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Armored car, 24 deputies dispatched to collect civil judgment from 75 year old man

A 75-year-old man from Stettin, WI owed the city $80,000 for various violations of nuisance laws and refused to pay.  What happened next is about as chilling as it gets in America.

Milwaukee Journal:

When officials in the tiny Town of Stettin in Marathon County went to collect a civil judgment from 75-year-old Roger Hoeppner this month, they sent 24 armed officers.

And an armored military vehicle.

Among other issues, the recent unrest in Ferguson, Mo., focused attention on the growing militarization of local law enforcement, particularly the use by even very small police departments of surplus armored military vehicles.

Marathon County sheriff’s officials aren’t apologizing for their tactics. Sheriff’s Capt. Greg Bean said officials expected to have to seize and remove tractors and wooden pallets to pay the judgment — hence the cadre of deputies. He also said what while Hoeppner was never considered dangerous, he was known to be argumentative.

Hoeppner said when he noticed deputies outside his house, he called his attorney, Ryan Lister of Wausau. Lister said he quickly left for Hoeppner’s house but was stopped by a roadblock that was kept up until after his client had been taken away in handcuffs. “Rather than provide Mr. Hoeppner or his counsel notice…and attempt to collect without spending thousands of taxpayer dollars on the military-style maneuvers, the town unilaterally decided to enforce its civil judgment” with a show of force, Lister said.

Bean said deputies had to handcuff Hoeppner because he was not following all their instructions, but did eventually agree to pay the $80,000 judgment after a visit to a bank — accompanied by deputies.

Bean also said the armored truck was summoned only after Hoeppner initially refused to come out of his house. Once the truck appeared, so did Hoeppner.

“I’ve been involved in about five standoff situations where, as soon as the MARV showed up, the person gives up,” saving time, money and increasing safety, Bean said.

Hoeppner’s wife was so upset by the military tactics employed by the police that she had to go to the hospital.

To be sure, Hoeppner had no legal leg to stand on.  And he’s apparently a disagreeable sort of fellow.

But the politicians in the town may have had another motive for employing maximum force:

In a federal civil rights suit, Hoeppner contends that Wasmundt infringed on his free speech rights by calling deputies to town board meetings where Hoeppner wished to address the board during public comment periods, and for later eliminating public comment entirely from meeting agendas.

Once, Hoeppner said, he was arrested by the deputies at Wasmundt’s direction, only to later be released without charge.

A citizen standing up to authorities – free-speaking, cantankerous, and dismissive of their authority – gets a visit by 24 deputies with guns drawn and an armored vehicle.  I’d say there’s more to this case than the town is letting on.

Article source: http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2014/10/armored_car_24_deputies_dispatched_to_collect_civil_judgment_from_75_year_old_man.html

Car crashes into Whatcom Children’s Museum, causing minor damage

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Bellingham increases fine for expired parking meters up to $15

Article source: http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2014/10/28/3939543/car-crashes-into-whatcom-childrens.html?sp=/99/100/&ihp=1

Halloween and Car Thefts

It seems that trick or treaters aren’t the only ones who will be out on Halloween night
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Keeping Your Car Safe on Halloween

Halloween and Car Thefts

Here at Auto Credit Express, helping families with bad credit find car dealers who are willing to work with them isn’t our only concern. We also want to make sure that once these buyers get approved, they’re able to keep their vehicles out of the hands (and away from the blowtorches) of car thieves and chop shops.

This is why we thought we’d pass along some information we’ve received from the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) as well as the LoJack Corporation. For those unfamiliar with either or both, the NICB is a not-for-profit organization involved in preventing, detecting and defeating insurance fraud and vehicle theft while the LoJack Corporation are developers of the LoJack Stolen Vehicle Recovery System.

The information from both concerns the upcoming Halloween holiday.

Boo, Your Car is Stolen

According to the NICB, which tracks vehicle theft data reported to the National Crime Information Center (NCIC), Halloween is the fifth highest holiday for vehicle theft in 2012 (the last year data was available for the report). Not only that, vehicle theft on holidays is on the rise – for the 11 holidays reviewed in 2012, 21,325 vehicles were reported stolen.

This compares to a total of 20,800 reported for those same days in 2011 and represents a 2.5 percent increase. Car theft also poses a number of problems for credit-challenged borrowers – especially if it happens during the early years of a loan when cars are normally worth less than the loan balance. If the buyer hasn’t purchased gap insurance, they could owe hundreds or even thousands of dollars on a vehicle they no longer have.

So how can car owners lessen the possibility that their rides will turn up missing on November 1st?

Here are some suggestions from LoJack Corporation:

  • Don’t forget about your valuables: Even if you are just traveling around the neighborhood, never leave valuable assets inside the car.
  • Always remember your keys: If you do decide to venture out on Halloween, never leave your keys (or key fob) inside the car or leave the car running.
  • Make noise, lots of noise: The easiest way to protect your car is through the combination of an alarm and a recovery device, such as the LoJack. Anything that makes noise can help ward off thieves.
  • Light is your ally: Make sure to park in well lit, populated areas. Thieves are more inclined to target dark, unattended areas for theft.

