Local obituary notices in Utica, NY
Wednesday | via Albany Times Union
The pastor of an upstate New York church where a young man was beaten to death and his younger brother seriously injured has been indicted on murder charges. Pastor Tiffanie Irwin 's mother, Traci Irwin, also was charged Tuesday, as were Tiffanie Irwin's two brothers, the victims' father and half-sister and two other church members. Comment?
Tuesday | via The Gazette
Tiffanie Irwin, pastor of the Word of Life Christian Church, arrives for an indictment hearing at the Oneida County Courthouse, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015, in Utica. N.Y. Irwin was among multiple people charged with murder for the death of Lucas Leonard and injuries to his brother, Christopher, during an attack at the church in October. Comment?
Thursday Nov 12 | via People
The alleged Oct 11. fatal beating of a 19-year-old by congregants of an upstate New York church may have been videotaped, according to court documents obtained by PEOPLE. A judicial order states that text messages exchanged between the pastor for the Word of Life Church in Chadwicks, New York, and one of the six congregants facing charges for the alleged beating suggest there could be "electronically recorded evidence of the two individuals being assaulted." Comment?
Sunday Nov 8 | via Watertown Daily Times
Rossie – Mabel E. Liscum, 71, formerly of the Liscum Road, passed away Saturday, November 7, 2015, at Gouverneur Hospital. A funeral service will be held Tuesday, November 10th at 11:00 am at the Green Funeral Home, Gouverneur with Rev. Comment?
Tuesday Nov 3 | via Herald Gazette
Ollie was born in Utica, N.Y., Jan. 8, 1917. She graduated from Mt. Holyoke College in 1938, and then attended the Yale University School of Nursing for two years. Comment?
Wednesday Oct 28 | via Watertown Daily Times
Turin- Nancy Ann Myers, 83, widow of David, longtime resident of the Moore Road, passed away on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center, Utica. Nancy was born on June 11, 1932 in the Town of West Turin, a daughter of Charles P. and Mary Rodman Hoffman. Comment?
Oct 16, 2015 | via People
Police in New Hartford, New York, confirm to PEOPLE that the 19-year-old man beaten to death Sunday night inside the Word of Life Church - allegedly at the hands of his parents and four congregants at his church - was trying to defect from the church, which one law enforcement source tells PEOPLE is "like a cult." Lucas Leonard, who died from injuries sustained during the beating, wanted to disassociate himself from the church, New Hartford Police Lt. Comment?
Oct 15, 2015 | via Watertown Daily Times
Martha is survived by her daughter, Melissa Hillage and her boyfriend, Sim Williams; a son and daughter-in-law, David and Pooneil Bumstead; nine grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren; a brother and sister-in-law, David and Kay Smithling; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her son, James Olmstead; and her daughter, Debra Kizzer. Comment?
Oct 14, 2015 | via Anchorage Daily News
To its neighbors in this upstate town, the Word of Life Christian Church presented itself as a constant curiosity: an imposing but tidy former schoolhouse whose occupants kept to themselves, almost never opening their doors or their mouths, secluded behind a closed entrance. Over the last three days, however, the inner life of that secretive sect suddenly spilled into the outside world. Comment?
Oct 14, 2015 | via WPMT-TV York
A counseling session on the spiritual state of two brothers turned physical at Word of Life Christian Church in New Hartford, resulting in the death of a young man and serious injuries to his brother, New Hartford Police Chief Michael Inserra said Wednesday. Their parents, Bruce T. Leonard, 65, and Deborah R. Leonard, 59, each face one count of first-degree manslaughter, a Class B felony. Comment?
Oct 14, 2015 | via TwinCities
After services on Sunday, the two brothers were called into a counseling session in the sanctuary of a secretive upstate church here called the Word of Life. The session was supposed to be a chance for church members "to discuss their spiritual state," the authorities said Wednesday. Comment?
Oct 14, 2015 | via HOT 107.9
New information emerging today on what happened in a New Hartford church Monday that left one man dead and his younger brother seriously hurt. Deborah and Bruce Leonard have now been charged with manslaughter after police say they caused the death of their 19 year old son Lucas and severely injured another son. Comment?
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