DEPUTY KILLS SUSPECT AFTER BREAK-IN AT KY CHURCH

Baptist Press

161206simpsonville-kySIMPSONVILLE, Ky. — A Kentucky sheriff’s deputy fatally shot a robbery suspect early Dec. 2 at Simpsonville Baptist Church here.

The Kentucky State Police said the white male suspect was inside the church and was shot by a Shelby County deputy after ignoring repeated requests to drop a weapon. Police have not identified the type of weapon.

The name of the suspect is being withheld pending notification of the family. [Read more…]

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CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR A NATION IN TURMOIL

By Lonnie Wilkey
Editor, Baptist and Reflector

Lonnie Wilkey

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In most sporting events, there is a clear cut winner. A team wins or loses.

It’s not as simple in life. Sometimes things happen and there are no winners — only losers.

Such is the case in our nation today. The most recent example is in Charlotte, N.C., where a black man was shot by police on Sept. 20 and rioting broke out in that city. Videos of the rioting and the violence are disturbing. What’s even more disturbing is that news media have reported that approximately 70 percent of those doing the rioting aren’t even from Charlotte. They are people who are intentionally taking advantage of a tragic situation to cause more harm to a devastated city.

At least one person has been killed in the riots and property has been stolen or destroyed. The violence has to stop before more people are killed. [Read more…]

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NASHVILLE LIGHTENS UP ON MARIJUANA PENALTIES

By Diana Chandler
Baptist Press

marijuanaNASHVILLE (BP) — Nashville and surrounding Davidson County have joined a lengthy list of governments giving law enforcement officials the option of issuing civil citations to persons possessing small amounts of marijuana.

Marijuana possession and use in the city and county are still considered crimes. But under the new measure passed Sept. 20 by the Nashville Metropolitan Council, law enforcement officials may choose whether to charge a person with a civil offense or a criminal misdemeanor for knowingly possessing a half-ounce of marijuana or less. [Read more…]

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PRAY FOR AND LOVE STUDENTS: SRO OFFICER

By Connie Davis Bushey
News Editor, Baptist and Reflector

Officer Joseph Rigsby, left, school resource officer for the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Department, based in Murfreesboro, stands with Matt Harris, pastor, Holly Grove Baptist Church, Lascassas. Harris is a bivocational pastor who works at a middle school as an educational assistant with Rigsby.

Officer Joseph Rigsby, left, school resource officer for the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Department, based in Murfreesboro, stands with Matt Harris, pastor, Holly Grove Baptist Church, Lascassas. Harris is a bivocational pastor who works at a middle school as an educational assistant with Rigsby.

LASCASSAS — School Resource Officer Joseph Rigsby of the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Department asked members of Holly Grove Baptist Church here to pray for and show love to students — at his middle school and in all schools and communities.

Rigsby, who works at a middle school, spoke during the church’s morning worship service Sept. 11.

He sees many children in dire circumstances and the society “in tough times,” he explained.

He told of being approached by a student at his middle school, which is for students in grades 6-8. The boy told Rigsby some information about his family. As a result, that same day the child was removed from his family, said the SRO. [Read more…]

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