St. Josaphat’s Roman Catholic Church – Damaged Spire – Detroit Drone Aerial Video



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By Eric D. Lawrence / Detroit Free Press Staff Writer

Add the Detroit skyline to the list of damage and destruction from this week’s powerful storms.

The iconic steeple of St. Josaphat Catholic Church, visible from I-75, was so damaged by high winds Sunday and Monday that it likely will be removed permanently, according to church officials. At times, the steeple, which towers 200 feet off the ground, could be seen swaying in the wind, said Joe Kohn, a spokesman for the Archdiocese of Detroit.

“There was some immediate concern of whether it would topple,” Kohn said today.

The steeple is a familiar part of the Detroit skyline.

“When you drive down 75, you can see this particular spire rising above the city. … It’s a sight seen by multiple millions of people,” Kohn said. “It’s unfortunate to lose an icon like that.”

Safety concerns prompted authorities to block off Canfield Street, where the 112-year-old church is located. Detroit building officials have condemned the church, at least for now, and an inspection of the inside of the steeple found cracks and other support problems, Kohn said. The steeple is missing slate shingles, and the structure is leaning.

Kohn said the steeple likely will be removed and a new roof put in its place — a project expected to easily cost in the six figures. Church officials expect to begin receiving reports from contractors as early as Wednesday on what will need to be done.

“It’s not damaged beyond repair, but it would be a huge expense and well beyond what the parish budget can handle,” Kohn said, noting that the congregation has 850 families.

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Trial for Charleston Church Shooter Set to Begin



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The death penalty trial for a white man who said he wanted to start a race war by killing black people in their South Carolina church is set to begin. (Dec. 7)

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One dead, 7 Injured in Tennessee Church Shooting



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Authorities in Tennessee say one person is dead and seven people sustained injuries after a gunman opened fire at a church in Nashville. A spokesman for the Metro Nashville Police Department said the gunman was wounded and taken to a hospital. (Sept. 24)

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Police: 9 Dead in Charleston Church Shooting



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Police in Charleston, South Carolina say a gunman killed nine people at an historic black church on Wednesday night. Police are searching for a white male, approximately 21 years old, with sandy blond hair. (June 18)

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Fire Destroys Historic New York City Church



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A historic church in New York City was destroyed in a raging fire just hours after its Orthodox Christian worshippers celebrated Easter. (May 2)

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Raw: Pastor of Texas Church Attacked and Killed



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Police say a Fort Worth-area pastor has been killed by an attacker who rammed a car into a church and then beat the man with an electric guitar. The suspect also died a short time after an officer used a Taser on him and put him in handcuffs. (Oct. 29)

Obama Addresses Veterans in Montana



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Barack Obama was in Montana Wednesday where he told a group of veterans that he honors John McCain’s military service, and McCain is owed their gratitude but not their vote. (Aug. 27)

3 killed in church camp bus crash in Indianapolis



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INDIANAPOLIS — A bus carrying teenagers returning to Indiana from a church camp in Michigan crashed Saturday afternoon just minutes from home, killing three people and sending 26 others to hospitals, officials said.

The bus came speeding off of Interstate 465 in northern Indianapolis, about a mile from the Colonial Hills Baptist Church that passengers attended, struck a retaining wall as it rounded a curve and overturned. The campers were returning from Camp CoBeAc in northern Michigan, about six hours away.

The church’s youth pastor had sent a tweet a couple of hours before the crash saying the group was expected to arrive at the church about 4:15 p.m., around the time the accident happened.

“They were not that far from home. That only adds to the tragedy,” said Indianapolis Public Safety Director Troy Riggs.

The dead included a man and his wife, Riggs said. Authorities did not provide information about the third victim.

Riggs and Mayor Greg Ballard visited the crash scene, where clothing, pillows and seat cushions from the bus were scattered along with at least two shattered windows, before they headed to the church. Riggs said there was no indication that the driver had a medical emergency and called the accident “a great tragedy.”

Ballard said investigators were taking measurements and examining the bus to determine the cause of the crash.

