Today, Marion County Deputies are providing the public with an opportunity to view stolen property recently recovered. The most recent theft that led to the discovery of the property occurred on September 13th near Aumsville, Oregon. See the related stories:
The viewing will be held in Building D (a warehouse located at rear of our Marion County Jail Campus), 3990 Aumsville Hwy, SE., Salem, OR 97317 from 9:00 am to 11:30 am and continuing from 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm.
Recovered property includes hand and power tools, commercial floor cleaners and buffers, stereo equipment, laptop computers, printers and other computer equipment, flat bed (dual axle) trailers,cell phones,leaf blowers, weed eaters, chain saws, air hoses, binoculars, fuel tank, 2-way radios, shop lights, keys and vehicle remote entry fobs, fishing poles, generators and compressors.
If you didn’t list a particular item on your property loss form with the police agency, you can bring other legitimate ownership documents, such as packaging the item came in, instruction manual, insurance documents, purchase receipts, etc.
Property will be released to owners at the time of viewing. If you anticipate needing a trailer or pickup to transport the property home, it would be helpful if you can be prepared to do so at the time of the viewing.
Oregon Construction Contractors Board (CCB), in cooperation with the National Association of Contractor Licensing Agencies (NASCLA) conducted simultaneous undercover construction stings with Arizona, California and Nevada state licensing agencies to alert consumers on the large numbers of illegal construction activities offered through electronic bulletin boards.
On June 14, 2012, CCB set up two undercover sting operations— the Portland metropolitan area and Medford.
“Oregon’s commitment to protecting consumers and level the playing field for legitimate contractors is critical in the agency mission,” says Craig P. Smith CCB Administrator. “Being united with other states helps build public confidence and trust.”
CCB field investigators largely targeted unlicensed contractors offering construction related services through ads posted on craigslist.org. CCB issued field proposed orders (FPO) for bidding and advertising construction work to 10 individuals in southern Oregon and 6 in in the Portland metro area. Several of the individuals contacted had prior CCB enforcement violations.
(Click here to see Unlicensed contractors busted in sting, by Shellie Bailey-Shah KATU Problem Solver).
- Jeramie Allen Armstrong. Two FPO’s issued for advertising without a license and for submitting a bid while unlicensed.
- Gary MacDonald. Two FPO’s issued for advertising without a license and for submitting a bid while unlicensed.
- Joshua Kane Martin. Two FPO’s issued for advertising without a license and for submitting a bid while unlicensed.
- Donald Casey Ross. Two FPO’s issued for advertising without a license and for submitting a bid while unlicensed.
- Arnold Nunez Chavez. One FPO issued for submitting a bid while unlicensed.
- Sitalingi O. Tovo. Two FPO’s issued for advertising without a license and for submitting a bid while unlicensed.
- Timothy Joseph Weidrich. Two FPO’s issued for advertising without a license and for submitting a bid while unlicensed.
- James Leroy Halstead. Two FPO’s issued for advertising without a license and for submitting a bid while unlicensed.
- Donald Calvin Brown. Two FPO’s issued for advertising without a license and for submitting a bid while unlicensed.
- Christopher Paul Stanley. Two FPO’s issued for advertising without a license and for submitting a bid while unlicensed.
- Rickey James Rosenthal. Two FPO’s issued for advertising without a license and for submitting a bid while unlicensed.
- Richard Bert Cowan. Two FPO’s issued for advertising without a license and for submitting a bid while unlicensed.
- James Marty Miller. Two FPO’s issued for advertising without a license and for submitting a bid while unlicensed.
- Gerald Arthur Hugley. Two FPO’s issued for advertising without a license and for submitting a bid while unlicensed.
- Robert Jay Conrad. Two FPO’s issued for advertising without a license and for submitting a bid while unlicensed.
- Ray Boyd Qualls, Two FPO’s issued for advertising without a license and for submitting a bid while unlicensed.
Additionally, the multi-state undercover sting led to 100 arrests in California, 23 citations in Nevada and 15 investigations in Arizona.
The Arizona sting led to 15 unlicensed contractor investigations. The ROC routinely refers unlicensed contracting cases to the Maricopa County Attorney’s office for prosecution.
Arizona Registrar Bill Mundell said, “Joining with three other western states in conducting this unlicensed contractor sting was a historic event. This combined effort demonstrates our shared commitment to protecting honest people from the harm caused by unlicensed contractors. In order to protect Arizonans we have and will vigorously enforce the unlicensed contractor laws.”
