Auto Shop – Cheap Auto Insur Online http://cheapautoinsuronline.com/ Mon, 21 Nov 2022 21:45:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://cheapautoinsuronline.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-2.png Auto Shop – Cheap Auto Insur Online http://cheapautoinsuronline.com/ 32 32 Auto repair shop owner accused of lying about emissions testing faces charges – WSOC TV https://cheapautoinsuronline.com/auto-repair-shop-owner-accused-of-lying-about-emissions-testing-faces-charges-wsoc-tv/ Mon, 21 Nov 2022 21:45:50 +0000 https://cheapautoinsuronline.com/auto-repair-shop-owner-accused-of-lying-about-emissions-testing-faces-charges-wsoc-tv/ CHARLOTTE — The owner of an auto repair shop in North Charlotte is now facing charges after federal and state agents searched the property earlier this year. On January 19, Action 9’s Jason Stoogenke learned that agents were at Friendly Auto Repair on North Tryon Street. Back then, agents wouldn’t say what they were looking […]]]>

CHARLOTTE — The owner of an auto repair shop in North Charlotte is now facing charges after federal and state agents searched the property earlier this year.

On January 19, Action 9’s Jason Stoogenke learned that agents were at Friendly Auto Repair on North Tryon Street.

Back then, agents wouldn’t say what they were looking for.

According to unsealed court records Oct. 20, federal agents say Friendly Auto Repair is accused of lying to the government about the vehicles, making it look like they didn’t need emissions testing.

Investigators said Jamal Saymeh changed the registration county of more than 11,000 vehicles and more than 3,000 types of trucks from light-duty to heavy-duty.

Saymeh is accused of defrauding North Carolina of approximately $80,000 in the process. He was charged with conspiracy to defraud the United States and violation of the Clean Air Act.

Court documents are very vague about what the drivers supposedly knew, but federal agents say they used undercover agents and at least one hidden camera in their investigation.

When Stoogenke spoke with Saymeh last month, he told Jason to speak to his lawyer, but wouldn’t say who it was and hung up.

(WATCH BELOW: Affidavit: Charlotte Auto Repair Shop Lied About Vehicle Emissions Testing)

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New Cortez The Station store announces grand opening – The Journal https://cheapautoinsuronline.com/new-cortez-the-station-store-announces-grand-opening-the-journal/ Sat, 19 Nov 2022 03:33:01 +0000 https://cheapautoinsuronline.com/new-cortez-the-station-store-announces-grand-opening-the-journal/ Courtesy photo Entry completed at The Station store at 36 N. Maple St. The eclectic shop offers sales, pizza and freebies A new boutique in Cortez called The Station has announced that it will have its grand opening on Saturday, November 26 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at 36 N. Maple St. The grand […]]]>

Courtesy photo Entry completed at The Station store at 36 N. Maple St.

The eclectic shop offers sales, pizza and freebies

A new boutique in Cortez called The Station has announced that it will have its grand opening on Saturday, November 26 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at 36 N. Maple St.

The grand opening will include free pizza and dessert while supplies last, gift cards and special sales. Sale includes 15% off items $50 or more and 20% off items $100 or more.

Owners Jeremy and Kara Linch are thrilled to see their project come to life.

“Everything fell into place quickly without too much concern or doubt. I have always loved fashion and even decoration. It’s such a fun and interesting moment in style. … I love mixing bohemian, farmhouse and hippie country trends,” Kara Linch said.

“We also live in such an amazing area with all the western and indigenous influence and cultures. I have such an appreciation for the talents and craftsmanship of all of our local artisans. And now we can sell all of our favorite finds to our customers. We really want to have something for everyone,” she said.

Courtesy photo Kara and Jeremy Linch, owners of The Station, a new boutique in Cortez at 36 N. Maple St.

The shop is in a 1950s building that was once an auto shop and gas station, which inspired the name. Shop features women’s and men’s clothing, home decor, knives, jewelry, shoes, candles, coffee mugs, Red Dirt Hat Co. merchandise, state-of-the-art furniture and other joinery pieces created in-house by Jeremy Linch.

