Archive for March, 2012

Bishop of Monmouth warns of witchcraft break-ins on church property

| March 31, 2012 | 0 Comments



Witches have been breaking into churches and graveyards to perform black magic rituals, a leading Church in Wales cleric has revealed. Bishop of Monmouth Dominic Walker said the incidents coincided with a resurgence in witchcraft in recent years, with the number of occult groups performing both wicca – or white magic – and black magic […]




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Clegg found guilty of setting fire to church

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Victor Rudolph Clegg Jr. is now labeled an arsonist in two states. A female-dominated Des Moines County jury deliberated for nearly five hours Friday and found the 43-year-old Burlington man guilty of second-degree arson, in connection with the three fires that heavily damaged the Union Baptist Church last April. The panel, however, did not find […]




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Rev John Suddards: mourners pay tribute to murdered vicar

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Reverend John Suddards, 59, was discovered dead in his vicarage by builders on St Valentine's Day. On Saturday he was given a last goodbye in the church where he was installed as priest only eight-and-a-half months ago. The news of his death sent shock waves through the clergy and the close-knit community in Thornbury, South […]




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Man with 100 charges accused of burglarizing church

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In his life, Thomas Fuller, 52, has amassed more than 100 criminal charges. On Wednesday, he added to that total, the Sarasota Police Department said. According to a press release, at about 3:35 a.m. that morning, officers responded to an alarm in the music room of the Church of the Redeemer, 222 S. Palm Ave. […]




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Bumbling, fumbling burglars break into church

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HUMBLE, Texas –  Police in Humble are looking for the two men described as "bumbling burglars" who broke into a church and fumbled around before they stole $120 in cash. According to police, the burglary happened at the First Baptist Church in the 19900 block of E. Townsen Blvd on Sunday. Investigators said the men […]




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Bossier police seek church burglars

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The Bossier City police are asking for the assistance of the public to find the burglar or burglars responsible for the robbery of three Bossier churches. Bossier Crime Stoppers is offering a $375 reward for any information that leads to the capture of the robbers. The thefts happened earlier this week at Barksdale Methodist Church […]




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Former Burnsville youth minister charged with stealing from church

| March 29, 2012 | 0 Comments



A former youth minister is accused of stealing $8,000 from a Burnsville church last year. John Glenn Mertes, 40, of Burnsville appeared this week in Dakota County District Court on a felony charge of theft by swindle involving the alleged thefts in 2011. Burnsville police said the case involves Mary, Mother of the Church at […]




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Church vandal gets 6-year prison sentence

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A man with an extensive criminal record was sentenced to six years in prison Tuesday for the vandalism of a church and burglaries of a business and a residence in La Grande in January. Victor E. Marlitt, 24, pled guilty to one count of burglary in the first degree, two counts of burglary in the […]




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Chicago-area synagogue and school vandalized

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CHICAGO (MCT) — Anti-Semitic words spray-painted at a North Side synagogue and Jewish school early Wednesday were covered with tarps and later blasted from bricks and sidewalk in an effort to shield students from the hate-filled phrases, officials said. “The kids have had a normal day in school, and they have been protected from this,” […]




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Man pleads guilty in arson at New Sarpy church

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A man accused of setting fire to a New Sarpy church during a theft has pleaded guilty. Mark Bailey, 38, of New Sarpy entered his plea to simple arson and simple burglary of a religious building before Judge Robert Klees on Wednesday. Klees sentenced Bailey to two years in prison, but suspended all but five […]




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Woman allegedly raped at downtown Flint church, suspect is in custody

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FLINT, Mi — Authorities say a man is in custody after he allegedly raped one woman and tried to rape another at a downtown Flint church. Genesee County Sheriff Robert Pickell said the incident occurred Tuesday afternoon at the First Presbyterian Church on the corner of Third and Saginaw streets. Pickell said the attacker met […]




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Church arson trial starts

| March 29, 2012 | 0 Comments



Even though the fire at Union Baptist Church last April heavily damaged the building and caused thousands of dollars in repair bills, it could have been a lot worse. Call it divine intervention, but the timing of Burlington Police officer Michael Pope, who was driving by the area on his late-night patrol, was impeccable. As […]




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Pastor forgives gunman who stormed church

| March 29, 2012 | 0 Comments



SPARTANBURG COUNTY, SC (FOX Carolina) –  The congregation at South Side Free Will Baptist is small, but loyal. And they're thankful they're worshipping again at the church after a gunman stormed inside Sunday morning, threatening the parishioners. "We are not going to let the devil defeat us from doing what God called us to do." […]




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Priest indicted on charges of child pornography, theft from Fitchburg parish

| March 26, 2012 | 0 Comments



WORCESTER — A Roman Catholic priest accused of possessing child pornography and stealing from his Fitchburg parish has been indicted on related charges. A Worcester County grand jury handed up indictments Friday charging the Rev. Lowe B. Dongor with possession of child pornography and larceny of more than $250. A warrant has been issued for […]




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Pastor’s pistol-packing grandson may have saved church, sheriff says

| March 26, 2012 | 0 Comments



BOILING SPRINGS — A Spartanburg County sheriff is praising a man with a concealed weapons permit who helped disarm someone who kicked in the door of a church armed with a shotgun. Sheriff Chuck Wright made national news last year when he urged all women in his county to get a permit to carry a […]




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