Archive for November, 2011

Hate crime numbers steady, nearly half motivated by racial bias, FBI reports

| November 15, 2011 | 0 Comments



WASHINGTON (CNN) – As New York authorities investigate what appears to be the nation's latest hate crime, the FBI's annual hate crime report, released Monday, shows no significant change in the level of crimes motivated by bias. The FBI reports the number of U.S. hate crimes – offenses as a result of bias toward race, […]




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Woman arrested for forging $15K in church checks

| November 15, 2011 | 0 Comments



RICHMOND — That someone would forge more than $15,000 in checks from a church is “just a sign of the times we’re living in,” according to the Rev. Robert Blythe. “Folks these days are willing to do anything to satisfy what they define as their needs,” he said. First Baptist Church at Francis and Collins […]




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Burned church burglarized as fire investigation continues

| November 15, 2011 | 0 Comments



They just won't leave the church alone. Turkey Branch Baptist Church has been the victim of burglaries and other crimes in the past. Last month, fire burned the roof. Just as renovations are beginning, the Neeses church became a victim again with someone breaking in and stealing a $400 freezer. Deacon Bobby Jamison, who lives […]




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Sheriff, SBI investigating hate crimes at several area churches

| November 15, 2011 | 0 Comments



ANSON COUNTY, N.C. — Both the Anson County and Stanly County Sheriff’s Offices along with the State Bureau of Investigation are investigating a disturbing string of church vandalisms that many are calling the "worst they’ve ever seen." The hardest hit church – Cedar Hill AME Zion Church in Ansonville – was in ruins Monday night […]




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Defense in alleged Chatham priest-killer’s case begins as fellow ex-custodian is called to testify

| November 15, 2011 | 0 Comments



CHATHAM BOROUGH — Trying to present accused killer Jose Feliciano in a sympathetic light, the defense called as a witness today a fellow ex-custodian at St. Patrick Church in Chatham who described himself as a friend of Feliciano. Feliciano is on trial in Superior Court in Morristown on a murder charge in the Oct. 22, […]




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Accused Chatham priest-killer in a hurry the day of stabbing, fellow custodian says

| November 15, 2011 | 0 Comments



MORRISTOWN — A fellow church custodian who worked directly with Jose Feliciano testified today that on the day the parish priest was killed, Feliciano was acting "rushed" at the end of the work day and said he had to leave "quickly" because there was "something he had to take care of." Feliciano left work at […]




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Synagogue Vandalized In Eastern Belarus

| November 15, 2011 | 0 Comments



BABRUYSK, Belarus — A synagogue has been vandalized in the eastern Belarusian city of Babruysk, RFE/RL's Belarus Service reports. The synagogue's secretary, Maya Savatseyeva, told RFE/RL that vandals smashed the synagogue's windows at about 2 a.m. on November 18. On November 11, a swastika and "Death to Jews!" was daubed on the fence surrounding the […]




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Queens man charged with spray-painting swastikas on synagogue and church

| November 15, 2011 | 0 Comments



Cops charged a 40-year-old Jackson Heights man Tuesday with defacing a Queens synagogue, library and church with swastikas, but are still hunting for the anti-semites wanted for torching three cars in Brooklyn. Franco Rodriguez admitted etching his hateful handiwork earlier this month because, he claimed, "Jewish people were harassing him." He faces up to five […]




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Ron Hirsch, accused in Calif. synagogue bombing, arrested in Cleveland Heights: Whatever happened to …?

| November 15, 2011 | 0 Comments



Whatever happened to the man accused of bombing a California synagogue who tried to hide in Cleveland Heights? Ron Hirsch, 61, remains in federal custody while awaiting trial in April. Hirsch, who also went by the names Ronald Jay Fisher and Israel Fisher, was arrested in Cleveland Heights April 11 and was accused of fleeing […]




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Church Thieves Strike 27 Times In Rockingham Co. This Year

| November 15, 2011 | 0 Comments



Reidsville, NC — Who would steal from a church? That's the question sheriff's deputies in Rockingham County have asked 27 times, so far this year. The Rockingham County Sheriff's Department reported that 24 churches, some more than once, have been hit over the past 11 months. Sheriff Sam Page said thieves are stealing everything from […]




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Near North church burglarized for 2nd time in a week

| November 13, 2011 | 0 Comments



For the second time in a week, burglars broke into a Greek Orthodox church on the Near North side and made off with cash and other items including a crucifix, church officials and police said. The latest burglary was discovered at about 6 a.m. early today by a janitor at the Annunciation Cathedral Greek Orthodox […]




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Sex offender found on church property

| November 13, 2011 | 0 Comments



A Kings Mountain man was arrested Sunday for going to church. David Lineberger of 108 Brandonwood Lane was arrested for going to Southminster Presbyterian Church of Hoffman Road in Gastonia on Sunday. The 50-year-old man is a regis-tered sex offender. People placed on the N.C. Sex Offender Registry have restrictions on where they can be. […]




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Arrests made in church burglary

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The Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office arrested two Auburn men accused of breaking into an Owasco church and stealing two gold ciboria this past August. David Calkins, 21, of 82 Havens Ave., and Daniel Edersheim, 20, of 54 Adams Ave., were both charged with third-degree felony burglary after a resident called detectives with a tip pertaining […]




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Former church official of historic DC church sentenced to 8 years for embezzling $850,000

| November 13, 2011 | 0 Comments



WASHINGTON — The former chief financial officer of a historic church in Washington has been sentenced to more than eight years in prison for embezzling $850,000 from the institution. Forty-year-old Jason Todd Reynolds of Bowie was sentenced Wednesday. He was also ordered by a U.S. District Court judge to repay $851,300 in restitution, as well […]




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Police Say Scottsville Pastor Embezzles More Than $300,000 From His Church

| November 13, 2011 | 0 Comments



The small town of Scottsville is a very close knit community which is why most are staying quiet about what exactly happened behind the doors of the Gospel Outreach Church. Billy Owen Minix ran the church for more than 10 years and in that time, police say he embezzled more than 300,000 dollars. "I didn't […]




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