Authorities arrest 4 in church investigation

DERIDDER, LA (AP) - Four people have been arrested in connection with what authorities said were homemade bombs left at two southwest Louisiana churches.

Joe Toler, chief deputy for the Beauregard Parish Sheriff's Office, said the four, were arrested Thursday after authorities responded to a suspected burglary at Three Pine Apostolic Church near DeRidder.

The suspects are all male and range in age from 17 - 21.

He said deputies found a pipe bomb in the lobby. He said a bomb technician detonated it.

DeRidder Police Lt. Shane Fruge said a similar-type bomb was later found at Grace Church in DeRidder. He said a window was broken after it was apparently detonated.

The four were booked on charges including theft, manufacture and possession of a bomb, and simple arson of a religious building.

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