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$5.5M Suit Against Tower Dismissed

A $5.5 million lawsuit against Methuen, New Hampshire, its police and Valley Towing owner Ronald Parrino was dismissed recently. Christopher Nesbitt, 39, filed the lawsuit in federal court alleging that Parrino "stole" his 1997 Honda Accord after an accident in December 2016. Nesbitt tried to retrieve his Honda from Valley Towing in May 2017. According to the lawsuit, he was told the car had been sold to Fram's Auto and destroyed. Nesbitt alleged Parrino did not follow legal protocol in obtaining possession of the vehicle's title to destroy it. Source:
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Sentencing Coming in Detroit Bribery Case

Gasper Fiore, 57, a dominant figure in the metro Detroit, Michigan, towing industry and fringe figure in the Detroit City Hall racketeering case against ex-Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, is arguably the highest-profile person ensnared in a Macomb County corruption scandal that has led to federal charges against 20 contractors and public officials. He will be sentenced Aug. 2. "Gasper Fiore has accepted responsibility for his conduct," defense lawyer Robert Morgan wrote in the sentencing memo. "He knows it was serious and wrong. It was one part of a broad range of bribery payments to Macomb County public officials. There is no attempt here to minimize or obfuscate." The bribery conspiracy charge to which Fiore pleaded guilty carries a maximum sentence of five years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine. Source:

'Move Over' PSA in Michigan

Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson recently released a PSA calling on motorists to follow Michigan's "Move Over" law. "Twenty-four hours each day, emergency personnel are on duty working to protect us from harm," Johnson said. "We ask motorists to return the favor—and follow the law—by moving over a lane when they see police and fire vehicles, ambulances, tow trucks or other emergency responders stopped on the road or the edge of the road." The video begins with footage of a tower narrowly escaping with his life as a car smashes into his vehicle. Source:
Move Over Day in Michigan
State releases PSA video featuring towers with responders
Sentencing Coming in Detroit Bribery Case
Gaspar Fiore conspiracy charges to play out Aug. 2
$5.5M Suit Against Tower Dismissed
Plaintiff alleges tow company didn’t get title legally

Towbook in as Diamond Sponsor

Towbook, a leading provider of tow management software, is backing the Spirit Ride as a Diamond Sponsor, contributing $10,000. Kendall Smith, Towbook's marketing manager, said, "We had been tossing the idea back and forth for a while on whether to start our own move-over campaign, but we thought it would be best to join forces and contribute to the awesome awareness campaign that American Towman is already doing. We are so happy to become a part of this amazing movement!"
Towbook joins Linda Unruh, former owner of All-Rite Towing, and South Point Hotel & Casino in the Diamond club of sponsors. There are over 100 towing industry companies that have become sponsors with contributions ranging from $200(Bronze) to $2500(Platinum) sponsorship levels. Hundreds of individuals have also contributed to the Spirit Ride.
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• July 09 - July 16, 2018

It's H-O-T!

Hope everybody who is reading this column had a wonderful July 4th! I know my stomach has expanded a little bit with the cookouts I attended yesterday.

Anyway, we're now into that time of year where you're going to get called out to the road due to overheated cars, tires that have gone flat and more. It may not be what winter brings in some parts; but summer has its share of work for you, too.

Make sure your trucks are working up to snuff, and that all your ancillary equipment is ready to go, too.

As the weather is burning up and you're working outside in this heat—stay hydrated! It can't be stressed enough. It's H-O-T! If you don't help yourself, you're not going to be able to help others ... and that helps nobody.

Good luck out there; stay alert and Happy Summer!

--Charles Duke
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