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November 18, 2010 | By MENSAH M. DEAN, deanm@phillynews.com 215-854-5949
Rosario Tedesco was once a legit businessman, running the J.R. Auto body shop on Clark Street in the Northeast. But at some point he went crooked and started ripping off stranded motorists and insurance companies alike, according to authorities. His scheme ran out of gas last December, when he was arrested following a joint investigation by the District Attorney's Office, the U.S. Attorney's Office and the FBI. In October, Tedesco, 31, pleaded guilty to 15 counts of insurance fraud, 15 counts of theft by deception, one count of conspiracy and one count of forgery.
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April 21, 1995 | By George Anastasia, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
South Philadelphia auto-body shop owner Ron Galati, once targeted for death by mob boss John Stanfa, was sentenced yesterday to three years in prison on racketeering charges. Galati turned his auto-body shop on 12th Street near Washington Avenue "into a shop of fraud," according to a federal prosecutor. He was accused of running a business where workers routinely damaged customers' cars in order to enhance and expand insurance claims. Whenever a vehicle came into the body shop, "Mr. Galati always made a couple of extra bucks from the insurance company," Assistant U.S. Attorney Seth Weber told Judge Marvin Katz during a sentencing hearing in federal court.
NEWS
August 21, 1988 | By Ellen Pulver, Special to The Inquirer
A neighbor of Davidson's Auto Repair in Lansdowne says that fumes and late- night noise from auto-body work at the shop have become "a real public nuisance. " Paul Palmieri, who lives at 16 N. Maple Ave., told the Borough Council at its regular meeting Wednesday that fumes from the auto-body repair work at the shop, at East Baltimore and North Maple Avenues have made barbecuing and gardening in his yard impossible. He said that he had collected signatures from several neighbors on North Maple Avenue who also were disturbed by the shop's operations and hours.
NEWS
May 22, 1988 | By Wendy Walker, Special to The Inquirer
George F. Thornton of Chester Springs may build a one-bedroom apartment on top of his automotive body shop at Route 100 and Font Road, the Upper Uwchlan Zoning Hearing Board has ruled. At a hearing Wednesday, Thornton said a caretaker would live in the 900- square-foot apartment. He said a fire wall would be built between the apartment and the body shop, and the smoke-detection system for the body shop would alert the tenant upstairs in case of fire. Flammable solvents used in the body shop are kept in an explosion-proof room, Thornton said, and fumes are vented to the outside.
NEWS
December 21, 1986 | By Joe Fite, Special to The Inquirer
An application to expand an auto body shop encountered strong opposition from Hatboro council members at a meeting Wednesday night of the Hatboro Zoning Hearing Board. Oakdale Automotive and Creative Leasing, which offers vehicle leasing, sales, maintenance and auto body repairs, is moving from Jacksonville Road in the borough to the former site of the O'Neil Buick dealership on South York Road. Oakdale's owner, Ralph J. Case of Furlong, is appealing the borough zoning officer's rejection of his request to expand an auto body shop on the premises.
NEWS
October 2, 1986 | By Francie Scott, Special to The Inquirer
When Robert J. Burt Jr. decided to place an advertising sign outside his Conshohocken auto-body shop, he discovered that the shop's history created some snags. The business, located at 208 Fayette St., was established 56 years ago, pre-dating the borough's zoning code. When the area was declared a business district in 1965, the body shop became a "nonconforming use. " Therefore, Conshohocken zoning officer Walter R. Szwedkowski defined the proposed sign as a "nonconforming sign" because it would advertise a nonconforming use. The Conshohocken Zoning Hearing Board upheld Szwedkowski's interpretation Tuesday night, but took no action on Burt's request for a variance to permit the sign.
