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Alabama storm victims warned to look out for price gouging, home repair fraud

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WRBL) – The Alabama Attorney General’s Office and Alabama Home Builders Licensure Board are warning consumers to be on the lookout for scams and price gouging during home repair or storm damage cleanup in the wake of Hurricane Sally.

State officials joined Baldwin County District Attorney Robert Wilters and State Representative Matt Simpson in Fairhope, Ala. on Sept. 28 to warn coastal Alabamians about the possibility of fraud as they hire workers to repair storm damage.

As consumers begin the process of home repair, the HBLB recommends using licensed home builders and roofers, as required by law. On Sept, 23, HBLB Executive Director J.R. “Chip” Carden waived some requirements for issuance of a roofer license, allowing emergency roofers licenses to be issued in Baldwin and Mobile counties.

“Based on the Governor’s disaster declaration, the Home Builders Licensure Board has activated its emergency roofer license for Mobile and Baldwin

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Windrush victims sceptical about Home Office ‘improvement plan’

Victims of the Windrush scandal have responded with scepticism to the publication of a Home Office “comprehensive improvement plan” promising “a fairer, more compassionate” department – pointing to similar previous pledges that have yet to materialise.

The author of a report into the scandal’s causes also reacted with frustration that the government is not moving fast enough to implement all of her recommendations, despite a promise from the home secretary, Priti Patel, in June that they would be adopted in full.

Wendy Williams, who wrote the independent Windrush lessons learned review, welcomed the plan, but added: “Some of the more fundamental recommendations, such as the appointment of the migrants’ commissioner, require greater clarity and pace if the department is to be successful in its aim to rebuild public trust.”

In her introduction to the plan, Patel made a renewed promise to oversee an ambitious, comprehensive reform of the Home Office.

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Man threatens to cut off victim’s finger in East Side home invasion

El Paso police arrested a man accused of threatening to cut off another man’s finger over a debt during a home invasion on the East Side.

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Police Department Gang Unit investigators arrested James Daniel Badajosa on Sunday night, hours after a home invasion at an apartment in the 10500 block of Ashwood Drive near Montwood Mall on Yarbrough Drive, police said.



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James Daniel Badajosa

Police arrested Badajosa, 24, on a charge of burglary of habitation, a police news release states. 

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About 2 p.m. Sunday, Badajosa allegedly forced his way into an apartment and assaulted 24-year-old Adrian Gonzalez, police said.

Badajosa allegedly used a knife to threaten to cut off one of Gonzalez’s fingers over a debt before stealing several items and leaving, police said. The nature of the debt was not disclosed.

Badajosa, of the 6000 block

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Home and remodeling show helps flood victims get back on their feet

GONZALES – Vic Sauniers and his wife lost their Gonzales home in the flood and are currently living in a FEMA trailer.

They say their new home will be elevated, built on top of a mound of dirt.

“We want to be prepared so when the next flood comes. We don’t want to deal with any water,” Vic said.

He decided not take any chances and is acting as his own contractor and building his own house. So he attended the Home and Remodeling Show at the Lamar Dixon Expo Center. There he looked for sub-contractors to do the actual work.

“I’ve been planning for about three months and today I’m getting to put eyes on so it’s really great,” Vic said.

Every type of service homeowners need is being offered at the expo. Lumber compaines, painters, tools and kitchen cabinet companies are all featured at the event.

Cabinet makers

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How you can help us remember Indiana’s COVID-19 nursing home victims

Did a family member or loved one die after contracting COVID-19 in an Indiana nursing home?

Introducing ‘Careless,’ an IndyStar investigation of Indiana’s nursing homes

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If so, we would like to share their photograph, and possibly their story, to raise awareness about conditions in these homes. The effort is part of an ongoing IndyStar investigation.

To participate, or ask questions, email us at coronavirus@indystar.com.

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Please send us a recent photograph and some basic biographical information, including your loved one’s name, age, date of death, name of nursing home, and a little bit about their interests, activities or life. Also please include your name and contact information.



a graffiti covered wall: Indiana receives more supplemental Medicaid nursing home funds than any other state. A new IndyStar probe looks at what we're getting for the money.


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