Two men filed a civil lawsuit on Wednesday suing the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for sexual abuse that the plaintiffs claim occurred on a pineapple farm in Maui, Hawaii, from 1986 through 1988.
Jacob Huggard, 41, and Kyle Spray, 42, both of Utah, are alleging that they were sexually abused by the camp's coordinator. Brian Pickett was responsible with overseeing the hundreds of teenage boys from Utah and Idaho who worked the pineapple fields in the 1970s and 1980s.
In addition to the Mormon Church, Maui Land and Pineapple Co., which owned the farm land and camp housing, is also listed as a defendant. According to a press release, both companies recruited boys to work for the company, paying them for their work while also educating them in Mormon missionary lifestyle. more >>
A former cafeteria manager at North Springs High School in Fulton County, Ga., who allegedly stole $500 a day over several years amounting to approximately $1 million has been arrested.
A Channel 2 Action News report highlighted that information from arrest warrants for ex-cafeteria worker Brenda Watts could possibly have cost the high school $1 million.
Watts was first reported to the news channel last spring by a fellow ex-cafeteria worker who charged that the manager regularly ran a cash-only line for which no records are available. more >>
A Kentucky church pastor and two other men have plead guilty in what authorities have suggested is one of the "biggest drug busts" in state history.
Scott Gilliam, 42, Brandon Logan, 28, and his uncle, Michael Scott Logan, 38, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute oxycodone, reported WSAZ.
Gilliam, who worked as a pastor at Perry's Branch Holiness Tabernacle Church in Olive Hill before it closed a year and a half ago, used his former church as a base for his drug operations, a fact which shocked long-time residents of the area. more >>
A California pastor was convicted of stealing $3 million from his San Diego church on Wednesday.
"Barry Minkow pled guilty today to embezzling more than $3 million in money intended as church donations (while employed as a pastor) and concealing it all from the IRS," said Joel P. Garland, acting special agent in charge of IRS Criminal Investigations for the Los Angeles field office, as reported by 10 News.
Minkow, 46, who formerly pastored San Diego Community Bible Church, admitted to opening "unauthorized church bank accounts, [forging] signatures on checks and [using] member donations for personal benefit," for more than a decade, reported The Associated Press. more >>
At approximately 4 a.m. Thursday morning, Justin Bieber learned an age-old lesson – nothing good ever happens after midnight.
The teenage pop star was arrested in Miami Beach. The charges are staggering – drag racing, driving under the influence, and resisting arrest. Police said Bieber was caught speeding down a residential street in a yellow Lamborghini.
He admitted to smoking marijuana, taking prescription medication and drinking alcohol. He failed a field sobriety test. more >>
Kenneth Eugene Hogan, 52, was executed by the state of Oklahoma on Thursday night, after being sentenced to die for the murder of 21-year-old Lisa Stanley in 1988. He is the second person to be executed in the state this year.
Hogan was pronounced dead at 6:13 p.m. after receiving the lethal injection. He apologized to the victim's family in his final moments.
"I am guilty for what I'm here for, and I take full responsibility for my actions," Hogan said. "And to Lisa's family, I say I'm sorry that I can't undo it. And I'm sorry to my family for all the pain I've caused." more >>