Broward Co. Looks to Tighten Tow Laws

Broward County, Fla., commissioners are considering a stricter tow truck law, the second crackdown on an industry accused of consumer abuses.

The new set of regulations will be debated and decided on Oct. 14.

A critical element of the new law is a requirement that tow operators be licensed. That would give the county leverage against those tow companies that town officials feel abuse consumers.

A lobbyist representing towers said the law is something local tow companies "can live with and work with,'' but they want to charge more. He asked commissioners to come back soon with a vote to raise those rates.

Source: http://touch.sun-sentinel.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-81450748/

Mayor Charged With Tower Extortion

The mayor of a suburban town outside St. Louis, Mo., town has been indicted on federal extortion charges for allegedly demanding bribes from a local towing company in exchange for city business.

Federal prosecutors say 54-year-old Pine Lawn Mayor Sylvester Caldwell was arrested recently by the FBI and charged with one felony count of interference with commerce by extortion.

Caldwell is accused of using his municipal position to extort money from an unidentified towing company. The indictment says Caldwell accepted five payments totaling $1,600 between December 2013 and April of this year, in exchange for ordering the Pine Lawn police force to use the company's services. The payments allegedly took place at gas stations and restaurants in the St. Louis area.

He faces up to 20 years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000.

Sources: www.dailyjournal.net; http://news.stlpublicradio.org
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