In a biting case of poetic justice last week, a Las Cruces, New Mexico, man who police say ordered his pit bull to bite a 26-year-old woman he was allegedly holding against her will, ended up being the recipient of the dog's bite instead, allowing the young woman to escape from his clutches.
A release from the Doña Ana County Sheriff's Office said the alleged kidnapper, Gabriel A. Garcia who shares a house with his father, was arrested last Friday.
The victim told police that she met Garcia at a party where he took her car keys. He later connected with her on Facebook with an offer to return the keys and she agreed to meet him to collect them. more >>
A gunman and one victim are dead at an Oregon high school Tuesday, marking the 74th shooting since Adam Lanza opened fire on a first grade classroom in Sandy Hook, Connecticut, just a year-and-a-half ago.
An unidentified gunman armed with a rifle entered Reynolds High School, in the Portland suburb of in Troutdale, around 8 a.m. local time on Tuesday, while classes were in session. The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office confirmed that the gunman had been killed, but did not state how he had died.
Beyond the male student who was killed, a teacher, believed to be physical education teacher Todd Rispler, was also wounded, stated KGW. One student also told KGW that after hearing two gunshots, he saw the gunman chase Rispler down the hall. Rispler said his hip was grazed but that he would be fine. more >>
Link Ellingson, 55, the beloved man who died in a hospital six months after a fight with youth pastor Robert Cox in Las Vegas, was once a committed Christian who reportedly abandoned his faith for the ways of the world, according to Cox's father-in-law and pastor, Mike Dillman.
In an interview with The Christian Post Monday, Dillman, who is senior pastor at The Place of Refuge Church in Manteca, California, said just two days after the controversial fight between Cox and Ellingson, the dead man's older brother and committed Christian Blake Ellingson, revealed in a Facebook post that his family was praying that God would use the tragedy to bring him back to the Lord.
"Link and his wife were married in an Assemblies of God church a number of years ago where we understand that Link was a committed believer," Dillman told CP. more >>
The family and friends of youth pastor Robert Cox of Place of Refuge Church in Manteca, Calif., who is currently facing murder charges stemming from a fight in the parking lot of a Las Vegas, Nevada bar last year, celebrated his release from a local jail Monday night where he had been locked up for nearly a week.
Cox was arrested by the Manteca Police Department last Tuesday and charged by the Las Vegas district attorney with the murder of 55-year-old Link Ellingson, who died from injuries he suffered during a fight with Cox on June 13, 2013 in the parking lot of a sports bar called Four Kegs Sports Pub.
"Thank you so much for all your prayers and support, we have received messages from people literally all over the world praying for Pastor Rob," announced Cox's church in a Facebook post early Tuesday morning. more >>
The student hailed as a hero after he tackled a man who opened fire at Seattle Pacific University on Thursday, addressed the public for the first time since the incident, saying that God had allowed him to see the humanity in the shooter as he disarmed him.
"When I came face-to-face with the attacker, God gave me the eyes to see that he was not a faceless monster, but a very sad and troubled young man," Jon Meis said in a statement on Monday. "While I cannot at this time find it within me to forgive his crime, I truly desire that he will find the grace of God and the forgiveness of our community."
Meis, a 22-year-old engineering student at SPU who served as a volunteer building monitor in Otto Miller Hall, was sitting behind a desk in the building's lobby when the suspect entered carrying a shotgun and a knife around 3:30 p.m. Thursday. Meis reportedly shot pepper spray at the suspected shooter Aaron Ybarra, 26, before tackling the gunman to the ground while he was reloading his shotgun. more >>
Eugene Cho, the Washington-based pastor of Quest Church, revealed Friday that the Seattle Pacific University student shot and killed last Thursday, Paul Lee, had attended his church.
"I remember meeting him once. I don't remember much about our chat," wrote Cho on his blog. "I just remembered his overly wide infectious smile. I don't really know much about him but his friends speak the world about him. They speak of his humor, smiles, energy, goofiness, and his faith in Christ."