Archive for February, 2013

Church bricks up windows, installs traffic-light warning system amid Mexico violence

| February 18, 2013 | 0 Comments



A church in the Mexican city of Monterrey has set up extreme security measures to protect worshippers, bricking up its windows and introducing a traffic light system to warn churchgoers if a crime is taking place nearby. During mass, a green light is activated above a side door of the St. Teresa of Avila church […]




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Treasurer accused of stealing $165K from Gallatin church

| February 18, 2013 | 0 Comments



GALLATIN, TN (WSMV) –  A Middle Tennessee church that's weathered nearly 200 years of history is concerned about the immediate future and years to come. It's all because of one of their own, their treasurer. Members said the treasurer stole more than $160,000 from the funds at Douglass Chapel United Methodist Church in Gallatin. "It's […]




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Zanesville stabbing suspect charged with attempted murder

| February 18, 2013 | 0 Comments



ZANESVILLE — A Zanesville man will appear in Muskingum County Court for a bond hearing this morning after being charged with the attempted murder of a woman at the First Church of God on Newark Road. Muskingum County Prosecutor Michael Haddox said Kerron Anthony Brantley, 25, of Princeton Avenue, was charged Thursday with one count […]




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Heartless Thieves Steal Torah Scrolls From Bronx Synagogue

| February 18, 2013 | 0 Comments



A Bronx synagogue suffered a terrible blow this week: the theft of three sifrey-Torah, or Torah scrolls, each one worth $45,000. The theft at the Orthodox shul, Young Israel of Mosholu Parkway, on East 208th Street in the Norwood Heights section, was discovered by a worker last Sunday. Besides the Torah scrolls, the thief also […]




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2 Tulsa church workers refuse plea deal

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The son and daughter-in-law of the senior pastor at a south Tulsa megachurch told a judge Wednesday they want a jury trial on charges they waited two weeks to report the August rape of a 13-year-old girl on church property and won't take a plea deal. Three other employees of the […]




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Omaha woman faces jail sentence in $50,000 theft from Blair church

| February 18, 2013 | 0 Comments



A former office manager was sentenced to prison Tuesday for stealing nearly $50,000 from the First Christian Church of Blair. Mary Ann Aten, 56, of Omaha pleaded no contest in Washington County District Court to felony theft and attempted misdemeanor income tax evasion. In return, the prosecution dropped two counts of income tax evasion and […]




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Former church employee faces new fraud charges

| February 18, 2013 | 0 Comments



The Watauga County Sheriff's Office has filed additional charges against a former church employee accused of embezzling approximately $166,000 over a matter of years. On Jan. 3, Deerfield United Methodist Church reported a possible misappropriation of funds, alleging that approximately $48,000 had been misused by a former employee, according to the sheriff's office. On Monday, […]




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Newlywed wife dies in stabbing at church

| February 18, 2013 | 0 Comments



THE intervention of two clergymen was not enough to save the life of a 36-year-old woman who was stabbed to death in the washroom of a church in Chaguanas on Thursday evening. Fabiola Ramona Chacon was stabbed multiple times in the chest by a man who had threatened to end her life a week ago. […]




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Aunt of Okla. church bomb plot suspect says he’s battled mental issues and needs medical help

| February 18, 2013 | 0 Comments



TULSA, Oklahoma — An Illinois man suspected in a plot to firebomb dozens of Oklahoma churches last fall with Molotov cocktails is unstable and has battled bouts of mental disorders and depression throughout most of his life, his aunt said this week. Gregory Arthur Weiler II, 24, of Elk Grove Village, Illinois, is accused of […]




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Somerset church group hijacked on mission trip

| February 18, 2013 | 0 Comments



Despite being kidnapped, robbed and left for dead in the forests of Guatemala, the short-term mission group from Riverside Church in Somerset, Wis. said they feel blessed. “We are just grateful to be alive,” said Rev. Bill Hieb, leader of the mission trip and pastor at Riverside Church. The mission trip was supposed to run […]




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Suspect in church bombing plot to be prosecuted in federal court

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MIAMI, Okla. — An Illinois man accused of plotting to destroy 48 Ottawa County churches with Molotov cocktails will be prosecuted in federal, not state, court, authorities said Wednesday. State charges filed against Gregory Arthur Weiler II were dismissed Wednesday after he was taken into federal custody, said District Attorney Eddie Wyant. Weiler, 24, of […]




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Alabama church bombing attorney recounts emotional experience

| February 18, 2013 | 0 Comments



Nearly 50 years ago in a Birmingham, Ala., church, five little girls were getting ready for that day’s youth service when an explosion shattered the room they were in, killing four of them. The surviving girl was trapped in the rubble, unable to move or see, screaming for her sister, who never responded. Later, a […]




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Attorney: Fire at church was a ‘cry for help’

| February 18, 2013 | 0 Comments



DES MOINES, Iowa —Tina Meyer was sentenced Monday to 10 years in prison in connection with a fire set inside an Ames church last year. Meyer, 51, received a sentence of 10 years in prison for second-degree arson and 10 years in prison for first-degree criminal mischief. The sentences will run at the same time. […]




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Arkansas Lawmakers Approve Guns in Church Bill, Governor Plans to Sign

| February 18, 2013 | 0 Comments



Arkansas lawmakers Monday approved a bill that would allow firearms in churches, and now Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe will have the final say. By a vote of 85 to 8, the State House of Representatives approved the bill, which allows churches to choose whether to allow handguns in their sanctuary. The State Senate gave the […]




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ATF team among those examining E. Side church fire

| February 18, 2013 | 0 Comments



A forensic chemist, certified fire investigators, fire protection engineers and accelerant detection dogs are just a few of the resources being used to find the cause of Friday's blaze that destroyed a historic East Side church. More than 30 people, including the 23-member National Response Team from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, […]




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