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Fort Lauderdale home crushed by crane feels like ‘a haunted house’ as it awaits repair

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Heather Riggs is still in shock after a crane collapsed on her home Friday.

Fortunately, the family was on vacation and nobody was hurt. But the Fort Lauderdale homeowner says she’s frustrated by how slowly those responsible are moving to fix it.

“As soon as I pulled up I can’t even describe the shell shock,” Riggs said Monday. “I look at the house and I don’t know the next step.”

Tarps on the roof were just installed Monday afternoon at the home on NE 57th Street.

Apparently, neighbors were having a shed lifted over their house and into the backyard when the crane collapsed.

Fort Lauderdale police happened to be outside for a different call when it happened, and their body-worn cameras captured the crane crashing down.

It appears the crane’s supports were resting on the grass above a septic tank, which gave way under the

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State Takes over Houston’s Hurricane Harvey Home Repair Program

All Houston, Texas, resident Alice Torres has wanted in the three years since Hurricane Harvey hit was to repair her family’s flood-damaged home so her 85-year-old mother can feel safe and settled again.

But when her mother, Dolores Torres, died from COVID-19 on Aug. 2, her family was still trying to get help from a Houston program that has been criticized for its slow pace in repairing homes damaged by the massive storm. The state took over the program this week and Torres and other residents who have applied for assistance say they’re worried that could lead to yet more delays.

“She deserved so much better. She deserved her house. She deserved to have seen it nice,” Torres, 54, said. She said her home still has Harvey-related electrical and plumbing issues due to insufficient help from insurance and shoddy work from a contractor.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner called the state

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In this photo taken Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020, Houston resident Alice Torres sits inside her home, which had been damaged during Hurricane Harvey in 2017. Torres says she has not unpacked boxes of belongings in her living room because she is still waiting for help from a city program to finish repairs in her home. This week, the state of Texas took over the program over what it says is slow progress the program has made in repairing homes. Torres and other residents who have applied for assistance say they’re worried the takeover could lead to more delays.

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All Houston resident Alice Torres has wanted in the three years since Hurricane Harvey hit was to repair her family’s flood-damaged home so her 85-year-old mother can feel safe and settled again.

But when her mother, Dolores Torres, died from COVID-19 on Aug. 2, her family was

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State takes over Houston’s Harvey home repair program

HOUSTON (AP) — All Houston resident Alice Torres has wanted in the three years since Hurricane Harvey hit was to repair her family’s flood-damaged home so her 85-year-old mother can feel safe and settled again.

But when her mother, Dolores Torres, died from COVID-19 on Aug. 2, her family was still trying to get help from a Houston program that has been criticized for its slow pace in repairing homes damaged by the massive storm. The state took over the program this week and Torres and other residents who have applied for assistance say they’re worried that could lead to yet more delays.

“She deserved so much better. She deserved her house. She deserved to have seen it nice,” Torres, 54, said Thursday. She said her home still has Harvey-related electrical and plumbing issues due to insufficient help from insurance and shoddy work from a contractor.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner

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Elmhurst man jailed with multiple felony charges including home repair fraud

CHICAGO — An Elmhurst man who operated a fraudulent business has been jailed in Will County on numerous felony charges, including home repair fraud and money laundering.

Edmund Kavanaugh, 46, operated a business known as “Goliath Construction Corporation”, which offered home repair, roofing, HVAC and appliances.

One family that fell victim to his fraudulent practices is glad that Kavanaugh will be unable to continue his illegal practices, which date back to 1995.

“We are thrilled he’s off the street and cannot take someone else’s deposit,” one Duggan sister said.

The sisters were referred to Kavanaugh on the “Moms of Beverly” Facebook page from a woman that turned out to be fictitious.

The Duggan family had spent over $8,000 for materials on a job that Kavanaugh said would cost over $32,000, to which he offered a payment plan.

