Suspects charged with DeKalb church burglary, fire

VALLEY HEAD, Ala. (AP) - Two suspects have been charged with
burglary and arson after a long-standing DeKalb County church was
burned to its foundation.

Volunteer firefighters fought the blaze at New Harmony Church
near Valley Head for about two hours Tuesday morning but could not
save the church.

DeKalb County Sheriff Jimmy Harris said a witness saw a
suspicious vehicle leaving the scene and called police.

Harris said 18-year-old Seth Patrick Wilburn, of Fort Payne, and
a 17-year-old girl are charged with second-degree arson,
third-degree burglary and theft of property.

He said a large homemade cross, amplifier and speakers were
among the items recovered.

Sylvania High School senior Jonathan Easler is pastor of the
church, which has about 20 members.


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