The idea for the store came to Linches during a trip to Texas. After visiting a chic Western boutique in the Lone Star State and seeing many more throughout their trip, the idea for The Station was born.

“I told Jeremy, ‘We can do it in Cortez,'” Kara said. They got to work, doing much of the renovation themselves.

The Station has been open since June, but it hasn’t been without challenges.

While working on a project at the store, Jeremy Linch cut a tendon in his finger, requiring stitches to repair the gash. Kara didn’t come out of the remodeling process unscathed either. As she was painting the exterior of the building, a gust of wind knocked her off a ladder, causing her an injury that required stitches above her eye and a broken wrist that required a surgery a week later to install two plates and nine screws.

“There were a lot of tears of frustration and tears of gratitude,” Kara said. “We just continued to trust in God’s plan and that there was a reason for the trials.”

Although there were some difficulties, there were many happy moments during construction. Just prior to The Station’s completion, the Linches’ first grandchild, Peyton Lane, was born, and the boutique has been honored with his presence in the store several times since opening its doors.

“Have I ever dreamed of owning a boutique?” Kara asked. “No, never. For years I’ve wondered what I’m supposed to do with my God-given talents. What do I want to be when I grow up? God put this in my face. Why? Have I ever thought of it? It all depends on God’s timing.

Jeremy and Kara hope The Station will be a fun and relaxing place to shop for people whether they live in the Cortez area or are just passing through.

“We are thrilled with the response from this community and bystanders,” Kara said.

The Station’s normal hours of operation are Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Shortage of parts means follow-up appointment at auto shops https://cheapautoinsuronline.com/shortage-of-parts-means-follow-up-appointment-at-auto-shops/ Tue, 15 Nov 2022 04:07:37 +0000 https://cheapautoinsuronline.com/shortage-of-parts-means-follow-up-appointment-at-auto-shops/ SIOUX FALLS, SD (KELO) – With the onset of winter weather, many people are heading to the auto shop to winterize their vehicles. But making an appointment is a challenge as many auto parts are still out of stock due to the ongoing supply chain backlog caused by the pandemic. Lillian Van Dam is a […]]]>

SIOUX FALLS, SD (KELO) – With the onset of winter weather, many people are heading to the auto shop to winterize their vehicles. But making an appointment is a challenge as many auto parts are still out of stock due to the ongoing supply chain backlog caused by the pandemic.

Lillian Van Dam is a proud first-time owner, having purchased a 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee just a few weeks ago.

“He drives really well. It looks almost new and I was looking for a car that would be perfect for me,” Van Dam said.

Van Dam wants to make sure her vehicle will be winter ready, so she made an early morning appointment with Airway Auto Service.

“I just got in for an oil change today and my turn signal was off so I needed to get it changed before any real snow came,” Van Dam said.

But more than two years into the pandemic, auto parts remain in short supply. The shortage means that customers are paying more for the maintenance of their vehicles.

“Parts are definitely increasing a lot and becoming hard to find. So we buy them elsewhere and have to pay to ship them, that definitely drives up the price,” said Chris Broadbent of Airway Auto Service.

“I get paid $19 an hour at my job, which a lot of people would say is a lot, but it’s a bit difficult for someone who doesn’t know how to budget, so I have to kind of make sure I can afford it at the time,” Van Dam said.

Sometimes Airway Auto Service will have to send customers home with their vehicle and have them come back a second time because the parts were not inside.

“A lot of times we have people bring their car in, we check it out, find out what’s wrong, if we can get parts we fix it, if we can’t, and it’s possible to drive it, sometimes they drive the vehicle until the parts come in because we have to order a lot,” Broadbent said.

But even if the parts cost more, Van Dam now has the certainty that his new vehicle will be ready to face the winter in complete safety.

Staff shortages also complicate vehicle appointments. Airway Auto says at least one technician is needed as well as someone to take care of oil changes.

