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

| August 8, 2011

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 and left a red-painted doll stabbed with a kitchen knife on the church baptismal font.

Shepard, 66, of Grand Rapids was charged in an Itasca County courtroom with first-degree felony arson for the July 27 blaze that caused an estimated $50,000 in damage.

Shepard remains in the Itasca County Jail pending $50,000 bail.

 

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