Archive for February, 2012

Boys, not bombs, destroy historic church

| February 26, 2012 | 0 Comments



A 116 year-old Norwegian church, which survived a bombing in WWII, has been burnt beyond repair by two boys playing with a cigarette lighter. The Rørvik Church in Nord-Trøndelag, central Norway, went up in flames last Saturday night shortly after two young boys were seen in the area. “It was therefore possible to find them […]




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Another person charged in theft of priest’s wallet

| February 26, 2012 | 0 Comments



RACINE — A second person has been charged in the alleged theft and fraudulent use of Caledonia priest’s credit card. According to the criminal complaint, William E. Brooks was one of four people who stole credit cards and bank cards throughout southeastern Wisconsin and then used the cards to purchase hundreds of dollars in gift […]




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Homeless man accused of using church account for sex chat calls

| February 26, 2012 | 0 Comments



A man awaiting trial on charges he tried to pull a Greensburg store employee into a back room is accused of using a church bank account to pay for time on an adult pornography chat line, city police said. Keith Michael Jenkins, 32, is to be charged with access device fraud, criminal use of a […]




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‘Voice of God’ Alarms Installed in England Churches to Scare Away Thieves

| February 26, 2012 | 0 Comments



Many churches in England plan to install "voice of God" alarms to their roofs to scare away thieves who strip off lead and copper. The churches plan to hide movement sensors in the structures of their roofs that will set off a booming voice to startle intruders, according to the Telegraph. The "voice of God" […]




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Man charged in copper thefts at six churches

| February 26, 2012 | 0 Comments



When Susan Browning arrived for work at Moon’s Grove Baptist Church in Danielsville on Wednesday, she smelled gas, and utility workers quickly found that a thief had removed the copper tubing from under the church. Most of the fuel in the recently filled tank had spilled. Browning missed two days of work in the office […]




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Plea deal pending in St. Mary School embezzlement case

| February 26, 2012 | 0 Comments



CHARLEVOIX — The end of a long and difficult legal battle involving a Charlevoix church and its school’s former principal may be in sight. On Friday, March 9, former St. Mary School principal Keisha Veryser of Hayes Township, is scheduled to take advantage of a plea agreement with the Charlevoix County Prosecutor’s office in which […]




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Stourbridge church treasurer on £500k fraud charges

| February 26, 2012 | 0 Comments



THE former treasurer of Amblecote Christian Centre is due in court next week to face charges of defrauding the church and a religious charity to the tune of more than £500,000. Stephen Methuen has been charged with six counts of false accounting allegedly committed to disguise the embezzlement of more than £400,000 between 2003 and […]




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Senior accused of bilking church of $200K

| February 26, 2012 | 0 Comments



A Chatham, Ont., man is accused of stealing $200,000 from his church over a 13-year period. The 82-year-old was a volunteer treasurer at Holy Trinity Church during the time the crime was alleged to have taken place. Earlier in February, members of the church contacted police about funds they said were missing from their congregational […]




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Ex-Financial Officer Of Pontiac Church Charged With Embezzlement

| February 26, 2012 | 0 Comments



PONTIAC (WWJ) – The former Chief Financial Officer of Trinity Baptist Church was arrested Wednesday for allegedly embezzling more than half a million dollars from the Pontiac institution. Reuben Bynum, a 61-year-old resident of West Bloomfield Township, is accused of embezzling approximately $650,000 over the last six years. The Oakland County Sheriff’s Office said their […]




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Woman ‘feared rape and death’ as raiders targeted parochial house

| February 26, 2012 | 0 Comments



A Donegal priest has said a woman who was cleaning a parochial house during a burglary two days ago feared she would be raped and murdered by the three armed robbers. The break-in happened on Wednesday evening at about 7.45pm, after Burt parish priest Father Gerry Sweeney left the house to celebrate Mass in a […]




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Vandals deface Catholic church on Ash Wednesday

| February 26, 2012 | 0 Comments



A Catholic church in Union City was defaced on Ash Wednesday with spray-painted pentagrams and messages about Satan, vandalism that is being investigated as a hate crime, police said. Vandals knocked down a wooden cross outside St. Anne's Church at Cabello and Dyer streets and used black spray paint to deface a statue and write […]




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Gwinnett police make arrest in church arson

| February 26, 2012 | 0 Comments



Gwinnett County police arrested a Snellville man Friday and charged him with an arson fire at Zoar United Methodist Church. David Wayne Stone Jr., 23, was booked into the Gwinnett County Detention Center, fire Captain Tommy Rutledge said Saturday. Charges include first-degree arson and burglary. During an interview with investigators, authorities said Stone admitted to […]




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Vandals daub death threats on Jerusalem church

| February 21, 2012 | 0 Comments



AFP – Attackers daubed death threats on the walls of the Baptist House church in central Jerusalem overnight and vandalised three cars parked nearby in the latest "price tag" hate crime, police said on Monday. "Anti-Christian graffiti was found on the walls of the Baptist church and the tyres of three cars parked nearby were […]




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Augusta church reports gunshots fired through window

| February 21, 2012 | 0 Comments



AUGUSTA, Ga. — Members of a well-known Augusta congregation are a little shaken up this evening after a gunman fired shots through a window of their church this weekend. Now leaders at the United House of Prayer are calling for change in their community. A church is usually thought of as a place of peace […]




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Va. mosque vandalism draws sympathy for long-persecuted Muslim sect

| February 21, 2012 | 0 Comments



In late January, workmen in Chantilly erected a minaret on the roof of a new building, the first highly visible sign that it was to be a mosque. That night, vandals hurled rocks at its arched windows, shattering many. Empty beer cans and liquor bottles were scattered on the mosque’s grounds and roof. The attackers […]




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