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August 20, 2015 | By Natalie Pompilio, For The Inquirer
Rachel De Barros launched her first car-related business while a student at Ohio University. She printed pink fliers with her name and phone number, promoting herself as a door-to-door mechanic. An oil change? Brake job? Simple repair? De Barros was for hire. No one called. "I would wait by the phone, like, Come on! I need money, " said De Barros, 37, of Feasterville, staring at a spot on the table where a phone would be. "So I changed the fliers, made them white, and wrote, 'Call Jimmy.' Then I started getting calls.
NEWS
June 30, 1992 | BY ALFRED P. DEGEN
Recently Philadelphia Gas Works, along with neighboring utilities, Philadelphia Electric Company, UGI Corporation, and Delmarva Power, sponsored a two-day Natural Gas Vehicle Symposium to highlight the benefits of natural gas as a vehicular fuel. The symposium was designed primarily for fleet owners and operators who will be required to add cleaner operating vehicles to their fleets under the terms of the Clean Air Act amendments of 1990. Together with the world-wide focus on environmental matters, it is timely to review what PGW is doing to help to develop a market for clean burning natural gas vehicles.
NEWS
July 2, 1992 | By Christine Bahls, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
A Doylestown Borough resident woke up Sunday to the noise of escaping air. Looking out his window onto North West Street, he saw someone running from the direction of his Volkswagen Golf - on which three tires had just been slashed. After a closer look at the car, the man saw the word pope scratched into the hood. Six other vehicles were similarly vandalized Sunday. The switchboard at the borough police station lit up as five reports came in about 3:30 a.m. Only one other car had pope scratched into it. The remaining two reports came in later that day. Only one vehicle owner gave police a damage estimate.
NEWS
January 23, 1986 | By Kim Muller, Special to The Inquirer
The Pemberton Borough Council voted unanimously Monday night to table an proposed ordinance that would prohibit abandoned vehicles from being stored on public or private property. At the suggestion of Councilman William Emmons, the council decided that the proposed law was too vague and that there may be special cases in which the abandoned vehicles would not detract from the character of the rural community. "We need to make the ordinance clear so there's no misunderstanding," said Mayor F. Lyman Simpkins.
NEWS
January 3, 2013
WILKES-BARRE - Police said two young males were found hiding in a coal truck after they allegedly looted dozens of vehicles in northeastern Pennsylvania. Police said Josh Kolinoski, 19, and a 16-year-old were riding their bicycles and wearing ski masks when they entered at least 50 vehicles in four boroughs early Monday, the Citizens Voice reported. The pair dumped the bikes and fled on foot, leaving footprints that led to a coal truck where they were hiding, police said. Police said Kolinoski, wanted on a warrant, was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility.
NEWS
March 20, 2013
Philadelphia police are investigating a theft operation that primarily involves cargo vans being stolen from the city and recovered in Bucks County, authorities said Monday. Thieves are stealing Ford Econoline and Chevrolet Express contractor vehicles for construction-related equipment inside the vans, police said. The Major Crimes Auto Squad has recovered many of the vehicles in Bristol Township. Tools that were stolen from the vehicles, some with names or initials on them, have also been recovered.
NEWS
December 13, 2013 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
ABOUT 50 immigrant-rights advocates protested outside the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office just north of Center City yesterday afternoon, blocking two garage doors. The rally, led by the Latino immigrant-justice organization Juntos and the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, aimed to stop vehicles with immigrant detainees from leaving the building. Miguel Andrade, 22, kneeling on a canvas painted with the Spanish words for "Not One More Deportation," clasped hands with his mother on one side and a friend on the other.
NEWS
January 25, 1987 | By Marie George, Special to The Inquirer
In an effort to prevent old cars from becoming eyesores, the Hi-Nella Borough Council has approved restrictions on the length of time residents may store dismantled vehicles on their property. The ordinance, approved unanimously by the six-member council Tuesday, prohibits residents from storing an unregistered or partly dismantled vehicle anywhere on their property for more than three days. Outside parking of more than three such vehicles for more than seven days is banned. The ordinance, which was introduced Dec. 16, also makes it illegal to store such vehicles within 30 feet of municipal streets or county roads.
NEWS
February 11, 1988 | By Bill Price, Inquirer Staff Writer
When a new 1988 Ford Bronco was discovered in a shopping center parking lot last week, the people who run Sheehy Ford thought it might be a good idea to take inventory to see if any other cars belonging to them were missing. In so doing, the dealership made another, far more remarkable discovery. Fourteen new and used vehicles, estimated to be worth at least $182,000, had been stolen from the lot of the dealership, at Roosevelt Boulevard north of Welsh Road. "Until (the inventory)
NEWS
March 29, 2012 | Staff Report
About two dozen passenger vehicles were damaged this morning by vandals who slashed tires, doused cars with a corrosive chemical and dumped sugar in gas tanks in the Overbrook section, police said. Capt. Melvin Singleton, commander of the 19th Police District, said tires were slashed on 17 cars and the paint on seven other passengers vehicles had been stripped away by an acid-like substance. Some cars also had sugar in the gas tanks, he said. A Fire Department Hazmat Unit was called to the scene to scrape off some of the corrosive chemical for testing.