The Bottom Line

Vehicle theft is more than an inconvenience – it can cost car owners both time and money especially if the insurance company only covers the vehicle’s replacement cost of a stolen car – not the balance owed on the loan. By following the tips suggested by LoJack, owners can reduce the chances of becoming victims of car theft and really have a Happy Halloween.

One more tip: Auto Credit Express specializes in matching consumers with poor credit with dealers that can offer them their best chances for car loan approvals. So if you’re ready to reestablish your auto credit, you can begin now by filling out our online car loan application.

Article source: http://www.autocreditexpress.com/blog/2014/10/27/halloween-and-car-thefts/

Build, Paint, Repaint: The Assembly of Challenger Hellcat #0001 [Video]

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Dodge has been deep in this whole promotional thing involving the one-last-go-’round Mötley Crüe and Gas Monkey guy Richard Rawlings, so it only makes sense that this build video of Challenger Hellcat VIN #0001 was scored by the Crüe’s ’89 MTV staple, “Kickstart My Heart.”

What’s more confusing is that after assembly and primer, a black Challenger rolls out of the plant. Suddenly, a primed and masked car appears in a spray booth at Prefix, the company responsible for the immaculate paintwork on the Dodge Viper.

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We assume that the decision to paint Challenger #0001 in the Viper-only Stryker Red was made as a value-added bonus at some point between the car’s construction and the moment it rolled across the stage at Barrett-Jackson for a cool $825,000. Which is, as we’ve previously noted, roughly one Hellcat less money than the first Ferrari 458 Speciale A went forWe’re sure former Chrysler honcho and noted Ferrari enthusiast Lee Iacocca was pleased. We do, however, wonder what recently departed Ferrari main man Luca di Montezemolo was feeling. Apparently, the custom paint worked a treat for the Dodge. Who says a respray ruins value?



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Article source: http://blog.caranddriver.com/build-paint-repaint-the-assembly-of-challenger-hellcat-0001-video/

Tim Duncan made a Punisher car

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERTim Duncan‘s love for the comic book character The Punisher has been well-documented. He was in a Punisher comic book, and the man has a Punisher knee brace, for goodness sake.

So perhaps we shouldn’t have been surprised when Duncan showed up at the Heroes and Festivals convention this weekend to sign copies of his comic book and he unveiled a Punisher-themed car made by his BlackJack Speed Shop. According to MySA, the car will be raffled off for charity at a later date. Don’t be surprised if Duncan buys all the tickets.

(via TNLP)

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Article source: http://allball.blogs.nba.com/2014/10/28/tim-duncan-made-a-punisher-car/

Buying a Rental Car with Problem Credit

Consumers with less than perfect credit have a number of vehicle choices when financing a used car

Options When Buying Used Cars

Buying a Rental Car with Problem Credit

Here at Auto Credit Express we realize that most consumers with bad credit will find themselves financing a used car with reasonable mileage. For the most part, the choices will include traditional used cars as well as certified used cars. But in addition to those vehicles, buyers also might be shown a demo (which is technically a new car), a program car (one driven by an auto executive), or even a fourth option.

Used Rental Cars

That option is a used rental car. Although these vehicles are sometimes referred to as program cars, they shouldn’t be confused with the vehicles driven by auto company executives (the FTC defines a program car as “low-mileage, current-model-year vehicles returned from short-term leases or rentals”).

Used rental cars come from rental agencies that sell a portion of their vehicle fleets directly to consumers through their own used car lots as well as to car dealers (through auctions) each year.

Buying Concerns

If you buy a vehicle from a rental used car lot you know it’s a used rental car. But why would you want to know and how can you tell if a used car you’re considering was actually a rental vehicle at one time?

To answer the first question, one of the criticisms of former rental cars is that they get misused by drivers. This is certainly a concern, but it’s not always true and, in fact, rental companies are typically very diligent in keeping their fleet in shape. As for the second question, used rental cars easy to spot, but it’s harder to tell if they’ve been damaged.

That’s because a vehicle history will show where a vehicle was titled, but since most rental companies are self-insured, there’s a good chance the damage won’t show up on any of these reports.

Tips on Buying a Used Rental Car

With those facts in mind, here are some tips on buying a used rental car:

  • Be aware of the fact that the “program car” a salesperson is describing is probably a former rental car, not one driven by an auto executive
  • Know the fair market value of a used car before stepping on the lot
  • Test drive any used rental car you are considering
  • Check the warranty coverage – there may be a portion of the manufacturer’s warranty remaining. Some rental car companies include a basic 12-month/12,000 mile powertrain warranty while others offer the option of purchasing a service contract
  • Check the vehicle history report of any used rental car you are considering
  • Before signing on the dotted line, have the car you choose inspected by an ASE Certified Master Mechanic as well as a body and frame specialist

The Bottom Line

Used rental program cars offer a fourth option for credit-challenged buyers. Consumers should know the fair market value, take a test drive, review the vehicle history report as well as have the vehicle they’re buying inspected by an ASE Certified Master Mechanic as well as a frame specialist before signing on the dotted line.

