Cross missing from burned historic church in Louisiana

OPELOUSAS, La. — A large cross has disappeared from the wreckage of an African American church in Louisiana that was burned down in an arson case.

News outlets report the white fiberglass cross belonged to Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church in Opelousas. It was one of three historic churches set ablaze in arson attacks earlier this year.

The Rev. Gerald Toussaint told The Acadiana Advocate he noticed the cross was missing Friday after a meeting with architect Stephen Juan Ortego.

Ortego says the congregation wanted to use the cross as a relic of the destroyed church. On Facebook , Ortego asked anyone with information to message him.

Toussaint says he’s hesitant to file a report because it might be a “fruitless effort.”

Holden Matthews was indicted in June on federal arson and hate crimes charges.

Beer all over Mormon church parking lot after truck crashes

SALT LAKE CITY — Cans of beer have littered the parking lot of a church of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in a Salt Lake City suburb after a semi-trailer crashed that was carrying cases of brew banned by the faith.

Sandy Police Stg. Jason Nielsen said the semitrailer veered and fell from a road and into the church’s parking lot after it was hit by a pickup truck that ran a red light on Thursday. Beer cans were strewn across the empty church parking lot.

— Associated Press

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