Gunman targets US church building twice in same week

JEFF TURNER

Police in the United States are investigating two incidents in which someone fired shots at a Catholic Church building.

The first incident happened August 6 and the second on August 8. Someone fired shots at the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church building in Adams County, Colorado.  This is near the city of Denver.  No injuries were reported in either incident.

Security video from one of the shootings shows shots fired at the church by a person on a motorcycle.

The criminal, or criminals, responsible have not made their motive for the shooting known.

US: Suspect in Missouri church fire enters plea deal for lesser sentence

JEFF TURNER

A woman charged in a May 31, 2021 Missouri church fire has pleaded guilty as part of a deal to lower the cap on her sentence.

Anna-Marie Mullins was arrested last year following a fire at Christian Fellowship Church. She was charged with theft, burglary and arson. This week she pleaded guilty to lesser charges in exchange for a two-year sentence.

Surveillance video and fingerprints led to her arrest according to a probable cause affidavit.

Florida man accused of arson at Christian school

JEFF TURNER

A Florida man has been arrested after investigators say he set fires on the property of a Christian school.

Jail Records show Joshua James Gipson, of Perry, Florida, is charged with arson and criminal mischief resulting in property damage to a religious building for a fire at the Point of Grace Christian School. (Jail record posted below) A police report claims Gipson set fire to the school office and a bus. He is also accused of attempting to set fire to other vehicles on the property.

No motive behind the criminal act has been announced.

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Information from the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office Jail Division

U.S.: Arson investigators work to determine cause of Alabama church fire

JEFF TURNER

Arson investigators in Alabama are working to determine if a fire at a Baptist church was intentionally set.

The church building of New Mount Moriah Baptist Church in Hueytown, Alabama is a total loss as a result of a fire on 5 August.

Hueytown is a community of slightly more than 15,000 people.  The local fire department was assisted by firefighters from Bessemer, Alabama which is a larger neighboring city.

No injuries were reported.

The congregation plans to hold Sunday services at a nearby community center.

Vandalism at U.S. church investigated as ‘intimidation-related vandalism’

STAFF

Police in Pennsylvania are working to identify two people caught on video as they damaged statues at a Catholic church. 

A spokesperson for the Kennett Square Police Department says the vandalism happened at St. Patrick’s Church in Kennett Square on Saturday, July 9. Photos of the suspects were released today. The spokesperson said the crime is investigated as an, “intimidation-related vandalism,” because they also posted signs with threatening messages.

No other information about the criminal act has been released.