UPDATE 2/19/16 – For weeks, contractor Chris Cole’s been one step ahead of us.
Court records show he owes close to $7,000 in child support.
We got word he was going to be at a hearing, so we parked, waited for him to leave court.
You’ll remember Myrisha Guy hired Cole to repair her tornado damaged home.
He did the roof but bailed on the rest of the job and even left this giant hole in her ceiling.
Without the repairs, Myrisha can’t insure her home, so naturally we jumped into action.
The work is happening.
The new skirting and brand new air conditioning unit are already in place, plus we had another surprise for Myrisha.
Darrin Humphrey with Tornado Safe Shelters was a last minute addition to our team.
“Mainly, it was [Myrisha’s] heart and her sincerity,” he said.
He wants to bless them with one of his company’s brand new concrete flat top shelters.
His crew will get started just as soon as the buried utility lines get marked and a permit gets pulled.
Myrisha won’t have to spend a dime on any of it.
Thank goodness, since she spent a good chunk of her savings to pay Chris Cole.
Our one and only conversation with the contractor didn’t last long.
He wasn’t interested in sticking around to talk to us.
He’s still refusing to refund Myrisha a portion of her cash.
We’ll let you know as soon as the repairs are done and the shelter installation is complete.
Update 2/8/16: We have new information involving Myrisha Guy’s struggles to repair her home.
You’ll remember her place was damaged last May following the tornado that hit South Oklahoma City.
Chris Cole is the contractor she paid to do the repairs.
She says he bailed on the job and left her with a giant hole in her ceiling.
Now a group of local businesses are coming to the tornado victim’s rescue.
Taber LeBlanc and Homes by Taber will coordinate the project and pitch in supplies, money and labor.
“We’re going to get the new skirt,” Taber said. “My crew is going to come in and repaint [inside].
Fields Drywall will remove the water damage and repair the ceiling.
Steve Nievar and A-1 Electric Heat and Air has signed on to install a brand new furnace and air conditioner.
“We’re blessed every day,” Steve said. “We want to return the favor.”
This experience has brought Myrisha to a place of gratitude.
Her daughters say she’s always the first one to open up her home and heart to family and friends.
“She’s got a big heart so I feel like this is a tremendous blessing for her to receive this,” Trinisha said.
Repairs will get underway in the coming weeks.
We’ll keep you posted on all of the progress.
OKLAHOMA CITY – Myrisha Guy is lucky to be alive.
Her mobile home was damaged by the May 6th tornado that leveled homes in south Oklahoma City.
Her home sustained damage to the central heat and air, roof and skirt.
More than eight months later her house is still a mess.
She hired contractor Chris Cole to do repairs.
She said her home wasn’t insured, and FEMA denied her claim, so she filed a hardship and dipped into her retirement fund to pay Cole close to $10,000.
He replaced the roof but failed to repair the mobile home’s skirt or water damage inside.
He also allegedly left behind a giant hole in one of the bedrooms.
Myrisha’s daughter, Trinisha, said Cole keeps giving her and her mom the cold shoulder.
We did some digging into the contractor’s past.
Court records show he’s a registered sex offender.
Myrisha tells us he’s the one who did work on her home.
“I was just at a loss for words with that,” Trinisha said.
Cole is required by law to register with local law enforcement.
The address listed for him in the sex offender registry comes back to a home in Oklahoma City.
The person who answered the door said the contractor hasn’t lived there in months.
We tried a second address tied to his back child support case.
There was no sign of Cole here either.
Myrisha’s running out of patience and time.
She can’t get her home insured until the repairs are completed.
“I’m really upset about it, but what can I do?” she said.
We contacted Oklahoma City Police to check Cole’s sex offender status.
They verified we had the right address and said, if he’s not living there, he could be in violation of the law.
We’re reaching out to some of our contacts to get Myrisha some help.
We’ll keep you posted.