The Duggan sisters said Kavanaugh showed them all of his papers, license, referrals

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Local union contractors help woman with home repair gone wrong

TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) – In June of this year 81-year-old Dodi Sawyer hired a home improvement company to do some repairs. She says the contractor expanded the project, dismantled portions of the house, and made it unlivable. During the process she and her insurance company spent $11,000 for an unfinished job.



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A group of local contractors from the Associated General Contractors of Northwest Ohio got word of Sawyer’s situation and decided to help.

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“I was having the plumbing re-done and the electric re-done and that turned into three months of destruction of the inside, throwing away my kitchen appliances, and taking down my shower and leaving me with nothing but empty rooms,” Sawyer said.

Mike Gibson, a local carpenter with Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters said, “I was taught at

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Elmhurst Man Accused Of Home Repair Fraud

ELMHURST, IL — An Elmhurst man is accused of a number of home repair fraud schemes around the Chicago area. Authorities say they’re certain more victims exist.

According to Will County, Kavanaugh has been the subject of complaints throughout the suburbs. On Tuesday, a search warrant was executed on his house in Elmhurst.

According to the news release, Kavanaugh made incriminating statements during his interview with detectives at the Will County Sheriff’s Office. The office is encouraging victims to come forward and report Kavanaugh’s alleged crimes to their local jurisdictions.

Kavanaugh is in the Will County Jail on a $1 million bond, the release said.

In June, Patch found many examples of a Facebook user operating under the name “Jessica Munoz” answering inquiries on Facebook for home repair services. The user recommended a number of businesses with the same phone number, which is Kavanaugh’s. The business names included Edward Paint

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Joliet contractor facing new arrest warrants, charges of home repair theft

Joliet contractor Joseph Hisel is facing new arrest warrants and new accusations from two customers who said they paid him for home renovations that were never completed.

Joliet contractor facing new arrest warrants, charges of home repair theft

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Hisel has been the subject of multiple I-Team investigations, dating back to 2014.

I-Team: Unfinished basements

“From the day the warrant was issued, Joseph Hisel has been on the run and we don’t currently know where he’s at,” said Detective Sergeant Chris Altiery, Braidwood Police Department.

Hisel has been charged with and convicted of theft and home repair fraud, with accusations from many unhappy customers.

Joliet contractor ordered to pay back homeowner

His two most recent charges are in Will County. A Braidwood resident said he gave Hisel a $975 down payment for a decking job in April but never heard from Hisel again so he

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Joliet contractor Joseph Hisel facing new arrest warrants, charges of home repair theft

JOLIET, Ill. (WLS) — Joliet contractor Joseph Hisel is facing new arrest warrants and new accusations from two customers who said they paid him for home renovations that were never completed.

Hisel has been the subject of multiple I-Team investigations, dating back to 2014.

I-Team: Unfinished basements

“From the day the warrant was issued, Joseph Hisel has been on the run and we don’t currently know where he’s at,” said Detective Sergeant Chris Altiery, Braidwood Police Department.

Hisel has been charged with and convicted of theft and home repair fraud, with accusations from many from unhappy customers.

Joliet contractor ordered to pay back homeowner

His two most recent charges are in Will County. A Braidwood resident said he gave Hisel a $975 down payment for a decking job in April but never heard from Hisel again so he turned to police.

“He got on Facebook and he found a company

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Judge orders Seminole Commission candidate Pernell Bush to repair damage to home

A judge ordered Seminole County Commission candidate Pernell Bush to move out of the home he shared with his estranged wife and pay for the damages he caused last month when he punched a wall 10 times, apparently in anger over earlier divorce proceedings.



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Seminole County Judge Jessica Recksiedler also ordered the Democrat and his estranged wife, Jalyn Isley, to sell their two-story house on Emerald Forest Court near Sanford.

But Bush said Monday that he moved out of the home the day after the Sept. 14 incident and has since been living in Sanford’s Goldsboro community.

His new address is within commission District 5 — the seat he is seeking — which includes Sanford, Heathrow and a portion of Lake Mary. Seminole commissioners are elected countywide, but required

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