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Vehicle submerged in Colorado pool inspires perfect response from local police
The scorching hot used car market may finally be cooling off
Chippewa Falls man helps others one bicycle at a time
Penske Automotive Group and Cox Automotive Debut Automated Platform for Retailing Used Vehicles
DC police ask for help to ID vehicle used in shooting death of 6-year-old
EV Stocks Could Fly This Summer
Solon Bicycle moves to new location | Destination
HAAH gives up on Chinese cars, will file for bankruptcy
Kansas City police say officers shot at man when vehicle continued to approach them during traffic stop
Brent Spence Bridge project 50% complete, transportation cabinet says
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Vehicle submerged in Colorado pool inspires perfect response from local police The scorching hot used car market may finally be cooling off Chippewa Falls man helps others one bicycle at a time Penske Automotive Group and Cox Automotive Debut Automated Platform for Retailing Used Vehicles DC police ask for help to ID vehicle used in shooting death of 6-year-old EV Stocks Could Fly This Summer Solon Bicycle moves to new location | Destination HAAH gives up on Chinese cars, will file for bankruptcy Kansas City police say officers shot at man when vehicle continued to approach them during traffic stop Brent Spence Bridge project 50% complete, transportation cabinet says
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Vehicle submerged in Colorado pool inspires perfect response from local police

Police in Lakewood say the incident occurred when a teen driver accidentally put the vehicle in reverse. (Lakewood Police)

LAKEWOOD, Colo. (KDVR) – No one was hurt after a vehicle ended up in a pool in Colorado on Thursday afternoon.

Police in Lakewood say the incident occurred when a teen driver accidentally put the vehicle — an Infiniti — in reverse. The driver and the adult passenger got out safely. The teen driver has been cited for careless driving.

Police thanked fire crews for helping with the follow-up work, as well as a local towing company that assisted officers in getting the car out of the water.

The incident, while serious, also inspired a few “carpool” jokes on Twitter. But the Lakewood Police offered up their own knee-slapper, which they deemed to be the best possible one-liner.

“Just FYI, the best line for this is ‘Check out our new Infiniti Pool.’ Everyone else is battling for second place.”

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2021
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DC police ask for help to ID vehicle used in shooting death of 6-year-old

D.C. Police Chief Robert Contee asked for the public’s help in identifying a silver sedan used in a Friday night drive-by shooting that left six-year-old Nyiah Courtney dead.

D.C. Police Chief Robert Contee, flanked by D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser at a Saturday afternoon news conference, asked for the public’s help to identify a silver sedan used in a Friday night drive-by shooting that left six-year-old Nyiah Courtney dead.

The vehicle of interest D.C. police are asking for the public’s help in identifying. (Courtesy D.C. Police)

Contee also said a reward no less than $60,000 is being offered to anyone who can provide information leading to an arrest in the crime that killed the girl and wounded five others.

“Together we will do whatever it takes to close this case in a swift and professional manner,” Contee said.

Contee said Nyiah would have been starting the first grade this fall. “And now that won’t happen,” he said.

He urged the community to come together to curb the ongoing gun violence in the city.

“We have a collective responsibility to ensure our children have every opportunity to be safe from violence. I am asking that we all stand together and say no more. I am sick and tired of being sick and tired,” Contee said.

Police released a video Saturday showing a silver sedan driving through the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X avenues in Congress Heights at approximately 11 p.m. Friday. Contee described the event as “a drive-by shooting.”

In total, six people were shot, including Nyiah Courtney, who was taken to a hospital where she would be pronounced dead. Three men and two women were also taken to area hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.

Contee and Bowser urged city residents to help police identify the owner of the vehicle, its driver and other passengers.

“We ask that people take a moment to see if they recognize the car and provide tips or information to bring closure for Nyiah,” Contee said.

Justice for Nyiah was the news conference theme.

“We know from past instances that the community can help us close cases by sharing information or simply reposting images,” he added.

The FBI and the ATF are partnering with D.C. police to help identify the shooter. The agencies also contributed towards the reward.

During the news conference officials acknowledged they did not yet know what the motive for the shooting was.

Community members attending the news conference said they wanted more from the police.

“I charged the police with a simple thing,” Bowser said. “What I believe is we don’t let people get away with murder in our town. We have to stand up against it. We don’t let anybody get away with murder. And we don’t do street justice because then other innocent people get caught up in it. Law enforcement is responsible for arresting and ensuring justice.”

