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    Sammy was born on October 10, 1954 and passed away on Saturday, October 12, 2019.

     

    Sammy Coleman was laid to rest Wednesday morning following a graveside service at the Morgan Chapel Cemetery in Morgantown.

     

    Coleman died at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson Saturday as a result of injuries he sustained in a motorcycle accident on Sept. 22. He was 65.

     

    Coleman was a native of Starkville and an avid motorcyclist. He worked as a tow truck driver for Cannon Ford, and among those in the procession were several wreckers from across the area. Coleman also loved his dogs Bay, Colonel and Barklee.

     

    Friends and family shared their memories of Coleman. Bubba Willard met Coleman around 2000 while serving as a Starkville Police officer. He said Coleman would often respond when a wrecker was needed.

     

    “He was a good fella, kind, very respectful to people,” Willard said. “He liked helping people when he could, and we rode motorcycles together a good bit.”

     

    Willard said he was at a loss for words over Coleman’s death, and that many people would miss Coleman. He also remembered Coleman being part of the “Front Table Group” at the Starkville Café.

     

    “Everybody liked Sammy,” Willard said.

     

    Sturgis Mayor Billy Blankenship was also a close friend. Like Willard, he remembered Coleman for his kindness and helpfulness.

     

    “He was definitely a good man with a big heart,” Blankenship said. “Everyone loved Sammy, and for all of us that ride bikes, he was our brother. He will be missed.

     

    Blankenship said he met Coleman in 2003 or 2004 after moving back to Sturgis. Blankenship also thanked the community for their support of Coleman and his family and friends while he was hospitalized and after his death. A GoFundMe page made for Coleman garnered $10,586 in donations for his family, and a blood drive held in his honor in downtown Starkville received more than 100 units of blood.

     

    “The love that people have shown Sammy, as well as his family with Sammy being in the hospital for three weeks, the money that’s been donated, the blood that’s been donated, the blood drive that was held with People being turned away at the end of the day. It shows definite support, the love of a neighbor, the love of a friend.”

     

    Coleman’s wife, Beth Coleman, also spoke to the amount of support she had received from the community.

     

    “I’m feeling grateful to all of his friends and coworkers,” Beth Coleman said. “I appreciated all of the tow trucks turning out to the cemetery. There were 17 in all. I was just shocked. I knew that he helped everybody he could, but I was really surprised at the number of people who showed up to show their respect and honor for him.”

     

    Beth Coleman said she had known Sammy Coleman since third grade.

     

    “I’ve known him since third grade, when we first started going together, as we called it back then,” Beth Coleman said. “He’s changed so much over the years. He was one of those wild teenagers that grew into a very kind, considerate man that a lot of people depended on.”

     

    In addition to his wife, Coleman is survived by his son, Justin Coleman and two grandchildren, Josh and JJ McMullen.

    “I’m just glad so many people loved him like I did,” Beth Coleman said.

     

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  2. The Idaho State Police Officer in this video is extremely lucky to have not been injured in this incident.

     

     

    The Idaho State Police released dashcam footage showing a trooper walking away unscathed after an oncoming driver slammed into the crash scene he was investigating.

     

    The incident took place on October 8 near Idaho 53 and Ramsey Road, with ISP Trooper Enrique Llerenas responding.

     

    According to authorities, the tow truck driver wasn’t the one responsible for the crash, but rather the driver of that red Toyota Tacoma.

     

    “The tow truck was eastbound on SH 53 when a red Toyota Tacoma failed to yield and pulled into the tow truck driver’s path from Ramsey Road,” ISP reported on Wednesday. “The red Toyota Tacoma’s driver was cited for failing to obey a traffic control device.”

     

    Drivers in Idaho have to adhere to a so-called “move over” law, which requires you to slow down and move over, if possible, when approaching a stationary police or authorized emergency vehicle with flashing lights, as reported by the Idaho Statesman.


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    BYRON AJ COLEMAN, October 14, 2019, age 55. Beloved husband of Betsey for 12 1/2 years. Loving son of Shirley and the late Samuel. Dear brother of Shane (Ann). Dearest step father of Austin (Jennie) Chiles and Katie (Jeoff). Cherished uncle of Nathan AJ and Katie. Devoted Papa of Harrison, Nora and Reagan.

    Byron dedicated the first part of his life to helping build the family Towing and Recovery business. Using his wealth of experience and specialized knowledge he went on to operate at several towing and recovery companies across the US. Throughout his life his family, fellow operators, and friends benefited from his sharp mind, keen wit, and dedication to his craft.

    Byron lovingly shared his wisdom with his nephew and niece. He was a proud father to his stepchildren and was delighted by his grand children, who kept him young.

