Tag: Church

FBI offering $5,000 reward for information on Bozeman church vandalisms

| September 1, 2013 | 0 Comments



The FBI is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information that helps its investigation into a string of church vandalisms in Bozeman. Investigators believe the three incidents to be related and are treating them as hate crimes, due to the “sheer volume of profane anti-religious graffiti and acts of arson discovered inside the […]




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Violence shuts down church basketball tournament in Brockton

| September 1, 2013 | 0 Comments



BROCKTON —  Five days after a 74-year-old man was beaten to death, authorities shut down a church basketball tournament n the same neighborhood after youths attacked a referee. Police said threats to “Shoot the place up” were made. A 19-year-old Brockton man, Amadou Toure, is facing assault and battery charges in the attack, Sgt. Scott […]




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37 Churches Destroyed in Egypt

| September 1, 2013 | 0 Comments



A new report from Human Rights Watch has revealed the extremity of the bloodshed against Egypt's Coptic Christians. Since Aug. 14, 37 churches have been either destroyed or badly damaged, and at least five others were attacked, leaving at least four people dead. In addition, scores of Christian businesses and schools have been looted, vandalized and […]




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Vineyard Community Church in Chattanooga limits pastor’s son’s participation after sex assault arrest

| September 1, 2013 | 0 Comments



A 21-year-old pastor's son won't be allowed to work with children or hold a leadership position at the Vineyard Community Church in Chattanooga after being charged with simple battery, two counts of third-degree cruelty to children and sexual assault in connection with an incident at a church camp. The church, which holds services at Tyner […]




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Chicago Church Shooting: 5 Gunned Down in Drive-By as Church Holds Prayer Service, Soup Kitchen

| September 1, 2013 | 0 Comments



Five people have been injured in a drive-by shooting at Uptown Baptist Church earlier this week. According to authorities, the shootings occurred in the Uptown neighborhood when a car pulled up in front of the church, specifically targeting one of the individuals on the sidewalk. The four others were victims of their proximity. The police […]




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Man, 27, charged after mother fatally shot in church parking lot

| August 29, 2013 | 0 Comments



A 27-year-old Downers Grove man faces first-degree murder charges after his mother was fatally shot and found in the parking lot of a Burr Ridge church, law enforcement officials said Thursday. Michael Zaky Bassaly of Downers Grove is scheduled to appear Friday in DuPage County bond court in connection with the shooting death of his […]




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Pastor charged with murder in church shooting released on bond

| July 29, 2013 | 0 Comments



NEWTON COUNTY – A Newton County pastor is out on bond after family members say he shot and killed his nephew outside his church over the weekend. The shooting happened around 10:30 a.m. Sunday at Belgrade Baptist Church in the 4400 of FM 1416 near Kirbybille in Newton County. According to a news release issued […]




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Sister says brother shot dead at church

| July 28, 2013 | 0 Comments



There are reports of a fatal shooting at Belgrade Baptist Church located at 4478 FM 1416 in Kirbyville. Juanita Jones says her 34-year old brother, Curtis Paul Jones of Bon Wier, was shot at least three times around 11am Sunday morning as he entered the church. Jones claims the shooter is an uncle and the pastor of Belgrade […]




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Ex-worker pleads guilty in Edmond church embezzlement case

| July 21, 2013 | 0 Comments



A former church business manager facing jail time for embezzlement justified his actions because he felt slighted over a smaller-than-expected bonus, a prosecutor told a judge Friday. Bill Dwight Coyle admitted stealing more than $58,000 from St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Edmond. Coyle, 62, of Edmond, pleaded guilty to eight counts of violating […]




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Former Grand Rapids pastor, church secretary will repay $220,000 taken from church, judge vows

| July 21, 2013 | 0 Comments



GRAND RAPIDS, MI – A former Grand Rapids pastor and church financial secretary may have escaped jail time, but a judge declared before more than 100 members of the preacher’s former flock that he would be on the hook for every penny stolen from the congregation. Arthur Pearson, the fired former pastor of the Pilgrim […]




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Woman who vandalized church sentenced

| July 21, 2013 | 0 Comments



A Santa Maria woman who vandalized St. John Neumann Catholic Church last year was sentenced Wednesday to almost three years in state prison. Amanda Ruiz, 24, was sentenced Wednesday by visiting Superior Court Judge Roger Picquet in Santa Maria. She had pleaded no contest July 3 to a felony charge of recklessly causing fire to […]




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Man Convicted of Hacienda Heights Church Arson

| July 21, 2013 | 0 Comments



A 35-year-old man was found guilty July 9 of torching St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Hacienda Heights in 2011, causing an estimated $9 million in damage, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced. Deputy District Attorney Renee Rose of the Target Crimes Division, Arson Section, said Gregory Yusuke Shiga of Hacienda Heights was […]




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Police: Man turns self in after breaking into church

| July 21, 2013 | 0 Comments



CONCORD, N.C. –  A man is behind bars after turning himself in for breaking into a church. Police even asked him why he was confessing. He told them it had been weighing on his mind. Exactly one month ago, someone broke into Calvary Lutheran Church, in Concord, and stole a laptop computer and a monitor. […]




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Life without parole for Pa. church shooter

| July 21, 2013 | 0 Comments



COUDERSPORT — A former elementary school teacher was sentenced to life in prison without parole Tuesday in Potter County Court after pleading guilty to first-degree murder charges last week. Gregory Lynn Eldred, 53, of Coudersport, heard the testimony from the friends and family of his ex-wife, Darlene Sitler, whom he fatally shot during Sunday morning worship […]




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Police warn churchgoers of vehicle burglaries in church parking lots

| June 24, 2013 | 0 Comments



PEORIA, Ariz. – Sunday is usually a day of worship for valley residents that's spent inside a church, but it seems that it's also becoming a prime time for thieves. The Peoria Police Department is warning churchgoers of a string of burglaries taking place while the victim is in church. A spokesperson for the Peoria […]




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