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Church Arson Investigation

By: Patty Boczarski Email
By: Patty Boczarski Email

5-20-07

Members of St. Stephens arrived at church this morning, welcomed by yards of crime scene tape. Church members say this isn't the first time they've had their house of worship targeted.

One parishioner says she's seen what she calls a rash of vandalism in the past months.

Beverly Calhoun said, "There's been a rash of arson that's happened and it seems according to what we've heard, it all seems to be the same method of operation. They're doing the same thing at each place the fires are set."

If it weren’t for a couple of good Samaritans, church goers may not have had a place to pray this Sunday morning.

Police say a couple traveling past the burning church grabbed a water hose to put out the fire. In a town where "everybody knows everybody," parishioners want to thank their church's hero.

Parishioner Tawanna Hodges said, "I would just thank him in every way possible because if it wouldn't have been for him, the church may have been in flames."

Another parishioner, Betsy Wonsch, said, "They saved the church because if they hadn't stopped nobody would have been here until this morning so they actually saved the church."

Parishioners say they will still keep the arsonist in their prayers.

The fire department says that they are currently conducting an investigation and they are asking for the public's help. Anyone with information is asked to call 891-FIRE.


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