    Family will receive friends Friday 3-8PM at AJ Desmond & Sons Funeral Home- Price Chapel, 3725 Rochester Rd, Troy (248) 689-0700 (btw Big Beaver and Wattles). Funeral Service Saturday 11AM at the funeral home. Visitation begins at 9.

    In lieu of flowers family suggests donations be made to the International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum in Byron A. Coleman's name at www.towingmuseum.com.

     

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    Towing Information Network Member since 2004. WreckMaster #94427


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    News Story 10.16.19:

     

    CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WBAY) - A local tow truck driver has been added to a monument honoring those killed on the job.

     

    Jesse Hettmann's name was added to the Wall of the Fallen in Chattanooga, Tenn. The Wall is part of the International Towing Museum.

     

    In January, Jesse Hettmann was hit by a vehicle on I-41 in Ashwaubenon. He was attempting to hoist a stranded vehicle when a piece of wood he was using went into the interstate. He was hit while trying to retrieve it.

     

    Hundreds of truckers, tow drivers and heavy duty vehicle drivers honored Jesse with a "Light Em' Up for Jesse" ride following Hettmann's death.

     

    Family, friends and co-workers told Action 2 News that Jesse was a devoted husband and dad of two girls. They said he was kind, loving and hard-working.

     

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    note; the news story inaccurately reported Jessie Hettmann was a local tow truck driver. Glenns Towing is located in Wisconsin and the tragic incident occurred in Ashwaubenon, Wis.


  5. PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- Police said the driver of a flatbed tow truck lost control and hit a traffic light and utility poles in Philadelphia's Mayfair section early Wednesday.

    It happened around 1:30 a.m. near Cottman and Brous avenues.

     

    Officials said no one was hurt but it caused a traffic mess.

     

    About 300 Peco customers lost power following the incident.

    As of 4 a.m., PECO said approximately 9 customers remained in the dark.

     

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    A 57 year old man was killed while tow truck was preparing to drop vehicle in front of his home. The victim was standing in the street when he was struck by a vehicle which left the scene. The man dead at the scene and that hiy & run vehicle was later found in the driveway of a home nearby. The Tow Truck Driver was not injured in this tragic incident.


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    Michigan history looms in San Diego

     

    Tow companies covet a spot on a city's police tow rotation list. The customers are always there. When a car is in an accident, a driver arrested, or registration has lapsed, it's often the police who call the tow truck. Cities are supposed to vet the companies that apply for the list for good business practices. That doesn't always happen.

     

    Later this month the El Cajon City Council will hold a hearing to decide if a tow company owner with a criminal background will be granted a special operations license to tow for the police. The city received Nashwan Habib's application to operate a police department towing business in June. Two months later, city manager Graham Mitchell denied it. The past misdeeds, which include two felonies and auto-related crimes to name a few, are an open secret. Why would his application, let alone the appeal he has filed, have any chance of succeeding? Maybe because they have before.

     

    Or maybe not this time. The history of Habib's business practices were detailed in news stories in 2015 — which Mitchell came across, causing him to deny the application. A records search by Lt. Jason Taub of the El Cajon Police Department verified the article's claims.

     

    Mitchell based the denial on two provisions of the city's eligibility qualifications for the job. To be included on the police tow list, a company "must demonstrate trustworthiness and capacity to deal fairly and effectively with the City and the public" and "shall strictly conform in all aspects to local, state and federal law(s)."

     

    If the felonies in Michigan, one for assault, the other for destroying a car, weren't enough, Habib had continued to tangle with the law in San Diego where he moved in 2002, and has established a towing empire bolstered by lucrative contracts with local city governments.From campaign to code violations, even more assault allegations and lawsuits, nothing has stopped the "tow king."

     

    A staff report says the article made references to Habib and Angelo's Towing that included "contacts or involvement with persons operating illegal marijuana dispensaries in East County, and Mr. Habib's arrests and convictions in Michigan that were not disclosed. Mr. Habib answered 'none' on the line on the SOL application requesting past criminal records of all financially interested persons." The appeals process before the City Council will include witnesses and evidence on each side, and the city must prove the grounds for the denial.

     

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    Obituary

    Jeffery Ray Underwood, 53, of Macon, passed away on Thursday, October 10, 2019 after an 18 month courageous battle from a traumatic brain injury.

    Jeff was born in Brunswick, Georgia, on August 10, 1966. He was the owner and operator of Underwood’s Towing that he incorporated with his parents in October, 1990. Towing was Jeff’s life, knowing since the age of five that was what he wanted to do in life when he told his maternal grandmother, “I’m going to get me a Peterbilt and put grandma’s little trucker on the side.” He loved cars and semi-trucks. When Jeff wasn’t towing, he loved hunting or being on the water, skiing, knee boarding, and teaching his boys how to wake board.

