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Former church worker accused of stealing church money

| December 17, 2012 | 0 Comments



ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. —  A woman is accused of going on a spending spree with an Orange County church's credit card, and even using some of that money to pay her own bills. Investigators said it went on for more than a year. Andy Searles, associate pastor at Aloma United Methodist Church, said it wasn't […]




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Florida Church Shooting: Man Dead in Apparent Suicide, Woman Wounded, Police Say

| December 10, 2012 | 0 Comments



A Florida church service ended in tragedy Sunday afternoon when outside the church building, a man shot a woman multiple times, then killed himself, authorities and witnesses say. Hundreds of congregants were exiting the sanctuary at Faith Center Church in Sunrise, Fla., just before 1 p.m., when the man began opening fire at the woman, […]




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Weiler, man charged with plotting to bomb 48 Miami churches to be evaluated

| December 4, 2012 | 0 Comments



The Illinois man, Gregory Arthur Weiler, charged with allegedly plotting to fire bomb 48 churches in the Miami area in October is awaiting a competency evaluation. This delayed the preliminary hearing scheduled for Dec. 3 for the charges of Possession of Explosive, Incendiary Devise, Simulated Bomb to Damage, and Violation of the Oklahoma Anti-Terrorism Act […]




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Community coming together after fatal shooting

| December 4, 2012 | 0 Comments



POTTER COUNTY, Pa. — More than 24 hours after the shooting, there was still a sense of disbelief. "I prayed. It's never a good sign when you see police going into church on a Sunday morning," said Reverend Scott Ogden of Park United Methodist Church. Reverend Scott Ogden was finishing up his mass at his […]




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Woman Accused in Church Arson Pleaded Guilty Monday

| December 4, 2012 | 0 Comments



Tina Meyer, who was originally charged with first-degree arson for setting a fire at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in September pleaded guilty to reduced charges Monday. Meyer pleaded guilty to second-degree arson, a Class C felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison. The first-degree arson charge Meyer originally faced carried a 25-year […]




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Church embezzler sentenced to year in jail

| December 4, 2012 | 0 Comments



A former church bookkeeper and first grade teacher was sentenced Monday to a year in jail as part of her probation for embezzling more than $152,000 from the church over eight years. District Judge Michael Gibbons sentenced Tracey L. Taylor, 45, of Carson City, to six years in Nevada state prison, suspended, and placed her […]




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Volunteer church youth leader accused of sexual assault

| December 4, 2012 | 0 Comments



HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) –  A volunteer youth leader at a Dauphin County church has been arrested on charges he had sexual contact with a girl over the last three years, starting when she was 12. Joshua Mitchell Markelwitz, 26, of Enola, was charged Friday with counts including rape of a child, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse […]




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Cops: Man deliberately crashed car into Greenville church

| December 4, 2012 | 0 Comments



GREENVILLE, SC (WYFF) –  Police said a man deliberately drove his car through the front doors of a church in Greenville on Sunday. A witness told police he heard a noise, looked outside his window and saw a large white sedan position itself in front of the Little Zion Baptist Church on North Vance Street. […]




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Gregory Eldred, Elementary School Music Teacher, Fatally Shoots Ex-Wife Darlene Sitler At Church: Police

| December 4, 2012 | 0 Comments



PITTSBURGH — An elementary school music teacher shot his ex-wife while she played the organ during church service and, after leaving briefly, returned and shot her again to ensure she was dead, police said. Congregants eventually overpowered Gregory Eldred, ending the shooting Sunday at the First United Presbyterian Church of Coudersport, about 140 miles northeast […]




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Gunman shot by officers after disrupting church Christmas party

| December 4, 2012 | 0 Comments



Terror at a Millington Church Sunday as the congregation was preparing for a Christmas party. Millington police responded to a shooting call Sunday outside First United Methodist Church and found a man armed with a rifle and possibly a pistol. "It was just a shock that somebody would feel the need to come to the […]




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Embezzlement probe into ELCA bookkeeper nears end

| December 4, 2012 | 0 Comments



MOORHEAD – Eleven months after police began investigating him, the bookkeeper suspected of embezzling more than $714,000 from a Moorhead-based church synod continues to live in the stately rural home he allegedly remodeled and expanded with the stolen money. Robert Duane Larson hasn’t been criminally charged, but Moorhead police Lt. Tory Jacobson said the detective […]




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FBI says Page acted alone in Sikh temple shootings

| December 1, 2012 | 0 Comments



Wade Michael Page acted alone when he fatally shot six worshippers and injured four others in his rampage at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek on Aug. 5, the FBI said Tuesday. In its statement, the FBI said it found no evidence to suggest the attack was "directed or facilitated by any white […]




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Woman attacked in Olympia church parking lot

| November 11, 2012 | 0 Comments



OLYMPIA, Wash. – A 38-year-old woman was assaulted Saturday night in the parking lot of an Olympia church, and her attacker got away after she fought back, police said. Officers responded to the scene, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 1116 Yew Avenue NE, at about 8:30 p.m. Saturday after receiving a […]




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Nun faces grand larceny charge tied to casino gambling

| November 11, 2012 | 0 Comments



A nun with a casino gambling problem will be charged today with stealing more than $100,000 from two churches where she worked in Orleans County, The Buffalo News learned late Sunday. The felony grand larceny charge will be filed against Sister Mary Anne Rapp, who in recent years has been assigned to St. Mary Catholic […]




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Family Members of Man Slain Outside Church Speak Out

| November 11, 2012 | 0 Comments



Officials joined family members of a man shot and killed outside a Westlake district church in an appeal to the public for information about the slaying. Andres Ordonez, 25, of Los Angeles was killed, and a man in his 40s was wounded in the shooting outside the Principe de Paz church in the 3000 block […]




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