Archive for May, 2011

Former Pastor Accused of Embezzling $10,000 from Church

| May 5, 2011 | 0 Comments



ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, N.C. (WGHP) — A former pastor in Rockingham County has been charged with stealing more than $10,000 from his own church. John Albert Jackson, 61, of 5335 Lewey Lane in Winston-Salem, was arrested Tuesday and charged with one felony count of embezzlement. Jackson had been pastor of the Goodwill First Baptist Church on […]




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Inver Grove Heights Pastor Charged With Swindling Church

| May 5, 2011 | 0 Comments



INVER GROVE HEIGHTS, Minn. – A pastor at an Inver Grove Heights, Minn. church has been charged with fabricating expenses to the tune of more than $55,000. Leon Edwill Piepenbrink, 51, of St. Paul, is charged with seven counts of theft-by-swindle for fabricating expenses and stealing money from the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Church Synod. The […]




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Synagogue Bombing Suspect’s Arraignment Date Is Set

| May 5, 2011 | 0 Comments



Ron Hirsch, who has been linked to the explosion that occurred last month at the Chabad House Lubavitch, has been named by a Los Angeles federal grand jury in a four-count indictment. Hirsch, who is in federal custody, will be arraigned on the indictment in a U.S. District Court on May 23. He faces four […]




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Synagogue vandal faces more than 6 years at sentencing

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The homeless man who vandalized an Olney synagogue last summer will be sentenced Friday in Montgomery County Circuit Court. Judge Thomas L. Craven could sentence Ian Jacob Baron, 23, to as long as six-and-a-half years in prison after a jury found him guilty in February of four counts of malicious destruction of property and one […]




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Former lawman charged with assault on preacher

| May 5, 2011 | 0 Comments



A former law enforcement officer faces criminal charges after authorities say he attacked a local pastor at his church on Sunday and assaulted two other people the night before. Houston County District Attorney Doug Valeska asked the court to order 73-year-old Donald Lee Cobb held without bond after deputies with the Houston County Sheriff’s Office […]




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Israel, U.S. Jewish groups on alert fearing reprisal over bin Laden killing

| May 3, 2011 | 0 Comments



World leaders warned of revenge attacks after Osama bin Laden was killed in a U.S. assault in Pakistan on Monday that brought to a dramatic end the long manhunt for the al Qaeda leader who had become the most powerful symbol of Islamist militancy. President Barack Obama declared the world was a safer and "better […]




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Chatham priest searched for criminal record of man accused in his killing, investigator says

| May 3, 2011 | 0 Comments



CHATHAM — The Rev. Edward Hinds’ computer was used to search for information on Jose Feliciano and his criminal record during the two months before the former church custodian allegedly killed the former Chatham priest, an investigator testified today. Hinds’ computer, taken from the rectory at St. Patrick Church, listed three working accounts, all using […]




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Ex-custodian accused in Chatham priest slaying was not fingerprinted for background check

| May 3, 2011 | 0 Comments



CHATHAM — The administrative assistant at a Chatham church testified today that former church custodian Jose Feliciano hadn’t complied with a requirement to be fingerprinted two months before he is accused of killing the former parish priest. Administrative assistant Jeannine Sorrentino testified at a hearing where the prosecutor is seeking to gain permission to introduce […]




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Asian church leaders warn of possible backlash after bin Laden’s death

| May 3, 2011 | 0 Comments



LAHORE, Pakistan – A retired archbishop said Pakistani Christians could suffer a backlash after the death of 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden, but it also might return balance to the nation. In India and Philippines, Catholic leaders also warned of backlash. “We are a soft target as they cannot attack America,” said retired Archbishop Lawrence […]




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Three Arrested In Danville Church Embezzlement Scam

| May 3, 2011 | 0 Comments



DANVILLE, Calif. — Three people associated with St. Isidore Church in Danville have been charged with embezzlement for allegedly stealing $580,000 in church funds, according to Danville police and church officials. Police Chief Steve Simpkins said the Contra Costa County District Attorney's Office charged Kathleen Dake, 58, of Blackhawk, and Virgilio Lukban, 46, of Danville, […]




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Church vandalized for third time: ‘I’m afraid it’s going to escalate’

| May 3, 2011 | 0 Comments



EUGENE, Ore. – On Saturday afternoon, Reverend Claude Smith drove up to his church on Marshall Street in Eugene only to find vandals had knocked down the church sign. "To do vandalism on a church, in my opinion, it's cowardliness," said Smith. This isn't the first time the Chapel of Praise church has been vandalized. […]




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Chicago cops keeping eye on religious institutions

| May 2, 2011 | 0 Comments



Chicago police say they are keeping an eye on religious institutions as a precaution in the wake of Osama bin Laden's death at the hands of U.S. special forces. The department has not issued a heightened alert, but officers are paying closer attention to mosques and synagogues, particularly in the Rogers Park and West Rogers […]




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Security urged for Christians in Pakistan after death of Osama bin Laden

| May 2, 2011 | 0 Comments



Karachi: May 2, 2011. (PCP) Dr. Nazir S Bhatti, President of Pakistan Christian Congress PCC have feared violence against Christian after death of Osama Bin Laden by US forces in Pakistan and urged government of Pakistan to adopt necessary security measures of Christian’s life and property. Pakistani Christians have been easy prey of Islamic extremists […]




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Armed man robs church

| May 2, 2011 | 0 Comments



A drunken man wielding a stick stormed into a London church service and demanded cash on Sunday. Shortly before 4 p.m., two parishioners at a downtown church asked a man who was drinking on the steps to leave the property. The man attacked the two men, ripping the shirt of one and throwing a piece […]




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Further arrest in church arson case

| May 2, 2011 | 0 Comments



An 18 year-old male was arrested and questioned late on Friday night in the arson case surrounding the Østre Porsgrunn church, while the church council received further good news in the form of a large donation to help build the church anew. A 17 year-old had already been arrested last week after a lengthy, resource-intensive […]




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