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Three to Be Charged In Church Desecration

Posted 11/12/19

One 18-year-old and two 17-year-old males are expected to be charged this week in a desecration of a church in Cedar Grove.David Bunn, chief deputy with the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department …

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Three to Be Charged In Church Desecration

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One 18-year-old and two 17-year-old males are expected to be charged this week in a desecration of a church in Cedar Grove.

David Bunn, chief deputy with the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department said charges will be filed this week. There were four female and four males that were at the church during the time of it being ransacked. Seven of the perpetrators were students from McKenzie and one is from West Carroll.

The case was investigated by deputies Jackie Wallace and Adam Meggs, who started receiving tips after the publication of the incident in the local newspapers.

The District Attorney’s Office decided to prosecute the three on charges of desecration of a venerated object, criminal trespassing, and vandalism of $2,500 to $10,000.

The other five juveniles could face charges of criminal trespassing. The District Attorney’s Office has not made a decision whether or not to charge them.

The Carroll County Sheriff’s Department received a call on Wednesday, October 16, that the Palestine Church on Highway 424 in Cedar Grove was vandalized. According to the report filed by Deputy Michael Sevarns, all of the storm windows of the church were broken including some metal frames. The lectern was thrown from the pulpit and broken apart. The piano was moved from the back wall and flipped over on the front side. The back door was found shattered. Two holes in the floor were created by large rocks. The floor boards were ripped off the floor and thrown into the hole. Four of the church pews were thrown through the windows and left dangling. The front double door windows were broken out of the door.

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