Archive for December, 2012

Police say they’re investigating possible Christmas Eve hate crime at Tacoma church

| December 26, 2012 | 0 Comments



Tacoma police say they are investigating a possible hate crime that occurred overnight at a church in the 5500 block of North 44th Street. Six windows were broken and possible hate-related paperwork was left at the scene, officers said, and a suspect was seen fleeing. The church has a court order against a suspect who […]




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3 shot at church hall party in Vineland, Cumberland County

| December 26, 2012 | 0 Comments



VINELAND, N.J. – December 26, 2012 (WPVI) — Police are investigating a shooting at a party in Cumberland County, New Jersey, which left three people injured. The shooting happened around 1:15 a.m. Wednesday at the Saint Anthony Greek Orthodox Community Center, located on the 300 block of W Wheat Road in Vineland. Authorities believe a […]




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Oakland parishioner struck by stray bullet from shooting outside church

| December 26, 2012 | 0 Comments



OAKLAND — While a pastor sermonized about the meaning of Christmas on Monday night, his parishioners dove to the floor as a hail of bullets was fired outside the East Oakland church. The Christmas Eve gunfire wounded a 17-year-old male outside the church. Inside, a 38-year-old woman was struck by a stray bullet while shielding […]




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Church ups security after toddler escape

| December 26, 2012 | 0 Comments



A VICAR has vowed to make safety changes after a toddler managed to run out into the road from a church hall. As revealed in the Echo earlier this month, two-year-old Lee Wilkinson slipped through unlocked doors and out on to Front Street, Newbottle, while attending toddler group The Little Rascals at St Matthew’s Church. […]




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In Death Row interview, pastor’s killer admits to ‘anger problems’

| December 23, 2012 | 0 Comments



LIVINGSTON — Steven Lawayne Nelson sat calmly in a tiny visiting cage on Texas' Death Row, displaying none of the violent murderer described in psychological evaluations as a man hooked on mayhem. Nelson savagely beat and suffocated a young pastor at an Arlington church. He was later accused of strangling a mentally ill inmate while […]




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Brassfield found guilty of embezzlement

| December 22, 2012 | 0 Comments



Karan Brassfield had no idea her now-estranged husband was embezzling funds from the Fluvanna church they started out of their home. Wilbert Davis Brassfield said that as pastor, he had the authority to write checks to any church member in need – including himself. An all-white jury of eight women and four men convicted Wilbert […]




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Multiple Bomb Threats Made Against LA Jewish Synagogue

| December 22, 2012 | 0 Comments



The Los Angeles Police Department investigated two bomb threats near a Jewish synagogue in Koreatown, L.A. early Tuesday morning. At approximately 2 a.m. police received an emergency phone call from an unknown suspect saying a device had been planted on the grounds of Wilshire Boulevard Temple. “Early this morning, we received a bomb threat specific […]




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Police ponder biblical motives in baby Jesus thefts

| December 22, 2012 | 0 Comments



CLINTONVILLE, Wis. — Police investigating thefts from Nativity scenes at three area churches believe the thief was delivering a message: The baby Jesus does not belong there until Christmas. In all three incidents involving Lutheran churches, only the baby Jesus figurines were stolen, lifted right out of their managers. "I said, 'Hey, baby Jesus is […]




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Records detail alleged embezzlement at Edmond church

| December 22, 2012 | 0 Comments



EDMOND — An ex-St. John’s employee allegedly used church credit cards to feloniously buy items including a gun holster, military pants, two movies and a cell phone for a relative, prosecutors say. District Attorney David Prater filed eight felony counts on Monday in Oklahoma County District Court. The counts were for unauthorized use of a […]




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Deputies: 13-year-old girl kidnapped near Sugar Land-area church

| December 22, 2012 | 0 Comments



FORT BEND COUNTY, Texas — The Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office released the sketches of two suspects who are accused of kidnapping a 13-year-old girl near her church on Sunday morning. Deputies said it was about 7:25 a.m. on Dec. 9 when they were called to the 2200 block of Mason Street near West Airport. […]




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Priest reports ‘bizarre’ assortment of non-valuable items stolen from Orthodox church in Dorr

| December 22, 2012 | 0 Comments



DORR, MI — The Rev. Gregory Hogg and congregation members at the Holy Cross Antiochian Orthodox Church in Dorr are mystified over a recent church break-in. The thief, who broke in by smashing a small hole though the glass of a back window, nabbed a random assortment of items including ceremonial lamps and bowls — […]




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Pastor hurt in church shooting reacts to Newtown school tragedy

| December 22, 2012 | 0 Comments



LAKELAND, Fla. — Pastor William Boss wants to use faith to help his congregation cope with the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. At his church, the Greater Faith Christian Center Church in Lakeland, they have personal experience with tragedy from gun violence. "I begin to pray for the families of those children," Boss said, "and […]




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Gunman kills woman at Pa. church, 2 men elsewhere

| December 21, 2012 | 0 Comments



HOLLIDAYSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A man fatally shot a woman decorating for a children's Christmas party at a tiny church hall and killed two men elsewhere in a rural township on Friday before he was shot dead in a gunfight with state troopers. Three troopers in patrol cars were injured in a pursuit that began […]




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Church copper theft attempt ends painfully for suspect in NW Harris Co. church

| December 17, 2012 | 0 Comments



HOUSTON (KTRK) — Grinches, that is how a pastor describes the crooks who've left his congregation in the dark. Now, usual activities at the Westway Baptist Church in northwest Harris County were canceled because the building has no electricity. It seems the thieves had it all figured out — cut the lines in two places […]




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Pews stolen from Central City church

| December 17, 2012 | 0 Comments



New Orleans, La. –  Hurricane Katrina shuttered an historic Central City church. Now, thieves have taken pieces of its past. Pews from the old Wesley Methodist Church on Jackson Avenue are gone, a blow that church leaders never anticipated. "This dates back to the 1800's. The congregation dates back to 1838," said pastor Martha Orthe. […]




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