    Jeff is survived by his wife of 17 years, Rhonda Renee Underwood; sons, Alexander Ray Underwood (Callie Sparks), Dylan O’Brian Barton, and Mason Nicholas Underwood; parents, Alvin Ray Underwood and Cheryl Anne Underwood; mother-in-law, Diann Tucker (Steve); father-in-law, Ronald Beck (Wanda); various aunts, uncles, and cousins; and an entire towing community that he loved dearly.

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    A tow truck driver was shot and killed by a customer Monday in Riverside after the customer’s vehicle was loaded onto the tow truck and a fight broke out between the two men, authorities said.

     

    About 1:10 p.m., officers responded to the corner of Bandini and Magnolia avenues for a report of a physical fight and shots fired in the Wood Streets neighborhood.

     

    When police arrived, they found the tow truck driver, whose name and age have not been released, with gunshot wounds, said Officer Ryan J. Railsback, a spokesman for the Riverside Police Department. Paramedics arrived and pronounced the driver dead at the scene, Railsback said.

     

    Authorities said based on preliminary information, including witness reports, it appears that the two men got into an argument after the customer’s truck was loaded onto the back of the flatbed tow truck.

     

    “That turned into a physical altercation, that then turned into the suspect producing a firearm and killing the tow truck driver,” Railsback said. “We don’t know if the suspect is from this area or the reason he called for the tow service.”

     

    Railsback said witnesses saw the customer flee the scene after shooting the driver. Officers searched the man’s path with a few K-9s and found him a few blocks away about 15 minutes later.

     

    The man, whose name and age have not been released, was detained and being questioned by detectives Monday evening.

     

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  10. Damian Howard Charged After He Allegedly Strangled Tow Company Employee Tarreak Butler To Death

     

     

    COLLEGE PARK, Md. (WJZ) — A 24-year-old Washington D.C. man was charged in the fatal assault of the tow company employee early Sunday.

     

    Damian Howard of the 5000 block of 4th street in Northwest DC was charged with second-degree murder, assault and related charges in the death of 41-year-old Tarreak Butler also of Washington, DC.

     

    Around 1:50 a.m., Prince George’s County police officers were called to a towing company in the 5000 block of College Avenue in College Park. When officers arrived, they allegedly saw Howard holding Butler in a chokehold and the victim was unconscious.

    Officers order Howard to release Butler. Three officers began to perform CPR on Butler, but he was pronounced dead at hour later at a local hospital.

     

    Butler’s death was ruled homicide by asphyxia strangulation. Police believe Howard allegedly attacked Butler over the towing fee.

     

    Howard is in the custody of the Department of Corrections and has been held without bond.

     

    If anyone has information relevant to this investigation, they are asked to please call detectives at 301-772-4925.

     

     Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).

     

    RESOURCE LINK with video


  11. Police arrest tow truck driver after alleged hit and run involving traffic flagger

     

    Police arrested and charged a truck driver after he allegedly hit a traffic flagger and fled the scene.

    The incident occurred on September 28 just after 4 p.m.

     

    According to a report by authorities, the truck driver was towing a car at an intersection near the Water Street Bridge construction site in Hellertown. He allegedly disregarded the traffic flagger's directions and made a left turn.

     

    Police said that the driver struck the flagger with the front right passenger side of the truck. The driver continued down the street and left the scene, said police. 

     

    Police said they took accounts from witnesses and the driver was summoned to return to the scene. Upon arrival, the driver was taken into custody, police said.

     

    The flagger was taken to the hospital for medical evaluation.

     

    There's no word on the severity of injuries.

     

    The driver was charged and released on $8,000 unsecured bail.

     

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  12. Tow Truck Sideswiped after stooping for previous accident.

     

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (WNCN) – A man was charged in connection with a string of crashed on Interstate 40 westbound that snarled traffic in Orange County Monday morning.

     

    The first in the series of wrecks was a van rear-ending a tractor-trailer around 5:30 a.m. near exit 270. A tow truck driver stopped to possibly offer assistance. The truck was sideswiped by a Chevrolet SUV, according to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol.

     

    Three other vehicles merged into the right lane to avoid the two crashes. Christopher Sload, 50, of Spring Hope, was driving a box truck for Bass Farms Sausage.

     

    Sload failed to reduce his speed and rear-ended the merging vehicles, causing his box truck to overturn. He was arrested and charged with driving while impaired, reckless driving, and failure to reduce speed, the NCSHP said.

