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Man accused of breaking into church that offered him help

| October 10, 2011 | 0 Comments



MEMPHIS, TN – (WMC-TV) – A Memphis man is suspected a robbing a church that helped him just days before. According to COGIC Pastor Aaron Litzsey, the suspect was first seen at New Bethel during a community outreach event. "At first, he just said, 'I'm so hungry, I'm just so hungry,'" Litzsey said. Church members […]




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Man kills pastor, locals beat accused to death

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In a tragic incident, pastor of a local church at Badaraxi under K. Balang police station in Sundergarh district on Sunday was allegedly killed by a person. Police claim that the accused was “mentally” deranged. When the incident came to light on Sunday, the local villagers, in a fit of rage, attacked the culprit and […]




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Chatham priest murder trial will begin next week

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A jury of 16 Morris County residents is expected to be impaneled Monday to hear the trial of the church custodian charged with fatally stabbing the Rev. Edward Hinds in Chatham two years ago. County prosecutors and two defense lawyers spent nearly all of September and the first week of this month prequalifying a pool […]




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Fires Set In Long Island Church Under Construction

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LEVITTOWN, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Fires were set in the early morning hours at an Orthodox Catholic church under construction on Long Island. Authorities say cardboard boxes and wood crates in four separate places were ignited before dawn Sunday at the St. Thomas Malankara Orthodox Catholic Church in Levittown. It took four fire trucks and 20 […]




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Pastor William Boss, wounded in Lakeland church shooting, speaks

| October 9, 2011 | 0 Comments



Lakeland, Florida — He was shot in the head while kneeling in prayer. For the first time since last month's church shooting in Lakeland, Pastor William Boss is speaking out, and says he considers his very survival to be the product of divine intervention. Pastor Boss remembers images from that Sunday morning three weeks ago. […]




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Court considers Georgia ban on guns in church

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Atlanta— There's a legal battle brewing in Georgia over whether licensed gun owners should be allowed to carry firearms to churches, synagogues, mosques and other places of worship after state lawmakers banned them from doing so last year. The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta heard arguments Thursday on a lawsuit brought by […]




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Ex-school board member pleads in church theft case

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ST. FRANCISVLLE, La. (AP) — A former East Feliciana Parish School Board member has pleaded no contest to felony theft in connection with a scheme to divert funds meant for a West Feliciana Parish church. The Advocate reports 80-year-old Oliver Wingfield of Jackson entered the plea Thursday before state District Judge William G. Carmichael, who […]




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Woman pleads guilty in Visalia church embezzlement case

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A church bookkeeper who stole more than $2 million from collection plates over a period of seven years at Visalia First Assembly of God Church pleaded guilty Friday to 13 counts of felony embezzlement and money laundering with special allegations, according to the Tulare County District Attorney's Office. Sandra Arreola, 52, faces 11 years in […]




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Ex-business manager pleads not guilty in Santa Rosa church embezzlement

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The Guerneville woman accused of embezzling more than $712,000 from a Santa Rosa church started small, writing a few unauthorized checks to herself for several hundred dollars apiece, prosecutors said Wednesday. But over time, Eleanor Jane Zapanta, 51, business manager at the Center for Spiritual Living on Occidental Road, apparently grew bold. She began writing […]




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Ex-deacon accused of theft from Cresskill church

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CRESSKILL — A former deacon and pastoral associate at St. Therese Lisieux Church has been charged with stealing $53,000 from the church to pay his credit card bill and buy airline tickets, authorities said. Investigators arrested James Looby, 51, of Texas, on Wednesday on two counts of theft, Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli said. […]




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Second suspect arrested in New Sarpy church fire

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The St. Charles Parish Sheriff's Office says it has arrested a second suspect in Monday's burning of a New Sarpy Church. Jerry Cotton, 60, of 266 St. Charles St., New Sarpy, turned himself in to authorities Thursday afternoon. He was booked with simple arson and simple burglary of a religious building. Bond had not been […]




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Teenager Charged In Fire At New Hope Baptist Church in Winston-Salem

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Winston-Salem, NC– A teenager is in a juvenile detention center charged with intentionally setting a church fire. Capt. David Clayton, with the Winston-Salem Police Department, tells WFMY that they arrested a teenaged male. He was officially charged on September 29. Clayton said the boy is charged with setting the July 6 fire at New Hope […]




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Matamoros bishop confirms priest was kidnapped

| October 9, 2011 | 0 Comments



Bishop Ruy Rendon has about a month on the job in the Diocese of Matamoros but he's learning that he's got his work cut out for him. At a recent press conference, Bishop Rendon confirmed that Catholic priests in the northeastern Mexico are not immune to the drug cartel violence around them. Bishop Rendon told […]




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2 girls accused of dumping paint inside Norfolk church building

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NORFOLK — Investigators say two girls caused more than $5,000 in damage to a Norfolk church. Tony Suarez, the senior pastor of the Pentecostals of Norfolk, says the church recently acquired a building on Willow Wood Drive and that it'd been vandalized three times in the last 10 days. "Paint dumped all over the floors, […]




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Man sentenced in church embezzlement

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GREENVILLE, Tenn. (ABP) – A man convicted of conspiring with his mother to steal $1.5 million from a Tennessee Baptist church was sentenced Oct. 4 to just over four years in prison. Senior U.S. District Judge Leon Jordan sentenced Michael Dean Whitt, 44, to 51 months in federal prison, the maximum allowed by law, for […]




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