Archive for March, 2011

Former Hardeeville Pastor and Secretary Accused of Stealing Church Money

| March 31, 2011 | 0 Comments



HARDEEVILLE, SC — The congregation of a Lowcountry church is rocked by scandal as a former pastor and the secretary are charged with taking money from the church. Hardeeville Police said they believe the theft happened over the past couple of years at St. Stephen AME Church on Main Street. Police said the church's new […]




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Pastors rally around Rev. Roderick Coffee following vandalism

| March 29, 2011 | 0 Comments



Area church leaders and community members gathered Wednesday at Union Community Church in Concord Township, which recently came under attack of hate speech in the form of racist graffiti. The Rev. Roderick Coffee called the news conference and prayer session in hopes of turning a negative situation into a positive one. “The only way that […]




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Michael Jacques, Springfield Macedonia Church arson defendant, denies racial motive in tape played at trial

| March 27, 2011 | 0 Comments



SPRINGFIELD – In his taped confession, church arson suspect Michael F. Jacques wanted to make one thing clear: He is not a racist. His friends might be racists, and he joined them in burning down a predominately black church six hours after Barack Obama’s election as the nation’s first black president. But that was bad […]




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Explosion next to the Church of Our Lady in Zahle

| March 27, 2011 | 0 Comments



An explosion took place next to the Church of Our Lady in Zahle industrial zone at around 5 am Lebanon time , and led to damages to a number of vehicles in the area, in addition to damage to some nearby houses. The army cordoned the area and began investigations No injuries were reported This […]




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Guilty verdict in Ruckersville church arson

| March 27, 2011 | 0 Comments



STANARDSVILLE — After about 10 hours of deliberation on Thursday, a Greene County jury returned both guilty and not guilty verdicts for a Ruckersville teen accused of setting fire to Ruckersville Baptist Church. According to the circuit court clerk’s office, the jury found Stephen Fox guilty of arson of an unoccupied church on Aug. 22, […]




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Area churches hoping to increase mission trips to Mexico

| March 27, 2011 | 0 Comments



AMARILLO, TX – As mission trips to Mexico continue to decline, area churches are hoping to shatter any misconceptions on traveling across the border. For years Westminster Presbyterian and Pinnacle Community Church have traveled to Mexico to build homes for people living in poverty through an organization called Casas por Cristo. However, because of the […]




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Ark. House approves bill letting pastors designate people to bring concealed guns to church

| March 27, 2011 | 0 Comments



LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Pastors would be able to give congregants with concealed weapons licenses permission to bring handguns to church under a bill that passed in the Arkansas House on Friday. Supporters portrayed the bill as giving churches more freedom. A bill passed two years ago included churches among a list of public places, […]




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No bond for church assault suspect

| March 27, 2011 | 0 Comments



Bond was denied for a man accused of assaulting a Stone Mountain church worker last month. John Russell Carver, 50, of 157 Mill Court in Atlanta, appeared before a magistrate judge on March 18 to formally hear the charges against him. He was charged with rape, armed robbery and aggravated assault in connection with the […]




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Gang of men suspected of burgling £20,000 of artefacts from synagogues

| March 27, 2011 | 0 Comments



POLICE have released images of a group of men suspected to have burgled around £20,000 of religious artefacts from synagogues across the borough. Items were taken from Golders Green Reform in Dunstan Road, Sadigura synagogue in Golders Green Road and Ohr Chodosh synagogue in Brentmead Place on January 15, March 7, 16 and 17. Members […]




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Georgia lawmakers still debating guns in churches laws

| March 27, 2011 | 0 Comments



ALBANY, GA (WALB) – The debate continues over where gun permit holders should be allowed to carry their weapons. A bill approved by the State Senate would let the owners or members of a church decide whether to allow guns in their place of worship. Gun rights activists it's a good step forward, but many […]




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North Hollywood Man Convicted in Shooting at Granada Hills Church Carnival

| March 27, 2011 | 0 Comments



Fernando Diaz Jr. is convicted of two counts each of attempted murder and assault with a firearm and one count of being a felon with a firearm. A jury returned its final guilty verdict today in the trial of a North Hollywood man charged with shooting his ex-girlfriend and two other people at a church […]




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Man gets 5 years for attack on Cairo synagogue

| March 27, 2011 | 0 Comments



Egypt's supreme state security court has convicted and sentenced a man to five years in prison for throwing a makeshift bomb at Cairo's main synagogue. Authorities said Hussein was repeatedly jailed for drug dealing and was implicated in attacks organized in the 1980s by Islamic militant groups targeting video stores. Gamal Hussein shouted at the […]




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Clifton church shooting victim testifies in trial of man accused of killing 2

| March 21, 2011 | 0 Comments



The surviving victim of a deadly 2008 Clifton church shooting identified California resident Joseph Pallipurath as the man who pulled out a gun on her and others on Nov. 23, 2008, a day when the lives of her cousin and another churchgoer would end and her own would be changed forever. She didn't remember anything […]




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Accused of arson, man says he was beaten to obtain confession

| March 21, 2011 | 0 Comments



SPRINGFIELD — Federal prosecutors portray Michael Jacques as a racist who was so upset when Barack Obama was elected president that he and two other white men burned down a black church in Western Massachusetts. Jacques insists through his lawyer that he is innocent and was coerced into signing a confession after more than six […]




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‘Suspicious’ Fire at Colonial Hills Baptist Church interrupts service

| March 21, 2011 | 0 Comments



TYLER — Around 11:30 Sunday morning, the congregation at Colonial Hills Baptist Church in Tyler had just settled into their seats to listen to the pastor's sermon. But this Sunday, something was a little off… "We were already distracted while he was talking and preaching because everyone kept leaving from the balcony and we kept […]




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