September 18, 2011 – Jeremiah Fogle, 57, was charged with murder and attempted murder after Sunday’s shootings at Greater Faith Christian Center Church located in Lakeland FLA.
During a hearing Monday, he was ordered held without bond and assigned a public defender.
Pastor William Boss and associate pastor Carl Stewart were shot from behind, authorities said. Boss was shot in the head, and Stewart was shot three times in the back and ear. They remained hospitalized Monday.
August 27, 2011 – GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – The pastor of a Walker Baptist church is expected in court Thursday to face charges he sexually assaulted two boys, each under 13, that he met through the church.
The Rev. Tedd Butler, pastor of the Gospel Light Baptist Church, is accused of two separate offenses.
In Ottawa County, he’s facing second-degree sexual assault — that is, improper touching – in Ottawa County’s Tallmadge Township. Records show he lives in that township, but it’s not known whether these alleged offenses happened at his home.
But in northern Kent County, authorities told 24 Hour News 8 he’s being charged with first-degree sexual assault with a different boy.
Ottawa County investigators said the alleged assaults happened years ago.
Butler, 46, is married with children and has no criminal record.
The church’s web site shows he joined Gospel Light Baptist Church in 2003 after working as a youth pastor at a Baptist church in Newaygo.
Police told 24 Hour News 8 he turned himself in Wednesday morning at the Allegan County Jail. It’s unknown why he chose to surrender in Allegan.
Neighbors told 24 Hour News 8 the family moved out about six weeks ago and put their house up for sale.
Butler is expected in court Thursday morning.
May 14, 2011 – PITTSBURGH — A local pastor is out of the hospital after he was attacked and robbed at his Lawrenceville church on Friday.
Police said the crime happened at Trinity Baptist Church on Ligonier Street. Investigators said the pastor heard someone banging on the door and yelled to see who it was. When the pastor opened the door, police said a man, who was described as black, busted into the church wearing black shorts and a black hooded sweatshirt.
The robber demanded money and after a struggle he threatened to shoot Pastor James Garmon twice, police said. But when he pulled the trigger, the gun jammed. Detectives said the burglar hit the pastor with the barrel of the gun and punched him in the stomach.
“He had the gun to my head and told me to turn over on my stomach, put my hands behind my head and not to move. I don’t know what’s going to happen at this point,” Garmon said. Investigators said the burglar got away with more than $2,000.
Garmon has a swollen jaw along with some cuts and bruises, but he is going to be OK, officials said. So far, no arrests have been made.
MILTON — A 27-year-old Watsontown man is facing felony and misdemeanor charges for allegedly having sex with a young girl several times as she attended church and school functions.
March 10, 2011 – State police at Milton said Jethro Lee Groff, of 415 Blue Ball Road, first approached the 11-year-old in the summer of 2008 as she was getting a snack in the basement of the Shalom Mennonite Church in East Chillisquaque Township.
Groff fondled and pinched the child, court documents said.
Several months later, on Feb. 6, 2009, Groff allegedly sexually assaulted the girl while she attended a Maranath Mennonite Christian School function in Lewis Township.
Mar 5, 2011 – NEWARK — A man who drove a van with a pipe bomb into a Licking Township church was sentenced Friday to 10 years in prison.
Dax W. Cantrell, 36 drove a 1988 Ford Econoline van into Vineyard Grace Fellowship Church, 4905 Jacksontown Road SE, with a functional pipe bomb inside the vehicle.
Cantrell was driving away from a Licking County Sheriff’s Office deputy who attempted to serve him with child support papers at Budget Inn, 176 W. Church St., Newark. He drove into her vehicle before fleeing the scene and crashing into the church, causing $5,670 in damage.
Cantrell told deputies a bomb was in the van. Deputies found a 12-inch PVC pipe filled with black powder and other items, and they called the Columbus Bomb Squad.
Dax W. Cantrell
The squad detonated the device in the van after discovering they could not remove it safely, according to court records.
March 4, 2010 –
A ‘gentle’ minister was discovered dead inside his own Texas church after a passer-by looked through a window and spotted a body on the floor.
Pastor Clint Dobson, 29, was found inside NorthPointe Baptist Church in Arlington on Thursday afternoon, alongside his critically-injured ministry assistant Judy Elliott, 67.
Police believe a motive of robbery may have been behind the physical assaults, as some items were missing from the church. But there was no sign of forced entry.
The alarm was raised after a church employee’s family member became worried when they could not contact them and asked a friend to go and check on the building.
Their friend passed by, finding the church locked, and peered through different windows before seeing a motionless body and phoning police, who arrived soon after.
Another church employee gave emergency services a key to get inside. Ms Elliott was found severely beaten but is now in a stable condition in a Fort Worth hospital.
Pastor Dobson 29 years-of-age
Judy Elliot 67-years-of-age
New charges: Michael J. “Mike” Cimmino, 54, religion teacher, St, Thomas More Parish, and “Bear Den Leader” (Cub Scouts), Pack 22, sponsored by the First Congregational Church, Braintree, Massachusetts, originally charged with one count each of kidnapping and assault with intent to rape a child, and eight counts of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14, to which he has pleaded not guilty; with a new charge of indecent sexual assault, allegedly against a second child victim. Story: Conservative Babylon, January 6, 2011; Wicked Local, January 13, 2011; Patriot Ledger, January 13, 2011; BraintreePatch, January 17, 2011
BOULDER – A Boulder District judge today sentenced a former Longmont church youth pastor and Fort Collins high school counselor to 20 years in prison for sexually assaulting children 16 years ago.
Bradley Boda pleaded guilty in April to sexual assault on a child with a pattern of abuse and sexual assault on a child by one in a position of trust. His deal stipulates that a judge may sentence him to between 10 and 20 years in prison, followed by lifetime probation. Prosecutors dismissed 11 other felony counts.
A man was killed and a woman was wounded in a drive-by shooting outside a North Miami church that was hosting a viewing for a man who had been shot a week earlier.
According to Police, shots came from a gold Dodge Intrepid that drove past the Fraternity Baptist Church Friday night. Several people were outside the church, so police weren’t sure who the actual target was. No arrest have been made at this time.
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Reidsville, NC — A church service was interrupted Sunday when a man assaulted one of the members. Just after 2:00pm Rockingham County Deputies responded to Solomon’s Temple Church in Reidsville for a reported disturbance. Pastor Ron Galloway explained how Antonio Simmons assaulted one of his members during service. The victim said Simmons grabbed her arm, pulled her hair and choked her. Pastor Galloway asked Simmons to leave, but he refused. That’s when several members of the congregation physically took Simmons out to the parking lot. He still refused to leave church premises, but ended up leaving just before deputies arrived. Around 4:00pm Sunday, a deputy found Simmons traveling in a red pick-up truck with about a dozen other people. He was arrested without incident.
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