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1HomePageMap small mw 0816Local news stories affecting the auto body industry in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin

On February 19, US-31 in Grand Haven Township was almost unrecognizable due to whiteout conditions that caused three separate accidents involving a total of nine cars. Deputies told Bob Brenzing and Alex Shabad of wzzm13.com that traffic was slowing due to a wrecker pulling a school bus out of a ditch just after 9 a.m.

On December 20, a Bronzeville, IL man who wasn't impressed with his mechanic's work pulled a gun and took back his money, prosecutors told Erica Demarest of dnainfo.com.

Wayne County Commissioner Raymond Basham (D-Taylor) presented a resolution to the management of Rony’s Body Shop in Taylor for more than 50 years of service to Wayne County residents.

A dispute between co-workers at a southern Indiana auto body shop Wednesday escalated into a shooting that left one employee dead from a self-inflicted injury and the other wounded, police said.

Michael Dale Kilpatrick, 48, of North Carolina, died from a gunshot to his head, Indiana State Police Sgt. Phillip Hensley said.

Kieth Wagner, 30, of Bedford, Ind., was airlifted to the University of Louisville Hospital in Kentucky, where he was being treated for gunshot wounds to his abdomen and neck.

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Hennepin County is investigating the death of a St. Paul man who hit his head on the ground after Brooklyn Center police used a Taser on him, reported startribune.com.

Tensions have been high between police and civilians following the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO and Eric Garner in New York City. Officers of the Brooklyn Center Police Department were sent to the 5800 block of Xerxes Avenue N. shortly after 9 p.m. on Jan. 16 after multiple calls were made about a group fighting in a body shop parking lot, possibly with weapons, reported startribune.com.

In Ray George’s fast-paced world, some things shouldn’t change.   

The fit and finish of car and truck collision work should be perfect. The new paint next to the factory paint should be an exact match.   

Gorgeous white tail deer mounts that could arguably set new standards for Boone & Crockett scoring should line the walls at the shop and “cabin."