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Tow Expo-Dallas will feature major manufacturers of wreckers, carriers, trailers, truck chassis and all related equipment and services at the Gaylord Texan Hotel & Resort Center in Grapevine, Texas, Aug. 16-18.

Tow Expo-Dallas: [b]The 10-Gallon Experience

Tow Expo-Dallas heads back to the Gaylord Texan Hotel & Resort Center in Grapevine, Texas, for a 10-gallon tow industry experience, Aug. 16-18.

Tow Expo-Dallas will feature major manufacturers of wreckers, carriers, trailers, truck chassis and all the related equipment and services towers need to ply their trade. 

Tow Bosses will have the opportunity to meet with many of the major motor club representatives as well as dispatch systems providers, GPS companies and equipment finance sources. They will also be able to see the latest in safety apparel and equipment.

Crucial issues in managing a towing business from Axles to Z-Series lifts, as Conferences featuring top industry leaders from across the country will be on hand to facilitate seminars related towing and recovery issues. And with leaders from both state associations in the Lone Star state in attendance, tow professionals can and will be heard at Tow Expo-Dallas.

Online registration for the 2018 Tow Expo-Dallas is open at

Source: AT staff.

Towman Killed in [b]League City, Texas

Police in League City, Texas, are investigating a fatal crash that killed a tow operator on FM 646 and Avenue G. Police said the crash happened around 4:30 a.m. on June 9 when the operator was responding to a crash.

As towman Paul Taylor Jr., 26, was loading the disabled vehicle onto his wrecker, another driver crashed into the scene and killed him. The driver of the second vehicle was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Taylor drove for Taylor Towing. Police said that stretch of road is dark and the driver may not have seen the tow truck. As of press time, alcohol was not suspected to have a role in the accident.


Tow Company Suing Student [b]for $500K

A student in Provo, Utah, is facing a $500,000 lawsuit filed by University Parking Enforcement, a towing company.

Carl Prince claims his legal battle with UPE started in an unmarked parking spot. Prince sued the towing company. UPE refunded his parking ticket, but Prince still took them to court and won. UPE is now suing him for defamation.

"This case is about a young man who received a full refund because of a technical error in a statue," said UPE's attorney, Justin Heideman. "(He) decided that wasn't enough so he sued. He got paid, then he decided it wasn't enough, so he sued again.

"Now we're stuck dealing with him because he's following our employees, he's talking to the businesses and he's disparaging our reputation online," said Heideman.

UPE just wants Prince to let it go.


Tow Owners Sentenced for Bribes

James Mazzariello Jr., 63, and his son Adam, 38, were sentenced to serve 12 months and six months in federal prison respectively for conspiring to pay bribes to Buffalo, New York, police officers.

Between 2009 and 2012, operators at Jim Mazz Auto, owned by Mazzariello Jr. and at the direction of both defendants, made payments to certain Buffalo police officers for assistance in enabling the drivers to tow vehicles damaged in accidents in the city. Operators made payments from their personal funds and were then reimbursed by the defendants.

The investigation examined and substantiated 19 different payments made by Jim Mazz Auto tow truck operators to Buffalo police officers. Approximately $500 in payments were made to officers while the gross revenue Jim Mazz Auto derived from making such payments totaled $43,022.74. The gross revenue consisted of payments made to Jim Mazz Auto for towing, as well as for mechanical and collision repair work.


Towman Killed on I-287 in N.J.

A towman died Wednesday after being struck by a car while he attempted to clear the scene of an accident on I-287 in Bridgewater, New Jersey, June 6.

Towman Nicholas Coble, 24, was standing behind his truck and was in the process of readying a car to be towed when he was hit by a Chevy sedan at 1:44 p.m. After the car hit the tow truck driver, it was then hit by a box truck, State Police Sgt. Lawrence Peele said.

Coble was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the Chevy suffered minor injuries, police said.

Coble was engaged to Crystal Ramos, whom everyone called his wife. Coble also leaves behind three young children.

Ramos's uncle has set up a GoFundMe account to help the family to cover future expenses.


No Contest Plea in Towman Death

Deeann Parsons, who is accused of killing towman Thomas Tripp of Mike's Wrecker Service in Saginaw, Michigan, Jan. 10, recently pleaded no contest to causing a death while driving drunk.

Authorities say Tripp, 41, was struck and died while loading a vehicle onto a flatbed truck.

About a dozen people attended the hearing wearing shirts reading, "In Loving Memory of Tommy" and "Mike's Wrecker Service."

Parsons' sentencing is scheduled for July 18.

Sources: AP; The Saginaw News.
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