Archive for April, 2012

Iranian student deported from India for spying on synagogue, Chabad

| April 30, 2012 | 0 Comments



(JTA) — Police in Pune, India, deported an Iranian doctoral candidate for "undesirable activities," which reportedly included spying on a local synagogue and the Chabad house. It was discovered through intercepted e-mails that Hamid Kashkouli, who was studying for his doctorate at the University of Pune, was an undercover agent for the Iranian government, the […]




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Quick action at Holy Redeemer Church service helps heart attack victim

| April 30, 2012 | 0 Comments



Emergency personnel are used to being called into action at any given time. It's not often, though, that they're called into action during church service, which is what happened Sunday during the 10 a.m. Mass at Holy Redeemer Church in Marshall. A number of churchgoers with medical backgrounds quickly stepped in when an elderly man […]




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1 Week After Church Shooting, Members Recall ‘Mama Jo’

| April 30, 2012 | 0 Comments



DENVER — Members of Destiny Christian Center gathered Sunday for the first time since their pastor’s mother was gunned down and killed outside the Aurora church last weekend. Parishioners went to remember and celebrate the life of 67-year-old Josephine Echols. "We wanted to celebrate a life of someone who really laid their life down for […]




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Elmhurst resident sentenced to three years in theft from church

| April 29, 2012 | 0 Comments



Elmhurst, IL – DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin announced today that Robert C. Drefs, 54, 107 E. Wilson, Elmhurst, was sentenced to three years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for stealing more than $54,000 from the Messiah Lutheran Church in Elmhurst. Today’s sentencing stems from allegations that from July 25, 2008 through […]




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Pastor says his mother was killed outside Colorado church by man who crashed into parking lot

| April 23, 2012 | 0 Comments



AURORA, Colo. — A man crashed his car outside a Colorado church and opened fire on people who had come to his aid, fatally wounding the mother of the church's pastor before an off-duty officer attending service shot him dead. The pastor of Destiny Center Church, Delono Straham, said the woman killed Sunday was his […]




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Pastor’s mother killed in church shooting

| April 22, 2012 | 0 Comments



AURORA – Authorities say the mother of a pastor was shot and killed at an Aurora church Sunday afternoon. Aurora Police say the shooting happened in the 10600 block of East Bethany Drive. 9NEWS has learned the shooting took place at the Destiny Christian Center located in a busniess park near Parker Road and Havana […]




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Custodian convicted of killing Chatham priest is sentenced to life in prison

| April 22, 2012 | 0 Comments



CHATHAM BOROUGH — The former Chatham church custodian who in December was convicted of fatally stabbing a priest in a case that drew attention for its senselessness and unsubstantiated allegations of sexual blackmail, today was sentenced to life in prison without parole. Jose Feliciano, 66, was sitting down and looked away as Superior Court Judge […]




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State denies prison term for church embezzler

| April 22, 2012 | 0 Comments



LANCASTER — If Judge Richard Berens had his way, John W. Elder would spend the next eight years in a state prison. Instead, Elder, convicted of embezzling $45,000 from his church and defrauding insurance companies, will spend 180 days in jail and five years of community control. Berens issued the eight-year sentence, but was forced […]




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Flint 911 reviewing its handling of response to alleged rape at church

| April 22, 2012 | 0 Comments



FLINT, MI — The city's 911 director said he has concerns with how his department handled at least one of the emergency calls that came in concerning reports of a rape at a Flint church. Flint 911 Director Stephen Todd said his department is reviewing how dispatchers responded to incidents at First Presbyterian Church of […]




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Man accused of punching, stabbing Tacoma pastor

| April 17, 2012 | 0 Comments



Pierce County prosecutors on Monday charged a 28-year-old man with first-degree assault for allegedly stabbing his pastor with a piece of sheet metal. A not-guilty plea was entered on behalf of Ivan Zaytsev at his arraignment in Superior Court. Court Commissioner Meagan Foley ordered Zaytsev jailed in lieu of $500,000 bail. Tacoma police said Zaytsev […]




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Church arson convict seeking early release: Victims react

| April 17, 2012 | 0 Comments



BRIERFIELD, Ala. (WIAT) – Convicted in connection with a string of 2006 church arson cases, Russell Lee DeBusk has been released from federal prison and is facing additional state prison time, according to his attorney Brett Bloomston. Bloomston is requesting a reduction in DeBusk's two year state sentence saying he has been an exemplary prisoner […]




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Man arrested for arson in Kauai church fire

| April 17, 2012 | 0 Comments



Kauai police arrested a 50-year-old man in connection with a fire that occurred the night before Easter at the Christ Memorial Church in Kīlauea. The suspect is believed to be a homeless man living in the Kilauea area. About 10:15 p.m. April 7, a man called police dispatch to report a fire at the church […]




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Murrieta Man Pleads Not Guilty To Stealing Church Money

| April 9, 2012 | 0 Comments



A Murrieta man accused of stealing money from an area church pleaded not guilty today. Jared Lee Burkholder, 33, a former Temecula choir director, stood trial today on embezzlement charges. He could face up to three years in prison if convicted of the felony offense, stemming from the alleged theft of thousands of dollars from […]




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Bomb at church near Harrison brings FBI into investigation

| April 9, 2012 | 0 Comments



HARRISON, Ark. — Federal investigators are trying to find out who placed a bomb outside a church on Easter. It was discovered outside the Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormon) Church on Valley View Church Road, south of Harrison. “I just can’t imagine somebody doing that,” said Don Dunn. Dunn watched the whole thing […]




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Naked man at Moscow church service

| April 9, 2012 | 0 Comments



MOSCOW, April 9 (UPI) — A man who undressed in church during Palm Sunday services in Moscow was influenced by a punk rock group's stunt, a church official said. Alexander Darakov, 29, a customs official, was mumbling as he entered Moscow's Yelokhovo Cathedral Sunday, then stripped during the service, a police spokesman said. He was […]




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