The California sting led to the arrest of 100 suspects. Three-quarters were identified from craigslist ads. One suspect is a convicted murderer; two others are registered sex offenders. All suspects now face a variety of misdemeanor charges, including contracting without a license and illegal advertising.
California Registrar Steve Sands said, “Craigslist serves as a valuable tool to legitimately licensed and insured contractors,offering them a free advertising vehicle to connect with consumers. Unfortunately,hundreds if not thousands of unlicensed or unscrupulous contractors are breaking the law every day by posting deceptive or illegal ads and craigslist has done little to address the issue.”
The Nevada sting led to issuing 23 citations to craigslist users for advertising without the appropriate contractor’s license. Nevada Executive Officer Margi A. Grein said, “Contracting without a contractor’s license is a serious offense, which ultimately increases a homeowner’s risk and liability when having work performed on their home. The opportunity to team up with other states to educate consumers on ways to protect themselves and demonstrate a unified zero-tolerance stance on the issue is invaluable and one that we hope to initiate again in the future.”
The NASCLA goal of the national sting operation was to bring the western states together through a united partnership to combat illegal construction activities and bring consumer awareness to the forefront. Along with showing the positive impact that the contractor state licensing boards are displaying and the efforts they are taking to protect the public. NASCLA President, Craig Smith, stated that “Non- licensed contractors are a danger to consumers and give the construction industry a black eye. NASCLA congratulates the fine work of the state investigators that participated in this enforcement effort.”
The CCB strongly encourages consumers to verify a contractor is actively licensed. Consumers can easily check the license and complaint history at CCB’s consumer friendly website: www.hirealicensedcontractor.com; the CCB agency site www.oregon.gov/CCB or by calling 503-378-4621.
Licensed contractors in Oregon have a bond and insurance which offer some financial protections if something were to go wrong. Homeowners can get help resolving construction-related disputes within a year from the time the work was substantially completed or the work stopped. These protections are only available if the contractor is licensed with the CCB.
“It’s important to take the steps available to protect ourselves,” says Gina Fox, CCB Public Information Officer. “Whether consumers shop for a contractor on the internet or someone shows up on their doorstep, verify the license first.”
Other important tips include:
- Get more than one bid. Getting more than one bid can help you “get a feel” for what your project should cost. The old saying “you get what you pay for” generally applies here. A higher bid may be worth the price in better materials, workmanship and reliability.
- Get it in writing. One of the best ways to avoid construction disputes is negotiate and follow a well-written construction contract. Most construction disputes can be traced back to the parties’ failure to write, understand, and follow a well-written contract.
Consumers can find more tips on having a successful construction project at either website.
The CCB is a state agency licensing more than 38,000 contractors. Anyone who is paid to repair, improve or build a home must be licensed by the CCB. Consumers can verify a contractor’s license and find information for successful projects. Information is also available by calling 503-378-4621.
Other state contact information:
Arizona: Tyler Palmer
California: Rick Lopes
Nevada: Jennifer Turner
NASCLA: Angie Whitaker, Executive Director
National Association of State Contractors Licensing Agencies (NASCLA)
The Construction Contractors Board (CCB) issued five field proposed orders during a Portland area sting operation on May 3, 2012. Three of those arriving at the sting house were individuals that the CCB previously issued civil penalties for advertising while unlicensed.
“Unlicensed activity is detrimental to homeowners and properly licensed contractors,” says Robert Rambo, CCB Field Investigations Manager. “Stings are one of the tools used by the agency to protect consumers and level the playing field for legitimate contractors.”
CCB shows outstanding civil penalties for Jesse James Starns, last known address in Portland, and Martin Allen Turner, last known address in Molalla. Starns’ penalties total nearly $3000 and Turner’s outstanding penalties total over $1900. Each received field proposed orders during the sting in the amount of $700.
Larry Berkley, last known address in Portland, was issued a civil penalty for advertising while unlicensed and reduced if the individual agrees to not violate the Oregon Licensing Laws. The CCB is reviewing violations of this agreement. The field proposed order issued during the sting is $600.
Two other individuals also received proposed field orders for $600 each.
