02-10-2013, 02:27 PM
Our top story: The mother of famous illusionist Criss Angel was arrested this morning on charges of criminal trespass on private property. Dimtra Sarantakos had been staging a two-day sit-in protest against the proposed demolition of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church by SilverStar Enterprises. She had chained herself to a tree outside the church, refusing to leave until the church was spared. Father Stefan Mykolos, the priest of Holy Trinity, was also arrested. Both were released without bail by the authorities.
Criss Angel, Illusionist: "I can't tell you how I really feel about this--at least not on national television. But I am very, very angry over my mother going to jail for something she stood up for. I've filed for an injunction against the demolition of the church, and I plan to sue SilverStar for having my mother arrested. I had warned Monique Wesley that if she laid a finger on my mom, I'd haul her ass into court about it!"
SilverStar Enterprises had announced in a formal press conference that it would build a multi-million dollar hotel and resort in North Las Vegas to improve property values and bring much-needed employment in the area. The cost to the residents would be even higher, as they had been served thirty day eviction notices and five hundred dollars to evacuate the area, or be forced out by police. Holy Trinity was offered ten thousand to give up the church property. SilverStar claims it under the Nevada eminent domain laws and the Fifth Amendment, stating taking over private property for public use.
Father Stefan Mykolos: "SilverStar has no claim to the church or it's property. They claim eminent domain, but God has eminent domain over His church, and has had it for seventy-five years."
Several class action suits has been filed against SilverStar by North Las Vegas residents affected by the proposed project. SilverStar's CEO, Monique Wesley, had this to say:
Monique Wesley, CEO, SilverStar Enterprises, Inc.: "I'm trying to bring employment to these people! I'm trying to improve the property values in Las Vegas! I'm offiering a better life for everyone with the Grand Imperial project! That area is a slum! Do they want to spend the rest of their lives living in a crime-infested ghetto? I'm doing them a favor here! They should be thanking me, not suing me!"
Father Stefan Mykolos: "She's deluding herself if she thinks she's doing us a favor. She'll be doing more harm than good if she destroys this neighborhood. If she really wants to improve our lives, she should be restoring this area, not demolishing it."
We'll have updates on this story as it develops.
Kris Lee walked away from the giant-screen television in the student lounge. "My God!" she whispered to herself. "They arrested Mama D! I can't believe they'd do such a thing! Why did I leave her this morning? I promised Criss I'd look after her! What am I going to do?"
In her despair came a moment of clarity, and in that moment Kris Lee saw her duty as clear. She grabbed her backpack of books and headed for the computer lab. Luckily, there was an available terminal when she arrived. She quickly sat down, logged in and clicked onto the Loyal Community Message Board.
The Loyal Community > General Discussion Criss Angel and Mindfreak Series > DIMITRA ARRESTED!!
LuvUCriss: Dimitra was ARRESTED TODAY! They put her in jail becaouse she was protesting the destruction of a Greek othodox Church by some coproration! It was aon the news today! I got to share her protest here in LV and we stayed in a tent around tyhe tree she was chained up to. Criss went and got her out of jail, along with the priest of the church. Calling all Loyals to stand up and defend Mama D!
A quick click of the "Post" button, and the message was on it's way. "There," Kris Lee said, sighing with relief. "I've done my part."
She logged off quickly and left for her next class, wondering with a mixture of fear and apprehension over the general reaction her post would make from her fellow Loyals. Whatever it would be, she knew it would be explosive.
And explosive it was. Loyals by the hundreds expressed their outrage over the scandalous details of Dimitra's arrest on every fan board on the Web.
angelkiss23: Those :censored. How could they DO such a thing? I hope Criss kicks their asses from here to California!
CrissLee: Holy ****take! Someone's gonna pay BIG for this!
Magile: WE LUV U MAMA ANGEL! WE'RE WITH YOU ALL THE WAY!
vampprincess: I read this on the news, and i FREAKED! How DARE they do such a thing!! Dimitra is innocent! They had no right to arrest her like that!
FreakUOut: Did Criss pay her bail? How much was it?
LuvUCriss: ^^Dimitra was released wtthout bond. Thye just let her go.
LoyalCat13: I am soooooo I was like when I saw the news on tv. I wanna go to who was responsible and
As angry as the Loyals were about Dimitra's arrest, their reaction was nothing compared to Monique Wesley's when the injunction against the proposed demolition was served to her the next morning. The court summons handed to her from the residents of North Las Vegas was like a can of gasoline poured on a bonfire. The executive staff at SilverStar had witnessed many of their CEO's angry outbursts when she didn't get her way, but they had never seen one this bad. It was the Hurricane Katrina of tantrums.
"AN INJUNCTION?!" they heard her scream.. "THEY'RE SERVING ME AN INJUNCTION?! THOSE (BLEEPERS)! HOW DARE THEY FILE AN INJUNCTION AGAINST ME! THIS IS AN OUTRAGE!"
She snatched the phone handset from its cradle. "Ruth! Get me my lawyer!" she ordered. "If those (bleepers) want to sue me, fine! I can countersue against them! I'll get that property by fair means or foul!"
Later that morning, Father Stefan was receiving a different kind of surprise. The postal carrier brought an entire plastic post office bin full of letters addressed to Holy Trinity Church. Overwhelmed, Father Stefan carried the bin into his office and stacked the colorful envelopes onto his desk in his office. He had enough presence of mind to return the bin to the postal carrier, however, but the amount of mail staggered him. They weren't bills, thank God, but letters. Hundreds of letters, many decorated with hearts and CA logos on the envelopes. Now I know what Criss Angel has to go through, he thought.
He opened the first one he laid his hand upon, a pink envelope from Seattle, Washington. When he unfolded the letter, something fluttered to the floor. Father Stefan picked it up and looked at it. It was a check for fifty dollars. He set the check aside and read the letter:
I am sending you my support for saving your church. I wish it could be more, but this is all I can afford right now. I saw Dimitra's protest on tv and wanted to send you something to help save your church. We all love Dimitra like our own mother, and if this church means so much to her, then it means so much to us loyals. We are with you all the way.
Father Stefan carefully laid the letter aside and picked up another, this one from Detroit, Michigan:
Your story touched me in a personal way. My family was evicted from our home in Hamtramck by General Motors because they wanted to build a plant there. They tore down our church, Immaculate Conception, and my grandmother told me she cried when they did that. Our whole neighborhood is gone, and the plant was closed a few years later. Poletown was wasted for nothing. I hope and pray that your neighborhood does not go the way of Poletown. Keep the faith!
Letter after letter raised Father Stefan's spirits. Many of them had checks inside "to support your fight" some said, "for Dimitra and Criss" said others. A full hour went by and barely a dent was made in the stack of mail, yet Father kept on reading. Only the chiming of the office clock reminded him of his duties. Father set aside the last letter he had been reading and rushed to the icon of the Blessed Virgin.
"Gracious Mother of God!" he prayed. "Thank you for this outpouring of support! Through your intercession we have achieved a miracle! Continue to pray for us, your devoted children, and prevent our church from destruction! Amen!"
Last edited by Veritas; 02-10-2013 at 02:32 PM.