    Four occupants, excluding Sload, were taken to UNC Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

     

    The crashes caused both lanes of I-40 west to close around 6 a.m. It was reduced to one lane until around 7:40 a.m., NCSHP said.

     

    NCSHP said the call came in at about 5:35 a.m.

     

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  13. Child killed, 4 others fighting for their lives after van, tow truck crash

     

    A child was killed and four other people were critically injured Sunday afternoon in a crash at the intersection of O'Day and Washington Center roads.

     

    Allen County sheriff's deputies were called to the area around 1 p.m. and found a tow truck had been traveling east on Washington Center when it struck a van carrying six people. The van had been traveling south on O'Day, according to a news release. 

     

    The child in the van was ejected from the vehicle, and three others in the van were taken to the hospital in critical condition. Two others in the van also were treated for minor injuries. 

     

    The driver of the tow truck also was in critical condition, the news release states.  

     

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    Coroner IDs 2 victims of Sunday crash

     

    Two people killed as a result of a crash Sunday afternoon at the intersection of O'Day and Washington Center roads have been identified, the Allen County coroner announced Monday.

     

    The victims are Stefany Barrios-Salazar, 9, and Magali Salazar-Castillo, 32. According to the coroner, 31 people have died in vehicle crashes this year in Allen County. 

     

    According to police, Allen County sheriff's officers were called to the intersection about 1 p.m. Sunday and found a tow truck had been traveling east on Washington Center Road when it struck a van heading south on O'Day that was carrying six people. 

     

    Stefany was thrown from the van and three other occupants were in critical condition. Stefany and Salazar-Castillo, who died later after being transported to a hospital, were killed by blunt force injuries. The tow truck driver was in critical condition Sunday.

     

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    Woman, child die when van hits oncoming tow truck

     

     

     

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — A woman and child were killed and three others badly hurt in a crash involving a tow truck in western Allen County on Sunday afternoon.

     

    According to the Allen County Sheriff’s Department, a van carrying six people failed to stop at the intersection of O Day Road and Washington Center Road shortly after 1 p.m. Sunday. As a result, the van slammed into an oncoming tow truck.

     

    The Department says a child was ejected from the van and was pronounced dead at the scene. The Allen County Coroner’s Office said 9-year-old Stefany Barrios-Salazar died of blunt force injuries due to a motor vehicle crash.

     

    The tow truck driver and three other people from the van were transported to a local hospital in critical condition. One of them – 32-year-old Magali Salazar-Castillo of Fort Wayne – died late Sunday, the coroner’s office said.

     

    Two other occupants of the van were also transported to the hospital with minor injuries.

     

    The crash remains under investigation by the Allen County Sheriff’s Department.

     

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    Experts say: If this happens to you, the best thing you can do is get video and call the police.

     

    GASTONIA, N.C. — "What are you guys doing?"

    An SUV parked legally in its designated spot at a Gastonia apartment complex. So how did it wind up hoisted up on a tow truck?

     

    "I've lived in this complex for four years, why is this happening now?" asked Anthony Spano, the vehicle's owner, as he want toe to toe in a recorded video.

     

    "It was just very aggressive, very violent," Brianna Gaisser said after witnessing the altercation involving her boyfriend.

    A guy who says he's the owner of RPM Towing and Recovery can be heard on the recording.

     

    "You're talking to the wrong one. I'm not a muthaf---ing worker out here, I own this muthaf---er," he said in the video.

    Spano explained, "My girlfriend was telling me they're taking your car, they're taking your car."

     

    Spano admitted he parked where there's no parking allowed.

     

    "Parking in the grass is my fault," he said.

     

    He said he ran inside to take a quick shower but while he was inside -- four guys from RPM Towing were outside --  ready to take the car, Spano explained.

     

    "I peeked through the yard and I saw they were towing his car," Gaisser said.

     

    Spano wasn't happy.

     

    "I ran outside in a towel," Spano said.

     

    But he says he paid the $300 cash the company demanded. Then asked for a receipt.

     

    "I told him go ahead and get off my property now, thank you very much," Spano said.

     

    Spano moved his car to its proper spot. And the towing company left. Or so he thought.

     

    "I look out the window and he is circling around back to my car that is parked legally in my parking space," Spano said.

    They came back claiming Spano ripped their receipt book.

     

    What happened next, was captured on video:

     

    "Let's see you go to work today," the operator said on the video.

     

    "I paid you 300 f---ing dollars," Spano replied.

     

    "You owe me another 60 for that book you f---ed up," the operator explained.

     

    "I'm shaking," Gaisser explained, recalling her moments recording video as the owner of the towing company began hooking up Spano's car again,

     

    "You have four men violently talking to us, or yelling at us threatening us," Gaisser explained.

