A British teenager and her American boyfriend killed themselves after fatally shooting an American police officer in Orlando. Alexandria Hollinghurst and Brandon Goode were found dead in a wealthy Orlando suburb after being listed as "missing endangered" by their families.
"The Orange County Sheriff's Office has been given suicide notes written by both individuals," a spokesman revealed during a press conference. "The contents of those notes will not be revealed at this time, as the investigation is active and open. During the course of this homicide investigation, the OSCO investigators learned from Polk County authorities that the suspects were considered 'missing endangered' due to the suicidal notes."
Hollinghurst and Goode allegedly were out in the early morning when they were approached by Officer Robert German. He stopped their car for suspicious activity and called for back-up, but by the time back-up arrived, German had been shot in the head. German was taken to a nearby hospital but was unable to be revived. His body camera may provide vital information as to what exactly happened between German and the teens. more >>
New York, N.Y. -- A bomb scare at the $23 million Greater Allen Cathedral megachurch in Queens, N.Y., temporarily disrupted services on Sunday, forcing the evacuation of the church's 2,500 seat sanctuary.
The church and members shared details of the disturbance through social media Sunday.
"So there was a bomb threat at my church, Greater Allen Cathedral, just as our co-pastor was prepping to preach. The entire sanctuary of 2,500 people, along with all the others downstairs in the Sunday school, church kitchen, etc., had to be evacuated," wrote parishioner Gabby C. Wilkes in a post on Instagram. more >>
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 >>