U.S. News Roundup: New Hampshire case goes to Supreme Court, towers help seniors, and much, much more!

Toronto, Ontario – March 22, 2013 – Every Friday,  Canadian Towing & Recovery presents a round-up of news from our neighbours to the south. This week we’ve got the story …

City drops towing charges against duo

Utica, New York — All charges were dropped against two tow truck operators accused of illegally removing vehicles from a private business last year as city attorneys acknowledged Monday that the local law needed to be “tweaked.”

Utica City Court Judge Ralph Eannace dismissed the charges against David Taurisano, 49, and Michael Lynch, 39, after Taurisano agreed to reimburse $105 each to the four people he had towed for $200, said Assistant Corporation Counsel Andrew Boughrum.

N.H. towing case goes to U.S. Supreme Court

Manchester, New Hampshire — A Honda Civic and a towing company are the focus of a U.S. Supreme Court hearing set to begin Wednesday. New Hampshire resident Robert Pelkey sued Dan’s City Auto Body after they towed and traded his car without his consent or compensation. University of New Hampshire Law School professor, John Greabe, says the case is unusual.

“Good Day, Saltville!” has first assistance from towing company

Saltville, Virginia — The Saltville Police Department’s “Serving Seniors Initiative” is gaining traction, according to Police Chief Rob Hall.

“In addition to the ‘Good Day, Saltville!’ contact program being up and running,” said Hall, “we’re seeing a response to Smith’s Towing and Recovery offer of assistance as well.”

Hall reported that he recently received a phone call from Betty Miller, 74, of Saltville, who had inadvertently locked her keys in her car at a local business. Hall contacted Smith’s Towing owner Stacy Smith, and explained the situation.

“He immediately stated that they’d take care of it,” said Hall, “and because it was for a senior, there’d be no charge.”

States eye changes to tow rules

Grain Valley, Missouri — Towers and the fees charged to truckers are a constant concern in the industry. Actions pursued in statehouses from Utah to Connecticut address the concern.

A push underway in Missouri would set up a rotation list for towing. Specifically, law enforcement agencies would be responsible for setting up rotations to tow or remove disabled vehicles.

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