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36-year-old man identified as victim of deadly Saturday-night shooting in Birmingham

Authorities have released the name of a man shot to death in western Birmingham Saturday night.

Birmingham police identified the victim as Christopher Lawson. He was 36.

Birmingham’s West Precinct officers responded about 8:40 p.m. to the 6100 block of Grove Avenue. Once on the scene, they found an adult black male lying in a ditch next to his motorcycle. The motorcycle was still upright with the kickstand in place.

Lawson was pronounced dead on the scene. Birmingham police Sgt. Johnny Williams said Lawson was believed to have attended a party in the area. Investigators do not have a motive for the shooting and were getting little information from the scene Saturday night.

Neighbors reported hearing between five to 10 shots fired, and some said they dropped to the floor of their homes in fear. Dozens of onlookers – including Lawson’s family - gathered at the scene.

Sun
27
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Double life of the Mongrel Mob bikie next door

In the eyes of his neighbours and family friends, Grantito Eduard Chacone probably seemed like a model citizen.

He appeared to be a good-natured, ordinary bloke. He loved his wife, volunteered at his children’s rugby and soccer games and worked hard in the mining industry to provide for his family.

But there was one “small matter” that perhaps Chacone’s associates were not aware of — he was also the national president of the notoriously violent Mongrel Mob bikie gang.

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Chacone’s double life unravelled in August when police raided his Halls Head home and found about 380g of methylamphetamine and about $60,000 cash.

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Bridgewater’s annual “Frosty Nuts” motorcycle run drew more than 400 cycles on New Year’s Day

(pics) --- The run began as an informal gathering of friends some 50 years ago, but social media has exploded its popularity.

BRIDGEWATER — The “Frosty Nuts” motorcycle run, a 20-mile ride from Bridgewater to Plympton, is an institution with a humble beginning.

A Bridgewater man, Willie Smith, started the run decades ago. The town’s 49ers Club started organizing the ride in 1988, but Smith stayed involved until his death in January 2018.

49ers Club president Kevin Burrill said Smith told him the ride started almost by accident.

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Dec
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3 more men, alleged members of motorcycle gang, charged with assault on St. Paul bouncer

A 34-year-old St. Paul man is accused of stealing a gun from a bouncer at a bar during an assault by motorcycle gang members, according to a criminal complaint unsealed Wednesday.

Three other men also were charged in November, but the complaint against Joseph Michael Pranter was sealed until his arrest, which came on Wednesday.

Pranter is charged with aiding and abetting aggravated robbery and third-degree assault, along with committing a crime for the benefit of a gang and illegal gun possession. Pranter is ineligible to possess firearms because of a past conviction for terroristic threats, the complaint said.

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Ghost Riders of McDowell raise over $11,600 in toy run

(pics) --- Riding through the holiday season, McDowell’s motorcycle club chapter collaborated with a Marion church to raise money and deliver gifts to over 139 kids this year.

In their seventh annual toy run, members of the Ghost Riders Motorcycle Club raised close to $11,700 to help buy Christmas gifts to children in need.

Teaming with churches and other organizations for each toy run, this year the McDowell County chapter of the Ghost Riders Club collaborated with New Manna Baptist Church to organize the drive and worked in tandem with local businesses to gather proceeds.

“There’s been a lot of local businesses – I mean, everything here’s always been local,” said James “Jacktown” Johnson, vice president and founding member of the McDowell chapter. “We’ve got Bruce’s Fabulous Foods, (Mr.) Bob’s Donuts, Hwy 55, Sunkissed Tanning, Bantam Chef, one of our biggest supporters since we started.”

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Kingsmen member sentenced to four years in prison

Another member of the Kingsmen Motorcycle Club is going to prison.

Jason Williams, who pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford to four years in prison.

Prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Joseph M. Tripi and Brendan T. Cullinane, Williams, 44, of Kenmore, admitted selling marijuana and cocaine to other Kingsmen.

In seeking leniecy, his lawyer said Williams is no longer the same man.

"The evidence at today's sentencing hearing demonstrated that Jason Williams was not a violent member of the Kingsmen Motorcycle Club, and a much different person today," said defense lawyer Robert Singer. "Jason worked hard over the past three years to transform his life."

Williams is one of 20 Kingsmen to be convicted.

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Ghost Riders raise thousands to provide Christmas for Elizabethton children

ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. (WJHL) - Sometimes Santa drops the reindeer and rides a bike instead. 

Some of Santa's helpers took the same approach this year with the Ghost Riders Motorcycle Club hosting their annual toy drive for the Elizabethton Housing and Development Agency. 

The Ghost Riders have worked with the housing agency for over 10 years. 

Each year, the Ghost Riders set up at the Elizabethton Wal-Mart and raise thousands of dollars. The money donated goes to purchasing children from the EHDA toys and other gifts. 

Children, their families, and EHDA staff were able to share in the Christmas spirit today for a party, where children received gifts from the money raised.

Wed
19
Dec
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Some 170 Motorcycle Riders Bring Cheer to Hillsides Children with Toy Ride

Some 170 motorcycle riders from the Boozefighters Motorcycle Club Chapter 101 and other local motorcycle clubs took part in a toy ride on December 16 for Hillsides, a Southern California mental health and foster care charity. The riders rode from Santa Clarita to Hillsides’ main campus in Pasadena with several truckloads of holiday toys for the children and families Hillsides serves.

“This is the fourth year the Boozefighters motorcyclists and their friends have supported Hillsides during the holidays with a toy run, and we are so appreciative of their generosity,” said Hillsides President and CEO Joseph M. Costa. “It is incredible to see so many riders, some who come as far away as Northern California, take part in what has become one of the highlights of the holiday season for us.”

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19
Dec
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Motorcycle club tied to Miller County gun thefts

IBERIA, Mo. - The Miller County Sheriff's Office said it is investigating possible stolen guns incidents that could be tied to Bush Pilots Motorcycle Club members in Iberia, Missouri.

According to court documents filed on Wednesday, deputies were searching for stolen guns at a suspected stash house of Bruce D. Maylee, who is the president of the Bush Pilots Motorcycle Club. Deputies found 111 guns in the home as well as three black powder rifles. Two of the guns were found to be stolen, court documents said.

Deputies also searched Maylee's residence off of Highway 42 in Iberia and found a half pound of marijuana as well as meth. Dana Henderson was also charged in connection with the drugs at the residence.

Maylee had been found guilty of first-degree burglary in Cole County in August.

The Sheriff's Office has served three warrants in relation to the stolen guns, said Detective Kip Bartlett.

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Shots fired call ends in domestic violence arrest

HINSDALE, N.H. — A report of shots fired early Sunday morning resulted in the arrest of a Hinsdale man.

According to Hinsdale Police Chief Todd Faulkner, around 2 a.m., dispatch received a call of shots fired in the area of 23 Canal St. Officers from Hinsdale and Winchester as well as game wardens from N.H. Fish and Game responded to the scene and were able to identify the location and arrested Paul Spaulding Jr.

"Spaulding is a known member of the Iron Militia Motorcycle Club, which has a chapter in Vernon [Vt]," said Faulkner.

Upon his arrest, Spaulding, 55, was found to be in possession of two firearms and a large knife. Because he is a convicted felon, said Faulkner, he was prohibited from possessing firearms.

Spaulding was charged with reckless conduct for discharging a weapon inside a dwelling in a residential area, a felon in possession of a firearm, domestic violence and simple assault.

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