A young father in Washington state who relatives say was focused on going to church, taking care of his family and living a crime free life was shot dead in his car Monday on his way to see his wife and newborn son at a local hospital.
Federal Way police told The Seattle Times they were not ruling out the possibility that the young father, Dennis Sloboda, 33, was a victim of road rage as he explained to one of his six brothers, Anton Sloboda, shortly before he was found dead. But the officer indicated there could be more to the story as well.
Police spokeswoman Cathy Schrock said they "think there is more information out there, and we are just waiting to get it." more >>
A grieving Indiana man who expected to go to jail when an Ohio police officer who pulled him over for speeding on Sunday was left overwhelmed with hope when the officer offered him prayer after learning his 15-year-old sister, Eliza Fletcher, had just died in a car crash.
"At 3 a.m. I got a phone call stating that my sister had been killed in a car accident due to some young dumb punk! I haven't slept and instantly got on the road. Of course we were speeding, trying to get back to Detroit. And we got pulled over in Ohio," wrote Mark Ross in a now viral Facebook post with a photo of him and the officer, Sgt. David Robinson.
Ross, who said he had an outstanding misdemeanor warrant, explained that he was certain the encounter would have landed him in jail but what happened next left him stunned and grateful. more >>
CHARLESTON, S.C.— A 14-year-old boy is believed to have shot and killed his father before going to a nearby elementary school in South Carolina and wounding two children and a teacher on Wednesday afternoon, authorities said.
A teacher called 911 to report a gunman and police arrived within 7 minutes at Townville Elementary School in Anderson County, located near the Georgia state line about 100 miles (160 km) northeast of Atlanta.
One of the 6-year-old children shot was in critical condition and in surgery at Greenville Memorial Hospital, Scott Stoller, Anderson County's director of emergency services, told the Anderson Independent Mail. more >>
The FBI announced new crime rates Monday, with troubling spikes in homicides across several major U.S. cities including Chicago, Houston and Washington, D.C. While the numbers fall short of showing a national trend, sensationalized headlines and calls for tougher law enforcement are sure to follow in communities nationwide.
Many will focus on this snapshot, but it is important for Christians who care about justice not to lose sight of the long game: We must build a values-based criminal justice system that reflects each individual's God-given worth, while keeping our communities safe.
Reports of increased crime, wherever they occur, make us feel more vulnerable. News of violence seems to surround us via an unrelenting stream of newsfeeds and videos, and it frightens us all. But when crime and violence affect our communities, it is an opportunity to be guided by our values — not our fears — and create a restorative criminal justice system that honors the image of God in each person. more >>
Islamic radicals from the Boko Haram terror group in Nigeria have attacked and burned the villages of Kuburumbula and Boftari in the Chibok area, killing at least two Christians.
The terrorists burned down homes and vandalized shops and a local market in the same area where 200 schoolgirls were kidnapped in 2014. The government is denying that anyone was killed.
"For the second week in a row, we are mourning the loss of Christians in Nigeria who were murdered by Boko Haram militants. This string of attacks has us deeply concerned for the safety of our Christian brothers and sisters in the Chibok area of Nigeria's northeast," International Christian Concern's Regional Manager, William Stark, said in a statement. more >>
A new report released last week by the British-based human rights advocacy organization Christian Solidarity Worldwide has revealed more horrific details on how the authoritarian North Korean regime tortures, mutilates and kills Christians.
While it is no secret that that the regime of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un has thrown tens of thousands of Christians in political prison camps, where they have been subjected to hard labor, torture and have even been killed, details are often left out on just how North Korea victimizes its own citizens for going against the will of the regime.
In a 15-page report titled Total Denial: Violations of Freedom of Religion or Belief in North Korea, CSW reports that although North Korea is a member of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, freedom of religion is one right that is "largely non-existent" in the country. more >>