Adley McKenna Burke passed away Sunday, June 19, in the loving arms of her parents Adam Burke and Ashley Pate of Perrysville after being born premature on Tuesday, June 14, in Aultman Hospital, Canton. In her five days on earth she touched many lives with her fighting spirit. Adley was, and will always be, deeply loved by her family, who in addition to her parents include maternal grandparents Mary (Michael) Piatt of Scio and Steve (Barb) Pate of Steubenville; paternal grandparents Gary and Debbie Burke of Carrollton; maternal great grandparents George and Mary Miller of Bloomingdale; paternal great grandmother Ruth Hilbert of Scio; an uncle Shawn Piatt of Scio and aunts Carrie Piatt of Mingo Junction and Kara Calire of Scio and numerous great aunts and great uncles. Services will be held Saturday June 25, at 11 a.m. in Koch Funeral Home, Scio with Pastor Mike Cunningham officiating. Burial will follow in Grandview Cemetery, Scio. Memorial contributions may be made to Aultman Hospital NICU, 2600 6th St SW, Canton, Ohio, 44708. www.kochfuneral.com
DeWine: Beware of Home Repair Scam Artists
COLUMBUS — Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today warned Ohioans to beware of home repair scams following the severe storms that swept through the state. “Some con artists come from out of town to target storm-affected homeowners,” Attorney General DeWine said. “They offer to do the work immediately and take large upfront payments, but then they leave without doing the work. We’re encouraging people to be cautious, especially if someone comes to the door and wants to start the work right away.” Storm-chasing contractors track storms and travel to affected communities to offer their services to homeowners who experience damage, such as downed trees or roof damage. In many cases, they visit consumers at their homes and claim they can complete the work immediately. Unscrupulous contractors may ask for a large down payment, or tell consumers to sign over their insurance checks, but ultimately they perform shoddy work or no work at all. Consumers can help avoid home repair scams by following these steps: *Research the business. Obtain the name, address, and phone number of any contractor offering to do work for you. Check for complaints on file with the Ohio Attorney General’s Office and the Better Business Bureau. Conduct a basic Internet search of the business’s name and words like “complaints,” “reviews,” or “scam.” Contact other customers to ask about their experiences with a contractor. Ask neighbors or friends for recommendations. Don’t accept services from a contractor who refuses to provide proper identification. *Get multiple estimates. Consider getting estimates from at least three different contractors. Be wary if one contractor quotes a price that is dramatically lower than the prices other businesses are offering. The contractor later may demand more money or fail to complete the work as promised. *Don’t make large payments in advance. Be wary of contractors who demand large upfront payments, such as half or more of the total cost. Also be wary of contractors who ask you to sign over your insurance check. Try to pay in increments, as the work is completed to your satisfaction. *Get a detailed written contract. Insist on a written contract detailing the costs, the work to be done, the starting and end dates, and any verbal promises made by the contractor. *Understand your cancellation rights. If the contract resulted from a door-to-door sale, you generally have three days to cancel the contract, according to Ohio’s Home Solicitation Sales Act. The seller should give you written notice of these rights. *Consider paying with a credit card. Paying with a credit card generally gives you greater protections to dispute unauthorized charges, especially compared to paying in cash. Ohioans who have questions about a contractor or those who believe they have been treated unfairly should contact the Ohio Attorney General’s Office at www.OhioProtects.org [ www.ohioprotects.org ] or 800-282-0515.