WTHR-TV reported the bus driver told witnesses his brakes failed. Indianapolis Fire Department Lt. Ato McTush said police and fire officials had not determined whether the church-owned bus, which was carrying 37 passengers plus the driver, had mechanical issues.

Duane Lloyd told WTHR that he heard a loud noise behind him as he was traveling near the intersection and saw the crash around 4:15 p.m.

“I heard a skid. I looked back. I see this bus in the air and people falling out of the bus,” Lloyd said. “I could have gone my whole life without seeing that.”

Karen Woodard, a member of Colonial Hills Baptist Church, cried as she stared at the wrecked bus.

“It’s so terrible. I can’t believe it,” she said.

Indianapolis Fire Department said crews had to free five people who were trapped inside after the crash. Several people stopped to help before first responders could arrive, including one man who helped pull the driver out of the bus, the department said.

“People were stopping their cars. People were literally trying to lift the bus,” Lloyd said. “You just try to do what you can do.”

Fire officials said the injured included children and adults.

Nine teenagers were taken to IU Health Methodist Hospital, including one in critical condition. Three of those were treated and released, hospital spokeswoman Sally Winter said. She said 10 others, including nine teenagers and a toddler, were taken to Riley Hospital for Children. Seven of those teenagers were treated and released, Winter said.

Many of the patients were suffering head, arm and leg injuries, fire officials said.

Roads near the scene were closed, and authorities urged people to use caution in the area. A hazardous materials crew was cleaning up diesel fuel that spilled in the crash.

Outside the church, a yellow school bus with the church school’s name was parked outside with piles of sleeping bags and suitcases nearby. Families hugged outside and talked quietly before going inside, where they met with Ballard and Riggs Saturday evening.

Ballard described the families as “remarkably positive” despite their sorrow.

“Some of the teenagers are hurting pretty bad and you can see that in their faces,” he said.

Church member Jeff Leffew, 44, of Fishers, who had three daughters on the bus that crashed and a fourth on a second bus, said he was waiting to pick them up in the church parking lot when the second bus arrived. He said he knew immediately that something was wrong because the kids on the bus were screaming.

He went to the crash scene and found his three daughters with only bumps and bruises.

He called the crash scene “surreal.”

“You’re just praying that it’s not as bad as it looks,” he said.

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My Brothers Keeper 2015 Phoenix AZ



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(PHOENIX, AZ) On Saturday September 12, 2015, the Checkered Flag Run Foundation, in association with the Black Chamber of Arizona, Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Arizona Informant will present My Brother’s Keeper: Sports Box Dialogue at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church, Phoenix, AZ. The event is part of the Foundation’s efforts that support youth overcoming obstacles to success by reaching their full potential.

MBK: Sports Box Dialogue is among several Phoenix area activities occurring in response to President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Community Challenge—accepted September 2014 by City of Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and District 8 Councilwoman Kate Gallego.
About Checkered Flag Run Foundation

The Checkered Flag Run Foundation is a 501c3 charitable organization whose mission is to provide diverse educational programs that impact under-served students. The Foundation delivers programs like MBK sports Box Dialogue out of its belief that access to quality educational opportunities ensures the investment of every student getting to cross the “finish line.”

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Mother, 2 Daughters, Take Refuge in Utah Church



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A Honduran woman ordered deported in 2016 is taking sanctuary with her two young daughters at a church in Salt Lake City. Vicky Chavez is vowing to fight her asylum case and seek relief from a federal appeals court. (July 10)

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Wichita Police: Slaying at Abortion Doc’s Church



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A Wichita, Kan., official has confirmed that late-term abortion doctor George Tiller was shot and killed at his church in Wichita, Kansas. (May 31)

Navy Chopper Aids Evacuees Near Beaumont, Texas



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The U.S. military is helping with rescue and evacuation efforts in southeastern Texas, and Thursday, a chopper and crew based in Norfolk, Virginia helped evacuate about a dozen people northeast of Beaumont, Texas. (Sept. 1)

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