Tag: Arson

Church cross set on fire in Lincoln County

| May 28, 2010 | 0 Comments



The Rev. Randolph Wray got the call early Thursday from a deacon: a 6-foot cross church members had put up outside the sanctuary about two weeks earlier was on fire. Wray, who lives in Shelby, drove to Edwards Chapel Baptist Church in the Toluca community of rural Lincoln County and talked to police. He learned […]




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Tipster led authorities to 3 men charged with setting Macedonia Church of God in Christ on fire hours after President Obama elected, court testimony indicates

| May 27, 2010 | 0 Comments



SPRINGFIELD – Days after a massive blaze erupted at a predominantly black church on the heels of the 2008 presidential election, a “concerned citizen” walked into the local police department and told the desk clerk he believed he knew who did it. According to testimony in ongoing evidentiary hearings in U.S. District Court, the unnamed […]




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Church arson suspects indicted

| May 26, 2010 | 1 Comment



TYLER, TX (KLTV) – It's a major development on the East Texas church fires. The two men accused of setting several churches on fire were formally charged Tuesday afternoon. This comes two weeks after the Smith County Grand Jury heard evidence against Jason Bourque and Daniel McAlister. As the news of the indictments became public, […]




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Computers Also Stolen From Church That Burned Down

| May 25, 2010 | 0 Comments



Miami-Dade arson investigators said Monday that someone intentionally set fire to a century old church in Florida City a day earlier, and now they discovered someone also stole five laptop computers in the church's community center. Branches United Methodist Church at 145 NW 5th Avenue was reduced to ash and debris after fire destroyed the […]




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Longview church fire investigated as arson

| May 24, 2010 | 0 Comments



LONGVIEW,TX (KLTV)- A congregation is struggling to move forward after authorities say their place of worship was the target of arson. The fire happened last night around 10 p.m. at the Life Source Ministries church on Oden street near downtown Longview. The small congregation had only been together for 3 months. "We just had a […]




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President Barack Obama kept apprised of black church arson case in Springfield following his election

| May 20, 2010 | 0 Comments



SPRINGFIELD – In the days after the historic presidential election of 2008, officials in the highest reaches of the federal government had their eyes on Springfield. According to testimony in the second day of evidentiary hearings in a high-profile church burning case in federal court, three underemployed young men who lived with their parents had […]




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Pastor’s wife murdered week after church burns

| May 20, 2010 | 0 Comments



HOUSTON (KTRK) — First their church burned down; now the pastor's wife has been found shot dead in her driveway. And now, that congregation is struggling to cope with it all. The First New Mount Calvary Baptist Church in the Fifth Ward Near downtown Houston has been around for almost 100 years. And now, the […]




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Church fire suspect ‘wired’

| May 19, 2010 | 1 Comment



SPRINGFIELD – A suspect in a racially charged church burning wore an FBI wire on two of his friends early in the investigation, and appears to be on the edge of a plea deal with federal prosecutors. Evidentiary hearings that opened in U.S. District Court on Tuesday provided a glimpse of how the probe unfolded […]




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Church burned, hit by thief in different incidents

| May 19, 2010 | 1 Comment



An Orangeburg County church has been a crime scene several times over the past few days. The church was set on fire last week, and if that isn't enough on Tuesday a member caught a man trying to steal from the charred remains. Police are accusing a teenager of burning down Cedar Grove AME Church. […]




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Arson attack against synagogue in Germany

| May 17, 2010 | 1 Comment



BERLIN (EJP-AFP)—Unidentified vandals mounted an arson attack against a synagogue in Worms, western Germany, on Monday but the building was not damaged, authorities said. Police said in a statement that they received a call overnight after unidentified assailants set alight a flammable liquid at several sites around the synagogue. "The fire brigade was able to […]




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Grand jury considering evidence in church arson case

| May 15, 2010 | 1 Comment



TYLER, TX (KLTV) – The prosecution presented its case in the East Texas church arson case. Now, all that is left is the official decision from a Smith County grand jury. Jason Bourque and Daniel McAllister are accused of setting fire to Dover Baptist Church in February. But, the two young men may soon be […]




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Two Men Charged With Additional Counts for the Racially-Motivated Arson of a Massachusetts Church

| May 14, 2010 | 1 Comment



WASHINGTON  — A federal grand jury in the District of Massachusetts has charged Michael Jacques and Thomas Gleason of Springfield, Mass., in a three-count superseding indictment in relation to the arson of a church, the Justice Department announced. The superseding indictment alleges that in the early morning of Nov. 5, 2008, within hours of Barack […]




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Grand jury hears testimony in church arson case

| May 14, 2010 | 1 Comment



SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) – A Smith County grand jury began hearing testimony, Thursday in the case of the two men suspected of burning down 10 East Texas churches. Jason Bourque and Daniel McAllister were arrested in February. The two have only been charged with setting fire to Dover Baptist Church near Lindale on February […]




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Church arsonist doubts God will forgive him

| May 14, 2010 | 1 Comment



A man who torched two Wetaskiwin churches in what a judge described as a "totally senseless wanton act of destruction" was sentenced Thursday to four years in prison. But he was offered hope by one of the ministers whose church was destroyed. "We have not been abandoned and we don't want you, Peter Terence Jones, […]




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Recent church fires raising arson awareness

| May 14, 2010 | 1 Comment



TUCSON, AZ (KOLD) – Authorities still aren't sure exactly what's going on or who's responsible. What they do know is somebody's setting a lot of fires around Tucson. And recently, it's been local churches that are getting torched. Four separate church arsons dating back to April 9th. That's when Flowing Wells Baptist Church on North […]




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