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Wednesday, 22 October 2014 00:00

Collision Shop Expands to Middletown

With business booming at his collision shop on Liberty-Fairfield Road, owner Mark Briscoe decided a little more than a year ago that it would be a good time to open another shop in his hometown of Middletown.

Liberty Collision Center opened its new, 10,500-square-foot facility at 3363 Cincinnati-Dayton Road on Aug. 11 and will have its grand opening from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 14. Briscoe believes the shop is on track to do $500,000 in business by the end of 2014. He said the other shop, which opened in 2003 is having a record year and he expects to reach his goal of $2.5 million for the year.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014 00:00

Michigan Governor Signs Drugged Driving Laws

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has signed laws to target drivers under the influence of drugs after two young men were killed in a head-on collision by a repeat drugged driver.

The legislation signed Tuesday allows police to conduct a preliminary roadside analysis for controlled and other intoxicating substances. A conditional bond is to be placed on motorists arrested for drugged driving and the information entered into a law enforcement database.

Legislators sponsored the bills after the July 2013 deaths of Russell Ward and Koby Raymo in St. Clair County.

A woman who crossed the center line and struck their vehicle had been pulled over six times in five years for drugged driving, but officers didn’t know she had multiple offenses because they weren’t listed in the Law Enforcement Information Network.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014 00:00

Iowa Body Shop Owner Suspected of Homicide

The owner of an auto repair shop in Waterloo, Iowa is a suspect in a recent homicide case. Anthony Tronca, owner of AJT Auto Repair, was arrested on September 16 and is currently being held at Black Hawk County Jail on drug and weapons charges.

Lt. Michael McNamee of the Waterloo Police Department said Tronca is a suspect in the homicide but has not been officially charged.

On Sept. 9, 44-year-old Ronald Dean Randall of Waterloo was reported missing. Waterloo Police searched a wooded area south of Waterloo off highway 218 and located a body believed to be Randall. An autopsy report determined that the death was a homicide. Tronca’s girlfriend, Jessica Ogden, was arrested on Sept. 15 and later released on bond.

Anyone with information concerning this investigation is encouraged to call the Waterloo Police Department at 319-291-4340 or Crime Stoppers at 855-300-8477.

On the afternoon of October 4, the parking lot of Indian Hills Community College Advanced Technology Center was occupied by children slamming cars with sledge hammers and family members admiring antique cars.

The car demolition and classic car show served as a fundraiser for the auto collision program, which received 100 percent of the proceeds. One of the antiques, which had been donated by a fellow student, was painted to look like a classic cop car by the auto collision program.
The annual craft fair is one way that Indian Hills Community College involves children and community families in the maroon and gold homecoming celebration every year, according to Danielle Lunsford/The Courier .

Wednesday, 15 October 2014 00:00

Ken Borth Auto in Iowa Has New Owner

Dale Kabrick, who has served as the body shop manager at Ken Borth Auto Plaza for the past seven years, has assumed ownership of the body shop and service departments, according to reports by Randy M. Cauthron, spencerdailyreporter.com.

Kabrick took ownership of the collision, repair and service operation at Ken Borth Auto Plaza in south Spencer on October 1. Previous Owner Ken Borth will continue to run the car dealership and rental service.

From collision and auto body work, to general mechanical service, Kabrick said he and his staff can service all cars from the newest models, to foreign and domestic -- including European vehicles, according to Cauthron. Tyne, Kabrick's wife, has a full-time job in the OB unit at Spencer Hospital, but plans to help with business operations. Kabrick and Tyne have two daughters, Lauren and Jillian.

Kabrick studied auto collision at Northwest Iowa Community College, and worked as a mechanic for three years prior to his position at Ken Borth Auto Plaza. 

Reports by Cauthron state that the company has a website in the works - kbautobody.com -- where customers can go to review a complete list of services and schedule appointments.

MN Attorney General Lori Swanson is suing a Texas auto warranty company for deceptive tactics, saying it's violating its promise of a full refund within 30 days.

The lawsuit is part of a broader investigation into extended auto warranty practices, Swanson said.

The state is seeking unspecified civil penalties, and restitution for affected customers of Enterprise Financial Group Inc. of Irving, Tex. The company has sold more than 3,700 extended auto warranties to Minnesota customers since 2009, according to the state's lawsuit filed Wednesday in Hennepin County District Court. The warranties, also called service contracts, typically cost between $1,600 and $2,600.Auto warranty companies have been a perennial source of trouble for consumers, from annoying robocalls and deceptive warranties to companies collapsing and leaving policyholders on the hook. In an interview, Swanson said she thinks the improving economy is creating an opening for bad sales practices.