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.


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.


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.


Promoter Says City Will Make Money Off Motorcycle Rally

Reno-based promoter comes to Hollister to brief residents, businesses and city officials on its plans for motorcycle rally

Words can be cheap or even meaningless. But if what Roadshows Inc. had to say March 30 at The Vault to residents, business people and city officials about its plans for the 2016 Hollister Independence Rally is factual, then this year’s event just might generate confidence locally and bring many thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts to the world-famous event.

The clincher, as Randy Burke, president of Roadshows Inc., promised, “We’ll make money and the city will make money.”


Danell Lynn Sets World Record for Longest Journey by Motorcycle in a Single Country

Giant Loop has announced that sponsored rider Danell Lynn has set a new Guinness World Record for “Longest journey by motorcycle in a single country.” Traveling for a year on her Triumph Bonneville equipped with Giant Loop gear, Lynn covered 48,600 miles while riding throughout the contiguous 48 states of the Unite States of America. Lynn is the first solo woman motorcyclist to hold the record.

Although her travels actually covered all 50 states, as well as three Canadian provinces, totaling more than 53,000 miles from September 2014 through September 2015, Guinness only counted the miles logged within the continental 48 states. Duplicate miles also did not apply to the record; each of the 48,600 miles covered different routes.

For her world record setting ride, Lynn used Giant Loop’s Siskiyou Panniers, Fandango Pro Tank Bag, Tillamook Dry Bag, Rogue Dry Bag, Possibles Pouch and Pronghorn Straps on her 2006 Triumph Bonneville.


$3.5M claim filed in Eagle Nation shooting

A claim totaling more than $3.5 million has been filed against the city of Neenah and three police officers stemming from the Dec. 5 shooting death of Michael L. Funk during a hostage standoff at Eagle Nation Cycles.

It was filed Thursday by Funk's widow, Theresa Mason-Funk, and is a prelude to an expected federal lawsuit, according to a release from attorney Howard B. Schoenfeld of DeWitt Ross & Stevens.

The city and the three officers have 120 days to determine if they want to resolve the matter without litigation, the law firm said. Schoenfeld served the documents on the city of Neenah and three Neenah police officers — Craig Hoffer, Jonathan Kuffel and Robert Ross.

Late Thursday night, the city released a statement saying the claim is under review and has been referred to its defense counsel, Gunta Law Office.


Pro Stock motorcycle’s Andrew Hines likes view from top heading to Summernationals

Andrew Hines and his Screamin’ Eagle Vance and Hines Harley-Davidson team went to work in the off-season, determined to produce something far different in 2014.

Pro Stock motorcycle’s Andrew Hines likes view from top heading to Summernationals


ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. — Intent on making up for a season of disappointment, Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Andrew Hines and his Screamin’ Eagle Vance and Hines Harley-Davidson team went to work in the off-season, determined to produce something far different in 2014.


Gang members seen in beating outside Fresno's Crossroads bar to get probation (pic/video)

A Fresno gang whose members were caught on video tape severely beating two men outside the Crossroads nightclub in March will get felony probation for the assault, their lawyers said Tuesday.

Apolonio Martinez, Daniel Martin Telles, Christopher Martinez Jr. and his father, Christopher Martinez Sr., pleaded no contest last week in Fresno County Superior Court to assault likely to commit great bodily injury. In addition, Martinez Jr. pleaded no contest to possession of drugs and his father pleaded no contest to possession of a firearm by a felon.

In exchange for their pleas, prosecutors dismissed a second assault charge against all four defendants and dismissed a felony drug charge against Apolonio Martinez and Martinez Jr., and a felony ammunition charge against Telles and Martinez Sr., the documents show.


Motorcycle Club Defends Its Reputation

A motorcycle club rumbled into the Payson Town Council meeting last week to set the record straight on its reputation.

Members of the Payson Wolves motorcycle club took up nearly every seat in the normally empty council hall, causing quite a stir.

Just two bikers spoke during the public comment period, president Jimmy Johnson and member Ed ‘Hollywood.’

Johnson said he was compelled to visit after learning “that a member, or members of, the Payson Town Council are speculating publically that our club is affiliated with criminal enterprises associated with drug dealing and other illegal acts. Nothing could be further from the truth,” he said.


Krawiec Tops 2014 Atlanta NHRA Nationals

Harley-Davidson® Screamin’ Eagle®/Vance & Hines rider Ed Krawiec defeated teammate Andrew Hines in an all-Harley Pro Stock Motorcycle final at the 34th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway. Riding Harley-Davidson® V-Rod® motorcycles, Krawiec and Hines also qualified 1-2 for the event, and posted the quickest times in three of four qualifying sessions.

Final elimination rounds were delayed until Monday due to extended periods of rain on Sunday.


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