The mild ones: No Marlon Brandos in sight as bikers mob Hollister

HOLLISTER, San Benito County — Ten thousand motorcycle riders are in town this weekend, and the streets could scarcely be more peaceful.

It’s the 70th anniversary of the celebrated Hollister motorcycle rally, the one that inspired the movie “The Wild One.” In that picture, Marlon Brando beat up Lee Marvin in the middle of Main Street, and a bunch of tough guys took over the town while the cops looked the other way.

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“That was all Hollywood stuff,” said Randy Burke, organizer of this year’s Hollister get-together.

Here’s what really happens when bikers take over the town: There are doughnuts to eat, ’60s music to listen to, great deals on helmets with spikes on top of them, and no fewer than three ministries preaching brotherly love to the leather-and-chain crowd.


2,000 pounds of illegal fireworks seized at San Leandro warehouse

SAN LEANDRO — An estimated 2,000 pounds of illegal fireworks were seized by Alameda County sheriff’s deputies Friday morning in a raid at a building that had been converted into a clubhouse, officials said.

An assault rifle was also found on the premises and one person was arrested.

Sheriff’s deputies and the San Leandro Police SWAT team served a search warrant at the building in the  900 block of Estabrook Circle about 7 a.m.

Sheriff’s Sgt. Ray Kelly said the raid culminated an investigation that began recently on information that fireworks and guns were being sold out of the site.

The fireworks were “commercial high grade” and included primarily aerial rockets that Kelly said were worth “tens of thousands of dollars.”

Kelly said the  building used to house a garage operation but had been converted into a motorcycle club clubhouse that contained a bar, stage and stripper pole.


Man charged in 2016 Shorty's Place shooting pleads to lesser charges

WARREN — One of the three men charged in a gun fight June 18, 2016, among two area motorcycle clubs at Shorty’s Place tavern in Warren Township, has pleaded guilty to reduced charges and has agreed to cooperate in the prosecution of other cases.

James Gardner, 48, of Iowa Avenue Northwest, appeared before Trumbull County Common Pleas Judge Andrew Logan on Tuesday, pleading guilty to two counts of involuntary manslaughter and several other charges, including two counts of complicity to felonious assault.

He could still get prison time, Judge Logan said.

He will be sentenced later.

In exchange, aggravated murder charges he previously faced will be dismissed.

The gun fight left two members of the Brothers Regime club dead and three other men wounded. Gardner and two other men charged are members of the Forever Two Wheelz motorcycle club.


Feds indict members of Tijuana's Hooligans bikers club in high-tech Jeep thefts

Federal and state law enforcement authorities said they have broken up a sophisticated auto-theft ring run by a Tijuana-based motorcycle club that swiped 150 Jeep Wranglers in San Diego County over the past several years.

The Jeeps were later sold in Mexico or stripped for parts that were then sold in Mexico, Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark Conover said at a Tuesday news conference at the federal building in downtown San Diego. Total value of the vehicles stolen was $4.5 million.

Nine members of The Hooligans bikers club were indicted in the scheme and face charges of conspiracy to transport stolen vehicles in foreign commerce.


Utah motorcycle advocates rally at State Capitol

(video)--SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah motorcycle advocates stood with thousands across the nation this week.

At a rally at the Utah State Capitol, advocates called for changes to laws and for police to stop profiling bikers.

“We want them to repeal the helmet law and repeal the handle bar height law,” said “Gonzy”, one of the bikers who attended the event.

Dozens of motorcycle advocates came together this week to stand up for their lifestyle. They’re asking police to stop profiling based on looks.

“There’s no reason to pull us over and just ask us questions when we’ve violated no law,” Gonzy said.

The rally comes two years after a shootout between rival bike gangs left nine people dead in Waco, Texas.  Advocates here in Utah say they're sick of the stigma surrounding motorcycle clubs.


Multiple arrests made, two suspects still sought in Blue Jay Tavern brawl

ROTTERDAM -- Rotterdam police have arrested a number of suspects in a brawl March 19 at the Blue Jay Tavern -- and they're asking for the public's help to locate two more.

Shortly after midnight March 19, officers were dispatched to the tavern for a fight call. On arrival, they located two victims, one of whom had injuries that required transportation to the hospital. All suspects had left the scene before police arrived.

Using surveillance footage from the Blue Jay Tavern, City of Schenectady Street Camera System, and several other surrounding local businesse,s Rotterdam Police Detective Division was able to identify several suspects in the matter.


Members of NC’s ‘Demented Rejects’ motorcycle gang facing drug, gun charges

THOMASVILLE, N.C. (WFMY) – After a four-month investigation, Thomasville Police arrested three members of the Demented Rejects motorcycle gang for distributing drugs and weapons to the Piedmont Triad.

Thomasville police, Davidson County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security helped with the investigation.

On May 10, officials found 1.57 lbs. of methamphetamine, 2.01 ounces of marijuana, 17.5 grams of synthetic cannabinoid, 34 dosage units of Oxycodone, 10 firearms and $24,461 in cash.

Trace William Bostick, 38, Brandie Scarlett Saunder Bostick, 35, and Clifton Scott Peeler, 31, are facing multiple charges including making, possessing, transporting, and selling methamphetamine as well as possession of other drugs like LSD, synthetic cannabis, weapons, and more.


Oakland Recognizes 58th Anniversary of East Bay Dragons Motorcycle Club

The Oakland City Council this week unanimously passed a resolution honoring the East Bay Dragons Motorcycle Club, “the nation’s most legendary and … elite African American motorcycle club” on the 58th anniversary of the organization´s founding.

The resolution, sponsored by Councilmembers Larry Reid and Desley Brooks, recognized the club for “being a positive social outlet for African-American men in Oakland,” with a long history of supporting charitable organizations, including riding a cure for breast cancer, AIDS awareness and violence prevention.


Latest shooting violence not on us, says Soul Brothers Motorcycle Club

The Soul Brothers Motorcycle Club took issue Thursday with allegations that the group was responsible for a weekend shooting incident at a Fresno Motel 6 in which three people were wounded.

Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said Wednesday that shortly after 2 a.m. Sunday multiple people began firing weapons in the motel parking lot at Olive and Crystal avenues. Three people were wounded and taken to a hospital by a party bus. The shooting happened as hundreds of motorcyclists from Northern and Southern California were in town, part of a “halfway run,” event. Motorcycle clubs come to Fresno every spring and fall in the events, which have been taking place for decades.

Eric Duarte, president of the Merced chapter of the Soul Brothers, said “We had nothing (going on) on Olive and (Highway) 99. Absolutely nothing.


Double shooting after fight between rival motorcycle groups, Leesburg police say

LEESBURG, Fla. - Two men, from rival motorcycle clubs, were shot three times each at a Leesburg gas station Saturday evening, police said.

The shooting occurred shortly after 8 p.m. at the Circle K on Main Street, police said.

David R. Donovan, 41, and Marc E. Knotts, 48, have non-life-threatening injuries, police said Sunday. 

Police said one of the men was wearing a ballistic vest at the time of the shooting, but police did not identify which victim.

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Police said the shooting was related to a dispute between two motorcycle clubs, but the names of the clubs have not been released. Police said one club is local and the other is from out of town.


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