Fri
22
Sep

Biker club burns in Oakland County 3 days after fire at Detroit club

A large fire burned the Scorpions Motorcycle Club this morning in Lyon Township, three days after a separate club burned in Detroit. 

The fire appeared to start about 6:15 a.m. at the club on Milford Road between 11 Mile and 12 Mile roads. No injuries were immediately reported, according to Channel 4 (WDIV-TV). 

The separate Street Royalty Motorcycle Club burned to the ground at about 11:15 p.m. Tuesday on Dexter Avenue near Webb in west Detroit. Officials said Thursday that they've determined a gas leak was not the cause, but Detroit Fire Department continues to investigate whether it was arson. 

Thu
14
Sep

Police: 6 motorcycle club members indicted in double murder case

(video)--COWETA COUNTY, Ga. - Coweta County authorities believe they now have the people responsible for a double murder in custody.

Police arrested six members of a motorcycle club in connection with the shooting deaths of two women. Officers say they uncovered disturbing evidence inside the group's clubhouse.

FOX 5's Doug Evans spoke with neighbors who live near the former Newnan club house of the Iron Cross Motorcycle Club.  They are too frightened to go on TV and say it, but they applaud the law enforcement crackdown on the alleged gang and the raid that led to the closing of the club house.

If this house was once a motorcycle club house of a gang dedicated to crime and affiliated with hate groups, it's clear that it is not now. 

Sun
10
Sep

Flat Track Motorcycle Racing Rises From the Dust

With a renewed rivalry between Harley-Davidson and Indian Motorcycles, and some modern bikes to pit against each other on the dirt, flat track might be the most exciting form of motorcycle racing to watch.

A low hum rises as 18 men and women straddle their machines. Engines snarl as tense hands grip the throttles. For a moment everything is still—the crowd, the racers, and the dust.

Then the green flag waves and the bikes erupt in a fury. The collective engine thunderclap rattles my ribcage. Riders lean forward in defiance of inertia. In a heartbeat, they are gone, off like a pack of wild hyenas in a deluge of din and dust.

Fri
11
Aug

Sturgis Rally 2017: Man, 27, dies in vehicle crash

(video)--A 27-year-old man died in a vehicle crash Thursday near Custer, bringing the total number of fatal crashes during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally to six.

The Highway Patrol released the latest numbers as part of its Rally Tally on Friday. 

The latest fatal crash occurred at 7:12 a.m. Thursday seven miles west of Custer. The Highway Patrol says a 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan was eastbound when the driver lost control and the vehicle went into the ditch. The 27-year-old male driver was pronounced dead at the scene. One of three other occupants, a 20-year-old male, sustained life-threatening injuries. The other two passengers, a 21-year-old male and an 18-year-old female, both received serious non-life threatening injuries.

In other Sturgis Rally figures, authorities have made 130 arrests on DUI, 131 misdemeanor drug arrests and 38 felony drug arrests. 

There have been 40 non-injury accidents and 59 injury accidents reported.

Tue
08
Aug

The naked truth in Sturgis: World’s largest motorcycle rally getting tamer

(video and 85 pic photo gallery)---STURGIS, S.D. — Among the rumbling V-twin engines, the half-naked, body-painted women and wet T-shirt competitions, the black leather jackets and majestic beards, a gnawing question keeps coming up: Has the world’s biggest motorcycle rally lost its edge after 77 years?

There’s no question Sturgis remains wildly popular. An expected 500,000 riders are flocking to this tiny town in the Black Hills this week, filling hotel rooms and renting out homes, parking their RVs in fields and setting up tents on lawns. They’re buying gas, pulled-pork sandwiches and T-shirts commemorating the trip. They’re riding the curvy, hilly pavement for hundreds of miles around the city, and doing anything conceivably motorcycle related, all under the single-word description: “Sturgis.”

Thu
03
Aug

Putin’s grants to ‘foreign agents’ signal shift away from hard-line domestic policies

MOSCOW — They are Russian President Vladimir Putin’s favorite motorcycle gang, but the black-clad Night Wolves may soon be struggling for cash after being snubbed in the most recent round of presidential grants, while struggling organizations labeled “foreign agents” by the Kremlin have been approved for funding.

This week’s unexpected outcome of the nationwide bidding for government rubles has sparked a number of interpretations, with some political analysts suggesting it may signal a shift in the hard-line domestic policies that have held sway in the Kremlin under Mr. Putin since Russia’s seizure of Crimea in 2014.

The Night Wolves, whose members have been involved in fighting in eastern Ukraine, has received around 60 million rubles — about $993,000 — in government subsidies since 2014. The group used some of the money to stage festive shows for children that depict an “evil” United States as trying — but failing — to destroy Russia.

Sat
29
Jul

Wish comes true for dying Vietnam Veteran

(video)-- MUSKEGON, MICH. - Before he dies, Muskegon Vietnam veteran and hospice patient Wayne Whisler wanted to ride a motorcycle one last time. 

And Friday afternoon his wish came true.

“It was great,” he says.

The last ride was arranged after Whisler told a care Hillcrest Nursing and Rehab Center care giver Theresa Flynn how much he liked her Harley, and how much he would like to hang out with some bikers and go for a ride.

She sent a message to Muskegon Motorcycle Club member Vic Martin.

“Spend a little time with him, let him look at the motorcycles and enjoy himself for a few hours,” says Martin.

“And we needed to get as many bikes out here as we could,” adds motorcycle rider David Edwards.

Sat
01
Jul

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.

Fri
30
Jun

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.

Tue
20
Jun

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.

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