• George Raymond Natwick Jr. (last known address Portland)
• Joseph Steven Ozmer (last known address Portland)
Oregon Contractor Licensing law provides for individuals receiving CCB proposed orders the opportunity for a hearing. A proposed order may become a final order by default after 21 days from the issuance of the proposed order.
The CCB is a state agency licensing more than 36,000 contractors. Anyone who is paid to repair, improve or build a home must be licensed by the CCB. Consumers can verify a contractor’s license and find information for successful projects by visiting www.oregon.gov/CCB . Information is also available by calling 503-378-4621.
Salem, OR– Oregon Construction Contractors Board (CCB) will soon sport a new website look.
By the end of May 2012, the CCB will make the change using the familiar look that the State of Oregon, the Governor’s website and many other state agencies use.
The CCB’s website address remains the same, though if customers bookmark pages they use frequently, some of those links may change.
“Navigating the CCB website easily remains a high priority,” say Gina Fox, CCB Public Information Officer. “We will continually look for ways to improve using our customer’s feedback.”
The new look is a result of the State of Oregon’s recent contract for many of its e-government services.
The CCB is a state agency licensing more than 39,000 contractors. Anyone who is paid to repair, improve or build a home must be licensed by the CCB. Consumers can verify a contractor’s license and find information for successful projects at www.oregon.gov/CCB . Information is also available by calling 503-378-4621.
Beginning at 11:00 PM on Saturday, January 28, 2012 Construction Contractors Board (CCB) website will be down while maintenance is performed on the agency web servers. Maintenance is expected to be complete by 2:00 AM. (Sunday, January 29, 2012)
During these three hours the agency website and CCB Online Services (including continuing education) will be unavailable.
We appreciate your patience.
(Salem, OR)—The Construction Contractors Board (CCB) reminds Oregon homeowners experiencing damage from recent flooding and high winds to work only with licensed Oregon contractors.
“Don’t get taken in by out of town scam artists going door to door, says Craig P. Smith, CCB Administrator. “The stress caused by storm damage can cause homeowners to fall prey to unscrupulous individuals seeking to take advantage of an already bad situation.”
Homeowners can easily check with the CCB to make sure the contractor is properly licensed through the agency website www.oregon.gov/CCB, or 503-378-4621.
It is important to verify a contractor’s CCB license before paying any money or signing a home repair contract. A CCB license offers some financial protection to consumers through the business’ bond and insurance.
“Be cautious of thieves pretending to be legitimate contractors,” says Robert Rambo, manager of CCB’s Field Investigation Section. “Weather events like the ones Oregonians are experiencing make homeowners prime targets.”
The CCB has the following advice on repairing your damaged property:
- Be wary of door-to-door repair solicitations, “too-good-to-be-true” bids and contractors using unmarked vehicles and vehicles with out-of-state license plates.
- Don’t pay 100 percent of the bill before the repairs are properly completed.
- Always use a properly licensed contractor.
The CCB is the state agency licensing more than 38,000 contractors. Anyone who is paid to repair, improve or build a home must be licensed by the CCB. Free consumer publications with helpful tips are available on the CCB’s website or by calling 503-378-4621.
Governor Kitzhaber announced the appointment of Andrew Colas and Melvin Oden-Orr to the Oregon Construction Contractors Board (CCB) effective December 1, 2011. Both new members’ terms will run through June 30, 2015.
The board is comprised of nine members; six licensed contractors, two representatives of the public and one elected official of a local governing body.
“I would like to thank Governor Kitzhaber for his recent appointments to the Board,” said Craig P. Smith, CCB Administrator. “Each member brings with them the skills and expertise necessary to help us continue our journey to become a model regulatory agency. We look forward to the efforts that will be made throughout the duration of their term.”
Colas is the President of Colas Construction, Inc. a growing Commercial General Contracting firm, as a native Oregonian, Colas is “dedicated to growing the impact and opportunity for small businesses at a grassroots, local and statewide level.” Colas is the former Chair of the Portland Housing Bureau Commission, is a Board Member of New Avenues for Youth and the National Association of Minority Contractors. Andrew is also a member of West Hayden Advisory Committee and the Mayors Economic Development Cabinet.
Oden-Orr is the principal attorney at Oden-Orr Law. He currently represents a local chapter of a national trade association as general counsel on state and local laws related to minority, women and disadvantaged business enterprises. He has represented public agencies and individual contractors. Oden-Orr’s experience brings a “unique perspective to the Construction Contractors Board and will add value to the consideration of issues”.