Sat
18
Jun

2 killed, 3 wounded in Ohio shootout between biker gangs

WARREN, Ohio (AP) - Police say two people have been killed and at least three people wounded in a reported shootout between two local two biker gangs in northeast Ohio.

WFMJ-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1WUBFeo ) the Ohio State Highway Patrol is searching by air and police on the ground for a possible suspect after the shootout Saturday in the parking lot of a bar Warren Township, about 55 miles southeast of Cleveland. The shootout occurred shortly before 12:30 p.m.

Police say one of the three people wounded was flown to a hospital in Cleveland.

Tue
14
Jun

Motorcycle Week attendees carrying guns, feel safe in large crowd despite Orlando massacre

(video)--LACONIA — The 93rd annual Motorcycle Week is well underway, but Sunday's attack in Orlando was a reminder that anywhere can be a target for those looking to do harm.

The annual rally is expected to bring hundreds of thousands of people to the Lakes Region, and local authorities are taking this weekend’s events very seriously when planning their security detail.

“We’ve been planning motorcycle week for many, many years,” said Matthew Canfield, Laconia Police Captain. “We look at it, we evaluate it every year, and we certainly combine that with the ever-changing times, threats across the country, and actually across the world. We assess those events on a continual basis and then we use that as a base for what to do next year.”

Attendees at the rally on Monday said they were horrified to learn what happened in Florida, but they were not concerned about anything like that happening this week in Laconia.

Tue
31
May

‘Habitual traffic offender’ in Pasco jail after running over motorcyclists

LUTZ, Fla. (WFLA) – A 31-year-old Land O’ Lakes man is facing a variety of charges following a serious crash Monday near the intersection of US 41 and County Line Road in Lutz.

Robert Vance is being held without bond at the Pasco County Jail. He is facing one count of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, one count of leaving the scene of a crash involving injury and one count of operating a motor vehicle without a valid driver’s license. Florida Highway Patrol says Vance is classified as a habitual traffic offender.

Witnesses say Vance drove his vehicle over a motorcycle carrying a man and woman before fleeing.

Just moments before the incident, the suspect exchanged words with the driver of the motorcycle – identified as Joseph Philipp Calderazzo – and his passenger, Melanie Ann Milinkovich.

Thu
26
May

Victim: DA went easy on Wis. motorcycle club that attacked her

ALMA, Wis. (KMSP) - A western Wisconsin woman said at least three members of a motorcycle club beat her and she believes prosecutors went easy on the men because they are intimidated by the bikers.

The attack happened in Buffalo County, just off the highway across the river from Winona,

more with vid and pics at orig article

Mon
23
May

Suspect charged after motorcyclist shot in Franklin County

(video)--WASHINGTON, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

A suspect is charged after a motorcyclist was shot on Highway 100 in Franklin County Friday morning.

The Franklin County Sheriff's Office said around 2:45 a.m. on May 20 the rider was shot following a verbal altercation at a gas station in Villa Ridge. Authorities acquired surveillance video from the gas station to identify the suspect.  Authorities believe William White, 31, is the shooter. He is charged with first-degree assault. He is being held at the Franklin County Jail on a $100,000 cash only bond.

The victim, a 62 year-old James Diekmann, from Berger, Mo., told the deputies he was riding his motorcycle on the highway when a truck drove beside him. White allegedly fired at the victim and struck him in the arm.

Thu
12
May

Motorcycle club member sentenced for Molotov cocktails

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – A Belding man found with Molotov cocktails in his car has been sentenced to four months in federal prison.

Kevin Bert Fenton, 35, was also sentenced by U.S. District Judge Robert Jonker to two years on supervised release once the prison term ends.

Fenton had pleaded guilty to possessing an unregistered destructive device.

He was arrested Oct. 19 by Wyoming police in a traffic stop on 44th Street SW near Clay Avenue.

Police detected the odor of gasoline in the car and found five glass bottles filled with gasoline and canola oil and a rag for a fuse, records showed.

The government said Fenton "committed this offense for the club." The government linked him to the club through text messages, call records and bond payments, records showed. Authorities did not detail what he intended to do with Molotov cocktails.

Fri
06
May

City of Painesville says it will approve motorcycle club insignia design on headstone

PAINESVILLE, OH - The city of Painesville has agreed to approve the artwork on a headstone at Riverside Cemetery as soon as the monument company re-submits a sketch of the artwork that was left off the original application.

Family and friends were upset earlier when a letter was sent to the monument company who designed and produced Richard Cody's headstone. Cody was a member of the South Madison Motorcycle Club, and had requested the club's insignia be etched into the stone.

***Watch Fox 8's original story,***

Thu
28
Apr

Police chief: No apparent warning before man shot outside motorcycle shop

NEENAH, Wis. -

A Wisconsin police chief says a dashcam video appears to show that officers who fatally shot an armed hostage in December gave no warning before they fired outside of a motorcycle shop.

Neenah Police Chief Kevin Wilkinson commented Thursday on the video, which was obtained and published online by the USA Today Network . It appears to show Michael Funk wasn't warned he'd be shot Dec. 5 as he ran from Eagle Nation Cycles shop, where hostages were being held.

Neenah police had said shortly after the shooting that Funk, 50, ignored orders to drop his gun. Wilkinson told The Associated Press that the initial information about Funk ignoring orders was from initial interviews with witnesses, who may have been mistaken about when the commands were given, if in fact they were.

"From the video, it appears no warning was given," Wilkinson said of the nearly 5-minute dashcam footage.

Wed
20
Apr

Biker club president pleads not guilty in Kingsmen murders

The national president of the Kingsmen motorcycle club pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to federal charges that he ordered the executions of two Buffalo-area club members in September 2014.

With the parents of one of the victims sitting about 15 feet away, David John Pirk, 65, made his first Buffalo court appearance. Pirk and 15 other Kingsmen members were indicted five weeks ago in a gang violence case involving claims of murder, intimidation, drug dealing, gun trafficking and other crimes.

Pirk, a resident of Eustis, Fla., who grew up in Niagara County, has been assigned two attorneys because his case is a potential death penalty prosecution. Taxpayers will cover the expenses for both attorneys because Pirk has told authorities he cannot afford to hire an attorney.

Sun
17
Apr

Two men shot, killed outside motorcycle club

Two men were killed in a shooting Saturday night outside a northeast Omaha motorcycle club, police said.

The men were shot about 10:45 p.m. near the Zac Riders Club at 24th and Franklin Streets.

They were identified today as Allen McReynolds, 47, and Victor Beatty, 52. Beatty listed an Omaha address on his driver’s license, which has a motorcycle endorsement. It was unclear where McReynolds resided.

McReynolds was taken by ambulance to the Creighton University Medical Center in extremely critical condition. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Beatty was also transported to Creighton, where he died.

There have been four homicides in Omaha so far this year. There were 14 killings in the city at the same time last year.

No arrests have been made in Saturday's deaths.

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