NEWS
January 26, 1992 | By Cheryl Squadrito, SPECIAL TO THE INQUIRER
For almost two years, like clockwork, disgruntled residents of Youngs and Sherman Avenues have attended Ridley Township Board of Commissioners meetings to express concerns about auto body shops. Again at Wednesday night's meeting, residents turned up to ask what was going to be done about paint fumes and possible fuel tanks at Rappucci's Auto Body. Mary Ann Vasquez of Youngs Avenue asked Borough Solicitor Peter Rohana if the township had learned whether gasoline tanks were at the site.
NEWS
January 13, 1986 | By S.E. Siebert, Special to The Inquirer
A businessman's request to add an office to his existing auto body shop met with unanimous rejection from the Whitemarsh Zoning Hearing Board Wednesday night. Joseph R. Pellizzeri, owner of the body shop on 20 E. Germantown Pike, had requested that a 320-square-foot office be added to his business. Pellizzeri said that he had been at the location 13 years and that space was tight at his growing business. He said auto shop buildings averaged 5,000 square feet and his was 2,000 square feet.
SPORTS
November 23, 1990 | By Robert Seltzer, Inquirer Staff Writer
If it boasts the camaraderie of a tavern, the lighting of a coal mine and the ambience of a bus station, it must be a Philadelphia gym. But not just any Philadelphia gym. In a city that has been hailed as "the boxing capital of the world," the most charming and historically significant gym may be the aptly named Champs in North Philadelphia. Although Champs has relocated three times since it opened in the 1950s, the present version carries on a tradition that began with such great local fighters as Harold Johnson, George Benton, Bennie Briscoe, Gil Turner, Sugar Hart and Jesse Smith.
NEWS
April 15, 1998 | by Peggy Landers, Daily News Staff Writer
Summer's coming, and you know what that means - bathing suits, shorts, midriff-baring tops, bare arms, nearly bare feet, makeup that slides off by noon, flimsy fabrics that can't camouflage excess bulk. Summer is a season in which "truth" lies mostly naked and beauty (or the lack of it) is out there for all to behold. Time to tune up the old bod. Relax, though - you've got a couple of months to tighten those flabby upper arms and gut and exfoliate and moisturize that crocodile-like winter skin you've been lugging around since November.
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October 29, 2014 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
THE CO-OWNER of a Frankford auto-body shop who pleaded guilty to bribing a police dispatcher for information in the tow-truck business was sentenced yesterday to three years of probation. William Cheeseman, 43, of Delran, N.J., was ordered by U.S. District Judge Eduardo Robreno to spend the first six months under electronically monitored home confinement. The judge said Cheeseman may leave his home to go to work, for medical appointments or for religious reasons. Robreno also barred Cheeseman from the towing business in Philadelphia during his probation, but did not prohibit him from doing other work.
NEWS
July 29, 2013 | By Ronnie Polaneczky, Daily News Columnist
DAVID NAYLOR HAS the weirdest problem I've ever heard. He wants to save an insurance company some money, but they won't let him. Told ya it was weird. Naylor was driving his 2002 GMC Savana up 2nd Street when a car darted out of a parking spot and hit Naylor's seven-passenger van on the right side. "It was no big deal," says Naylor, who lives in a pretty rowhouse in the Morrell Park section of Northeast Philly with his wife and two sons (a married daughter lives around the corner)
NEWS
December 25, 2012 | By Juan A. Lozano, Associated Press
HOUSTON - A traffic stop turned into a fatal shooting on Christmas Eve when a gunman killed a police officer and bystander in the parking lot of a Houston body shop, police said. The confrontation followed a chase that began shortly before 9 a.m. Monday when the suspect sped off in his car rather than pull over as an officer had requested, Houston police spokesman John Cannon said. As the suspect fled, he sideswiped a white truck, which also took off after him, he said. The suspect, identified in the Houston Chronicle as Harlem Harold Lewis, 21, and the driver of the white truck eventually pulled into a nearby Maaco body shop, where Bellaire Cpl. Jimmie Norman approached the vehicle.
