Suspect in Boys & Girls Club brass instruments theft nabbed
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Police in North Carolina have arrested a man they say stole several brass instruments from the Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club more than 1 ½ years ago, essentially placing...
ME: Death of woman does not appear to be a homicide
WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — Police say the state medical examiner's initial report indicates the death of a woman whose body was found near Salvation Army donation bins in Massachusetts does not appear to be a homicide.
Good Samaritan picks up hotel tab for 70 homeless in Chicago
CHICAGO (AP) — A good Samaritan offered to pay for hotel rooms for 70 homeless people who were camped out in tents in the bitter cold that blanketed Chicago .
The offer came after the Chicago Fire Department on Wednesday confiscated nearly 100 propane tanks given the group to keep them warm as temperatures sank to negative 22 (negative 20 Celsius). The department acted after one of the donated tanks exploded.
Omaha program pays homeless people to beautify city
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Omaha officials and the Salvation Army have devised a new program that would pay homeless people $10 an hour to work with flowers and other plants that beautify the city.
The City Council will vote Tuesday on the program, which they're calling "A Way to Work," The Omaha World-Herald reported .
Autopsy inconclusive on woman found dead near donation bins
WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — Police say an autopsy on a woman found dead near Salvation Army donation bins in Massachusetts was inconclusive.
Worcester Police Lt. Sean Murtha said Tuesday evening that preliminary autopsy results did not determine the woman's cause of death and more testing is needed.
Body found near Salvation Army donation bin
WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A body has been found near a Salvation Army donation bin in Massachusetts.
Police say officers were called to the scene in Worcester around 9:45 a.m. Monday.
Police have yet to determine if the death was from natural causes or foul play.
Myanmar government says Rakhine rebels kill 13 policemen
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Thirteen policemen were killed and nine injured in early morning attacks Friday on police outposts in Myanmar's Rakhine state by the insurgent Arakan Army, state media reported.
Burglars swipe $1,700 in Salvation Army kettle donations
SANFORD, Maine (AP) — Police in Maine are looking for the Grinch who stole cash donations from the Salvation Army.
Officials say a burglar pried open a metal door at the Salvation Army in Sanford, Maine, sometime between Christmas Eve and Christmas morning.
The Journal Tribune reports that about $1,700 in cash donations intended for the needy was taken from a safe. The Sanford Police Department is investigating.
Kentucky donor gives $1.3K gold coin to Salvation Army
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky man has donated a gold Canadian coin worth $1,300 to a Louisville Salvation Army kettle campaign for the second year in a row.
Mystery donor again gives Colorado Salvation Army gold coin
FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — The Salvation Army says a mystery benefactor in Colorado has once again donated a gold coin worth about $1,500.
The charity says someone dropped a South African Krugerrand into a collection kettle in Fort Collins on Dec. 14. It was the 19th time in 20 years that at least one Krugerrand showed up.
2 sheriff’s offices compete, raise $2900 for Salvation Army
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — The Salvation Army says friendly competition between two Louisiana sheriff's offices has raised $2,900 for the charity.
A news release Tuesday says Bossier (BOH-zher) Parish sheriff's deputies rang in nearly $1,900 during Friday's Red Kettle Challenge, while Caddo Parish deputies raised just over $1,000.
It's the challenge's third year. Bossier deputies won them all.
Fort Smith church donates gifts to children of inmates
FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) — Community Bible Church's partnership with Angel Tree in recent years has reached new heights in giving the children of federal prisoners a merry Christmas.
Second-graders campaign to collect food for Sitka hungry
SITKA, Alaska (AP) — A second-grade class is helping feed hungry people in Sitka.
The children at Keet Gooshi Heen (KEET-GOO-shee-HEEN) Elementary School are participating in a project to collect food that will be donated to the Salvation Army.
The Sitka Sentinel reports the project is called "Fill the Halls."
Man accused of stealing Salvation Army kettle of donations
FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — A Salvation Army bell ringer in Colorado is charged with stealing a red kettle containing about $400 in donations.
