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Mayor Walsh says city trying to help residents facing eviction stay in their homes

Walsh also addressed reports of a video of a Black jogger stopped by men sporting ICE badges on the VFW Parkway in West Roxbury.

“It was a disturbing video to watch. It was unacceptable in so many ways,” said Walsh. He said ICE has “not confirmed or denied” whether their agents were in Boston, and that he spoke with the jogger Wednesday morning depicted in the video.

“Incidents like this have no place in our city” or nation, Walsh said, adding that he’s reached out to Boston police with a request that they contact federal authorities to see what’s happening.

“Clearly he was shaken up yesterday,” Walsh said of the jogger. “It’s still unclear why this happened.”

Walsh was joined at the news conference by city Health and Human Services chief Marty Martinez, who reported that the rate of positive coronavirus tests has crept up to a level the city hasn’t seen since early June.

For the seven-day period ending Oct. 3, the average number of positive tests per day has spiked from 65.6 the prior week to 73, out of about 1,800 people tested per day, Martinez said. He said the average positive test rate for the week ending Oct. 3 was 4.1 percent, the first time the city had hit that mark since June.

“We continue to see an increase in COVID activity week after week,” Martinez said.

He said city officials continue to take steps to mitigate the spread, including mobile testing in hard hit areas. He said officials are also working to determine whether the 4.1 percent reading represents a trend or “simply a bump in the road.”

Asked what’s driving the spike in cases, Martinez said “unfortunately it’s a combination of a lot of different things.”

He said “most neighborhoods are seeing an uptick,” with

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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.

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“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 turned to police.

“He got on Facebook and he found a company called Home Repairs for Less. He did the proper amount of vetting, he thought, looked into them and they appeared to be legitimate,” said Altiery.

Altiery said Hisel signed his work-proposal “J.H.”, so at first, police didn’t know who they were dealing with.

“My victim in this case, says, ‘Hey, I believe I know who this person is’. He comes into the police station, and he actually shows me a picture of Joseph Hisel from the ABC7 I-Team, when they did their story back in 2017. So he found his perpetrator,” he said.

The Braidwood warrant was issued in August. A second warrant was issued for Hisel in New Lenox for a separate allegation of home repair theft.

Hisel previously pleaded guilty in four other cases in various counties the Chicago area, all for theft and home

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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 called Home Repairs for Less. He did the proper amount of vetting, he thought, looked into them and they appeared to be legitimate,” said Altiery.

Altiery said Hisel signed his work-proposal “J.H.”, so at first, police didn’t know who they were dealing with.

“My victim in this case, says, ‘Hey, I believe I know who this person is’. He comes into the police station, and he actually shows me a picture of Joseph Hisel from the ABC7 I-Team, when they did their story back in 2017. So he found his perpetrator,” he said.

The Braidwood warrant was issued in August. A second warrant was issued for Hisel in New Lenox for a separate allegation of home repair theft.

Hisel previously pleaded guilty in four other cases in various counties the Chicago area, all for theft and home repair fraud.

Contractor pleads guilty in 4 counties

One of them was a

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