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American Towman Magazine Presents the Week in TowingMarch 14 - March 20, 2018

Towmen Charged with [b]Stealing Cars

The owners and operators of Sacramento, California-based Davis Tow Inc. were arrested Thursday, on charges including auto theft, after they allegedly towed hundreds of cars without authorization from the lots of over a half-dozen businesses over a period of years. The arrests follow a multi-year investigation by the California Highway Patrol. Those arrested include owners Scott Gordon Davis, Christopher Gerald Davis and Leslie James McKenzie, and employees Andrew Robert Harless and Erik Steven Dyer. Bail for each has been set at $1 million. Source:
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Four Arrested for Drug Trafficking

Two suspects turned themselves in Thursday, joining two others arrested earlier last week for alleged drug trafficking out of Shadyside Towing and Repair and a convenience store in Shadyside, Ohio. Belmont County officials confirmed that Stacey McCabe-Heathcote and Brandon Elliott turned themselves in at the sheriff's office. The other two individuals who were arrested are William Elliott, owner of Shadyside Towing and father of Brandon, and mechanic Steven Moore. Brandon, William and Moore were all selling out of the towing business, and Heathcote was selling out of the convenience store. An officer stated that to the best of police knowledge, they were not working together. Source:

Custer Products Celebrates [b]25 Years

Custer Products/Lite It is celebrating its 25th year in business. The North Canton, Ohio-based company sells lighting products to the towing industry through a distribution network that covers the Americas, Europe and Australia. "We've never wanted to be the biggest, just the best," said CEO Brad Custer. "We think of ourselves as a 'small giant' in the towing industry." In addition to towing, Custer offers lighting products to the trucking, RV, off-road, marine and farm industries. Source:
Four Arrested for Drug Trafficking
Tow owner, son and mechanic are among those busted
Towmen Charged with Stealing Cars
Allegedly towed hundreds of cars without authorization
Custer Products Celebrates 25 Years
Light manufacturer thinks of itself as a “small giant” in towing industry

DOJ Reaches SCRA Agreement

The U.S. Department of Justice recently announced that it has reached an agreement with the city and county of Honolulu, Hawaii, and its contracted towing company to remedy alleged violations of the Service Members Civil Relief Act.

Under the settlement, the city will provide SCRA compliance training, require military service members to provide additional information for motor vehicle registration, make changes to the Abandoned Motor Vehicle in Custody notice letter and create other policies and procedures for the auction, sale or disposal of vehicles owned by active duty service members.

The new procedures will ensure that service members receive notice that their car has been taken into custody by Honolulu—even if they are deployed off island—and requires the city to obtain a court order or a valid SCRA waiver prior to auctioning a car owned by an active-duty service member.

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Dealing With PTSD

This year's lineup of conferences during Tow Industry Week in Las Vegas, Nevada, at the South Point Hotel & Casino on May 9-12 will be packed with informative seminars.

Of particular interest will be this year's Health, Safety and Wellness Conference track. It will deal with a wide array of topics including handling blood-borne pathogens, identifying driver intoxication and dealing with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

As first responders to tragic accidents, there are towmen who have dealt with recovery scenarios that include severe motorist injuries and fatalities. As towmen are the type to put their heads down and just keep it moving while doing their work, these recoveries oftentimes get buried in the sub-conscious ... only to come back to the fore unexpectedly. This leads to personal anxiety or even more severe behaviors.

Dealing with it can be challenging; the upcoming "Dealing with PTSD" seminar will provide some insight to tow bosses and those who've suffered exposure to such accident scenarios on how to meet that challenge.

It promises to be an eye-opening and informative session.

--Charles Duke
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