     

    Back on the video, the conversation about the receipt book continued.

     

    "I didn't f--- up anything," Spano argued.

     

    "I watched you," the tow truck owner replied.

     

    "Your boy ripped it out of my hand," Spano said.

     

    After the video stopped recording, the towing company dropped Spano's car and didn't charge him anything else.

    Legally a ripped receipt book is not a valid reason to tow someone's car.

     

    Records reviewed by WCNC NBC Charlotte showed RPM Towing has a history of complaints about their towing practices, including predatory towing.

     

    Police got involved last year after RPM booted a truck and charged the driver $1,600 to remove it.

     

    Gastonia police actually sent a letter banning RPM from operating at one property until the company learned how to comply with city ordinances.

     

    Experts say: If this happens to you, the best thing you can do is get video and call the police.

     

    "Screaming in your face is not: One, a way to do business, I would think; and two, it's very scary. It's frightening," Spano said.

     

    WCNC NBC Charlotte spoke to the owner of RPM over the phone. He did not want to go on camera but he disputes a lot of what Spano said.

     

    He claims Spano is the one who got hostile with him first -- so hostile he ripped the receipt book.

    That book cost him $60.

     

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  15. HOUSTON--(Business Wire)--360 Towing Solutions Houston, a trusted towing Houston service provider, recently announced that they are toying with the idea of using unmanned aerial vehicles or drones to inspect car breakdown situations within the Houston area. The owners said that this is going to be a revolutionary step for increasing the efficiency of their towing professionals who operate throughout the Houston area all round the clock. At a recent press conference, they spilled the details of their future strategy.

     

    According to the owners, starting October 2019, they will deploy a few drones which will be used for taking photographs and videos of stranded vehicles. The Houston towing and roadside assistance service provider aims to use latest technologies for increasing the efficiency of their roadside towing services.

     

    One of the senior executives of the company said, “We have planned to use drones for aerial inspection of stranded vehicles. Drones will be sent to the stranded vehicles first and the drone will be used for capturing photos and videos of the stranded vehicles. The drone will send the photos and videos to our control room and the roadside assistance Houston professionals heading for towing the vehicle would be able to know what kind of tools they need to carry or what kind of tow truck is needed for towing the vehicle. This will increase our efficiency by a few notches.”

     

    Richard Miller, the CEO of the company, said that they have invested in tow truck Houston before this. Now, they are going to invest in latest technologies to better assess breakdown situations and to act accordingly.

     

    “Drone technology has come a long way and the technology is progressively being used across industries. We thought we should change the way vehicles have been traditionally towed. With an aim to revolutionize the towing solutions in Houston, we are going to introduce drones soon for aerial inspection and towing situation assessment. We believe this bold step will put us miles ahead of our competitors,” said the CEO of the company during a recent press conference.

     

    About the Company

    360 Towing Solutions Houston is one of the leading towing service providers in Houston area.

    To know more, visit https://360towingsolutions.com/houston/

    Full Address: 7111 Harwin Dr #125d, Houston, TX. 77036

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    360 Towing Solutions Houston
    Richard Miller
    Phone: (713) 781-1181
    Email: info@360towingsolutions.com

     
     
     

  16. Smog checks required for big trucks, under new law signed by Newsom

     

    SB 210 is aimed at reducing diesel soot and other air pollution

     

    In a move aimed at reducing air pollution, Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday signed a law that for the first time will require most large trucks in California, including 18-wheel tractor trailers, to pass a regular smog check.

     

    Already, cars and passenger vehicles that are six years old or older are required to pass a smog check every two years. But large trucks, a major source of diesel soot and other air pollution, have not been required to pass inspection.

     

    On Friday, Newsom signed Senate Bill 210, which requires the California Air Resources Board to set up a pilot program over the next two years and after that put rules in place for truck smog checks.

     

    “Just as car owners have to get their own personal cars smog checked every two years, so too should truck operators be required to maintain their emissions controls so that we can ensure long-lasting air quality improvements,” said State Sen. Connie Leyva, D-Chino, who wrote the bill.

     

    Heavy-duty trucks operating in California account for nearly 60 percent of the emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) — one of the main chemicals that causes smog — from mobile sources and are the largest source of diesel particulate pollution in the state.

     

    Environmentalists say the new law will reduce emissions of soot and other contaminants, which contribute to high asthma rates in California, especially for people who live near freeways.

     

    “This is the biggest air quality bill of this year,” said Bill Magavern, policy director for the Coalition for Clean Air, an environmental group with offices in Los Angeles and Sacramento.

     

    “It’s something we have needed for years,” Magavern said. “Diesel trucks are the single biggest source of air pollution in California.”

