Tag: pastoral security

Pastor William Boss was released from the hospital and returned to Greater Faith Christian Church to share news of his recovery

| September 25, 2011 | 0 Comments



LAKELAND, Fla. — One week after Pastor William Boss was shot in the head as he kneeled in prayer at Greater Faith Christian Church, he was back inside the sanctuary and even addressed the congregation at Sunday service. He told them the fact that he was walking, talking, and able to form sentences was nothing […]




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Pastor in Lakeland church shooting released from hospital

| September 24, 2011 | 0 Comments



LAKELAND —  The head pastor shot in his Lakeland church Sunday has been released from Lakeland Regional Medical Center. Officials said Pastor William Boss was shot in the head Sunday by Jeremiah Fogle after Fogle shot and killed his wife near the pastor's Greater Faith Christian Church. Officials said the suspect, Jeremiah Fogle, shot and […]




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Pastor calls survival a ‘miracle’

| September 21, 2011 | 0 Comments



LAKELAND – One of the two pastors who was critically injured in a shooting at his Florida church sent a one-word update on his medical condition: "miracle." A Lakeland Regional Medical Center spokeswoman said Wednesday that pastor William Boss asked her to pass his condition on to the public. Polk County Sheriff's deputies say Boss […]




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Judge in slain Chatham priest trial probes jurors’ views on sex and religion

| September 21, 2011 | 0 Comments



MORRISTOWN —  Judges routinely ask potential jurors questions about whether they know the lawyers in the case or if they have been crime victims. But rarely are those who may sit in the jury box asked about religion. Or sex and religion. "These questions are not typical, but this is not a run-of-the-mill crime. There […]




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Parishioners jumped on church gunman

| September 19, 2011 | 0 Comments



LAKELAND – At 6-foot-4 and 235 pounds, Derrick Foster is a solid man. But it wasn't just his physical strength that allowed him to corral a gunman at the Greater Faith Christian Center Church in Lakeland — it was also his mental state. Foster said everyone ran from the church as the first gunshot rang […]




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Potential jurors in trial of man accused of killing Chatham priest to be questioned about Catholic Church sex-abuse ‘crisis,’ judge rules

| September 19, 2011 | 0 Comments



Prospective jurors in the trial of the man accused of slaying a Chatham priest will be asked a general question about the Catholic Church sex-abuse “crisis,” but they won’t be told it may affect this case unless they say they have a bias, a Superior Court judge ruled today. Judge Thomas Manahan, sitting in Morristown, […]




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Records: Church shooting suspect killed previous wife

| September 19, 2011 | 0 Comments



LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) – The man accused of killing his wife and then shooting two church pastors had pleaded guilty and been sentenced to 10 years of probation in 1987 in the slaying of a previous wife, according to court records. Jeremiah Fogle, 57, is charged with murder and attempted murder after Sunday's shootings. Authorities […]




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Man accused of shooting 2 pastors in Fla. church after killing wife; worshippers tackle him

| September 18, 2011 | 0 Comments



LAKELAND, Fla. — Derrick Foster was kneeling in prayer when the gunman burst through the front door of Greater Faith Christian Center Church. He heard shooting, then screams. A former church member is accused of critically wounding the church’s pastor and associate pastor as close to 20 people prayed between Sunday services. Authorities and relatives […]




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Gunman storms Lakeland church, shoots 2 pastors; wife found shot dead at home

| September 18, 2011 | 0 Comments



LAKELAND —  A gunman stormed into a Lakeland church service Sunday morning, shooting a pastor in the head and associate pastor three times. Officials said the suspect, Jeremiah Fogel, shot and killed his wife, 56-year-old Theresa Fogel, in their home before bursting into the nearby church, opening fire and seriously wounding the pastors. According to […]




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Pastors shot inside church, woman found dead nearby

| September 18, 2011 | 0 Comments



LAKELAND —  A woman is dead and two religious leaders seriously injured following separate shootings at a home and a church in Lakeland. According to the Polk County Sheriff's Office, the suspect, identified as Jeremiah Fogle, shot one victim at a nearby residence and traveled to the Greater Faith Christian Church, at 2035 West Parker […]




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Authorities: Fla. Church Gunman Taken Into Custody

| September 18, 2011 | 0 Comments



LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a man shot and killed a person at a central Florida home, and then shot a pastor and associate pastor at a nearby church. The Polk County Sheriff's office says the man was tackled by parishioners and held until deputies arrived. Investigators say the accused gunman, Jeremiah Fogel, ran […]




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Morris detective testifies Chatham priest accessed Pa. criminal records just before he was killed

| September 15, 2011 | 0 Comments



Records that show Jose Ramon Feliciano was wanted in Philadelphia on a charge of indecent assault on a child were mailed to Chatham Rev. Edward Hinds just 16 days before Feliciano allegedly killed him, according to court testimony Thursday. Morris County prosecutors allege that Feliciano, the now-66-year-old former custodian of St. Patrick R.C. Church in […]




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Pastor’s truck set on fire at east Fort Myers church

| September 15, 2011 | 0 Comments



The Lee County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a report someone set fire to a truck belonging to the pastor of the Grace Methodist Church in east Fort Myers. Deputies and firefighters arrived at the church just after midnight to find the truck parked in back of the church and fully engulfed in flames, according to […]




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Potential jurors in trial of man accused of killing Chatham priest are questioned whether they heard outside information

| September 13, 2011 | 0 Comments



MORRISTOWN — Following Monday’s revelation by the prosecutor that the man accused of slaying a Chatham priest allegedly impregnated an 11-year-old girl “many years ago,” prospective jurors were questioned today about whether they had heard anything about the case from the media or any other source outside the courtroom. No one from the jury pool […]




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Cuba: Standoff at Havana church as dangerous as Waco

| September 12, 2011 | 0 Comments



A top Cuban church official told CBS News the situation created by a Pentecostal pastor who has barricaded himself along with an unspecified number of followers in his former Havana church is "as dangerous as Waco," the 1993 FBI siege and assault on the "Branch Davidian" sect in Texas. The Cuban government on Sunday issued […]




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