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Holy Childhood church addresses parishioners about pastor charged with child porn possession – Belleville News

Two men representing the Holy Childhood Catholic Church in Mascoutah addressed the parish at the start of the 8 a.m. Mass Sunday to speak about one of the church’s pastors being charged with possession of meth and child pornography.

“When something this tragic happens of this magnitude, it affects all of us,” said one of the men at the 8 a.m. Mass Sunday. “There’s feelings and reactions within our parish…of shock, confusion, anger, confirmation, embarrassment, understanding, love and compassion.”

The man acknowledged that parishioners may have questions: How could this happen? What else was going on? How could he have hid this?

“We have become a nation and society that is quick to assess and point fingers,” he said. “What we do know is true is that we’re all true sinners…and none of us have ever been saints.”

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Associate pastor of Mascoutah church taken into police custody – Belleville News

The associate pastor of Holy Childhood Church and school in Mascoutah was taken into police custody Monday morning, according to the state’s attorney.

The priest was identified as the Rev. Gerald R. Hechenberger.

“We have been working with Belleville (Police) and the task force for several weeks and we anticipate they will be submitting evidence collected pursuant to a search warrant we issued within the next 48 hours to be reviewed for charges involving Gerald Hechenberger,” St. Clair County State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly said.

Earlier in the day, Belleville Police issued a statement saying a Mascoutah resident was identified as being in possession of child pornography, but the police statement did not identify the resident. A police captain confirmed that Belleville police officers were at the church at 419 East Church St. around 7 a.m. Monday.

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Reward offered in string of church burglaries

A suspect or suspects in the break-ins have not been identified.

State police at Hollidaysburg said the incidents occurred during the overnight hours this week and primarily targeted churches, forcing entry by opening doors or breaking windows. The following churches were involved:

– Sinking Valley Presbyterian Church in Tyrone.

– Williamsburg Independent Baptist Church in Williamsburg.

– St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Martinsburg.

– Hope United Methodist Church in Alexandria.

– Grace Point Community Church in Williamsburg.

– Spruce Creek Methodist Church in Spruce Creek.

– Faith Assembly of God in Roaring Spring.

State police reported the suspect damaged $2,000 worth of Sinking Valley Presbyterian Church’s property. The investigation is ongoing. State police also reported a suspect pried the front door of Williamsburg Independent Baptist Church and stole Christmas cards and a lock box containing close to $100.

“People ask ‘Why would they steal Christmas cards?” said Pastor Joseph Weber of Williamsburg Independent. “Obviously they thought there was

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12-year-old girl last seen at Bedford church found safe

Kelly Marie McBride was seen about 7:30 p.m. at a function at Central Baptist Church in the 1100 block of Central Drive, near State Highway 183, police Lt. Kirk Roberts said.

Kelly is 5-foot and weighs about 125 pounds. She has light brown curly hair and hazel eyes, and was wearing an orange and green top and green shorts. 

There is no current indication of foul play, Roberts said. 

Anyone with information on Kelly’s whereabouts is asked to call Bedford police at 817-952-2127.

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Authorities investigating separate church break-ins in Amelia County

AMELIA COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — The Amelia County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after cash and electronics were taken from two churches that were broken into recently.

Officials say the two churches — Promised Land Baptist and Destiny Worship Center — were without damage at 3 p.m. on Sunday. The breaking and enterings were reported to the sheriff’s department at 10 a.m. Monday.

The suspect(s) took a TV and a camera from Promised Land Baptist. The church safe was also dragged into the parking lot but left there unopened.

Approximately $350 cash was taken from Destiny Worship Center.

In both incidents, authorities believe the suspect(s) gained entry through a broken window. At one of the churches, stain drops that investigators believe to be blood were found at the suspected entry site.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Amelia County Sheriff’s Office at (804) 561-2118 or Amelia Crime Solvers at (804) 561-5200.

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Authorities identify remains found on Federal Way church property

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Woman Last Seen Leaving for Church Found Safe in Tijuana – NBC …

A San Diego woman reported missing by her family Sunday has turned up safe, police confirmed Wednesday.

Authorities will evaluate Chappel’s medical condition and assist in transporting her to the U.S. border.

The Oak Park woman disappeared after she went to pick up her children from church.

Jonathan Chappell said his wife, Crystal Chappell, was with police in Tijuana, Mexico. According to the SDPD, concerned citizens who saw her missing person flyer noticed Crystal sitting on a street in downtown Tijuana alone and called the Mexican authorities.

She did not request any help from police. Callers helped direct Mexican authorities to the woman.

Jonathan filed a missing person report for his wife who he last saw at 11:39 a.m. Sunday. She left Octapharma plasma center, located at 3232 Duke Street, in San Diego’s Midway area and was on her way to Mission Valley to pick up their kids from church, but never

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Missing Woman Last Seen Leaving for Church: SDPD

San Diego police are investigating the report of a woman who has not been seen since she left to pick up her children from church Sunday morning.

Jonathan Chappell has filed a missing person report for his wife, Crystal Chappell, who has not been heard from since 11:39 a.m. Sunday. She was last seen leaving the Octopharma plasma center, located at 3232 Duke Street, in San Diego’s Midway area.

Crystal was on her way to Mission Valley to pick up their kids from church, but never arrived, her husband said.

Jonathan got a call from one of the kids waiting at the church, saying that Crystal was not there. He tried to call her phone, but she did not answer. 

He went to pick up the kids and returned to their home, where he did a search for Crystal’s phone. 

Jonathan said he was able to trace his wife’s

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Missing Woman Last Seen Leaving for Church: SDPD – NBC 7 San …

San Diego police are investigating the report of a woman who has not been seen since she left to pick up her children from church Sunday morning.

Jonathan Chappell has filed a missing person report for his wife, Crystal Chappell, who has not been heard from since 11:39 a.m. Sunday. She was last seen leaving the Octopharma plasma center, located at 3232 Duke Street, in San Diego’s Midway area.

Crystal was on her way to Mission Valley to pick up their kids from church, but never arrived, her husband said.

Jonathan got a call from one of the kids waiting at the church, saying that Crystal was not there. He tried to call her phone, but she did not answer. 

He went to pick up the kids and returned to their home, where he did a search for Crystal’s phone. 

Jonathan said he was able to trace his wife’s

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