An Oregon evangelical pastor is facing 37 charges of alleged rape and abuse that involves two children — one boy and one girl.
James Daniel Worley, 37, served as the senior pastor at Powell Valley Church in Gresham and was arrested on Dec. 30 in Multnomah County following a Dec. 16 grand jury indictment. The sex crimes are said to have taken place 10 to 12 years ago.
Worley, who also worked as a Tillamook police officer, is now being held on $500,000 bail. The charges against him include 20 counts of sexual abuse, 11 counts of sodomy and three counts of using a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct. more >>
The Office of the State's Attorney for Baltimore City could make an announcement on the controversial hit-and-run case of embattled Episcopal Bishop of Maryland Heather Cook, 58, as early as this weekend and she could be facing potential vehicular manslaughter and a number of other charges.
"Information could possibly [be] coming out at the end of the week or early next week," said Tony Savage of the Office of the State's Attorney for Baltimore City in an email to The Christian Post Thursday.
Cook, who's the second-highest ranking official in the Diocese of Maryland and the first woman Bishop, hit 41-year-old married father of two, Thomas Palermo, as he cycled on a Baltimore roadway at about 2:30 p.m. on Dec. 27. Instead of stopping to help the injured man, she fled the scene as he lay dying. Cook only returned to the scene later after other cyclists reportedly chased her down. more >>
Just months after her historic election as the first female bishop of The Episcopal Church of Maryland, Heather Cook, 58, is facing an uncertain future after a December hit-and-run incident in which Thomas Palermo, 41, was killed and a scandalous 2010 DUI has come back to haunt her.
While no information concerning the exact details of the incident has been released, a Baltimore Police Department official told The Christian Post Monday that criminal charges are pending.
When reached for an update on when the investigation of Palermo's death will be complete, Tony Savage of the Office of the State's Attorney for Baltimore City said Wednesday that the investigation into Palermo's death remains "ongoing" and declined to say more. more >>
WASHINGTON – Last year saw the highest level of persecution of Christians the world has seen since the fall of the Soviet Union, according to a report by a Christian persecution watchdog group released Wednesday.
Open Doors USA highlighted that in the 24 years that Open Doors has been tracking numbers on global persecution, 2014 was the most violent year of Christian persecution and was far worse than the year before.
"Perhaps most chilling is the fact that all the factors, all of the issues that made this a violent year for Christian persecution are still in place," said David Curry, president and CEO of Open Doors, at the press conference. more >>
Seven people have been arrested in the aftermath of a massacre at the Charlie Hebdo weekly satirical newspaper headquarters in Paris, France, but two main suspects accused of killing 12 are still at large.
Cherif Kouachi and his brother Said Kouachi are believed to be the two men responsible for murdering 12 people yesterday in Paris. Cherif served 18 months in prison on charges of criminal association with a terrorist organization in 2005 and was part of an Islamist cell group enlisting French nationals to go to Iraq and fight Americans in the country.
The alleged driver of the getaway car in the attack turned himself in to police and is fully cooperating with authorities. Hamyd Mourad, 18, gave himself up and is helping authorities identify those associated with the murders. As a result, the Kouachi brothers have been located to be somewhere in northern France but the two are "armed and dangerous," with plenty of weapons, according to authorities. more >>
A shooting on Thursday in Paris has left a police officer dead, only a day after two gunmen who are still at large stormed the offices of satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo and killed 12 people. It is unclear whether the two incidents are related, though police have begun identifying and arresting suspects.
The Associated Press reported that an unidentified assailant shot dead a police officer on the edges of the French capital early on Thursday, and injured a street sweeper before fleeing the scene.
French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said that Thursday's police shooter remains at large, though he did not indicate whether the incident is connected to the manhunt for the two armed gunmen who killed 12 people and left 11 wounded at Charlie Hebdo's offices on Wednesday. more >>