Saturday, April 19, 2014
FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Judge boosts bail for pastor suspected in arson strike at ex-girlfriend’s home

By
From page A1 | January 29, 2014 | 11 Comments

The Rev. Mark W. Lewis

The Rev. Mark W. Lewis

FAIRFIELD — A Vacaville church pastor who allegedly warned his girlfriend last year that she would be creating a monster if she left him, made his first court appearance Tuesday after being charged with felony stalking and arson.

The Rev. Mark W. Lewis also faces felony fraud, perjury and attempted forgery charges arising from an investigation into how Lewis was able to come up with the means to post $500,000 bail shortly after his Jan. 10 arrest by Vacaville police.

Lewis did not enter pleas at the court appearance. Instead, Judge Peter B. Foor set a new bail at $535,000 for Lewis and ordered him to return to court Feb 4.

Lewis, 39, was first arrested the day after a Molotov cocktail shattered a bedroom window of his ex-girlfriend’s home, starting a small fire. Vacaville police Detective David Kellis said in a signed affidavit that Lewis promised to pay Anthony T. Newbolt $400 to torch the girlfriend’s home in the middle of the night.

None of the six occupants in the house, including three children, were hurt in the fire, which was doused before firefighters arrived at the Chateau Circle home.

Shortly after the Jan. 9 fire, Newbolt, 33, Richerd J. Wright, 28, and Kristen M. Broyles, 30, all from the Sacramento area, were spotted a short distance from the scene. They were arrested after a traffic stop. They have each pleaded not guilty to felony charges of arson and possessing an incendiary device and are scheduled for a March 3 probable cause hearing.

All three told investigators that Lewis planned and coordinated the arson and communicated with them via cellphone before and after the arson, according to court records.

Lewis was arrested again Friday while he was out of jail on bail. The arrest came after investigators said they learned Lewis used church property as collateral to post his bail. Investigators believe Lewis lied to the bail bond company by using the identity and corporation numbers of a church in Riverside and also used the same misinformation in 2008 to obtain a loan for his Vacaville church.

After posting bail Jan. 10, one of the first things Lewis did was call Fairfield criminal defense attorney Denis Honeychurch, who kept Lewis out of prison in 1997 after his conviction on a felony domestic violence charge.

Lewis became pastor at the Fellowship Baptist Church in 2000.

Honeychurch, who fended off an effort by prosecutors to set Lewis’ bail at $1 million, told reporters that the bail bondsman who handled the first bail amount was willing to handle the new bail.

One of the first things Honeychurch did for Lewis in his new cases was acquire a court order that required jailers to dress Lewis up in a suit and tie for Tuesday’s court appearance, which was attended by several local television and newspaper reporters. Also in court were the Vacaville police officers and District Attorney’s Office investigators who are still investigating the pastor. The hearing was also attended by about a dozen church members who watched their pastor as he tried not to look ill at ease while wearing a dress suit along with handcuffs, belly chains and shackles.

A supporter told a reporter after the hearing that Lewis is an innocent man, and that the pastor would never hurt the children who were in the home at the time of the alleged arson strike.

Lewis had been under police investigation for two years before his arrest and three different informants have told police Lewis was dealing methamphetamine and ordering retaliatory attacks on parishioners who left his church, according to court records.

Police said they found methamphetamine and an illegal handgun during a search of Lewis’ home and the church after his first arrest. During a second search of the home and church last week, police arrested Lewis’ uncle, Danny Lewis, 60, after they said they found a gun with a removed serial number in the elder Lewis’ bedroom.

Kellis said that Lewis called his ex-girlfriend on Christmas Eve and promised to ruin her Christmas. The next morning she discovered her car’s windshield had been shattered by a cobblestone. Another stone shattered another car window on New Year’s Eve.

The recurring vandalism prompted the ex-girlfriend to obtain a restraining order against Lewis. He was served with the restraining order Jan. 5. Hours later, another rock shattered another window of her car and somebody started a small fire in some bushes at her home.

Reach Jess Sullivan at 427-6919 or jsullivan@dailyrepublic.net. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jsullivandr.

Jess Sullivan

Jess has covered the criminal justice system in Solano County for several years. He was an embedded reporter in Iraq in 2003.
LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | 11 comments

The Daily Republic does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

  • Rev. Skeptic ScroogeJanuary 29, 2014 - 2:29 am

    So what does it take to add the title of Rev to a name? Does he really meet those qualifications?

