As the $600,000 theft at Joel Osteen's Lakewood Church two weeks ago remains a mystery, the megachurch is offering a $25,000 reward offered to anyone who can provide clues.
The Associated Press reported on Saturday that Crime Stoppers, the national organization aimed at preventing and solving crimes in the U.S., announced the reward for information. No arrests have yet been made in the case.
The robbery occurred on the weekend of March 8. Lakewood told its 45,000-strong congregation in a message: "We were heartbroken to learn today that funds were stolen from the church over the weekend. This includes cash, checks and envelopes containing written credit card information, and it is limited only to those funds contributed in the church services on Saturday, March 8 and Sunday, March 9, 2014." more >>
Cocaine going to the Vatican was stopped by officials in Germany, according to reports Sunday. The drugs, valued at over $50,000 were heading to the Vatican's post office in 14 condoms.
The cocaine-filled condoms were sent to the Vatican from an unnamed South American country in January but intercepted in at an international airport in Leipzig, Germany, the German finance ministry told Agence France-Presse. Inside the package was 12 ounces of liquid cocaine, which has a street value of about 40,000 euros or $55,200 USD.
"I can confirm the incident as reported," the ministry spokesman told German newspaper Bild am Sonntag. "But we cannot say anything more about the case," he added, citing that it is now in the hands of local authorities. more >>
NFL free agent wide receiver Jason Avant says his grandmother's faith led him to Jesus. She prayed for him for years, and when he finally came to Christ, it was the happiest day of her life.
Her positive influence goes back to his drug-dealing days,Avant told CBN News in a video interview posted Friday.
"I was the worst gang-banger/drug dealer ever because my grandmother gave me too much truth for me to be comfortable in that environment," he said. The NFL star admitted to dealing drugs as early as sixth grade when he was growing up on the south side of Chicago. He lived with his Christian grandmother, but most of the other relatives he lived with were gang-bangers, so he grew up familiar with drug deals and drive-by shootings. more >>
Police officers in Honolulu, Hawaii, have come out in defense of an exemption in state law that allows undercover officers to have sex with prostitutes, arguing that they need it as legal protection to catch lawbreakers in the act.
A group of critics of the exemption, including other police officers and human trafficking experts, are arguing that the exemption is unnecessary and could lead to further victimization of sex workers, according to an Associated Press report.
"It doesn't help your case, and at worst you further traumatize someone. And do you think he or she is going to trust a cop again?" asked Derek Marsh, an expert who trains California police in best practices on human trafficking cases. more >>
Disgraced Geronimo "Pastor G" Aguilar, ex-pastor and founder of the Richmond Outreach Center megachurch in Richmond, Va., is now begging for help to cover his legal fees in fighting seven felony sexual abuse charges as the church prepares to name their new senior pastor on March 29.
Aguilar resigned from the church with three other pastors amid an explosive sex scandal on June 5, 2013. He was extradited to Texas in late May to face the seven felony charges, which include aggravated sexual assaults on two sisters who are younger than 14.
The charges are related to incidents that occurred before he started the ROC ministry, which was found in 2001, according to the church's website. A notice there also announced that they will be introducing a permanent replacement lead pastor on March 29. If convicted, Aguilar will face life in prison. more >>
Robert Henry was executed by the state of Florida last night for the murders of his co-workers in November 1987. Before dying, he bashed the death penalty and apologized, saying that he accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior.
"Hopefully, in the not-so-distant future, this society shall truly evolve in its law and practice, in that if we are not a society who are comfortable with castrating and raping a rapist, and we do not chop off the hands of thieves, well then, why would we continue to be murderers to those who have murdered?" Henry asked in his final statement.
Henry was found guilty of beating and burning Janet Cox Thermidor and Phyllis Harris in 1987. He wanted to rob the Cloth World fabric store where he worked with the women, even though he didn't need the money, he told detectives. Later, Henry claimed he was addicted to crack and was under a "cocaine-induced psychosis." more >>