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Towing Company Suing Larksville, Police Over Abandoned Vehicles

December 29, 2018
Towing Company Suing Larksville, Police Over Abandoned Vehicles

LARKSVILLE — A borough towing company is suing Larksville, its mayor and police department, claiming they are not signing off on abandoned cars sitting on its Main Street lot.

J-L Used Auto Parts Inc., of 658 E. Main St., filed suit in Luzerne County Court earlier this week, seeking a judicial order to force the police department to process reports that would allow the business to salvage abandoned cars.

Attorneys for the company claim 13 vehicles are awaiting such reports and borough officials aren’t following the law, which is “continuing to disrupt the plaintiff’s business and causing further damage.”

Police Chief John Edwards said the matter has been turned over to borough attorneys.

“We are not refusing. We want to make sure we are doing things legally,” Edwards said.

The lawsuit names Edwards, the borough and Mayor Joseph Zawadski.

According to the lawsuit:

Vehicles towed to an approved salvor, like J-L Used Auto Parts, are deemed abandoned after 20 days and the salvor could file a report to obtain rights to the vehicle.

Police are required to process the report, which includes the vehicle’s make, model, identification number and registration plate, along with information about the person who abandoned the vehicle, according to state law quoted in the suit.

Edwards noted that many towed vehicles aren’t necessarily abandoned in the traditional sense. Oftentimes, he said the owners can’t pay the towing and storage fees, which add up daily.

Edwards said he wants the borough’s attorneys to weigh in on the matter before the department completes more abandoned vehicle forms.

“We are waiting on a response from our legal team,” Edwards said.

Contact the writer:

bkalinowski@citizensvoice.com

570-821-2055, @cvbobkal

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