Johnstown contractor charged with home improvement fraud | News

A Johnstown man was arraigned on Tuesday, accused of accepting $31,400 from a Jackson Township couple in June 2018 for home improvement work that was never performed, authorities said.

Colin O’Donnell, 35, doing business as O’Donnell Contracting, LLC, was charged with violating the home improvement protection act, home improvement fraud and theft by deception.

According to a criminal complaint filed by Jackson Township police, O’Donnell contracted with the Moshannon Drive couple to build an addition with work to begin in August 2018.

O’Donnell cashed the check in June, but no work was started, the complaint said.

O’Donnell told the couple that delays were the result of scheduling issues with the engineer and designer, permit delays and inclement weather, the complaint said.

Police said they determined that no building materials were purchased and no permits were obtained through the township.

“An experienced contractor would know how to apply for a permit

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Escapee from psychiatric hospital charged with kidnapping, assaulting group home worker, authorities say

Coleman pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the fatal shooting of his father in 2017. Coleman had initially been charged with second-degree murder. He told authorities the shooting was an accident. He was being held at St. Elizabeths Hospital in Southeast Washington. His next hearing in the manslaughter case is Oct. 23.

An arrest affidavit filed in court says St. Elizabeths staff discovered Coleman missing at 7:30 a.m. Sunday. The affidavit says that in his place, workers found “a decoy made of sheets, towels and blue painters tape constructed in a manner to mimic the form of a human body.”

A review of surveillance video showed Coleman leaving his room Saturday night, walking down a corridor and entering a secured room near the exit, the affidavit says. He remained there for several minutes, then left by “manipulating the door,” the affidavit says. The court documents do not elaborate on how

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Former deputy charged with thefts from dead man’s home

A former Orange County sheriff’s deputy has been charged with burglarizing the home of a dead man, prosecutors said Thursday.

Steve Hortz, a 12-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Department, was called to a Yorba Linda home on July 20 to check on the welfare of the owner. He discovered the man, who was in his 70s, had died of natural causes, according to a statement from the county district attorney’s office.

Home surveillance video showed Hortz breaking into the home about a week later while on duty and in uniform, authorities alleged. He left the door open and returned twice more in August in civilian clothes, authorities contend.

The stolen goods included ceiling fans and safes containing 15 guns, prosecutors alleged.

The Sheriff’s Department began investigating after the probate attorney handling the homeowner’s estate reported items were missing and provided the surveillance video, authorities said.

Hortz, 42,

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Accused Eminem home invader charged with assaulting Macomb jail officer



a man standing in front of a mirror posing for the camera: Matthew David Hughes appears by video from jail during a Macomb County Circuit Court proceeding on Sept. 30, 2020.


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Matthew David Hughes appears by video from jail during a Macomb County Circuit Court proceeding on Sept. 30, 2020.

The man accused of breaking into Eminem’s home faces new charges of assaulting a Macomb County Jail employee.

Matthew David Hughes, 27, punched a corrections deputy in the face Sept. 11, the Macomb County Sheriff’s office said. The officer, who was retrieving a food tray from Hughes’ cell, did not need medical attention.

The alleged incident came two days after Hughes was bound over for trial in the Eminem case.

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Hughes has been charged with assault of a prison employee. On Wednesday, he waived his right to a preliminary examination and will be arraigned Oct. 21 in Macomb County District Court. He will also be arraigned then on the home

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Randolph man charged with home repair fraud

SABATTUS — A Randolph man has been charged with home repair fraud after he was accused of scamming an elderly woman out of money for work he never performed.

Jason Alec Pratt Kennebec County Jail

Jason Alec Pratt, 43, was charged with home repair fraud and theft by unauthorized taking for allegedly accepting the woman’s money as a down payment for work and then disappearing without making any repairs.

Sabattus police are investigating the case and said Pratt has a history of similar schemes in other communities, including Gardiner, Richmond, Belgrade, Winslow and Greenville.

Court records show Pratt has served time in jail on convictions that included theft and criminal threatening.

