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Christian Headlines
02-22-2010, 01:40 PM
2 Men Charged in Texas Church Fire - New York Times

Two men were charged Sunday morning with setting fire to a church in east Texas and federal authorities said the men may face charges in nine other church fires.

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Jason R. Bourque

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Daniel G. McAllister

The men, Jason Robert Bourque, 19, of Lindale, Tex., and Daniel George McAllister, 21, of Ben Wheeler, Tex., were arrested and charged with arson of a building in the Feb. 8 fire at Dover Baptist Church, located 15 miles northwest of Tyler, Tex.

Because the building was a church, the charges were elevated to a first-degree felony, said Thomas Crowley, a spokesman for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/organizations/b/bureau_of_alcohol_tobacco_and_firearms/index.html?inline=nyt-org). That felony carries a sentence ranging from probation to 99 years to life in prison, Mr. Crowley said.

“We’ve been looking at these guys for a while,” said Mr. Crowley. “But we had to paste together information.” He said various techniques led members of a special task force to the men, including DNA evidence (http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/subjects/d/dna_evidence/index.html?inline=nyt-classifier) and phone tips. A motive for the fires was still being investigated, federal authorities said.
The men had attended the First Baptist Church in Ben Wheeler together, the Texas Department of Public Safety said Sunday.

The string of fires damaged or destroyed 10 churches across three counties in Texas, including Smith, Henderson and Van Zandt. Before Sunday, nine of the blazes were considered arson but the 10th fire, which was set on New Year’s Day at Little Hope Baptist Church in Canton, Tex., was deemed arson on Sunday afternoon, Mr. Crowley said.

That means more charges against Mr. Bourque and Mr. McAllister are possible, Mr. Crowley said. No people were reported injured in the fires, the authorities said.

Bond for the men was set at $10 million. They were being held at the Smith County Jail in Tyler, pending a Monday court appearance in Smith County Court, Mr. Crowley said. Mr. McAllister was arrested in San Antonio by the Texas Rangers and Mr. Bourque was arrested in Van Zandt County, Mr. Crowley said.

Investigators have said that the fires have followed no set pattern. Different types of congregations, including Methodist, Baptist, Christian Scientist and nondenominational churches, have been hit. The fires have broken out at different times of day and on different days of the week. Many congregations have hired security guards or have asked their members to stand guard at night.

The rash of arsons recalled a similar episode in Alabama in February 2006, when three college students from the Birmingham suburbs burned down nine churches over two nights. The students pleaded guilty to federal arson charges and received lengthy sentences.

After three church fires in Athens, someone set fire to two churches in Tyler, about 90 miles southeast of Dallas, on Jan. 16 and 17. Two days later, a church in Lindale, about 15 miles to the north, went up in flames. Then on Jan. 20, another burned down in Wills Point, 45 miles east of Dallas.

On Feb. 8, fires broke out at two Baptist churches in a rural area 15 miles northwest of Tyler. The men are charged in one of those fires. The fires were three miles apart and started within an hour of each other, said the Tyler fire chief, Neal Franklin.

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JamesTheJust
02-22-2010, 02:46 PM
I hope these were NOT pure Whites doing this stupidity and ungodliness. I hope it is revealed that these guys had jew mothers or something to that effect. If it turns out that these guys were jews, I will be spreading this truth far and wide! We must counteract any perception that the jew media gives in this account. Our people are already falsely accused enough.

Christian Headlines
02-22-2010, 04:34 PM
2 arrested in string of East Texas church arsons

12:00 AM CST on Monday, February 22, 2010

By RICHARD ABSHIRE / The Dallas Morning News
rabshire@dallasnews.com (rabshire@dallasnews.com)

Two men were arrested Sunday in connection with 10 church arsons and three attempted church break-ins since the first of the year in East Texas.

Daniel George McAllister, 21, of Ben Wheeler and Jason Robert Bourque, 19, of Lindale were being held in the Smith County Jail in Tyler in lieu of $10 million bail each. They are charged with one count of arson.

Bourque was arrested in Van Zandt County and McAllister in San Antonio.

East Texas Church Arson Task Force investigators, speaking at a Sunday news conference in Tyler, declined to address a possible motive.

