GOP Rep In Ethics Scrap Over Auto Salvage Business

A GOP congressman’s reported intervention with Georgia officials to preserve a sweetheart business setup for his auto salvage inspection company has drawn the attention of the House ethics committee, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported this week.

After the newspaper first revealed the actions of Rep. Nathan Deal (R-GA) in August, an investigator for the ethics panel said in an e-mail that the panel planned to issue a subpoena in the case, indicating the seriousness of the matter, according to documents the Journal-Constitution obtained through an open records request. The ethics panel declined to comment about any investigation.The gist of the allegations against Deal, who denies wrongdoing, centers on Recovery Services Inc., a company he owns with a partner that provides a garage where state inspectors looks at cars that have been salvaged and rebuilt.

Deal, who we last encountered demanding a copy of President Obama’s birth certificate, is now running

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200 vehicles catch fire at New Haven auto salvage yard | Police/Fire

The New Haven-Adams Township Fire Department and three other departments worked two hours to bring a fire at an auto salvage company in New Haven under control.

The fire was reported about 9:40 a.m. Friday at Stein Auto Salvage, New Haven-Adams Township Fire Chief Joshua Hale said. At the yard at 6405 Parrot Road, flames reached 50 feet high. The business is in an unincorporated area in Adams Township. 

About 200 cars in the area were billowing huge clouds of dark smoke and fumes, but the air quality was monitored and deemed safe for nearby residential areas, Hale said. No injuries were reported.

“There was no major wind. A lot of smoke was dissipating up into the air,” Hale said.

The fire is the second one at Stein Auto Salvage this year, although the first one was smaller. Hale blamed the fire on a malfunction in the salvage process, but

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Fire damages Folsoms Auto Sales, Service & Salvage in Skowhegan

SKOWHEGAN — An accidental fire caused extensive damage Monday morning to Folsoms Auto Sales, Service & Salvage, a longtime, family-owned business in Skowhegan.

The cause of the blaze at 232 Rowe Road was deemed accidental, Fire Chief Shawn Howard of the Skowhegan Fire Department said later in the afternoon.

“We’re looking at failure of a certain piece of equipment,” Howard said.

Howard said investigators from the Office of State Fire Marshal had been called to the scene to assist in the investigation. He did not have additional information on the equipment that caused the fire and said it will likely be the insurance company that investigates further.

The fire was reported just before 10 a.m. Howard said additional alarms were sounded because of the location of the fire and the potential for it to get worse because of the vehicles inside the garage.

“With the large fuel load and the

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Lorain planners, salvage operator wrangle over Elyria Avenue site | Lorain County

A truck salvage business and city officials are wrangling over the best way for the company to operate in Lorain.

On Feb. 3, the Lorain Zoning Board of Appeals denied a conditional use permit for Peanut Propertis Ohio LLC to operate at 3618 Elyria Ave.

But the company will return for city authorization.

The city Planning Commission held in abeyance a rezoning request for the company and owner Joseph Burda of North Ridgeville.

That allows more time for Burda, his lawyer and city staff to determine how Burda can comply with a court ruling filed in the case when he appealed an earlier city denial to operate at the site.

Trouble in the past

The city actions were the latest step in legal disputes going back for more than two years.

Burda is the former owner of JB Acquisitions LLC, the indoor auto and machinery salvage yard at the intersection

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