Contee pleaded with the

Jul
2021
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Kansas City police say officers shot at man when vehicle continued to approach them during traffic stop

FIRES. ALRIGHT KATIE. THANK YOU BREAKING NEWS FROM OVERNIGHT IN KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI POLICE SHOT AT A PERSON DURING A TRAFFIC STOP IN THE NORTHEAST SIDE OF TOWN. THIS HAPPENED JUST AFTER MIDNIGHT NEAR INDEPENDENCE AVENUE AND EWING POLICE TRIED TO LLPU OVER A CAR THERE, BUT THAT VEHICLE APPROACHED OFFICERS DROVE TOWARD THEM AND THEY SHOT AT IT THE CAR THEN DROVE OFFPSTO WINCHESTER THE MAN INSIDE GOT OUT AND RAN AFTER A SHORT CHASE POLICE DID TAKE HIM INTO CUSTODY EMS ALSO RESPONDED FATHER THAT THAT MAN WASOT N HIT BY GUNFIRE OR OTHERWISE INJURED. AND RELEASED HIM BACK INTO POLICE CUSTODY DETECTIVES ARE NOW INVESTIGATING THE M

Kansas City police say officers shot at man when vehicle continued to approach them during traffic stop

The Kansas City Police Department said officers shot at a man when a vehicle continued to approach them during a traffic stop early Sunday morning on the city’s northeast side.KCPD said the incident happened just after midnight Sunday morning near Independence and Ewing avenues. Police said they tried to pull over a car, but the vehicle approached officers, and then they shot at it.Police said the car drove off, stopping near 12th Street and Winchester Avenue, when the man inside got out and ran.After a short chase, police said they took the man into custody. EMS responded to the scene, found the man was not hit by gunfire or injured, and then released him back into police custody.Detectives are investigating the moments that led up to officers firing their weapons.

The Kansas City Police Department said officers shot at a man when a vehicle continued to approach them during a traffic stop early Sunday morning on the city’s northeast side.

KCPD said the incident happened just after midnight Sunday morning near Independence and Ewing avenues. Police said they tried to pull over a car, but the vehicle approached officers, and then they shot at it.

Police said the car drove off, stopping near 12th Street and Winchester Avenue, when the man inside got out and ran.

After a short chase, police said they took the man into custody. EMS responded to the scene, found the man was not hit by gunfire or injured, and then released him back into police custody.

Detectives are investigating the moments that led up to officers firing their weapons.

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2021
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Woman charged with speeding, striking police vehicle south of Dewey

A Magnolia woman faces charges after police said she crashed into a Delaware State Police vehicle July 18 south of Dewey Beach.

Angela Robinson, 44, was driving a 2017 Lexus ES350 at 3:10 a.m. going northbound in the left lane of Route 1 near Conquest Road when she struck a fully marked Delaware State Police Tahoe operated by an 11-year veteran who was also driving in the left lane, said Sr. Cpl. Jason Hatchell of the Delaware State Police.

Hatchell said Robinson was traveling at a high rate of speed when she struck the rear of the state police Tahoe, causing the Lexus to exit the roadway. The Lexus slid through the grass center median, rotated counterclockwise about 90 degrees, and came to a rest in the median, Hatchell said. As a result of the impact, he said, the state police Tahoe was violently pushed forward until coming to rest in the northbound shoulder of Route 1. The trooper and Robinson were the sole occupants in their respective vehicles. The trooper was transported to Beebe Medical Center for nonlife-threatening injuries.

Robinson was not injured as a result of the collision. During the investigation, Hatchell said, police determined Robinson was operating her vehicle under the influence. She was transported to Troop 7 where she was charged with second-degree vehicular assault, driving a vehicle under the influence of alcohol, driving a vehicle at unreasonable or imprudent speed, and failure to have insurance identification in possession. She was arraigned in Justice of the Peace Court 3 and committed to to Delores J. Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution in default of $3,300 cash bond.

The northbound lanes of Route 1 were closed for about three hours while the collision was investigated and the roadway was cleared.

Anyone with information regarding this collision should contact Cpl./3 Argo with the Delaware State Police Troop 7 Collision Reconstruction Unit by calling 302-703-3264, or Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or delaware.crimestoppersweb.com.

