Archive for July, 2013

Pastor charged with murder in church shooting released on bond

| July 29, 2013 | 0 Comments



NEWTON COUNTY – A Newton County pastor is out on bond after family members say he shot and killed his nephew outside his church over the weekend. The shooting happened around 10:30 a.m. Sunday at Belgrade Baptist Church in the 4400 of FM 1416 near Kirbybille in Newton County. According to a news release issued […]




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Sister says brother shot dead at church

| July 28, 2013 | 0 Comments



There are reports of a fatal shooting at Belgrade Baptist Church located at 4478 FM 1416 in Kirbyville. Juanita Jones says her 34-year old brother, Curtis Paul Jones of Bon Wier, was shot at least three times around 11am Sunday morning as he entered the church. Jones claims the shooter is an uncle and the pastor of Belgrade […]




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Ex-worker pleads guilty in Edmond church embezzlement case

| July 21, 2013 | 0 Comments



A former church business manager facing jail time for embezzlement justified his actions because he felt slighted over a smaller-than-expected bonus, a prosecutor told a judge Friday. Bill Dwight Coyle admitted stealing more than $58,000 from St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Edmond. Coyle, 62, of Edmond, pleaded guilty to eight counts of violating […]




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1965: Jews in London Organize Souads to Guard Synagogues Against Arson

| July 21, 2013 | 0 Comments



EDITOR'S NOTE: THIS IS AN NEWS ARTICLE FROM 1965.  WE WANTED TO SHARE THIS WITH YOU TO SHOW YOU THAT SECURITY ISSUES IN PLACES OF WORSHIP HAVE ALWAYS BEEN AROUND. Self-defense squads were formed by young Jews in various parts of London today, to guard synagogues against bombings, arson and vandalism of the type that […]




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Former Grand Rapids pastor, church secretary will repay $220,000 taken from church, judge vows

| July 21, 2013 | 0 Comments



GRAND RAPIDS, MI – A former Grand Rapids pastor and church financial secretary may have escaped jail time, but a judge declared before more than 100 members of the preacher’s former flock that he would be on the hook for every penny stolen from the congregation. Arthur Pearson, the fired former pastor of the Pilgrim […]




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Woman who vandalized church sentenced

| July 21, 2013 | 0 Comments



A Santa Maria woman who vandalized St. John Neumann Catholic Church last year was sentenced Wednesday to almost three years in state prison. Amanda Ruiz, 24, was sentenced Wednesday by visiting Superior Court Judge Roger Picquet in Santa Maria. She had pleaded no contest July 3 to a felony charge of recklessly causing fire to […]




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Man Convicted of Hacienda Heights Church Arson

| July 21, 2013 | 0 Comments



A 35-year-old man was found guilty July 9 of torching St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Hacienda Heights in 2011, causing an estimated $9 million in damage, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced. Deputy District Attorney Renee Rose of the Target Crimes Division, Arson Section, said Gregory Yusuke Shiga of Hacienda Heights was […]




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Police: Man turns self in after breaking into church

| July 21, 2013 | 0 Comments



CONCORD, N.C. –  A man is behind bars after turning himself in for breaking into a church. Police even asked him why he was confessing. He told them it had been weighing on his mind. Exactly one month ago, someone broke into Calvary Lutheran Church, in Concord, and stole a laptop computer and a monitor. […]




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Life without parole for Pa. church shooter

| July 21, 2013 | 0 Comments



COUDERSPORT — A former elementary school teacher was sentenced to life in prison without parole Tuesday in Potter County Court after pleading guilty to first-degree murder charges last week. Gregory Lynn Eldred, 53, of Coudersport, heard the testimony from the friends and family of his ex-wife, Darlene Sitler, whom he fatally shot during Sunday morning worship […]




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