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Wednesday, 30 November 2016 22:00

Police: Credit Fraud Fuels Scheme to Buy High-End Auto Parts

Written by Tim Chitwood, Ledger Enquirer

A tip from a worker at a Columbus auto parts shop helped local authorities catch a ring of thieves using stolen credit card accounts to buy thousands of dollars in high-end car parts, a police sergeant said on November 23.

Wednesday, 30 November 2016 21:42

Body Shop, ‘Happy Tree’ Program Bring Christmas to Foster Kids

Written by MATT CHAPMAN, Lincoln Times-News

Two Lincoln County, NC residents are partnering with area businesses in an effort to bring Christmas to local foster children.

Polyvance has announced the recent hiring of a new full-time company sales representative in the southeast, Randy Putnam.



On Wednesday, October 19, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at Athens Technical College to recognize the receipt of a $50,000 Ultimate Collision Education Makeover Grant awarded to the school.

Gerber Collision & Glass has announced the October 17 opening of a new collision repair center in Greenville, North Carolina.

Thursday, 17 November 2016 20:03

Awards Given, Milestones Met, and Future Plans Discussed at Maaco Conference in NC

Written by Victoria Antonelli

On Saturday, October 15, Autobody News listened in as Jose Costa, president of the paint and collision division of Driven Brands, and Jason Ryan, president of Maaco, capped the Maaco Conference in Charlotte, NC.

Friday, 11 November 2016 23:31

FBI Takes Guns, Money from What Is Believed to Be Body Shop

Written by Becca Mitchell

FBI raid 1

At least a dozen police and undercover cars were present at the more than twenty-year-old body shop.
Photo credit: Allison Mechanic, WTKR


The FBI's Norfolk Field Office confirms a federal law enforcement operation was underway in Newport News on October 20.


Friday, 11 November 2016 22:49

What to Do If Your Car Was Damaged in Hurricane Matthew

Written by WECT Staff

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - People who had their automobiles damaged or destroyed by the flooding caused by Hurricane Matthew may be eligible for assistance in repairing or replacing their vehicles, according to the NC State Emergency Response Team.

Friday, 11 November 2016 21:59

Man, Possibly High, Goes on Body Shop Sledgehammer Rampage

Written by Al Pefley,

Sledgehammer shock

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A man went on a rampage at a Florida auto body shop in what a sheriff’s dispatcher described as a case of excited delirium.

Maaco recognized more than 60 franchisees during this year’s convention in Charlotte, NC.

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