     

    He added. “The trucks can emit almost 10 times as much pollution as they are supposed to emit. So we need inspections and maintenance to keep their pollution levels down to where they were when the truck was new.”

     

    But trucking industry officials say the rules are unnecessary because of other truck engine rules already in place or being phased in over the next few years. They also say they are concerned that the new law may allow state officials to take private data from trucking companies if the state program requires trucks to share information in the on-board computers that track truck emissions and other data.

     

    Information kept in those on-board computer systems includes how far the trucks were driven, when they were driven, how fast they went, braking details and other information, said Joe Rajkovacz, a spokesman for the Western States Trucking Association, based in San Bernardino County.

     

    “It is proprietary data,” he said. “Under the guise of environmentalism they want to grab people’s data.”

    He said, “It brings up interesting privacy issues. Law enforcement can’t grab your cell phone at a traffic stop and go through it without a warrant. This is troubling to a lot of people.”

     

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    A caravan of tow trucks travel along Interstate 5 from Forest Lawn Cemetery, Hollywood Hills, to Castaic Towing, in Castaic, on Saturday, June 29, 2019. The caravan of tow truck drivers made the journey to honor tow truck driver Erwin Mendoza Geremillo who was struck and killed last month as he was helping a stranded motorist on Interstate 5 Freeway. (Photo by Ed Crisostomo, Contributing Photographer) 

     

    The new law applies to trucks that weigh more than 14,000 pounds. That includes delivery trucks, dump trucks,18-wheel tractor trailers, tanker trucks, farm trucks and others. The law does not include buses.

     

    Approximately 12 million people in California live in communities that exceed federal health standards for ground level ozone, or smog, and particulate matter. Many are in the Central Valley and Southern California, which have some of the nation’s highest asthma levels. Other areas with high asthma levels include communities near ports, such as Oakland and Long Beach.

     

    Rajkovacz noted that the California Air Resources Board already does regular tests for smoke from trucks at weigh stations and trucking companies. And under landmark rules finalized several years ago, the board required that by 2023, only trucks that are model 2010 or newer can be driven on California roads. That rule was required because older trucks pollute far more than newer trucks, but it was fought vociferously by the trucking industry.

     

    “Once bureaucracy has its hooks in an industry, it never lets go,” he said. “It becomes a huge jobs program for public employees. They keep layering on costs.”

     

    The law was supported by the American Lung Association, the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, Sierra Club California, the Union of Concerned Scientists and other health and environmental organizations.

     

    It was opposed by the Western States Trucking Association, the California Farm Bureau Federation, California Cattlemen’s Association and several other industry groups.

     

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    Richard Dewane Bundy, 51 of Scott City died Tuesday, September 17, 2019 at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. He was born February 9, 1968 in Cape Girardeau to Lewis Allen and Ruby Evelyn Simmons Bundy. He married Gloria Jean Newbolds on October 2, 2001 in Benton, Missouri.

     

    He was a tow truck driver for Sperling's Garage & Wecker Service, Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

     

    He is survived by his wife, Gloria; a son, Kevin Bundy of Fruitland; three daughters, Melissa Quertemous, Cheryl Koenig and Melissa Whittington of Scott City; three brothers, Kenneth Bundy of Charleston, Missouri, Bruce Bundy of Jackson, Missouri and Raymond Bundy of Scott City; two sisters, Patricia Johns of Scott City and Tina Bill of Jackson and 14 grandchildren.

     

    He was preceded in death by his parents and a daughter, Michelle Bundy on April 12, 2012.

     

    Visitation will be from 5:00 – 8:00 pm on Sunday at the Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Scott City.

     

    Funeral service will be at 11:00 am on Monday at the chapel with Rev. Randy Morse officiating.

     

    Burial will be Memorial Park Cemetery in Cape Girardeau.

     

    In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel to assist with funeral expenses.

     

    News Story: https://www.semissourian.com/story/2635411.html?fbclid=IwAR0iKpL2j4-DCyUMvVQ4ZYNIfQkX9ban_7VzHmKCxtVMYqPOveLQK6ZQvVM

     

    Funeral Home: https://www.amick-burnettfuneralchapels.com/obituary/richard-bundy

     

     

     

     


  18. A Tesla Model S sat on a tow truck at the Nürburgring as a Porsche Taycan drove past it

     

     

    Tesla didn't want to just top a lap time set by Porsche's new electric vehicle at Germany's iconic Nürburgring race track, it wanted to demolish it.

     

    Then things apparently hit the skids.

     

    Video posted online Wednesday shows a Tesla's Model S "Plaid" prototype sitting on a tow truck on the track, shortly after setting a Porsche-topping time of 7:20. A Porsche Taycan can be seen driving past the stationary Model S at one point.

