Man accused of attempted arson at North Baltimore church - KAIT-Jonesboro, AR-News, weather, sports

Man accused of attempted arson at North Baltimore church

Posted: Updated:
Jeremiah Houck Jeremiah Houck
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Residents react to missing machete man

    Residents react to missing machete man

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 8:07 AM EDT2014-04-23 12:07:17 GMT
    Police are still searching for a possibly armed suspect, 26-year-old Jeffrey Wegener in Oregon and Ripley counties in Missouri, along with Randolph county in Arkansas. 
    Police are still searching for a possibly armed suspect, 26-year-old Jeffrey Wegener in Oregon and Ripley counties in Missouri, along with Randolph county in Arkansas. Wegener stole an Oregon County Sheriff Department deputy's truck Sunday night and drove it into the Eleven Point River.
  • Arrested doctor was certified to practice medicine

    Arrested doctor was certified to practice medicine

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 10:51 PM EDT2014-04-23 02:51:59 GMT
    PARAGOULD, AR  (KAIT) – A Greene County doctor charged with five counts of video voyeurism was certified to practice, according to online records. A civil lawsuit filed last week against Dr. Paul Becton,
    A Greene County doctor charged with five counts of video voyeurism was certified to practice in the field of OB/GYN, according to online records.
  • New images show stowaway teen's footprints

    New images show stowaway teen's footprints

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 2:48 PM EDT2014-04-23 18:48:00 GMT
    Sources say the stowaway teen from San Jose passed not one, not two, but three pre-flight inspections. New images show the boy's footprint on the wheel of the aircraft were he stepped to climb up into
    Sources say the stowaway teen from San Jose passed not one, not two, but three pre-flight inspections.
NORTH BALTIMORE, OH (Toledo News Now) -

A man is behind bars after police say he threw a Molotov cocktail into Praise Chapel in North Baltimore.

"I turn around and I'm thinking, ‘What's going on?' And a boy runs over to me and goes, ‘I think someone is trying to burn down your church!'" said Rev. Jonathan Rhinehart.

The reverend didn't hesitate to take action. He told his family and friends to go inside while he called the police. But what he discovered inside the church took him by surprise.

"It was like a tall boy can with a piece of cardboard stuck in it, and you could smell gasoline like crazy," he said.

The North Baltimore Police confirmed the tall can was a Molotov cocktail. They say Jeremiah Houck is accused of breaking into the church and trying to burn it down.

"Fortunately, we had a witness that observed the situation and came forward and provided that information, and we were able to locate the subject," said Police Chief Allen Baer.

The witness was the same person who warned Rev. Rhinehart. He is a minor, and police say he was with Houck during the time of the crime.

Houck is being charged with child endangerment in addition to breaking and entering and arson.

Rhinehart says he is just thankful no one was hurt.

"We've been praying for [Houck]," he said. "I can't go talk to him because it's a part of the case, but I would have loved to ask him why he is so mad at the church."

Mobile users, click on the "Video" button in the app to watch this story. Download our app here.

Copyright 2013 Toledo News Now. All rights reserved.

  • Man accused of attempted arson at North Baltimore churchMore>>

Powered by WorldNow

472 Craighead Co. 766
Jonesboro, AR 72401
(870) 931-8888

FCC Public File
publicfile@kait8.com
(870) 336-1816
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and KAIT. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.