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July 22, 2010
So you get into a fender-bender or bust an axle on one of Philly's plentiful potholes: Don't wait for a mob of tough tow-truck drivers to swarm and start beating one another for your business. Instead, call for a tow from a driver who won't price-gouge or resort to arson and aggravated assault to trump the competition, commuter advocates say. Many motorists have roadside-assistance service offered by car dealers. Others belong to motor clubs like AAA that will quickly dispatch a tow driver.
NEWS
August 18, 2012 | Breaking News Desk
Police have someone in custody in the theft of a marked police tow truck this morning. The truck was stolen about 10:15 a.m. from a police lot at Macalester Street and Whitaker Avenue in North Philadelphia, police said. It was recovered on the 4800 block of Bennington Street in Juniata Park less than a half-hour later and a male was taken into custody, police said. Other details are not yet available.  
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March 3, 2015 | BY MICHAEL HINKELMAN, Daily News Staff Writer hinkelm@phillynews.com, 215-854-2656
AN ARGUMENT outside a Wissahickon pub early yesterday between a man and a woman ended in the death of the woman. The incident occurred about 1 a.m. yesterday when the two were outside T. Hogan's Pub on Rochelle Avenue near Sumack Street, across from SEPTA's Wissahickon train station. Police said the tow-truck operator told investigators that his ex-girlfriend started arguing with him and began slapping him. He then got into his truck and started to drive away, police said. The 29-year-old woman grabbed on to the driver's-side light bar of the tow truck, lost her grip and fell underneath the rear wheels of the driver side, police said.
NEWS
August 10, 1999 | by Scott Heimer, Daily News Staff Writer
Yellow PennDOT construction trucks have created more than a few traffic jams on area roadways. Soon, however, green PennDOT trucks may be preventing jams - and helping stranded motorists in the process. The introduction of a fleet of PennDOT-logoed tow trucks onto the Schuylkill Expressway, I-95 and the Vine Expressway is being planned for near year's end, according to PennDOT assistant press secretary Gene Blaum. "They will provide towing and light roadway assistance - free of charge to the motorist.
NEWS
April 5, 2000 | by Carla Anderson, and Ramona Smith, Daily News Staff Writers Staff writer Regina Medina contributed to this report
A tow truck operator was crushed and killed yesterday while hitching up an abandoned car in North Philadelphia - casting a tragic pall over Day 2 of Mayor Street's ambitious program to haul 40,000 clunkers off city streets. Wayne Kennedy Smith, 40, suffered massive injuries to the head and was declared dead on arrival at Temple University Hospital at 1:37 p.m. yesterday. Mayor Street, who went to the hospital to express sympathy for Smith's family, said he does not plan to suspend the towing program as a result of the accident.
NEWS
May 16, 2014 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
THREE OF the four defendants in an alleged bribery scam involving a police dispatcher and three tow-truck operators pleaded not guilty at their arraignments in federal court yesterday. Dorian Parsley, 44, the civilian dispatcher who has since been suspended from the Police Department with intent to dismiss, declined to speak with a reporter afterward. William Cheeseman, 42, of Delran, N.J., an owner of K&B auto-body shop, a family business in Frankford, and Chad Harris, 22, of Philadelphia, a tow-truck operator who at times worked for K&B, also pleaded not guilty yesterday.
NEWS
March 28, 2012 | By Mensah M. Dean, Daily News Staff Writer
Although the slaying occurred in darkness, the surveillance video clearly captured a large tow truck repeatedly running over - then backing over - a man lying in a pub parking lot at Frankford and Lehigh Avenues. The victim, Ray Santiago, 30, of Gillespie Street near Unruh Avenue, worked as a tow-truck driver for Siani's Towing. He was pronounced dead at 3:15 a.m. Sept. 26, 2010. The alleged killer was a driver for a rival company, Straight Up Towing. The trial of Glen McDaniel, 27, of Aramingo Avenue near Somerset Street, charged with murder and related offenses, began Tuesday.
NEWS
July 22, 2010 | By Marcia Gelbart, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
News of fender-benders in Philadelphia is no longer being dispatched over the airwaves. City officials hope the new policy will lead tow-truck drivers to ditch their police scanners, and stop harassing motorists. Instead, police are being alerted to car accidents through written electronic messages delivered directly to laptop computers in their cars. Additionally, radio dispatchers have been instructed to call for a tow truck, if warranted at an accident scene, at the same time they inform police officers of the accident.
NEWS
October 19, 1988 | By Robert J. Terry and Maida Odom, Inquirer Staff Writers
Police yesterday added a narcotics charge to drunken-driving and assault counts filed against the driver of a police tow truck who was accused of ramming 17 parked vehicles Monday night on a single block in the Fairhill section of North Philadelphia. Elbert Lee Hatten Jr., 36, of the 900 block of West Huntingdon Street in North Philadelphia, a civilian employee of the Police Department since 1982, was suspended without pay for 10 days. Police said he would then receive a 30- day suspension and a letter informing him that he was to be dismissed from his $23,000-a-year job. The charge of narcotics possession resulted from the discovery of a plastic bag in his pocket that contained marijuana residue, police said.
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March 9, 2016 | By Erin Arvedlund, STAFF WRITER
A 24-year-old woman and two children were hospitalized Monday night after being struck by a tow truck in Kensington, police said. After lying unconscious on the 3300 block of B Street, the woman was taken to Temple University Hospital by medics, where she was listed in critical condition. The children were taken to St. Christopher's Hospital for Children. Police on Tuesday said the woman suffered a broken spine, a broken pelvis and multiple fractures to the left side of her face.
