3 To Know: Mutts & Margaritas, more

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Conrad, a Yorkie owned by Kim Whittemore, contemplates a drink - water, of course during a previous "Mutts and Martinis."

1. Marco Mutts & Margaritas is Wednesday

From 5 until 8 p.m., Wednesday, March 23, at the Esplanade, Marco Island’s biggest “Doggie Doo” of the season!

There’s a pooch parade, silent auction, 50/50 raffle and basket raffle. Admission: $5.

All proceeds benefit the YMCA of Collier County Summer Camp Programs, Y Reads and the under-served children and families of Collier County.

Register your pet day of event starting at 5 p.m.

For more information, Beatriz Gonzalez, CommRelations@MarcoY.org or 239-394-9622, ext. 125.

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2. Miami man faces three counts after assault in Naples 

Collier County Sheriff‘s deputies arrested a Miami man after they say he attacked another person at a Naples parking lot just past midnight March 16.

Diego Gaston Dominguez, 42, faces three charges — burglary with assault or battery; exposure; and resisting an officer without violence.

The incident occurred in the 1460 block of Golden Gate Parkway.

According to the arrest report, a woman was traveling from Tennessee to Miami, and was sitting in a U-Haul.

Within 10 minutes of arriving at the parking lot, the victim heard someone knocking on the driver’s side window, according to the affidavit.

The victim rolled down her window and Dominguez attempted to grab her face, neck and shoulders in what the victim described as an attempt to pull her from the vehicle, according to the report.

As victim tried to close the window and Dominguez reached for the driver’s door handle from the inside.

She then put the U-Haul in reverse gear and drove away, officials said.

When deputies arrived, they found Dominguez in the parking lot. They say he attempted to resist arrest. – Tomas Rodriguez/Staff

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3. BMW, VW warn of parts shortage

BMW and Volkswagen warned this week that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is causing shortages of some vital components, forcing them to reduce vehicle production in Europe.

The two German carmakers said the war is having a 'negative' effect on auto supply chains, which have already been battered by shortages of semiconductors.

BMW said Wednesday that bottlenecks at its suppliers in Ukraine have forced the automaker to adjust or interrupt production at a number of factories, which is likely to have a negative impact on vehicle sales figures.

'Ukraine is, of course, home to many suppliers, hence we too will have to face production interruptions and supply disruptions for important components,' Maximilian Schoeberl, BMW’s director of corporate affairs, said in an earnings webcast.

Executives from both companies said wiring harnesses, which bundle and organize wires or cables, were in short supply because their main suppliers were in western Ukraine.

BMW said the war forced its suppliers to reduce or suspend production of the harnesses, which in turn forced the automaker to cut its own output. The company said it’s resuming production at two factories in Germany this week, while its Mini factory in Oxford, England, is expected to start up again next week.

'But what is clear is that the situation will remain volatile,' Schoeberl said.

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