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American Towman Magazine Presents the Week in TowingDecember 12 - December 18, 2018

New Regs for Tow Operators Approved

The Kansas City, Missouri, public safety committee approved a plan to stop rogue tow operators. The city wants to stop incidents where visitors have their vehicles towed under questionable circumstances and must fork over thousands of dollars to get their property back. "There's all kinds of problems by bad actors in the industries," said Maj. Mark Folsom, commander of the police property crimes division. "What we are trying to do is tighten some things up, so we can make arrests and have successful prosecutions." Source:
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Christmas Tree Misery Turned to Joy

Mike's Wrecker Service in Saginaw is hoping to make the holidays a bit merrier thanks to an unexpected delivery of Christmas trees. A semitrailer hauling Christmas trees to Virginia crashed during a snowstorm in Midland County. After hearing about the accident, owner Bill Giorgis decided to buy the trees from the truck's insurance company. Now, he has hundreds of trees all needing a home for the holidays. "The misery of one client, you know, one of our customers, has really blessed so many people in our community and it's really great to be able to be a part of that," said Giorgis. About 100 went to the Old Town Christian Outreach Center last weekend. Source:

Towman Threatened with [b]BB Gun

A suspect was arrested Wednesday after a towman for ABC Towing reported that he was threatened with a handgun while sitting in his tow truck at a gas station in Rowan County, North Carolina. The report stated the suspect told the victim, later identified as Matthew Lockamy, "you are going to give me a [expletive] ride." The towman said he then called 911. Officers found a plastic and metal .177 caliber Daisy BB gun loaded with several rounds of ammunition. Officers arrested Lockamy after speaking with the towman. Source:
Christmas Tree Misery Turned to Joy
Crashed truck left trees without homes
New Regs for Tow Operators Approved
Regs are designed to stop practices of rogue tow companies
Towman Threatened with BB Gun
Towman was sitting in his truck at gas station

B&B’s Bill Bottoms Dies

Tow industry icon William "Bill" Bottoms, 77, passed away at his home Dec. 7. He suffered a massive stroke earlier in the week.

Bottoms owned B&B Industries in Elkhart, Indiana, and was the former owner of Challenger Manufacturing. In 1987, he was inducted into the Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame.

A statement on the company's Facebook page said:

"It is with a very heavy heart that I write these words tonight. Unfortunately, B&B Industries has lost its beloved founder and owner Bill Bottoms. Bill has passed away suddenly after suffering a massive stroke Sunday night. He will be dearly missed and never forgotten. He was a true legend in the towing industry, a creative innovator, and a great leader. The entire Bottoms family thanks all of you for your prayers and support."

Bottoms' funeral is today (December 10), 2 p.m. at McGann Hay Granger Chapel in Granger, Indiana. The family asked for those wishing to make memorial donations to consider St. Joseph County Humane Society in Mishawaka, Indiana.

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Ignorance Across the Airwaves

It's been a very long time since I've listened to morning radio—and I've never been a fan of the so-called "shock jocks." Oftentimes, in an effort to be controversial, some morning jocks will make statements that are offensive and ill-informed, and they help play a negative role in the nation's discourse.

A morning radio personality in New Jersey recently wrote an opinion piece in a local newspaper bashing the Move Over law. Judi Franco, co-host of New Jersey WKXW's Dennis & Judi Show, wrote:

"It's a silly law that requires a driver to move over when they see police, maintenance, tow truck and other emergency vehicles and personnel on the shoulder. Duh. No one is going to deliberately run into to someone on the side of a road. If you can move over safely, you probably will. But it's not always safe to ... A dead cop is sad. But a horrible tragedy doesn't warrant a law that puts other drivers at risk and is almost impossible to enforce."

I'd like for Franco to display such a cavalier attitude to the law in front of the families of cops, towmen, firemen and other first responders that have been killed due to motorists not pulling over. Did those obeying the law perhaps delay her the day she wrote this, causing her to pass up getting her morning latte as she was running late for her show?

In the four years I've been back in the industry, this is the very first time I've heard anyone speak out against the Move Over law. I hope it is the very LAST time I hear such ignorance.

--Charles Duke
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Python Introduced at [b]AT Expo

DSC 0005 87fa2Dynamic Towing Equipment & Manufacturing introduced its new light-duty Python at the American Towman Exposition XXX last month.

The new Dynamic Python light-duty unit has a 5,000-lbs. wheel lift with 84" of reach. The Python boom has a vertically mounted single-deck cylinder for a quicker hookup. The boom is mounted right next to the cab and dropped below the deck, providing more visibility and reduces weight transfer to the rear wheels.

This new design keeps more weight on the front axle, which provides increased stability. The company said the Python comes with the largest toolboxes in the industry and has easy access to the hydraulics.

The Python comes standard with an all-steel one-piece body; lighter, rust-resistant poly fenders are an option. The Dynamic Python is available as a wheel lift, drag winch, or with a recovery boom with single- or dual-winch options.
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