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2021
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Automotive Transformation Group Created to Revolutionise Vehicle Sales Enabling Billions in Online Sales as Industry Rapidly Digitises

In an industry first, by integrating the data, products, services and technology across its portfolio, the Group will connect car maker, financiers, dealer and consumer in the most efficient way possible. An essential component is connecting finance data, the core thread of new and used vehicle sales. Seamlessly integrating this will unlock the barriers to offering a complete ‘omnichannel’ customer experience – blending physical showrooms and the virtual world – from first sale, through aftersales and re-sale.

The commercial gains on offer are vast. Based on the 77 million new cars sold globally in 2020, with a value of $2.5 trillion**, a 1% shift in ecommerce sales would equate to $25 billion in revenue. And that’s without factoring in the potential of global used car sales – the forecast for Europe in 2025 alone is €357 billion*.

The Automotive Transformation Group is also looking to help its customers to improve their profitability. By leveraging its products and services to cut transaction times and reduce sales process costs, the industry could generate an additional £2.2 billion per year in global profitability based on an extra £142 per new vehicle sale.***

The new Group already handles one transaction every 3.5 minutes ($4.25 billion annually) and has an unrivalled experience and operational scale in the industry. The company serves more than 20 car manufacturers in over 10,000 locations across 96 countries.

Commenting on the launch of the Automotive Transformation Group, Chairman David Riemenschneider said: “The digitalisation of the sales process is advancing at an unrelenting pace. The Automotive market, which is one of the largest in the world, has lagged other sectors in terms of the speed of transition to online sales, but that is changing rapidly. Until now, the cost and complexity of integrating each element of an online and offline experience into a brand consistent omnichannel one, has prevented it being delivered at scale. The Automotive Transformation Group aims to change that. By joining up the dots we will enable car manufacturers, financiers and retailers to unlock the huge potential and efficiencies in today’s sales process and overall value chain. And now is the time to act.”

CEO Christian Erlandson added, “Since we announced the merger between Autofutura and GForces, we have been engaged in strategic discussions with some of the biggest players in the industry. This demonstrates just how dynamic the automotive industry is and how fast it is shifting towards digitalisation. We offer something truly unique. By connecting vehicles and consumers, serving the right offer, at the right time, to the right customer and then facilitating the seamless transition from one vehicle to another, we are streamlining the customer journey, right from the first transaction. We believe the companies which we support will not just have happier, longer standing customers, they will also be even more successful as a result of the substantial efficiencies they have achieved.”

*, **Car sales and forecast data (Frost & Sullivan, May 2021)

***Calculations based on Automotive Transformation Group proprietary UK

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2021
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Got a High-Mileage Vehicle? You Might Want to Sell It Now

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  • Older vehicles with over 100,000 miles may be suddenly more valuable than their owners would have expected; they’re now selling considerably faster and for much more money amid growing demand.
  • Trucks have seen the largest increase of year-over-year average transaction prices, according to consumer site Edmunds, with the Chevy Silverado 1500 and Ford F-150 taking the lead.
  • Owners of used vehicles of any vintage should check their car’s current value; chances are they could be worth much more than you think.

    If you have a used vehicle in the driveway, you may be sitting on a pile of cash and not even know it. Influenced by the global chip shortage and ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, there’s an increased demand for used vehicles amid a shortage of new ones to buy.

    The consumer website Edmunds has noted that high-mileage older vehicles, and used cars in general, are “selling faster and for more money than ever.” The same is true for used cars in general, as our family found out recently. In September 2017, we bought an entry-level 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage ES hatchback new for $9600, a significant discount from the MSRP, which was in the $13,000 range. Nearly four years later, with 18,266 miles on it, we sold the car to CarMax for $9400—just $200 under its original purchase price. The car was later listed at $12,998, essentially the same as MSRP.

    Edmunds’ data shows that this was no fluke. Its analysts said the average transaction price for older, high-mileage vehicles sold at dealerships was up 31 percent year over year for vehicles with odometers reading from 100,000 to 109,999 miles. Where the average was $12,626 in June 2020, last month it climbed to $16,489. This set of vehicles also sold in an average of 30.5 days in June 2021 compared with 37.7 days in June 2020.

    The Edmunds list of top 100,000-mile-plus sellers was led by the Chevrolet Silverado 1500, up 49 percent year over year with an average transaction price of $26,914, followed by the Ford F-150 at an average price of $25,924, up 43 percent, and the Ram 1500, up 42 percent with an average transaction price of $24,657. Filling out the top 10 were the Ford Escape; Honda Accord, Civic, and CR-V; Jeep Grand Cherokee and Wrangler; and the Toyota Camry. All of the top 10 were at least 6.5 years old and some were more than eight years old.