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Over two dozen stores coming to Midland Commons https://cheapautoinsuronline.com/over-two-dozen-stores-coming-to-midland-commons/ Fri, 11 Nov 2022 23:41:00 +0000 https://cheapautoinsuronline.com/over-two-dozen-stores-coming-to-midland-commons/ COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) – More than 88 acres will house two dozen new retail stores. Arby’s and Popeyes are already open, but they won’t be the only dining options. Some dining options will be adjacent to the new eight-acre Publix. “We’ve got great music videos, their lashes are going to go, the AT&T store is […]]]>

COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) – More than 88 acres will house two dozen new retail stores. Arby’s and Popeyes are already open, but they won’t be the only dining options. Some dining options will be adjacent to the new eight-acre Publix.

“We’ve got great music videos, their lashes are going to go, the AT&T store is going to go, a nail salon is going to go, then you’ve got Domino’s, then jersey mics,” Chris Wightman said.

On the other side of the development, where the amphitheater is located, there will be stores for shopping, and in addition to retail stores, there will be Lofts. Developer Chris Wightman says they also want to bring bars to the area to give it that downtown feel.

“We would like to bring downtown there to Midland, and you have a lot of people saying they don’t want to drive downtown. They don’t want to compete with college kids and the military, so we ended up doing that here,” Chris Wightman said.

Wightman says the amphitheater will be available for concerts in the spring, summer and fall.

“You can expect to see a lot of country music on this stage, that’s what the people we’ve talked to about renting here, that’s what they want to see,” Chris Wightman said.

Area residents will soon see a liquor store, Synovus Bank, Urgent Care Clinic, Advanced Auto, Jiffy Lube, Culvers and Dunkin Donuts. A resident of the neighborhood says he is delighted to see the arrival of these new stores.

“I like it because it saves gas and time. I like it and I’m ready for it.

Developer Chris Wightman says Phase 1 should be complete by mid-January or early February, with more stores coming.

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Two races in Washington state could tip the balance in Congress https://cheapautoinsuronline.com/two-races-in-washington-state-could-tip-the-balance-in-congress/ Wed, 09 Nov 2022 07:42:00 +0000 https://cheapautoinsuronline.com/two-races-in-washington-state-could-tip-the-balance-in-congress/ By GENE JOHNSON, Associated Press SEATTLE (AP) — With control of Congress potentially at stake, Democratic candidates took the lead Tuesday night in two key races in Washington state. But the state’s mail-in voting system means the final results likely won’t be known for days. In central Washington’s 8th congressional district, incumbent Democratic Rep. Kim […]]]>

By GENE JOHNSON, Associated Press

SEATTLE (AP) — With control of Congress potentially at stake, Democratic candidates took the lead Tuesday night in two key races in Washington state. But the state’s mail-in voting system means the final results likely won’t be known for days.

In central Washington’s 8th congressional district, incumbent Democratic Rep. Kim Schrier faced a challenge from Republican Matt Larkin. In the 3rd District in the southwestern part of the state, Democrat Marie Gluesenkamp Perez took on Trump-backed Republican Joe Kent, who edged incumbent Republican Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler in the first two primaries. State.

Both races were too early to call.

Herrera Beutler was among those targeted by former President Donald Trump for his impeachment vote following the attack on the US Capitol.

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Washington’s congressional delegation currently includes seven Democrats and three Republicans, and the rest of the seats are considered safe for incumbents, including Republican Rep. Dan Newhouse, who survived a primary challenge in his impeachment vote.

Washington’s 8th Congressional District stretches across the Cascade Mountains, encompassing Seattle’s affluent suburbs populated by tech workers and the farmlands of central Washington. Schrier, a pediatrician, is the only Democrat to hold the seat since the district was established in the early 1980s. She won re-election in 2020 against Army veteran Jesse Jensen. She now faces Larkin, a lawyer and former Washington attorney general candidate who works for the family business, which makes parts for water pipes.

Larkin acknowledges that President Joe Biden was legitimately elected, although he also notes that many people disagree and are frustrated. He hit Schrier on things like inflation, gas prices and crime, saying Democrats’ policies have made all three worse.

