- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 6, 2016

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) - Authorities in two Florida Gulf Coast communities are investigating instances of damage to houses of worship.

Tampa television station WFTS (https://bit.ly/2ggNbkl ) reports that Clearwater Police officers responded to reports of swastikas and hate speech written in chalk on the sidewalk and driveway of the Iglesia El Semblador Wesleyano church last week.

Authorities say the handwriting appear similar to graffiti found last month at the King of Peace Metropolitan Church in nearby St. Petersburg.

In an unrelated incident, the Naples Daily News (https://bit.ly/2gYPabh ) reports that someone fired what appear to be shotgun pellets at a sign to the entrance of Temple Shalom in Naples last Friday.

The synagogue’s rabbi is asking the Collier County Sheriff’s Office to investigate.

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Information from: Naples (Fla.) Daily News, https://www.naplesnews.com


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