Archive for February, 2011

Woman Attacked Inside DeKalb Church Recovering

| February 28, 2011 | 0 Comments



DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. – The victim of a sexual assault is recovering after an attack at a DeKalb County church on Saturday. The attack took place Saturday afternoon around 3:30 at Saint Timothy United Methodist Church in Stone Mountain, say police. Investigators say the female victim was inside the offices at Saint Timothy United Methodist […]




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Murder of pastors leaves evangelicals in Honduras feeling vulnerable

| February 28, 2011 | 0 Comments



According to Compass Direct News, Pastor Carlos Roberto Marroquín was shot last week as he walked his dogs near to his home in the Colonia Aurora neighbourhood of San Pedro Sula, the country’s second largest city. Marroquín was founding pastor of the Pentecostal Church of God in San Pedro Sulam and a prominent figure in […]




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Ind. law on church burglary ruled constitutional

| February 28, 2011 | 0 Comments



An Indiana burglary law that increases punishments for those who break into religious buildings does not violate the establishment clause of the First Amendment, an Indiana appeals court has ruled. In October 2009, Joshua Burke and two other individuals burglarized and vandalized the True Gospel Assembly Church in Indianapolis. They spray-painted walls in the church, […]




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Police: Woman Sexually Assaulted In Church

| February 27, 2011 | 0 Comments



DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. — DeKalb County police said officers are investigating after a woman was sexually assaulted in a church on Saturday. The incident happened at St. Timothy’s United Methodist Church in Stone Mountain. Police surrounded the church Saturday night as officers searched for the person responsible. The attacker remained on the run Sunday morning. […]




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Ex-priest waives hearing in theft of $400,000 in donations

| February 26, 2011 | 0 Comments



A former Roman Catholic priest who was pastor at a Reading church waived a preliminary hearing Friday on charges he stole more than $400,000 donated to the parish, authorities said. Richard Nachajski, 64, of York remains free to await further action in Berks County Court. Nachajski, charged with theft, forgery and related offenses, waived the […]




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Four teenagers to stand trial in Poplar Bluff church arson

| February 26, 2011 | 0 Comments



POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. — Four Poplar Bluff teenagers have been ordered to stand trial for allegedly throwing Molotov cocktails into a local church, and then setting the church on fire when the devices didn't work. Robert Benjamin Rushin, 18, of the 700 block of County Road 456; Zachary Edward Surque, 18, of the 100 block […]




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Lowell man receives 25 years to life sentence for 2010 church shooting

| February 25, 2011 | 0 Comments



EUGENE, Ore. (KMTR) — A Lowell man will spend at least the next 25 years in prison for admitting to shooting his wife’s ex-husband to death at a church in 2010. Robert Riley Gonzales, 35, was sentenced on murder and kidnapping charges in Lane County Circuit Court on Thursday, February 24th, 2011. He will serve […]




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Woman Steals $1100 in Coins From Church

| February 25, 2011 | 0 Comments



An arrest warrant is issued for a Withamsville woman who stands accused of stealing more than $1100 from a Sharonville church. Investigators say Cassandra Fuston took the bucket of coins collected to help a local a non- profit for young mothers. Local 12 News reporter Tiffany Wilson went to the church and to the agency […]




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Thieves Stole From Church Collection

| February 25, 2011 | 0 Comments



SANDY SPRINGS, GA — Who would stoop so low to steal from a church? It happened at two churches, and at one of the churches, they stole cash from the church collection basket. On the same Sunday, police said three women committed thefts at Dunwoody Baptist Church and at North Springs United Methodist Church in […]




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Richardson Police Faith-Based Crime Prevention Conference – March 26 2011

| February 24, 2011 | 0 Comments



For the second year on Saturday March 26, 2011 the Richardson Police Department will be hosting a Faith-Based Crime Prevention Conference that is open to all places of worship.  The conference will have speakers and presentations about crime prevention, terrorism and how to keep your place of worship safe.  For the second year Congregational Security […]




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Pastor talks about shooting at church

| February 24, 2011 | 0 Comments



HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (WSVN) — A South Florida pastor is speaking out after police were forced to fire on a knife-wielding man at his church. "He was very aggressive," said Luther Memorial Lutheran Church Pastor James Congee. "We have odd things that happen, but not like that." Congee has been pastor at the church for nearly […]




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Man charged with stealing from network

| February 24, 2011 | 0 Comments



COSTA MESA — Unaware that a higher authority was watching over him, in this case Costa Mesa police, a Garden Grove man repeatedly stole from a donation box at the Trinity Broadcasting Network while wearing a shirt that said "God is Good," prosecutors said. Robert Ellsworth Shorter Jr., 38, is charged with nine counts of […]




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Coptic priest found dead in Assiut

| February 24, 2011 | 0 Comments



CAIRO: A Coptic Priest was found killed in his home in the Southern City of Assiut on Monday. Reverend Dawood Boutros had been dead for two days before relatives found him after failing to get in contact with him for two days. Following the announcement of his death, around 3,000 Copts protested in Assiut in […]




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Honolulu report details sex charge against priest

| February 24, 2011 | 1 Comment



THE sexual assault accusations against a Winnipeg priest on vacation in Hawaii stem from an encounter with a female churchgoer after a Sunday service. Allegations of sexual assault and kidnapping against Rev. Bothdan Borowic, parish priest for two Ukrainian Catholic churches in Winnipeg, are contained in court documents obtained by the Winnipeg Free Press. A […]




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‘Open door’ policies at churches have changed with the times

| February 24, 2011 | 0 Comments



Churches’ traditional role as a place of sanctuary where the door was always open is at odds with the reality of life. Suffice it to say that these days, some churches use security systems. Others rely on locks, lighting and alert neighbors. The Rev. Kenneth Simon, pastor of New Bethel Baptist Church, 1507 Hillman St., […]




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