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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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January 10, 1990 | By Robert McSherry, Special to the Inquirer
Two people were hurt and seven vehicles damaged yesterday in two accidents on a Delaware County bridge that were caused by icy roads and that backed up morning rush-hour traffic on Interstate 95 for about five miles, police said. Tinicum Township police said the accidents happened about 7:10 a.m. in the four northbound lanes of I-95 when a van driven by Bobby Andrews, 28, of the 2400 block of Bowers Street, Wilmington, spun out of control on the ice- slickened Bartram Avenue overpass.
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January 25, 2016 | By Martha Woodall and Patricia Madej, Staff Writers
Buses carrying the Temple University women's gymnastics team and the Duquesne University men's basketball team were among more than 500 vehicles stranded Saturday for more than 24 hours in a blizzard and deep snows along a 40-mile stretch of the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Exhausted but safe, the gymnasts tweeted at 8:40 p.m. that they were finally moving to freedom. "Tears of joy," they tweeted with a video of a rousing celebration. The Duquesne team had rolled out about 10 minutes earlier.
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December 10, 2015 | By Maria Panaritis, Inquirer Staff Writer
An attempted drug arrest sparked a wild chase Tuesday night in Northeast Philadelphia as a car rammed two police vehicles while speeding through several neighborhoods trying to get away, police said. Police captured the driver and passenger of the Mercury Grand Marquis and planned to charge them, Chief Inspector Scott Small said. Only the driver was injured. The sequence of events began around 9 p.m., when narcotics officers approached the Mercury in a parking lot at Cottman and Torresdale Avenues to announce a drug arrest, Small said.
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November 30, 2015 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two women and two young children were injured just after 5 p.m. Saturday in West Philadelphia when they were struck by a van as they tried to cross Parkside Avenue near 49th Street, police said. Accident Investigation Division officials said the 1996 Dodge van, driven by a 78-year-old man, was trying to get around a double-parked car when it struck the pedestrians. The victims' names were not immediately available. The AID officials said that the women were 25 and 30 years old, and that the children were 2 and 6 years old. The women were taken to Presbyterian Hospital, where the 30-year-old woman was listed in critical condition Saturday night; the 25-year-old was in stable condition.
NEWS
October 3, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
In the wake of another deadly accident involving a Ride the Ducks tourist vehicle, the National Transportation Safety Board's promise to investigate these amphibious antiques is welcome. Five people died and about 50 were injured after a Ride the Ducks vehicle crashed into a tour bus in Seattle last week. Another duck killed a pedestrian in Philadelphia in May. Based on an amphibious military model known as the DUKW, the vehicles are exempt from federal motor vehicle safety standards because they are built on a 1940s-era chassis, Philadelphia attorney Robert Mongeluzzi told Philly.com.
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September 30, 2015 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
The vehicle in the crash that killed one Pennsylvania State University student and injured six others Sunday swerved before it overturned, state police said Monday. The sport utility vehicle carrying the students home from a fund-raising trip was traveling west on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Charlestown Township, Chester County, when it swerved from the right lane onto the shoulder around 1:50 p.m. Sunday, police said. The 2004 Envoy then abruptly turned back onto the road. Then it swerved to the right again and overturned, police said.
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 20, 2015 | By Justine McDaniel, Inquirer Staff Writer
Thomas Muir was drunk and speeding at 98 m.p.h. when he slammed his GMC pickup truck into the Hannagan family minivan in Exton on Feb. 14, killing two siblings from Downingtown and injuring their parents. In a standing-room-only courtroom Friday, Muir, 26, pleaded guilty to charges of homicide by vehicle, driving under the influence, aggravated assault, and recklessly endangering others. He entered an open plea and is to be sentenced on Nov. 5. The maximum sentence could be 22 to 44 years, said Judge Patrick Carmody.
NEWS
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.
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