January 27, 2021

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A Queens parking spot dispute exploded into a wild road rage rampage, with one driver sucker-punching the other before crashing his car through the glass storefront of a newly-opened bakery, police said Tuesday.

An enraged Jie Zou jumped from behind the wheel of his white Audi as another vehicle angled for the coveted space, slugging the contesting driver in the face before ruining the grand opening of the Rainbow Bakery by plowing his vehicle six feet inside the fledgling business, cops said.

A terrifying cellphone video captured Zou making a U-turn and slamming his car into the other driver, who went bouncing off the Audi’s hood as the car accelerated across four lanes of traffic and through the glass — with one terrified customer exiting through the rubble while another lies dazed on the sidewalk.

Zou’s bat-wielding passenger, Jonathan Zhang, whacked a 34-year-old man defending the other driver in the arm as five people were injured Monday in the 3:55 p.m. ruckus. The second driver, identified as Zong Li, 35, of Belford, N.J., at one point managed to wrest the bat away and smashed it against the Audi’s hood before he was nearly run down, the video shows.

Devastated bakery owner John Lo, who now hopes to reopen in a month, returned Tuesday to survey a business reduced to shattered glass and twisted metal. The store remained shuttered, with a metal grate pulled down over its front.

“Very sad,” said the 45-year-old businessman. “We put a lot (of money) in for the renovation and then … (he) almost destroyed it all.”

Once the punching ended, cops say, Zou climbed back into his car and hit the gas, hitting Li before jumping the curb and crashing into the bakery. Both the 24-year-old driver and passenger Zhang, 35, were arrested at the scene, with Zou charged with reckless endangerment and assault while his passenger was hit with an assault charge.

Their arraignments were pending Tuesday in Queens Criminal Court. Li, the driver of the other car, suffered injuries to his leg and arm, police said.

Surveillance video shows a man falling to the ground as the white Audi zips by at high speed into the storefront, sending sidewalk pedestrians running for cover. Three women standing near the crash site were hit by flying glass and debris, officials said.

Medics took the women and the two injured men to New York Presbyterian Hospital-Queens. They all had minor injuries and were expected to recover.

Lo said one of his workers was injured, but was released from the hospital Monday and doing well.

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Celebrating 20 years of operation, co-owner Karen Johnston also gets community service award


PMG PHOTO: TERESA CARSON - Karen Johnston, co-owner of Greshams All About Automotive, greets customers at the downtown shop.

All About Automotive is celebrating its 20th anniversary, just racked up another award and is looking for a new spot to do business for the next 20 years and beyond.

“We love being in downtown,” co-owner Karen Johnston said, noting that it is convenient for many people to drop off their cars and walk to work or do some local errands.

But Johnston said the land where All About Automotive is located has been for sale “on and off” and the shop is looking for another location.

Restrictive zoning laws make it challenging for the Johnstons to find a new site. That, coupled with high land prices, has made finding a new spot for the repair shop a headache.

All About Automotive, founded in October 2000, repairs and services foreign and domestic cars and trucks at 139 N.W. Second St., tucked away in downtown Gresham.

But All About Automotive has been successful for two decades and Johnston is confident that will continue.

“Our philosophy and code of ethics is that we treat customers the way we would want to be treated,” said Johnston.

PMG PHOTO: TERESA CARSON - Johnston was one of 20 national winners of the Community Pillars Aware from Synchony, a financial services firm. The award is given to small businesses who support the community through times of change.

All About Automotive does that with thorough vehicle inspections and giving customers the full story on their cars so they can make informed repair decisions, she said. All About Automotive strives to treat everyone the same, both men and women, making sure everything is explained in a way that each customer can understand.

Johnston said the business strives to develop long-term relationships with customers so they’ll keep coming back and recommend the shop to others.

The mechanics at All About Automotive are all ASE Certified by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence and complete continuing education classes to keep up with the ever-changing technology in today’s vehicles.

“Our industry changes every year,” Johnston said.

That not only requires employee education, but updates on equipment and tooling.

All About Automotive can handle jobs from air conditioning to wheel alignment and from simple battery replacement to suspension work.

The Johnstons are also active in the community. They use students from the automotive technology program at Mt. Hood Community College and hire high schoolers interested in automotive careers as interns to help out in the shop. Supporting the educations of these students is one way they support the community.

“We love our communities. We support local schools, charities and events,” Karen said.

Johnston was recently honored with the “Community Pillars” award from Synchony, a financial services firm. She was one of 20 winners nationwide.

The Community Pillars award is given to owners of small businesses who have supported their communities through times of change.

Co-owner Steve Johnston attended Gresham High School, while Karen went to rival Barlow. Steve began studying automotive technology at Gresham High and went on to get a degree in auto technology from Mt. Hood Community College. He worked at multiple auto repair jobs until founding All About Automotive two decades ago. Steve

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Temporary Shuttle Schedule for COVID-19 closure:

 

***4/3/20 Update: Beginning 4/4/20 a shuttle will no longer be running due to Stratton Cafe closing.***

 

Beginning today the shuttle will only be picking up and dropping off at Grand Campus and Stratton Building from 9:00AM – 7:00PM. Please visit the following link to download the transit app to see its locations:

https://parking.eku.edu/events/eku-parking-and-transportation-services-excited-announce-new-big-e-transit-app

 

 

We provide parking and transportation services to Eastern Kentucky University, students, faculty, staff, and guests. 

You’ll find our site packed with useful information that will hopefully address most, if not all, of your parking and transportation questions. If you cannot find the answers you’re looking for within this website, please feel free to contact us by phone at (859) 622-7275 or by email.

All visitors are required to register vehicles to park on campus. Visitor parking is available at no cost online or in the Parking Office, located in Commonwealth Hall 2nd Floor, Suite A. Please provide your license plate number to register a vehicle. Visitor parking is available in the Alumni Coliseum Commuter Lot after recieving permission from online potral. 

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Office Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00 A.M. – 4:30 P.M. 

Employee lots, accessible spaces, pay to park and reserved spaces are enforced at all times.

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Supporting Sustainable Practices

We proudly support UMD’s efforts toward creating a sustainable environment by providing programs motivated to reduce the amount of driving to campus. Like most institutions, we only offer a limited number of parking spaces, which then demands alternative modes to get to campus. 

We collaborate with the Duluth Transportation Authority (DTA) to ensure the feasibility of taking the DTA bus around the city, which is an option many students, faculty, and staff utilize each semester. 

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Discover more sustainable transportation programs available! 

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Purchasing your Parking Pass

Interested in purchasing a parking pass for campus? Whether you’re a student, faculty/staff, or a visitor there are a variety of parking options.

UMD Parking & Transportation Study

A comprehensive parking and transportation study was conducted for the UMD campus by SRF Consulting Group, Inc. in 2015. The purpose of the study was to provide a complete review and analysis of the current and future campus parking and transportation supply and demand as well as the rate structure. Recommendations to meet current and future needs were based on data-driven analysis of benchmarks, best practices, and UMD campus information. The final report was presented to the campus in January 2016.

UMD Parking & Transportation Study – January 2016

 

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