    Neal Coppola, general sales manager at Oregon dealership Tonkin Gresham Honda, has been in the auto industry since 2001 and told Car and Driver: “We’re adjusting inventory to people’s needs. A five-year-old SUV that used to be $20,000 is now $28,000 . . . [but] you need to backfill and still have that $20,000 car.” He adds with values escalating, the only way to do that is offering older and/or higher-mileage vehicles.

    Coppola said the company is now forced to pay “scary dollar amounts” for auction or trade-in

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    2021
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    China launches secretive suborbital vehicle for reusable space transportation system

    HELSINKI — China conducted a clandestine first test flight of a reusable suborbital vehicle Friday as a part of development of a reusable space transportation system.

    The vehicle launched from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center Friday and later landed at an airport just over 800 kilometers away at Alxa League in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp. (CASC) announced.

    No images nor footage nor further information, such as altitude, flight duration or propulsion systems, were provided. The CASC release stated however that the vehicle uses integrated aviation and space technologies and indicates a vertical takeoff and horizontal landing (VTHL) profile.

    The test follows a September 2020 test flight of a “reusable experimental spacecraft”. The spacecraft orbited for days, releasing a small transmitting payload and later deorbited and landed horizontally. The spacecraft is widely believed to be a reusable spaceplane concept, though no images have emerged.

    Giant space and defense contractor CASC also developed that vehicle and stated that the new vehicle tested Friday can be used as a first stage of a reusable space transportation system. The implication is that the two vehicles will be combined for a fully reusable space transportation system.

    The developments have not come out of the blue. China stated in 2017 that it aimed to test a reusable spaceplane in 2020. The United States Air Force’s X-37B spaceplane is currently carrying out its sixth mission in orbit. Last year Boeing exited the Experimental Spaceplane (XSP) program, also known as the XS-1 program, another VTHL concept. 

    The new test also follows days after a flight of Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo flew passengers to the edge of space for the first time. 

    A spaceplane project was included in a 2017 CASC ‘space transportation roadmap’. The plans also included fully reusable launch vehicles and, around 2045, a nuclear-powered shuttle.

    Chen Hongbo, from CASC’s China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology (CALT), told Science and Technology Daily (Chinese) in 2017 that the reusable spacecraft would be capable of carrying both crew and payloads. Chen stated that some vehicles would have the characteristics of both aircraft and spacecraft. CALT was noted as the developer of Friday’s suborbital reusable demonstration vehicle.

    Chen stated the aim was full reusability, moving beyond partial reusability of Falcon 9-like launchers. The spaceplane, the development and testing of which is to be completed by 2030, should be capable of being reused more than 20 times.

    It will be oriented to orbital altitudes of between 300 to 500 kilometers, meet criteria of being “fast, reliable, and economical,” and meet the needs of military and civilian payloads, and be applicable for space tourism.

    The China Aerospace Science and Industry Corp. (CASIC), another giant state-owned enterprise, is working on its own spaceplane, named Tengyun. Demonstration and verification of the reusable two-stage-to-orbit Tengyun spacecraft is to be completed by 2025. Tengyun will be a horizontal takeoff, horizontal landing (HTHL) system.

    Chinese commercial companies and CASC are also developing reusable rockets

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    2021
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    Investigation underway after video shows UHP vehicle driving into traffic

    MORGAN COUNTY, Utah — A Utah Highway Patrol official says an investigation is underway after video shows one of its patrol cars driving into traffic.

    The incident occurred over the holiday weekend on Trapper’s Loop in Morgan County.

    In dashcam video posted to Facebook by Derek Wolthoff, a trooper is seen slowing down and slightly moving to their right in order to turn on the road. However, the UHP vehicle immediately begins the left turn without checking first on the traffic moving in the same direction.

    Derek Wolthoff

    The vehicle behind the trooper, presumably driven by Wolthoff, smashed into the UHP car, which then forces a pickup truck hauling a boat to swerve off the road and jackknife into a road barrier.

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    Derek Wolthoff

    Following the accident, UHP posted a warning on its Facebook page for drivers to slow down and heed emergency lights, but Wolthoff’s video appears to show no time for him, or anyone else, to slow before the trooper made their turn.

    “So grateful for all of my race experience to save our lives. It happens in a blink of an eye. Everyone walked away without injury. I literally have no idea what that officer was thinking,” wrote Wolthoff.

