Archive for May, 2013

Church feels ‘tremendous impact’ after member charged with embezzling $55K

| May 24, 2013 | 0 Comments



CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) –  Charleston Police say a former church treasurer broke one of the 10 commandments at Calvary Protestant Episcopal Church over the last year. 51-year-old Stephanie Wright, of Moncks Corner, is facing charges after police say she embezzled $55,000 from church funds. Wright turned herself in at the Charleston Police Department on Wednesday following […]




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Two plead ‘not guilty’ to Rutherford Temple bombing and more

| May 24, 2013 | 0 Comments



RUTHERFORD – The two men accused in the arson and firebombing of several North Jersey synagogues, including Rutherford's Congregation Beth-El, pleaded not guilty Monday in Superior Court in Hackensack to indictments in the case. Anthony Graziano of Lodi and Aakash Dalal of New Brunswick, both 21, were indicted in March on multiple counts of aggravated […]




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2 brothers dead in stabbing at church

| May 24, 2013 | 0 Comments



HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) –  Two brothers are dead after a stabbing at a West Huntsville church. Emergency crews responded to West Huntsville United Methodist Church at 3104 9th Avenue before 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.  Police said one man was found dead inside the church and the other was taken from the church to the hospital where […]




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Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris evacuated after suicide inside the landmark church

| May 24, 2013 | 0 Comments



PARIS — Some 1,500 visitors were cleared out of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris after a man put a letter on the altar of the 850-year-old monument Tuesday, pulled out a gun and shot himself in the head. It’s the first suicide in decades at the landmark site, Monsignor Patrick Jacquin, the cathedral’s rector, told […]




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Man arrested after refusing to leave Cassville church

| May 24, 2013 | 0 Comments



A man waiting on God to tell him to leave a church will have to get the message in jail. Bartow County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to a Cassville Road church Sunday afternoon where the pastor told them Boyd Jenkins, 52, of Cartersville was causing a disturbance and refusing to leave. The pastor said […]




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Senior rabbi attacked during holiday altercation

| May 24, 2013 | 0 Comments



SYDNEY, Australia (JTA) –A senior Australian Orthodox rabbi had his glasses ripped from his face during an altercation inside Chabad’s main synagogue in Melbourne. Rabbi Zvi Telsner, the spiritual leader of the Yeshivah Center, which houses the city’s Chabad headquarters, offered festive greetings to Chaim Waks at the end of the Shavuot holiday service on […]




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Grand Island woman stabbed 20 times

| May 24, 2013 | 0 Comments



A Grand Island woman was stabbed 20 times Friday in front of a church. The suspect is her estranged boyfriend. It took place in the parking lot of St. Mary's Catholic Church around 11:30 Friday morning. Police say 33-year-old Mirna Medina-Colocho was arguing with her estranged boyfriend. They say 41-year-old Aslin Nabarro then produced a […]




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Church Leaders Accused Of Assault In Parking Lot Altercation

| May 24, 2013 | 0 Comments



COLUMBUS, Ohio – Two church leaders, a father and son, face criminal charges after police say a parking lot dispute turned violent. Pastor Bennett Smith leads The Church at Polaris. His son Paul Smith is an associate pastor there.                  The Church at Polaris sits on Gemini Place, right across the street from Polaris […]




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Ex-pastor posts $10,000 bond after arrest for misusing church funds

| May 24, 2013 | 0 Comments



A former Gatlinburg pastor is now facing felony theft charges based on allegations he misused money from his church’s day care center, forcing it to close. Ronald W. Lukat, 65, of 103 Money Maker Circle in Gatlinburg, is charged with theft over $1,000 after a grand jury returned a sealed presentment against him this week. […]




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Church arsonist told stories of playing in NBA, being FBI informant

| May 24, 2013 | 0 Comments



A man acknowledged by his own lawyer as “a very strange individual” who last fall announced to multiple people that he planned to burn down an unusual Des Moines church has been convicted of first-degree arson by a Polk County jury. James Anthony Galbo, also known as “Chief” by those who frequented Des Moines’ Lighthouse […]




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Temple Beth Israel vandalism called hate crime

| May 24, 2013 | 0 Comments



Some broken windows and a word carved in the door of the Beth Israel Temple are being investigated as felony malicious mischief — a hate crime — according to authorities. Jackson Police Department spokeswoman Colendula Green said officers thought they were going to a shooting at first. “It was a shooting call when officers responded. […]




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2nd Suspect in Church Purse Snatching, 17 Year Old Dorilena Chinel, Says 16 Year Old Companion Did the Crime

| May 24, 2013 | 0 Comments



Guam – 17 year old Dorilena Cepeda Chinel has been charged with Conspiracy to Commit Theft in connection with the theft of a pursue from a woman who was sitting inside the Santa Barbara Church in Dededo.  She is the second person to be charged and, according to the Magistrate's  complaint, she told police that […]




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Etowah woman charged with arson at a church

| May 24, 2013 | 0 Comments



An Etowah woman was arrested Thursday and charged with felony arson after police said she was seen on video surveillance setting fire to a church. At about 1 p.m., Henderson County sheriff's deputies responded to a vandalism call at 67 Etowah Center Drive at Life Spring Wesleyan Church in the Etowah Shopping Center in Etowah. […]




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Suspect in Emmett church fires served time for murder

| May 15, 2013 | 0 Comments



EMMETT – The Gem County prosecutor has filed arson, burglary and theft charges against two Emmett men accused of setting fire to two churches last month. Prosecutor Richard Linville says 41-year-old Bradley Thomasson and 45-year-old William Dorahush Jr. were each charged with two counts of first-degree arson, burglary and theft. Both men are currently in […]




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Arson Dog to Aid Investigation Into Church Fire

| May 15, 2013 | 0 Comments



Cedar Hill investigators are still trying to find out what sparked a fire inside the Graceland Community Baptist Church early Wednesday morning. As part of their investigation, officials will use a dog trained to smell accelerants that are used to start fires.  The dog, who is being driven to North Texas from San Antonio, is […]




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