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Union Baptist services canceled after vandalism

Posted September 11, 2011

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— Pastor Russell Sanders canceled services Sunday at Union Baptist Church, and volunteers were working to clean up after the church was vandalized overnight. 

Raleigh police arrested Airris Hinton, 44, and charged him with breaking and entering, property damage and probation violations. 

Sanders said Hinton was a former member of the congregation. Hinton's record with the state Department of Correction dates back to 1994 and includes multiple assault charges and prison time.

Sanders said nine stained-glass windows were broken in the church, at 600 S. Saunders St. He also reported damage to an air conditioner, some pictures, dry wall and an altar chair.

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  • readme Sep 12, 2011

    Throw away the key this time.

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman Sep 12, 2011

    RWS - "He needs money?"

    It's a figure of speech.

  • RWS Sep 12, 2011

    "the Lords money"

    He needs money?

  • Dido Sep 12, 2011

    I would not expect someone who has been arrested multiple times and spent time in prison to have respect for anything, let alone a church.

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman Sep 12, 2011

    solarflare - "What kind of person vandalizes a church, or any other religious building for that matter."

    Someone who needs God more than anyone else, I would think.

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman Sep 12, 2011

    What a shame!

    People don't need grand cathedrals to worship, but this was a very humble chapel. God will provide for them.

  • just my2cents Sep 12, 2011

    There is a special place for him.....beyond jail.

  • gizmo76 Sep 12, 2011

    People are amazing. I actually had someone steal the Lords money and it was in the offering envelope. :>(

  • solarflare40 Sep 12, 2011

    What kind of person vandalizes a church, or any other religious building for that matter. Even if you don't believe, you should at least have some respect for holy places.

  • 007KnightRider Sep 12, 2011

    Send him the bill.

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