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June 12, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
The driver of a Metro bus died Wednesday morning after an apparently speeding tow truck smashed into it at 5 th and Broadway downtown, authorities said. "Metro is saddened to learn of the passing of one of our family members this morning as a result of a horrific accident in downtown Los Angeles," said Dave Sotero of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the bus operator's family and friends during this difficult time. A thorough investigation of the accident is underway.
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February 1, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
Louis Mitchell Jr. saw a brilliant opportunity when thousands of Georgia motorists abandoned their cars on snow-paralyzed roads this week, authorities say. Police say he used a tow truck he had stolen earlier in January to haul away four cars left on roads -- and without anyone's permission. Online jail records show the Atlanta Police Department also arrested Mitchell on suspicion of driving with a suspended or revoked license, using a fake license plate, damaging property and three instances of forgery.
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NEWS
January 1, 1987 | Associated Press
A 1920s tow truck is featured on a new 8.5-cent coiled stamp designed for use by nonprofit organizations when they send third-class mail, the Postal Service announced Wednesday. The new stamp, the 27th in a series showing antique vehicles, goes on sale Jan. 24.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 3, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz and Kate Mather
Two men who allegedly stole part of the wrecked Porsche in which "Fast and Furious" actor Paul Walker died pleaded not guilty Friday to charges of felony grand theft, authorities said. James Brooks Witty, 18, and Anthony Edward Janow, 25, allegedly stole a roof panel from a tow truck carrying the destroyed Porsche Carrera GT away from the crash site in Santa Clarita, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office. Prosecutors say the pair took the panel after they were already told they could not take any parts from the vehicle.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 12, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
A Metro bus and tow truck collided in downtown Los Angeles early Wednesday, seriously injuring both drivers and sending the truck careening into a convenience store. The crash occurred about 5:10 a.m. at 5th Street and Broadway. TV news video showed the mangled front of the bus and the tow truck's cab pancaked. Both drivers had to be removed with the Jaws of Life, a Los Angeles Fire Department official said. The bus driver, a 35-year-old woman, was critically injured and taken to a local hospital.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 22, 1998
It's not surprising that building owners and their tenants get upset when someone parks illegally on the property or that they have the offending vehicles towed away. But the towing company should tell police so drivers realize that their cars have not been stolen. A Santa Ana-based tow truck operator has been removing cars wrongly parked on private property, including apartment house grounds. But neither police nor car owners are told about the towing.
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February 1, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
Louis Mitchell Jr. saw a brilliant opportunity when thousands of Georgia motorists abandoned their cars on snow-paralyzed roads this week, authorities say. Police say he used a tow truck he had stolen earlier in January to haul away four cars left on roads -- and without anyone's permission. Online jail records show the Atlanta Police Department also arrested Mitchell on suspicion of driving with a suspended or revoked license, using a fake license plate, damaging property and three instances of forgery.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 18, 1998
Police have arrested a 51-year-old transient who allegedly fleeced about 50 residents with a story about needing money for a tow truck to remove his daughter's stranded car from a freeway. Joseph Ware, 51, was arrested Wednesday in a parking lot near 33rd Street and Atlantic Avenue, Long Beach Police Sgt. Steve Filippini said Thursday. In the last few weeks, police had received dozens of complaints involving a con man who told residents that he needed money to pay for a tow truck.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 1, 2003 | From a Times Staff Writer
A man crossing a street in Santa Ana was killed Monday after being hit by a tow truck and dragged 100 feet. Police said the man, who appeared to be a transient but had not yet been identified Monday night, was struck shortly after 11 a.m. while crossing the intersection of 17th and English streets. "He was caught by the vehicle being towed," Santa Ana Police Sgt. Baltazar de La Riva said. "We are trying to determine whether he was in the crosswalk or not."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 13, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A man was killed Sunday morning when he was struck by a tow truck that was pulling his vehicle, authorities said. Leoncio Flores, 42, was trying to get the tow truck driver's attention as his Chevy Suburban was being towed from an apartment complex at 1100 S. Mantle St. in Santa Ana, Police Sgt. Lorenzo Carrillo said. Flores fell after catching up to the tow truck's driver's window and was struck by the truck's rear wheels and the front wheels of his Suburban, police said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 10, 2013 | By Kate Mather, Joseph Serna and Robert J. Lopez
