- Man shot by police ID'd; witness shares his side of story (2/17/17)31
- Settlement reached in accidental shooting case at Kelly High (2/15/17)10
- MSHP: McLendon shot in side; autopsy refutes witness account (2/19/17)23
- Jackson board votes to demolish high school building if bond issue passes (2/15/17)24
- Cape officer shoots man inside a home (2/16/17)7
- Business notebook: Owners ready to roll out the Barrel 131 (2/20/17)3
- Apparent punch at girls basketball game propels lawmaker into action (2/21/17)4
- Former Cape cop indicted on possessing child porn (2/17/17)
- Man dies after being shot by officer; said to have come at cop with knife (2/16/17)29
- Ray's of Kelso to close, then reopen under new ownership (2/16/17)6
Churches offer refuge, sanctuary and hope for so many people in need of spiritual comfort.
Because of this, it is almost impossible to fathom why anyone would want to do harm to church buildings.
But five Cape Girardeau churches have been vandalized or burglarized in recent weeks. Some had money stolen. All had damage to windows, doors and furniture.
That the burglaries happened during the Christmas season seems significant. Churches tend to open their doors more often for services that mark the special season and share the Gospel.
Fortunately, the break-ins didn't stop any congregation from worshipping as usual.
Two Cape Girardeau men have been charged with the burglaries. Both have pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Police had help making the arrests. One of the items stolen from the law office was traceable. Each of the men admitted their participation in the crimes, police said, once they were arrested as suspects.
Police aren't certain what would motivate church vandals to commit their crimes.
But pastors have a guess: They are hurting and angry and decide to take it out on churches where comfort and compassion should be available.
The law-enforcement community -- from police to prosecutors -- worked hard in this case to make sure the faith community was protected.