NEWS
December 28, 2015 | By Inga Saffron, Staff Writer
If fame is measured in name recognition, then Lew Blum must be considered one of Philadelphia's biggest celebrities. Not the most popular, mind you. He is not liked, not even a little, judging by the torrent of vitriol heaped on him in online Yelp reviews. "The lowest of the low," is one of the nicer comments you'll find there. But it's a name guaranteed to evoke a nod of recognition, and no small shiver of fear, by anyone who parks on the streets of Philadelphia. The name "Lew Blum" can be seen in large, blue capital letters on the 36-by-36-inch signs that hang by the thousands in parking lots, on garage doors, and near driveways and loading docks, from Plymouth Meeting to the Delaware state line, giving fair warning that UNAUTHORIZED VEHICLES WILL BE TOWED.
NEWS
December 21, 2015 | By Ronnie Polaneczky, Daily News Columnist
ANNA POZZI doesn't know what she will do with herself this Wednesday, Dec. 23, as the clock ticks toward 5:20 p.m. That's the time her daughter was killed by a hit-and-run driver on State Road last year, just two days before Christmas. "I'll probably lock myself in my bedroom and cry," says Pozzi, 62, her voice breaking for the thousandth time this miserable year. "Jesus was born on a cold, dark night in a stable, and my daughter was killed on a cold dark night on State Road.
NEWS
September 23, 2015 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-854-4172
IF YOU THOUGHT all those apocalyptic warnings about not parking on certain Center City streets during Pope Week didn't apply to you, then you're probably among the dozens of people looking for a ride to pick up your car. If you're looking for a hotel room, however, you're blessed. There's still room at the inn for you, according to the Greater Philadelphia Hotel Association, which represents Center City establishments. As of yesterday afternoon, 124 cars had been towed by the Philadelphia Parking Authority, said deputy executive director Richard Dickson.
NEWS
September 22, 2015 | By Maria Panaritis and Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writers
An unprecedented towing operation to clear central Philadelphia of parked vehicles for the papal weekend began in full force Sunday night as trucks rolled through neighborhoods closest to the Art Museum and City Hall. The around-the-clock effort - the first of this scope and size in the nation's fifth-largest city - aims to clear curbs capable of holding up to 6,000 vehicles. It will continue until Friday morning, a day before the scheduled arrival of Pope Francis for a weekend of public appearances.
NEWS
September 1, 2015 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
FOR THE SECOND consecutive weekend, the Philadelphia Police Department lost one of its officers in an off-duty traffic accident on city streets. Officer Lamar Poole was killed yesterday when his motorcycle collided with a driver who pulled out in front of him in Northeast Philadelphia. Poole, 42, a 19-year veteran, was pronounced dead about 5 p.m., about an hour after the accident. Captain John Wilczynski, of the Accident Investigation Division, said at a news conference last night that the alleged hit-and-run driver - a 58-year-old man who has not yet been charged - might have gotten away if not for a vigilant tow-truck driver who followed his Toyota Corolla and called police.
NEWS
April 26, 2015 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Services have been set for Jeffrey Bayers, 60, of Maple Shade, a Philadelphia Parking Authority worker who was fatally injured when he was pinned under a tow truck in a city impound lot in South Philadelphia on Wednesday, April 22. Visitation was set for 8 to 9:30 a.m. Saturday, April 25, at St. Anne's Church, 2328 E. Lehigh Ave., Philadelphia, before a 10 a.m. Funeral Mass there, with interment in Calvary Cemetery in Cherry Hill. Vince Fenerty, executive director of the PPA, said in an e-mail, "Jeff was a conscientious and dedicated employee.
NEWS
April 24, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Philadelphia Parking Authority employee was killed Wednesday morning when he was pinned beneath a tow truck, officials said. Jeffrey Bayers, 60, had worked for the PPA for 13 years. A lot officer at an impoundment lot at 2500 Weccacoe Avenue, he was on the job around 6:50 a.m. Wednesday when a tow truck backed up onto him, pinning him beneath. He was later pronounced dead, police said. PPA spokesman Marty O'Rourke called the incident a "tragic accident" that is under investigation.
NEWS
April 7, 2015
Traffic is beginning to flow normally again on the Ben Franklin Bridge following a 2 p.m. car fire that shut down the westbound lanes and turned part of the bridge into a parking lot, according to Michael Williams, spokesman for the Delaware River Port Authority. Williams said two westbound lanes were now open, but there was still some residual congestion at the toll plaza. He expected the congestion would dissipate by 4:15 p.m. and said the third westbound lane would be reopened shortly.
NEWS
March 3, 2015 | BY MICHAEL HINKELMAN, Daily News Staff Writer hinkelm@phillynews.com, 215-854-2656
AN ARGUMENT outside a Wissahickon pub early yesterday between a man and a woman ended in the death of the woman. The incident occurred about 1 a.m. yesterday when the two were outside T. Hogan's Pub on Rochelle Avenue near Sumack Street, across from SEPTA's Wissahickon train station. Police said the tow-truck operator told investigators that his ex-girlfriend started arguing with him and began slapping him. He then got into his truck and started to drive away, police said. The 29-year-old woman grabbed on to the driver's-side light bar of the tow truck, lost her grip and fell underneath the rear wheels of the driver side, police said.
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