July 17, 1995 |
Several months ago Jackie, 31, became fed up with being alone and dating only "pathological liars who say they have a small place of their own and really live with their parents. " So the 31-year-old bartender from Bristol decided to join Sweet Beginnings, a dating service in Langhorne. Jackie, who describes herself as "very marketable," said she likes both jazz and fishing and is looking for "someone stable who is not frightened by the idea of getting married. " With an estimated 70 million single people over the age of 18 in the United States, Jackie, who asked that her last name not be used, is hardly alone out in the dating world.
October 4, 1990 |
It was a theft that George DeDominic will probably never forget. DeDominic, assistant manager of Signature Nissan, 1011 Ridge Pike, Plymouth Township, was standing in the parking lot of the dealership last week when a man asked to look at a 1985 BMW 635-I. The car is valued at $27,000. Moments later, with DeDominic standing close enough to be hit by the open passenger-side door, the man drove off the lot in the car. Plymouth police were still looking for him. Described as being 6 feet, 2 inches and weighing about 285 pounds, the man asked DeDominic to show him the car about 6:45 p.m. Friday.
January 18, 2012
LANCASTER - A Central Pennsylvania car salesman pleaded guilty Tuesday in the death of a man he was taking on a test drive more than a year ago. Michael Hershey, 49, of Landisville, admitted his guilt in Lancaster County Court to homicide by vehicle, driving under the influence, and reckless endangerment. Authorities said he had been drinking and was speeding when he hit an embankment in East Hempfield Township in December 2010, killing customer Jon Jensen, 48, and injuring Jensen's son. Hershey choked up at times as he answered questions and said he had an "alcohol problem," the Lancaster Intelligencer Journal-New Era reported.
September 17, 2010
James P. "Jinx" Lake, 82, formerly of Drexel Hill, a top car salesman, died of cancer Tuesday, Sept. 14, at Brandywine Senior Living in Kennett Square. Mr. Lake was a salesman at McGowen Ford in Ardmore from 1952 to 1985 and then at Frankel Chevrolet, also in Ardmore, until retiring in 1997. He had generations of loyal customers, said a son, Brendan. At one point in the 1970s, he was selling 30 to 40 cars a month, his son said. The walls of his den were covered with award plaques, including for selling the most Ford Thunderbirds in the country for five years.
May 7, 1997 |
A federal judge yesterday showed some mercy to a car salesman who pleaded guilty to a money-laundering charge and then fingered a former Philadelphia lawyer. Under sentencing guidelines, Benjamin D. Goff faced at least 37 months in prison for selling a new Pontiac Bonneville in 1995 for $34,000 to an IRS undercover agent posing as a drug dealer. To reward Goff for turning prosecution witness against his co-defendant, former lawyer Angela Nolan-Cooper, U.S. District Judge Eduardo Robreno imposed a sentence of a year and a day. This means Goff could be confined in a halfway house and avoid jail altogether if the U.S. Bureau of Prisons adopts the judge's recommendation.
March 22, 1990 |
A 71-year-old Swarthmore man has been charged with homicide by vehicle in a hit-and-run incident last Thursday that killed Gladys Raffaele, 59, of the 200 block of Iona Avenue, Narberth. Walter John Shelly, of the 400 block of Vassar Avenue, was additionally charged with involuntary manslaughter, reckless driving, driving with a suspended license, and failing to give information or render aid. Shelly was charged Saturday after police developed information that led them to the parking lot of Ferraro Cadillac, on Baltimore Pike, Springfield, where Shelly is a salesman.
September 15, 1992 |
An Elkins Park man was shot and killed yesterday during a holdup at his used-car business in the city's East Oak Lane neighborhood, police said. Steven Robinson, 52, was shot once in the abdomen around 3:30 p.m. inside the trailer that served as the business office for Bill's Motors in the 1400 block of West Cheltenham Avenue, detectives said. He was rushed to Albert Einstein Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 6:17 p.m., a hospital spokesman said. A customer returning car keys after test-driving an automobile found the wounded Robinson on a couch inside the trailer, said Homicide Lt. James Ferguson.
May 29, 1991 |
When the Dorrances and the Elkinses and the Wanamakers wanted a new Cadillac, only one car salesman in the Philadelphia area would do - J. Hampton Moore, known to everybody as Hampy. Mr. Moore, 80, a legendary Cadillac salesman for 59 years, died Saturday at Abington Memorial Hospital. He lived in Meadowbrook. "Hampy was Cadillac personified," said Jack Lindsay, Mr. Moore's last employer, at Jack Lindsay Cadillac Inc. of Jenkintown. "In selling, the first thing you sell is yourself, and Hampy was a perfect gentleman," Lindsay said.
December 7, 2001 |
George Bussinger was halfway through his test drive of a 2002 Dodge Durango when he said to the salesman, "Sorry, but I'm stealing the car. " Salesman: "What'd you say?" Bussinger: "I'm stealing the car. Sorry. " Then Bussinger drove off, politely taking leave of the salesman in a Kmart parking lot. Such a theft would be merely odd if Bussinger had stopped there. But hours later, the fugitive called salesman Joe Borowski. He wasn't bringing the car back. He just wanted to make sure Borowski was OK, and not too frightened.
March 5, 2011 |
Car salesmen usually don't drink Bacardi rum before they go for a test drive with a customer, but then again most car dealers aren't Michael Donald Hershey. Most car dealers aren't on the lam, either. Lancaster County authorities have an arrest warrant out for Hershey, 48, of Landisville, who gained notoriety this week in the Daily News as the car dealer whose purported reckless driving allegedly resulted in the death of a potential customer, Jon Christian "Chris" Jensen, 48, of Leola, Lancaster County.