Schrier highlighted the results she achieved for the district during her tenure, including securing federal funds for a new bridge in Wenatchee. She also notes that she’s the only pro-choice female doctor in Congress, saying it’s crucial following the US Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

Democrats see a chance in the 3rd Congressional District, which Republicans have held for more than a decade. This race pitted an “America First” Republican against a rural Democrat. Herrera Buetler won 22% of the vote in the primary, and which candidate her supporters opted for could be key in determining whether Republicans keep the seat or Democrats score a surprise.

Kent, a former Green Beret who is a regular on conservative cable and podcasts, called for the impeachment of President Joe Biden and an investigation into the 2020 election. He also spoke out against COVID shutdowns and mandates vaccine and called for defunding the FBI after Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home was raided for classified documents.

Gluesenkamp Perez – who co-owns an auto shop with her husband just across the border in Portland, Oregon – said that as a small business owner who lives in a rural part of the district, she is more in tune with voters. She supports abortion access and climate change policies, but is also a gun owner who has said she opposes bans on assault rifles, though she supports raising the age of purchase of these weapons to 21 years.

Because ballots don’t have to be postmarked until Election Day or deposited in a drop box by 8 p.m. on election night, it often takes days to find out the final results in tight races. , as ballots arrive at election offices across the county throughout the week.

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Visit https://apnews.com/hub/explaining-the-elections to learn more about the issues and factors at play in the 2022 midterm elections

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‘Tell me how big my c-ck is’: Harvey Weinstein faces allegations of sexual abuse by massage therapist, was groped by disgraced producer amid reports of deformed genitalia https://cheapautoinsuronline.com/tell-me-how-big-my-c-ck-is-harvey-weinstein-faces-allegations-of-sexual-abuse-by-massage-therapist-was-groped-by-disgraced-producer-amid-reports-of-deformed-genitalia/ Sat, 05 Nov 2022 18:00:05 +0000 https://cheapautoinsuronline.com/tell-me-how-big-my-c-ck-is-harvey-weinstein-faces-allegations-of-sexual-abuse-by-massage-therapist-was-groped-by-disgraced-producer-amid-reports-of-deformed-genitalia/ Harvey Weinstein’s woes are mounting as the woman who accused him of sexual assault recently testified. Jane Doe 3 claimed Harvey Weinstein sexually assaulted her after a massage in 2010. She recently revealed that he sexually assaulted and m*sturbated her in front of her during business meetings. Weinstein is currently facing 11 sexual assault charges […]]]>

Harvey Weinstein’s woes are mounting as the woman who accused him of sexual assault recently testified. Jane Doe 3 claimed Harvey Weinstein sexually assaulted her after a massage in 2010. She recently revealed that he sexually assaulted and m*sturbated her in front of her during business meetings. Weinstein is currently facing 11 sexual assault charges as five women claimed the actor assaulted them between 2004 and 2013. The actor was convicted of rape and sexual assault in 2020 and is already serving time 23 years old. Some readers may find the testimony quite disturbing.

Jane Doe 3 gave her testimony

Harvey Weinstein

Woman who goes by Jane Doe 3 charged Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault. She recently gave her testimony and revealed the disturbing incident. She says, “He said, “Look at me, tell me how big my dick is”. Look at me. Look at me. Damn, look at me, ‘“She then told the jury that she kept telling Weinstein”Nope” and “tried to get away from him as much as possible,” but he kept saying, “Look at my c*ck. Tell me how big is my dick.“She said he cornered her in a hotel bathroom and masturbated in front of her, fondled her breasts and yelled at her.

Read also : ‘I’m talking about tearing up my dreams’: Harvey Weinstein’s youngest victim reveals how disgraced rapist killed his self-esteem

The incident happened in a hotel room

Harvey Weinstein
Harvey Weinstein

Since the woman is a massage therapist, her work usually takes place in her client’s hotel rooms. Most of his clients are famous personalities. The incident took place in 2010 when the woman arrived at Weinstein’s hotel room at the Montage in Beverly Hills, California. She explained that he was very friendly at first, but after 40 minutes he abruptly ended the massage. When she went to the bathroom to wash her hands, Weinstein burst in and assaulted her. The woman said the incident terrified her. Harvey Weinstein, however, claims he is not guilty and the activity was consensual.

