Police suspect man of scamming elderly Spokane residents in charade as contractor

Spokane police suspect a man of defrauding elderly local residents by claiming to be a contractor, damaging their homes and requesting more and more money to finish jobs.

Officers from SPD’s Patrol Anti-Crime Team (PACT) booked Perceleono “Percy” Lopez, 40, for several felony charges Friday after an investigation led them to believe he was targeting elderly citizens in Spokane and damaged at least three homes while doing work he was not licensed to do, according to a Spokane Police Department news release.

One historically registered home had $15,000 worth of damage after his work on it.

The investigation started after officers learned Lopez had approached three separate elderly citizens in the Spokane area offering his painting services.

A check of Lopez showed he’d been cited twice in 2019 by the Department of Labor and Industries for failing to register as a contractor, the release said.

In several instances, Lopez allegedly

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Tails Up shuts down: Owner cites daunting independent contractor regulations | Business

After three years of providing pet care for four-legged customers, Tails Up! Napa Valley is closing its doors.

Melodie Durham, owner and founder of Tails Up, said that unlike some small businesses, hers did not close primarily due to COVID-19 impacts.

Instead, her business suffered under the requirements of a new law regarding the use of independent contractors.

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Woman and baby tailed by Auckland hospital contractor, stopped from leaving with baby

A police officer talks to the Auckland City Hospital contractor who contacted them after being concerned about a woman with a newborn baby on Thursday. Photo / Supplied

A new mum was tailed by an Auckland City Hospital contractor as she carried her newborn son to her car and prevented her from driving away – with police having to intervene.

The mum – who gave birth 18 days ago at the hospital – claims the woman believed the baby was not hers. But police said they were called by “members of the public” after witnessing the woman “appearing to be having difficulty holding a newborn baby”.

The woman – who is an older mum – told the Herald on Sunday she feared for her and her tiny baby’s safety when she was approached by a woman on Thursday afternoon as she started to put her child in her vehicle parked

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Investigation launched into alleged mismanagement of Omaha-area child welfare contractor | Omaha State and Regional News

“Ensuring the necessary supports are in place to support children and families remains the top priority for DHHS,” the statement said.

St. Francis holds a $197 million, five-year contract with the state to manage the care of abused and neglected children in Douglas and Sarpy Counties. The agency started taking over cases one year ago from an Omaha-based nonprofit that previously held the state contract. The transition was completed by Jan. 1.

Rothenberger said the St. Francis Ministries Board authorized the investigation, which is being done by an independent consultant. It is expected to be completed in about 20 days.

Along with overseeing the care of children in the Omaha metro area, St. Francis provides more limited child welfare services in other parts of Nebraska.

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Police arrest man accused of posing as contractor to scam Spokane-area residents

SPOKANE, Wash. — Spokane police arrested a man on Friday who they say was scamming elderly people in the Spokane area by posing as a contractor. 

According to a release, Perceleono Lopez, 40, would offer services under the fake business name ‘Percy’s Painting,’ then would continue to ask for more money to complete his work. 

A background check revealed the Department of Labor and Industries had cited Lopez twice in 2019 for failing to register as a contractor. Police say he scammed people out of roughly $8,500, though they believe there are more victims they aren’t aware of. 

PACT officers arrested Lopez at a home just blocks from NorthTown Mall on Friday. He was arrested for failing to register as a contractor and first degree theft by deception, as well as two counts of possession of a

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Sued contractor wants trial moved | Courts

A judge could decide next month whether to move from Allen County a lawsuit involving a man who was seriously injured while working on the city’s tunnel project.

The lawsuit filed in Allen Superior Court names Herrenknecht Tunnelling Systems USA Inc. and Shambaugh and Son LP, a Fort Wayne construction company, as defendants.

Both companies are subcontractors on the nearly $200 million project.

Tyler Tompkins suffered “permanent and catastrophic injuries” including traumatic brain injury in an April 16 explosion while working on the project designed to improve river quality and comply with federal environmental regulations, according to court documents. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Claire Tompkins, Tyler Tompkins’ wife and legal guardian, and claims the companies are liable.

The lawsuit requests a jury trial, but lawyers for Shambaugh & Son have told a judge the company can’t get a fair hearing with local jurors and wants the case

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NYC Excavation Workers Say ConEd Contractor Owes Wages

Law360 (October 30, 2020, 7:39 PM EDT) — A contractor for New York City and ConEd failed to pay excavation workers for the time they spent picking up and returning equipment and traveling between job sites, a proposed class of workers has alleged in a federal lawsuit.  

In a proposed wage and hour collective action filed Thursday, the workers claim that Safeway Construction Enterprises LLC and its owner owe them straight pay and overtime pay for the hours it took them to report to headquarters in Maspeth, New York, twice a day and travel between headquarters and job sites, under the Fair Labor Standards Act and New York Labor…

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Contractor booked for 25-year-old’s electrocution | Nashik News

Nashik: A day after a 25-year-old man was electrocuted at Shiv Shakti Chowk area in Cidco, the Ambad police have booked the civic contractor for causing death due to negligence.
“The deceased’s brother, Amol, also got an electrict shock. He was admitted to a private hospital and his condition is stable,” a police officer said.
On Thursday morning, 25-year-old Dhiraj Jagtap was watering the front garden of his house when he got electrocuted from an exposed under-ground electricity cable. Dhiraj’s bother, who rushed to help him, also got an electric shock.
Both the brothers were rushed to a private hospital in Kamatwade area of Cidco where doctors declared Dhiraj brought dead.
“A contractor appointed by the civic body had dug the area in front of the house of the two brothers for a drainage line. In the process, the underground electricity cables were ruptured and left uncovered by the workers.
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Call for 3rd-party contractor for highway maintenance | Pune News

Pune: Frequent commuters sought appointment of a third-party contractor for the maintenance of the Pune-Satara highway, after 57 accidents caused 23 deaths on the treacherous stretch from April to September.
Commuters claimed that the road condition had deteriorated during and after monsoon, leading to frequent tyre bursts and accidents. Pavanjit Mane, a city-based IT professional spearheading the movement for the completion of the highway, said, “Potholes along the highway have become deeper. No remedial action has been taken so far. The incomplete stretches have remained untouched. The bad patches catch commuters by surprise and often lead to tyre bursts. If Reliance Infra cannot complete the project, a third-party contractor must be appointed by the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) to maintain the road, if not for completing the project.”
SD Chitnis, the general manager of the NHAI, said, “Reliance Infra began the maintenance work earlier this week. Work was
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Don Ravi Pujari indicted for extortion call to Kasaragod-based contractor- The New Indian Express

By Express News Service

KASARGOD:  The Kerala Crime Branch has indicted mobster and extortionist Ravi Pujari — who is in a Bengaluru jail now — for trying to extort money from a Kasaragod-based contractor and opening fire at his house at Bevinja.

Contractor M T Muhammed Kunhi had got extortion calls allegedly from Pujari and his henchman Manish Shetty in 2008 and 2012, and gunshots were fired at his house on both occasions.

Pujari, a native of Dakshina Kannada, has been indicted in the case of the 2008 shooting.

Kunhi, who refused to pay up, said he got a paper with the name of Ravi Pujari on his verandah soon after the 2008 shooting.

Crime Branch inspector C A Abdul Raheem, who investigated the case, submitted the chargesheet at the Kasaragod court on Friday. Crime Branch inspector Rahim is likely to go to Bengaluru to record his arrest.

Eight persons

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