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Owner Charged with Attempted Theft

The owner of Who Dey's Towing in Camp Washington, Ohio, was arrested and charged Friday by Cincinnati police. Patricia O'Neal, 35, is suspected of using her towing business to steal or attempt to steal trailers from area businesses. On June 29, police said she tried to minimize her involvement with a stolen trailer found on the property of her business. The trailer was later confirmed to have been stolen and was found painted white in an attempt to disguise it. On Aug. 4, O'Neal falsely reported her tow truck as stolen after a failed attempt to steal a trailer at a construction site that ultimately disabled her vehicle. O'Neal was captured on surveillance video driving around the area before and after the attempted theft, police said. She was arraigned Saturday and bond was set at $45,000. Source:

Man Fires Shots at Agent

A Jay, Maine, man was accused of firing three shots in the direction of a repo agent attempting to repossess a vehicle, police said. William Bowie then handed the pistol to his wife, Jacqueline, who continued to aim the gun while her husband got in the vehicle and drove away. An investigation by authorities seized nine firearms from the home, ammunition, fully loaded magazines and tactical accessories. Bowie, a convicted felon, was arrested on felony charges, including possession of a firearm by a prohibited person.
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Man Fires Shots at Agent
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Roper Resigning [b]from ITRHFM

Angela Roper, executive director of the International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum is stepping down from the position effective Dec. 8, 2016.

Roper has been at the helm throughout a successful growth period for the museum, including many positive changes for the museum facilities, finances, marketing and created the event rental program for a portion of the building.

Resumes are currently being accepted by ITRHFM for the executive director position and must be submitted via the ad on no later than October 4 to be considered.


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Uniting for a [b]Higher Rate

This week, I'm applauding the efforts of the towing companies in Ocean City, Md., who united and proposed a rate increase for municipal tows in the resort town.

These towmen haven't seen a rate hike in eight years; this in a city that sees high nightly hotel rates and expensive restaurants catering to tourists. Granted, its tourism peaks are seasonal—but the towing companies deserve their due as costs for running a business have risen exponentially since the last rate change.

Currently, the maximum rate for a standard tow in Ocean City is $150, and, according to John Derrickson of John's Auto Body, the fixed costs alone surpass that.

I'm going to follow the proceedings of their situation closely, and wish them success in their pursuit of a higher rate.
--Charles Duke
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