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Northeastern News

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

Friday, 08 June 2012 17:57

Trio in Armed Robbery Ring Convicted

A federal jury convicted Emmanuel Duran, 28, Raheem Brown, 24, and John Bowie, 23, of the armed robberies of pharmacies in Philadelphia between February and May 2010 and convicted Duran and Brown of robbing the A&G Auto Body at 2015 N. 19th Street in Philadelphia. All of the defendants were convicted of conspiracy to commit Hobbs Act robbery, conspiracy to distribute the narcotics they sold, and related weapons offenses.

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.