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Man ‘prayed’ before allegedly stealing from church collection box

| February 15, 2012 | 0 Comments



A surveillance video taken by a Catholic church shows a man kneeling and apparently praying for several minutes before busting open a collection box that contained donations left in the small prayer chapel in northwest Houston. “I wondered if he was praying, ‘Dear God, Please don’t let me get caught,’ or ‘Dear God, Please forgive […]




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Two horses stolen from Dallas church camp

| February 5, 2012 | 0 Comments



DALLAS — A church camp in Southwest Dallas could be forced to end therapy for children after thieves stole two horses. Ten horses were put to pasture one night last week at Camp El Har. But when a camp worker returned the next morning, two of the horses were missing. Tiffany Gardner found fencing had […]




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Violence in Mexico curtailing faith-based missions

| February 4, 2012 | 0 Comments



McALLEN, Texas (AP) — John and Wanda Casias knew the risks of being missionaries in one of Mexico's most violent, cartel-dominated regions, their children say, but they refused to curtail their work and instead put their ministry ahead of their safety. The couple's slaying this week during a home invasion comes as missionary groups are […]




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Maintenance Worker Attacked On The Job

| February 4, 2012 | 0 Comments



CORPUS CHRISTI – A maintenance worker was attacked by a homeless man at a local church today, putting a nearby school on lockdown. It happened at Saint Bartholemew's on Airline as the worker was about to fix an air conditioning problem. Maintenance worker Jason Park told police he was going into an outdoor shed to […]




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Man indicted after allegedly threatening teen at church

| February 4, 2012 | 0 Comments



An incident at a Port Arthur church in which a man is accused of threatening a 16-year-old with a knife is the basis for an indictment handed down Thursday by the Jefferson County grand jury. Patrick Hebner, 38, of Port Arthur faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted of aggravated assault, which is […]




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Two North Texas missionaries found dead in northern Mexico

| February 1, 2012 | 0 Comments



LEWISVILLE — Two missionaries from North Texas were murdered in their home outside the violence-plagued northern industrial city of Monterrey, Mexico, the U.S. Embassy and their family said Wednesday. The U.S. State Department identified the couple as American citizens John and Wanda Sue Casias. “I’m going to miss her, because she’s so loved,” their daughter […]




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Jacinto City: Man accused of sexually assaulting 12-year-old ‘girlfriend’ outside church

| January 31, 2012 | 0 Comments



JACINTO CITY, Texas – A 20-year-old Houston man is accused of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl he met at a church Bible study. Jossue Daniel Garcia-Lopez is charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child. According to court documents, the girl’s mother called Jacinto City police on January 3, 2012, about a suspected sex assault […]




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$1000s from First Baptist, S.A. police say

| January 19, 2012 | 0 Comments



SAN ANTONIO — Items had been disappearing from First Baptist Church on McCullough Ave. for 19 months. According to a San Antonio police arrest warrant, one of the church's employees was stealing thousands of dollars in property and the goods to pawn shops. Michael King was arrested Tuesday on a charge of theft $1,500 to […]




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Ex-employee held in theft of $150K from Cypress church

| January 19, 2012 | 0 Comments



A former church employee is behind bars, accused of bilking a Cypress church out of more than $150,000 over a three-year period, according to the Harris County District Attorney's office. The suspect, Rebekah M. Talley, 33, of Magnolia, is charged with felony theft in connection with the case, court records show. The alleged scheme began […]




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Identities of couple killed in church known, but not motive

| January 13, 2012 | 0 Comments



Whatever happened in the lead-up to the final, violent moments of Zeferina Castillo, 54, and Manuel Rodriguez, 51, near the altar of a church in Helotes remains a puzzle to authorities. They visited Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church on Wednesday afternoon and were found dead after shots rang out. Police determined Rodriguez killed Castillo, […]




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S.A. man and woman die at church altar in Helotes

| January 12, 2012 | 0 Comments



HELOTES — A San Antonio man and woman were found dead near the altar of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church here in what police said appeared to be a murder-suicide. Security cameras inside the Helotes church recorded the pair walking toward the main altar, police Lt. Elliott Rodriguez said. They did not appear agitated, […]




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3 kids suspected of stealing Christmas toys from Pearland church

| December 11, 2011 | 0 Comments



PEARLAND, Texas—Police hope the public can help find a group of thieves that stole Christmas toy donations from a Pearland church. Police said the three suspects stole toys from St. Helen Catholic Church, located at 2209 Old Alvin, Sunday morning during back-to-back masses. “Knowing there is church going on on the other side of those […]




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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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Houston man accused of beating another man up at church function

| December 1, 2011 | 0 Comments



HOUSTON – A man is facing aggravated assault charges after investigators say he beat up another man at a church function. Charges were filed against Berlin Omar Pacheco, 41, on November 15, 2011. According to court documents, Pacheco and the victim were at an event at their church in the 1600 block of Bingle on […]




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Man attempting to scam local congregants, say police, synagogue

| November 8, 2011 | 0 Comments



A con man is making the rounds in Lubbock congregations, police and members of a local synagogue say. Congregation Shaareth Israel president Jonathan Marks said a man giving his name as Alan Farahat solicited money from the congregation during its Friday evening service. “He asked if he could make an announcement before the service started, […]




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