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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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Some 170 Motorcycle Riders Bring Cheer to Hillsides Children with Toy Ride

Some 170 motorcycle riders from the Boozefighters Motorcycle Club Chapter 101 and other local motorcycle clubs took part in a toy ride on December 16 for Hillsides, a Southern California mental health and foster care charity. The riders rode from Santa Clarita to Hillsides’ main campus in Pasadena with several truckloads of holiday toys for the children and families Hillsides serves.

“This is the fourth year the Boozefighters motorcyclists and their friends have supported Hillsides during the holidays with a toy run, and we are so appreciative of their generosity,” said Hillsides President and CEO Joseph M. Costa. “It is incredible to see so many riders, some who come as far away as Northern California, take part in what has become one of the highlights of the holiday season for us.”

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Motorcycle club tied to Miller County gun thefts

IBERIA, Mo. - The Miller County Sheriff's Office said it is investigating possible stolen guns incidents that could be tied to Bush Pilots Motorcycle Club members in Iberia, Missouri.

According to court documents filed on Wednesday, deputies were searching for stolen guns at a suspected stash house of Bruce D. Maylee, who is the president of the Bush Pilots Motorcycle Club. Deputies found 111 guns in the home as well as three black powder rifles. Two of the guns were found to be stolen, court documents said.

Deputies also searched Maylee's residence off of Highway 42 in Iberia and found a half pound of marijuana as well as meth. Dana Henderson was also charged in connection with the drugs at the residence.

Maylee had been found guilty of first-degree burglary in Cole County in August.

The Sheriff's Office has served three warrants in relation to the stolen guns, said Detective Kip Bartlett.

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Shots fired call ends in domestic violence arrest

HINSDALE, N.H. — A report of shots fired early Sunday morning resulted in the arrest of a Hinsdale man.

According to Hinsdale Police Chief Todd Faulkner, around 2 a.m., dispatch received a call of shots fired in the area of 23 Canal St. Officers from Hinsdale and Winchester as well as game wardens from N.H. Fish and Game responded to the scene and were able to identify the location and arrested Paul Spaulding Jr.

"Spaulding is a known member of the Iron Militia Motorcycle Club, which has a chapter in Vernon [Vt]," said Faulkner.

Upon his arrest, Spaulding, 55, was found to be in possession of two firearms and a large knife. Because he is a convicted felon, said Faulkner, he was prohibited from possessing firearms.

Spaulding was charged with reckless conduct for discharging a weapon inside a dwelling in a residential area, a felon in possession of a firearm, domestic violence and simple assault.

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US Senate Passes Resolution Discouraging Motorcycle Profiling by Police

The notion passed with bipartisan support, promoting the awareness of motorcycle profiling in law enforcement and urging against it.

A new resolution sponsored by Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) passed in the United States Senate with bipartisan support promoting awareness of motorcycle profiling in law enforcement. Outdated stereotypes about motorcyclists continue to persist in some corners of the law enforcement community and this new resolution is a move to put a stop to it.

Since this is just a resolution, it doesn’t really create any hard and fast laws about motorcycle profiling. Rather, it urges the top levels of law enforcement in the states to condemn the profiling of motorcyclists in any training materials or policies. To put it simply; it says that motorcycle traffic should be treated like all other traffic.

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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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