Man Accused of Smoking Marijuana Outside Church, Howling During Service

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DIAMOND SPRINGS —

In a Sunday morning sermon about living a life of success versus a life of significance, Pastor Don Pritchard was interrupted.

“While I am praying he was in the back, letting out a wolf noise!” Pritchard said.

About 300 people attending the 10:30 a.m. service at Solid Rock Faith Center in Diamond Springs were in shock.

According to the pastor, it came from a church member who was drinking a beer and smoking marijuana outside before he stepped into the service and howled.

But, the pastor is not upset.

“We’re an outreach church. That’s what we do, so when you reach out to hurting people, you have people who are drunk who come in to your church,” he said.

Similar incidents have happened many times before, he says, and some are more memorable than others.

“Over the years, we’ve had a lot of fun times. That’s what it’s all about,” he said.

The church ushers escorted Joseph Shaw out to the parking lot. However, El
Dorado County sheriff’s deputies were called when the ushers say Shaw became violent.

He was arrested and had to be restrained by multiple jail staff.

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