Archive for January, 2013

ATF Offers Reward for Church Fires – Three Churches Burned, Task Force Formed

| January 18, 2013 | 0 Comments



GREENSBORO, NC – Wayne L. Dixie, Jr., Special Agent in Charge of the Charlotte Field Division, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), has announced a reward of up to $10,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for the church fires in Stokesdale and Oak Ridge, NC […]




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While major crime plummets, the faithful get fleeced by thieves who target Bronx churches

| January 18, 2013 | 0 Comments



Is nothing sacred? Priests at some Bronx churches have seen an uptick in crimes inside and around their houses of worship. Purses are stolen from pews during Communion. Cars parked outside get broken into during Mass. “It’s very sad,” said Rev. Francis Skelly of Immaculate Conception Church in Melrose. “You have to pray with one […]




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Church Shocked at Volunteer Who Now Faces Child Sex Charges Will Now Add More Security

| January 18, 2013 | 1 Comment



A volunteer with a Spartanburg County church has been arrested and charged with sexually assaulting a young girl who he befriended, authorities say. Now that church will add more security. Lieutenant Tony Ivey of the Spartanburg County Sheriff's office said that 71-year-old William Clifford Hughes, of Boiling Springs, was charged with criminal sexual conduct with […]




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Flu epidemic prompts some churches to stop offering Communion chalice

| January 18, 2013 | 0 Comments



WASHINGTON (CNS) — This year amid the raging flu epidemic in the United States, several dioceses have issued recommendations for receiving Communion, offering the sign of peace and even attending Mass. According to a report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the flu season started earlier than usual this year. As of […]




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Suspect to be evaluated in Coudersport church shooting

| January 18, 2013 | 0 Comments



COUDERSPORT — A Coudersport man will undergo a mental health evaluation before his preliminary hearing on charges he murdered his ex-wife during a church service. Potter County District Attorney Andy Watson said the preliminary hearing for 52-year-old Gregory Eldred, of Dutch Hill Road, will be postponed indefinitely until the evaluation is finished. Eldred is jailed […]




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Police: Bookkeeper stole more than $248,000 from church

| January 15, 2013 | 0 Comments



MIFFLINTOWN – On Monday morning, a 59-year-old volunteer bookkeeper for Saint Jude Thaddeus Catholic Church in Mifflintown was arrested on theft charges for systematically stealing more than $248,000 from the church over a seven-year period beginning in 2005. Mary Madeline Zangrilli, of Mifflintown, was arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Barbara Lyter and charged with theft […]




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$50,000 In Damages To Medical Lake Church, Calling It ‘Hate Crime’

| January 15, 2013 | 0 Comments



MEDICAL LAKE, Wash – It's not the way members of the Lake City Assembly of God expected to spend their Sunday; instead of attending services, they were canceled in the wake of a $50,000 vandalism spree throughout two church buildings that was committed late Saturday or early Sunday. The suspect (s) kicked 12 doors off […]




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Abilene’s Holy Family Church among churches suspending communion cup over flu epidemic

| January 15, 2013 | 0 Comments



ABILENE, TX –  Holy Family Church in Abilene is among Catholic churches in the Big Country to suspend the use of the communion cup during worship. The church is following strict orders from their regional Bishop MIchael Pfeifer in San Angelo as part of an effort to prevent the flu from spreading. The San Angelo […]




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Flint parishioners, city leaders shaken by church homicide; they say ideas needed to stem violence

| January 13, 2013 | 0 Comments



FLINT, MI – Sharon Mixon said Saturday’s shooting that left one person dead during a funeral service inside a church on Flint’s north side is unheard of even in a city that has seen nearly 200 homicides in a little more than three years. “It’s hard everywhere, but going into a church was crossing the […]




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Flint police identify church shooting victim as 28-year-old man

| January 13, 2013 | 0 Comments



FLINT, MI — Police have identified 28-year-old Steven Edward Lawson as the man who was shot and killed Saturday afternoon during a funeral service at a church on King Avenue. Officers were called at 2:20 p.m. for a shooting at Full Gospel Christian Church on King near Home Avenue and found Lawson not responding with […]




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Flint church shooting witness: “Everybody was getting under the pews”

| January 13, 2013 | 0 Comments



FLINT, MI — A witness inside a Flint church said shots rang out just as the funeral service for the city's 66th homicide of victim of 2012 was getting underway. "Everybody got on the floor," said Darrin Laury. "Everybody was getting under the pews." Laury, 43, of Flint was inside Full Gospel Christian Church at […]




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Police: World Changers victim was shot 12 times

| January 13, 2013 | 0 Comments



A Riverdale man charged with murder shot his supervisor a dozen times during a prayer meeting at the World Changers Church International, police testified Friday. Floyd Palmer faced a judge for the first time since he allegedly shot and killed Gregory McDowell at the College Park mega-church on the morning of Oct. 24. During the […]




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Local Teen Charged as Adult, Pleads Guilty to Church Arson

| January 13, 2013 | 0 Comments



DANVILLE, VIRGINIA — A now 18-year-old resident of Henry County, Virginia, pleaded guilty this morning in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Danville to charges related to a fire deliberately set at a church. Jean-Claude Bridges, 18, of Henry County, Va., waived his right to be indicted and pleaded […]




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Thieves Steal Audio Equipment Worth Thousands From Local Church

| January 13, 2013 | 0 Comments



KILLEEN (January 10, 2013)–Police are investigating two break-ins that happened sometime overnight Tuesday at the Rivers of Living Waters Church on North 8th Street in Killeen. The first break-in was discovered Wednesday morning at the church offices. A safe was taken and windows were damaged. Later Wednesday morning, as church staff members made their way […]




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Swastikas painted on Morrison synagogue highlight spike in anti-Semitic vandalism

| January 13, 2013 | 0 Comments



MORRISON, Colo. — The Anti-Defamation League was up in arms Thursday after two incidents of vandalism targeted a Morrison synagogue last week. In both incidents, a swastika was spray painted on a sign in front of the B’nai Chaim Synagogue. The League was particularly worried because this isn’t the only incident of anti-Semitic vandalism to […]




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