Read also : ‘I had to laugh at the time not to cry’: Hilarie Burton fought back tears on stage after Ben Affleck fondled his breasts, Batman actor apologized on Twitter after condemning Harvey Weinstein, longtime associate

Harvey Weinstein faces 11 sexual assault charges

Harvey Weinstein and Mel Gibson
Harvey Weinstein and Mel Gibson

Weinstein is currently facing 11 sexual assault charges as five women claimed the actor assaulted them between 2004 and 2013. The actor was convicted of rape and sexual assault in 2020 and is already serving time 23 years old. A conviction by a Los Angeles court ensures that he faces up to 140 years behind bars if convicted. Actor Mel Gibson also recently agreed to testify against him and his testimony will help the woman, who has opted to remain anonymous, prove her point in court as Weinstein claims the activity was consensual.

Related: ‘Go get it honey’: Harvey Weinstein’s first accuser received strong support from her mother to take down the disgraced sexual predator who is currently serving 23 years in prison

Source: Variety

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Cleveland family tries to recover after an explosion destroys their home https://cheapautoinsuronline.com/cleveland-family-tries-to-recover-after-an-explosion-destroys-their-home/ Tue, 01 Nov 2022 01:48:00 +0000 https://cheapautoinsuronline.com/cleveland-family-tries-to-recover-after-an-explosion-destroys-their-home/ The family say they are grateful for the support from the community after losing everything in the fire. Cleveland, Ohio- Editor’s Note: The video above is from a previous report on the explosion The community comes together to help a family who lost everything after their east side house burned down last Tuesday. According to […]]]>

The family say they are grateful for the support from the community after losing everything in the fire.

Cleveland, Ohio- Editor’s Note: The video above is from a previous report on the explosion

The community comes together to help a family who lost everything after their east side house burned down last Tuesday.

According to the Cleveland Fire Division, the incident at an auto repair shop on the corner of Kinsman Road and E. 145th St. began as a fire that resulted in multiple explosions and a fire that spread to the home neighbor.

No one was injured, but the store and the neighboring house were destroyed.

“The explosion lit up their house, the whole house burned down, they lost everything,” says Suzanne Cole.

Cole’s daughter and granddaughters lived in the upper unit of the duplex. She said it was a miracle that there was no one at home, with her daughter at work and the girls at school.

Fortunately, the family dog ​​was not injured either.

“TThe firefighter was able to save the dog that arrived in Shaker Heights, but they were really happy to get their dog back,” Cole said.

She said the community rallied behind the family, helping them get back on their feet.

“The community has helped by donating everything from toothpaste to toothbrushes, from clothes to household items, we are always looking for more donations,” Cole said.

Her granddaughter Khai Wilkins said she was sad to have lost everything in her bedroom, but they are grateful for the support.

“Thank you to everyone who helped out, especially everyone I don’t even know,” Wilkins said.

The family is working to find a new home to live in and has started a Fundraising to help.

Auto shop explosion causes fire and partial building collapse in east Cleveland

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Smollen is that of the Simi Schools https://cheapautoinsuronline.com/smollen-is-that-of-the-simi-schools/ Sat, 29 Oct 2022 07:20:42 +0000 https://cheapautoinsuronline.com/smollen-is-that-of-the-simi-schools/ By weditor | on October 29, 2022 I lived in Simi Valley for 24 years and raised my family there. All my children have attended SVUSD schools. In most of those years, Dawn has been a leader in some way, whether it’s in the PTA, Every 15 Minutes, or the Junior […]]]>

I lived in Simi Valley for 24 years and raised my family there. All my children have attended SVUSD schools. In most of those years, Dawn has been a leader in some way, whether it’s in the PTA, Every 15 Minutes, or the Junior Olympics. My three children have been touched by Dawn’s desire to make Simi Schools a better place for children.

