Florida HOA board member arrested for firing gun to scare teens out of pool

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities     Does anyone actually believe the HOA trade group’s PR message that HOAs create a “sense of community?” If so, today’s post might change a few minds. You see, residents of The Village Association in Ormond Beach certainly aren’t feelin’ the love from HOA board member Richard Marcelle. The 66-year old man was arrested earlier this month, on three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Police Continue ReadingFlorida HOA board member arrested for firing gun to scare teens out of pool

Ex-security guard convicted of 2nd degree murder of Chinese grandfather

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Two years ago, a former Citywide Protection Service security guard, working for the River Walk homeowners association, shot and killed 60-year old Jiansheng Chen, while he was sitting in his minivan, playing Pokémon Go. Last Friday, a jury convicted Jonathan Cromwell of 2nd degree murder and a weapons charge, and on Monday they jury recommended a 30-year prison sentence. Jiansheng Chen, age 60, was shot and killed on Jan. Continue ReadingEx-security guard convicted of 2nd degree murder of Chinese grandfather

Virginia family of shooting victim files wrongful death lawsuit against HOA, Security company, and guard

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Last week, attorney John R. Fletcher, Tavss Fletcher, filed a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of The Estate of Jiansheng Chen. You may recall that Chen was fatally shot 5 times by a City Wide security guard, Jonathan Cromwell, on the night of January 26, 2017. Chen’s family says he was in his vehicle parked, playing Pokémon Go, on common property near the clubhouse of River Walk Association, when Continue ReadingVirginia family of shooting victim files wrongful death lawsuit against HOA, Security company, and guard

Sen. Rand Paul awarded $580K in lawsuit against HOA neighbor

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities According to several reports, a jury took less than two hours to decide on its award in favor of Senator Rand Paul, in his civil lawsuit against HOA next door neighbor Renee Boucher. Boucher violently attacked Paul, in his own back yard, in November 2017. The next door neighbor’s assault broke six of Paul’s ribs. Those injuries and medical complications caused the Senator to miss several weeks of work Continue ReadingSen. Rand Paul awarded $580K in lawsuit against HOA neighbor