Riverwalk HOA security guard charges upgraded to first degree murder

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Shocking news from Chesapeake, VA, following the shooting death of Jiansheng Chen, a resident of River Walk Community in January. According to WAVY-10 news, charges against Johnathan Cromwell have been upgraded to first-degree murder, and a trail date has been set for September 26. A first-degree murder charge indicates that investigators and prosecutors believe the shooting was deliberate and premeditated. The motive behind the alleged crime has not yet Continue ReadingRiverwalk HOA security guard charges upgraded to first degree murder

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

More details revealed in case of double murder at Boston condo

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Since yesterday’s blog, several other news sources have reported additional details about the gruesome murder of Richard Field and Lina Bolaños in their South Boston penthouse condominium last Friday night. We now know the name of the condominium: Macallen Building, located at 141 Dorchester Avenue in South Boston. The luxury condominium was constructed within the past decade, and is renowned for its innovative LEED certified design. It boasts first Continue ReadingMore details revealed in case of double murder at Boston condo

HOA news updates — security cameras and sinkholes

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities June 2019 — Former HOA private security guard sentenced to 30 years for murder in shooting incident. Crews stabilize an landslide and work on temporary fix for massive sinkhole threatening a condo building. Homeowners and civil rights groups speak out against License Plate Reader cameras monitoring HOA gates. Former HOA private security guard sentenced to 30 years in prison on murder charges (VA) Two years ago, a former Citywide Continue ReadingHOA news updates — security cameras and sinkholes