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August 24, 2015 | By Ronnie Polaneczky, Daily News Columnist
MY THURSDAY column about bogus towing in Bridesburg brought a lickety-split response from the 15th Police District. "There are to be no more tickets written for the block of Richmond Street between Buckius and Lefevre" streets, said Philly Police spokeswoman Christine O'Brien, referring to an order from district Capt. John McCloskey. "Also, Major Crimes is looking into the towing situation. If vehicles have been towed illegally, there could be arrests down the road for those incidents.
NEWS
August 22, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
As Philadelphia suffered through the recession and its aftermath, the city fell behind in replenishing old and battered emergency vehicles. As a result, precious minutes often were lost by firefighters rushing to fires and accident victims being taken to hospitals. At one point in 2012, the fund to replace aging ladder trucks, pumper trucks, ambulances, and other vehicles sank to $98,000. Considering that a new ladder truck can cost 10 times that, it's important that the next mayor continue Mayor Nutter's plan to invest $36.5 million over the next five years in new emergency equipment.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 20, 2015 | By Natalie Pompilio, For The Inquirer
Rachel De Barros launched her first car-related business while a student at Ohio University. She printed pink fliers with her name and phone number, promoting herself as a door-to-door mechanic. An oil change? Brake job? Simple repair? De Barros was for hire. No one called. "I would wait by the phone, like, Come on! I need money, " said De Barros, 37, of Feasterville, staring at a spot on the table where a phone would be. "So I changed the fliers, made them white, and wrote, 'Call Jimmy.' Then I started getting calls.
NEWS
August 17, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Philadelphia medic noticed smoke rising from the engine just as he steered his ambulance off I-95. He and his partner were on their way to a medical emergency when their ambulance began to smoke. Then, a bang - a "loud explosion," the medic remembered. They pulled over and scrambled from their seats as the smoke grew heavy and thick. On the side of the road, they watched as flames licked up the side of the ambulance. In the year since that fire in 2014, sources and records obtained by The Inquirer indicate that accident wasn't an anomaly - that an ambulance bursting into flames is just an extreme example of the deteriorating, sometimes dangerous fleet operated by the Philadelphia Fire Department.
NEWS
August 12, 2015 | By Erin Edinger-Turoff, Inquirer Staff Writer
A 24-year-old woman and 30-year-old man were killed in a rollover crash in Crescentville early Monday, police said. Rosagna Galvez was driving a 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee southbound on Roosevelt Boulevard at a high speed, accompanied by a man identified as Jeifrey or Jeifry Chevez. She attempted a right turn at Adams Avenue at about 2:30 a.m., police said. The vehicle crossed the grassy median on the Boulevard and then hopped the curb. According to police investigators, the vehicle struck a sign on Adams Avenue and then hit a utility box with a concrete base.
BUSINESS
June 23, 2015 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
Cars, cars, parked everywhere in South Philadelphia. On expansive lots below the Walt Whitman Bridge, on parcels at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. On Norfolk Southern Corp. rail land, and along the old Mustin military airfield now part of 200 acres known as Southport, at the eastern end of the Navy Yard. Since August 2010, when Hyundai Motor Co. and Kia Motors Corp. moved their vehicle-import business from Baltimore and Newark, N.J., ports to Philadelphia's waterfront, the number of shiny Hyundai Sonatas and Kia Sorentos rolling off ships has risen from 127,406 in 2011 to 143,258 in 2012 and 151,296 last year.
NEWS
June 8, 2015 | BY MARK FAZLOLLAH AND DYLAN PURCELL|, Inquirer Staff Writers
Dana Russell was driving up Roosevelt Boulevard on a freezing February afternoon in 2011 when he realized the car he just passed was his stolen Chevy Impala. Ten days before, two men had hijacked the burgundy sedan from his wife. "They all got guns on them, I know that for sure," Russell told the police dispatcher as he turned around and tailed his stolen car into North Philadelphia. The officer asked how he knew. " 'Cause my wife was robbed at gunpoint. " At the wheel of the 2000 Impala sat Frederick Bell, 41, an ex-con with a long rap sheet.
NEWS
May 18, 2015 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
Adam Supplee drives his Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid each weekday from his Collegeville home to work in Phoenixville. Usually, he drops it off at the electric car charging station at the Phoenixville Municipal Building parking lot and walks to work. But when Supplee returned to the lot from a meeting Thursday afternoon, he found a Nissan Leaf and a Ford C-Max using both available plugs - a first since the free stations opened in October. "I was kind of pleasantly surprised," said Supplee, 42, a landscape architect.
BUSINESS
May 7, 2015 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
Here's a clever way to secure a parking spot on Philadelphia's congested streets and help save the planet, too. Buy an electric vehicle. Under a little-publicized program, EV owners can apply to the Philadelphia Parking Authority to install a curbside charger in front of their homes. If approved, the PPA will mark the spot with EV-only parking signs. It's more effective than the time-honored trick of using lawn chairs to save a parking spot. And it's backed by the authority of legions of eager PPA enforcement officers.
NEWS
March 28, 2015 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
SEPTA plans to spend $535 million next year to buy new vehicles, replace and repair rail bridges, upgrade train stations, and begin overhauling its Center City subway concourse. The proposed capital budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1 is $37 million, or 6.4 percent less than the current capital budget, which contained a one-time infusion of $85 million in federal funding. Among the projected spending is about $160 million earmarked to replace and overhaul vehicles. That will include 13 new locomotives, the first of 525 hybrid buses that will be purchased over five years, and the start of procuring about 45 bi-level railcars to increase capacity on the Regional Rail lines.
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