A second suspect charged with stealing part of the wrecked Porsche  in which "Fast and Furious" actor Paul Walker died has turned himself into authorities, the Sheriff's Department said Tuesday night. Anthony Janow, 25, surrendered to authorities Tuesday at the San Fernando courthouse. He was arrested and released after posting $60,000 bail, sheriff's officials said.  Janow and Jameson Witty, 18, each face one felony count of grand theft of personal property, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 10, 2013 | By Richard Winton
Actor Paul Walker's body was released Tuesday by the Los Angeles County coroner's office to Forest Lawn Mortuaries to make arrangements for his final resting place. Ed Winter, assistant chief of coroner's investigations, said the "Fast & Furious" actor's remains were turned over to Forest Lawn, where many of Hollywood's most famous stars are buried. Walker, 40, died Nov. 30 from a combination of traumatic injuries and burns after the Porsche crashed in Santa Clarita and erupted in flames, the county coroner's office reported last week.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 12, 2013 | By Emily Foxhall
A passenger in a crashed car found by Riverside police was shot and killed by officers after allegedly pointing a gun at them, authorities said Wednesday. The driver, Clifton Carl Chapple, 21, of Riverside, was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of hit-and-run and driving under the influence. Police noticed the crashed car about 11 p.m. Tuesday as it blocked part of Van Buren Boulevard off Route 91, officials said. In addition, the officer saw the passenger leave the car. Witnesses soon informed police the passenger had a gun, and more officers were sent to the scene, said Lt. Guy Toussaint of the Riverside Police Department.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 12, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
A Metro bus and tow truck collided in downtown Los Angeles early Wednesday, seriously injuring both drivers and sending the truck careening into a convenience store. The crash occurred about 5:10 a.m. at 5th Street and Broadway. TV news video showed the mangled front of the bus and the tow truck's cab pancaked. Both drivers had to be removed with the Jaws of Life, a Los Angeles Fire Department official said. The bus driver, a 35-year-old woman, was critically injured and taken to a local hospital.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 12, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
The driver of a Metro bus died Wednesday morning after an apparently speeding tow truck smashed into it at 5 th and Broadway downtown, authorities said. "Metro is saddened to learn of the passing of one of our family members this morning as a result of a horrific accident in downtown Los Angeles," said Dave Sotero of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the bus operator's family and friends during this difficult time. A thorough investigation of the accident is underway.
BUSINESS
May 14, 2013 | By David G. Savage, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - A New Hampshire man who had his car towed when he was in a hospital recovering from a heart attack and the amputation of his left foot won a measure of justice at the U.S. Supreme Court. In a 9-0 decision released Monday, the court said Robert Pelkey can sue Dan's City Used Cars for disposing of his towed car without telling him or paying him. The case began during a snowstorm in February 2007. Pelkey's 2004 Honda Civic was parked legally in a handicapped parking spot in his apartment complex in Manchester, but he was confined to his bed. Under the apartment's policy, cars were to be removed to clear the snow, and Pelkey's car was towed away.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 25, 2002 | From Times Staff Reports
A Blue Line train approaching the Vernon station in southeast Los Angeles was struck by a tow truck Wednesday morning, an MTA spokesman said. He said the initial report that the tow truck had been rear-ended into the train's path could not be confirmed as of 1:10 pm. The driver of the tow truck was injured and taken to County-USC Medical Center. The seriousness of his injuries was not immediately known, said Ed Scannell, an MTA spokesman.
NEWS
February 20, 1995 | Associated Press
A tow truck pulling a garbage truck lost its brakes on a downhill road and collided with an oncoming car, sending all three vehicles crashing into a funeral home. Saturday's accident left a 15-foot-wide hole in a wall of the Gibbons Funeral Home, and the vehicles collapsed into the basement. The car's driver was killed. The funeral director's son was hit by debris and was hospitalized in serious condition.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 11, 2013 | By Veronica Rocha
A 28-year-old Van Nuys man has been charged in the kidnapping and death of a Glendale man who was run over with a vehicle and shot to death in Sun Valley, authorities said this week. Hachik Maskovian faces four felony murder-related charges in the death of 33-year-old Joshua West, including that the incident was premeditated and that he was kidnapped during the April 24 incident, according to a Los Angeles County Superior Court criminal complaint. West died of multiple gunshot wounds but was also cut and suffered blunt-force trauma, said Los Angeles County coroner's spokesman Ed Winter.
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