Utah motorcycle advocates rally at State Capitol

(video)--SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah motorcycle advocates stood with thousands across the nation this week.

At a rally at the Utah State Capitol, advocates called for changes to laws and for police to stop profiling bikers.

“We want them to repeal the helmet law and repeal the handle bar height law,” said “Gonzy”, one of the bikers who attended the event.

Dozens of motorcycle advocates came together this week to stand up for their lifestyle. They’re asking police to stop profiling based on looks.

“There’s no reason to pull us over and just ask us questions when we’ve violated no law,” Gonzy said.

The rally comes two years after a shootout between rival bike gangs left nine people dead in Waco, Texas.  Advocates here in Utah say they're sick of the stigma surrounding motorcycle clubs.


Multiple arrests made, two suspects still sought in Blue Jay Tavern brawl

ROTTERDAM -- Rotterdam police have arrested a number of suspects in a brawl March 19 at the Blue Jay Tavern -- and they're asking for the public's help to locate two more.

Shortly after midnight March 19, officers were dispatched to the tavern for a fight call. On arrival, they located two victims, one of whom had injuries that required transportation to the hospital. All suspects had left the scene before police arrived.

Using surveillance footage from the Blue Jay Tavern, City of Schenectady Street Camera System, and several other surrounding local businesse,s Rotterdam Police Detective Division was able to identify several suspects in the matter.


Members of NC’s ‘Demented Rejects’ motorcycle gang facing drug, gun charges

THOMASVILLE, N.C. (WFMY) – After a four-month investigation, Thomasville Police arrested three members of the Demented Rejects motorcycle gang for distributing drugs and weapons to the Piedmont Triad.

Thomasville police, Davidson County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security helped with the investigation.

On May 10, officials found 1.57 lbs. of methamphetamine, 2.01 ounces of marijuana, 17.5 grams of synthetic cannabinoid, 34 dosage units of Oxycodone, 10 firearms and $24,461 in cash.

Trace William Bostick, 38, Brandie Scarlett Saunder Bostick, 35, and Clifton Scott Peeler, 31, are facing multiple charges including making, possessing, transporting, and selling methamphetamine as well as possession of other drugs like LSD, synthetic cannabis, weapons, and more.


Oakland Recognizes 58th Anniversary of East Bay Dragons Motorcycle Club

The Oakland City Council this week unanimously passed a resolution honoring the East Bay Dragons Motorcycle Club, “the nation’s most legendary and … elite African American motorcycle club” on the 58th anniversary of the organization´s founding.

The resolution, sponsored by Councilmembers Larry Reid and Desley Brooks, recognized the club for “being a positive social outlet for African-American men in Oakland,” with a long history of supporting charitable organizations, including riding a cure for breast cancer, AIDS awareness and violence prevention.


Latest shooting violence not on us, says Soul Brothers Motorcycle Club

The Soul Brothers Motorcycle Club took issue Thursday with allegations that the group was responsible for a weekend shooting incident at a Fresno Motel 6 in which three people were wounded.

Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said Wednesday that shortly after 2 a.m. Sunday multiple people began firing weapons in the motel parking lot at Olive and Crystal avenues. Three people were wounded and taken to a hospital by a party bus. The shooting happened as hundreds of motorcyclists from Northern and Southern California were in town, part of a “halfway run,” event. Motorcycle clubs come to Fresno every spring and fall in the events, which have been taking place for decades.

Eric Duarte, president of the Merced chapter of the Soul Brothers, said “We had nothing (going on) on Olive and (Highway) 99. Absolutely nothing.


Double shooting after fight between rival motorcycle groups, Leesburg police say

LEESBURG, Fla. - Two men, from rival motorcycle clubs, were shot three times each at a Leesburg gas station Saturday evening, police said.

The shooting occurred shortly after 8 p.m. at the Circle K on Main Street, police said.

David R. Donovan, 41, and Marc E. Knotts, 48, have non-life-threatening injuries, police said Sunday. 

Police said one of the men was wearing a ballistic vest at the time of the shooting, but police did not identify which victim.

Watch: Leesburg annual Bikefest gets underway

Police said the shooting was related to a dispute between two motorcycle clubs, but the names of the clubs have not been released. Police said one club is local and the other is from out of town.


'Zen And The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance' Author Robert M. Pirsig Dies At 88

Robert M. Pirsig, who inspired generations to road trip across America with his "novelistic autobigraphy," Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, died Monday at the age of 88.

His publisher William Morrow & Company said in a statement that Pirsig died at his home in South Berwick, Maine, "after a period of failing health."

Pirsig wrote just two books: Zen (subtitled "An Inquiry Into Values") and Lila: An Inquiry into Morals.

Author Robert Pirsig works on a motorcycle in 1975.

William Morrow/HarperCollins


Bikers Taken Into Custody After Incident That Closed Carson Street

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — East Carson Street was shut down Sunday night after a young man reported being robbed and assaulted, allegedly over the shirt he was wearing, by a large group of men outside of a South Side bar.

Police responded to the area of Carson Street near South 14th Street after 7 p.m.

Several people spent more than an hour handcuffed as officers checked drivers’ licenses and registrations.

“The victim ran and called police. The motorcyclists left the bar and our officers spotted them, pulled them over right here. The rest played out right in front of you,” Pittsburgh Police Spokesperson Sonya Toler said.


Avengers Motorcycle Club member charged with murder for wife's death

FLINT, MI -- A member of the Avengers Motorcycle Club has been charged with murder in relation to his wife's 2012 suffocation death.

On Wednesday, April 19, Frank Bartels, 51, was arraigned in Genesee District Court on a single count of first-degree premeditated murder in relation to his wife's death in January 2012.

If convicted, he faces the potential of life in prison without parole.

Bartels' attorney, Frank J. Manley, noted that the 2012 homicide is a cold case, and that "cold cases are different by definition and tend to present very unique fact patterns."


"Mr. Bartels maintains his innocence and looks forward to being exonerated from these false allegations," Manley said.


1 person killed in shooting at motorcycle club fish fry

PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - (video)--

One person was killed and another person was wounded in a gun battle at a motorcycle club's fish fry event.

It happened at approximately 12:30 on Friday morning at 4th and Grant streets in Phoenix.

Police say at least 30 gunshots were fired in what appears to be a retaliation shooting, but the details are unclear.

Ten men pulled their guns on each other during the incident. 

The shooting victim who survived has an injury that is not life-threatening.

It's estimated that 1,000 people attended the private event.

Investigators were on the scene all night and into the morning. They were scouring the lot for evidence.


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