Drivers Privacy Act Now Includes Motorcycles

A proposed change in the language of the Driver Privacy Act in the U.S. Senate would expand the bill's scope to protect all information recorded by event data recorders installed on all "motor vehicles," including motorcycles, the American Motorcyclist Association reports.

The substitute amendment was offered in committee by Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) to S. 1925, which deals with information collected by event data recorders, sometimes referred to as "black boxes."

While the government does not require the installation of event data recorders on motorcycles, some current models are equipped with the devices.


Bikers push for tougher penalties on motorcycle accidents (video)

 Updated: Monday, April 14 2014, 07:03 PM CDT It was one of the loudest demonstrations in Tallahassee, hundreds of motorcycle riders rode their bikes to the State Capital demanding lawmakers crack down on drivers that injure bikers on the road. The bikers are supporting bills in the Florida House and Senate that provide criminal penalties for anyone who hits and seriously injures not only motorcyclists on the road but also bicyclists and pedestrians. The bikers roared up US-27 and onto Capital grounds. Abate Florida, a motorcycle organization, planned this rally. They displayed their colors, and raised the American flag to draw attention to their message. With each tolling of a bell, a name from a list was read out loud, names of fellow riders killed in the last year. Josh Bear was visibly upset. His brother, Jacob, was killed six months ago. The bikers have been pushing for tougher penalties for several years.


Hines Wins 2014 NHRA Four-Wide Nationals

NHRA Four-Wide Nationals Charlotte 2014
Racers lined up four-wide at Charlotte's vMax Dragway last weekend, with Harley-Davidson Screamin' Eagle/Vance & Hines rider Andrew Hines getting the drop on his V-Rod Destroyer to ride out of Charlotte with the NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle victory.

Beacon News (blog) Kaos Krew MC member charged in Spruce Grove drug bust

~Peter Goodsell Jr of Kaos Krew MC charged with drug-related counts~

A member of the Kaos Krew motorcycle club is facing a number of drug-related charges after he was pulled over in a traffic stop in Spruce Grove on Wednesday evening.

Cpl. Colette Zazulak of the Spruce Grove RCMP says the Edmonton biker club member, Peter Goodsell Jr, 29, along with 31-year old Amanda Lindstrom were pulled over by police during the early evening hours on April 9.

Zazulak says “Police noted a strong odor of fresh marihuana emanating from the vehicle, and arrested both occupants for possession of a controlled substance”.

During a search of the vehicle, police allegedly found three ounces of pot along with 30 bags of cocaine and a large knife.

Inside each bag of cocaine, there was between 35 and 40 grams of the drug.


Connecticut court upholds conviction of man who shot to death motorcycle club leader in 2008

HARTFORD, Connecticut — Connecticut's second-highest court upheld Monday the murder conviction of a former Watertown man serving a 40-year prison sentence for killing a motorcycle club leader in Torrington in 2008.

Kevin Campbell, 58, argued that he shot Roland Lagasse to death in self-defense outside the Forbidden Motorcycle Club's headquarters, and he wouldn't have been arrested if Connecticut had a stand-your-ground law.

But the state Appellate Court rejected all of Campbell's arguments, which included that prosecutorial impropriety deprived him of a fair trial and the trial judge wrongly rejected defense expert testimony.


Police to speak up for Tramps

TWO retired senior police officers are supporting legal action by four members of the Wangaratta-based Tramps Motorcycle Club to regain their firearms licences.

Former chief superintendent of the Hume region, Doug McPhie and former detective sergeant Gary Thayer have provided statements to solicitor John Suta, who is representing the Tramps.

Both say in their time as police they never had any problems with Tramps members, who were highly regarded in their community.

The statements have been provided for a Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal hearing starting in Melbourne next Tuesday with both Mr McPhie and Mr Thayer expected to give evidence.

County Court judge and VCAT vice-president Marilyn Harbison will preside over the hearing.


'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.


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