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No State Mandate to Shovel Sidewalks in Ohio, but Local Laws May Require It

As far as Ohio state law goes, homeowners don’t have a legal obligation to shovel sidewalks due to a natural accumulation of snow and ice, but this doesn’t mean they shouldn’t at least try to maintain them, according to the …

Lava Sets House Ablaze in Hawaii Town

A stream of lava set a home on fire Monday in a rural Hawaii town that has seen the slow-moving flow approach for months. The molten rock hit the house just before noon, according to Hawaii County Civil Defense Director …

Southern California Agent That Sold Bogus Policies Sentenced

Dean Joseph Basler, 58, of Ventura, Calif. pleaded guilty to two felony counts of embezzlement associated with more than $250,000 in premiums that Basler received for homeowners insurance policies. According to the California Department of Insurance, Basler actions placed responsible …

100 Homes Destroyed by Northern California Wildfire

A wind-driven fire cut through a small California town near the Oregon border on Monday damaging or destroying 100 homes and prompting evacuation orders for at least 1,500 people, authorities said. The town near the base of Mount Shasta in …

Lighthouse Insurance Expands Homeowners Program to North Carolina

Beginning in November 2014, Lighthouse Property Insurance Corp. will offer homeowners insurance and flood insurance throughout North Carolina. While Lighthouse will debut in the state with only homeowners and flood, it expects to introduce a dwelling fire product in 2015. …

No Insurance Coverage for Idaho Homeowners After Sewers Back Up

The insurance company for the south-central Idaho city of Twin Falls says it won’t pay reimbursement costs sought by residents whose homes sustained damage when the city sewers backed up last month. The Idaho Counties Risk Management Program sent letters …

N.Y. Gov. Issues Consumer Alert on Potential Home Repair Scams

New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo issued a consumer alert warning homeowners to protect themselves against home repair scams, which may arise in wake of the recent flooding that occurred on Long Island. “Unfortunately, unscrupulous home repair scam artists often …

California Insurance Agent Faces 96 Felony Counts

Jacob Richard Bonzer, 27, formerly of Lake Forest, Calif. was arrested Wednesday in Chicago by a U.S. Marshals Task Force on 96 felony counts including grand theft, forgery and denial of benefits. According to a joint investigation between the California …

Vermont Family in Bed Bug Case Sues Homeowners Insurer

A Vermont couple who reached a $450,000 settlement with the state after saying their home was made uninhabitable when it was sprayed for bed bugs with a banned pesticide is now suing their insurance company. Neil and Patricia Whitney of …

Former Oklahoma Insurance Agent Sentenced for Embezzlement

A former insurance agent in Creek County has been sentenced to 120 days in jail for embezzling premium payments from elderly clients, the Oklahoma Insurance Department announced. Donna Laverne Parrick, 50, pleaded guilty to six counts of embezzlement and also …