Finding ways to make people pay for their crimes

In Our Opinion


Why 23-year-old Joseph Knop broke into the Lake Assembly Church in Medical Lake Jan. 13 and did an estimated $50,000 in damage still remains a mystery.

Doors destroyed, shattered glass vases and windows. Electronics and musical instruments ruined and items stolen with church volunteers called upon to put things back in order so that services could resume.

Conjecture ranges from Knop being angry at the church where he reportedly attended in his youth to being high on drugs, or both. Knop would later confess to the crime.

But bigger questions surround both Knop, and others in the community wh...

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