In 2015, Dawn was instrumental in reopening the once-closed auto shop at Simi Valley High, a regional program available to all high school students in Simi Valley. She never wavered in her support of both the automotive technology course and the internship at the local auto repair shops in the city.

Dawn’s passion for vocational technical training courses remains strong, whether it’s automotive, carpentry, metal, cosmetology or any other CTE program.

Students need as many career paths as possible to ensure a variety of training and work experiences in the field that interests them most and that leads to a well-paying career and a successful future. The CTE is vital for schools in Simi Valley. I have worked with Dawn for the past eight years. Dawn is committed to students who prefer trades to traditional college.

Even though Dawn’s children are adults and graduating from schools in Simi Valley, she continues to fight for all students in the district. This is the kind of commitment and dedication that students deserve. Dawn’s energy provides the momentum Simi Valley needs. Join me in re-electing Dawn Smollen to the school board.

Russell Martin
Simi Valley

Martin is the Automotive Technology Instructor at Simi Valley High School

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Grow your business at AAPEX 2022 https://cheapautoinsuronline.com/grow-your-business-at-aapex-2022/ Wed, 26 Oct 2022 20:52:52 +0000 https://cheapautoinsuronline.com/grow-your-business-at-aapex-2022/ With AAPEX’s biggest event in Las Vegas just around the corner (November 1-3), we sat down with Lucas Underwood and David Roman, co-hosts of the Auto Shop Owners Group (ASOG) podcast, and the two shop owners themselves – to discuss the value of training and attending conventions, and how they can help store owners grow […]]]>

With AAPEX’s biggest event in Las Vegas just around the corner (November 1-3), we sat down with Lucas Underwood and David Roman, co-hosts of the Auto Shop Owners Group (ASOG) podcast, and the two shop owners themselves – to discuss the value of training and attending conventions, and how they can help store owners grow their own business.

As a workshop owner, it can be very difficult to manage a workshop, let alone know how to ensure that it is constantly growing and changing to meet the needs of the ever-changing automotive aftermarket. Roman finds that one of the biggest challenges facing the owner of an individual store is to properly evaluate the service of his employee, that “if he understood this, it would effectively solve all the other problems in the industry. , i.e. the shortage of technicians”.

He believes the shortage of technicians is “the root of a deeper problem, and that deeper problem is the lack of management training”. If merchants were better equipped to manage their technicians and knew how to better manage and value their employees, perhaps more people would respect the profession of technician. Roman finds that many store owners “get stuck in this situation of not charging enough, not earning enough, and so they can’t do all these other things to be successful – one of those things being the management training.

Challenge number two, which coincides with challenge number one, is that traders lack perspective. According to Lucas, “it takes 30,000 feet of perspective to look at the business and figure out where we’re missing things, where we’re not getting things done, and where we need to get things done.” Store owners need to see business value, but it’s hard to see business value when they’re in the thick of it (or in the wallet). Hindsight might help the store owner see that they are not doing as well as they thought. That they need help.

The good news about these two major challenges is that there is an easy and simple solution.1.jpg to solve the root of the problem: training and attending events. Both solutions offered can help give shop owners a great perspective on their shops and the automotive aftermarket. Underwood finds that the events help “you begin to realize that you are just a tiny piece of th[e] pie which is a massive pie of technicians and tradesmen and service advisors”. Not only that, but attending events provides the opportunity to network with other technicians and other stores opening up new avenues and opportunities for your store.

