Latest Mennonite News

Lawsuit claims abuse, threats at church farm in Pennsylvania

Nov. 30, 2021 16:46 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A federal lawsuit filed this month claims boys and young men at a church-related farm business in Pennsylvania were subjected to forced labor and punishment that included dragging chains and breaking up rocks with a hammer. The lawsuit by two...

Michigan vigil prays for missionaries kidnapped in Haiti

Oct. 24, 2021 22:00 PM EDT

HART, Mich. (AP) — More than 100 people gathered Sunday in a small Michigan town to pray for the safe release of a local family among 17 members of a missionary group kidnapped by a gang in Haiti more than a week ago. The vigil in the western Michigan community of Hart...

Airman convicted of kidnapping, killing Mennonite teacher

Oct. 13, 2021 22:09 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Sasha Krause loved words. She loved learning and translating them into different languages. She loved reading them in nursery rhymes and assembling them into poetry. She wrote about her purpose in life, her unwavering faith, the possibility of...

Arizona murder case against US Air Force airman goes to jury

Oct. 08, 2021 19:32 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — No one saw Sasha Krause being taken from a Mennonite community in northwestern New Mexico where she worked in the publishing ministry, dominated in card games and ping pong, and where her poetry became song. No one saw the woman with a quiet and...

Ballistics experts in Arizona case against airman disagree

Oct. 07, 2021 20:28 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The attorney for a U.S. Air Force airman accused of killing a Mennonite woman grilled a ballistics expert who concluded that a bullet taken from the skull of the victim matched a rifle the airman owned. The cross-examination of Lisa Peloza, a...

Jurors in airman's murder trial hear from cellphone expert

Oct. 01, 2021 20:53 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Jurors hearing the case against U.S. Air Force airman Mark Gooch heard lengthy testimony Friday from a cellphone data expert who mapped the route that Gooch allegedly drove the day a Mennonite woman was kidnapped from northwestern New Mexico. ...

Airman charged with murder accused of trying to cover tracks

Sep. 24, 2021 18:37 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A U.S. Air Force airman on trial on charges of kidnapping a Mennonite woman in New Mexico, fatally shooting her and dumping her body in northern Arizona, had tried unsuccessfully to cover his tracks after the January 2020 killing, a prosecutor told jurors Friday in...

Jury seated for Arizona murder case against US airman

Sep. 22, 2021 20:44 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Opening statements in the case of a U.S. Air Force airman charged in the shooting death of a Mennonite woman are scheduled to start Friday. Mark Gooch, 22, faces up to life in prison if he is convicted of first-degree murder and other charges in...

Airman on trial in Arizona in death of Mennonite woman

Sep. 21, 2021 20:12 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Sasha Krause was a devout Mennonite woman, often immersed in books, who easily quoted scripture and occasionally taught Sunday school before her body was found in a forest clearing in northern Arizona. Mark Gooch was raised in a Mennonite...

Judge refines evidence for trial of airman accused of murder

Sep. 10, 2021 21:33 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Prosecutors will be allowed to present evidence at an upcoming trial that they say shows a U.S. Air Force airman charged in the death of Mennonite woman had disdain for the religious group, a judge ruled Friday. The evidence includes text message...