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Two Okanagan families left in financial hole after contractor allegedly skips town

Two Okanagan families are in a financial and literal hole after a pool contractor allegedly took their money and skipped town.

“We hired a contractor back in late May, he came in and did all the excavation work,” said Steve Croxford, a Kelowna resident.

“He told us he had all the permits in place to get going.”

However, the contractor had no permits, according to the city.

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It’s a case of buyer beware after Stephana Johnson and her neighbour Steve Croxford found what they thought was ‘a great deal’ after finding a pool contractor on Facebook.

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They decided to hire the same contractor to build both of their pools in neighbouring yards.

What happened soon after construction began was a shock.

“That’s where he’s abandoned it basically, we paid him approximately half of the money for the pool,” said Croxford.

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The two families said they hired a man who calls himself Jared or J-Hay and his company Pyramid Pools.

The pool contractor promised them two finished underground pools within four weeks — it’s now been almost four months.

Global News talked to multiple pool companies in Kelowna who say they’ve heard of this fly-by-night pool contractor who’s left multiple people high and dry.

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Shortly after the alleged fraudster skipped out on the job, the city sent an inspector to their properties.

They issued a cease work order on Aug. 1st and the property owners say the city demanded a 71,000 dollar bond and ordered them to remove the massive dirt pile that was left on city property.

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KKK ‘Social Visit’ Cards Left at Joe Biden Supporters’ Homes in Tennessee

Cards describing a “social visit” from the Ku Klux Klan were left at the homes of Joe Biden supporters in Tennessee, intimidating local residents.

Breana Green, of Shelbyville, described how she noticed that a sign showing support for Biden in her neighbor’s yard had been disturbed.

Speaking to WSMV, Green said the yard was littered with a number of “business cards” reportedly belonging to the KKK.

Green believed the cards were left in response to the Biden-Harris yard sign, which also had tire marks indicating it had been run over.

“It’s scary knowing that just supporting a presidential candidate can incite this kind of vandalism,” Green said.

“There is some anxiety that people could be targeted in my family,” she added.

“People in the community could be targeted as well. I just don’t think this should be something that we’re dealing with in 2020.”

Speaking to WPLB, Green described that the cards said how the KKK had paid “a social visit,” with a warning that the next time will be “a business call.”

Green said she feels like the littering of the cards was an act of intimidation by the white supremacist group.

“I can’t imagine the folks in Shelbyville who are people of color, how they are feeling. They must be feeling really scared,” Green said. “And I want to make sure the community comes together to make them feel like they are welcome.”

Another woman told WSMV that the same cards were left at her home and that her Biden-Harris sign had been stolen.

Shelbyville Police confirm that both Biden and Donald Trump signs have been targeted in the area and that KKK material previously appeared in the city in 2016.

Deputy police chief Brian Crews said there is no clear indication of intimidation, but

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Carrier Dome renovation: What’s left undone? What might come next?

Syracuse, N.Y. — Syracuse is investing $118 million in renovating the Carrier Dome, installing a new roof, improving amenities and providing what the school is touting as a “new stadium experience.”

In previous conversations before the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, Syracuse athletic director John Wildhack had noted there is an appetite to do make more improvements and Syracuse has referenced a future Phase 2 of the renovation, although it hasn’t set a timetable or promised any specific upgrades.

There are certainly additional luxuries that fans would suggest.. Some of these things were initially included in renderings, while others have been discussed as options.

Heading into the weekend that Syracuse celebrates completing some substantial components of the project, here’s a look at what could be next. (Also, a look at a video of the new scoreboard, courtesy of SU).

Seating

The most common complaint from Syracuse fans that wasn’t addressed in the renovation was the tightly-packed silver benches that currently serve as seats in the venue.

The hard metal isn’t very comfortable, prompting the university to sell cushions to fans. There is limited space for food or drinks, leaving them in constant danger of being stepped on or kicked over. At this point, many arenas offer individuals seats with cupholders, at least in select areas.

The bleachers are built tightly together, seemingly made the appropriate size for people that lived 40 years ago rather than today. The silver doesn’t look very nice on television broadcasts.

Syracuse has acknowledged this is an improvement they would like to see made, although it hasn’t fit into the project so far.

Syracuse has also sent out fan surveys trying to gauge how popular things like luxury seating would be, and what price fans would be willing to pay for certain experiences.

Given the comfort

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Dozens of Lake Ohau homes left in ashes by overnight fire | 1 NEWS

Lake Ohau Village has been largely turned to ash after a raging forest fire ripped through the area overnight. 

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Dozens of homes appear to have been burned in the fire near Lake Ohau.
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About 30 houses and as many cars are believed to have been destroyed in the on-going blaze after it blitzed through the Mackenzie Country village last night.

Just how the raging fire began is not yet known according to Civil Defence Minister Peni Henare.

Minister Henare says the situation is a matter of “wait and see” as to what extent the damage caused will be but there is no indication as to what may have triggered the fire.  

Several homes have been turned to ash after being engulfed in flames overnight.
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“As of now, there is still no understanding of how the fire started at the moment. Pretty sure FENZ will be working to contain it in the first instance before looking at how it started

“Obviously at the moment, of course the focus is on saving people’s lives and saving people’s properties.” 

Two other fires have also erupted in the South Island this morning, fuelled by high winds which have fanned the flames and made them difficult to contain. 

Fire and Emergency says the Ohau fire is burning through pine forest and grass in the Mackenzie Basin, with 16 fire crews on the ground and five helicopters fighting it.

There is a mixture of shock and confusion among the more than 90 people who were evacuated from Ohau Village in the early hours of this morning. 

As a popular spot during the school holidays, many families were forced to flee their homes now needing to seek refuge inside the Twizel Events Centre.

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