Two sessions Roman and Underwood are looking forward to at AAPEX 2022 are “What is a Group of 20 and Why Should I Care?” and “Business Sales, Strategies and Design”, both sessions offer excellent opportunities for auto shop owners to learn and prepare their business for the future. Because, in Underwood’s words, the best way for auto shop owners to improve their business is to “train, train, train, train, train” and what better way to do that than to attend AAPEX 2022 in Las Vegas? register here

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Buffalo Jim Barrier and the unsolved mystery behind his death https://cheapautoinsuronline.com/buffalo-jim-barrier-and-the-unsolved-mystery-behind-his-death/ Sat, 22 Oct 2022 15:08:36 +0000 https://cheapautoinsuronline.com/buffalo-jim-barrier-and-the-unsolved-mystery-behind-his-death/ Although James “Buffalo Jim” Barrier’s death in 2008 was ruled accidental and possibly related to cocaine use, his family is convinced he was murdered by his enemies. Steve MillerBuffalo Jim Barrier had many friends in Las Vegas, but he also had many enemies. To many who knew him, “Buffalo Jim” Barrier seemed invincible. Broad-shouldered and […]]]>

Although James “Buffalo Jim” Barrier’s death in 2008 was ruled accidental and possibly related to cocaine use, his family is convinced he was murdered by his enemies.

Steve MillerBuffalo Jim Barrier had many friends in Las Vegas, but he also had many enemies.

To many who knew him, “Buffalo Jim” Barrier seemed invincible. Broad-shouldered and wildly dark-haired, Barrier was a Las Vegas legend who made a name for himself as an auto repairman, wrestling promoter, and friend to the variety of characters that make Vegas what it is. When he was found dead in April 2008, the whole town reeled.

But despite a coroner finding the 55-year-old died of cardiomyopathy – inflammation of the heart – after allegedly using cocaine, Barrier’s four daughters are adamant that their father was murdered. They point to a number of oddities surrounding his case, including his missing ID and money, the changing testimony of the woman he spent his final hours with, and the overly clean motel room where he died.

And then, of course, there are the letters. Before dying, Barrier received a number of escalating death threats. He had a well-known and long-running feud with his neighbor and landlord, Rick Rizzolo – who was released from jail the day before Barrier was found dead in a motel.

So, was Buffalo Jim Barrier the victim of a crime? His case resurfaces with a feature on Netflix Unsolved mysterieswhere the details of this Las Vegas mystery will reach a wider audience.

How Buffalo Jim Barrier became a Las Vegas legend

Born March 22, 1953 in Cleveland, Ohio, James “Buffalo Jim” Barrier fell in love with Las Vegas at an early age. According Las Vegas Weekly, he first visited the city when he was nine years old and was so enchanted that he decided he would return one day. Barrier returned to Vegas in 1971 and quickly established a reputation.

Buffalo Jim in his auto shop

Steve MillerAn undated photo of Buffalo Jim outside his auto repair shop.

As early as 1977, Barrier put its knowledge of automobile repair to good use. He started fixing cars from his van, then signed a 30-year lease at a store on Industrial Road that he called Allstate Auto and Marine Electric. Along the way, the gregarious, well-built mechanic earned his nickname – Buffalo – after a drunk tourist from Texas joked that he had sex with a buffalo before, and Barrier could very well be their child in love.

But although Barrier befriended almost everyone he met – Las Vegas Weekly reports his funeral was attended by a full cast of Las Vegas characters – he also made a significant foe in the 1980s.

The notorious feud between Rick Rizzolo and Jim Barrier

Rick Rizzolo was the owner of Crazy Horse Too, a gentlemen’s club next to Barrier’s auto shop. However Las Vegas Weekly claims that Barrier attempted to befriend Rizzolo, a deep animosity quickly developed between the two men. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that Rizzolo wanted Barrier out so he could expand his club. The barrier did not move.

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RaulJusinto/FlickrRick Rizzolo, the owner of Crazy Horse Too, has become Buffalo Jim’s nemesis.

Over the next two decades, Barrier and Rizzolo clashed. Barrier claimed in a lawsuit in 2002, as reported by Las Vegas Weeklythat he found used needles and condoms on his property, had his store robbed, and sometimes came to work to find his customers’ cars vandalized or towed away.

“I was afraid to leave anything on my land because of vandalism or them towing cars,” Barrier told a hearing, as reported by the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “It was like being under siege.”

So Buffalo Jim Barrier hit back. With the help of his friend, Councilman Steve Miller, he launched his own campaign against Rizzolo, alleging that he had witnessed drug use and beatings at Rizzolo’s club.

