(WSVN) - One woman wanted to use her own parking space. Another wanted to be paid for work she had done, and a man wanted a Torah he had bought to be returned to him. They were all on Help Me Howard and now there are developments in all of them. What kind of changes? Here is Help Me Howard with Patrick Fraser.
When Luisa’s eyesight started failing, her son and daughter-in law moved in to help her…
Luisa Suarez (in Spanish): “I have fallen two times from the stairs and here, I need to touch the walls to see.”
Elizabeth would drive Luisa around. Everything was good, and then the property manager stepped in.
Elizabeth Hernandez: “He is denying her the right to park her car in her parking space.”
The car is in Luisa and Elizabeth’s names…
Elizabeth Hernandez: “They towed my car.”
We tried to talk to the property manager for Mor Value Management about why he was towing a resident’s car from her own space. He wasn’t a talkative fellow.
Manager: “Because this is private property.”
Then our story aired.
Attorney Duane Baum: “We had a hearing with an arbitrator. It was a full hearing with witnesses, testimony, depositions — what have you.”
Attorney Duane Baum offered to help Luisa for free. The association fought him, Duane beat them.
Duane Baum: “They granted her her petition, which was to allow her to park her car in her assigned parking space, which was the issue since the beginning.”
Anaise went to small claims court by herself…
Anaise Naaman: “It’s fun to wear different costumes.”
Anaise is a dancer and works at South Florida clubs to make extra money. Her problem, one promoter named Mike Lee didn’t pay the dancers for their work.
Anaise Naaman: “Basically, he is telling me he is sending a check and he doesn’t send it.”
We helped Anaise get $725. Then our story aired and Anaise took Howard’s advice to sue Lee in small claims court for the rest of her money.
Anaise won. Lee paid her another $950 that he owed her to clear up their dispute.
Reuben Ezekiel: “They needed a Torah for the shul.”
As for Reuben’s dispute, it keeps getting more complicated…
Reuben Ezekiel: “And they are not returning the Torah.”
Reuben Ezekiel donated $40,000 for a Torah to be made for the Chabad of Plantation. A Torah he dedicated to his late mother.
Reuben Ezekiel: “It’s a scroll. It’s a lambskin and it’s all written by hand.”
Then Reuben and his wife got divorced, and Reuben was told he was not allowed at the shul.
Reuben Ezekiel: “That they will call the police, that I am trespassing.”
Reuben said fine, but return the Torah so he can give it to another shul.
Legally, the shul didn’t have to return the Torah since it’s a gift, but Rabbi Mendy Posner said he would give it back to Reuben.
Our story aired, but the the Torah has still not been returned to Reuben.
Reuben Ezekiel: “I was shocked.”
I talked to Rabbi Posner. He told me he is in a bad spot, that he wanted to return the Torah to Reuben, but an attorney for Reuben’s ex-wife claims she donated it with Reuben to the shul and doesn’t want it returned to Reuben. So Reuben offered another solution…
Reuben Ezekiel: “Let’s forget about everything. Let me come back into the synagogue. Since the Torah is there. Lets forget everything.”
I was told that’s not going to happen. The battle over this Torah is going to require a judge. The rabbi wanted to return the Torah, Reuben wanted the Torah. It sounded simple, but now it’s so complicated and won’t be resolved anytime soon. But Luisa got her parking space and Anaise got her money, so two out of three ended well.
Dancing around trying to solve your problem? Need a place to park it? We have space, and hopefully we can answer your prayer of working things out. With this Help Me Howard, I’m Patrick Fraser, 7News.
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