Archive for July, 2012

Youth Pastor, Church Charged in Fake Kidnapping

| July 30, 2012 | 0 Comments



A youth pastor and his church in Pennsylvania were charged Friday for conducting a fake kidnap situation with a group of young students. Andrew David Jordan, 28, and the Glad Tidings Assembly of God were charged with false imprisonment and simple assault. "This is a sad case for all those involved," said Dauphin County District […]




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Topless protester greets church leader

| July 30, 2012 | 0 Comments



KIEV – A bare-breasted young woman lunged at the head of Russia's Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, on Thursday, screaming "Begone!" minutes after his plane landed in the Ukrainian capital Kiev. The protester, an activist of local women's rights group Femen, famous for its topless protests, was intercepted and led away by security guards. The slogan […]




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Local church vandalized, deputies calling it a hate crime

| July 30, 2012 | 0 Comments



CRAWFORDVILLE, Fla. (WTXL) – Deputies are investigating what they are calling a hate crime after a church is vandalized Friday afternoon. It happened in Crawfordville at Thesalonia Missionary Baptist Church, located at 223 Triplett Road. Reverend Frederick Bell tells us authorities were there for about 2 hours, collecting fingerprints and palm prints for an investigation. […]




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Survivors remember 4th anniversary of Knoxville church shooting

| July 30, 2012 | 0 Comments



KNOXVILLE (WATE) – It was a Sunday morning four years ago when a gunman opened fire at Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church. Greg McKendry and Linda Kraeger were killed. Six others were wounded. East Tennesseans were reminded of the tragedy last week in the wake of the Colorado theater massacre. For retired professor and author […]




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Ex-administrator at First Churches in Northampton accused of embezzlement

| July 30, 2012 | 0 Comments



NORTHAMPTON – A former administrator at the First Churches pleaded not guilty Friday to charges she bilked donors to the church and other local service organizations out of nearly $18,000. Giselle L. Dudley, 42, of 48 Keith St., Springfield, faces 56 charges in Northampton District Court, including 25 counts of check forgery, 25 counts of […]




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Downtown church removes outside benches to reduce crime, loitering

| July 30, 2012 | 0 Comments



Several years ago, First Presbyterian Church placed several wooden benches outside its sanctuary near Central and Broadway, across the street from the Lord’s Diner. The idea was to give homeless people and others in the neighborhood — including those waiting for a free meal at the diner — a comfortable, shaded place to sit. The […]




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Bristol church burglary, vandalism suspects left Satanic messages for pastor

| July 30, 2012 | 0 Comments



Four times this month a Bristol church had been broken into and vandalised, with the culprits often leaving offensive or Satanic messages for the pastor. On Friday afternoon, Sullivan County Sheriff's Office deputies took four suspects into custody — an 18-year-old man and three juveniles who reportedly claimed their actions were, "nothing personal." According to […]




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Former accountant stole £500,000 from church and religious charity while working as a volunteer

| July 30, 2012 | 0 Comments



A former accountant is facing jail after he admitted stealing £500,000 from a church and a religious charity while working as a volunteer. Stephen Methuen, 57, abused his position of trust while working as a treasurer for his local evangelical church and an international relief charity. A court heard Methuen fiddled the accounts of Amblecote […]




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Thieves steal pastor’s tires in Detroit church parking lot

| July 16, 2012 | 0 Comments



Pastor Dwayne Houston and his wife traveled to Detroit from Dallas to attend a revival at a west side Detroit church Sunday morning. Just 30 minutes into the program, the day of prayer is interrupted by thieves hunting prey. “I got a call that my tires and rims had been taken and come out and […]




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Boston minister, Everett woman freed in Egypt

| July 16, 2012 | 0 Comments



The son of an abducted Dorchester minister — released today after days of being held hostage in Egypt — said he is “exuberant” to hear that his father has been freed. “I want to hear my father,” an emotional Rev. Jean Louis said at an impromptu press conference outside his family’s Dorchester home, where relatives […]




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Pill poppers asked to leave church on Sunday

| July 16, 2012 | 0 Comments



Two men in their late 20s were reportedly popping pills in a First Avenue East church Sunday and fighting amongst themselves in the bathroom. A caller told Kalispell Police that the men “seemed high on something.” An officer responded to the church and helped the two men move along. He advised they were too intoxicated […]




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Abduction of Hub pastor tests faith of family, flock

| July 16, 2012 | 0 Comments



Family and parishioners of Dorchester minister Michel Louis, taken hostage last week on a pilgrimage to Mount Sinai, voiced gratitude yesterday for high-level efforts in Washington, D.C., and expressed faith that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, now in Egypt, will do what she can, but added they see a higher authority at work. “We know […]




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Churches tighten financial controls to avoid repeat embezzlement

| July 16, 2012 | 0 Comments



MOORE — The Rev. Tish Malloy's congregation at the First United Methodist Church of Moore was stunned when it was discovered a trusted employee embezzled $140,000 from church coffers for lavish vacations, a new car and a service to pick up dog poop. It was revealed last week that police are investigating an alleged embezzlement […]




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Gunmen attack church camp-out in Mexico, rape 7

| July 16, 2012 | 0 Comments



TOLUCA, Mexico (AP) — A gang of about a dozen armed people stormed into a church youth camp-out near Mexico City and went on an hours-long rampage of beatings, robberies and rape, authorities said Saturday. Seven girls were raped during the Friday attack and several campers were beaten, according to the state prosecutors office in […]




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Pemberton Township man charged with sexually assaulting a girl during church service

| July 16, 2012 | 0 Comments



MOUNT HOLLY—A 59-year-old Pemberton Township man was arrested for sexually assaulting a girl during a church service, Burlington County Prosecutor Robert D. Bernardi and Pemberton Township Police Chief David H. Jantas announced. Joseph V. Pullen Jr., 59, of 1 Whispering Pines Boulevard, was arrested on July 13 and charged with first degree aggravated sexual assault […]




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