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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

On Jan. 30, a vehicle with a sleeping child in the backseat was stolen from a Newark, NJ, auto body shop.

A woman briefly left her Nissan Altima idling with her 5-year-old child in the backseat in front of an auto body shop on Central Avenue at about 7 p.m., police said.

While she was gone, a man entered the car and sped off with the child inside.

Pennsylvania Senate Bill 332, introduced by State Sen. Elder A. Vogel (R-47), seeks to reduce the number of emissions inspections for vehicles. The bill, which has been referred to the Senate Committee on Transportation, includes the following provisions:

• Newest model year vehicles will be exempt from the requirements for emissions inspections for 10 years from the date of original registration,

• Alternative fuel vehicles will be exempt from the requirements for emissions inspections. A certificate of exemption shall be affixed to the vehicle in a manner prescribed by department regulations,

• The department, in consultation with the Department of Environmental Protection, will immediately notify the Environmental Protection Agency of modifications to the vehicle emissions program and of the intent to seek its approval of the plan, in accordance with the requirements of federal law,

• Newest 10 model year and alternative fuel vehicles shall be subject to visual anti-tampering inspections for the presence of emissions control components installed on the vehicle by manufacturers.

The Automotive Service Association (ASA) opposes the 10-year emissions inspection exemption and the exemption of alternative fuel vehicles. This legislation will harm consumers and the environment.
ASA urges Pennsylvania independent repairers to send a letter in opposition to their state senator. To send a letter and to view the full text of the bill, visit ASA’s legislative website at and click on the “Track State Legislation” tab in the left menu.

McKeesport Area School District in Pennsylvania invited students from a multi-county region to put their vocational and technical skills to the test on Jan. 14.

Hosting the SkillsUSA leadership and skill competition for Pennsylvania’s Region 8, McKeesport Area Career and Technology Center opened its classrooms to students from Steel Center, Forbes, Eastern Westmoreland, Northern Westmoreland, Parkway West, AW Beattie, Beaver, Greater Johnstown and Indiana County vocational programs.

“It’s been 10 years since we last hosted this competition,” McKeesport Area CTC director Patty Scales said. “I remember that snowy January day very well, and we’re thankful that the weather cooperated this year.”

Wednesday, 06 February 2013 16:56

Maryland Auto Body Shop Owner Fatally Shot

The owner of V&W Auto Body in Landover, MD, was found fatally shot in his shop on Jan. 28.

Police say Keith Watson, 48, was already dead when they found him fatally shot by someone who remained at large.

Watson’s Audi A6 was missing, and later found abandoned in the 300 block of Hillside Terrace in Landover, police said. They credited a Crime Solvers tip with helping detectives locate the car.

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.

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