Tom Crowley, a spokesman for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, said that the arrests were triggered by a telephone tip, although the suspects had been on the radar for several weeks.

Crowley added that one of the men was linked to the fire with DNA evidence, though Crowley said he had no other details on the DNA.

He also said Bourque and McAllister used to attend First Baptist Church in Ben Wheeler, which was not targeted.

Although McAllister and Bourque were charged with setting only one church fire, Smith County District Attorney Matt Bingham said more charges will follow.

"The arrest warrant alleges only one of the fires," Bingham said. "Don't interpret that to mean they won't be charged with the other fires. I don't think the public should be worried about anything."

The East Texas investigation includes a string of 10 church fires between Jan. 1 and Feb. 8. No one was hurt during any of the fires, investigators said.

Bingham said he does not know whether McAllister and Bourque have criminal records.

Arrest warrants charge the men with the Feb. 8 arson of Dover Baptist Church near Tyler, according to DPS spokeswoman Tela Mange. Investigators have not determined whether a suspicious church fire in Temple, in Central Texas, is part of the same series of arsons and might be listed as an 11th incident, she said.

Bingham said that he will prosecute the men on state charges and that U.S. prosecutors will make their decisions about whether to bring federal charges as well.

First-degree felony

Under state law, church arson is a first-degree felony punishable by five to 99 years in prison, he said.

Churches are often attractive targets because they are in remote areas and are unattended several nights a week. But some of the East Texas churches were in high-traffic areas and the fires were started during the day.

In 1996, President Bill Clinton set up a National Church Arson Task Force after a series of suspicious church fires around the country were suspected of being racially motivated – whites burning down black churches.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, that task force found the usual variety of motives – covering up a burglary, insurance fraud, personal feuds and arsonists' craving to start fires.

Denominational bias did not seem to be at play in the East Texas arsons. Targets included Baptist, Christian Scientist and nondenominational places of worship.

Ongoing inquiry

"We're not going to get into motive at this time," said Steven McCraw, director of Texas Department of Public Safety. "The investigation is ongoing. But we have evidence to believe that they're also involved in the other fires and the break-ins. These are the two responsible for the 10 church fires and three break-ins."
McCraw declined to say what led investigators to McAllister and Bourque.

The two most recent fires happened within an hour of each other and no more than three miles apart on Feb. 8. Dover Baptist and Clear Spring Missionary Baptist Church are both in a rural area near Tyler, about 90 miles east of Dallas.

Investigators believe the first fire in the arson spree broke out Jan. 1 in Athens, about 30 miles southwest of Tyler.

Two more Athens church fires about 10 days later sparked the arson investigation. Four fires in five days soon followed – three in the Tyler area and the one in Temple.

Task force

Local, state and federal investigators formed a task force on Jan. 20. And on Feb. 9, DPS announced a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arsonists.

The East Texas Church Arson Task Force includes members of the ATF, Texas DPS, numerous local law enforcement agencies in East Texas, the FBI and the U.S. Marshals Service.

David Mahfood, pastor of Tyland Baptist Church, one of the Tyler churches that burned, said the word of the arrests "puts a period on the paragraphs of our lives" but said residents still think they must remain vigilant.

"We're blessed that no lives were lost and no one was injured, but I don't think we let our guard down," he said.

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Christian Headlines
02-24-2010, 01:56 PM
Atheism books found in home of Texas church fire suspect - AP



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Christian Headlines
03-02-2010, 06:01 PM
Arson suspects grew up together in Texas church - AP



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Christian Headlines
03-02-2010, 06:01 PM
Suspects' Hometown Grapples With Charges in Texas Church Fires - New York Times



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Gabriel
04-06-2010, 01:02 PM
You kind of expect this type of behavior out of niggers and kikes trying to get an insurance check.

When so-called "white" men do this it’s rather questionable.

Hopefully, it was a nigger “church.”

Pastor Bill
05-11-2010, 11:59 AM
I hope these were NOT pure Whites doing this stupidity and ungodliness. I hope it is revealed that these guys had jew mothers or something to that effect. If it turns out that these guys were jews, I will be spreading this truth far and wide! We must counteract any perception that the jew media gives in this account. Our people are already falsely accused enough.

I agree Brother.

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