3 On Your Side

3OYS updates: Angst over 6-year-old dismissed ticket and latest on 2 fake contractors

Posted: Updated:
(Source: 3TV/CBS 5) (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
(3 ON YOUR SIDE) -

Chad Corson says he'll do his best to avoid driving through El Mirage and he recommends you do the same thing.

His complaint has to do with a photo radar ticket that was dismissed six years ago and today, that speeding ticket is still giving him problems.

“This is a photo radar case that was dismissed in 2012. That was six years ago and it’s coming back to haunt me now,” Corson told 3 On Your Side.

Although the photo radar ticket was thrown out of court because Corson wasn't the one driving at the time, El Mirage waited six full years to hit Corson with a $144 fee for a process server who served him at the time.

[ORIGINAL STORY: El Mirage wants fee paid for dismissed ticket]

Even after 3 On Your Side asked El Mirage to dismiss the fee because the ticket was dismissed, the city balked and demanded to be paid because they wanted their money

Well, here's the update. Corson tells 3 On Your Side he hasn't paid the $144 fee and is so aggravated with the City of El Mirage that he's waiting until the last minute before he hands over a nickel to them.

3 On Your Side also has an update on Todd Carmack. He wanted to remodel his Glendale home and handed over $30,000 to a guy named Kendall Mitchell Cole, who also goes by Mitch Cole.

He claimed to run a company called Modern Renovations and after starting a small amount of work at Carmack’s home, Mitch Cole disappeared with all that money.

“I can't even describe on a daily basis how frustrating it was to look at a project I'm shelling out $30.000 for and getting no satisfaction,” Carmack told us.

3 On Your Side got involved and we discovered Mitch Cole was arrested by U.S. Marshals for coming to Arizona from California, which violated his parole.

[ORIGINAL STORY: Ex-con poses as real contractor; takes nearly $30K]

During our investigation, a third party involved with Modern Renovations acknowledged they knew Mitch Cole and felt bad for what he had done.

As a result, that third party agreed to return some of the money back to Carmack in the form of monthly payments.

Carmack says at this point, he's happy to get any of his money back. And to date, nearly $3,000 has been returned.

Carmack says he’s glad 3 On Your Side got involved and he’s learned a valuable lesson.

“Don't pay up front and make sure they're licensed and bonded,” he said.

And then, there's Brent Ford. Nearly a dozen Valley homeowners tell 3 On Your Side that they hired Ford and his so-called company NDC Hardscapes to redo and landscape their front and backyards.

But after taking large sums of money, they say Brent Ford either did very little work or never showed up at all.

[ORIGINAL STORY: Several homeowners say they were duped by fake contractor]

Gaylynn Heyd says she gave Brent Ford more than $16,000 and has very little to show for her money.

"Yeah, he seemed real confident. When we asked him questions, he seemed really flexible. If we needed anything changed, he said he was the owner and wouldn't be a problem at all," Heyd told 3 On Your Side.

Well, here's the update. After that 3 On Your Side report aired, the Arizona Registrar of Contractors launched an investigation into Brent Ford based on a dozen homeowners' complaints.

The contracting board tells 3 On Your Side that they've now completed their investigation and have handed over their findings to prosecutors for possible criminal charges.

I'll let you know what happens because the homeowners still say they want something done.

"Someone has to stop him," Heyd said. "You just can't let someone like this from going around and doing this to people because he's still signing people and they're still giving him money."

By the way, after our initial news report, 3 On Your Side heard from numerous people up in North Dakota. They tell us they saw the news report online and claim Brent Ford pulled the same stunt up their before packing up and moving to Arizona.

3 On Your Side will let you know what happens.


Click/tap here to download the free azfamily mobile app.

Copyright 2018 KPHO/KTVK (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved.


