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Michigan Washtenaw County Judge Archie Brown has set the trial dates for a married couple accused of embezzling about $250,000 from A2 Auto Glass, according to a courthouse official.

The jury trial date for Oral and Janice Molden is scheduled for November 4, with the pre-trial hearing scheduled October 9.

Charges against the couple were first brought in 2011, with new counts filed in December 2012, according to local reports.

The couple is accused of embezzling the money from the auto glass company over a three-year period. Janice Molden, 45, was a bookkeeper for the company and Oral Molden, 47, did computer work there.

Oral Molden is charged with false pretenses of more than $20,000, false pretenses of between $999 and $20,000, making or permitting a false tax return and malicious use of a telecommunications service.

Janice Molden faces charges of embezzling $100,000 or more, embezzling $25,000 or more, as well as embezzling more than $999 but less than $20,000. She is also charged with three counts of using a computer to commit a crime.

A2 Auto Glass has locations in Ann Arbor and Jackson, MI, as well as a mobile service. A customer service representative who answered the phone at the glass company declined to comment on the situation.



Back in 1983, Tom Tylka and his business partner Ed opened a body shop in Schererville, IN, and 30 years later, Tom & Ed’s Autobody is still successful, although without the “Ed.” Ed left the business after only a year, but Tom, now 63, kept the name the same, and he and his wife Debbie Tylka became the sole owners.

“Ed only lasted a year, but I left his name on the business so he could see what he would be missing,” Tom joked. “The name was on our logo and all the letterhead and paperwork and I didn’t want to change it.”

Three decades ago, Tom left a job in the welding and engineering industry to open his own business. What started out as a hobby tinkering and restoring old MGs and Jaguars grew into his dream.

“I always wanted to own my own business,” he said. “That was my goal in life. We started out with $2,500 and 2,500 square feet.”

A Shelby, OH, shop owner who restored classic cars was sentenced June 10 in a Richland County courtroom  to four years in prison for scamming numerous customers across the country.

Keith Shellhouse also was ordered to pay over $180,000 in restitution to his victims.

The owner of Pro Restorations by Independent Autobody Plus, in Shelby, was convicted earlier this year of aggravated theft, theft of a motor vehicle, falsification and tampering with records.

 

In Dover, OH, a kitten trapped near a car engine ended up in the right place—at a body shop where the county’s humane society president works.

Rhonda Rosenberry is the office manager at Paul’s Auto Body Shop and is also the president of the Tuscarawas County Humane Society.

The operation to save the kitten was a lengthy ordeal that started when Paul’s Auto Body Shop in Dover was presented with the challenge of finding the source of a strange noise.

Like many teenagers, 16-year-old Anthony Marsilio enjoys driving his first vehicle to school and elsewhere, along with the freedom of being behind the wheel.

But unlike many youngsters, Anthony has to crank-start his two-door car, which lacks a compact-disc player, satellite-radio capabilities and nearly all other modern amenities.

After all, Anthony’s car is more than five times older than him.

“My dad taught me to drive one,” the South Range High School junior said, referring to his black 1929 Ford Model A vehicle, which features a four-cylinder, flathead engine and whitewall tires.

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Other vehicles on display included a maroon two-door 1974 Corvette Stingray, a blue 1941 Plymouth Deluxe, a bright-orange Chevrolet Camaro with black stripes on the hood and rear, and a 1976 hardtop Chevrolet Impala, one of seven Don Clark of Boardman owns.

“I bought the car as-is, but did minor detailing to keep it looking nice,” said Clark, who retired from having taught automotive classes at Maplewood Joint Vocational School in Ravenna.

The four-door vehicle he brought to Sunday’s show features a sport interior, gets 21 to 23 mpg on the highway and has a four-speed automatic engine, he noted.

Clark recalled having worked at a Boardman auto body shop at age 12, as well as later performing such work part and full time while he taught at Maplewood.

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