Four men in tire scam get probation
WILKES-BARRE, Pa.-Four men charged with stealing and reselling tires from McCarthy Tire Service Co. Inc.-including the father of a NASCAR driver- have received one-year probationary sentences.
Edgar Spencer Sr. and Edgar Spencer Jr. of Salem Township, Pa., and Edgar W. Spencer Sr. and Edgar W. Spencer Jr. of Hunlock Creek, Pa., pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of criminal conspiracy and receiving stolen property in Luzerne County Court on Dec. 23.
The Spencers were charged in May after a former employee of McCarthy Tire, Raymond Balls, told county investigators that he diverted more than 940 retreads and more than 40 new tires from McCarthy Tire in Wilkes-Barre since 1998 to businesses owned by the four men.
All four Spencers are related to each other, and Edgar Spencer Sr. of Salem Township is the father of NASCAR racer Jimmy Spencer.
The four men also have made restitution to McCarthy Tire by paying a total of $188,000 since the spring, according to Assistant District Attorney Tim Doherty. The men also may be required to perform community service during their probation, he said.
Mr. Balls had pleaded guilty to felony charges of theft in November and has been sentenced to two years of probation, Mr. Doherty said. Jack McCarthy, owner of McCarthy Tire, could not be reached for comment.
Mickey Thompson trial delayed
SANTA ANA, Calif.-The trial of a man accused of killing auto racing legend and Max-Trac Tire Co. founder Mickey Thompson has been delayed on request of the defense.
Michael Frank Goodwin was arrested on Dec. 13, 2001, for the murders of Mickey Thompson and his wife, Trudy, and was scheduled to stand trial Dec. 9, 2002. Prior to that, Mr. Goodwin's trial was set for July 8 until scheduling conflicts had postponed it.
Defense attorneys have requested that Mr. Goodwin's trial be moved from Orange County Superior Court to Los Angeles. Trial is stayed pending review in the Fourth District Court of Appeals on Feb. 21 to determine whether the case should be transferred, according to the Orange County District Attorney's office.
A new trial date is scheduled for April 7, 2003, according to the district attorney.
Mr. Goodwin, a former business partner of Mr. Thompson's, is charged with two counts of murder and conspiracy to commit murder in the case.
Mr. Goodwin, 56, was once known as the ``Father of Supercross'' for his 1980s dirt bike competitions at California's Anaheim Stadium.
Car Care Month moves to April
BETHESDA, Md.-Aiming to get more attention from motorists, the Car Care Council (CCC) has switched its annual National Car Care Month to April from October.
The Bethesda-based group said drivers are more receptive to the concept of inspecting and repairing their vehicles in April when warm weather and vacations are on the horizon.
For more information about National Car Care Month, click on www.carcare.org.
Goodyear names board member
AKRON-Goodyear has elected James C. Boland to its board of directors to replace Philip A. Laskawy, who stepped down in December to take a seat on General Motors Corp.'s board.
Mr. Boland, a former vice chairman of accounting firm Ernst & Young L.L.C., serves as president and CEO of CAVS/Gund Arena Co., the owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Cleveland Rockers professional basketball teams and operator of the city's Gund Arena. His appointment to Goodyear's board was announced Dec. 18.
Mr. Laskawy, who was a retired chairman and CEO of Ernst & Young, had been on Goodyear's board since August 2001.
SEMA unit names `person of year'
LAS VEGAS-The Specialty Equipment Market Association's Wheel Industry Council recently named John Arthurs of Discount Tire Co. Inc. its ``person of the year'' for making significant contributions to the wheel industry during the past 12 months.
A 24-year Discount Tire veteran, Mr. Arthurs was singled out for a number of reasons, including helping numerous wheel companies develop new and innovative wheels for sales and marketing to specific buyer segments, among others.
He received the award at WIC's annual banquet held during last fall's Automotive Aftermarket Industry Week trade shows in Las Vegas.
WIC also presented Jim Kavanagh of Boyd Coddington Wheel Co. with the group's ``lifetime achievement'' award for his achievements with chrome plating.