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  1. YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) - A Youngstown tow truck operator whose business was raided in 2014 was indicted Thursday on 34 criminal charges, including pandering obscenity and compelling prostitution. Alex Bugno is charged with six counts of pandering obscenity involving a minor, 14 counts of compelling prostitution and 14 counts of importuning. Youngstown police confirm that the charges stem from the raid at Bugno Towing and Recovery and Bugno's home in Struthers on July 10, 2014. At the time, authorities filed court papers indicating that a pair of teenaged boys had complained to police Bugno paid them to engage in sex acts -- some of them recorded and then posted to pornographic websites. Police and agents with the FBI and Bureau of Criminal Investigation took part in the searches. RESOURCE LINK With Video Posted 09 Aug 2014 YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - A Valley tow truck operator is accused of breaking the law in order to divert business from a competitor.The Mahoning County Grand Jury indicted 26-year-old Alex C. Bugno of Poland, on charges of disrupting public services and identity fraud. Bugno, who operates Bugno's Towing, allegedly called Verizon Wireless last September posing as a representative of Ludt's towing. Prosecutors say Bugno told the mobile phone company that he no longer needed his phone, and asked that it be shut off. Investigators say Bugno made the call on a weekend when Ludt's was next on the rotation list to answer towing calls from the Youngstown Police department. Bugno's has offices on Indianola Avenue in Youngstown. Ludt's operates from McClurg Road in Boardman. Youngstown police have towing companies on a rotating schedule, so the towing calls are evenly distributed. A spokesman for Bugno's tells 21 News that Bugno's is not on that rotation. Bugno's Towing was last in the news in July (More Details Found at RESOURCE LINK)
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  3. WASHINGTON — A tow-truck driver was badly hurt after he was struck by a car that lost control on Interstate 395 early Monday in Alexandria, Virginia, but a good Samaritan helped get him to a hospital. Virginia State Police said the tow-truck driver was outside his truck trying to clear an accident scene when he was hit at around 4 a.m. near Seminary Road. A 2004 Honda Accord was traveling northbound when the driver lost control, investigators said. The car hit a concrete jersey wall, then crossed the interstate to the right shoulder of the road, striking the tow truck and its driver. The crash happened on a morning when heavy rains fell over much of the area, resulting in slick roads. The tow-truck driver works for Henry’s Wrecker Service in Falls Church. The towing company’s owner, Fred Scheler, said his employee’s leg was severed below the knee cap in the crash. The tow-truck driver remains in stable condition at the hospital, Scheler said. Scheler is also crediting a good Samaritan for saving his employee’s life. After the accident, a man, who is former military, stopped to help the injured tow-truck driver. “He took his belt off, put a tourniquet on his leg, and then took his jacket off to cover him up,” Scheler said. That good Samaritan then waited with the tow-truck driver, talking to him so he didn’t lose consciousness, Scheler added. The man also helped the tow-truck driver call his wife before he was taken to the hospital, and Scheler called the man his driver’s “angel.” Scheler said he and the tow-truck driver’s family are hoping the man who helped out will come forward so they can express their gratitude to him in person. “The family would like to thank him for basically saving my driver’s life,” Scheler said. The driver of the car that struck the tow-truck driver was not hurt during the crash. Police have charged that driver with failure to maintain control. RESOURCE LINK
  4. Automated manual transmissions and automatic transmissions continue to make headway in commercial vehicle powertrains. An important connection in shifting power from the engine to the wheel axles, transmissions are an integral part of any vehicle powertrain. As adoption of automatic and automated manual transmissions continues, views of this system being purely mechanical have transformed as data from product performance in the field provides feedback to improve efficiency. “Automated manual transmissions (AMT) and automatic transmissions are becoming more and more popular with drivers of all experience levels,” says Brian Daniels, manager of powertrain and component product marketing at Detroit Diesel. “For new, less experienced drivers, it typically takes less time to train on AMTs and there is potential to get them into a revenue-producing position faster.” Detroit Diesel (demanddetroit.com), a division of Daimler Trucks North America, is an engine, transmission and axle OE manufacturer for Freightliner and Western Star trucks. READ FULL ARTICLE HERE
