by the news the man they knew was accused of burning at least one East Texas church with a friend. But a look at Jason Robert Bourque's past might provide investigators with some clues as to […]




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Former church treasurer charged with embezzlement

| February 23, 2010 | 0 Comments



The former treasurer of Fifth Creek Presbyterian Church faces 11 charges of embezzlement after discrepancies were discovered in the finances of the church, Iredell County Sheriff Phil Redmond said Monday. Debra Driskill Bunton, 52, of Statesville also faces one count of financial transaction card fraud. Redmond said two representatives from the church contacted the sheriff's […]




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Charred church listed as arson

| February 23, 2010 | 0 Comments



Hours after an early Monday morning fire was doused at his downtown Lafayette church's door, a shaken Pastor Dale V. Draper was still trying to make sense of the situation. "It looks like somebody poured gas on the door," Draper, who leads the Greater Macedonia Church of God in Christ, said Monday afternoon. "It doesn't […]




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Archdiocese: Woman stole from church

| February 23, 2010 | 0 Comments



A 48-year-old woman who worked for St. Edward on-the-Lake church for 15 years is charged with stealing $100,000 or more from the Lakeport parish. Jacalyn Renee O'Boyle of Port Huron Township was charged Feb. 9 with embezzlement, $100,000 or more. Bond was set at $2,500. A preliminary examination is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. today. Joe […]




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Suspect says shul attack act of revenge against Israel

| February 23, 2010 | 0 Comments



The Egyptian police on Monday night arrested a suspect in Sunday's attack on the Shaare Shamayim Synagogue in central Cairo. The Egyptian Interior Ministry said the man had confessed and tried to link his act to Israel's "actions against the Palestinians." Gamal Hussein Ahmed, a 49-year-old tailor, was arrested in the Egyptian capital. He told […]




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