One more tip: Auto Credit Express matches consumers with poor credit to those dealers that can offer them their best chances for car loan approvals.

So if you’re ready to establish your credit, you can begin the process now by filling out our online auto loan application.

Article source: http://www.autocreditexpress.com/blog/2014/10/24/buying-a-rental-car-with-problem-credit/

2014 Week 8 SEA at CAR

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Article source: http://espn.go.com/blog/nfcwest/tag/_/name/2014-week-8-sea-at-car

LeMons New England Day 1: No German Cars In Top 10, Sea Sprite Leading …

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We inspected the 132 entries at the third annual Halloween Hooptiefest 24 Hours of LeMons on Friday, and today we raced. We saw many bent fenders, many ventilated engine blocks, and more lead changes than we could follow during the course of the day. When the dust settled, though, we were able to sort out all the leaders and runners-up in the three LeMons classes. Here’s what we’ve got.

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This being the Halloween race, the cars festooned with giant witches-on-brooms and wiggly spider legs seemed especially appropriate.

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Leading Class A is a car we’ve seen take three overall LeMons wins in the past, the most recent being the 2013 Loudon Annoying race at this very track. Formerly the Bill Danger and the Road Hazzards ’94 Honda Accord, Team BAR(F) Honda spent the day climbing gradually up the standings. When the checkered flag flew, the BAR(F) team led the field by a single lap.

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Right behind the leading Accord looms the Mr 2 Old To Care ’86 Toyota MR2, a team captained by the man who once led the Bill Danger and the Road Hazzards team. We’re not sure how much rivalry existed between the original team and the spinoff team before the race, but we’re sure it’s stronger now that the former is in P1 and the latter is in P2.

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In Class B, Bazinga Racing and their ’85 Nissan 300ZX have managed to reach heights previously assumed well beyond their reach: P16 overall and a two-lead advantage in Class B.

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Racing’s storied 300ZX-versus-Forester rivalry has been rekindled in Class B today, because the team chasing the Bazinga Racing Nissan is The Magic School Bus Racing Team and their ’99 Subaru Forester.

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The Three Pedal Mafia 1971 Sea Sprite boat (built on a Chevrolet S-10 chassis) has pursued an elusive Class C win for several years, without success. Today, the 3PM Sea Sprite ended the first race session with a two-lap lead in the most important LeMons class.

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Can the boat hold off the Dirty Penny Datsun 510 for the class win? We’ll see on Sunday.

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The Mod Squad Racing MR2-based Volkswagen Vanagon isn’t contending for a class lead at the moment, but just look at it!

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One of the most interesting bits of news about this race is the lack of any German cars in the top ten of the standings. We have four Volvos, an Alfa Romeo, a Datsun, a Toyota, a Pontiac, a Honda, and a Ford… but the top-ranking German car is the 11th-place Overengineer’d Racing ’91 BMW 318i. What does it mean? Be sure to check in later to see what happens on Sunday.

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Article source: http://blog.caranddriver.com/lemons-new-england-day-1-no-german-cars-in-top-10-sea-sprite-leading-class-c/

NFL Nation: 2014 Week 8 SEA at CAR

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Jamie McMurray claims pole at Martinsville

Jamie McMurray claimed his second NASCAR Sprint Cup Series pole of 2014 and his second-career pole at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway on Friday with an 18.954-second/99.905 mph lap in the second of two rounds of qualifying for Sunday’s Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500.

“Great start to our weekend for our McDonald’s Chevrolet,” McMurray said. “We tested here, and I thought we had a really good test. Keith (Rodden, crew chief) and Josh (Sell, engineer) just did a really good job adjusting on the car. It’s amazing you can go quicker your second time out.”

Joey Logano, who set a new track qualifying record the last time the Sprint Cup Series visited Martinsville in late March, will start second next to McMurray on the front row Sunday.

“I was not first, but we were close to it,” Logano said. “Jamie laid down a hell of a lap there. A half-tenth sounds like nothing, but around Martinsville here, that’s quite a bit, so congratulations to them, and we’ll be able to have a very fast Shell Pennzoil Ford.”

Matt Kenseth and Tony Stewart will share row two on the starting grid, while Denny Hamlin and Brad Keselowski will start fifth and sixth in row three after posting the fifth and sixth fastest times in the final round.

Kenseth posted the fastest lap in the opening round of qualifying on Friday, turning in a time of 18.971 seconds (99.816 mph). McMurray was second in round one.

“It was a good lap for us, especially that first session,” Kenseth said. “It surprised me with our speed there and thought we were going to have a shot at the pole and I didn’t quite have the same feel I wanted there last lap.”

Other drivers advancing to round two and claiming seventh through 12th on the starting grid for Sunday’s race are Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch, Ryan Newman, Kurt Busch, Carl Edwards and Clint Bowyer.

Forty-three cars, the exact number that make up a full race field, entered, so there were no DNQs (did not qualify).

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Article source: http://stockcarspin.com/2014/10/24/jamie-mcmurray-claims-pole-martinsville/