  5. Western Star 4700, 4900, 5700, 6900 models are potentially involved. Daimler Trucks North America has issued a 7,128 truck recall for certain Western Star trucks produced between 2016 and 2018. The pass through power stud and attached foam gasket seal mounted through the bulkhead on the trucks has the potential to contact and form an electrical arc. The arching of the power cable between the stud and bulkhead could increase the risk of fire, the defect information report reads. Vehicles affected Certain Western Star Model Year 2017 to 2019 trucks, produced between Oct. 18, 2016 and Feb. 6, 2018, are potentially involved. Daimler notes in its recall documents that the estimated percentage of those actually involved will be around 1 percent. 4700 4900 5700 6900 Three of out four of the Western Star models in this recall were also involved in another Daimler-related recall earlier this year. That time, the concern was improperly tightened brake caliper mounting bolts which could lead to brake failure. Remedy The pass through power stud will be inspected for clearance of the bulkhead and replaced if required at a Daimler authorized service facility. Official dealer and owner notification of the recall will be sent May 21, 2018. RESOURCE LINK
  6. FORT WORTH - Black Bull Towing was fined $10,400 and issued a stern warning in reaching a settlement that, for now, saves the oft-fined company from being shut down. With a lengthy history of violations, many for towing illegally from apartment complexes, amounting now to more than $38,000 in fines, the Fort Worth-based towing company was also placed on two years probation. The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulations initially sought to revoke Black Bull's operating license for one year. Any new violation will likely result in that outcome, TDLR spokeswoman Susan Stanford said. "They’re on a very, very short leash," Stanford said. "This is Black Bull’s opportunity to prove themselves not only to TDLR, but to the public and the local police department." Yet Black Bull Towing has remained silent regarding its most recent punishment. Owner Aaron Huhem has been unreachable and his attorney, Victor Huhem, who is also his brother, provided only a brief statement via email to the Star-Telegram acknowledging the settlement agreement and affirming Black Bull "will remain in operation." Tow trucks and apartments Victor Huhem has emerged as a more familiar name around town, and the professional relationship between him and his brother is raising eyebrows. Aaron Huhem lives in Tarrant County, according to Victor Huhem, although in recent years he reportedly was living in Israel. A Black Bull Towing customer service representative said Aaron Huhem is not reachable and likely would not return messages. Victor Huhem, who owns a law firm that represents apartment landlords, is also the founder of the Texas Association of Safer Apartment Communities, or TASAC. The association partners with apartment complexes that pay a membership fee to obtain a variety of services, primarily a monthly parking-sticker program. Concerns about TASAC were first reported in a 2013 story by the Dallas Observer. And the tow company Victor Huhem's TASAC contracts? Aaron Huhem's Black Bull Towing. Victor Huhem did not respond to multiple phone messages and emails following his initial statement regarding the settlement asking if TASAC still exists. The association does not appear to have a working website. One apartment complex Black Bull Towing monitored until recently was the troubled Mira Monte Apartments on Las Vegas Trail. The complex's now-former owner, John Baker, was sued by the city of Fort Worth in November and agreed to terms of a temporary injunction earlier this month. Baker, represented by Victor Huhem, said he had grown weary of fighting the city and planned to sell. Days later he did. To his attorney, Victor Huhem. Victor Huhem told the Star-Telegram on March 22 that he and a group of "client investors" he would not identify were buying the complex. Tarrant County records show the sale has not been completed. Victor Huhem said Black Bull Towing will not be retained by Mira Monte. City Councilman Brian Byrd, who has made cleaning up the Las Vegas Trail area a top priority, said he expected to meet with Victor Huhem to discuss the new owner's vision for the Mira Monte complex. However, those plans are on hold because Victor Huhem has not returned the councilman's calls, Byrd said. 