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1HomePageMap small ne 0816Local news stories affecting the auto body industry in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Connecticut, Maryland, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine

Pohanka Collision Centers opened its 10th location in Clinton, Md.

Pohanka Collision Centers said its new 13,800-square-foot BMW-certified facility, located near St. Andrews Air Force Base, will serve the communities that surround the southern tip of the Capital Beltway in Maryland.

The company now operates six collision repair facilities in Virginia and four in Maryland.

Grand Sport Auto Body & Glass has expanded with 8 new locations starting in West Chester and now covering a wide area throughout Chester and Montgomery Counties.

Grand Sport Auto has been providing auto collision repair services for over 25 years as the first body shop to open in West Chester, Pennsylvania in 1982. This is where their business got started with the philosophy of taking it one customer at a time. Fred Gunther, the founder and president of Grand Sport Auto, takes great pride in servicing his customers with the highest quality workmanship and exceptional experience.

The primary goal is to handle customers’ requirements and meet their individual needs. If repairs are paid out of pocket, the staff at Grand Sport will work to develop a plan that meets not only the budget but the expectations of the clients as well. If an insurance company pays for the repairs, Grand Sport will assist in handling any claims directly, making the entire process hassle-free for our clients.

At Grand Sport Auto, all of our auto body repairs and glass repairs are backed by a lifetime warranty. By upgrading to the latest advancements in automotive technologies, they can provide customers with the latest techniques.

For more information, contact one of Grand Sport’s Chester County, Montgomery County or West Chester, PA locations today 866-203-3018.

The Philadelphia District Attorney has announced that a major interstate cocaine trafficking ring, with connections to the Sinaloa Cartel in Mexico, has been broken up.

The DAs office began the investigation in February following a tip from an informant that several garages and auto body shops thoughout the city were equipping vehicles with compartments to hide and transport drugs.

The vehicles would go to New York, pick up shipments of cocaine, and return to Philadelphia.

The Environmental Protection Agency has awarded Middletown a $200,000 hazardous substances grant to clean up the former Midstate Autobody property at 1 Kings Avenue.

The auto repair and auto body shop operated from 1924-2009 behind Eli Cannon’s Tap Room, according to the mayor’s office. The auto body shop left behind solvents, motor and hydraulic oils on the grounds and chemical testing has revealed inorganic contaminants and metals in the building.

Nissan is supplying New York City with fuel-efficient cabs, including six electric cars for testing, but acknowledged uncertainties about an ongoing “debate” over charging standards for electric vehicles.

The battle in fast-charging stations, the equivalent of gasoline stands for electric vehicles, is threatening to turn into a futuristic replay of other major platform wars like VHS of Panasonic vs. Sony’s Beta in video.

A former auto body repair shop owner and his ex-wife, the owner of a used car business, have been charged in a state grand jury indictment for their alleged roles in a stolen car trafficking scheme.

Fermin Ortiz, 52, whose last known address was in Barranquitas, Puerto Rico, and his ex-wife, Judy Perez, 52, of Trenton, were charged June 4 with second-degree operation of a facility for sale of stolen automobiles or parts, third-degree receiving stolen property, and third-degree fencing.

The indictments were announced June 5 by state Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa.

Ortiz and Perez operated Capitol City Collision and Arena Auto Sales, both on Reservoir Street in Trenton. It is alleged that, between July 29, 2007 and October 2, 2008, the defendants used the facilities for the remodeling, repainting, or separating of automobile parts for the resale of stolen automobiles, according to a news release.

Officials allege Ortiz and Perez knowingly received or brought the following stolen vehicles and parts into New Jersey: a 1995 Chevrolet Impala; a 2002 Dodge Ram 1500; a Lexus steering column with air bag; a Lexus dash board with air bag; a Dodge Ram passenger side air bag; a Dodge Ram steering column with air bag; a 2003 Mercedes Benz interior front left door panel; a 2003 Mercedes Benz interior front right door panel; a 2003 Mercedes Benz interior rear left door panel; and a 2003 Mercedes Benz interior rear right door panel.

Second-degree crimes carry a maximum sentence of 10 years in state prison and a criminal fine of $150,000, while crimes of the third degree carry a maximum sentence of five years in state prison and a criminal fine of $15,000.