With help from Barrier, the FBI and IRS eventually discovered that Rizzolo had failed to pay his taxes. He was convicted of tax evasion and sent to prison for a year in 2007. But despite his main enemy being behind bars, Barrier began to receive a number of threatening letters and phone calls.

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Steve MillerOne of the threatening letters Buffalo Jim Barrier received before his death.

He shared details of the threats with a number of Las Vegas reporters, including Las Vegas Weeklyis Joshua Longobardy. On Friday, April 4, 2008, Barrier called Longobardy to discuss the situation.

“They’re going to try to do it through a woman,” Barrier told Longobardy, when the reporter told him to be careful. “Or they’ll try to drug me.”

Two days later, Buffalo Jim Barrier was found dead in a Motel 6. Rick Rizzolo had been released from prison the day before. So what exactly happened to Barrier?

The shocking death of Buffalo Jim Barrier

Las Vegas Weekly reports that Barrier left home around 7:15 p.m. on Saturday, April 5, and promised his daughter, Jerica, that he would be back soon. Surveillance footage at a nearby Motel 6 captured him checking in an hour later and chatting with the receptionist, apparently in good spirits.

Sunday, according to Las Vegas Review-Journal, Jerica and her sister Elise learned that their father had passed away. The Las Vegas Sun reports that Barrier was found face down in bed, with his pants around his ankles. The coroner later attributed his death to cardiomyopathy – inflammation of the heart muscle – which may have been caused by cocaine use.

But not everyone believed Buffalo Jim Barrier died of natural causes.

Portrait Of Buffalo Jim Barrier

Steve MillerA portrait of Buffalo Jim Barrier.

“I believe it was a homicide,” his daughter Jennifer told the Las Vegas Review-Journal days after Barrier’s death. “It was a murder…from everything I’ve gathered, it appears to be a homicide.”

Many of Barrier’s friends agreed.

“Nothing adds up here,” his lawyer and friend, Robert Lueck, told the Las Vegas Sun. “It does not mean anything.”

And Barrier’s confidant Miller, with whom he fought Rizzolo, grimly referenced the death threats Barrier had recently received.

“He was my closest friend,” Miller told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “He predicted his own death over the phone on Saturday.”

So, is there any proof that Buffalo Jim Barrier was killed? Or was his death, as the coroner declared, a tragic accident?

Did someone kill the “most colorful character” in Las Vegas?

Buffalo Jim Barrier in his shop

YoutubeBuffalo Jim Barrier in his auto shop, where he worked for decades despite harassment from his neighbor, Rick Rizzolo.

For Buffalo Jim Barrier’s four daughters, there are a number of weird things about his death. Las Vegas Weekly reports that Jerica and Elise rushed to the motel after hearing their father had died and found a disturbing scene.

There were two glasses of water on the counter, but their father drank exclusively bottled water. Room was clean – but Barrier was notoriously messy. The police had found his garage door opener, but Barrier had always kept it in the car. And Barrier’s wallet was missing most of his money and his ID.

Then there was the case of a woman named “Lisa.” Police found Barrier spent his final hours with Lisa, who claimed she left the room after Barrier had a seizure. But Barrier’s daughter, Jennifer, isn’t buying it. She told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that Lisa had changed her story several times.

“She lied,” Jennifer said. “I asked why [the police] won’t give her a polygraph test, and they said she’d have to take it. The way it was handled is really not fair.

Who would have killed Barrier? For his family and friends, the obvious answer is Rizzolo, who suspected Mafia ties. Barrier even joked about it, saying his greatest career achievement was, “Being able to stay in business while being attacked by the mob for 25 years.”

For now, the case of Buffalo Jim Barrier’s death appears to be closed. But the Netflix one Unsolved mysteries is about to take a second look at Barrier’s story, more than a decade after the death of Las Vegas’ “most colorful character.” The renewed attention is likely welcomed by his daughters, who are still wondering what happened to their father.

“I don’t know what I’m going to do,” said Jennifer Barrier Las Vegas Weekly in 2008. “I can’t live without knowing what happened to my father.”


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