Yes, most of us would like to see the Homeowners Association Movement go extinct. But the kind of violence in the story linked below is unacceptable. Anyone who tries to take another’s life and property deserves a life sentence in prison.
This incident happened at the Pointer Ridge HOA in College Park, Georgia. If you can help identify this suspect, please call police.
(arson attempt at HOA president’s home)
Ward Lucas is a longtime investigative journalist and television news anchor. He has won more than 70 national and regional awards for Excellence in Journalism, Creative Writing and community involvement. His new book, "Neighbors At War: the Creepy Case Against Your Homeowners Association," is now available for purchase. In it, he discusses the American homeowners association movement, from its racist origins, to its transformation into a lucrative money machine for the nation's legal industry. From scams to outright violence to foreclosures and neighborhood collapses across the country, the reader will find this book enormously compelling and a necessary read for every homeowner. Knowledge is self-defense. No homeowner contemplating life in an HOA should neglect reading this book. No HOA board officer should overlook this examination of the pitfalls in HOA management. And no lawyer representing either side in an HOA dispute should gloss over what homeowners are saying or believing about the lawsuit industry.
Homeowners need to remember:
NO BOARD MEMBER IS WORTH GOING TO JAIL OVER!
Granted some board members should be jailed for their behavior but never stoop to their level. In this case the board member appears to be a very concerned and caring person. While it appears to be rare, there are a few of them out there.
Attempted murder is what this is! Looks like the lady was just trying to rid her community of crime, but became a victim instead. Praise God the outcome wasn’t catastrophic. This little hood-rat will get his someday. He may be able to escape the long arm of the law, but karma is going to get him, if not, God will.
Nila, I agree with you. Did you ever think that maybe it was another HOA board member who may be carrying out this crime. I have seen far too often what is done to good board members when others on an HOA board don’t want to be exposed for the crimes, or wrong doing have been on going. The same when there are more than one HOA board on a property. Some on one board may be doing something underhanded and in violation of all their community documents and criminal against another board. When the other board suspects something is wrong and as much as questions the activities of the board doing the wrong doing, the board member(s)questioning are targeted, harassed, terrorized, death threatened and slapped with lawsuits to shut them up, drive them from their homes because it is too dangerous, also so they cannot communicate with others in the community and ultimately, steal their homes.
Coincidentally, I was looking up another HOA related issue and came across a act of violence within an HOA I don’t recall ever seeing in the press. I know in a year, or so period of time, around this time, there were two major shootings of HOA board members and ultimately I believe either 4, or 5 board members were killed in the two incidents. Those were in Louisville, Kentucky and Harrisburg, North Carolina. Please see this incident from Florida in 2013 below. BTW some of the HOA issues identified on this link are very interesting and clearly support many of the claims HOA homeowners have brought forth about HOA homeowner abuses and victimization’s, and other wrong doing by their boards, to the attention of lawmakers, other elected officials, investigative agencies and the press for years.
A disgruntled resident showed his discontent with his Port Orange, Fla., HOA by shooting at two board members’ homes.
Gainesville’s WOGX-Fox 51 reports that Ronald Lovejoy, 67, was arrested on May 31 for firing his gun at the homes of the association president and the association’s lawyer while they and their families slept. Thankfully, no one was injured. Board members say that Lovejoy had been furious with the HOA when he was told in April that he would have to tear down his shed because he didn’t have the proper permits or association approval to build the structure. Lovejoy, who also allegedly threatened other board members, admitted to police that he had shot at the homes, and claimed he had only intended to scare the board members. He also said had used his .22 because he felt it was less likely to hurt anyone, and that he was unafraid of anything because he was a mercenary for five years with the Department of Defense. Lovejoy is charged with two counts of opening fire in an occupied building and was detained in Volusia County Jail with bond set at $30,000.
Read the WOGX article here.