Tag: Arson

ATF offers reward to discover cause of vacant church fire

| January 1, 2012 | 0 Comments



WICHITA — The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest of whomever was responsible for a fire that destroyed a vacant church Wednesday.Wichita fire marshal Brad Crisp said investigators found evidence that people had been in the building — located at 1504 N. St. […]




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Church Fire Caused by Arsonist: Officials

| January 1, 2012 | 0 Comments



Investigators believe an early morning fire at the Jehovah's Witness congregation hall in University Heights was caused by arson. An elder in the congregation says it's being considered a hate crime. The numbers on the wall and the sign say it all — a member of the Jehovah's witnesses say numbers 666 spray painted on […]




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Church arsonist gets 14 years, pastor’s forgiveness

| December 27, 2011 | 0 Comments



A bishop of the predominantly black church in Springfield that burned to the ground hours after the historic election of President Obama yesterday said he has forgiven the three men who torched the house of worship as the U.S. District Court sentenced one of them to nearly 14 years behind bars. “We weren’t vengeful. We […]




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Homeless man accused of assaulting OL preacher & threatening to burn church

| December 2, 2011 | 0 Comments



A homeless man who slapped a pastor and threatened to blow up the pastor's church has been charged with several crimes including aggravated assault and battery, according to Oak Lawn police. Adam E. Pauplawskas III, 34, of Chicago, was also charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest on Nov. 18, police said. The Rev. Russell […]




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Texas man sentenced to 37 years for fire bombing church

| December 1, 2011 | 0 Comments



(Reuters) – A Texas man who prosecutors said wanted to "gain status" with the white supremacist gang The Aryan Brotherhood was sentenced to more than 37 years in prison on Wednesday for fire bombing an African American church in an admitted attempt to murder a parishioner. Steven Scott Cantrell, 26, a resident of the tiny […]




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Two teens get probation in Poplar Bluff church arson

| December 1, 2011 | 0 Comments



POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. — Two Poplar Bluff teenagers recently were placed on probation after pleading guilty to throwing Molotov cocktails into a local church, then setting the church on fire when the devices didn't work. Robert Benjamin Rushin, 19, of the 700 block of County Road 456, and Zachary Edward Surque, 19, of the 100 […]




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Burned church burglarized as fire investigation continues

| November 15, 2011 | 0 Comments



They just won't leave the church alone. Turkey Branch Baptist Church has been the victim of burglaries and other crimes in the past. Last month, fire burned the roof. Just as renovations are beginning, the Neeses church became a victim again with someone breaking in and stealing a $400 freezer. Deacon Bobby Jamison, who lives […]




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Arsonist attempts to torch Castle Rock church

| November 8, 2011 | 0 Comments



Chase Daniel Alderman seemed to do everything he could to set the United Methodist Church in Castle Rock on fire early Sunday morning, police and congregants said. Alderman, 21, of Castle Rock went through the empty church setting fire to artificial flowers, a table cloth, cardboard boxes and the pastor's desk, Castle Rock officer Branden […]




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Fire at Adell church ruled arson

| November 6, 2011 | 0 Comments



A small fire last weekend at an Adell church has been ruled arson, the Sheboygan County Sheriff’s Department reported Friday. Capt. Dave Adams said the fire occurred late Oct. 29 or early Oct. 30 at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 326 Center Ave. The Rev. Christopher Seifferlein said he discovered the remnants of the fire when he […]




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Man charged in St. Paul church arson

| October 29, 2011 | 0 Comments



ST. PAUL, Minn. – New evidence uncovered by investigators has resulted in criminal charges involving a fire set at a St. Paul church. The Ramsey County Attorney's Office filed two counts of First-Degree Arson and one count of Aggravated Stalking against 19 year-old Tou Chai Lee of Maplewood. Prosecutors say Lee's former girlfriend was part […]




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Arson suspected in fires at church, Catholic school

| October 25, 2011 | 0 Comments



PHOENIX — Investigators are trying to determine if two early morning fires at two different churches are connected and if they were arson. The two fires happened within about an hour of each other. At this point, firefighters are calling both fires suspicious but they have not yet determined exactly how they started. In the […]




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Human Remains Burned Inside Church’s Grave

| October 25, 2011 | 0 Comments



HONOLULU — Bill Ha'ole arrived at Kawaiaha'o Church on October 10th to upsetting news. Ha'ole said someone set fire to human remains exhumed from the church cemetery. “This particular act is a vicious attack not just on the church, not just on the iwi (bones) but also to the culture beliefs of both of our […]




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Arrest made in church arson and vandalism case

| October 16, 2011 | 0 Comments



Police say 19-year-old Coleman Miller left a lot of marks inside a Russell County church that he is accused of breaking into and vandalizing, and maybe even some marks he didn’t quite intend on leaving. Along with burned Bibles and spray painted symbols, Miller’s shoes may have left a really good impression on the church […]




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Concern Looms Amid Two Church Fires in Augusta County

| October 12, 2011 | 0 Comments



After two church fires, one of which was caused by arson, occurred in Augusta County, area pastors say they are concerned that their church could be the next one affected. A fire Saturday night at the Hildebrand Mennonite Church was ruled to be caused by arson on Monday. The cause of the second fire, which […]




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Fires Set In Long Island Church Under Construction

| October 10, 2011 | 0 Comments



LEVITTOWN, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Fires were set in the early morning hours at an Orthodox Catholic church under construction on Long Island. Authorities say cardboard boxes and wood crates in four separate places were ignited before dawn Sunday at the St. Thomas Malankara Orthodox Catholic Church in Levittown. It took four fire trucks and 20 […]




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