Colorado Salvation Army bell ringer steals red kettle, $400
FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — The Salvation Army in Fort Collins says a bell ringer stole a red kettle and $400 at the end of a shift outside a Colorado grocery store.
The Coloradoan reports a Salvation Army officer was going to pick up the kettle at about 7 p.m. Friday when the bell ringer ran away with the kettle full of donations.
Salvation Army kettles collect gold coins in Chicago area
CHICAGO (AP) — The Salvation Army says it already has collected several gold coins in the Chicago area.
The Salvation Army said in a statement that a "Gold Eagle" coin, worth about $1,200, was deposited by an anonymous donor in a red kettle at a store in Crystal Lake on Friday.
Police search for suspect in Salvation Army theft
NORTH PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Police in Rhode Island are searching for a man they say stole from a local Salvation Army.
The Providence Journal reports that North Providence police identified 44-year-old Adam Rogers, of North Providence, as a suspect in the Nov. 4 break-in after releasing surveillance images. Police have obtained a warrant for Rogers' arrest.
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Funeral set for township worker shot at municipal building
STROUDSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Funeral services are set for a Pennsylvania township worker who was shot and killed this week by a man having issues getting permits.
Michael Tripus was shot Tuesday at the Paradise Township municipal in the Pocono Mountains, about 100 miles (160 kilometers) north of Philadelphia.
Police have charged 72-year-old David Green with the killing. He's said he's sorry.
Funeral services are set for Monday at the William H. Clark Funeral Home in Stroudsburg.
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Arizona financial adviser gets 6 years for stealing
PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Attorney General's office says a former financial adviser has been sentenced to six years imprisonment for stealing money from dormant bank accounts.
Prosecutors said Wednesday that 36-year-old Steven Watson of Gilbert, Arizona will also serve seven years of probation upon his release. Watson was an associate financial adviser at a local bank in 2014 when he developed a plan to steal money from dormant accounts.
Trial set for Minnesota man charged in apartment stabbings
ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota man is set to face trial in May for allegedly fatally stabbing two of his neighbors at a Salvation Army apartment building.
The Post Bulletin reports 54-year-old Glenn Roger Johnson is to go to trial May 20. Johnson has pleaded not guilty to two felony first-degree murder charges.
Bruno Mars to provide Thanksgiving meals for 24K in Hawaii
NEW YORK (AP) — Bruno Mars will mark the end of his massive "24K Magic World Tour" by providing meals to 24,000 Hawaii residents in need for the Thanksgiving holiday.
The Hawaiian-born singer announced Sunday he has donated money for the food to the Salvation Army's Hawaiian and Pacific Islands Division, which hosts an annual Thanksgiving meal program to help those in need.
Police search for suspect in Salvation Army break-in
NORTH PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Police are asking for the public's help in identifying the suspect who broke into a Rhode Island Salvation Army.
North Providence police were notified of the break-in at the store's Smith Street location at around 9:45 p.m. Sunday.
Officers who arrived at the scene found the glass on the front door shattered, and two cash registers and two candy machines broken on the floor inside.
Omaha’s Tree of Lights assembled; ceremony set for November
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Salvation Army's annual Tree of Lights campaign has already gotten underway with assembly of the 75-foot tall, two-ton metal Christmas tree in front of American National Bank at 90th and Dodge streets.
The tree, which has more than 60,000 LED lights, 600 lit snowflakes and is topped by a 6-foot star, was assembled last week with the help of more than 40 volunteers from the Ironworkers Local 21.
Toys for Tots, holiday food help signup set for Cedar Rapids
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — The Salvation Army in Cedar Rapids is gearing up to help the less fortunate this coming holiday season.
Registration for the Salvation Army's Toys for Tots and holiday food assistance programs begins Monday and runs through Friday. Registration opens again Nov. 12 for Christmas food assistance.
Applications will be available at The Salvation Army. No appointment is necessary.
