Archive for March, 2010

Winchester woman will serve 8 years for church embezzlement

| March 31, 2010 | 1 Comment



WINCHESTER — A local woman must serve eight years in prison for embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars from a church and its school in Frederick County over several years. Judge John Prosser sentenced Lois Beatrice Clemons to two years in prison for each of four felony counts of embezzlement. She received two-terms for each […]




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Arraignment of ex-husband in Federal Way shooting delayed

| March 31, 2010 | 1 Comment



The arraignment of a Lakewood man accused of fatally shooting his ex-wife during a counseling session in a church has been delayed. Charles L. Parsons, 41, was to be arraigned today on a first-degree murder charge. His lawyer requested more time and a new arraignment date is expected to be set later this week, said […]




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Bond cut rejected in Connellsville priest’s beating

| March 31, 2010 | 1 Comment



A church business manager, who briefly studied for the priesthood and is accused of beating a Connellsville priest with an ax handle, was denied a bond reduction Tuesday, despite fellow parishioners' assertions he is peaceful and law-abiding. Kevin Michael Labuda, 46, of Connellsville is in the Fayette County Prison in lieu of $500,000 straight cash […]




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Man indicted in West Chicago church theft

| March 31, 2010 | 1 Comment



A former deacon and bookkeeper of a West Chicago church is accused of stealing more than $300,000. George Valdez, 58, of the 800 block of Gates Street, was indicted on theft charges on suspicion he stole the money between Sept 2006 through September 2009 from St. Mary's Catholic Church. He was fired after the theft […]




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Man Admits to Attempted Church Bombing

| March 30, 2010 | 1 Comment



A drunken escapade with racist overtones last summer has left a 29-year-old Buffalo man facing a term in federal prison. Richard M. Blonski, 29, of Jones Street, pleaded guilty to three felony charges Monday in connection with an attempted bombing July 4 at a predominantly black church on Lewis Street. In a case that initially […]




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Missionary killer sentenced

| March 30, 2010 | 1 Comment



SALT LAKE CITY — LDS Church officials said they are constantly concerned about the safety of their 52,000 missionaries serving around the world. The statement was issued Monday by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints after the sentencing of James Boughton, Jr., 23, in Virginia. Boughton was found guilty by jurors in 2008 […]




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20-year sentence for Portland funeral shooting at church

| March 30, 2010 | 1 Comment



PORTLAND, Ore. — The man convicted of shooting another man to death at a Portland church during a funeral was sentenced to 20 years in prison. Multnomah County Circuit Judge Kenneth Walker told 32-year-old Latwan Brown at Monday's sentencing that feeling disresected is not enough reason to kill someone. Brown pleaded guilty to manslaughter for […]




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NY court sees synagogue attack as hate crime

| March 30, 2010 | 1 Comment



ALBANY, N.Y. — A person can be guilty of a hate crime even if the violence is directed at a building rather than a person, New York's top court ruled Tuesday. The Court of Appeals unanimously said the stricter penalties imposed for such crimes apply to a man convicted of trying to bomb a Bronx […]




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Police: Man Attacks Parishioners During Church Service

| March 29, 2010 | 0 Comments



WILKINSBURG, Pa. — A man walked into Palm Sunday services and attacked three people, biting one of the victims, police said. Wilkinsburg police arrested William Carter Jr. on Sunday as the congregation at the Christian Church of Wilkinsburg on Wallace Avenue tries to make sense of the bizarre attack. Police said Carter, 31, walked into […]




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Driver crashes in on church service

| March 29, 2010 | 1 Comment



More than 300 people were at a church service when a man allegedly drove a car through the glass doors of the southeast Queensland church on Sunday. The 33-year-old Nambour man was charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and wilful damage after allegedly crashing in on a Sunday night church service north of […]




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Armed thieves seek refuge in church

| March 29, 2010 | 1 Comment



Worshippers at the Kentucky Anglican Church in Cave Westmoreland are now breathing a collective sigh of relief after they were held hostage by a gunman who opened fire inside the church. The armed thug and a female counterpart ran into the church as they sought refuge from a machete wielding mob that had earlier chopped […]




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Religious Hate Crimes On the Rise in the United States

| March 28, 2010 | 1 Comment



Washington, D.C. – The Federal Bureau of Investigation announced on Friday that two religious hate crime incidents in Tennessee and Alabama were moving to resolution. In Mobile, Alabama, Christian Rodney Ice pled guilty to covering a Jewish synagogue with anti-Semitic messages in support of Hitler. The 19-year-old, who was charged with violating the Church Arson […]




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Church teacher charged with molestation

| March 27, 2010 | 1 Comment



SUMMERFIELD – A music teacher at a church school was charged Friday with four counts of lewd and lascivious molestation, one count of lewd and lascivious conduct, 12 counts of lewd and lascivious exhibition and one count of child abuse. David Solomon Lanham, 29, turned himself in at the Marion County Jail at 1:50 p.m. […]




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Accused arsonist stole more than $100,000 from church

| March 27, 2010 | 1 Comment



An Ottawa woman, accused of setting two fires last week, appeared in a La Salle County courtroom Friday morning in an attempt to have her $200,000 bond reduced. Instead, she found herself charged with theft of more than $100,000 from a local church. State's Attorney Brian Towne said in court the arson fires were an […]




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Mobile, Alabama Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Civil Rights Charges Related to Desecration of Synagogue

| March 26, 2010 | 0 Comments



WASHINGTON—Christian Rodney Ice, 19, of Mobile, Ala., pleaded guilty today in federal court in Mobile to one count of violating the Church Arson Act by placing threatening graffiti and neo-Nazi markings on a synagogue in Mobile, the Justice Department and the U.S. Attorney’s office for the Southern District of Alabama announced. Sentencing has been scheduled […]




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