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Man fined for liquor sales at clubhouse

PICTOU – A man accused of keeping liquor for sale at a New Glasgow clubhouse has been fined in relation to the offence.

John Joseph MacLean, 51 of New Glasgow entered a guilty plea to a charge of keeping liquor for sale at 118 MacLean St., New Glasgow, which was the former clubhouse of the motorcycle club, The Gatekeepers. He had originally pleaded not guilty to the charge and was expected to go to trial in June.

Two other men, Daniel Simms, 54, of Colchester, and Issam Karam, 52, of Glace Bay, were also charged in relation to the July 14, 2016, incident, but their charges were withdrawn when MacLean entered the guilty plea.

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Kingsmen biker to jury: 'He was scared. I would be, too.'

With three of his fellow Kingsmen sitting just a few feet away, it's a safe bet Jimmy Ray Fritts wanted to be anywhere but on a witness stand in Buffalo.

He didn't want to testify that Andre Jenkins, one of his "brothers" on trial, admitted to the double murder at the core of the case.

And Fritts certainly didn't want to tell a jury that former Kingsmen President David Pirk ordered the 2014 killings.

At the constant prodding of prosecutors, Fritts, a Kingsmen Motorcycle Club member from Tennessee, testified that Pirk's involvement became evident during a near-fatal confrontation between Jenkins and four Kingsmen angry over the assassination-style murders in North Tonawanda.

"He walked in and we pulled our weapons," he told the jury. "He was scared. I would be, too."

Now 68, Fritts said that Jenkins, upon seeing the drawn guns, claimed the killings were in self-defense and begged them to make one phone call before killing him.

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2 dead, 5 injured in motorcycle club shooting in King County

(video)---An overnight shooting in south Seattle has left two people dead and five others injured.

Shots were first fired around 4 a.m. Sunday in the Skyway neighborhood, with victims later showing up at a McDonald's in Renton.

A total of four people were shot; two later died after being driven to the McDonalds.

King County sheriff's deputies say the victims were members of a motorcycle club. A large fight broke out during a gathering and then multiple gunshots were fired.

Deputies were en route to the scene when the received calls that victims of the shooting had been transported in cars to different locations.

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Combat veterans plan 10th annual motorcycle ride

MOORESVILLE — An estimated 1,000 motorcycles are expected for the 10th annual CVMA Ride next Saturday.

The ride, sponsored by Combat Vets Association Chapter 15-5, will begin at the Crossroads Harley-Davidson store in Wilkesboro and end lakeside at Queen’s Landing Marina in Mooresville.

Signup, with a $25 fee for one or a two up for $30, starts at 10 a.m. in Wilkesboro with kickstands up at 1 p.m. Riders should arrive at Queens Landing Amphitheater at 2 p.m. The police-escorted ride is 55 miles long.

Riders will be entertained in Wilkesboro just before the ride with music the C.J. Ballard Band.

Music at Queens Landing will start at 2 p.m. with Red Dirt Revival. Nonriders can attend for a $10 donation to CVMA at the amphitheater. Raffle tickets will be sold for a Marlin Lever Action 30/30, and a silent auction will be held.

This year’s ride is in memory of combat veteran rider Robert “Sniper” Gallman.

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Scorpions Motorcycle Club break-in suspect misses court date; he was already in prison

A competency hearing for a man charged with breaking in to the Scorpions Motorcycle Club headquarters in Lyon Township on the night the building was heavily damaged by fire has been delayed because the defendant never made it to court.

Instead of being in 52-1 District Court in Novi on Wednesday,  Kinley Rae-John Kelm, 39, was being held at the Handlon Correctional Facility in Ionia. He was sent to the state facility for an alleged parole violation after being arraigned on the new charges.

"The defendant was inadvertently transported to the Department of Corrections (rather than the Oakland County Jail)," Judge Travis Reeds said before rescheduling the hearing to April 27. "That's the earliest date for all the parties."

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Kingsmen 'tough guy' accuses club president in murders

Filip Caruso admits to being a tough guy and a hot head, and the former Kingsmen would be the first to tell you his violent reputation earned him immediate status in the biker club.

Within the Kingsmen community, Caruso, a convicted felon five times over, may be best known for his role in a gun-toting confrontation outside the South Buffalo clubhouse just weeks before the murders of Kingsmen Paul Maue and Daniel "DJ" Szymanski.

Caruso, angry over the promotion of another Kingsmen Motorcycle Club member, came armed with a Kel-Tec rifle hidden in his pants and, with Maue and Szymanski watching his back, confronted then national president David Pirk and regional president Timothy Enix.

"The talking just went to screaming and yelling," Caruso told a federal court jury this week. "There was about 200 people standing and watching."

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Biker clubhouse shut down on Cornhusker Highway; sheriff's office investigating

The state fire marshal has shut down a biker clubhouse being run out of a former gas station in northeast Lincoln, which investigators believe was operating as an illegal bar.

The white sign for Zodiac's Motorcycle Club, at 8805 Cornhusker Highway, still says open and a cardboard sign in the window states it's a private clubhouse.

But the Nebraska State Fire Marshal's Office has closed it until further notice after an inspection March 30 found it lacked a safe second exit.

Five days earlier, a woman and her boyfriend had reported a brawl there, according to court documents. The pair told Lancaster County sheriff's deputies that they paid a cover charge to attend an after-party there which was still going at 4 a.m.

Inside, as many as 100 people stood shoulder-to-shoulder as alcohol was being sold, investigators said in an affidavit requesting a judge's permission to search the building.

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Motorcycle Gang Members Enter Not Guilty Pleas to 17 Charges

Three outlaw motorcycle gang members are heading to trial by judge and jury in connection to a massive 2016 drug bust.

Vincent A. Leonard, Wayne Johnson and James Curran are facing 17 charges including participating in an criminal organization, possession and trafficking in a controlled substance. This morning in Supreme Court, the men stood and entered not guilty pleas to each count.

Nearly a dozen people were arrested back in September of 2016 as part of Operation Bombard—a drug bust targeting an outlaw motorcycle gang.

The trial has been set for five-weeks beginning January 15, 2019.

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5 North County Motorcycle Club Members Seriously Injured in Vista Crash

Five people suffered serious injuries Saturday in a crash involving at least three motorcycles and a Toyota sedan in Vista.

The crash was reported about 6:40 p.m. at 1385 East Vista Way, just north of Foothill Drive, San Diego County Sheriff‘s Lt. Matthew Glisson said.

He said five people were taken to the hospital. Video from the scene showed a helicopter transporting one of the injured.

The motorcyclists involved in the crash were apparently all members of the Rival motorcycle club based in North County.

Vista Way was shut down in both directions between Foothill Drive and Palomar Place for the sheriff’s investigation, he said.

— From Staff and Wire Reports

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Biker unit executes search warrants in Barrie

Police search homes on Pickett Crescent, Wessenger Crescent in city's south end

Three people were arrested and charged after the OPP’s biker enforcement unit executed a pair of search warrants in Barrie on Tuesday.

Provincial police, with assistance from the OPP and Barrie police tactical units, searched a pair of homes on Pickett Crescent and Wessenger Crescent in the city's south end.

Pickett Crescent is located near Big Bay Point and Huronia roads, while Wessenger Crescent is in the area of Mapleview Drive and Essa Road. 

Police said some of the items seized included cash, firearms, ammunition, a bulletproof vest, cocaine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

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