As Salvation Army leaves old Iowa building, new use pops up
DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — As the Salvation Army of the Quad-Cities vacates its long-time Davenport home at the corner of 6th and Harrison streets, the big brick building is poised to become the next downtown apartment renovation project.
Little League World Series spot an honor for umpires, too
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — Ryan Gibson remembers buying clothes from the local Salvation Army to put together his first umpire uniform when he was about 14 years old. Jeff Pruitt recalls going to thrift stores to buy gray pants and a blue, button-down shirt.
JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) — Two officers of the Salvation Army of Jonesboro have been relieved of their duties after officials began investigating them for financial wrongdoing.
Lts. Curtis and Angela Sadler were told to leave the facility Wednesday and not return unless an internal investigation conducted by officials outside the region clears them of any wrongdoing, the Jonesboro Sun reported .
ELKHART, Ind. (AP) — The Salvation Army of Elkhart received an anonymous $50,000 donation that will help dozens who are being evicted from a northern Indiana apartment building find a new place to live.
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Four in five victims of child sexual abuse in Australian institutions will be eligible for compensation after three churches, the Scouts movement and the YMCA joined a federal government redress plan, an official said on Thursday.
The Catholic Church, Australia's largest denomination, on Wednesday became the first non-government institution to commit to the 3.8 billion Australian dollar ($2.9 billion) national plan.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — With summer heat already ratcheting up in Iowa, organizations in the state are preparing to help keep low-income families cool.
In Des Moines, IMPACT Community Action Partnership and the Des Moines Fire Department are collecting new fans to distribute to low-income families within the city who do not have working fans or air conditioning in their homes. Donations of new fans or new window air conditioners are accepted at city fire stations during normal business hours.
DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — The Salvation Army in the Quad Cities is changing its approach to helping homeless families by intervening earlier and trying to get them into permanent housing more quickly.
CLEVELAND (AP) — A Cleveland man who fatally shot a uniformed Salvation Army worker carrying a Bible was sentenced Monday to life in prison without parole for what the judge called a "senseless act of random violence."
William Jones, 27, had pleaded guilty to aggravated murder and other charges in the Dec. 2 slaying of 21-year-old Jared Fier-Plesec, who was shot in the head at close range as he left an apartment complex lobby to collect money at one of the charity's kettles.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Officials with the Salvation Army in Omaha and Boys Town National Hotline have announced a musical concert this weekend to promote mental health awareness.
The Sing Omaha program on Sunday evening will bring its girls', boys', and women's choirs, as well as its Master Chorale, to the Salvation Army's Kroc Center in southeastern Omaha for a season finale performance titled "You Will Be Found."
Nelda L. Garrett, 90, of Kankakee, went home to be with our savior on April 7, 2018, from her home, with family at her side.
Cremation rites have been accorded at her request. A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 28, at the Salvation Army, 148 N. Harrison Ave., Kankakee. Major Kevin VanZee will officiate.
The Knights of Columbus of St. Vincent de Paul Council 11901 of All Saints Parish, Plymouth, took top honors in the Red Kettle competition for the Salvation Army. This is the third consecutive year and the fourth time in five years that the Knights earned this distinction. The Knights manned the kettles seven times and collected $3,906.93 to help with Christmas assistance for the needy. The council also presented Catholic Social Services with 30 new children’s coats to aid their efforts. At the presentation of the Godfrey Bell during the volunteers dinner at the Salvation Army, from left, are Knights and project co-chairmen George Tensa and Samuel Wolfe, Lt. Oziel Urbaez of the Salvation Army, Knight Del Cragle, and Herb ‘Chip’ Godfrey of the Salvation Army Advisory Board.
Earth Day event collects thousands of pounds of electronic waste for recycling
Thousands of pounds of broken and outdated electronics were collected Sunday for recycling as part of an Earth Day event in Madison.
CLEVELAND (AP) — A Cleveland man has pleaded guilty in the fatal shooting of a Salvation Army worker who was going out to collect money at one of the charity's kettles.
