Sunday Report: Nov. 3, 2019

Some members of Our Lady of Guadalupe Circle in Ottawa say there have been injustices against Canada’s Indigenous people and are working to protect their language and cultural.  The B.C. Catholic reports the group published a letter and video acknowledging past unfair actions. 

Investigators in New York say a fire that heavily damaged Luz En Tu Senda church in Riverhead is not being investigated as a hate crime because there is no indication the church was targeted for a racial motive. Riverheadlocal.com reports a Freedom of Information request seeking release of a statement of the suspect, Lee Ragland, that would reveal the motive, but officials have refused to release the statement.

A man who vandalized St. Patrick-St. Anthony Catholic church Grand Rapids, Michigan and threatened two church members was sentenced this week to a year in jail. Anthony Lee Wabindato was found guilty of two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, one count of resisting arrest and one count of malicious destruction of property.  According to WOOD TV, the judge also ordered him to pay $3,690 in fines.

Fire officials in North Hornell, Kansas say they believe an Oct. 27 fire at the Station Church was intentionally set. The Evening Tribune reports the Steuben County Sheriff’s office has begun a criminal investigation. Damage to the church is estimated at over $15,000.

Police made an arrest in two recent vandalisms at St. Patrick’s Parish in Watsonville, California after the release of surveillance video sparked tips that led officers to Arturo Padilla. Patch.com reports the damage is estimated at over $1,500. KSBW reports Arturo Padilla is charged with vandalism of a church.