Heather Cook, the first female to be elected bishop of The Episcopal Church of Maryland, pleaded guilty Tuesday to automobile manslaughter and three other criminal charges for her role in the drunken-driving death of 41-year-old Thomas Palermo, a married father of two and biking enthusiast last December.
According to The Baltimore Sun, prosecutors have asked for a sentence of 20 years, with all but 10 years suspended. This would be followed by five years' probation. Judge Timothy Doory who scheduled sentencing for Oct. 27, said he would not sentence the former bishop any more time than prosecutors are seeking but could give her less.
Cook, 58, who resigned her post on May 1 and was later stripped of her clergy credentials, was charged with murder earlier this year after she hit Palermo then fled the scene as the doting father died. more >>
Criminals posing as nuns are walking door-to-door in a Lehigh Acres, Florida, neighborhood asking residents for money and claiming that the charitable donations are for the St. Raphael Church.
Since Saturday, the church has been warning parishioners and the local community about the scam which is allegedly being carried out by women in their 20s, according to WinkNews.
Those who've encountered the fake nuns say they're extremely aggressive when asking for money and have even demanded that they drive residents to a nearby ATM machine so they could withdraw cash. The sly criminals have also been accused of pressuring victims into revealing their credit card information after barging into their living rooms. more >>
An unidentified man with a semiautomatic handgun on Sunday "ambushed" two officers siting in their patrol car at a traffic light in Las Vegas and fired multiple rounds, shooting an officer in the hand. Officers captured the gunman without firing a single shot, police said.
The shooting occurred when two uniformed officers were on their way in a marked patrol car to a disturbance call and had stopped at a stop light at Nellis Boulevard and Tropicana Boulevard shortly after noon, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said in a press release.
The gunman, who had not been identified until Monday morning, came on foot and opened fire on the vehicle. It is not clear if the disturbance call and the shooting were related. more >>
Law enforcement officers have expanded the search for three suspects they believe killed a veteran police officer northeast of Chicago.
Charles Jospeh Gliniewicz, a married father of three boys, had been active in law enforcement for 32 years before being gunned down. The suspected murder occurred in Fox Lake, Illinois, usually described as a safe community 55 miles northeast of downtown Chicago.
Gliniewicz, a lieutenant in the Fox Lake Police Department, was nicknamed GI Joe, according to the city's mayor. more >>
Brad Bushman is a psychology and communication professor at Ohio State University with a chilling perspective on the Virginia on-air shooting that took the lives of two journalists. According to Bushman, we should expect more such violence in the future.
He notes that "nobody knew who Vester Lee Flanagan II even was" before the shooting. Like him, perpetrators of recent shootings in Paris, Brussels, and France wore cameras. The Islamic State constantly videos its horrific executions. With the advent of wearable cameras and drones, murderers who want attention are more likely than ever to kill on-air.
Christians in India marked the seventh anniversary of the Orissa attacks on Monday, praying for close to 100 Christians who were massacred by Hindu extremists who were pressuring them to convert. An Archbishop has said the faith of Orissa's Christians has grown stronger in the face of persecution.
The Archbishop of Cuttack-Bhubaneswar, His Exc. Mgr. John Barwa SVD, told Fides News Agency that Christians "gather in prayer for the victims, reiterating, all together, our common commitment to promoting peace, justice and hope. The faith of Christians in Orissa has become stronger in the face of persecution."
The major attacks on August 31, 2008, in Orissa also left close to 56,000 Christians homeless after 300 churches and 6,000 homes were raided and looted. The Hindu mob reportedly organized against Christians who they accused of converting Indians to Christianity. more >>