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    Derek Wolthoff

    A UHP spokesperson told FOX 13 that an outside agency is investigating the incident while they also perform their own internal review.

    (A previous version of this story referenced a social media post that was inadvertently attributed to the Utah Highway Patrol, when it was, in fact, posted by the Mountain Green Fire Protection District. That post was the one that has been removed.)

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    2021
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    28-year-old man arrested after police chase ends in vehicle crashing into a building

    BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) – A dramatic scene unfolded directly across from the WAFB studio in downtown Baton Rouge after a driver reportedly jumped from a moving vehicle during a police chase, causing a major crash.

    According to the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office, Dedrick Weatherspoon, 28, was arrested and later charged.

    Weatherspoon is facing a list of charges including aggravated flight from an officer, aggravated criminal damage to property, equipment violation, display of license plate, driving with suspended drivers license and failure to register vehicle.

    An officer at the scene says the chase began as a routine traffic stop. Weatherspoon allegedly refused to stop and eventually bailed from the vehicle.

    The vehicle then continued moving and crashed into the Rabenhorst Funeral Home located directly across from WAFB.

    Along with damage to the building, the vehicle also hit a power pole, causing a temporary disruption to power service.

    A footage from a security camera in the Channel 9 parking lot, watch now as a 28-year-old jumps from a moving vehicle as police chased him next to the television station late Thursday night. “I just seen him coming up the street. You know, it was about eight cop cars just following him. Next thing you knew, he ended up hitting the pole and run into the building,” says Darian Thomas who was incident last night.

    Multiple power crews spent hours trying to get things repaired—even having to cut off power to many businesses in the area for a while. Those power interruptions might even last until tomorrow as more repairs are made. “You have a number of commercial businesses and other businesses out there and the impact of these facilities that’s why the repairs are going to take a lot longer into tomorrow because of the way the impact and the damage occurred as well as the type of equipment that was impact,” says David Freese who is a Spokesperson with Entergy Louisiana.

    For crews to safely complete the repairs to electric equipment near the intersection of St. Joseph and Government, an outage has been scheduled for Saturday, July 10 around 8 a.m. It will last 4-5 hours and affect approximately 100 customers in the immediate area of the damaged equipment.

    Again, we appreciate our customers’ patience as we work to make the repairs quickly and, above all, safely.

    Click here to

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    2021
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    UPDATE 3-Taiwan’s Foxconn discussing electric vehicle plant in Wisconsin

    (Adds Fisker comment)

    TAIPEI, July 9 (Reuters) – Taiwan’s Foxconn said on Friday it was in talks with the U.S. state of Wisconsin about building electric vehicles there, part of the major Apple Inc supplier’s push to diversify income streams.

    Foxconn and electric car manufacturer Fisker Inc said in May that they had finalised a vehicle-assembly deal. They did not identify a location, but Fisker’s CEO said Foxconn’s Wisconsin site was a possibility.

    In a statement, Foxconn said it had begun discussions with Wisconsin.

    “Foxconn has engaged the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation to discuss the company’s plans for electric vehicle manufacturing. Foxconn is optimistic about our partnership with WEDC and looks forward to ongoing discussions,” it added.

    The company, formally called Hon Hai Precision Industry, gave no further details.

    A Wisconsin Economic Development Corp spokesman said the agency does not comment on any potential talks until a contract is executed.

    In April, Foxconn drastically scaled back a planned $10 billion factory in Wisconsin, confirming its retreat from a project that former U.S. President Donald Trump once called “the eighth wonder of the world” and was supposed to build cutting-edge flat-panel display screens.

    A month earlier, Foxconn’s chairman said it may make electric vehicles (EVs) at the Wisconsin site, though could decide on Mexico, and would make a decision this year.

    Over the past year or so Foxconn has announced several deals on the production of EVs with automakers including Fisker, China’s Byton and Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, and Stellantis NV’s Fiat Chrysler unit.

    On Friday, Fisker said talks with Wisconsin economic development officials were normal in the process of evaluating potential plant sites. The carmaker said in May it had finalized plans for Foxconn to build vehicles for the electric car startup at a U.S. plant starting in 2023, and Wisconsin was one of four options.

    Foxconn aims to provide components or services to 10% of the world’s EVs by 2025 to 2027, posing a threat to established automakers by allowing technology companies a shortcut to competing in the vehicle market. (Reporting by Ben Blanchard in Taipei Additional reporting by Ben Klayman in Detroit Editing by David Evans and Mark Potter)