'Warlord' of motorcycle club gets six-year prison sentence for role in armed robbery

To the people in Roodhouse, a small community of 1,800 in Greene County, Timothy Jackson was a family man, a hard worker and community-minded. He was the assistant chief of the town's volunteer fire department, serving under his father, who was the chief. He served a term as an alderman.

"He was the kind of guy who would have your back," Russell Iverson said. He worked with Jackson as a guard at the Illinois Department of Correction's Jacksonville Correctional Center for 15 years.

To members of the Liberty-based Midwest Percenters motorcycle club, Jackson was the club's "Warlord."

According to testimony given at the armed robbery trials of his fellow Midwest Percenters members, Jackson was the man who demanded that two members of the Tunnel Rats club give up their vests during an altercation at the intersection of 12th and Hampshire in Quincy on May 20, 2012.


Motorcycle club member gets probation and jail time

Here's an update on a Liberty motorcycle club member that pleaded guilty to mob action charges in connection with a May 2012 robbery.

According to court records, 56-year-old Zane Liggett was sentenced to 24 months probation and 120 days in the Adams County Jail.

Liggett entered a plea with the state last year in exchange for the dismissal of multiple firearms and robbery charges for the incident.

He was one of four members of the Percenters Club accused of pulling a gun on two bikers from a rival motorcycle group in Quincy.


One Hospitalized in Motorcycle Shop Shooting

One person was hospitalized Tuesday morning after a shooting in a back room at a motorcycle shop in the San Fernando Valley.

The shooting occurred just before 10 a.m. in the 10200 block of San Fernando Road (map). The victim, shot in the abdomen and arm, was hospitalized.

Details regarding the victim's condition were not immediately available. The victim was identified as a shop employee.

A man surrendered to police in connection with the shooting, according to the LAPD. Details regarding the subject, identified only as a man in his 70s involved in a business dispute, were not immediately available.

The individual walked into the front lobby of nearby Foothill Division Station and surrended, according to the LAPD.

Aerial video showed yellow crime scene tape in front of the entrance to the cycle shop.

Drivers were advised to avoid the area during the investigation.


Motorcycle club member gets five years in prison for role in armed robbery

A Barry man has been sent to prison for his role in a 2012 armed robbery in downtown Quincy.

Gerald R. Utterback, 45, was sentenced Tuesday to five years in the Illinois Department of Corrections by Adams County Circuit Judge William Mays.

In January, a jury found Utterback guilty of aggravated robbery, robbery and theft of a person for a May 20, 2012, incident at the intersection of 12th and Hampshire. Utterback was found not guilty of the most serious charge, armed robbery, for which he could have been sent to prison for up to 15 years. Mays' sentence was one year over the minimum allowed by law.

According to court documents, Utterback was one of four members of the Midwest Percenters motorcycle club who surrounded members of the Tunnel Rats motorcycle club and stole their vests during the incident.


Motorcycle club crackdown nets 29 arrests

More than two dozen people were arrested early this morning in a crackdown by four police agancies on a Fort Wayne motorcycle club.

At about 1:30 a.m., officers from the Fort Wayne Police Department, assisted by the Allen County Sheriff’s Department, executed a search warrant at the clubhouse of the Hard Hitters motorcycle club at 5001 Avondale Road, where about 70 club members and visitors had gathered, according to a news release from the State Excise Police. Excise officers and the Indiana State Police assisted in the raid.

They arrested 27 subjects on preliminary charges: 10 were arrested for visiting a common nuisance, eight for possession of marijuana, one for dealing cocaine, and one for possession of synthetic marijuana. Seven individuals were also jailed on outstanding arrest warrants. Four handguns were seized in the raid.


Blind Man to Drive Motorcycle at Thunder in the Valley Air Show

COLUMBUS, Ga., March 11, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Federation of the Blind today announced that one of its members, Dan Parker, an experienced racecar builder and driver who lost his sight as the result of a racing accident in 2012, will again independently operate a three-wheeled motorcycle with the help of a GPS system that gives him audible cues in order to help him maintain a straight course.  Mr. Parker will drive his custom-built motorcycle on the runway as part of the Thunder in the Valley Air Show in Columbus, Georgia, this weekend.



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Elmore police officer among 3 men shot to death overnight

Three dead, two taken to hospital in separate shootings

FREMONT — Fremont police are still looking for suspects in a pair of overnight shootings that left three dead and two injured .

Police Chief Tim Wiersma said that the shootings did not appear to be related.

“The person at the Last Call Bar was a very short person and the person at the Night Riders was a very tall person. So, it’s definitely not the same shooter,” Wiersma said.

An off-duty Elmore police officer is among three men shot to death overnight.

Five people were shot in two separate shootings overnight in Fremont. One shooting at Last Call Saloon resulted in the deaths of three men and the hospitalization of another. In another shooting near Night Riders Motorcycle Club, a man was taken by medical helicopter to a Toledo area hospital.

Jose Andy Chavez, 26, an off-duty Elmore police officer, was among three people killed during the shooting.


New Bipartisan Senate Bill Would Ban Funding of Motorcycle-Only Checkpoints

Four U.S. senators representing both the Democrat and Republican parties introduced new legislation that would prevent the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration from funding checkpoints that specifically target motorcyclists.

The new bill – S.2078 – would put a stop to NHTSA‘s Motorcycle Law Enforcement Demonstration Program which provides states with federal funding for traffic checkpoints that stop only motorcyclists. The checkpoints allow law enforcement to inspect motorcycles and determine if they meet state standards ranging such as noise levels, tire conditions and handlebar lengths.


Indian Motorcycles Ad Entices You to Make the Choice [Video]

With classic motorcycle manufacturers trying to make ends meet as far as bringing together retro styling and the old legacy on one hand, and the mandatory modern approach to bike-making, it should not be a big surprise seeing that ads are as emotional as it gets. That is, because these bikes are, in a way, old, and the only thing which sells them is nostalgia. And this makes a great resource for an emotional ad.

Now, don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing amiss with such ads: it’s just openly talking about what makes them appealing and eventually selling these two-wheelers. So since heritage plays such a huge role in marketing classic bikes, it was only natural that individuals and stories from the past were brought into the spotlight.


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