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Officials pledge federal resources for investigation into temple firebombing, bias crimes

| January 13, 2012 | 0 Comments



PARAMUS — Federal elected officials from North Jersey and across the state pledged resources in the investigation into the firebombing of a Rutherford synagogue at a meeting convened to discuss safety at Jewish temples Thursday night. Rabbi Nosson Schuman joined members of New Jersey's Congressional delegation and local officials as he recounted the early-morning attack […]




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Priest with gambling habit facing prison in Vegas

| January 13, 2012 | 0 Comments



A lawyer was due to ask a federal judge on Friday to reject a call for almost three years of prison time and give probation to a Roman Catholic priest who pleaded guilty to siphoning $650,000 over eight years from his northwest Las Vegas parish gift shop, votive candle collection, prayer funds to support his […]




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Identities of couple killed in church known, but not motive

| January 13, 2012 | 0 Comments



Whatever happened in the lead-up to the final, violent moments of Zeferina Castillo, 54, and Manuel Rodriguez, 51, near the altar of a church in Helotes remains a puzzle to authorities. They visited Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church on Wednesday afternoon and were found dead after shots rang out. Police determined Rodriguez killed Castillo, […]




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OSBI investigates 12-year-old’s death after assault at church

| January 12, 2012 | 0 Comments



WASHITA COUNTY, Okla. – Agents with the Oklahoma Bureau of Investigation are looking into the death of a 12-year-old boy following youth services at a Washita County church Wednesday night. Lane B. Madison and a 13-year-old boy got into an altercation at the Cordell First Baptist Church around 8 p.m. During the fight, Madison's head […]




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Arsonists could face federal charges for firebombing of Rutherford synagogue

| January 12, 2012 | 0 Comments



RUTHERFORD — The person — or persons — who threw Molotov cocktails through the windows of the Congregation Beth El synagogue Wednesday face a minimum of 40 years in prison, authorities said. An FBI official said they have been involved for two weeks "in a support capacity" with the Bergen County Prosecutor's office investigation into […]




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Church Holds Meeting on Volunteer’s Sex Crimes Arrest

| January 12, 2012 | 0 Comments



SCOTTSDALE – The child pornography arrest of a Scottsdale church babysitter has left a congregation stunned. 26-year-old Christian Turcios was a volunteer babysitter at Highland Church in north Scottsdale, and was later hired on as a custodian a week before he was arrested. Police say he would take positions with access to children so that […]




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Man Drove Car Into Church, Set It Afire, Police Say

| January 12, 2012 | 0 Comments



MARYSVILLE, Ohio — A Philadelphia man accused of driving a car into his former Ohio church, setting the building on fire and watching it burn has been charged with arson. Sheriff Jamie Patton in central Ohio's Union County says 30-year-old Stephen Beightler was arrested early Tuesday. Patton says Beightler drove the BMW into the doors […]




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Accused St. Matthew Embezzler Waives Preliminary Hearing

| January 12, 2012 | 0 Comments



A former St. Matthew secretary accused of embezzling more than $200,000 from the school waived a preliminary hearing Wednesday. Darlene A. Vodvarka, 57, of Oak Creek, waived the hearing in Milwaukee County Circuit Court Wednesday and is now clear to stand trial on two counts of theft of more than $10,000. If convicted, she could […]




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$1M for Church Fire Suspect

| January 12, 2012 | 0 Comments



MARYSVILLE — Stephen Beightler smiled in front of a judge in a Union County Court at 8 a.m. Wednesday. Bond was set at $1Million. Beightler said that yesterday was "the happiest day of my life." The Union County Sheriff's Office charged Stephen A Beightler, 30 of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with one count of arson and one […]




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S.A. man and woman die at church altar in Helotes

| January 12, 2012 | 0 Comments



HELOTES — A San Antonio man and woman were found dead near the altar of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church here in what police said appeared to be a murder-suicide. Security cameras inside the Helotes church recorded the pair walking toward the main altar, police Lt. Elliott Rodriguez said. They did not appear agitated, […]




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Officials, community leaders urge vigilance from Bergen County residents after firebombing of Rutherford synagogue

| January 11, 2012 | 0 Comments



HACKENSACK — Officials and community leaders in Bergen County are calling for a "higher level of awareness" from area residents after a series of bias crimes on Jewish temples, including the firebombing of a synagogue Wednesday. "I don't think that this is the type of offense that we should just have a higher level of […]




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Prosecutor: Rutherford synagogue was firebombed in attempted murder

| January 11, 2012 | 0 Comments



RUTHERFORD — Arsonists threw Molotov cocktails into the windows of an Orthodox synagogue while the rabbi and his family slept inside early this morning, authorities said. Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli today told reporters Congregation Beth El on Montross Avenue was firebombed by one or more arsonists who threw multiple explosive devices into the temple […]




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Three Charged In Historic Pa. Church Fire

| January 9, 2012 | 0 Comments



Two men and a woman were charged over the weekend with arson-related offenses in the October torching of a historic Delaware County camp-meeting church and two cottages used for summer retreats. The suspects are not affiliated with the Chester Heights Camp Meeting, a nondenominational Christian retreat south of Route 1, State Trooper Rosemarie McGuire said. […]




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Sullivan synagogue gets support after Torah scroll theft

| January 9, 2012 | 0 Comments



MONTICELLO — Shock, outrage and sadness filled Monticello's oldest synagogue Sunday afternoon in response to the theft of its sacred Torah scroll two weeks ago. Inside the Landfield Avenue Synagogue, about 75 people gathered to show their support and ask for the return of the scroll. "When God sees that so many people care, he […]




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Crime spree targets multiple churches

| January 9, 2012 | 0 Comments



Rhonda Hampton, pastor at Wings of Victory Church in Corbin, was alarmed to find her church's front door smashed. "It appeared to be just a rock thrown through the front door, but it had been pried open," described Hampton of the church's front door. The same shock was likely felt at three other churches around […]




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