     

    With improvements, the company says it hopes to hit an even faster time of 7:05. For context, Porsche holds the sports car record for the track at 6:44 with its GT2 RS, achieved on October 25, 2018, but there are no standings published yet for electric vehicles at the famous circuit.

     

    Tesla didn't immediately respond to questions about why the Plaid prototype, a heavily modified Model S, was stopped on the track. CEO Elon Musk said last week that a production version of the powertrain option would arrive in about a year for Models S, X, and Roadster, but not the Model 3 or Model Y.

     

    The Nurburgring has been a point of contention between Tesla and Porsche ever since the German automaker unveiled its all-electric Taycan Turbo and Turbo S earlier this month. Musk first poked fun at the car's name, telling Porche that "this word Turbo does not mean what you think it does" before heading to the Nurburgring.

     

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  19. Towing companies work overnight to tow flooded cars

     

     

    MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — Towing companies in Mobile are busy towing cars that were flooded during Thursday’s flash flooding. Tow truck drivers tell News 5 they have been working since Thursday evening to tow cars that were stranded in the flood waters.

     

    Many people were not able to drive their cars out of the parking lots of shopping centers on Dauphin Street. Tow truck companies are taking calls from insurance companies. People are making damage claims and the tow truck companies are picking up the vehicles.

     

    Thursday’s flash flooding prompted more than 60 water rescues in Mobile. Firefighters were rescuing people from stranded cars and from homes.

     

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  20. A woman with drive: La Patrona gets towing business running

     

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    LAWRENCE — Should you car break down somewhere in the Merrimack Valley, a strong-willed young woman may very well be at the wheel of the tow truck that comes to your rescue.

     

    Roanny Colon, 33, started doing business a few weeks ago and has already started making her mark on the local scene.

     

    A man at Walmart in Methuen was experiencing car trouble and noticed Colon's 2006 International 4300 ramp truck in the parking lot. When he saw Colon seated in the cab, he exclaimed, "Oh my! It's a girl!"

     

    Colon recalled he was grateful, however, when she hooked up his car, loaded it onto her truck and towed the troubled vehicle out of the parking lot.

     

    Colon, who does business as La Patrona – that's Spanish for "the boss" – has 10 years of experience in the towing business. She had a towing business in her native Puerto Rico, where she was also known as La Patrona, but Hurricane Maria put a rude end to it two years ago.

     

    A wall collapsed on her tow truck and destroyed it. Colon, her three daughters and many other residents of Puerto Rico left the island and came to Lawrence and other cities on the mainland.

     

    Colon had years of experience in her business, but she was in a new environment and needed help in making a new start. That's where EforAll came into the picture.

     

    The E in EforAll stands for entrepreneurship. EforAll helps people who have the vision to start their own companies but lack capital and the knowledge of the intricacies of establishing a business, such as setting up a payroll system and obtaining a tax identification number.

     

    EforAll has had considerable help from the Deshpande Foundation, which is led by Andover residents Gururaj and Jaishree Deshpande. EforAll has a program for those whose first language is Spanish called EparaTodos, with the E standing for emprendimiento, the Spanish word for entrepreneurship.

     

    After her arrival in the Merrimack Valley, Colon was among 14 candidates selected for the 14-week Accelerator course, in which students learn "how to navigate the system," according to Andres Silva, program manager for EparaTodoes in Lawrence and Lowell.

     

    EparaTodos has helped Colon deal with the "legalities of setting up a business," Silva said. These include acquiring a tax identification number.

     

    The classes have also helped Colon promote her business. She has a website, a Facebook page and she's on Instagram. The official name of her business is La Patrona Services LLC.

     

    Her husband, Giovanni Mercado, is a mechanic. He helps her keep her truck in top running condition, she said.

    With winter on the horizon, Colon plans to expand into another field of endeavor that is still dominated by men: snow plowing.

     

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  21. Trump to block California auto emissions rules

     

    The actual headline in the article is a bit misleading. This is the Trump administration that will revoke California's power to enforce more stringent limits on vehicle carbon pollution than the federal government, sparking a battle with the state that has led a revolt against the EPA's rollbacks of dozens of environmental regulations.

     

    The long-expected move seeks to neuter California's resistance to President Donald Trump's proposed rewrite of the Obama-era rules that would have required automakers to accelerate the deployment of more fuel-efficient cars and light trucks, a high priority in the state that has led the nation in efforts to fight climate change.

