July 12, 2013: ORANGEBURG, SC – Police report that they arrested Blake Hiscox 56-years-of-age today and charged him with 45 counts of vandalizing 17 area churches over five years.
According to Police, the arrest was made after a video camera recorded a man throwing rocks at a downtown church. Blake Hiscox could be sentenced up to 10 years on each count if convicted.
January 20, 2012 – Knox County, Teen – FBI has join investigation into the recent attacks of vandalism of churches located in West Knox County. According to officials, three churches have had their windows smashed. The churches are: Concord Original Church of God, Concord Presbyterian Church & Concord A.M.E. Zion Church. Officials have reported that nothing was stolen out of the churches. Police & FBI have not made any arrest. Pray for these churches!
January 10, 2012 – SPARTANBURG, SC – Spartanburg County investigators are searching for clues after a church was vandalized sometime during a five day span.An incident report obtained from the Sheriff’s Office disclosed that someone spray painted a picture depicting a “red pitchfork with the word ‘Folk’ underneath” in an area of Arcadia First Baptist Church. The report further states that an obscenity word was spray painted in another area in the back of the church.
During the course of investigating the crime, which is believed to have occurred between January 4 and January 8, deputies found another obscene word spray painted on the sidewalk in the back side of the church and the letter “D” spray painted on a fence post behind the church. A light bulb in the telephone pole outside the church was also knocked out, as well as a rear window of the church.
Members of the church started cleaning some of the graffiti off of the church following church services on Sunday.
January 10, 2012 – A church is facing some costly repairs from flooding in it’s youth center but it wasn’t rain doing the damage.
Police suspect vandals, and it’s not the first time.
Three break-ins over the past year. Ed Downs is the pastor at First Baptist Church in New Iberia.
“They broke in and got $25 out of our children’s program offering.” Downs says, “they give (that money) to missionaries.”
$25 is all the thieves made off with the first two times. This week, another break-in but they didn’t take money.
“They broke into our youth refuge center and when they broke in, they found no money.” Downs says, “but (they) did vandalism.”
The church’s Youth Director, Jennifer Shores says she woke up Monday morning to find the youth center overflowing with water.
A broken window with a water-hose going through it. Left on overnight, the water reached nine-inches in the youth center.
“We’re here to serve our community, we’re here to serve God and we’ll continue to do that no matter what.” Shores says, “this is just a stone in the road and we just need to jump over that and keep going.”
Police don’t have any suspects but Shores is praying for these break-ins to come to an end. After all, it’s hurting the children the most.
“We love our children no matter what, we love the people no matter what.” Shores says, “we just keep going.”
June 20, 2011 – Marietta Police recently charged a man with stealing air conditioning units worth more than $10,000 from Roswell Street Baptist Church in Marietta. Although the air conditioning units were recovered, they were damaged beyond repair, police said.
March 18, 2011 –
HOPKINTON, R.I. —
Vandals have caused an estimated $50,000 in damage to a Hopkinton church.
The destruction at the Babcock Presbyterian Church was discovered just after 5 a.m. on Thursday by police and firefighters responding to call from a passer-by who heard church alarms going off.
The vandals tipped over an organ and a new $8,000 piano, pushed over a baptismal font, sprayed fire extinguishers, destroyed furniture and threw sheet music and other papers all over the church. Wooden crosses and pictures were torn from walls.
Pastor Marilyn McNaughton called the mess an act of “extreme vandalism.” She said the culprits caused damage to every room in the church.
The 150-year-old congregation in the town’s Ashaway section has about 75 members.
Police are seeking the public’s help in identifying the vandals.
Nov 12, 2010 –
Police say a 32-year-old Lake Worth church was vandalized with graffiti this week.
Symbols and profanity were spray-painted on Central Full Gospel Fellowship’s glass front door, brick facade and outside concrete walkway sometime between Wednesday night and Friday morning.
Church members discovered the vandalism Friday morning when they arrived to clean the inside of the building on Delaware Trail.
Aug 30, 2010 – A Spokane Valley pastor who was shot outside his home last week was remembered as a community leader who loved God as much as his garden during a service held Monday morning at his former church.
Pastor Creach was shot and killed by a Spokane Valley Police Officer on Thursday night after the officer responded to a report of a prowler in the area. An altercation occurred shortly after 11 o’clock at night and Creach was shot with a single bullet.
Police identified the officer involved as Deputy Brian Hirzel, a veteran law enforcement officer with more than a dozen years of experience in California, Idaho and Washington.
The shooting remains under investigation by the Spokane Police Department and Washington State Patrol.
THE WOODLANDS, TX — It’s proof that thieves will hit any place at any time. Even a church isn’t sacred. Someone broke into a church in The Woodlands and stole the entire Sunday collection.
It was about 4pm and the church was filled with choir members when someone came through the front door, then broke into an interior office and stole an entire safe filled with cash, checks and credit cards. The entire Sunday collection was gone, along with cards used to pay the bills.
“The lock on the door to the office apparently is very easy to jimmy,” said Woodlands Christian Church Chairman Rose Sinclair.
She says the break-in was a big shock.
A former church counselor has admitted sexually assaulting five children and faces at least 10 years in prison.
Brad Boda pleaded guilty Friday in Boulder County. The former Rocky Mountain High School counselor admitted assaulting five children in 1998, four boys and one girl. At the time, Boda was a church counselor in Longmont.
The plea agreement calls for Boda to spend the rest of his life on probation in a sex-offender monitoring program.
Victims told investigators that the assaults took place on church trips, in the church basement, in a neighbor’s home and at Boda’s family cabin.
Boda will be sentenced June 30.