'Tarnish the industry' Black Bull Towing's latest settlement agreement with the TDLR stemmed from three violations in two incidents in Fort Worth in 2015: Towing a car illegally from the Woodhaven Hills Condominiums on Aug. 11; and on May 27 of failing to inform a vehicle owner of the option of a drop charge when the owner confronted the driver before he drove off with the vehicle, illegally, the owner contended, from the Park Place Apartments. The company was fined $4,000 for each illegal tow and $2,400 for failing to inform the vehicle owner of a drop charge. In business since 2009 and headquartered at a storage yard located at 5401 Wilbarger St., Black Bull Towing has had 375 complaints filed against it, according to documentation provided by the TDLR. In July 2015, the Better Business Bureau opened a trademark violation case against Black Bull Towing after the company displayed the BBB logo on its website in violation of the BBB name and logo policy, and had falsely stated BBB accreditation, according to a BBB spokesman. The BBB closed the case three months later because Black Bull Towing took down its website, which appears to remain defunct. Due to 55 complaints lodged against Black Bull Towing from 2015 to date, the BBB has given it an "F" rating. "The majority of tow companies work hard to be compliant with the law and the rules, but you do have the ones that are bad that tarnish the industry for everyone," the TDLR's Stanford said. "They’re not in a field by themselves," she said, referring to Black Bull Towing's record, "but there are very few in that field.” Aaron Huhem started a second tow company in 2015 called BBT Dallas, according to TDLR records, with headquarters listed in Fort Worth at 5840 Harvestwood Circle — situated 174 feet from the Huhem Law Firm office at 5816 Boca Raton Blvd. According to TDLR records, Black Bull Towing is down to one active tow truck after five vehicles were deactivated after insurance was revoked. Some trucks might have been transferred to BBT Dallas, which has eight active tow trucks, according to TDLR records. RESOURCE LINK Read more here: http://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/community/fort-worth/article207042549.html#storylink=cpy Read more here: http://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/community/fort-worth/article207042549.html#storylink=cpy
  7. JERR-DAN EXHIBITS FULL LINE OF INNOVATIVE TOWING & RECOVERY EQUIPMENT AT 2018 FLORIDA TOW SHOW Wreckers, Carriers & Rotators will feature latest innovations Hagerstown, MD (April 3, 2018) – Jerr-Dan Corporation, an Oshkosh Corporation Company (NYSE:OSK) and a single brand leader in the towing and recovery business, will exhibit its full line of carriers, wreckers and rotators at the 2018 Florida Tow Show taking place April 5-8 in Orlando, Florida. Engineered to exceed, Jerr-Dan’s equipment offers the latest in innovation while affording solutions to the towing and recovery industry. Among the products that will be on display in booth #823 are wreckers and carriers known for their smart design, performance and durability. These include: Heavy-Duty JFB wreckers Jerr-Dan Fire Body (JFB) Series - 25 Ton, 35 Ton and 50 Ton. Standard-Duty Wreckers - MLP40 and HPL60 featuring a large variety of towing and recovery factory attachments and accessories. Carriers 22'x102" XLP Steel Shark, featuring Sliding Winch with a stationary headboard, a 8.5T 24' x 102" XLP Steel, with the Side Recovery System (SRS), and the 30' 4 Car Aluminum featuring a customized chassis, a factory custom paint job, 5K wheel lift and wheel chocks. Two JFB rotators - 5 Axle 255-5TS and 4 Axle 267-4SS. The Jerr-Dan JFB Gold Series rotators have a combination of heavy-duty capabilities, superior stabilizing technology, 360-degree continuous rotation and unsurpassed winching capacity. “Our presence at the Florida Tow Show affords us the opportunity to showcase our products featuring the latest innovative solutions to the growing demands of the towing and recovery industry,” said Thomas "Phil" Chaires, Senior Chief Engineering Manager at Jerr-Dan. “We design our products by listening to the voice of the customer, applying new technology and standard processes to consistently meet or exceed owner/operator expectations. Our equipment is engineered for the long haul, delivering exceptional performance, durability and reliability for years to come. Our testing and validation