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Howard Thompson


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Past articles by Howard:

Howard fights Facebook revenge

We get a number of emails from people who have problems with Facebook. But Sunday Hitt of Suffolk County sounded like she really needed help. She told us her ex set up a phony Facebook page using her maiden name. She said it portrayed her in…well, let’s just say in an unflattering light. → Read More

Howard gets the phone ringing again

BROOKLYN -- Takeisha Williams has an international shipping business in Brooklyn. Her father started it and it’s been family run for 40 years. But she ran into a big problem. One of her phone lines went out in April. The problem is her one working line isn’t enough. → Read More

Howard hunts for immigration ‘consultant’

QUEENS -- Queens woman Melva Roach, an immigrant from Barbados, needed a replacement I-94 form, which tracks a person’s comings and goings from the United States. A friend recommended an immigration “consultant” named Richard Edwards. She paid him a total of almost $6,000 to help. → Read More

Howard chases woman running modeling ripoff

Thomas Bresnan, 20, wants to be a runway model. So, he responded to several ads on Craigslist from people offering their services. One of them was a woman using the name Taylor. He met Taylor on the street downtown. She had no business card. → Read More

Howard cleans up washing machine bill

STATEN ISLAND -- Ana Siragusa couldn’t get JCPenney to fix an obvious problem. The Staten Island resident was being double billed for a washing machine -- $565 and change kept appearing twice on her bills. She complained to them for months and each time it was a similar response. “They said, 'OK, we’re gonna have to do an investigation. You’re gonna have to wait 60 days,''" she said. → Read More

Howard helps grieving mom

Audrey Demas has gone through hell and she’s still living with grief. Her 27-year-old son, Greg, died from opioids last October. “It’s so devastating it just takes you over! Kind of like a drug. The grief takes you over so completely," she said. → Read More

Howard helping 3 with home hunting and home improvement

It’s time to check in with some people we’ve been trying to help to see how things are going. In June we told you about Dr. Jillian Broutman and her husband who wanted to buy an old decrepit mansion in New Rochelle and turn it into a beautiful home again. We couldn’t find the owner. → Read More

Howard helps family caught in insurance squeeze

One morning in early June, Boris Davydov was awakened in his Marine Park home by a sound that became a huge headache. A guy was driving down his quiet block in a pickup. One of Boris’s neighbors began pulling out of his driveway. → Read More

Howard gets puppy store to do the right thing

BENSONHURST, Brooklyn — Sylvia King’s two sons wanted a dog. They saved for their pet and Sylvia did what a good mom does; she went online to find a pet store that claimed to have the dog she wanted at a price the boys could afford. She found Puppy Boutique. → Read More

Howard looks for shady awning company

BROOKLYN — Janice Artope was trying to get a new awning on her Brooklyn home. She heard about Right Way Co., signed a contract with them and gave the owner – a guy named Steve - $1,500. That was the last she saw of Steve and her money. → Read More

Passionate night of pet sitting turned out to be a positive

QUEENS — Remember Ahmet Ozturk, the passionate pet sitter? We did a couple of stories about his amorous antics about two years ago. Ozturk was hired to check up on a cat named "Meow Meow" in Queens while the animal’s owners were on vacation in Australia. Ozturk had one visit from a lady friend and let’s just say, they got busy. Very busy. → Read More

Howard helps mom in battle with Facebook

CANARSIE, Brooklyn — Deslyn Anthony cries thinking about her son, Kester; he was gunned down on the streets of Canarsie on Easter Sunday evening last year. He was shot twice in the head, apparently by someone he knew. → Read More

Howard helps exterminator bugged by client

THE BRONX — Jonathan Cruz is an exterminator who is bugged by a client. SoBRO, a large South Bronx non-profit, owes him about $30,000. His company, Hi-Level Pest Services did the pest control work for a number of SoBro’s properties. → Read More

Howard sees pastor admit guilt

Finally, judgment day for a crooked pastor whose case we’ve been on for more than a year. R. David Keith, a pastor at a Newark church, weaseled a bookkeeping job at a Middlesex County plumbing and hearing company called RupCoe. → Read More

Howard’s updates on 3 stories he’s been working for awhile

Here's a little update on 3 stories we've been on for awhile. First, the odd case of Maksud (Mak) Lacka. This guy ran a long-standing family safe business into the ground. He stopped delivering the safes for which customers had paid. Victims live all over the country. He moved his business suddenly from Hackensack to Elmwood Park after I started investigating. → Read More

Howard gets customer tattoo refund

Long Islander Channing Hughes wanted a tattoo of a favorite Harry Potter character on her shoulder and arm. So, she got in touch with local tattoo artist Kris Brusching. → Read More

Howard’s story brings some clues for Westchester couple

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. — There’s new hope for Dr.Jillian Elliott-Broutman. We told you a few days ago how she’s been frustrated trying to find out who owns a rundown historic mansion in New Rochelle. She’d like to renovate it and make it home for herself, her attorney husband Eric and their three kids. → Read More

Howard wants to save stately old house

Dr. Jilliann Elliott-Broutman of New Rochelle thinks she’s found the perfect home for her family. She and her husband, attorney Eric Broutman would like to buy and restore a huge old home in their city. It’ll be great for their three growing boys. But the owners can’t be reached. → Read More

Howard fights for power

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. — Yvette Gordon is a talented sculptor who prides herself on keeping busy. “I study all the time," Gordon, 95, told me. “I attend classes at least three or four a week.” But she says Con Edison has kept her busy in ways she doesn’t really appreciate. → Read More

Howard helps women having trouble with the same business

BROOKLYN — Every so often we get to try to help multiple people at the same time. It happened with Ester and Rose, two women who just happened to email us about the same time with problems concerning the same business: BNI Supply on Kings Highway in Brooklyn. → Read More