Tag: Arson

Suspect in church bombing plot to be prosecuted in federal court

| February 18, 2013 | 0 Comments



MIAMI, Okla. — An Illinois man accused of plotting to destroy 48 Ottawa County churches with Molotov cocktails will be prosecuted in federal, not state, court, authorities said Wednesday. State charges filed against Gregory Arthur Weiler II were dismissed Wednesday after he was taken into federal custody, said District Attorney Eddie Wyant. Weiler, 24, of […]




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Alabama church bombing attorney recounts emotional experience

| February 18, 2013 | 0 Comments



Nearly 50 years ago in a Birmingham, Ala., church, five little girls were getting ready for that day’s youth service when an explosion shattered the room they were in, killing four of them. The surviving girl was trapped in the rubble, unable to move or see, screaming for her sister, who never responded. Later, a […]




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Attorney: Fire at church was a ‘cry for help’

| February 18, 2013 | 0 Comments



DES MOINES, Iowa —Tina Meyer was sentenced Monday to 10 years in prison in connection with a fire set inside an Ames church last year. Meyer, 51, received a sentence of 10 years in prison for second-degree arson and 10 years in prison for first-degree criminal mischief. The sentences will run at the same time. […]




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ATF team among those examining E. Side church fire

| February 18, 2013 | 0 Comments



A forensic chemist, certified fire investigators, fire protection engineers and accelerant detection dogs are just a few of the resources being used to find the cause of Friday's blaze that destroyed a historic East Side church. More than 30 people, including the 23-member National Response Team from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, […]




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50th anniversary of 1963: Alabama draws attention to events that brought shame, change

| February 18, 2013 | 0 Comments



BIRMINGHAM, Alabama — The state of Alabama this year is working to draw attention to events that cast it in a shameful light a half-century ago, events that led to sweeping gains in civil rights across the country. The Alabama Tourism Department and the Alabama Department of Archives and History are helping promote the 50th […]




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ATF Offers Reward for Church Fires – Three Churches Burned, Task Force Formed

| January 18, 2013 | 0 Comments



GREENSBORO, NC – Wayne L. Dixie, Jr., Special Agent in Charge of the Charlotte Field Division, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), has announced a reward of up to $10,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for the church fires in Stokesdale and Oak Ridge, NC […]




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Local Teen Charged as Adult, Pleads Guilty to Church Arson

| January 13, 2013 | 0 Comments



DANVILLE, VIRGINIA — A now 18-year-old resident of Henry County, Virginia, pleaded guilty this morning in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Danville to charges related to a fire deliberately set at a church. Jean-Claude Bridges, 18, of Henry County, Va., waived his right to be indicted and pleaded […]




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Drunk set fire to church residence while priest slept inside

| January 13, 2013 | 0 Comments



A DRUNKEN man set fire to a church presbytery risking the life of the priest inside. Connor Holmes pushed salt bins against the front door of St Joseph’s, Murton, and set fire to them “for a laugh”, Durham Crown Court heard. Holmes ran from the scene after the fire caught hold. “He later told police […]




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Weiler, man charged with plotting to bomb 48 Miami churches to be evaluated

| December 4, 2012 | 0 Comments



The Illinois man, Gregory Arthur Weiler, charged with allegedly plotting to fire bomb 48 churches in the Miami area in October is awaiting a competency evaluation. This delayed the preliminary hearing scheduled for Dec. 3 for the charges of Possession of Explosive, Incendiary Devise, Simulated Bomb to Damage, and Violation of the Oklahoma Anti-Terrorism Act […]




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Woman Accused in Church Arson Pleaded Guilty Monday

| December 4, 2012 | 0 Comments



Tina Meyer, who was originally charged with first-degree arson for setting a fire at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in September pleaded guilty to reduced charges Monday. Meyer pleaded guilty to second-degree arson, a Class C felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison. The first-degree arson charge Meyer originally faced carried a 25-year […]




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Outrage as yobs burn Blackburn church cross

| November 11, 2012 | 0 Comments



VANDALS have set fire to a 10-foot cross stolen from a church’s garage. Community leaders said they were ‘disgusted’ and ‘outraged’ that yobs had burnt the wooden cross on land close to Holy Trinity C of E Church in Blackburn. The cross, which was burnt on a bonfire, has been used for more than 30 […]




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Santa Rosa: Two churches among three buildings hit by Molotov cocktails

| October 2, 2012 | 0 Comments



SANTA ROSA — Three buildings — including two churches — were struck by Molotov cocktails within minutes of each other late Sunday night, a Santa Rosa Fire Department inspector said today. Someone threw a Molotov cocktail at a building that is part of St. Rose Church at 398 10th St. around 10 p.m., fire inspector […]




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Hearing waived in Lebanon church arson

| October 2, 2012 | 0 Comments



A 55-year-old woman is headed to trial on charges she set a fire at a Lebanon church in April. A preliminary hearing was waived Thursday at Central Court for Sandra Jones, no known address, who was charged with two counts of arson. Her formal arraignment is scheduled for Oct. 31, with a trial set for […]




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30 students, leaders inside church when fire started

| October 2, 2012 | 0 Comments



AMES, Iowa —  An Ames woman has been arrested and charged in a church fire Tuesday night. Firefighters responded to the fire at the St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church at 2210 Lincoln Way just after 9:30 p.m. When firefighters arrived, they said they could see flames through the window on the second story. The building […]




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Man accused in Plymouth church arson held for psych evaluation

| September 26, 2012 | 0 Comments



PLYMOUTH, Mass. –  A young Plymouth man is being held for psychiatric evaluation after he was arrested not once but twice for allegedly breaking into the St. Bonaventure Catholic Church parish center and setting small fires there, The Enterprise reported. Henry Mahon, 19, will return to Plymouth District Court Oct. 11 for a hearing to […]




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