A pastor’s wife in West Virginia has been charged with reckless endangerment after allegedly firing a gun in a church parking lot.Melinda Frye Toney, 44, is accused of pulling out a pistol that accidentally discharged during an argument with another pastor’s wife at New Life Apostolic Church in Oak Hill on May 11.
Toney is the wife of New Life pastor Earl Toney while the other woman, Lori Haywood, is married to New Life’s youth pastor, David Haywood,
Fayette Sheriff’s Detective Kevin Willis told the Beckley Register-Herald the animosity between the two women had been simmering for some time. Their husbands had thought the women should publicly bury the hatchet to avoid additional strife.
“The pastor and the youth pastor had thought, ‘Maybe we could get them together, we can hash this out and fix this before it escalates,’ ” Willis said Wednesday. “Of course, it just made it worse, I think.”
According to Willis, “the straw that broke the camel’s back” was an argument over a t-shirt Haywood had was wearing.
Haywood would only say, “We had a disagreement, and when we sat down to talk, I called her out, and she lost it.”
Florida transgender woman Bee Love Slater was found burned to death — beyond recognition — in a car last Wednesday.
Her death is the 18th murder in the U.S. this year and the 17th African-American trans woman. Friends say they believe she was targeted because of her identity.
Slater, of Pahokee, was found in the town of Clewiston, about 30 miles away. It took investigators from the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office until Friday to publicly identify her. And her identity was first reported by NewNowNext.
But a close friend of hers, Kenard Wade, said he was sure she was the victim as soon as he saw photos of her burned-out car.