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In a statement published on the church’s website, Senior Pastor Paul Booko expressed sympathy for the victim but denied claims that the church “concealed” or “covered up” the abuse when it was first reported.
Former members of Riverside Church led a protest Sunday against the church’s leadership amid recent allegations of sexual and spiritual abuse.
Area polling stations have reported busy, steady traffic this morning for General Election Day. In the city of Three Rivers as well as in Lockport, Park, and Fabius Townships, officials said absent voter ballot returns have been high, and in-person voters waited in lines that stretched out of buildings.
A judge has blocked a ban on the open display of firearms at polling places issued recently by Michigan Secretary of State (SOS) Jocelyn Benson. Several current and prospective public officials discussed the ruling on social media Tuesday.
St. Joseph County Sheriff Mark Lillywhite told Watershed Voice Wednesday that his department will not be able to enforce a directive issued last Friday prohibiting open carry of firearms within 100 feet of polling places around the state. Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson issued the directive, which applies to the upcoming November 3 General Election day, and includes instructions for local clerks on how to carry it out.
An event called “Back the Blue,” honoring law enforcement workers, took place on the grounds of Riverside Church in Three Rivers Saturday.