Archive for May, 2012

Feds: Victim targeted for being nun

| May 26, 2012 | 0 Comments



ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Murdering a nun could be so inflammatory to a jury in this heavily Catholic state that the man charged with doing it wouldn't be able to get a fair trial, according to defense attorneys. That's why lawyers for an accused killer wants to prevent the jury from hearing anything about religion or […]




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Police link dead ex-con to 2010 Youngstown church parking lot murder

| May 26, 2012 | 0 Comments



YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – A man who spent two years behind bars after being charged with murdering an 80-year-old woman in a church parking lot was released from prison Friday, and a prosecutor said new evidence implicates a now-dead ex-convict. A palm print found at the crime scene where Angeline Fimognari was killed doesn't match that […]




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Accused Mass. priest has pleaded to embezzlement

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FALMOUTH, Mass.—A Cape Cod priest who pleaded no contest seven years ago to embezzling $135,000 from his former parish has been placed on leave after a child sex abuse allegation. The Boston Archdiocese said Friday that it's removed The Rev. Joseph Byrne from public ministry pending an investigation. The archdiocese said the retired priest had […]




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Priest to serve time for assaulting parishioner

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WORCESTER — The Rev. Charles M. Abdelahad, longtime pastor of St. George Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral, was sentenced to serve 90 days of a two-year jail term today after being found guilty of physically assaulting a female parishioner during counseling sessions. The 56-year-old priest, now on a leave of absence, was accused of physically and sexually […]




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Indian Kashmir, “unknown arsonists” set fire to a Catholic church

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Srinagar (AsiaNews) – An "planned" attack, with the clear goal of "scaring to death the Christian community. The chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir must act to ensure security for the faithful and places of worship", says Sajan George, president of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC), reacting to AsiaNews to the arson attack […]




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Local Congregation shocked after theft of church gates

| May 26, 2012 | 0 Comments



THE congregation of Magheragall Parish has been left shocked and saddened this week after thieves stole their church gates in the latest in a series of rural crimes. The gates, which were erected just last year as part of a refurbishment project, are valued at £6,000. Their theft, which police believe occurred during the early […]




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Man steals collection from Greenwich church

| May 26, 2012 | 0 Comments



While police search for a man who brazenly snatched the collection after the 9 a.m. Mass Sunday at St. Catherine of Siena Church, the pastor of the Riverside church is asking his faithful to pray for the thief. "I have asked my parishioners to pray for the person," Msgr. Alan F. Detscher said of the […]




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FBCSO: Musician sexually assaulted teen between services at Richmond church

| May 26, 2012 | 0 Comments



RICHMOND, Texas – A local musician is accused of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl between services at a Richmond church. Rodney Marcus Grimsley, 42, is charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child. According to investigators, the assault occurred Sunday at the Zion Watchtower Baptist Church on FM 359. Grimsley, a guitarist, was in a […]




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Teens charged with killing church security guard

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Detroit police credited witnesses who are willing to testify in court with the arrest of two teens charged Wednesday with fatally shooting an 84-year-old church security guard. "Everybody in the neighborhood knew this man, everybody loved him, and these young men knew him," Inspector Dwane Blackmon of Detroit's Homicide Unit said. Joseph Lewis Jr. had […]




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Bomb scare at Oakland church

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OAKLAND — A state police remote-controlled robot on Wednesday blasted open what appeared to be a pipe bomb left on the steps of St. Theresa's Church. The device turned out not to be a pipe bomb, but police and the state Fire Marshal's Office are investigating why it was left on the steps of the […]




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Slain church security guard’s son calls shooting a ‘wake-up call’

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Detroit— The son of an 84-year-old security guard gunned down in a church parking lot said he'll be praying for the teens accused in the killing and their families. "They are going to be in a lot of pain," said Anthony Lewis, 51. "This is a tragedy for Detroit and a wake-up call. We've got […]




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Tempe police: Man stabs himself in church restroom

| May 26, 2012 | 0 Comments



A man who was apparently homeless wandered into a church restroom in Tempe Wednesday morning and stabbed himself in what police believe was a suicide attempt, police said. Tempe police said the man was found by a church staff member at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic church in Tempe. Sgt. Jeff Glover of the […]




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Lithuania synagogue vandalised following controversial state-funded reburial of Nazi ‘collaborator’

| May 26, 2012 | 0 Comments



VILNIUS (EJP)—A century-old renowned Vilnius synagogue was vandalised following last week’s controversial decision in Lithuania to grant a state-funded funeral to the country’s notorious 1941 pro-Nazi leader. Unknown attackers daubed the Choral Temple, the only remaining active synagogue in a city which boasted more than one hundred pre-Holocaust, in green paint on Friday. Milan Chersonski, […]




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Bail reduced for Bergen synagogue firebomb suspect from Lodi

| May 26, 2012 | 0 Comments



HACKENSACK — An appeals court on Tuesday reduced the bail from $2.5 million to $1 million for Aakash Dalal, one of two Lodi teens accused in arsons at local synagogues earlier this year. A two-judge Appellate Division panel called the original bail amount excessive and said trial court abused its discretion in setting the higher […]




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Former janitor sentenced for arson at Grand Rapids church

| May 26, 2012 | 0 Comments



A disgruntled former church janitor received a suspended 90-day jail sentence, was fined and must pay restitution after pleading guilty to lighting a fire in the Grand Rapids church that he once cleaned. Robert Evans Shepard, 67, pleaded guilty to one charge of fifth-degree arson stemming from the July 27, 2011, fire in United Methodist […]




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