Tag: ATF

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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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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Live bomb discovered in Carroll County, AR church

| June 11, 2010 | 0 Comments

CARROLL COUNTY, AR — The discovery of a bomb at Osage Baptist Church in rural Carroll County has sent shockwaves through this community. Officials say they don't believe church members were the target here. Instead, they say voters may have been who this bomber was after. It's a crime that surprises even Carroll County Sheriff […]

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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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Investigators Look For Leads, Congregation Looks To The Future

| May 7, 2010 | 0 Comments

TEMPLE (May 6, 2010)—Nearly four months has passed since the early-morning arson fire on Jan. 19 that destroyed the sanctuary, offices and fellowship hall of Temple’s First Baptist Church. The 70-year-old sanctuary and the other gutted buildings were bulldozed in March, and the church’s pastor, Dr. Martin Knox, said Thursday the church continues to work […]

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ATF offers reward for church fire information

| May 6, 2010 | 0 Comments

WICHITA, Kansas – Authorities now say a fire at a Wichita church was suspicious and the feds are offering thousands of dollars in cash for information on what happened. It happened last week when fire ripped through a storage building at the Church at the Cross, 2901 W. Taft. Investigators say it was set “by […]

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State Fire Marshal and ATF Seeks Assistance in Stark County Church Arson Investigation

| March 20, 2010 | 2 Comments

Alliance, Ohio. — Investigators with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Division of State Fire Marshal today issued a request for the public’s assistance in an ongoing arson investigation in Stark County. The Division of State Fire Marshal, through the Blue Ribbon Arson Committee, is offering a reward of up […]

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String Of Fires Hit Many Churches

| March 20, 2010 | 1 Comment

Nearly 20 years ago, Winter Haven parishioners – like many across the state – were on the alert. In communities across Florida, churches were burning. Catholic, Protestant – it didn't seem to matter. All Christian houses of worship seemed to be in the crosshairs. "The list of properties includes Baptist, Episcopal and Christian Scientist churches […]

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ATF probes church burglaries

| March 18, 2010 | 0 Comments

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has joined local authorities in investigating a rash of church burglaries, attempted arson and one church that burned over the weekend. The churches include five in Henderson County and one in Chester County within a six- to eight-mile radius that were targeted late Saturday evening and early […]

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Overnight fire guts Sacramento Sikh temple

| March 14, 2010 | 0 Comments

SACRAMENTO, CA – All day long, members of a Sikh congregation have come to see the burned remains of their temple on Power Inn and Rangeview roads in south Sacramento. Sulakhan Singh, one of the members, learned late Thursday flames erupted in the temple, setting off a fire alarm. "Everything's gone. Totally lost. My priest […]

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Two Years Later, Investigators Still Looking for Leads in Monticello Church Arson

| March 12, 2010 | 0 Comments

MONTICELLO – Federal investigators charged with finding the person who burned down a Monticello church have run out of leads. In the two years since an arsonist torched the First Presbyterian Church, 211 West 1st St, investigators have followed more than a dozen leads. Each lead has dried up. "We did everything forensically that we […]

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Church Music Director Sentenced For Arson

| March 11, 2010 | 0 Comments

(WIBW) – A former church music director will spend 12 and a half years in federal prison for setting fire to the Sunflower Missionary Baptist Church in Leavenworth, Kan. 46-year old Carva Lee White of Kansas City, MO was sentenced Wednesday to 150 months in prison. He also was ordered to pay $1,000 restitution to […]

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From Churchgoer to Charges as Church Burner

| March 2, 2010 | 0 Comments

LINDALE, Tex. — Jason R. Bourque grew up in a house full of crosses. At his grandparent’s spacious home here, where he was raised, a small forest of crosses stands on a table by the front door, and one wall of the living room is filled with more than a dozen decorative crosses of wrought […]

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Arson Suspect’s Mom Says Her Son Didn’t Do It

| February 24, 2010 | 0 Comments

The mother of one of the men accused of torching East Texas churches said her son has a relationship with God and she feels the 19-year-old has been falsely accused. Kimberly Bourque talked with the Tyler Morning Telegraph this morning to defend her son and to clear up an earlier report about her being arrested […]

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Atheist books, guns found at home of suspect in East Texas church fires

| February 24, 2010 | 0 Comments

TYLER – One of two East Texas church arson suspects kept books on demon possession and atheism as well as assault rifles and guns, and may have left graffiti offering inside information about one of the attacks in a local store bathroom, according to court records. Jason Bourque, 19, was under police surveillance on Feb. […]

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