Archive for July, 2011

Man Shot After Leaping from Ambulance, Stabbing Officer in Church

| July 31, 2011 | 0 Comments



Investigators are trying to unravel the mysterious circumstances that lead to the shooting death of a man who, after being released from jail, leaped out of a moving ambulance and later stabbed an officer with a butcher knife. The bizarre chain of events started about 3:00 p.m. Saturday after the suspect posted bail at the […]




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N.J. Catholic Priest Gets 5-Year Jail for $200,000 Theft

| July 30, 2011 | 0 Comments



A 65-year-old Catholic priest, recovering from alcoholism and suicidal tendencies, was sentenced Friday to five years in prison by a New Jersey court for stealing $300 a week from the parish for 20 years. The Rev. Joseph Davis, the former pastor of St. Therese Roman Catholic Church in Succasunna, N.J., admitted to pocketing $300 a […]




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Worshipper robbed while praying in Benton Harbor church

| July 30, 2011 | 0 Comments



BENTON HARBOR — An afternoon of prayer turned into a robbery Friday. Police say a man was robbed a little after 2 Friday afternoon while praying inside St. John and Bernard Parish, which is off Columbus and Catalpa streets in Benton Harbor. Detectives said they have seen it all — mostly break-ins and robberies in […]




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Warrant issued in church burglary

| July 30, 2011 | 0 Comments



CHIPPEWA FALLS – The Chippewa County Sheriff's Department has issued an arrest warrant for a man accused of breaking into a Chippewa Falls church in July 2009. Taylor V. Powers, 20, 4617 147th St., Chippewa Falls, was charged in May in Chippewa County Court with one count of burglary to a building, which carries a […]




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Catholic staffer accused of embezzling $1.2m

| July 30, 2011 | 0 Comments



A Catholic education worker allegedly defrauded ACT schools of more than $1million, using an intricate web of fake identities, offshore bank accounts and deceptive transactions. A worker inside the Catholic Education Office, which administers and supports the Church's schools, is accused of secretly embezzling $1.2million since 2004, using it to fund a life of excess […]




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DeLand church appeals for return of stolen artwork

| July 29, 2011 | 0 Comments



The Rev. Tom Connery wants his picture back. Father Tom, as he is known to the congregation at St. Peter Catholic Church in downtown DeLand, made an appeal for the return of the "Divine Mercy" print in last Sunday's church bulletin. Connery said a couple from the church traveled to Poland a few years ago […]




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Security Upgrades Planned at Temples

| July 29, 2011 | 0 Comments



As the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks approaches, local synagogues are seeking to upgrade security on their property by installing surveillance cameras. The BACH Jewish Center, at 210 Edwards Blvd. in Long Beach, is finalizing a plan to install the cameras on its grounds. The center recently received funding from the Homeland […]




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Church Web sites hacked to push conversion to Islam

| July 29, 2011 | 0 Comments



A computer hacker took control of more than a dozen church Web sites hosted by a Perrysburg designer this week, replacing their regular content with an appeal that Christians convert to Islam. The Rev. Vinnie Dauer of Fallen Timbers Community Church in Waterville said he received a text message from a church member at about […]




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Nev. couple return to Fla. church for suicide pact

| July 29, 2011 | 0 Comments



LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Las Vegas couple traveled from their home in Nevada to the Florida church where they were married 40 years ago to kill themselves in an apparent suicide pact, police said. A pastor found Bruce Wright and his wife, Patricia Wright, Sunday morning beneath an oak tree behind Friendship United Methodist […]




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Holy Spirit Church robbed

| July 29, 2011 | 0 Comments



MARGAO: Cash between 2,000 and 5,000 was stolen from the money box inside Holy Spirit Church, Margao, on Wednesday night. Margao police have registered a theft case against unknown culprits. Parish priest, Fr Francisco Avinash Rebello, told TOI, "The sacristan went to the chapel at 5.45am and saw that the main altar and the tabernacle […]




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ADL: Homegrown extremists spark hate, violence

| July 29, 2011 | 0 Comments



Radicalism, sometimes thought of as a foreign export, is increasingly homegrown in America, as U.S. citizens foment hate, terrorism and bloodshed. Men, typically in their 20s, are joining extremist groups, as radical Internet blogs and online magazines recruit new faces to a variety of alarming causes, said Oren Segal and Marilyn Mayo, co-directors of the […]




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Church vandalized: Pastor’s main goal is to get vandalism to stop

| July 29, 2011 | 0 Comments



WAINWRIGHT — A Wainwright pastor wants parents to be held accountable for their children’s misbehavior. He hopes parents care enough to help put a stop to vandalism — specifically spray painting racist and vulgar graffiti all over his church. The congregation of the Wainwright Assembly of God held regular Wednesday evening services and went home […]




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Vandals pee in holy water of Catholic church

| July 29, 2011 | 0 Comments



Vandals broke into a Catholic church in North Rhine-Westphalia and peed into the bowl of holy water, the police announced on Thursday. Officials at the St Anna Church in Ascheberg, south of Münster, were horrified to discover the destructive rampage, which saw statues and other religious artefacts damaged. “This was serious vandalism,” said parish secretary […]




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Raymond church fire was arson, officials say

| July 29, 2011 | 0 Comments



RAYMOND – A fire that severely damaged a historic church this week was set intentionally, state investigators said Wednesday. The fire at the Raymond Hill Baptist Church was reported about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday by several people driving by on Raymond Hill Road, investigators said. Firefighters from seven departments put out the fire in less than […]




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Man pleads guilty to embezzling from Orange church, others

| July 29, 2011 | 0 Comments



NEW HAVEN — A man federal authorities say embezzled more than $10 million, including $2.1 million from St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church in Orange partly to fund his professional auto-racing business, pleaded guilty Tuesday afternoon and faces 8 to 14 years behind bars. Gregory P. Loles, 52, of Easton changed his plea Tuesday in U.S. […]




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