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Towers Must Shoot Video
Tow companies operating in Chicago, Ill., would have to video tows and make it available to city officials and towed motorists under a Towing Bill of Rights. The ordinance also would require companies to provide police with a list of parking lots where they have contracts-and whether those contracts permit towing only upon owner notification or whether they allow the company to patrol the lot. Posted lot signs would have to include a number for the Illinois Commerce Commission for complaints. The ordinance is slated for approval at Wednesday's city council meeting. chicagotribune.com
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13-hour Repo Standoff in Tenn.

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Almost 100 people in Clarksville, Tenn., spent at least part of their Saturday watching a woman sit in her Mercedes trying to prevent it from being repossessed. A repo agent arrived at a local UPS store with a tow truck to repossess the car.
The driver of the truck assumed the woman had gone into the store to pick up a package when he hooked up the car. The unidentified woman was still inside the vehicle-beginning a 13-hour standoff between the owner and the agent. Facebook comments noted police were at the scene momentarily but did not conduct any action because the conflict was a civil matter. The standoff ended about midnight when people were asked to leave so the woman could clean out her car with some privacy. tucsonnewsnow.com
Towman Saves Family from Fire
A St. Louis, Mo., tower helped save a family from an apartment building fire Tuesday morning. Around 5 a.m., the towman noticed the fire and called 911. While waiting for firefighters to arrive, he knocked on the doors of the house. When no one answered, the driver started his siren. The noise woke up the family and they safely exited the building. Two children were treated for smoke inhalation. fox2now.com
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'Towing Expert' Arrested

An Austin, Texas, man who bills himself as a "towing compliance expert" is currently in the Travis County Jail accused of being involved in several rock throwing cases along Interstate 35.

Patrick Eugene Johnson, 59, was booked into the jail around 4 a.m. Thursday and charged with attempted aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. His bond is set at $250,000.

Johnson is the founder of Texas Towing Compliance, a watchdog organization focused on towing and booting incidents, according to its website.

According to Johnson's LinkedIn page, he worked in the towing business for 40 years, quitting in 2004 because of poor health. In 2006, he said, he started Texas Towing Compliance, an organization that purports to work as a sort of watchdog over the towing industry.

James Meyrat, a San Antonio lawyer who is listed on the Texas Towing Compliance website as an attorney to call to help with towing issues, said Johnson first contacted him several months ago. He said Johnson told him he used to work at the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation "many years ago" as a compliance officer, where Johnson claimed he obtained his expertise.

However, a spokeswoman, Susan Stanford, said that Johnson has never worked for the agency. She said some people have mistakenly thought he did because the name of his organization sounds like it might be a compliance division of the department.

Shawna Kreuzer, owner of K&K Towing, said Johnson's attacks of her company had become so strident in recent months that she felt physically threatened. She said he posted her home phone number online and tagged her children's elementary school.

According to an arrest affidavit, a University of Texas at Austin police officer was driving northbound on I-35 approaching East 51st Street around 2:34 a.m. on May 14, 2016 when he saw an "object projected from the southbound traffic lanes." The officer said while the object didn't hit his patrol car, he did run over it. The officer did activate his dash camera and was able to capture video of a suspect vehicle traveling "by itself and was the only candidate source for the rock."

While the incident happened on May 14, the UTPD officer didn't immediately report it to his supervisor because the patrol car didn't sustain any damage. Once the chief at UTPD sent out an email to his staff on June 10, 2016, about the rock throwing cases, the officer then brought the video to his attention.

In 2013, Johnson was charged in Austin with sexually assaulting a boy over two years, from when the boy was 13 until he reported it when he was 15, according to an Austin police arrest affidavit.

Johnson was for years something of a fixture at Austin City Council meetings, where he would speak during the public comment period about tow truck companies.

"He got kind of obsessive about it," said Paul Robbins, a citizen activist who is also a regular at Council meetings. "I'm pretty alarmed" that a man who has been a figure around City Hall for so long "has admitted to such a heinous crime."

Since June 2014, there have been nearly 100 reported cases of rock throwing along I-35. In a news conference earlier this month—after a new spree of rock throwing cases surfaced—Austin Chief of Police Art Acevedo said, "I believe this is a sick individual who enjoys hearing their exploits on television. As far as I'm concerned they can rot in prison, they will be caught."

In an effort to catch the person or persons responsible, the Austin Police Department recently moved all the rock cases over to the Organized Crime Division. Acevedo said the division is capable of handling complex and multi-layered investigation and will bring a fresh set of eyes to the case.

Johnson has confessed to at least two cases, but Acevedo said they believe investigators will be able to connect him to more cases.

"Mr. Johnson's likely going to spend the rest of his life in prison once we're done with him," Acevedo said.

Source: statesman.com.
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In The Spirit of Safety

As the towing industry moves forward in 2016, one subject that is being repeated this year like a mantra is safety.

American Towman's upcoming Tow Expo Dallas/Ft. Worth August 4-6 will address the subject of safety through the The National Traffic Incident Management's (TIM) Responder training that will be offered at the show. Additional safety seminars and a Survival Conference will also be presented at November's American Towman Exposition; be sure to keep an eye out for upcoming announcements.

On a grander scale, the Spirit Ride (see americantowmanspiritride.com), starting on the West Coast in 2017, will draw media attention to Move-Over laws and the needless sacrifices towmen and other first responders make in serving the motoring public and transportation industry.

It can't be said enough: Be safe out there working roadside. With tower deaths averaging more than one per week, it's treacherous. Hopefully, opportunities that are being offered for safety awareness will be embraced by the industry as a whole so that fatality rate can be finally reduced.
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