Daily Archives: March 16, 2015

Man facing foreclosure sets house on fire, fakes bomb to keep firefighters away

A Massachusetts man facing foreclosure appears to have decided the best way to deal with an imminent foreclosure was to set the house on fire, and then rig a fake bomb to keep firefighters from putting the blaze out.

Here’s the story.

A Mendon man appeared in Milford District Court on Friday after police responded to a fire Thursday night and found him in a van with a suspicious device on his chest.

David Cheschi, 49, was accused of prompting a bomb scare and keeping firefighters away from his burning Mendon home.

“My grandfather built that house, it was really said to see it go,” said Megan Shaw.

Prosecutors charged David Cheschi with keeping firefighters away from the burning house. Police said he may have been facing foreclosure. They feared he set the fire and booby trapped the home.

“Cheschi was given verbal orders to show his hands and exit the van. Again, with no response,” prosecutor Robert Shea said in court.

Cheschi shook his head as the prosecutors described how police said they found him in his van blocking the driveway. Officers said they noticed wires tied around his legs and wires around the van.

“The wires were alarming enough that firefighters were ordered to stay back from the fire in fear that they would be harmed,” said Shea.

Source: WHDH

No Second Chances When It Comes to Housing

After nearly a decade of homelessness, Carter Anderson thought his break had finally come in October 2014, when the City of Vacaville Housing Authority told him that he had been granted a housing choice voucher. Anderson, 30, works a part-time job, but isn’t offered enough hours to make ends meet. He hoped that the voucher, entitling him to rental assistance through the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Section 8 program, would change that.

Anderson had already spent six years on the housing authority’s waiting list, but that wasn’t the last barrier he would face: He soon found his application rejected by a string of landlords on the basis of a conviction for drug possession he’d received as a teenager. Under HUD’s regulations, he had just 120 days to find a suitable apartment and sign a lease within the city of Vacaville, California, where he says affordable housing is in short supply to begin with. Ultimately, the voucher expired in February as Anderson scrambled to find an apartment that would accept him, leaving him crushed and back to square one.

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Distressed homeowners oppose bills narrowing liability of banks in mortgage disputes

Lincoln homeowner Pat Freeland told a House committee Thursday that when Bank of America officials said they were modifying her mortgage to avoid foreclosure, they lied — and that lawmakers shouldn’t vote for a pair of bills protecting the banks from liability.

 “I’m telling you right now, as long as our hometown banks are selling these loans to megabanks, we are at risk as homeowners,” she said. “What we had was not free-flowing communication with our banker, but free-flowing lies.”

Freeland joined several homeowners and attorneys testifying against Senate bills 280 and 281, which would narrow the liability of banks for their lending practices and forbid the award of punitive damages in consumer-protection lawsuits.

They said if the two bills had been in effect, many Montana homeowners who sued Bank of America and other lenders for misleading them on the status of their distressed mortgage would have had no legal claim.

“I believe voting for these bills will take the voices and power away from common Montanans and protect these banks from their own fraudulent behavior,” said homeowner Theresa Bybee of Billings.

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