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Records tie Vacaville pastor to meth probe

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From page A1 | January 23, 2014 |

The Rev. Mark W. Lewis

The Rev. Mark W. Lewis

FAIRFIELD — The church pastor being investigated for a possible role in the Jan. 9 firebombing of the Vacaville home of his ex-girlfriend was under police investigation for the past two years for possible methamphetamine dealing, according to court records obtained Wednesday.

The Rev. Mark W. Lewis, 39, of the Fellowship Baptist Church, was arrested the day after the fire but he quickly posted $500,000 bail. Prosecutors have not filed any criminal charges against him but say the case is still being investigated.

Lewis has previously said he had no involvement with the arson and is being framed by three homeless people who were arrested near the scene of the fire. The trio, Anthony Newbolt, 33, of Sacramento; Richerd Wright, 28, of Sacramento; and Kristen Broyles, 30, of Citrus Heights are scheduled to be in court Thursday. They have pleaded not guilty to arson and other felony charges.

Authorities say a search of the church and Lewis’ adjacent home north of Vacaville after the arson attack turned up methamphetamine, an illegal handgun and evidence police say links Lewis to the crime.

Court records filed this week by an undercover Vacaville police narcotics investigator report he has been told by at least three informants in the past two years that Lewis has possessed and distributed methamphetamine and has conspired in burglaries, vandalism and witness intimidation. The informants talked to police “to get Lewis from ruining the lives of his constituents.”

Lewis did not attend a Wednesday hearing in which his ex-girlfriend was issued a three-year extension to a recently issued restraining order that bars Lewis from having any contact with her.

Police say Newbolt, Wright and Broyles, two of them ex-cons, independently said Lewis paid them to throw a Molotov cocktail through a living room window of the ex-girlfriend’s Chateau Circle home late at night where six people, including three children, were staying. Newbolt told police Lewis had an ounce of methamphetamine with him on Jan. 7 when they went to a casino and that they shared methamphetamine the next day, just hours before the arson, according to court records.

Police are reviewing cellphone records to confirm claims by the trio that they had communicated with Lewis shortly before and immediately after the arson attack.

The ex-girlfriend told reporters that Lewis used his role as a pastor to manipulate and use people. Her claims are echoed by three different people who in the last two years have told police that Lewis would gain the trust of vulnerable people by providing them food, shelter and comfort – things like cars and cellphones. Then he would pressure them to do his bidding, which included things like getting him methamphetamine and vandalizing and victimizing the property of people who wandered away from his sphere of influence, according to court records.

On Christmas morning, the ex-girlfriend discovered the windshield of her car, which was in her driveway, had been shattered. She reported the vandalism to police and blamed Lewis, who told police he had nothing to do with the incident.

The next day the ex-girlfriend received text messages from a blocked phone number that read: “Keep the police away from the church and Mark,” “Simple – no more cops, more peace,” “Sometimes people do things they wish they didn’t, don’t be one of those people,” “What are cops involved for” and “Get cops off his back.”

On New Year’s Day, the ex-girlfriend found her car had been vandalized again. Lewis once again told police he had nothing to do with it. A few days later, another window of her car was smashed and a small fire burned some bushes in the front yard of her home.

Efforts to contact Lewis were not successful. The church’s telephone has been disconnected.

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Jess Sullivan

Jess has covered the criminal justice system in Solano County for several years. He was an embedded reporter in Iraq in 2003.
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  • Skeptic ScroogeJanuary 23, 2014 - 3:17 am

    Wonder how many other area churches are involved in the meth ring... While most are legit, I have my doubts about the recent "new church" groups. Groups... Or possible gangs funneling money, like the mafia and pizza places in the days of Capone. The police May want to keep an eye on those on the payrole especially at these new churches over the last two to three years.

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  • archieJanuary 23, 2014 - 3:42 am

    Goes to show you that even churches are no longer respectable institutions. Guys like this thrive on being in position resembling power and use it to manipulate. But I guess meth isn't as bad as some of the perverted Catholic priests.

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  • The MisterJanuary 23, 2014 - 6:19 am

    Archie, seems like you could say the same thing about government... they are no longer respectable institutions because the guys in government thrive on being in a position resembling power and use it to manipulate. Perhaps you could say the same thing about Wall Street. I suspect what you are saying is that followers of Christ are no longer respectable because of Mark Lewis. Is that what you're saying?

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  • archieJanuary 23, 2014 - 4:37 pm

    The Mister,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, not just Lewis who makes religion look ridiculous. Religion doesn't seem as relevant or believable as it once was to us sheeple. Logic pretty much makes religion seem silly and these guys are helping people "see the light".

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  • CD BrooksJanuary 23, 2014 - 7:13 am

    This guy is little different than all those before him. Take advantage of the timid and weak, abuse the power of the almighty hoax. Many would probably be surprised to learn about the practices and lifestyles of the Televangelists (too many to list), PTL and 700 clubs of years past and everyone that has taken the same path. Shameful.

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  • The MisterJanuary 23, 2014 - 10:42 am

    CD, there have been many who have perverted the meaning of Christ and the Gospel to their own end. Very much like many who have perverted science for their own ends. Why don't we just stipulate that a majority of people are liars, crooks, fraudsters... sinners. Seems like there would be something to be done with sinners. Any idea?

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  • CD BrooksJanuary 23, 2014 - 4:54 pm

    The Mister, I answer to a Constitutional law and "sinning" means nothing to me in those terms. I do not recognize "sinning" because that is part of a dogma I deny exists. I think religion is a terrible hoax. These "copy-cat" scam-artists are nothing new and if I were in the clergy, I would be very worried. People are tired of the lies and deceit, they are waking up. That has been my goal so for me to suggest a "sinner" be punished, I'd have to say no. The real law breakers are actually running the very institutions that created the myth in the first place they are the ones needing punishment. Bad juju, Karma dude.

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  • ENEDINA GARCIAJanuary 23, 2014 - 1:35 pm

    WOW NOW EVEN THE MEN OF CLOTH ARE IN THE DRUG BUSSINESS AND WE ARE SUPPOSE TO BE ABLE TO CONFIDED IN AND NOW WHO CAN WE TRUST IN?SO WE NEED TO REALLY THINK BEFORE WE TRUST SOMEONE EVEN THOSE OF THE CHURCH.

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  • SMJanuary 23, 2014 - 1:52 pm

    you said it! Someone once told me "always question authority" and I always try to keep my ears and eyes open. Trust your instincts and trust God, but do not trust people so easily anymore. Desperate times call for desperate measures? Maybe, but drugs, guns, bombs in church, really scary stuff.

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