     

    The Trump EPA had originally planned to withdraw California's waiver at the same time it issues its broader proposal to roll back federal auto emissions standards. But the administration accelerated its plans to single out California after the state struck an agreement with Ford and three other car makers to continue to lower their vehicles' emissions, even if the federal rules are frozen. California's deal with the automakers recently drew a stern rebuke from EPA and the Transportation Department as well as an anti-trust investigation from the Justice Department.

     

    California Gov. Gavin Newsom blasted the Trump administration for undermining its efforts to cut pollution and fight climate change.

     

    “The president could learn from California," Newsom said in a statement. "Instead, reports today suggest that his administration will act on a political vendetta by announcing they intend to end aspects of our clean car waiver."

     

    California Attorney General Xavier Becerra vowed to fight any attack on the state's authority in court, while Rep. Doris Matsui (D-Calif.) said she is "exploring all options, including legislation, to block the EPA’s rule."

     

    But Trump is eager to land a blow against the state that has become a top foe not just on environmental regulation, but also immigration, labor and other contentious issues — even as major business interests worry about the fallout.

     

    Automakers, who at first requested that Trump revisit the strict Obama-era standards, have more recently warned that a regulatory split with California would create market chaos. If California successfully defends its right to the waiver in court, automakers could be forced to reckon with two sets of standards — one for California and more than a dozen other states that choose to follow it, and a weaker one for the states that follow the federal rules expected to be finished in the coming months.

     

    EPA did not comment on the expected withdrawal.

    But Administrator Andrew Wheeler previewed the withdrawal during a gathering of the National Automobile Dealers Association on Tuesday.

     

    “In the very near future, the Trump administration will begin taking the steps necessary to establish one set of national fuel-economy standards,” Wheeler said, according to prepared remarks distributed by EPA.

     

    Wheeler and California officials had sought to strike a compromise earlier this year to maintain a national standard on any new vehicle rules, but those talks collapsed in acrimony, with each side accusing the other of failing to seriously seek a solution.

     

    “We embrace federalism and the role of the states, but federalism does not mean that one state can dictate standards for the nation,” Wheeler said.

     

    Conservative groups quickly cheered the upcoming waiver withdrawal.

     

    “The Trump administration deserves a lot of credit for correcting this constitutional and legal monstrosity,” said Myron Ebell of the Competitive Enterprise Institute. “No state, not even California, has a right to set national fuel economy standards for all the other states.”

     

    But Janet McCabe, an Obama-era EPA air chief, told POLITICO that the withdrawal of California’s waiver would be “unfortunate” and would again set back policies critical for addressing greenhouse gases.

     

    Climate change “is a ‘y’all come’ situation, where we need all the reasonable programs that we can get in place,” she said. “And this is one of the most reasonable and impactful across the board.”

     

    Environmental Defense Fund President Fred Krupp said his group would fight the Trump EPA's move in court.

    “The unlawful approach the Trump administration is reportedly planning seeks to block states from choosing clean car standards that protect millions of people from tailpipe pollution,” Krupp said.

     

    Other states have levied challenges to Trump’s deregulatory agenda, especially New York, and environmentalists and public health advocates regularly join those fights. But California holds a special place when it comes to the environment, as well as drawing the president’s ire.

     

    The Clean Air Act gives California unique powers to enforce stronger pollution standards than the federal level. But that power is contingent on EPA's waiver, which is what the agency plans to revoke on Wednesday.

     

    In addition, the District of Columbia and 13 states have adopted California's stricter greenhouse gas rules: Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island,

    Massachusetts, Vermont and Maine. Together those states make up 36 percent of U.S. auto sales, and only one — Pennsylvania — supported Trump in 2016.

     

    The Trump administration now argues that California’s ability to set more stringent requirements applies only to pollutants like nitrogen oxides that can be controlled through technologies such as catalytic converters.

     

    Conversely, controlling carbon dioxide emissions is primarily achieved via fuel efficiency increases. But that tramples on the 1975 law that created the DOT’s Corporate Average Fuel Economy, or CAFE, program, according to the legal argument made by the Trump administration. The Energy Policy and Conservation Act says states "may not adopt or enforce a law or regulation related to fuel economy standards."

     

    California’s greenhouse gas standards closely resemble the fuel economy standards, so they are prohibited, the Trump administration argues.

     

    But two federal judges rejected similar arguments on EPCA preemption in 2007. Appeals in those cases were dropped as part of the Obama administration’s negotiations with automakers to set one national standard, and the Trump administration says those opinions are not controlling and rely on out-of-date information.

     

    Wheeler on Tuesday said that the greenhouse gas rollback would not affect other California efforts to limit vehicle emissions unrelated to climate change.

     

    “California will be able to keep in place and enforce programs to address smog and other forms of air pollution caused by motor vehicles,” he said in his prepared remarks to the auto dealers group.

     

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