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Arsonist sets fire to Korean church for 3rd time

| August 6, 2009 | 1 Comment



An arsonist set fire to a Korean church in Duluth on Wednesday for the third time in a year. The members of Zion United Methodist Church at 3258 Duluth Highway got a clue about the motive this time, when the culprit painted upside-down crosses and the word “Satan” on the building’s exterior in black spray […]




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Police looking for church thief

| August 5, 2009 | 0 Comments



The Slidell police are asking the community for help in catching a person who allegedly stole an iPod player from the purse of someone during a Mass at St. Margaret Mary Church July 26. Assistant Police Chief Jesse Simon said that church officials told police that a woman, who was caught on a surveillance camera […]




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Woman who stabbed Indian River priest says she couldn’t afford her medication

| August 5, 2009 | 0 Comments



VERO BEACH — The woman who is accused of stabbing a priest at Holy Cross Catholic Church now has a more earthly explanation for her actions. At the time of her arrest on April 26, Josephine Gatchell, 57, said the priest, the Rev. Michael Massaro, was the devil. Now, after months in jail, she blamed […]




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Church embezzlers rob congregations of trust, too

| August 5, 2009 | 0 Comments



For 24 years, Barbara Myers worked with Barry R. Herr in a small, religious office where everybody knew everybody. Co-workers all knew when someone’s family had a baby, a wedding or a death. But they didn’t know Herr was embezzling money — more than $1 million from the Lower Susquehanna Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran […]




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Accused of snatching a child from a church nursery

| August 5, 2009 | 0 Comments



KENTWOOD, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – The woman accused of stealing a baby from a church daycare faced a judge in Kent County on Tuesday.   At the hearing, a preliminary exam for Tabitha Reid was pushed back to allow for physical and psychological exams.   Police believe that Reid kidnapped one-year-old Savannah Nolf from the […]




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Kathmandu: Catholic priests receive death threats

| August 5, 2009 | 0 Comments



Kathmandu (AsiaNews) – Many Catholic priests have received grave threats from unknown callers claiming to be Hindu fundamentalists, urging them to leave the country “as soon as possible”. Fr Pius Perumana, who runs the Vianney pastoral centre in Godavari, told AsiaNews that in recent days strangers called him on the phone and told him that […]




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Metro Pastor Says Twitter Post Led to Hate Crime

| July 31, 2009 | 0 Comments



KANSAS CITY, MO – A metro pastor says that his church was the target of a hate crime which he says came in response to a message he posted on Twitter. Pastor Devan Taylor of the Beyond Four Walls Church says that somebody spray-painted racial slurs urging him to get out of town after he […]




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Plano man going to prison for stealing from church

| July 31, 2009 | 0 Comments



A Plano man was sentenced to 24 months in federal prison for stealing more than $1.2 million from Christian Life Assembly of God Church in Carrollton. Donald Patrick Blair, 46, pleaded guilty to mail fraud and making false statements on his tax return. He was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $1.5 […]




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4 teens wanted after church caretaker beaten

| July 31, 2009 | 0 Comments



CALGARY- Police are investigating a disturbing assault that saw a church caretaker pepper sprayed and beaten by teenagers. A group of four, three young men and a young woman, walked from the Elbow River pathway to the church parking lot in the 800 block of MacDonald Avenue S.E. Saturday night around 11:30 p.m. A caretaker […]




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Man arrested at concert on anniversary of church shootings

| July 28, 2009 | 0 Comments



KNOXVILLE (WATE) — As a Knoxville church and the public marked the anniversary of deadly shootings, a man was arrested. The sheriff's office says Daniel Robinson, 33, went to Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist to protest during services for the anniversary. After several verbal warnings to leave the church, Robinson kept yelling about issues he had […]




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Police: Arsonist Might Have Set Church Fire

| July 27, 2009 | 0 Comments



Mount Airy, NC — An arsonist might be responsible for the fire that destroyed the interior of a local church. A fire was started in a bathroom of Closer Walk Baptist Church early Sunday morning, according to Mount Airy Police Detective Tim Hodges. Fire and police arrived about 2:30 a.m. The church is located at […]




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Alleged babynapper steals baby clothes one month prior

| July 27, 2009 | 0 Comments



Wyoming, Mich. (WZZM) – More information is coming to light in the case of a woman accused of kidnapping a baby from a local church. Prosecutors say Tabitha Reid, 19, abducted 1-year-old Savannah Nolf from Kentwood Community Church's Daycare. Reid faces charges of kidnapping and child enticement and her lawyers say she plans to claim […]




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Mexican bishops threatened by drug cartels

| July 21, 2009 | 0 Comments



Mexico City, Jul 20, 2009 (EFE via COMTEX) — Three Catholic bishops in the westernMexican state of Michoacan have been threatened by drug traffickers,a church spokesman told Efe. "They asked them to stop condemning the illegal drug activity. Some parish priests have also started prevention programs anddenounced the groups that conduct retail drug sales and […]




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Church heist case solved

| July 20, 2009 | 0 Comments



CHENNAI: Suburban police arrested a 29-year-old man who was wanted in more than five cases of theft in the suburban areas. His interrogation also revealed that he had broken into the Annai Velankanni Church in Besant Nagar in April and looted cash from the donation box there. Peerkankarnai crime Inspector B Sahadevan was in the […]




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Grand jury indicts man in stabbing of priest

| July 18, 2009 | 0 Comments



CORPUS CHRISTI — A man accused of stabbing a priest May 8 after they both had celebrated Mass has been indicted, according to District Attorney Patrick Flanigan’s office. David Rodriguez, 36, was indicted by a San Patricio grand jury this week on an aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charge related to an attack on […]




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