Pratt was operating under the business name Pratt Building & Roofing in October 2019 when he agreed to do work for the woman in Sabattus. He took her down payment, police said, signed a contract and then disappeared without

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Ex-care home bosses charged over dozens of Covid deaths in Massachusetts

Massachusetts’ top law enforcement official has brought criminal charges against former leaders of a nursing home for military veterans, for allegedly making a fatal decision that led to the deaths of many dozens of elderly residents and staff.



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Former superintendent Bennett Walsh, 50, and Dr David Clinton, 71, were indicted last week on 10 criminal neglect charges each, according to state attorney general Maura Healey. The two have not been taken into custody and will be arraigned at a later date.

“We began this investigation on behalf of the families who lost loved ones under tragic circumstances and to honor these men who bravely served our country,” Healey said Friday. “We allege that the actions of these defendants during the Covid-19 outbreak at the facility put veterans

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2 former leaders of Holyoke Soldiers’ Home charged in COVID-19 deaths

Two former leaders of the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home in Massachusetts have been indicted in connection with the COVID-19 deaths of nearly a dozen veterans, Attorney General Maura Healey announced Friday.



The Holyoke Soldier's Home in Holyoke, Mass., April 30, 2020, where the COVID-19 pandemic left at least 76 dead.


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The Holyoke Soldier’s Home in Holyoke, Mass., April 30, 2020, where the COVID-19 pandemic left at least 76 dead.

Former Superintendent Bennett Walsh and former Medical Director Dr. David Clinton each have been charged with criminal neglect following an investigation into the facility, where at least 76 residents died of COVID-19.

Each defendant is facing five counts of charges of caretaker who wantonly or recklessly commits or permits bodily injury to an elder or disabled person, and five counts of caretaker who wantonly or recklessly commits or permits abuse, neglect or mistreatment to an elder or disabled person. Walsh and Clinton will be arraigned in Hampden County Superior Court at a later date.

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Ex-care home bosses charged over dozens of deaths in Massachusetts

Massachusetts’ top law enforcement official has brought criminal charges against former leaders of a nursing home for military veterans, for allegedly making a fatal decision that led to the deaths of many dozens of elderly residents and staff.



a bench in a park: Photograph: Brian Snyder/Reuters


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Photograph: Brian Snyder/Reuters

Related: Dorm snitches and party bans: how universities around the world are tackling Covid

Former superintendent Bennett Walsh, 50, and Dr David Clinton, 71, were indicted last week on 10 criminal neglect charges each, according to state attorney general Maura Healey. The two have not been taken into custody and will be arraigned at a later date.

“We began this investigation on behalf of the families who lost loved ones under tragic circumstances and to honor these men who bravely served our country,” Healey said Friday. “We allege that the actions of these defendants during the Covid-19 outbreak at the facility put veterans at

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U.S. Tops 7 Million; Nursing Home Managers Charged: Virus Update

(Bloomberg) — U.S. coronavirus cases rose to more than 7 million and the pace of daily infections increased slightly, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University and Bloomberg. Virginia’s governor tested positive for Covid-19, days after Missouri’s governor.

Florida Governor Ron Desantis lifted capacity restrictions on restaurants. In the first U.S. case of its kind, Massachusetts is charging the former managers of a veteran’s home where 76 people died of the virus.

London was added to a watch list of potential pandemic hot spots. Spain’s government asked for restrictions on movement to extend across the entire city of Madrid, drawing a rebuff from regional officials.

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Two charged in deadly COVID-19 outbreak at Massachusetts veterans’ home

(Reuters) – Two people were indicted for their alleged role in a COVID-19 outbreak at a Massachusetts veterans’ home that contributed to the deaths of at least 76 residents, the state’s attorney general announced on Friday.



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FILE PHOTO: Outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Connecticut

A grand jury on Thursday indicted superintendent Bennett Walsh and David Clinton, the former medical director of the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke, on charges of criminal neglect related to their work at the facility.

“We allege that the actions of these defendants during the COVID-19 outbreak at the facility put veterans at higher risk of infection and death and warrant criminal charges,” Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey said in a statement.

Healey said the charges stem from the two individuals’ roles in decision-making on March 27 at the home that led to the consolidation of two dementia units into one.

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