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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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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Christchurch stadium design and build contractor to be chosen by end of year

An artist’s impression of inside the new Christchurch stadium as set up for concerts.

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An artist’s impression of inside the new Christchurch stadium as set up for concerts.

The roof for Christchurch’s new multi-use arena will cost $67.2 million alone – just $20m less than the main structure itself, new documents suggest.

The 25,000-seat covered central city arena is projected to cost a total $473m plus GST, with the Crown to contribute $220m and the Christchurch City Council providing the remaining $253m.

It will hold 35,000 people for concerts, including standing room. Up to 5000 temporary seats could be added at later.

Earlier this week, the council released documents outlining the project for companies interested in designing and building it. The council will pick a preferred contractor in December.

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SJC: Newton home contractor who is Level 3 sex offender does not have to list clients’ addresses

“The defendant … is not an employee but an independent contractor, and publishing his clients’ addresses as though his clients were his employers would mischaracterize the relationship,” Gants wrote.

The SJC ruling was sought by Francis X. Harding Jr. a self-employed home contractor whom the Sex Offender Registry Board has classified as a Level 3 sex offender, the most likely to reoffend.

According to the SJC, Harding pleaded guilty in 2015 to charges of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14 and possession of child pornography and was sentenced to five years of probation among other sanctions in Fall River District Court.

He was required to register as a sex offender and in the years since has listed his Newton home — where he has a workshop — as both his work and home address with the board, the SJC said.

The self-employed contractor has also regularly shared

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How to Choose a Home Remodeling Contractor

So you’re ready to put in a new bathtub, or you finally picked out that new tile for your kitchen. If you don’t want to do the work yourself, or you don’t have the time or skills to tackle a DIY home improvement project, hiring a contractor is the way to go. But choosing a home improvement contractor can be a headache: How can you tell if someone is good at a job you don’t know how to do?

When you choose a contractor, you’re hiring a new employee for a job. You wouldn’t hire the first applicant for a job at your business, so don’t choose your home improvement contractor without narrowing down the best candidates. Examine portfolios of previous work, check licensing, listen to referrals and gather competitive bids before you make a final decision.

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Step 1: Get recommendations

The first step in finding the right home improvement

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How to Know When It’s Time to Give Up and Call a Contractor

Last year, my wife and I bought our first house, a 70-year-old Cape Cod with a little rot on the porch and a few cracks in the ceiling. Of the 14 windows, not one had a screen. The color scheme was pink and mint green. In real-estate parlance, the house had “charm.” We moved in the day we signed the papers.

We made quick work of painting and patching drywall holes, but the bigger challenges were the two upstairs bathrooms. The guest bathroom—specifically the shower—required immediate attention. The plastic stall had yellowed like a used cigarette filter. It had no doors. And when we finally got around to turning on the water, we discovered it drained freely into the room downstairs.

In an act of hubris, I decided to tackle the project myself. I wouldn’t necessarily do all the work, but I’d at least corral various handymen and save myself

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Tips for using a contractor for home repairs and installations

Continuing with Hubby’s and my very recent moving saga, while another week of unpacking has passed, its nasty taste in our mouths hasn’t. In just the past couple of days, I’ve discovered a broken vacuum cleaner, a missing window air-conditioner and still have more large boxes in the basement that were supposed to be placed in the living room and/or kitchen. Eek.

The next slap in our financial faces came from a very reputable business with which we’ve not only experienced great satisfaction in the past, but also one to which I’ve handed out mega referrals to friends and strangers alike. Talk about a fiasco! Without going into great detail, what was to be a week’s job turned into five weeks, with kitchen and living room parts arriving piecemeal, which added to my profound distress. More times than not, what arrived had been built wrong or not at all which

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