Sat
23
Dec

The Kingsmen, in the eyes of New York State, are no more

For more than six decades, the gold knight's helmet with the red plume on top – a frequent sight on local streets and highways – served as a reminder of the Kingsmen Motorcycle Club's dominating presence here.

No other biker club enjoyed deeper roots in the community.

But earlier this month, a yearlong legal fight over the Kingsmen name and organization resulted in a court-approved agreement requiring the club's two factions to form new clubs under new names.

In short, the Kingsmen, at least in the eyes of New York State, are no more.

Not surprisingly, in an organization whose motto is "Live Kingsmen, Die Kingsmen," both sides are disappointed in the outcome.

"That is as important, if not more important than, the ownership of any property," said Charles J. Marchese, a lawyer for the previous leadership, of the Kingsmen name and history.

Sat
23
Dec

Ghost Riders Motorcycle Club toy run raises $10,000

Members of the Ghost Riders Motorcycle Club traded their helmets for Santa hats again this year as they raised over $10,000 to help buy Christmas for over 100 families this year.

A lot of funding comes from the club’s annual toy run. This year approximately 110 motorcycles started from Boxcar Grille through downtown Marion to Old Fort to raise money and donate toys for needy families.

“This year it was over 100 families that needed help. This club raised $10,000 here within six to seven weeks. We made sure we got what they needed,” said James Johnsons of the Ghost Riders Club.

 

The club teamed up with New Testament Baptist Church of Old Fort to find out the wants and needs of children and distribute gifts and bicycles.

Fri
22
Dec

Driver sentenced in May crash that killed 3 motorcyclists

 PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) - An Oregon woman was sentenced to nearly 2 years in prison for the wreck that killed three motorcycle riders in May.
 
The East Oregonian reports 50-year-old Lisa Niehaus pleaded guilty last month to multiple assault charges and three counts of criminally negligent homicide.
 
Authorities say Niehaus was driving on state Highway 19 near Fossil in Central Oregon when she crossed into the oncoming lane traffic, striking a group of motorcycle riders.
 
Authorities say the collision killed two riders and a third died a week later. Six more people were injured. About 45 members of the Gypsy Jokers Motorcycle Club were on the road heading to a local rally.
 
Neihaus says she was blinded by the motorcycle headlights. Prosecutors say there were other distractions.

Fri
22
Dec

Despite arrests, Pasco sheriff fears more violence in wake of motorcycle gang killing

(pics) ---The president of a local chapter of the American Outlaws Motorcycle Association was shot and killed by the president of a rival motorcycle club Thursday afternoon in a public burst of violence that threatens to ignite a gang war, said Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco.

Paul Anderson, 44, was shot while idling in a truck at the red light where the Suncoast Parkway exits to State Road 54 in Odessa, the sheriff said. The shooting took place at about 4:55 p.m. while many other drivers were on the road, deputies said.

"It was probably like a television show or a movie scene," Nocco said.

Fri
22
Dec

Arrests made after motorcycle club president fatally shot in Pasco Co.

We have new information in a deadly shooting in Pasco County yesterday involving rival motorcycle gangs.  We know the identify of the man killed, and three people have been arrested.

The shooting happened yesterday afternoon along the Suncoast Parkway and State Road 5.  The victim, who has been identified as Paul Anderson, 44, is the president of the local chapter of the Outlaw motorcycle gang. 

Anderson was in the northbound lane of Suncoast Parkway when a couple of guys on motorcycles pulled up. 

One of them tapped on Anderson’s window to get his attention.  Anderson was then shot and killed.

Through an investigation, the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office was able to make three arrests – Michael Dominick Mencher, 51; Alan Guinto, 26; and Christopher Bryant Cosimano, 29.   All were members of the rival motorcycle gang, the 69ers. 

Police say Cosimano was the shooter.

All three going to be charged with first-degree premeditated murder.

Thu
21
Dec

Sheriff: Biker gang behind homicide near Suncoast Parkway and SR 54 in Pasco County

(video)--Pasco County deputies are investigating a shooting death near Suncoast Parkway and State Road 54.

Sheriff Chris Nocco said the shooting is related to motorcycle gang activity and releases photos of the suspects.

"This shooting, thank God an innocent person was not killed," said Sheriff Nocco. 

A witness heard three loud "pops" and saw the driver of a truck slumped over. Investigators have not released the identity of that driver but tell us he was a documented motorcycle gang member.

PCSO is now asking anyone with information to come forward about the two people who fired the shots, seen riding motorcycles with the tags covered up. 

Sheriff Nocco says it appears this was an internal issue and the victim was targeted. 

Thu
21
Dec

San Diego motorcycle club's holiday tradition goes on despite fire

(video)--SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - A South Bay biker club is all systems go with their holiday tradition of giving, despite suffering a clubhouse fire that destroyed many of their tools and supplies.

The San Diego chapter of Boozefighters Motorcycle Club has donated bicycles and toys for more than 40 years to children in need.

The group's Clairemont clubhouse burned down earlier this year, destroying many of the group's tools and supplies they use to assemble bikes for their annual Christmas With Kids giveaway.

RELATED: Local Group Donates Bikes Christmas Morning

Mon
18
Dec

Man who spoke at biker's sentencing arrested on several charges

FOWLER TOWNSHIP — Walter Hughes, one of two Brothers Regime motorcycle club members who survived being shot by a member of a rival motorcycle club in 2016, was arrested Saturday on a variety of charges.

Hughes, 42, of Homewood Avenue in Leavittsburg, was charged with three counts of carrying a concealed weapon, one of being a felon in possession of a firearm and single charges of driving under suspension and having an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle.

Hughes spoke at a sentencing hearing last week in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court for David Bailes Jr., the man who shot Hughes, another Brothers Regime member and killed the Brothers Regime president and another member June 18, 2016, outside Shorty’s Place tavern on Highland Avenue in Warren Township.

Fri
15
Dec

After final sentencing, prosecutor reveals how fatal biker shootings unfolded

The refusal of key witnesses to testify against Forever Two Wheelz motorycle club president David Bailes Jr. and two co-defendants in the killing of two rival motorcycle club members and injuring of two others reduced prosecutors’ options.

It led to plea agreements with all three defendants and prison sentences of 10 years for Bailes, eight for James Gardner and six for Charles Dellapenna III, the last of whom learned his sentence Thursday in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court.

The sentences were not long enough for Dana Hughes, wife of Walter Hughes, one of the two members of the Brothers Regime who suffered gunshot wounds but survived the June 18, 2016, shootings.

“The years that have been given are not even close to the years it’s going to take to get my life back on track,” she said at Dellapenna’s sentencing hearing.

She had married Walter Hughes at the time of the shootings.

Fri
15
Dec

Police: Lathrop-Manteca firefighter a suspect in stabbing

MANTECA — Police have arrested a Lathrop-Manteca Fire District firefighter on suspicion of attempted murder after it is alleged he stabbed a man at a bar, according to authorities.

The Manteca Police Department’s Gang Suppression Unit arrested Brandon Burlingame, 35, about 7:45 a.m. Thursday. He was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon and a weapon enhancement. His bail is set at $1 million.

Police allege Burlingame stabbed a 43-year-old man about 10:13 p.m. Dec. 1 at The Pub & Lounge at 1305 N. Main St. Officers investigating the case learned the suspect was wearing a Jus Brothers Motorcycle Club patch at the time of the assault.

When police arrived, the suspect had left the scene, but police later identified Burlingame as the suspect, according to the Manteca Police Department.

The victim suffered serious injuries in the attack and was taken to the hospital, but he is expected to survive.

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