By allowing ads to appear on this site, you support the local businesses who, in turn, support great journalism.
Teens indicted for church damage
Placeholder Image

An Effingham County grand jury has indicted two teenagers who have been charged with several counts of burglary and vandalism, including damage to two south Effingham churches.

Kyle Andrew Cundiff and Christopher Richard West were indicted for three counts of burglary, two counts of vandalism to a place of worship and two counts of criminal damage to property in the second degree.

Authorities allege that Cundiff and West broke into Countryside Baptist Church on Highway 30 on Sept. 3. According to the indictment, Cundiff and West knocked over the pulpit, broke a stain glass window and damaged sound equipment.

They also are charged with breaking into Living Faith Church of God and shooting the walls and office with a shotgun, also damaging sound equipment there.

Cundiff and West were charged with burglary for entering Berea Southern Methodist Church.

Grand jurors also returned an indictment against Danny Ray Newsom, who is charged with one count of theft by taking, one count of false statements and a count of false report of a crime.

Newsom is accused of calling authorities to report a robbery, stating he had been robbed Nov. 1 at gunpoint by three individuals on the side of the road after his vehicle broke down. He told deputies two bags of money containing more than $3,000 were taken from him.