April 22, 1999 |
An Indiana man charged with 10 church arsons could face the death penalty for a Georgia blaze that killed a volunteer firefighter. Federal grand juries in Atlanta and Indianapolis indicted Jay Scott Ballinger, 36, who Indiana police say dabbled in satanic rituals. Ballinger is accused of seven church arsons in Indiana and three in Georgia. Ballinger, of Yorktown, Ind., was arrested in February in connection with an Ohio fire.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 9, 2013 |
A 35-year-old parolee was found guilty Tuesday of torching St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Hacienda Heights two years ago, causing about $9 million in damage Gregory Yusuke Shiga of Hacienda Heights was convicted of five felonies, including aggravated arson, arson of a structure, arson of an inhabited structure, possession of flammable material and second-degree commercial burglary, said Deputy Dist. Atty. Renee Rose. Rose said Shiga broke into the church's sanctuary just after midnight April 16, 2011.
September 13, 1996 |
Gov. Pete Wilson signed several bills Thursday, including legislation creating a reward of up to $100,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone who sets fire to a church. "Racial or religious hatred cannot be tolerated in a civilized society," Wilson said in a prepared statement. "We must not sit by and allow the erosion of the fundamental liberty to worship freely without fear or persecution." The legislation was written by Assemblyman Kevin Murray (D-Los Angeles).
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 1993 |
Gov. Pete Wilson on Tuesday added $10,000 to the reward for information leading to the arrest of arsonists who set a Reseda church afire three times in less than nine months. The money, drawn from the state's General Fund, brings the total reward for information on the burning of Grace Hungarian Reformed Church to $50,000, a Wilson spokesman said. The 140-member church at 18858 Erwin St. was destroyed by fire Dec. 13, a $300,000 loss, according to church officials.
June 9, 1997 |
One year after a rash of fires at African American churches prompted the creation of a national task force to combat church arson, its leaders said Sunday that they have found no evidence of a racist conspiracy or even a clear pattern to the crimes. "It's difficult to draw conclusions on why this happened," said Assistant Treasury Secretary James E. Johnson, who co-chaired the task force. "We have not seen hard evidence to support the theory of a nationwide conspiracy.
December 21, 2006 |
Three former college students pleaded guilty in Birmingham to federal arson charges for burning nine churches in a series of blazes that alarmed rural congregations across the state. Matthew Cloyd, Benjamin Nathan Moseley and Russell Lee DeBusk entered the guilty pleas to arson and conspiracy charges in the string of church fires set on two nights in February. The three wore orange jail jumpsuits and leg chains as they stood before U.S.