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • my2centsJanuary 29, 2014 - 5:53 am

    Caveate emptor. I would hope by now that we all know a clerical designation, whether obtained through years of theological education or on line in an hour while hitting your meth pipe, is no guarantee of the kind of virtue worthy of respect. Twelve of lewis' peers will decide if the evidence is sufficient for this "pastor" to start a new church in prison. The identity theft of the Riverside church to obtain a loan and make bail alone should do the trick.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Rita GoldenJanuary 29, 2014 - 6:40 am

    "Beware your sins will find you out."

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • http://www.jesus-is-savior.com/Basics/sin.htmJanuary 29, 2014 - 8:15 am

    Be Sure Your Sin Will Find You Out! by David J. Stewart

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • CD BrooksJanuary 29, 2014 - 8:46 am

    Dude was arrested for breaking the law. There is no "sinning" code violation.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • http://www.simplebiblestudies.com/SOname.htmJanuary 29, 2014 - 8:53 am

    IS YOUR NAME WRITTEN IN HEAVEN?

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Rich GiddensJanuary 29, 2014 - 7:00 am

    If the charges are true and proven, then this guy reminds me of Jim Jones.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Scott LeftkowskiJanuary 29, 2014 - 7:58 am

    "Don't follow leaders, watch your parking meters."

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Very Good!.....Modern Vinyl - Subterranean Homesick Blues (With Lyrics)January 29, 2014 - 8:09 am

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5u6OfGWeyWg

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • You're seriously still following this man?!January 29, 2014 - 10:00 am

    I'm sure the connection has already been made but, Jim Jones anyone? I won't be surprised if, the next time he's out of jail, he and his blind followers leave the country to a nice little compound. Don't drink the juice my friends. And please stop putting your faith in this man; if you're a true follower of Christ, you're purpose is to bring others to believe...but you're all pushing them away! I would never step foot in this church, and I certainly wouldn't put my kid one of you're buses.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • sammyJanuary 29, 2014 - 1:00 pm

    n hes still laughing in his mug pic wat a piece of garbage ?good job judge

    Reply | Report abusive comment
.

Solano News

 
Transplant recipients talk about their best gifts

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A1 | Gallery

Solano unemployment inches downward

By Barry Eberling | From Page: A1, 1 Comment

 
Implementing Common Core: A work in progress

By Mayrene Bates | From Page: A2

 
Spering, Bertani spar over fighting crime

By Ryan McCarthy | From Page: A3, 5 Comments | Gallery

 
Fairfield council candidates weigh in on crime

By Ryan McCarthy | From Page: A3 | Gallery

Police release name of woman found dead in Fairfield canal

By Ryan McCarthy | From Page: A3 | Gallery

 
Jury acquits substitute teacher in child abuse case

By Jess Sullivan | From Page: A4

 
Five homes featured on Symphony Home Tour

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A4

Congregation invites public to Easter music, message

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A4

 
 
Local woman helps spread Easter joy

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: B12 | Gallery

Weather for April 19, 2014

By Daily Republic | From Page: B13

 
.