  • Recent 3 On Your Side storiesMore>>

  • Consumers are skipping the 'medical middleman'

    Consumers are skipping the 'medical middleman'

    Monday, July 16 2018 5:10 AM EDT2018-07-16 09:10:11 GMT
    It’s therapy time for Michelle Mandoza, a rugby player sidelined because of an injury.   She skipped the traditional E.R. route and went straight to an urgent care, but not just any kind. She went to an orthopedic urgent care facility. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)It’s therapy time for Michelle Mandoza, a rugby player sidelined because of an injury. She skipped the traditional E.R. route and went straight to an urgent care, but not just any kind. She went to an orthopedic urgent care facility. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
    (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)(Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    It’s therapy time for Michelle Mandoza, a rugby player sidelined because of an injury. She explains, “I took a hit to my knee that kind of made my hip feel wonky.”

    More >

    It’s therapy time for Michelle Mandoza, a rugby player sidelined because of an injury. She explains, “I took a hit to my knee that kind of made my hip feel wonky.”

    More >
  • Consumers want to 'boost' their benefits

    Consumers want to 'boost' their benefits

    Friday, July 13 2018 11:52 PM EDT2018-07-14 03:52:53 GMT
    (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)(Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    When you get a job, salary is key, but benefits can be boss. Health insurance gets the lion's share of attention given rising healthcare costs. And, of course, there’s always the sought-after 401K. But experts say there are other work perks you may not be making the most of or not be taking advantage of at all.

    More >

    When you get a job, salary is key, but benefits can be boss. Health insurance gets the lion's share of attention given rising healthcare costs. And, of course, there’s always the sought-after 401K. But experts say there are other work perks you may not be making the most of or not be taking advantage of at all.

    More >
  • UPDATE: Diet supplement company returns money to Sun City man

    UPDATE: Diet supplement company returns money to Sun City man

    Thursday, July 12 2018 2:58 PM EDT2018-07-12 18:58:39 GMT
    Ray Ralston is thankful to 3 On Your Side for getting his money back after signing up for a 14-day "free trial." (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)Ray Ralston is thankful to 3 On Your Side for getting his money back after signing up for a 14-day "free trial." (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
    Ray Ralston is thankful to 3 On Your Side for getting his money back after signing up for a 14-day "free trial." (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)Ray Ralston is thankful to 3 On Your Side for getting his money back after signing up for a 14-day "free trial." (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    Sun City man says he did not read the company's terms and conditions.

    More >

    Sun City man says he did not read the company's terms and conditions.

    More >

Gary HarperGary Harper is the senior consumer and investigative reporter for 3 On Your Side at KTVK-TV.

Click to learn more about Gary.

Gary Harper
3 On Your Side

With more than 20 years of television experience, Gary has established himself as a leader in the industry when it comes to assisting viewers and resolving their consumer-related issues. His passion and enthusiasm have helped him earn an Emmy for Best Consumer Reporter from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He’s also garnered several Emmy nominations

He has negotiated resolutions with companies of all sizes, including some of the biggest corporations in the nation.

Gary has successfully recouped more than $1 million for viewers around the state, making 3 On Your Side one of the most popular segments on KTVK and the station's Web site.

He's best known for investigating and confronting unscrupulous contractors. In fact, many of his news reports have led to police investigations and jail time for those who were caught. Viewers, as well as the companies and people he investigates, regard him as consistently being thorough and fair.

Gary has been with KTVK-TV since 1997. Prior to his arrival in Phoenix, he worked for WZZM-TV in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he was as an anchor and reporter.

Gary is from Chicago, but launched his television career in Lubbock, Texas, after earning a broadcast journalism degree from Texas Tech University. Following his graduation, he was quickly hired by KLBK-TV in Lubbock, where he enterprised and broke numerous exclusive reports. His aggressive reporting in Texas helped garner him Best Reporter by the Associated Press.

Gary has been married since 1994 and is the proud father of two sons. When he's not helping viewers, Gary is busy catching up on his favorite college and professional football teams as well as cheering on his beloved Texas Tech Red Raiders.

Hide bio

Contact 3 On Your Side