As outrage and criticism continue to mount over the hit-and-run death of a cyclist at the hands of Heather Cook, 58, the first female bishop of the Episcopal Church of Maryland on Saturday, the Diocese has revealed that they knew about her 2010 DUI before she was elected as bishop earlier this year.
Cook, who's the second-highest ranking official in the Diocese, hit 41-year-old married father of two, Thomas Palermo, as he cycled on a Baltimore roadway Saturday afternoon then fled the scene as he lay dying. She only returned to the scene later after other cyclists reportedly chased her down. Authorities say they are investigating the incident and have refused to release any details.
In the meantime, a lot of attention has now focused on Cook's past misdemeanor charge and speculation on whether she might've been drinking or using her cell phone when she hit Palermo. more >>
The staff and congregation at the Church of the Magdalene in New York's Pocantico Hills are stunned following the Christmas day robbery of $20,000 in offerings.
Rev. Joseph Dietz told the Journal News "I was shocked and our parishioners were shocked. We've never had anything like this happen here."
According to Mount Pleasant police, the thief struck during the church's Christmas morning mass. The person reportedly pried open a back door, broke in into the church office and stole the money from a desk drawer. The $20,000 was collected from attendees of its two Christmas Eve mass. more >>
In a departure from the tense relationship across the country between law enforcement and protesters following the deaths of black men in Ferguson, Missouri, and New York City in recent weeks, Nashville Police Chief Steve Anderson is being praised for striking a peaceful tone.
In his recent Christmas message to police officers about serving their community, Anderson commented specifically on their response to protests following the Missouri and New York grand jury decisions.
The highlight of his message was a point-by-point response to a concerned citizen about the manner in which police monitored the protestors without incident, which The Washington Post has called "remarkable." more >>
Citing words from a sermon she delivered just last month on accountability, cyclists in Baltimore City cried louder for Heather Cook, the first female bishop of The Episcopal Church of Maryland, to be charged with murder after she allegedly killed one of their own, a married father of two, in a hit-and-run accident Saturday.
Cook, 58, who court records reveal has a history of substance abuse, has not yet been charged in the death of 41-year-old Thomas Palermo, who friends and relatives are now grieving.
A spokesperson from the Office of the State's Attorney for Baltimore City told The Christian Post Monday evening that they could not comment on an ongoing investigation, and staff at the Diocese have not yet delivered a statement from Cook, who has been placed on leave from the Diocese. more >>
Investigators in the southern Mexican state of Guerrero have revealed that a Roman Catholic priest who was discovered dead on Christmas Day last week was strangled to death, and not shot, as initial reports had claimed. Pope Francis has condemned the murder, calling it "unjustifiable."
"There has been a poor handling of information, because Father Lopez Gorostieta did not die from a gunshot, he died of strangulation, according to the autopsy," Attorney General Miguel Angel Godinez said on Monday.
Baltimore City cyclists are demanding that Heather Cook, the first female bishop of The Episcopal Church of Maryland, and the second highest ranking official in the church, be charged with murder after she hit a cyclist with her car Saturday then fled the scene as he died. It has also been revealed that Cook has a DUI record.
Baltimore Police spokesman Det. Jeremy Silbert told the Baltimore Brew that "officers were called to the 5700 block of Roland Avenue for a report of a car accident" at about 2:37 p.m. Saturday.
When they arrived, 41-year-old Thomas Palermo, a married father of two and biking enthusiast, was found injured but alive. He was rushed to Sinai Hospital but died from his injuries. Cook, 58, who was later identified as the driver of the vehicle that hit Palermo, fled the scene and only returned after she was reportedly chased down by cyclists who were present at the scene of the accident. more >>