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2019 will be the last year for Rolling Thunder motorcycle rally

(video) --- (CNN) The annual "Rolling Thunder" motorcycle tribute to veterans will stop rolling in Washington, DC after next year.

Hundreds of thousands of motorcyclists have descended on the nation's capital every Memorial Day weekend since 19-88.

But a spokeswoman for the group says the ride on Sunday, May 26th, 2019 will be the 32nd and final one.

The event honors service members killed in action or held as prisoners of war.

It will start at the pentagon parking lot, goes over a bridge into d-c and circle the mall, before ending by the Vietnam veterans memorial.

Organizers say the costs of putting on the national ride have become prohibitive, with last year's event costing 200-thousand dollars.

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Members of New York motorcycle club with Tennessee ties sentenced on RICO charges

NASHVILLE, Tenn.--Members of a New York motorcycle club which also operated in Tennessee were sentenced to prison on Wednesday stemming from RICO conspiracy and firearm charges.

The U.S. Department of Justice reports Gregory "Flip" Wilson and Glen "Turbo" Stacharczyck were sentenced to 180 months and 57 months in prison, respectively.

The men were members of the Kingsmen Motorcycle Club, a gang which the DOJ says operated in Florida, New York, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee.

According to plea agreements of the two men, Wilson admitted to punching a woman repeatedly in 2009, causing her eyes to swell shut following a verbal altercation. The assault took place at a Pennsylvania clubhouse and the DOJ says Wilson nor any other members called for medical help.

The woman was then taken back to New York where Wilson and his mother kept her secluded against her will to hide her injuries.

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Laws banning drivers' use of cell phones are saving motorcyclists' lives

Researchers suggest that states with stricter laws have lower fatality rates

Though cell phones have come to permeate essentially every area of our lives, the use of these devices while driving has become particularly problematic. Amidst several campaigns urging consumers not to text or call while driving, the issue continues to lead to fatal car accidents.

However, a new study conducted by researchers from Florida Atlantic University found that motorcyclist fatalities have been on the decline in states that have instituted strict bans on using cell phones while driving.

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Kingsmen trial witness sentenced to probation

COURT: Witness in case receives three years of probation for misdemeanor drug charge.

A witness in the 2014 Kingsmen Motorcycle Club double-murder was spared prison-time Wednesday for a drug arrest in 2016.

Leslie Maziarz, of North Tonawanda, was sentenced by Niagara County Court Judge Matthew Murphy III to three years of probation for a misdemeanor criminal possession of a controlled substance charge. 

Maziarz was arrested July 8, 2016 on a felony drug charge after police executed a search warrant on a North Tonwanda residence and found her and Steven Papoi with cocaine. She pleaded guilty in November 2016 and entered a two-year drug diversion program. 

Upon completing the program, Maziarz was allowed to plead guilty to a reduced misdemeanor drug charge. 

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Bykes for Tykes has record year

COOS BAY — Santa rode south on his Harley for a special visit to Coos Bay so he could lead local motorcycle clubs in their annual Bykes for Tykes event over the weekend.

This is the 19th year that Walt Evans of Coos Cycle and Supply and his band of bikers joined together to donate bicycles and toys to families in need this Christmas.

“We have almost 300 bikes this year, that’s a record for us," Evans said. "We had 225 a couple years ago."

Last year, the Bykes for Tykes event donated 140 bikes which means this year the donation likely doubled in size. It’s important to note that Bykes for Tykes also collects hundreds of toys for donation as well.  

Unlike years past, the bikes and toys were donated to the Bus Jam fundraiser put on by local radio station K-Dock and the Rotary Club instead of being taken to the Salvation Army.

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Police arrest alleged motorcycle gang member charged in connection with brawl slaying

A man who was previously charged with second-degree murder in connection to a slaying that allegedly occurred during a brawl between rival motorcycle gangs last summer was arrested Thursday.

Leon Anthony Harris was booked into the Tulsa County Jail in lieu of a $515,000 bond. In addition to the murder charge, Harris was charged in September with aggravated assault and battery and a gang-related offense.

Harris was one of five men who prosecutors say were involved in an assault at Torchy’s Briar Patch, 1111 S. 124th East Ave., on June 3. The assault resulted in the shooting death of 49-year-old James Mitchell, while a second man was hospitalized with a severe head injury.

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Man Enters Plea To Break-In That Led To Motorcycle Club Fire

A plea has been entered by the man charged with a break-in at the Scorpions Motorcycle Club in Lyon Township.

40-year-old Kinley Rae-Thomas Kelm pleaded no contest last week in Oakland County Circuit Court to charges of breaking and entering with intent, larceny of firearms, being a felon in possession of a firearm and two counts of felony firearms. A no contest plea is not an admission of guilt, but is considered as such at sentencing.

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Proceeds from Thunder Beach Motorcycle Rally will go to hurricane victims

(video) --- PENSACOLA BEACH, Fla. (WEAR) — For the last 17 years, Panama City has hosted the Thunder Beach Motorcycle Rally, but Hurricane Michael forced them to find a new place this year.

That new place is Pensacola Beach.

This weekend, thousands of motorcyclists are gathering there and 100 percent of the proceeds from the event will go to people impacted by the hurricane.

Greg and Jill Ward have been going to the Thunder Beach Rally for 12 years. They say this year’s event in Pensacola is smaller, but the focus is not the crowd.

"This is not even a drop in the hat, so we're just doing what we can to support them. We can't do much, but we do what we can,” Greg said.

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Watch 100 bikers take over Bristol streets in memory of club founder

(video) --- Hundreds of bikers turned out at the funeral of Jim Malin, 70, who was one of the founding members of Hartcliffe Motorcycle Club

More than a hundred bikers took to the streets of Bristol recently to celebrate the life of a well-known motorcycle enthusiast.

Dozens of motorcycles paraded through South Bristol on Thursday October 24 to accompany the funeral procession of 70-year-old Jim Malin from Stockwood, well known in the community as one of the founding members of Hartcliffe Motorcycle Club.

Footage from the arrival at South Bristol Crematorium shows the crowd of bikes following closely behind the sidecar hearse, after travelling in the motorcade from Keynsham to Bedminster Down.

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Five alleged members of motorcycle gang now face murder charges in slaying of rival gang member

A Tulsa slaying that police say occurred during a brawl between rival motorcycle gangs this summer now has led to five alleged members facing murder charges. 

Dwayne Anthony Arceneaux, 44, also known as D-Train, and Leon Anthony Harris, 47, were charged Sept. 19 in Tulsa County District Court with second-degree murder or, in the alternative, first-degree manslaughter in the heat of passion. They also face charges of aggravated assault and battery or, in the alternative, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and committing a gang-related offense. 

Three others — Kenneth Ray Walters, 40, also known as Dallas; Kevin Lee Fields, 45, also known as Black Superman; and Mark E. Alexander, 48, also known as Dirty — were charged with the same crimes in August.


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