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American Towman Magazine Presents the Week in TowingMay 27 - June 02, 2015

Towers Help Find [b]Missing Ohio Women

A Hubbard, Ohio, tow truck driver and city police and technology found a girl and autistic woman who walked into the woods May 20 and got lost.

Kristina Getts, 22, and Hailey Zanolli, 10, both of Stoneybrook Village Mobile Home Park, were reported missing and were found one hour later.

Zanolli's mother told police she called her daughter's cellphone, while she was still in the woods. So, police contacted Trumbull (County) 911 to have dispatchers use the phone's GPS technology to get her location.

Police received GPS coordinates indicating their location at a specific spot in the woods.

Officers from the Hubbard Township Police Department and a driver from C&C Towing entered the woods there and heard the voices of the two females, according to a Hubbard Township police report.

J.R. Watson of Watson's Towing was also on his way with about 10 people ready to help look for the missing females, and several other people were also preparing to look, police said.


San Antonio [b]Considering Change

The San Antonio (Texas) City Council could decide soon to hire a new company to handle the management and dispatch of police-initiated tows, creating a major shift in how disabled or abandoned vehicles or cars involved in crimes are hauled off roads.

City officials recently recommended United Road Towing get the four-year contract, valued at $8.8 million a year, with options to renew. The city gave United Road Towing the highest score among the four applicants for the contract.

As part its proposal, United Road Towing said it would reduce response times after the first year to 20 minutes on highways and 25 minutes on city streets.

If the council approves the contract, Illinois-based United Road Towing would take over towing management for the city on Dec. 1, dispatching and overseeing subcontractors that would do the actual towing.

As it stands, the city is divided into six zones that are split up among three towing companies and two back-up companies. But the city has been trying to move away from the zoned system, and late last year police said the towing companies were starting to lag on response times.

Officials also said having a towing manager would allow smaller towing companies that perhaps could not handle an entire zone of the city to get city business as one of the subcontractors.

The council is scheduled to vote on the contract at its May 28 meeting.

By Don Lomax

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In the Blink of [b]an Eye

Reviewing many of the stories compiled this week for our News Page, there appears to be a theme of how things can change in an instant. Someone winds up with a car in their pool. A walk in the woods leads to getting lost. And the worst-case scenario: Someone loses their life working roadside.

Life is full of sudden changes, no doubt. And yes, mistakes and accidents are a fact of life. Still, cognizance and awareness of your surroundings cannot be stressed enough—especially on the road.

Summer's here, and with that comes increased road traffic. Some are hitting those roads for the first time as new drivers. Others may be partying a little too hard. Some may be fooling around, and taking unnecessary driving risks on the road.

Do yourself a favor: Be cognizant of all this. Above all, be safe out there.
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