US / World

California farmers to get more water

By The Associated Press | From Page: A1

 
Teen sentenced in Oakland toddler’s killing

By The Associated Press | From Page: A4

More Latino than white students admitted to UC

By The Associated Press | From Page: A4

 
Mom and son who died in San Francisco fire ID’d

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

3 alleged gang members convicted of murder

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

 
Health care site flagged in Heartbleed review

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

From Clinton to Obama, many parallels

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

 
Study: Half of jailed NYC youths have brain injury

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

PG&E to be arraigned in fatal pipeline blast

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

 
Easter on 4/20, pot holy day; pastors reach out

By The Associated Press | From Page: A8

Colorado deaths stoke worries about pot edibles

By The Associated Press | From Page: A8

 
NASA’s moon-orbiting robot crashes down as planned

By The Associated Press | From Page: A8

Atheist national conference aims at Mormon church

By The Associated Press | From Page: A8

 
Sudden movement raises alarm in Wyoming slide area

By The Associated Press | From Page: A9

Some countries get Obama, but want his wife, too

By The Associated Press | From Page: A9

 
Man who avoided prison is overwhelmed by support

By The Associated Press | From Page: A9

Teen suspended for asking Miss America to prom

By The Associated Press | From Page: A9

 
White House updating online privacy policy

By The Associated Press | From Page: A9

SpaceX making Easter delivery of station supplies

By The Associated Press | From Page: A9

 
In Egypt, a corruption watchdog hit by backlash

By The Associated Press | From Page: A12

Military scales down, modifies Guam buildup plan

By The Associated Press | From Page: A13

 
Captain of sunken SKorean ferry arrested

By The Associated Press | From Page: A13

Avalanche sweeps down Everest, killing at least 12

By The Associated Press | From Page: A13

 
Diplomacy doesn’t move insurgents in Ukraine

By The Associated Press | From Page: A14

Magnitude-7.2 earthquake shakes Mexican capital

By The Associated Press | From Page: A14

 
57-nation OSCE plays key Ukraine monitoring role

By The Associated Press | From Page: A14

Ukraine crisis: The turning points

By The Associated Press | From Page: A14

 
.

Opinion

Time to fix a law the courts have mucked up

By Thomas Elias | From Page: A11

 
Editorial Cartoons for April 19, 2014

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A11

 
Here we go again in Sacramento

By Letter to the Editor | From Page: A11

Cheers, jeers for the week of April 13-19, 2014

By Daily Republic | From Page: A11

 
.

Living

Today in History for April 19, 2014

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

 
Community Calendar: April 19, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A2

Seniors, it’s never too late to do something about your health

By Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar | From Page: B7

 
Horoscopes for April 19, 2014

By Holiday Mathis | From Page: B7

.

Entertainment

TVGrid

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B10

 
Prince reaches agreement with music label

By The Associated Press | From Page: B14

‘The Boondocks’ back for final ‘offensive’ season

By The Associated Press | From Page: B14

 
A nutty finale for ‘Scandal,’ TV’s craziest show

By The Associated Press | From Page: B14

Stratocaster still a favorite at 60

By The Associated Press | From Page: B14

 
.

Sports

Warriors and Clippers take dislike to playoffs

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
Big innings lift Mustangs over Indians

By Paul Farmer | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Ross, Padres beat Cain and Giants 2-1

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
A’s come out swinging to beat Astros 11-3

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

Warriors to start O’Neal for Bogut vs. Clippers

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
Hertl has impressive playoff debut for Sharks

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

TNT’s Sager to miss NBA playoffs due to leukemia

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Nadal ousted by Ferrer in Monte Carlo quarters

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2 | Gallery

A’s lefty reliever Doolittle gets 5-year deal

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2 | Gallery

 
’40-and-up club’: Ageless Hopkins after more belts

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Jimenez shoots 65 to lead Greater Gwinnett field

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Solano scores in ninth for 2-1 BVC baseball win over Yuba

By Daily Republic staff | From Page: B2

Choi leads rain-delayed RBC Heritage

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2 | Gallery

 
NBA’s Silver wants age limit change, no rush on others

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

NBA playoffs looking more wide-open than expected

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Source: Grizzlies’ G Calathes suspended for 20 games

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Avalanche sweeps down Everest, killing at least 12

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Mets trade 1B Ike Davis to Pirates

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

.

Business

Judge says American can’t end retiree benefits yet

By The Associated Press | From Page: B10

 
Mazda recalls 109,000 older SUVs for rust problem

By The Associated Press | From Page: B10

5 features an Amazon phone might offer

By The Associated Press | From Page: B10

 
.

Obituaries

Sealwyn Shirley Brucefield Shepherd Malkiewicz

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

 
.

Comics

Peanuts

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Sally Forth

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

For Better or Worse

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Beetle Bailey

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Rose is Rose

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
B.C.

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Baby Blues

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Pickles

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Baldo

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Blondie

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Dilbert

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Wizard of Id

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Zits

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Garfield

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Frank and Ernest

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Get Fuzzy

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Word Sleuth

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

 
Sudoku

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

Bridge

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

 
Cryptoquote

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

Crossword

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

 
.

Home Seller 04/19/14

Summerwood features 8 new homes in Suisun

By Daily Republic | From Page: HSR2

Real estate transactions for April 19, 2014

By Daily Republic | From Page: HSR3

Average US 30-year mortgage rate falls to 4.27 percent

By The Associated Press | From Page: HSR3