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Sturgis campgrounds may face fees ahead of popular motorcycle rally

STURGIS, S.D. - The city of Sturgis is proposing fees — as high as $5,100 in some cases — that would have to be paid in advance by campgrounds outside city limits if they want ambulance service at this year's Sturgis motorcycle rally.

The proposed fees range from $300 to $5,100 and are based on the number of ambulance calls to the campgrounds during the 2018 rally, Sturgis City Manager Daniel Ainslie said at a Feb. 19 special meeting in Sturgis with campground owners.

Under the proposal, campgrounds that had no ambulance calls last year would be assessed a $300 fee to cover this year’s rally in August. Those with one to four calls last year would pay $650, those with five to nine calls would pay $1,850, and a fee of $5,100 would be charged to those that had 10 or more calls during the 2018 rally.

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Motorcycle gang leader sentenced for drug, gun crimes

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) - A former leader of a motorcycle gang has been sentenced on drug and gun charges in federal court.

Shon Gibson, 47, of Rome City was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court to 17 years in prison followed by 8 years of supervised release on charges of possessing with intent to distribute 5 grams or more of methamphetamine and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

It was December 2016 when police served a search warrant at a home at 865 Chambers Street in Rome City. There, federal authorities said they found "an ounce of 100% pure methamphetamine and over $32,000 in drug trafficking proceeds," along with two AK-47 rifles and two inert military-grade hand grenades in an attic above a garage. One of the rifles was fully automatic and the other was a short-barreled rifle, authorities said. Another $8,000 was found in a safe inside the house.

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Arrests made in New Llano shooting

Three people are now facing charges in relation to the fatal shooting at The Spot Bar in New Llano that occurred on Dec. 3 2018.

The VPSO made the announcement after receiving security camera footage from that night. The incident led to the death of Mark Fernandez.

Brandon Lemmons is being charged with being in possession of a firearm at a place of business which serves alcoholic beverages.

Additionally, both Amanda Matz, and William Matz were arrested and charged with simple battery.

There has been much speculation about what exactly happened that night. Many questions surrounding the incident left the community both shocked and concerned.

According to information released by Sheriff Sam Craft, an altercation took place in the parking lot of the bar.

The altercation involved Amanda Matz, William Matz, Mark Fernandez, and Brandon Lemmons.

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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.

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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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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.

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