Owner charged after collapse of church roof

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Authorities in central Pennsylvania have filed charges against the owner of a vacant church after its roof caved in. No one was injured.

Police in Harrisburg arrested 48-year-old Augustus Sullivan after the collapse on Friday. He’s charged with reckless endangerment, public nuisance and failure to prevent a catastrophe.

Sullivan was released without bail, but could not be reached for comment Saturday.

Fire Chief Brian Enterline tells PennLive.com (http://bit.ly/1gWJlGj ) that the abandoned building has been a hazard for years. He says Sullivan was repeatedly warned about its dangerous condition.

Residents of two nearby homes have been displaced while officials analyze the church’s structural integrity.

Sullivan’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 3.


Information from: The Patriot-News, http://www.pennlive.com/patriotnews

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