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Wednesday, 23 January 2013 21:19

Police Investigate Homicide of PA Shop Ower

State police are investigating a homicide of Robert Charles Gaurrich, 45, whose body was found by an acquaintance at Bob’s Trucks & Auto Repair around 11 p.m. Jan. 11 at 1657 Evans City Road in Forward Township, north of Pittsburgh, PA.

An autopsy determined Gaurrich died of a gunshot wound to the chest. The coroner’s office has ruled the death to be a homicide. The victim lived on Brownsdale Road in Evans City, troopers said. He was the owner of the auto body repair shop.

Wednesday, 23 January 2013 21:17

Great Bear Receives 2012 Best of Queens Award

Great Bear Auto Repair and Auto Body Shop has been selected for the 2012 Best of Queens Award in the Automobile Repair category by the Queens Award Program.

Each year, the Queens Award Program identifies companies that are believed to have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community. These exceptional companies help make the Queens area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2012 Queens Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Queens Award Program and data provided by third parties.

Wednesday, 23 January 2013 21:11

Greg Coccaro Settles with Progressive Insurance

After eight years of battling each other in court, Progressive Insurance and Greg Coccaro, owner of North State Custom in Bedford Hills, NY, have reached a settlement ahead of a Jan. 28 trial date.

Coccaro said he could not discuss the specifics of the settlement agreement, but he did express relief that he could finally put this behind him now. “After eight years, it’s pretty weird not having to think about this anymore,” said Coccaro. “I basically can now have my life back and spend a little more time working on my business. You would have to go through the stress that I did to understand it. Once it was over, I still couldn’t stop thinking about it. It took me two to three weeks to get out of ‘legal mode.’ It never left me night or day for those eight years. It was very difficult for everyone involved, but we did what we did, stood up and didn’t cave.

In Troy, NY, the city’s Zoning Board of Appeals has for the fourth time unanimously rejected a local tow operator’s proposal to open an auto repair and towing business on Fifth Avenue at the location of a former body shop called Ward’s Auto Body.

The Cox family had hoped to obtain approval for a nonconforming use variance in a B-2 commercial zone to open a towing business and garage for light automotive repair, such as tune-ups and brake and muffler work.

Jack Cox Jr. represented his father, Jack Cox Sr., at the hearing and said his father was informed when the property was purchased that it was grandfathered in as a B-2 Commercial Zone with a special-use permit.

The zoning board on Jan. 8 shot down the request for the fourth time since 2006, claiming the property does not comply with the commercial zoning where it is located.

A Long Island, NY, town official is calling for vehicles damaged in Superstorm Sandy to be scrapped for salvage so they can’t be resold, the Claims Journal recently reported.

Smithtown Councilman Thomas McCarthy told Newsday he fears the vehicles, many corroded by saltwater, may wind up on out-of-state used car lots.

McCarthy, a former auto dealer, says many states don’t require vehicle titles to indicate a car may have had flood damage. He says destroying vehicles is the only way to ensure they’re not resold.

The newly-expanded Bennett Collision Center in Allentown, PA, opened in early January. Located on the Bennett Toyota property, the shop is equipped to handle all makes and models of vehicles.

The collision center expanded from 8,000 square feet to 14,500 square feet. Manager Robert Shade said the former shop could repair an average of 20-25 vehicles per week. The new collision center should be able to handle up to 50 vehicles per week, depending on the size and scope of the work.