They're baaaaack.... State licenses Lone Star under new names

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It only took a week - a record time by state standards - but Lone Star Auto Services is about to get back into the towing business in Dallas. And there's probably not a damn thing the City can do in order to deny them a new towing license.

The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulations, which is responsible for towing and storage services, issued new licenses last week for Ideal Towing of Dallas LLC and Champion Tows LLC, both located at 8035 East RL Thornton Boulevard in Dallas.

Scott Mosser, the son of the attorney who represented Lone Star Auto during the City's permit revocation hearing in early December, is listed as the owner of Champion (see license information here). Loyd Robertson, a manager for Lone Star Auto, is listed as the owner of Ideal (see license information here).

Another company, Secure Auto Pound and Storage, LLC, was created with an address on Ledbetter Blvd. Hilary Watson, listed as the company President, was a payroll manager for Lone Star Auto (see license information here).

The entire state licensing and registration process took less than three days, according to the calendar posted on the TDLR website (Ideal, Champion, Secure).

BD's sources say that Lone Star's revoked City of Dallas towing permit listed Scott Mosser and Robertson as company officers.

These same sources believe Lone Star Auto will create a number of shell companies in order to maintain the same level of towing business (and the infamous government entity fee) as possible, no matter how many times the City shuts them down.

On Thursday morning, City sources told BD that Ideal and Champion had applied for new towing permits earlier this week, but everything was under review by the City Attorney's office. There is a very small chance Lone Star / Ideal / Champion's request for a new towing permit in Dallas could be rejected. Under City Code, the Transportation Regulation director could simply reject the application for a permit without any explanation or comment. This would force Lone Star et al to file an appeal to the City's Permit License Appeals Board, the same panel that revoked their permit earlier this month. That process could take up to three months, and may even end up in State District Court.

The state's lead investigator on the Lone Star Auto case was unavailable at this hour.

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By Avi S. Adelman under Public safety , Dallas City Hall