September 6, 2002
In his address convening a special session of the Pennsylvania General Assembly on property taxes, Gov. Schweiker gave the assembled solons exactly the right instructions: Don't do much of anything. Given the impending statewide elections and the shaky grasp many lawmakers have of this complex issue, the chances of intelligent, comprehensive reform coming out of this session are nil. The chances that any laws passed would be a partisan hash are high. But this session, handled properly, could serve as a useful test drive of the many proposals for reducing public education's destructive reliance on this quirky tax. Let lawmakers kick the tires of reform ideas and peek under the hood to decipher the complicated machinery.
April 26, 2001 |
Michele Alboreto, a onetime Formula One star, was killed when the Audi he was test driving crashed in eastern Germany, the carmaker said yesterday. The 44-year-old Italian was behind the wheel of a new R8 car when it spun out of control and turned over on a straight section of the Lausitzring circuit, in what Audi's sporting chief Wolfgang Ullrich called an "incomprehensible tragedy. " The carmaker said it didn't know what caused the crash, adding the car already had completed thousands of miles of tests without incident.
December 22, 1991 |
The customers' request seemed innocent enough. The two men asked the salesman at Peruzzi Pontiac on Route 1 in Fairless Hills to let them take a test drive on Thursday night in a shiny new four-wheel-drive GMC Jimmy. The salesman went along. Big mistake. Police say the customers kidnapped the salesman at gunpoint, drove him to an exit on the Pennsylvania Turnpike just west of Harrisburg, handcuffed him to a metal fence in below-freezing temperatures, and stole the car. The salesman remained handcuffed for about five hours before a passing motorist found him and freed him early Friday.
January 6, 1991 |
In both incidents early last year, the plan was the same. One young man would drop off the other at a car dealership to test-drive a car. But once on the road, the test drive became a terrifying ride for the salesman as the prospective customer turned criminal and stole the car at gunpoint. On Wednesday, the men who engineered the crimes were sentenced to 11 to 23 months in Bucks County Prison. Judge Isaac S. Garb also ordered David M. Walker, 21, of the 5500 block of Master Street, Philadelphia, and Ronald McCafferty, 20, of the 500 block of Jefferson Avenue, Warminster, to avoid contact with their victims.
March 1, 2011 |
WHEN THE airborne sports car finally came to a stop after the high-speed test drive, Tyler Jensen, secure in his seat belt, turned to the back seat to check on his father. But Jon Christian "Chris" Jensen, 48, wasn't there. The son jumped out of the red 2006 Mitsubishi Lancer as fast as he could, despite his own injuries, and began searching along the rural Lancaster County road. Fifty feet from the car, he found a disfigured body in a cornfield. At first he didn't realize it was his father, and actually continued walking past the body.
April 25, 1994 |
When a pair of Potamkin Volkswagen customers decided which car they wanted, they didn't haggle over the price and they didn't ask about rebates. In the middle of the test drive, they just pulled a pistol, forced the salesman out of the car and drove away, police said. Springfield police arrested two men Saturday in connection with the carjacking of the 1993 Volkswagen convertible Friday from the Potamkin Tent Sale held at the Springfield Mall. Wesley E. Munchus, 25, of the 600 block of North 37th Street, Philadelphia, and Reggie L. Jackson, 23, of the 3000 block of Village Bridge, Lindenwold, N.J., were both charged with robbery, theft, receiving stolen property, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and criminal conspiracy.
May 5, 1988 |
It is not unusual for dreams of entrepreneurial success to beget nightmares. But it is out of the ordinary when the nightmares beget the dreams. Such is the lot of one Anthony Taylor, a 35-year-old Nashville, Tenn., car salesman. Recently, a fellow car salesman shared a rather traumatic personal experience with Taylor: "He had a nightmare in which people were playing a game that taught them how to buy cars," Taylor recalls. "And after they learned how to play, he didn't make any money.
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.
June 15, 1987 |
Anthony Taylor is hoping his new game will drive car dealers crazy. "I've already gotten flak from dealers' associations," he said. "Car dealers don't want you to play this game. " No wonder. The game, Test Drive, is based on negotiating the price of cars, new and used, domestic and imported. Winners are the best negotiators. Losers are those who pay the sticker price, or, having made an offer lower than the sticker price, refuse to compromise. "Basically, it teaches you to negotiate," Taylor said in a recent interview.
October 18, 1994 |
Troy Prosser and Kevin Bullock took a different approach to car theft, police say. Instead of taking a car off a street or a parking lot, police say, the pair used this ploy: They bought a paper; scanned the automotive ads for a target; called the owner; made an appointment; took a test drive; asked for the title on the pretense of verifying serial numbers, then took off with the car and the title, leaving the stunned owner behind. At least three times last month the scam worked, and detectives say there could be more cases.