June 10, 1996 |
Song, tears and laughter filled Matthews Murkland Presbyterian Church on Sunday as services were held for the first time since a nearby sanctuary was destroyed by fire. "To whoever started this fire, it took you about $1.50 worth of gas and two boxes of matches to destroy a building," the Rev. Larry Hill said during an emotional sermon to an overflow crowd of more than 200 worshipers, most of them black. "What you don't know is that all you destroyed was a building.
December 13, 1995 |
The Army, shocked by last week's arrest of two openly white-supremacist paratroopers in the murder of a black couple near Ft. Bragg, N.C., launched a new inquiry Tuesday to determine the extent to which soldiers are participating in hate groups. The investigation, to be conducted by the Army inspector general, was announced by Army Secretary Togo D. West Jr. after he conferred with Defense Secretary William J. Perry and Gen. Dennis J. Reimer, the Army chief of staff.
March 7, 1997 |
A racist former paratrooper who gunned down a black couple on the street was sentenced to life in prison without parole Thursday after a lone juror held out against the death penalty. Under state law, Judge Coy Brewer had to impose two life terms on former Army Pfc. James Burmeister II because the jury could not unanimously decide on a sentence. Burmeister, 21, of Thompson, Pa., was convicted last week of murder and conspiracy in the 1995 slayings of Jackie Burden, 27, and Michael James, 36.
July 19, 1996 |
The Army offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of vandals who painted swastikas on the doors of eight barracks rooms, six of which belonged to black members of the Army Special Forces at Ft. Bragg, N.C. The other two rooms were unoccupied. The incident was the latest example of extremist activity at Ft. Bragg and prompted human rights activists to urge Defense Secretary William J. Perry to ban hate-group members from the military.
June 11, 1996 |
A 13-year-old white girl was arrested Monday on charges that she set fire to a black church building in Charlotte, N.C., and police elsewhere questioned three young men about two fires in Texas--the most recent of more than 50 suspected arsons at black churches.
February 2, 1993 |
Three Marines showed no remorse as they were booked on charges that they beat a gay man apparently because of President Clinton's push to lift the ban on homosexuals in the military, police said Monday. "They were saying . . . they wish (homosexuals) were all dead and they're not ashamed of it," said Ed Gibson, the Wilmington police desk sergeant when the Marines were brought to the station after the attack early Saturday. Three Marine lance corporals--Colin C. Hunt, 20, Patric G.