NEWS
December 25, 2012 | By Juan A. Lozano, Associated Press
HOUSTON - A Houston traffic stop ended with a gunman shooting and killing a police officer and a bystander on Christmas Eve in the parking lot of a body shop, police said. The incident that began shortly before 9 a.m. Monday quickly deteriorated from a traffic stop into a violent confrontation when the suspect sped off in his black car rather than pull over, police spokesman John Cannon said. As the suspect fled, he sideswiped a white truck, which also took off after him, he said. The suspect and the truck's driver eventually pulled into a nearby Maaco body shop, and that is when the officer with the Bellaire Police Department approached the vehicle, Cannon said.
NEWS
December 27, 2011
Firefighters in North Jersey could be close to putting out a warehouse fire that has burned since last week. The blaze at the former Burry's Biscuits warehouse in Elizabeth broke out Wednesday, spewing black smoke that could be seen for miles. The fire was contained over the weekend, but safety concerns have kept firefighters from fully attacking the fire. Fire personnel say a demolition company could be on the scene as early as Tuesday to assess the best way to penetrate the building and put out the remaining fire.
NEWS
December 23, 2011 | By Robert Strauss, For The Inquirer
Beth Douglas was antsy. She had been called into the McDonald's where she worked, near Underwood-Memorial Hospital in Woodbury, and she was miles away at a body shop she didn't know. Her friend Pat Colna, owner of the nursery school Douglas' children have attended for years, had agreed to give her a lift. But first, Colna said she had some business at the shop. "There was all this commotion and my baby [2-year-old Xavier] was crying a bit in the backseat. I didn't know what to think," Douglas said of the scene last week.
NEWS
October 30, 2011 | By Monica Yant Kinney, Inquirer Columnist
So let me tell you about the time I went to a South Philly auto body shop to buy a high-fashion handbag and left with a date to learn about batteries, belts, and brakes. What, you didn't know Nigro's Auto Body sells eco-friendly Passchal purses, developed an "Accident Assistance" smartphone app, and offers classes on car basics taught by a mechanic with a degree in women's studies? It's hardly obvious looking at the place near 10th Street and Washington Avenue. Aniello Nigro founded the shop in 1983 and built its name around precision restoration work.
NEWS
November 18, 2010 | By MENSAH M. DEAN, deanm@phillynews.com 215-854-5949
Rosario Tedesco was once a legit businessman, running the J.R. Auto body shop on Clark Street in the Northeast. But at some point he went crooked and started ripping off stranded motorists and insurance companies alike, according to authorities. His scheme ran out of gas last December, when he was arrested following a joint investigation by the District Attorney's Office, the U.S. Attorney's Office and the FBI. In October, Tedesco, 31, pleaded guilty to 15 counts of insurance fraud, 15 counts of theft by deception, one count of conspiracy and one count of forgery.
NEWS
November 5, 2010 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
The owner of a Philadelphia auto-body shop allegedly damaged expensive cars and then submitted false claims to insurance companies as some of his customers used the ill-gotten gains to pay off their debts to a loan shark named "Rocky. " On Thursday, authorities announced they had charged Phillip Sessa, 41, of Ventnor, N.J., and 12 others in connection with an operation that defrauded area insurance companies of more than $300,000 in at least 22 fake claims. Some of the insurance money was used to pay gambling debts and car loans of those who reported their vehicles stolen, said Maj. George Bivens of the Pennsylvania State Police.
NEWS
November 5, 2010 | By STEPHANIE FARR, farrs@phillynews.com 215-854-4225
When cops raided the Grays Ferry auto-body shop owned by Phillip Sessa in August, they found anabolic steroids and syringes - in a Christmas stocking hanging near his desk, according to court documents. Yesterday, Christopher Brown, a disgruntled customer of Sessa's shop, felt as if it were Christmas when police announced the arrest of Sessa and 12 others in a large-scale insurance fraud. The arrests followed a two-year investigation. "Phil is now in jail where he probably belongs," Brown said.
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