Thu
23
Mar

Motorcycle club makes changes after two deadly shootings

PITTSBURGH - A Homewood motorcycle club plans to make changes after two people connected to it were killed over the weekend.

The New Brotherhood Motorcycle Club said in a statement that it will permanently close its clubhouse and will no longer have late night and after-hours events.

RELATED: 2 killed in weekend shootings in Homewood

Sean Lyons, 20, was shot and killed Sunday morning inside the club. One day earlier, 33-year-old Michael Leonard was killed in his car on Blackadore Street. Friends said the shooting was connected to a fight inside the club.

"It’s unfortunate that two lives are taken,” said Angela Jackson, who was a friend of Leonard.

“Somebody is doing something, so I’m happy about that.”

Police continue to investigate both cases.

Wed
22
Mar

SHOOTING TRIAL: Tension brewed at motorcycle club, lawyer says

Three days before a September shooting in West Corners, a former motorcycle club member confronted others outside their Carl Street clubhouse in attempt to regain some tools and settle a monetary issue. On Wednesday, that former motorcycle member said he showed up with a billy club in order to keep others from ganging up on him.

Another confrontation broke out three days later, on Sept. 24, prosecutors say, resulting in former "Flesh and Blood" motorcycle club member Timothy Mancini and his dog being wounded by shotgun fire.

Paul Warner's trial for attempted second-degree murder continued Wednesday in Broome County Court, and the defense argued tensions had been brewing after a divide among the roughly 18-member group of motorcyclists in the days before the shooting.

Mon
13
Mar

Motorcycle deaths during Bike Week fall to historic low

Motorcyclists have slammed into utility poles driving at 45 mph. They've drifted into oncoming traffic on busy State Road 40. They sometimes just lose control and are thrown from their bikes.

Close to 500 people have died in motorcycle accidents between 2005 and 2015 in Volusia and Flagler counties, and more than one-third of those accidents occurred during the area's two major biking events, a News-Journal analysis of National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data shows.

Tue
21
Feb

Idaho House panel unanimously backs ‘motorcycle profiling’ bill

BOISE – Legislation to ban “motorcycle profiling” in Idaho won strong support from the House Judiciary Committee this afternoon, as members praised the bill’s backers and voted unanimously to send the measure to the full House.

“This is the people’s house, and you are welcome any time, as is anybody who wants to come in and address their government,” Rep. Christy Perry, R-Nampa, told the big crowd of motorcycle enthusiasts as she moved to approve the bill.

Rep. Robert Anderst, R-Nampa, told the committee, “Today I’m presenting to you not just as a bill sponsor but as an advocate. For most of my life I’ve been in and around the motorcycling community.”

Tue
14
Feb

Boozefighters Motorcycle Club headquarters destroyed by fire

(Kearny Mesa) A fire destroyed the headquarters of a local motorcycle club that helps needy children. Almost everything inside the building is gone, including items used to fundraise.

The fire at the “Boozefighters Motorcycle Club” headquarters started early Monday morning. When member Brian Trum arrived, almost everything was gone.

“I was absolutely heartbroken, we worked so hard to keep it clean,” says “Boozefighters Motorcycle Club” member Brain Trum.

The club is made up of military members, veterans, and retired government workers. Their headquarters is where they would gather for meetings and build bikes for kids that were given away for free during the holidays.

“The whole community helps us with what we do,” adds Trum, “We’re one of the few charities in the world where every dime we make goes to the kids.”

Mon
06
Feb

Neighbors shocked by motorcycle meetup escalating to gunshots

A fight during a motorcycle meet up escalated to gunshots leaving neighbors on edge Sunday.

The fight broke out off 15th Avenue in Huntsville just before 6:00 pm Saturday.

"Pretty shocking that it's right in my backyard," said 10-year-old Michael Newsom, who lives just down the street, "I was really scared I told the dogs to get in my room, they were shaken too."

While Newsom was at home alone he heard shouting and fighting outside. When he went to look out the window he said he heard gunshots.

"Then I heard sirens and I was like yes, finally," said Newsom.

Newsom's step-dad Vince Tichenor rushed home once he heard what happened.

"Bout 15 cop cars, crime scene tape, went to the backyard and motorcycles were knocked down," said Tichenor, "never anything like that from the motorcycle club, usually a real good, quiet group."

Thu
02
Feb

Harley-Davidson factory cancels Trump visit, fearing protests over travel ban

(VIDEO)----Talk about a vicious cycle.

The Harley-Davidson factory in Milwaukee has canceled a scheduled visit from President Trump — for fear of planning protests, according to a report.

Trump planned to visit the motorcycle factory on Thursday, and to sign unspecified executive orders there related to American manufacturing. His team made no public announcement about the visit, but White House staffers were already in Milwaukee setting it up.

But an administration official told CNN Tuesday the visit was canceled because the company felt “uncomfortable” about planned protests over Trump’s executive order on travel bans.

'Daily Show' blacks out during Muslim ban discussion

Thu
26
Jan

'Cross Ban' at Veteran Memorial Gets Taken to Next Level When a Bunch of Bikers Show Up

 

For years now, the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) has been making headlines for its efforts to ensure that public spaces remain free of any type of religious imagery.

Whether it's Ten Commandments monuments in schools or “In God We Trust” stickers on police cruisers, the group has threatened legal action against towns across the U.S. in order to prevent any such display.

Sat
14
Jan

Victim critical, two in jail after Junction City motorcycle club disturbance

A disturbance early Saturday at a Junction City motorcycle club left one person in critical condition and two others in jail, police said.

Authorities weren’t releasing the name of the victim, whom Junction City police Sgt. Brad Diel said was in critical condition at Salina Regional Hospital in Salina.

Junction City police arrested Todd Mahoney, 38, and Kirk Fuller, 33, both of Junction City, Diel said.

Both were being held without bond in the Geary County Jail in Junction City in connection with aggravated battery, a felony, Diel said.

He said police were called about 12:50 a.m. to a disturbance at Veterans Motorcycle Club, where they determined the victim had sustained injuries.

Further details weren’t being made public.

Mon
09
Jan

One man shot after fight at motorcycle club gathering in Callaway County

(video)--CALLAWAY COUNTY, Mo. - The Callaway County Sheriff's Office got a call that a man arrived at a hospital in Jefferson City with a gunshot wound around 1:30 a.m. Sunday.

The victim, a 23-year-old from Jefferson City, was shot at a party in the 1800 block of State Road 94, just outside of Jefferson City in Callaway County.

The victim was transported to University Hospital in Columbia and was released after his injuries were treated.

The Sheriff's Office was joined by Jefferson City police, Holts Summit police and Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers.

When authorities arrived to the scene, several people were still there.

Deputies said that a motorcycle club was hosting a party with about 30 to 50 people in attendance. They said a fight broke out between several of the bikers.

The fight led to a shooting.

Deputies said most of the bikers were from St. Louis area and other states; few were from Callaway County.

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