of new products, prior to the start of production, enables us to dependably deliver the valued performance our customers have come to expect and appreciate.” Additional characteristics of Jerr-Dan’s products are their superior warranty, reliability and performance factors. Jerr-Dan equipment is reliable while undertaking the toughest challenges operators face in their daily towing and recovery operations. Jerr-Dan opens the Florida Tow Show on Thursday evening hosting the kick-off party at 7:00 p.m. at the Jerr-Dan booth with product demonstrations, food and beverages. In addition, Jerr-Dan’s Heavy-Duty Senior Sales Manager, Shane Coleman, along with other Jerr-Dan product experts, will be offering product presentations and demonstrations on Friday and Saturday at the Jerr-Dan booth. “Once again, we are excited to exhibit our full line of innovative products and equipment at one of the most anticipated shows of the year,” said Jeff Irr, Senior Director of Sales and Marketing for Jerr-Dan. “Our presence at this show allows us the opportunity to connect with our customers (distributors) and show them why we are the single brand leader in the towing and recovery industry.” From a small company to a nationwide established manufacturer of carriers, wreckers, rotators, Jerr-Dan is proud of its industry legacy: more than four decades of product innovation, quality, value and customer service. For more information on Jerr-Dan products visit the website at www.jerrdan.com. The 2018 Florida Tow Show is organized by the Professional Wrecker Operators of Florida (PWOF) located in Orlando, Florida. The organization was incorporated in 1977 and has operated since that time as an association of towing business people seeking to constantly upgrade the conditions and profitability along with the image of the towing industry. For more information go to www.pwof.org. About Jerr-Dan Corporation Jerr-Dan Corporation, an Oshkosh Corporation [NYSE: OSK] company, is a leading manufacturer of towing and recovery equipment. Its full line includes light, medium and heavy-duty carriers and wreckers, industrial transporters and four-car carriers. The company is headquartered in Hagerstown, MD., and its products are backed by industry leading warranties and a strong service network dedicated to the towing professional. To learn more about Jerr-Dan, visit www.jerrdan.com. About Oshkosh Corporation Founded in 1917, Oshkosh Corporation is 100 years strong and continues to make a difference in people’s lives. Oshkosh brings together a unique set of integrated capabilities and diverse end markets that, when combined with the Company’s MOVE strategy and positive long-term outlook, illustrate why Oshkosh is a different integrated global industrial. The Company is a leader in designing, manufacturing and servicing a broad range of access equipment, commercial, fire & emergency, military and specialty vehicles and vehicle bodies under the brands of Oshkosh®, JLG®, Pierce®, McNeilus®, Jerr-Dan®, Frontline™, CON-E-CO®, London® and IMT®. Today, Oshkosh Corporation is a Fortune 500 Company with manufacturing operations on four continents. Its products are recognized around the world for quality, durability and innovation, and can be found in more than 150 countries around the globe. As a different integrated global industrial, Oshkosh is committed to making a difference for team members, customers, shareholders, communities and the environment. For more information, please visit www.oshkoshcorporation.com. ®, TM All brand names referred to in this news release are trademarks of Oshkosh Corporation or its subsidiary companies. Forward-Looking Statements This press release contains statements that the Company believes to be “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements other than statements of historical fact, including, without limitation, statements regarding the Company’s future financial position, business strategy, targets, projected sales, costs, earnings, capital expenditures, debt levels and cash flows, and plans and objectives of management for future operations, are forward-looking statements. When used in this press release, words such as “may,” “will,” “expect,” “intend,” “estimate,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “should,” “project” or “plan” or the negative thereof or variations thereon or similar terminology are generally intended to identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other factors, some of which are beyond the Company’s control, which could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements.
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