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Man questioned after Cary church receives 65 packages

Posted March 15, 2012

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— Cary police questioned a man Thursday who allegedly sent 65 packages to Colonial Baptist Church, at 6051 Tryon Road, over the span of a week.

Authorities evacuated the church for about four hours and brought in a bomb squad Wednesday evening. The packages contained religious literature and were mailed from different locations, police said.

Non-threatening emails sent to WRAL reporters are also part of the investigation. The emails mentioned the church by name and asked WRAL to pay attention to events that may happen there through 5 p.m. Thursday.

The man who sent the materials attended the church and has been cooperating with the investigation, police said. Sources told WRAL News that police were investigating possible mental health concerns in the case.

Authorities were trying to determine whether to file charges.

"We are looking at the best possible avenue to handle the case and to come to a conclusion that benefits everybody involved," said Cary police Capt. Mike Williams.

Colonial Baptist Executive Pastor David Burggraff thanked the Cary police for responding and said he didn't want to comment further because of the ongoing investigation.

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  • ur2fun Mar 19, 2012

    Jesus is Lord.....By the way. This information came from the disclosure of the annual report to the members of the church that they do every year. That is how I know how much he was paid several years ago and currently.

    You badly misread that report. That is the pastors ministry budget, NOT his salary! Let me encourage you once again to make sure YOU have facts.

  • JesusIsLord Mar 16, 2012

    Ur2fun - I believe this last budget year, maybe this year too The Pastor was making $50,000 a year. Several years ago he was making $120,000 a year when he had four kids. Now they are grown up and one is in college. How may Pastor's do you know that actually do their same job and take a cut in pay?

    By the way. This information came from the disclosure of the annual report to the members of the church that they do every year. That is how I know how much he was paid several years ago and currently.

    Like the gentlemen below me stated. The church budget has nothing to do with the story. We would love to have you come and visit one Sunday.

  • rwbpress Mar 16, 2012

    ur2fun

    You seem to be belaboring the point so let me help.

    Here is a link to Colonial's current budget:
    http://www.colonial.org/pdf/Budget2011.pdf

    Now, are businesses, people, churches, etc., always truthful with their financial statements? No and Yes. Some are, some aren't However, the pastor of this church is by no means driving a Lexus and there are missionaries (as one example) who visit often and speak of the help they have been given by Colonial.

    While it seems you have a personal bias or animosity toward churches or religion (which I can understand) you are welcome to come to the church to inquire about these things, yet your crusade regarding this church's or any church's finances has nothing to do with the report.

  • ur2fun Mar 16, 2012

    ur2fun---Why does anyone need to prove something to you?? I think you are just nosey!!

    Just challenging your statements about the financial practices of Colonial Baptist Church. You stated earlier in this thread that we should not state things that have no factual basis. Seems like you are doing just that. I know FACTUALLY that you as an attender do not KNOW every penny that is spent at Colonial Baptist Church. Further reiteration of things that are not accurate only discredit you.

  • JesusIsLord Mar 16, 2012

    "I would challenge you to prove your statements that you know where every penny in the budget goes. You see major categories with large amounts of money. You do not know where every penny is spent."

    ur2fun---Why does anyone need to prove something to you?? I think you are just nosey!!

  • tcoutouzis Mar 16, 2012

    It was more than what is being reported.

    You are most welcome to come attend the church any Sunday. We would love to have you. I would like to challenge you to come and look into the finances if you would like to know. They are not hidden.

  • ur2fun Mar 16, 2012

    "This is irrelvant to what has happened to Colonial and what the article is about. We need to be praying for this man. We are all fallable people."

    Why do we need to pray for a man that sent packages to a church which contained religious materials? Has anyone stopped to ask why this man is a 'disgruntled member?' What are his issues with Colonial Baptist Church? Maybe before we post anything we should be aware of who this person is.....

    I would challenge you to prove your statements that you know where every penny in the budget goes. You see major categories with large amounts of money. You do not know where every penny is spent.

  • tcoutouzis Mar 16, 2012

    ur2fun - I attend the church and am a member as well. They do their annual report once a year that shows where every penny in the budget goes. They do not post this online, but it is made available to all those that attend.

    This is irrelvant to what has happened to Colonial and what the article is about. We need to be praying for this man. We are all fallable people.

  • ur2fun Mar 16, 2012

    Even the salaries of the Pastor's. They don't hide a thing.

    Really??? So you know the pastors salary at Colonial Baptist Church? I would challenge you to provide 'factual' basis for that statement.

  • avidreader Mar 15, 2012

    Joey 1976 - what you say is true and your request is appropriate. We do need to pray for this person and hope he gets the help he needs.

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