Tag: Arson

Arson training at burned Tucson church

| June 18, 2010 | 0 Comments



Almost two months ago, Northwest Community Friends Church suffered severe damage due to arson. Thursday Northwest Firefighters used the church as a training ground for its 22-recruits. Recruits practiced using tools to create verticals vents on the roof and simulated a search and rescue. "They're getting experience like i said that rarely occurs for a […]




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Massachusetts Man Pleads Guilty to Racially Motivated Church Arson

| June 17, 2010 | 1 Comment



WASHINGTON—The Justice Department today announced that Benjamin Haskell, 23, of Springfield, Mass., pleaded guilty to a superseding information charging him with two crimes related to the burning of the Macedonia Church of God in Christ, a predominantly African-American church, in Springfield on the morning after President Barack Obama was elected as the first African-American president […]




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9-year term likely in church arson

| June 17, 2010 | 0 Comments



SPRINGFIELD – Years before he was convicted of torching a predominantly black church, the signs of a budding and bitter racist were there, a prosecutor said Wednesday. Benjamin F. Haskell, 23, one of three city men accused of burning the Macedonia Church of God in Christ hours after the 2008 presidential election, pleaded guilty to […]




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Suffolk woman charged with threatening to bomb or burn church

| June 17, 2010 | 0 Comments



Tracy Townsend Anderson, 48, was arrested Wednesday and charged with a felony for threatening to bomb or burn her church, according to a police report. Anderson, a member of Macedonia Baptist Church, is accused of threatening to burn down the building with everyone in it, according to a news release by City spokeswoman Debbie George. […]




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Fires at church, pastor’s house investigated for arson

| June 17, 2010 | 0 Comments



CROMWELL, Ky. — Fires at a church and at the home of its pastor in Ohio County, Ky., are being investigated as arson by Kentucky State Police. According to state police, at 11:10 p.m. Tuesday, Ohio County dispatch received a report of a structure fire at “There is Hope Community Church” on Old Bethel Church […]




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CHURCH LETS NWFD FIREFIGHTERS TRAIN AT ARSON SITE

| June 16, 2010 | 0 Comments



The Community Friends Church at 5950 N. La Canada Drive suffered damage from an arson fire Friday, April 30, but church personnel are trying to ensure some good comes from it. That’s why they invited the Northwest Fire District Academy recruits to get some real-life experience by training with the damaged portions of the church. […]




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Pastor’s son pleads guilty in church fire

| June 14, 2010 | 0 Comments



WINDER — Two of the three men charged with arson in a 2005 fire that destroyed New Life Deliverance Church pleaded guilty this morning in Barrow County Superior Court. Prosecutors believe the Rev. Quincy Arnold, 50, of Lawrenceville, asked his 25-year-old son Maurice Arnold to burn down his New Life Deliverance Church in December 2005. […]




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Change of plea hearing set for 1 accused in church arson

| June 12, 2010 | 0 Comments



One of three white men charged in the 2008 arson of a predominantly black church in Springfield shortly after the election of President Obama will change his plea to guilty next week in federal court, according to court documents and people familiar with the case. Benjamin Haskell, 23, has pleaded not guilty to a charge […]




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Arson, theft suspect ruled fit for trial

| June 12, 2010 | 0 Comments



An Ottawa woman charged with stealing more than $100,000 from her church — and allegedly setting two fires to cover up the theft — was ruled fit to stand trial Friday. With the fitness question now settled, 42-year-old Terri L. James was scheduled for trial July 12. James, the wife of a former state’s attorney, […]




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Guilty plea expected in Mass. black church arson

| June 11, 2010 | 0 Comments



BOSTON – A person familiar with the investigation says one of the three white men who allegedly torched a predominantly black church in western Massachusetts because they were angry with President Barack Obama’s election has agreed to plead guilty. Benjamin Haskell is due for a change of plea hearing Tuesday in federal court in Springfield. […]




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Judge to decide order of trials in church fire

| June 10, 2010 | 0 Comments



WINDER – The preacher and son charged with burning down New Life Deliverance Ministries Church in 2005 will return to Barrow County Superior Court on Monday to determine which of the two will stand trial first. Judge Currie Mingledorff agreed to separate trials for pastor Quincy Arnold, 50, and his son, Maurice Arnold, 25, though […]




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Man arrested after fire starts in Eugene church

| June 8, 2010 | 0 Comments



Pastor Mark Harpham said he doesn’t know Justin Klein — the man police suspect of breaking into Harpham’s church Sunday evening and setting a fire that damaged some items and filled much of the building with smoke. “I don’t know who he is, so I don’t think this was a personal thing,” said Harpham, who […]




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Man charged in connection with midtown church fire

| June 2, 2010 | 0 Comments



TUCSON, AZ (KOLD) – Police have charged 30-year-old Gabriel Villaescusa with several counts in connection with a church fire Tuesday on Park Avenue near Grant. He's facing one count of arson, one count of criminal damage, and six counts of endangerment for the people who were inside the church. The flames that scorched the front […]




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Judge rules against arson defendant

| May 29, 2010 | 1 Comment



SPRINGFIELD – After five days of testimony it took a federal judge about five seconds to deny a motion to suppress a videotaped confession by a defendant in a church burning. "The ruling here is not close," U.S. District Court Michael A. Ponsor told lawyers involved in the prosecution of the Nov. 5, 2008, arson […]




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Arson case confession presented

| May 28, 2010 | 1 Comment



SPRINGFIELD – At first blush, the 22-year-old part-time handyman may have seemed an unlikely suspect for a hate crime. Thomas A. Gleason Jr., a Sixteen Acres kid, was perhaps slightly troubled, but seemed affable enough when a state trooper and an FBI agent first began questioning him in a tiny interview room at the courthouse […]




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