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Church faces fire and burglary with faith

| August 8, 2011 | 0 Comments



The easy question to ask, Pastor Al Saucedo told his congregation Sunday morning, is "Who would burn a church?" But that is not the question that a Christian should be asking. The right question, he told the worshippers packed into the small annex building behind the fire-gutted main sanctuary of the Valley View Church of […]




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Ex-boyfriend charged in stabbing outside Mount Vernon church

| August 8, 2011 | 0 Comments



MOUNT VERNON — An "infatuated" ex-boyfriend with a criminal record was accused today of stabbing his former girlfriend as she left choir practice at a Mount Vernon church. Jonathan Green, 38, of 49-51 Elm Ave., Mount Vernon, was charged with attempted murder in Wednesday night's attack on Sharon Winston, 53, of White Plains. Green and […]




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Former janitor charged with burning church in Grand Rapids, Minn.

| August 8, 2011 | 0 Comments



A disgruntled former church janitor was charged Thursday with starting a fire that caused $50,000 in damage to United Methodist Church in Grand Rapids last month. Authorities say Robert Evans Shepard told them he also threw eggs at the window of the church pastor’s office, ran over a handicapped parking sign in the parking lot […]




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Superior, Wis., church finds two fake money orders in offering plate

| August 8, 2011 | 0 Comments



The last place parishioners of Faith United Methodist Church expected to find bogus money was in the offering plate. But during a July 24 worship service in Billings Park, someone dropped not one but two fake money orders in the plate. “It kind of boggles my mind,” said Joel Certa-Werner, church pastor. Each of the […]




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Prosecutors seek death penalty for alleged killer of Arlington pastor, prompting mixed feelings in congregation

| August 5, 2011 | 0 Comments



ARLINGTON, TX— It is a difficult decision to reconcile for members of First Baptist Arlington, who are coping with the reality that Tarrant County prosecutors will seek the death penalty in a murder case close to their hearts. "I have conflict inside of me because I am a Christian minister," Senior Pastor, Dr. Dennis Wiles, […]




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Pastor indicted for embezzling Christian bank funds

| August 5, 2011 | 0 Comments



The first criminal division of the Seoul Central District Prosecutors’ Office announced Wednesday that it had arrested and indicted Pastor Kang Bo-young, 65, on fraud charges for misappropriating 2.38 billion won ($2.3M) received from 284 ministers and congregation members as investment for the establishment of a Christian social welfare bank modeled on the microlender Grameen […]




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Choir, children watch woman stabbed outside church, says witness

| August 5, 2011 | 0 Comments



A church celebration was marred by violence Wednesday after a woman was stabbed in front of children and choir members, according to a witness. The stabbing occurred shortly before 9 p.m. outside The Greater centennial A.M.E Zion Church at 312 So. 8th Ave. in Mount Vernon as a choir left the building and an end-of-session […]




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Dickinson church arsonist sentenced to 6 years

| August 5, 2011 | 0 Comments



A judge sentenced a 21-year-old Dickinson man who set fire to a church to six years in prison during a hearing at the Stark County Courthouse Tuesday. Joshua Whitworth was charged with burglary, theft of property and arson after breaking into the Church of Christ in Dickinson, stealing $130 and starting a fire to destroy […]




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Plaque commemorating war dead stolen from church in Willaston

| August 5, 2011 | 0 Comments



PLAQUES honouring the memory of the area’s war dead has been prised off a memorial stone. Metal thieves, branded ‘abhorrent’ by police, stooped to a new low at the weekend when the plaques, displaying the names of local soldiers lost during both world wars, were taken from the memorial stone at Christ Church, Neston Road, […]




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Church bowling league treasurer charged with theft

| August 5, 2011 | 0 Comments



The treasurer of a church bowling league was charged Tuesday with the theft of $11,000 in funds, Richland police said. John E. Bishop, 58, of Lansdale, was arraigned in Quakertown on charges of theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property. Richland Detective Ray Aleman said the theft from the Quakertown Community Church Bowling League […]




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Man Shot After Leaping from Ambulance, Stabbing Officer in Church

| July 31, 2011 | 0 Comments



Investigators are trying to unravel the mysterious circumstances that lead to the shooting death of a man who, after being released from jail, leaped out of a moving ambulance and later stabbed an officer with a butcher knife. The bizarre chain of events started about 3:00 p.m. Saturday after the suspect posted bail at the […]




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N.J. Catholic Priest Gets 5-Year Jail for $200,000 Theft

| July 30, 2011 | 0 Comments



A 65-year-old Catholic priest, recovering from alcoholism and suicidal tendencies, was sentenced Friday to five years in prison by a New Jersey court for stealing $300 a week from the parish for 20 years. The Rev. Joseph Davis, the former pastor of St. Therese Roman Catholic Church in Succasunna, N.J., admitted to pocketing $300 a […]




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Worshipper robbed while praying in Benton Harbor church

| July 30, 2011 | 0 Comments



BENTON HARBOR — An afternoon of prayer turned into a robbery Friday. Police say a man was robbed a little after 2 Friday afternoon while praying inside St. John and Bernard Parish, which is off Columbus and Catalpa streets in Benton Harbor. Detectives said they have seen it all — mostly break-ins and robberies in […]




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Warrant issued in church burglary

| July 30, 2011 | 0 Comments



CHIPPEWA FALLS – The Chippewa County Sheriff's Department has issued an arrest warrant for a man accused of breaking into a Chippewa Falls church in July 2009. Taylor V. Powers, 20, 4617 147th St., Chippewa Falls, was charged in May in Chippewa County Court with one count of burglary to a building, which carries a […]




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Catholic staffer accused of embezzling $1.2m

| July 30, 2011 | 0 Comments



A Catholic education worker allegedly defrauded ACT schools of more than $1million, using an intricate web of fake identities, offshore bank accounts and deceptive transactions. A worker inside the Catholic Education Office, which administers and supports the Church's schools, is accused of secretly embezzling $1.2million since 2004, using it to fund a life of excess […]




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