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Bomb Threats Tighten Security at Church

| April 22, 2013 | 0 Comments



Since Kaufman County District Attorney, Mike McLelland, and his wife, Cynthia, had been found murdered in their home in Forney, Texas on March 30, 2013, subsequent services, to honor the couple, were handled with the tightest security. Around 6:15 p.m., Thursday evening, April 4th, while ensuring the safety for those who would attend the family […]




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Judge has stern words for Baptist church bookkeeper accused of stealing thousands

| April 22, 2013 | 0 Comments



GRAND RAPIDS, MI — The parents of Gerolanita Bailey referenced a comforting bit of scripture as they reminded Kent Circuit Judge Dennis Leiber in a letter that the "Lord's tender mercies are over all his works." Though that may be true, embezzling thousands of dollars from a Grand Rapids church is anything but a tender […]




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Southern Illinois pastor admits to embezzling funds, sentenced to prison

| April 22, 2013 | 0 Comments



The former administrative pastor of the House of Prayer in Albion, Ill., has been sentenced to three years in prison after admitting he embezzled more than $250,000 from his church. Jason G. Laws, 44, entered a negotiated guilty plea Thurday to a felony charge of theft over $100,000, a class-2 felony. Circuit Judge Mark Shaner […]




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Deputy, as church security, reports sex assault

| April 22, 2013 | 0 Comments



HARRISON TWP. —  Montgomery County sheriff’s detectives are investigating an alleged rape at a Harrison Twp. church. Detectives arrested 19-year-old Blake Cole on Tuesday night at the Fort McKinley United Methodist Church, in the 3700 block of West Siebenthaler Avenue. According to a sheriff’s office report, the accuser is a juvenile male. The report revealed […]




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Man charged with 10 counts in theft from church fund

| April 22, 2013 | 0 Comments



A Dodge County man suspected of stealing as much as $250,000 from his church's endowment fund has been charged with 10 counts of theft and four counts of identity theft. James Schlieve of Ixonia has admitted taking at least $190,000 from Zion Lutheran Church in Ashippun, where he served on the church council and controlled […]




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Southern Ontario priest accused of stealing thousands from his church

| April 22, 2013 | 0 Comments



LONDON — A former Catholic priest is accused of pilfering $180,000 from his parish. The OPP charged Rev. Robert Couture, who served at St. Patrick's and Blessed Sacrament churches in London from 1990-2002, with one count of theft over $5,000 after the London diocese contacted police in 2011 to report missing money. The diocese completed […]




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Orleans County: Nun admits stealing $128,000; faces jail time

| April 22, 2013 | 0 Comments



ALBION — A Catholic nun faces up to six months in jail after she admitted in Orleans County Court Monday to stealing $128,000 from two churches where she served. Sister Mary Anne Rapp, 68, first waived her right to a grand jury proceeding before accepting the plea deal offered to her by District Attorney Joseph […]




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Pastor After Church Murder: ‘It was A Nightmare’

| March 31, 2013 | 0 Comments



ASHTABULA, Ohio — Easter weekend came to a deadly end after police said a man shot and killed his father right outside of a church. It happened at Hiawatha Church of God in Christ around 1:15p.m. Sunday. At least 140 people were inside the church when everyone heard a gun shot. There were several children […]




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Child porn linked to church IP address

| March 29, 2013 | 0 Comments



INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — Computers, computer equipment and unknown items in boxes were removed from the rectory office of St. Ann’s Catholic Church on Tuesday in Independence, Mo. Federal investigators said on February 5, between 6:30 and 7:30 in the morning, there were two downloads of child pornography from peer-to-peer file sharing sites to an IP […]




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Woman robbed inside Lakeview church, say police

| March 29, 2013 | 0 Comments



NEW ORLEANS – As Catholics mark the beginning of Holy Week, police are investigating an alarming crime inside a Lakeview church. As parishioners headed into Palm Sunday Mass at St. Dominic Church in Lakeview , they reflected on a shocking crime that happened inside earlier this week. “You would think coming to church you would […]




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Confessed voyeur taped sex acts in church bathroom

| March 29, 2013 | 0 Comments



An East Hartford man accused of hiding a camera in a bathroom of a Glastonbury church also videotaped himself conducting a sexual act with some of his victims, including a 16-year-old girl, according to affidavits unsealed Friday. Glastonbury police said they also found videos recorded in the bathroom of girls as young as 5. The […]




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Church janitor faces sex abuse charges in District Court

| March 29, 2013 | 0 Comments



The church janitor who reportedly posed as a youth leader and sexually assaulted three underage girls will soon face District Court. Convicted sex offender James David Jaure is faced with five new charges involving sexual abuse of a minor. The 29-year-old worked at Highland Park Community Church as a custodian but would frequent the youth […]




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Pennsylvania State Police say school secretary/bookkeeper admits to $315,545 theft

| March 29, 2013 | 0 Comments



A former Catholic school secretary and bookkeeper was arrested on theft charges after auditors accused her of stealing $315,545 in a scheme involving tuition and gift cards. Pennsylvania State Police said today that Lynn M. Tomlinson, 43, of Valencia, told them she admitted to embezzlement when confronted by officials at Holy Sepulcher Catholic School in […]




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Priest attacked in attempted armed robbery at Metairie church

| March 29, 2013 | 0 Comments



Authorities say two men who tried to rob a Metairie church hit a priest with a crowbar when he couldn't open up a safe on Sunday night. The unidentified priest had minor injuries and was treated at the scene, according to Col. John Fortunato, spokesman for the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office. The robbery attempt occurred […]




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Impulsive Pope Francis keeps security detail busy at inauguration

| March 29, 2013 | 0 Comments



Pope Francis was at it again on Tuesday when, during a huge inaugural Mass in St Peter's, he suddenly ordered the driver of his Popemobile to stop, climbed down from the shining white vehicle and kissed and blessed a severely disabled man in the middle of a crowd of around 100,000 people. Officers from the […]




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