Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Judge on sending teen church vandal to prison: 'You asked for it, you got it'

BAY CITY, MI — A Bay City teen had a confident swagger as he walked into a courtroom to learn his penalty for smashing out a Catholic church’s windows. He shuffled out visibly dejected, learning he was heading not to jail for a few more months, but to prison.

Bay County Circuit Judge Harry P. Gill on Monday, May 20, sentenced 17-year-old Mathiew I. Mosher to 13 months to five years in prison, deviating from the sentencing guidelines of zero to 11 months.


Monday, May 13, 2013

Police Search For Hastings Church Vandals

HASTINGS, Minn. (WCCO) -- Hastings Police are asking for help catching a vandal who spray painted graffiti of a possibly satanic nature on the side of a church.

Five-pointed stars inside circles and an upside down cross have now been washed off of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church’s brick walls and windows, but remnants of the graffiti remain.


One week later, vandalized church unbowed

The Rev. Myrtle Daniels stepped up to the altar and switched on a reading light. Lucile Stewart-Mitchell took her seat at the piano, pressing open a hymn book. Karyn Fisher turned down music playing on an iPad.

"We've had a busy week," Daniels announced, facing a dozen congregants gathered Sunday morning at Mount Zion A.M.E. in Woolwich Township.

A week earlier, someone had rearranged the letters on the sign outside the tiny church, defacing it with a racist - and misspelled - message: No Nigers Welcome.