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Hinsdale church with hacked phone line won’t have to pay $27,000 bill

| April 3, 2012 | 0 Comments



Officials still don't know who hacked into a Hinsdale church's phone lines last year and made $27,000 worth of calls to Libya, but one thing is certain: The church won't have to pass the collection plate to pay for them. AT&T said Monday that the Unitarian Church of Hinsdale will not be charged for the […]




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Final church arsonist to spend much of sentence on work release

| April 3, 2012 | 0 Comments



Before a gallery of his supporters, Aaron Kyle Rider learned his fate for setting the fire that destroyed the 118-year-old Grandview Apostolic Church in Brown County nearly two years ago. On Monday morning, Judge Judith Stewart handed down a seven-year sentence that included more than three years on work release from the Brown County Jail, […]




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Church burglars steal gift cards before Easter Sunday

| April 3, 2012 | 0 Comments



A local Lutheran school was burglarized just as they were preparing for Easter Sunday service. During the preparation, some people noticed a window on the side of the school smashed, a closet broken into and valuable gift cards missing. Stealing from a church the weekend before Easter. It's a cruel proposition but one Messiah Lutheran […]




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Millville police: Chaperone sexually assaults 13-year-old in church during ‘Youth Night’

| April 3, 2012 | 0 Comments



MILLVILLE — A 25-year-old man allegedly sexually assaulted a 13-year-old child while serving as a chaperone at a church “Youth Night,” and police said they are investigating the possibility that there could be more victims. Mark Jermaine Johnson, of Duchess Place in Gouldtown, was charged with sexual assault, criminal sexual contact, endangering the welfare of […]




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Flint police fail to respond to rape at downtown church, pastor says

| April 3, 2012 | 0 Comments



FLINT, MI — The pastor of a Flint church says that Flint police failed to respond to a report of a rape at his church last week, leaving church staff to prevent the suspect from assaulting a second woman nearly an hour later. Flint authorities disagree with the description of their response. Genesee County Sheriff […]




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Burnsville Minister Accused of Swindling Church Out of Thousands

| April 3, 2012 | 0 Comments



A former youth minister at a Burnsville church has been charged with swindling the church out of more than $8,000 between August and December last year. John Glenn Mertes, 40, is charged with theft by swindle, a felony with a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine. According to the criminal […]




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Church reopens for Palm Sunday after burglary, arson

| April 3, 2012 | 0 Comments



SALISBURY, Pa. —  A church renovation is complete, and the congregation celebrated its strength after overcoming a burglary and arson that halted construction in December. It's been a long four months for the Oak Dale Mennonite Church in Salisbury. The church had a lot to clean up, but said Palm Sunday marked a new beginning, […]




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Bishop of Monmouth warns of witchcraft break-ins on church property

| March 31, 2012 | 0 Comments



Witches have been breaking into churches and graveyards to perform black magic rituals, a leading Church in Wales cleric has revealed. Bishop of Monmouth Dominic Walker said the incidents coincided with a resurgence in witchcraft in recent years, with the number of occult groups performing both wicca – or white magic – and black magic […]




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Clegg found guilty of setting fire to church

| March 31, 2012 | 0 Comments



Victor Rudolph Clegg Jr. is now labeled an arsonist in two states. A female-dominated Des Moines County jury deliberated for nearly five hours Friday and found the 43-year-old Burlington man guilty of second-degree arson, in connection with the three fires that heavily damaged the Union Baptist Church last April. The panel, however, did not find […]




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Rev John Suddards: mourners pay tribute to murdered vicar

| March 31, 2012 | 0 Comments



Reverend John Suddards, 59, was discovered dead in his vicarage by builders on St Valentine's Day. On Saturday he was given a last goodbye in the church where he was installed as priest only eight-and-a-half months ago. The news of his death sent shock waves through the clergy and the close-knit community in Thornbury, South […]




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Man with 100 charges accused of burglarizing church

| March 31, 2012 | 0 Comments



In his life, Thomas Fuller, 52, has amassed more than 100 criminal charges. On Wednesday, he added to that total, the Sarasota Police Department said. According to a press release, at about 3:35 a.m. that morning, officers responded to an alarm in the music room of the Church of the Redeemer, 222 S. Palm Ave. […]




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Bumbling, fumbling burglars break into church

| March 31, 2012 | 0 Comments



HUMBLE, Texas –  Police in Humble are looking for the two men described as "bumbling burglars" who broke into a church and fumbled around before they stole $120 in cash. According to police, the burglary happened at the First Baptist Church in the 19900 block of E. Townsen Blvd on Sunday. Investigators said the men […]




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Bossier police seek church burglars

| March 31, 2012 | 0 Comments



The Bossier City police are asking for the assistance of the public to find the burglar or burglars responsible for the robbery of three Bossier churches. Bossier Crime Stoppers is offering a $375 reward for any information that leads to the capture of the robbers. The thefts happened earlier this week at Barksdale Methodist Church […]




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Former Burnsville youth minister charged with stealing from church

| March 29, 2012 | 0 Comments



A former youth minister is accused of stealing $8,000 from a Burnsville church last year. John Glenn Mertes, 40, of Burnsville appeared this week in Dakota County District Court on a felony charge of theft by swindle involving the alleged thefts in 2011. Burnsville police said the case involves Mary, Mother of the Church at […]




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Church vandal gets 6-year prison sentence

| March 29, 2012 | 0 Comments



A man with an extensive criminal record was sentenced to six years in prison Tuesday for the vandalism of a church and burglaries of a business and a residence in La Grande in January. Victor E. Marlitt, 24, pled guilty to one count of burglary in the first degree, two counts of burglary in the […]




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