William Jones was charged in the Dec. 2 slaying of Jared Fier-Plesec. Investigators say Fier-Plesec was wearing his Salvation Army uniform and had stopped to discuss the Bible with someone when Jones shot him.
Man pleads guilty to slaying Cleveland Salvation Army worker, crime spree to avoid facing death penalty
Man pleads guilty to slaying Cleveland Salvation Army worker, crime spree to avoid facing death penalty
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- A Cleveland man will avoid facing the death penalty after he admitted on Tuesday to carrying out an hour-long crime spree that began with the killing of a Salvation Army worker in an unprovoked attack.
Lena R. Butler, a retired non-teaching assistant, died on Saturday, March 31, 2018. She was 87.
She was born on Nov. 14, 1930 to the late David and Charlene Stephens in Crawfordville, Ga. She was the eldest of their four daughters and his seven children.
Butler was educated in the Philadelphia public school system and graduated from William Penn High School. She went on to work for the School District of Philadelphia as a non-teaching assistant and retired after many years of employment.
The United Way of Odessa is organizing its annual Day of Caring event for 2018, seeking volunteers to help beautify landscape at the Salvation Army location on 11th Street.
The ‘Clean the Green’ event is set for the morning of April 21, on the weekend of Earth Day.
The United Way of Odessa is seeking volunteers to gather as a team to clean trash and pull weeds on the site, and is looking for landscapers to help cut tree limbs, edge and mow grass, hedge shrubs, and cut back tree branches.
Salvation Army to buy Bethany Lutheran Church, homeless shelter for men will continue to operate
The Salvation Army is currently in the process of buying Bethany Lutheran Church and selling its two buildings on Melendy Street.
“It’s definitely a God thing. The same day someone wanted to look at our buildings to buy, someone else told us about a building for sale and it was Bethany Lutheran Church,” Salvation Army Administrator Tammy Miller said.
Miller said negotiations for the sales began in October or November 2017.
‘Hometown Headlines’ Q&A: Salvation Army administrators live up to their Corps beliefs
DeShawn and Christal Johnson, 41 and 40, of Sterling, have been with with the Salvation Army since 2005, first in Macomb, then Iowa City, Iowa, and Springfield, gradually taking on more responsibility and becoming more involved.
They were appointed Corps administrators and envoys to the Sterling-Rock Falls area in June 2104, where they're based out of the office at 409 Ave. F in Sterling.
The Salvation Army is continuing to help Fayette County residents whose homes were destroyed or damaged as a result of a tornado and torrential rains that slammed the region last month.
The Salvation Army Boy & Girls Club of Aiken launched its Celebrity Reader Program on Tuesday.
The program is the brainchild of Colen Lindell, a member of the Club’s Advisory Council.
Lindell said he started the program to fulfill his vision of “helping kids learn to read at a young age so they can be successful later on in life."
“The program is designed to make kids feel like reading is cool,” he added.
Aiken County Council Vice Chairman Andrew Siders was the first Celebrity Reader.
ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota man is charged with murder in the fatal stabbings of two of his neighbors at a Salvation Army apartment building.
Fifty-three-year-old Glenn Roger Johnson was charged Tuesday with first- and second-degree murder in the Saturday night stabbings in Rochester, Minnesota. Bail was set at $3 million.
Prosecutors review charges in Salvation Army stabbing
ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) — Prosecutors are reviewing charges against a man held for fatally stabbing two men at a Salvation Army apartment building in Minnesota.
Police say the 53-year-old man was intoxicated when he killed the men following an argument at Castleview Apartments in Rochester, a building that provides housing for the homeless, disabled and those with mental health issues.
ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) — Two men were fatally stabbed at a Salvation Army apartment building in Minnesota, and police arrested a suspect who tried to leave through a rear stairway.
The stabbings were reported around 7:15 p.m. Saturday at Castleview Apartments in Rochester, a 32-unit building that provides shelter for the homeless, disabled, those in poverty or who have mental health issues.