Archive for May, 2011

Church burning suspect arrested

| May 12, 2011 | 0 Comments



Stonewall — A Stonewall man was arrested Friday for allegedly starting a fire at a Stonewall church in 2009. Steven Wayne Bittle, 50, was arrested after an investigation by Stonewall police and the Oklahoma State Fire Marshal’s Office. “I turned in the report and probable cause affidavit to the D.A.’s office last week and they […]




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Family, friends describe Olney synagogue vandal’s personal demons

| May 12, 2011 | 0 Comments



Ian Baron needs help, according to his family and friends. At Baron's sentencing hearing Friday in Montgomery County Circuit Court, those who know him spoke of the demons and personal battles that might have led him to spray paint anti-Semitic graffiti on the exterior of B'nai Shalom Synagogue and two nearby residences in July. After […]




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Pastor admits stealing cash donated to Waterloo church

| May 12, 2011 | 0 Comments



KITCHENER — The senior pastor at a Waterloo church admitted Wednesday that he helped himself to almost $12,000 in donations. Paul Hartig, 46, was sentenced to nine months of house arrest for theft over $5,000 during a 16-month period in 2009 and 2010. Justice Michael Epstein also placed him on probation for three years and […]




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Former St. Isidore Employee to Appear in Court Thursday in Embezzlement Case

| May 12, 2011 | 0 Comments



A former St. Isidore employee, who faces five felony embezzlement charges in connection with more than $200,000 dollars missing from the church, will appear in court tomorrow to enter a plea. Kathleen Dake, 58, a Blackhawk resident who is currently being held on $433,000 bail in Martinez, is scheduled to appear at the Martinez courthouse […]




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Church gets device to fight lead thefts

| May 12, 2011 | 0 Comments



A NEW security system aimed at preventing the theft of lead and other valuable metals from buildings is being trialled by a North-East firm. The Vipa Defender system is being tested at St Paul’s Church, in Spennymoor, County Durham, and St Mary’s Church, in Darlington, before being made available throughout the country. It has been […]




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Background checks, policies help some Cenla churches prevent sexual improprieties

| May 8, 2011 | 0 Comments



Some local churches and organizations have highlighted the proactive stance they take to protect the youths in their congregations against sexual improprieties by church officials. The recent rape and molestation charges filed against former Donahue Family Church youth leader Angelo Deboray "Doogie" Golatt have raised questions about churches' policies on background checks during hiring and […]




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Prosecutor: Embezzled church money went to plastic surgery, shopping

| May 8, 2011 | 0 Comments



DANVILLE — Payments to a Blackhawk plastic surgeon. Charges to Bloomingdale's. Purchasing a dog from the Animal Rescue Foundation and a Pilates machine. This is where just some of the nearly $600,000 embezzled from St. Isidore's Catholic Church went during the last five years, according to the Contra Costa District Attorney's Office. Two former church […]




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Vandal of Olney synagogue sentenced to jail time, rehabilitation

| May 8, 2011 | 0 Comments



The homeless man who defaced an Olney synagogue last summer will serve a few more months in jail and undergo treatment for substance abuse. Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Thomas L. Craven on Friday sentenced 23-year-old Ian Jacob Baron to three years in prison, with all but 18 months suspended, for malicious destruction of property […]




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Winterport Church Fire Ruled Arson/Suicide

| May 8, 2011 | 0 Comments



Winterport – The State Fire Marshal's Office says a young man who died in a Winterport Fire Thursday intentionally set fire to the building and himself. The death of 20-year-old Wilbur "Wes" Strout of Hancock has been ruled a suicide by the Medical Examiner's Office. Authorities say strout broke into the Calvary Apostolic Church on […]




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Warrant issued for treasurer who bilked church

| May 8, 2011 | 0 Comments



LAWRENCE — The former treasurer of the Seventh Day Adventist Church is being sought by Lawrence police for stealing $106,570 from the church at 54 Salem St. Police have issued a warrant for Raiffeisen Regalado, 41, for larceny and embezzlement. Church pastor Domingo Francisco told investigating officer Det. Kevin T. Nigohosian the church contacted the […]




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Lafayette churches watchful after crime

| May 8, 2011 | 0 Comments



LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Churches often deal with sin, but Lafayette spiritual leaders said even they aren't immune to crime. The saints peering around St. Lawrence Catholic Church no longer see any signs of sin. It's all been cleared after a break-in to the church and it's parish office that was reported on April 26, […]




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Cumbria police warning over thefts of lead from church roofs

| May 5, 2011 | 0 Comments



Police have issued advice to churches in north and west Cumbria following a rise in lead thefts. Raids have taken place at churches in Longtown, Wetheral and Silloth in the last four to six weeks. Claire Stevens, a crime prevention officer with Cumbria police, said: “There has been an increase in the number of lead […]




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Church camp thief sentenced

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BUCYRUS — An Indiana man was sentenced to three years probation in Crawford County Common Pleas Court on Wednesday after admitting to stealing money from the Peniel Holiness Camp near Sycamore. Jeffrey Blan-kenship, 47, of Fort Wayne, Ind., admitted stealing $9,786.85 from the camp between Jan. 8, 2007, and July 13, 2009, while serving as […]




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Teen gets jail time in church arson

| May 5, 2011 | 0 Comments



NASHVILLE, Ind. (The Republic) – A Columbus teen has been sentenced to a year and a half in jail for his role in an arson that destroyed a historic Brown County church in July. Dalton J. Poe, 19, pleaded guilty to one charge of institutional criminal mischief, a Class D felony. according to a revised […]




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Pastor, accused of molestation, pleads guilty to stealing money from church

| May 5, 2011 | 0 Comments



The former pastor of Bloomingdale’s New Harvest International Ministries, Kenneth Terrell, pleaded guilty today to stealing money from his church. Terrell, 46, was indicted on Jan. 4 on wire fraud charges. He pleaded guilty today to embezzling at least $200,000 from the church over more than four years while serving as pastor. Terrell handled the […]




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