Harvest Vineyard closed; pastor charged with child neglect

Published: Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 19:53 PM.

Fire officials called the city building inspector and "they determined the building was uninhabitable," Taylor said.

After authorities closed the facility, Harvest Vineyard staffers relocated residents to a church in Covington County, Ala., Taylor said.

The investigation was spurred by reports that a female juvenile remanded to the facility had twice run away, he said.

Police have heard allegations of food stamp misuse and residents living in servitude, but those have not been substantiated and have not been entered into the investigation, Taylor said. However, given the large volume of documents and computers seized during the warrant's execution, further charges could be pending, he said.

"It's going to take days to sort through all the materials we found," Taylor said.

Contact News Bulletin Arts & Entertainment Editor Brian Hughes at 850-682-6524 or brianh@crestviewbulletin.com. Follow him on Twitter @cnbBrian.

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