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Lafayette churches watchful after crime

| May 8, 2011 | 0 Comments



LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Churches often deal with sin, but Lafayette spiritual leaders said even they aren't immune to crime. The saints peering around St. Lawrence Catholic Church no longer see any signs of sin. It's all been cleared after a break-in to the church and it's parish office that was reported on April 26, […]




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Cumbria police warning over thefts of lead from church roofs

| May 5, 2011 | 0 Comments



Police have issued advice to churches in north and west Cumbria following a rise in lead thefts. Raids have taken place at churches in Longtown, Wetheral and Silloth in the last four to six weeks. Claire Stevens, a crime prevention officer with Cumbria police, said: “There has been an increase in the number of lead […]




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Church camp thief sentenced

| May 5, 2011 | 0 Comments



BUCYRUS — An Indiana man was sentenced to three years probation in Crawford County Common Pleas Court on Wednesday after admitting to stealing money from the Peniel Holiness Camp near Sycamore. Jeffrey Blan-kenship, 47, of Fort Wayne, Ind., admitted stealing $9,786.85 from the camp between Jan. 8, 2007, and July 13, 2009, while serving as […]




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Teen gets jail time in church arson

| May 5, 2011 | 0 Comments



NASHVILLE, Ind. (The Republic) – A Columbus teen has been sentenced to a year and a half in jail for his role in an arson that destroyed a historic Brown County church in July. Dalton J. Poe, 19, pleaded guilty to one charge of institutional criminal mischief, a Class D felony. according to a revised […]




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Pastor, accused of molestation, pleads guilty to stealing money from church

| May 5, 2011 | 0 Comments



The former pastor of Bloomingdale’s New Harvest International Ministries, Kenneth Terrell, pleaded guilty today to stealing money from his church. Terrell, 46, was indicted on Jan. 4 on wire fraud charges. He pleaded guilty today to embezzling at least $200,000 from the church over more than four years while serving as pastor. Terrell handled the […]




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Former Pastor Accused of Embezzling $10,000 from Church

| May 5, 2011 | 0 Comments



ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, N.C. (WGHP) — A former pastor in Rockingham County has been charged with stealing more than $10,000 from his own church. John Albert Jackson, 61, of 5335 Lewey Lane in Winston-Salem, was arrested Tuesday and charged with one felony count of embezzlement. Jackson had been pastor of the Goodwill First Baptist Church on […]




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Inver Grove Heights Pastor Charged With Swindling Church

| May 5, 2011 | 0 Comments



INVER GROVE HEIGHTS, Minn. – A pastor at an Inver Grove Heights, Minn. church has been charged with fabricating expenses to the tune of more than $55,000. Leon Edwill Piepenbrink, 51, of St. Paul, is charged with seven counts of theft-by-swindle for fabricating expenses and stealing money from the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Church Synod. The […]




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Former lawman charged with assault on preacher

| May 5, 2011 | 0 Comments



A former law enforcement officer faces criminal charges after authorities say he attacked a local pastor at his church on Sunday and assaulted two other people the night before. Houston County District Attorney Doug Valeska asked the court to order 73-year-old Donald Lee Cobb held without bond after deputies with the Houston County Sheriff’s Office […]




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Chatham priest searched for criminal record of man accused in his killing, investigator says

| May 3, 2011 | 0 Comments



CHATHAM — The Rev. Edward Hinds’ computer was used to search for information on Jose Feliciano and his criminal record during the two months before the former church custodian allegedly killed the former Chatham priest, an investigator testified today. Hinds’ computer, taken from the rectory at St. Patrick Church, listed three working accounts, all using […]




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Ex-custodian accused in Chatham priest slaying was not fingerprinted for background check

| May 3, 2011 | 0 Comments



CHATHAM — The administrative assistant at a Chatham church testified today that former church custodian Jose Feliciano hadn’t complied with a requirement to be fingerprinted two months before he is accused of killing the former parish priest. Administrative assistant Jeannine Sorrentino testified at a hearing where the prosecutor is seeking to gain permission to introduce […]




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Asian church leaders warn of possible backlash after bin Laden’s death

| May 3, 2011 | 0 Comments



LAHORE, Pakistan – A retired archbishop said Pakistani Christians could suffer a backlash after the death of 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden, but it also might return balance to the nation. In India and Philippines, Catholic leaders also warned of backlash. “We are a soft target as they cannot attack America,” said retired Archbishop Lawrence […]




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Three Arrested In Danville Church Embezzlement Scam

| May 3, 2011 | 0 Comments



DANVILLE, Calif. — Three people associated with St. Isidore Church in Danville have been charged with embezzlement for allegedly stealing $580,000 in church funds, according to Danville police and church officials. Police Chief Steve Simpkins said the Contra Costa County District Attorney's Office charged Kathleen Dake, 58, of Blackhawk, and Virgilio Lukban, 46, of Danville, […]




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Church vandalized for third time: ‘I’m afraid it’s going to escalate’

| May 3, 2011 | 0 Comments



EUGENE, Ore. – On Saturday afternoon, Reverend Claude Smith drove up to his church on Marshall Street in Eugene only to find vandals had knocked down the church sign. "To do vandalism on a church, in my opinion, it's cowardliness," said Smith. This isn't the first time the Chapel of Praise church has been vandalized. […]




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Chicago cops keeping eye on religious institutions

| May 2, 2011 | 0 Comments



Chicago police say they are keeping an eye on religious institutions as a precaution in the wake of Osama bin Laden's death at the hands of U.S. special forces. The department has not issued a heightened alert, but officers are paying closer attention to mosques and synagogues, particularly in the Rogers Park and West Rogers […]




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Security urged for Christians in Pakistan after death of Osama bin Laden

| May 2, 2011 | 0 Comments



Karachi: May 2, 2011. (PCP) Dr. Nazir S Bhatti, President of Pakistan Christian Congress PCC have feared violence against Christian after death of Osama Bin Laden by US forces in Pakistan and urged government of Pakistan to adopt necessary security measures of Christian’s life and property. Pakistani Christians have been easy prey of Islamic extremists […]




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