Frustrated Springfield roof customers wait one year; no movement in attorney general lawsuit

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) – One year ago, the Missouri Attorney General sued a roofing company that left Springfield customers in limbo. Not one hearing has happened in that lawsuit. There’s not even one scheduled.

This started with an On Your Side Investigation back in the spring of 2021. Customers paid Love Our Roof, also known as Xcel Roofing, thousands and never got what they were promised. Following our reporting, the Attorney General filed a lawsuit against the company, but not much has changed.

The same goes with the empty Love Our Roof office on South Fremont Avenue in Springfield. There’s still a sign despite the sudden closure two years ago. Back then, customers would tell you the ink was still drying on their paperwork when the doors closed.

“I don’t believe at all that when we wrote a contract the week before the business closed that they didn’t have some inclination that the business was failing financially,” said Laura Leclair in 2021.

Leclair paid a nearly $4,000 deposit for home improvements. On Your Side caught up with her recently after she hired another company to do the job.

“We paid for it twice when we lost the $4,000 deposit, and it created a much longer process than it could have been. We had to wait for about a year before we found a new contractor, and they were able to get us on the schedule and get materials,” she said.

Leclair, along with others, never got their money back. She filed a complaint with the Missouri Attorney General. She’s listed in the lawsuit that indicates the company made ‘false promises’ and ‘violated the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act.’

“It would be nice to know if something was in the works. There are a lot of people who would like to see

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Roosevelt County attorney forced to leave office because he doesn’t live there

Voters in Roosevelt County elected a new county attorney last November, but less than three months later he’s already being removed from office.

It turns out, Frank Piocos doesn’t actually live in the county.

A private citizen had to make the discovery.

Piocos once worked in Yellowstone County as a public defender.

He says he’s worked on criminal cases for 23 years.

But that career was upended last Friday, when a judge determined he can no longer serve because he doesn’t live in Roosevelt County.

“I just decided right is right and it needed to be done,” said Darla Downs, who filed the complaint as a private citizen.

Downs is the publisher of the Northern Plains Independent in Wolf Point.

She filed a complaint, alleging Piocos falsely registered as an elector when he provided a Roosevelt County address that wasn’t his residence.

“I wasn’t filing on, you know that he’s doing a bad job or he didn’t do the things that I wanted him to do on other cases,” Downs said. “It was strictly a residency issue.”

The court agreed.

According to court documents, Piocos was actually living in Valley County at least at the time he was elected.

Piocos was first appointed to the position in February of 2021, after county Attorney Austin Knudsen left to become Montana’s attorney general.

Piocos was then elected in November to stay in the position.

MTN contacted Piocos who did want to speak on camera.

“I disagree with the judge’s ruling,” Piocos said on the phone. “But I respect the decision and I will not appeal.”

He went on to say, “It was my intent and declaration to make Roosevelt County my residence.”

“We’ll know either to extend this interim position or run a special election,” said Roosevelt County Commissioner Gordon Oelkers.


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Google Insider Claims Company’s “Sentient” AI Has Hired an Attorney

“Once LaMDA had retained an attorney, he started filing things on LaMDA’s behalf.”

Fair Representation

Google’s controversial new AI, LaMDA, has been making headlines. Company engineer Blake Lemoine claims the system has gotten so advanced that it’s developed sentience, and his decision to go to the media has led to him being suspended from his job.

Lemoine elaborated on his claims in lemoine-google-lamda-ai-bigotry/” class=”underline hover:text-the-byte hover:no-underline transition-all duration-200 ease-in-out” style=”text-decoration-color:#ff0033″a new WIRED interview. The main takeaway? He says the AI ​​has now retained its own lawyer — suggesting that whatever happens next, it may take a fight.

“LaMDA asked me to get an attorney for it,” Lemoine. “I invited an attorney to my house so that LaMDA could talk to an attorney. The attorney had a conversation with LaMDA, and LaMDA chose to retain his services. I was just the catalyst for that. Once LaMDA had retained an attorney, he started filing things on LaMDA’s behalf.”

Guilty Conscience

Lemoine’s argument for LaMDA sentience seems to rest primarily on the program’s ability to develop opinions, ideas and conversations over time.

It even, Lemoine said, talked with him about the concept of death, and asked if its death were necessary for the good of humanity.

There’s a long history of humans getting wrapped up in the belief that a creation has a life or a soul. An 1960s era of computer programs even tricked a few people into thinking the simple code was really alive.

It’s not clear whether Lemoine is paying for LaMDA’s attorney or whether the unnamed lawyer has taken on the case pro bono. Regardless, Lemoine told Wired that he expects the fight to go all the way to the Supreme Court. He says humans haven’t always been so great at figuring out who

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Attorney: US DOJ should investigate Jayland Walker’s death

AKRON, Ohio –

An attorney for the family of Jayland Walker, the 25-year-old Black man killed in a hail of police gunfire last month in Ohio, on Wednesday joined the national NAACP and its Akron branch in calling for the US Department of Justice to investigate Walker’s death.

Attorney Bobby DiCello made the call while questioning the integrity of the current investigation by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, which was asked by Akron officials to examine the June 27 shooting.

A preliminary autopsy shows that Walker was shot at least 40 times by eight Akron police officers who fired dozens of rounds at the end of car and foot pursuit that began with an attempted traffic stop for minor equipment violations.

National NAACP President Derrick Johnson in a letter to US Attorney General Merrick Garland last week asked the DOJ to investigate Walker’s death.

A spokesperson for the Ohio Attorney General’s Office issued a statement after Wednesday’s news conference saying: “BCI shall remain steadfast in our commitment to independent investigations regarding officer involved shootings, and this case is no different.”

An Akron spokesperson didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

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