- - Sunday, March 11, 2012

CALIFORNIA

Crystal Cathedral readies for relocation, name change

GARDEN GROVE — The Crystal Cathedral is getting a new name, and the congregation of the financially struggling Orange County megachurch will relocate, its senior pastor announced Sunday.

The ministry will be renamed Hope Center of Christ, Sheila Schuller Coleman said in a short video posted on the Crystal Cathedral website. An announcement on a new location will be made in the next few weeks, she said.

The church sold its iconic glass-paned cathedral to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange last month to emerge from federal bankruptcy protection.

“We’re going to need a new home sooner than we thought, and we’re moving full-speed ahead,” the pastor said.

Her parents, Robert and Arvella Schuller, announced Saturday they were stepping down from the Crystal Cathedral board of directors, citing a breakdown in negotiations over financial claims against the church as part of the bankruptcy proceedings.

WASHINGTON

Coast Guard ends search for missing boat, 4 men

SEATTLE — The U.S. Coast Guard suspended its search Sunday for four men missing from a fishing trawler off the Washington coast, saying it’s unlikely the men are still alive.

Rescue crews had searched through the night after an early Saturday distress signal from the 70-foot Lady Cecelia led them to a debris field, an empty lifeboat and an oil sheen several miles off the coast.

By Sunday morning, crews in Coast Guard cutters and an MH-60 helicopter had covered 640 square miles, “far beyond what the capacity of somebody to survive in these conditions might be,” Petty Officer Shawn Eggert said.

Coast Guard officials are unsure what happened to the Lady Cecelia.

The four missing men were identified as Dave Nichols, 42, and Jason Bjaranson, 38, of Warrenton, Ore.; Chris Langel, 25, of Kaukauna, Wis.; and Luke Jensen, 22, of Ilwaco, Wash.

ARKANSAS

Family loses 2 sons in Afghanistan war

PRESCOTT — An Arkansas family has lost two sons to the war in Afghanistan.

Jeremy Wise died in late 2009 working as a defense contractor. His brothers, Ben and Beau, stood in uniform at his memorial.

Two years later, the family had to say goodbye to Ben, who died after being wounded fighting in the same war.

The eldest Wise brothers are two of the thousands of Americans who have died since the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan began.

The youngest brother, Beau Wise, remains in the Marines for now. His mother says the military has assured them he won’t be sent into conflict again.

MAINE

Gunfight in coastal town leaves 1 dead, 3 hurt

LAMOINE — Gunfire erupted outside a home in a small coastal town in Maine early Sunday, killing one man and leaving three others wounded, state police said as they worked to determine what led to the violence and who pulled the trigger.

State Police Lt. Chris Coleman told the Bangor Daily News that “we have several different versions of what happened. … Whether that was related, we’re still trying to determine.”

Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Steve McCausland said Lawrence “Randy” Sinclair, 32, of Ellsworth died at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor on Sunday, hours after being shot around 4:30 a.m., along with the others, outside a home in Lamoine.

Authorities said Torrey Garland, 34, of Ellsworth was hospitalized in life-threatening condition. Also injured in the shooting were Michael Carter, 30, of Lamoine and Joshua McKinney, 35, of Ellsworth.

Detectives were investigating the circumstances of the shootings to see if they lead to a suspect, Mr. McCausland said.

A fifth man also was at the house, the home of Mr. Carter and Tacy Mullins, 22. That man, whom police did not identify, was not injured.

The newspaper, citing police reports, wrote that a man with the same name, age and hometown as Mr. Sinclair was involved in an accident involving a vehicle and a utility pole late Saturday afternoon near the scene of the shooting.

UTAH

Dad persuades son to turn himself in

WOODS CROSS — A Utah man persuaded his son to surrender to authorities after recognizing him as a suspect in a computer store burglary while watching a TV news program, officers said.

The two men were eating breakfast Friday morning when the father recognized his son in surveillance tapes that police released on the burglary, said Woods Cross police Detective Adam Osoro.

Jeremy Blair, 26, of Kaysville turned himself in later Friday to the Davis County Sheriff’s Office, the Standard-Examiner of Ogden and the Deseret News reported.

“This case is very unique for a father to recognize that his son has a problem,” Detective Osoro said. “It’s a hard thing to do, but I think ultimately it’s the best thing for the son, and I think the father sees that.”

The county attorney’s office is reviewing the case for formal charges.

MISSOURI

Tornado won’t affect Branson centennial party

BRANSON — As the southwest Missouri tourist mecca of Branson prepares to celebrate its centennial, organizers can’t help but notice that disaster binds the city of today with the city of 100 years ago.

The EF-2 tornado that struck Feb. 29 brought winds of up to 130 mph as it hopped along the Branson Strip. The storm damaged about four dozen commercial structures, including six of the town’s 50 theaters and 22 of its 200 hotels and motels.

It turns out that just months after the city was incorporated on April 1, 1912, a fire destroyed much of its downtown.

“History repeats itself. That’s the only thing we can really say,” Julee Cooke, centennial project director, told the Springfield News-Leader.

The good news for planners of centennial efforts is that last month’s twister didn’t touch any of the venues that will be used during the centennial celebration. Planning committee member Bethany Thomas said there are no changes to the schedule.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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