Fri
24
May
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'Unwanted:' Once again, bikers flock to Myrtle Beach. Once again, some feel targeted

Downtown Myrtle Beach was popping Thursday night as bikers blasted Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” up and down Ocean Boulevard, along with Drake, Nelly, 2Pac and other hip hop and rap mainstays. 

Women on the sidewalks swayed their hips if the music was right. One man even hopped off his bike for an impromptu dance performance in the middle of Ocean Boulevard.

Paul Lynch leaned back onto his Big Dog motorcycle just outside the Diplomat Motel and smiled as bikes rumbled past, enjoying the last night on Ocean Boulevard before dealing with the threat of the 23-mile traffic loop.

The Bennettsville biker smiled.  

“It never gets old,” he said. “There’s something new every year.”

Despite their merriment, some bikers remain frustrated.

Music nearly drowned out Lynch’s voice as he vented about changes he’s noticed implemented in the boulevard area.

Fri
24
May
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'Unwanted:' Once again, bikers flock to Myrtle Beach. Once again, some feel targeted

Downtown Myrtle Beach was popping Thursday night as bikers blasted Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” up and down Ocean Boulevard, along with Drake, Nelly, 2Pac and other hip hop and rap mainstays. 

Women on the sidewalks swayed their hips if the music was right. One man even hopped off his bike for an impromptu dance performance in the middle of Ocean Boulevard.

Paul Lynch leaned back onto his Big Dog motorcycle just outside the Diplomat Motel and smiled as bikes rumbled past, enjoying the last night on Ocean Boulevard before dealing with the threat of the 23-mile traffic loop.

Fri
24
May
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Law-abiding outlaws: Trademark protection the Hells Angels way

The US Department of Justice considers the Hells Angels to be an organised crime syndicate, yet the motorcycle club is pretty astute when it comes to staying on the right side of IP law.

The Hells Angels name generates a distinctive image in most people’s minds; typically, one of black leather, beards and Harley-Davidson motorcycles. But, despite its rebellious and sometimes violent reputation, the worldwide motorcycle club founded in California over 70 years ago, has taken a shrewd approach to its legal rights, creating the Hells Angels Motorcycle Corporation (HAMC) to register, protect and enforce its IP rights.

Fri
24
May
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Motorcycle Gang Territory Disagreement Leads To Fight At Bike Blessing

A man who claimed that Harrison is Iron Horsemen territory is now facing assault charges.

(Harrison, Oh.) - A disagreement over biker gang territory allegedly led to a fight at a bike blessing in Harrison earlier this month.

The Harrison Press reports a bike blessing was being held at the Harrison American Legion on May 5. Harrison Police were called to investigate an assault at the event.

Jeffrey S. Raisor, 56, told another rider that he could not wear an Outlaw shirt on Iron Horsemen territory. When the other rider did not remove his Outlaw shirt, Raison allegedly punched him.

Raisor then allegedly punched the victim’s girlfriend in the face. The man ran to help his girlfriend and was knocked to the ground by Raisor.

Raisor allegedly called the woman derogatory names and told her to shut up.

Wed
22
May
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Plainville’s Central Cafe shut down after fight between rival biker gangs

PLAINVILLE — Central Café has been ordered to close indefinitely after police say a fight broke out between two biker gangs, resulting in motorcyclists fleeing the scene in an unsafe manner.

Plainville Police Chief Matthew Catania reported that two similar incidents have occurred at the bar recently and stated that “it is not likely that we have seen the last of this type of behavior at this location,” according to a letter to restaurant permittee Shirley Papallo from Consumer Protection Commissioner Michelle Seagull.

“Based upon the foregoing, DCP finds that public health, safety and welfare imperatively requires emergency action … and orders your café liquor permit suspended immediately and premises closed,” Seagull wrote in the letter. Papallo did not immediately respond to email requests for comment.

Tue
21
May
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Member of biker club finds body of fatally shot man on Detroit's west side

Motorcycle set on fire behind club

DETROIT - A member of a biker club found the body of a man who had been fatally shot on Detroit's west side, police said.

The Detroit Gentlemen biker club is located at Grand River and Hubbell avenues.

Detroit police officers and firefighters found a motorcycle had been lit on fire behind the club.

Authorities said the man was found shot at the club, but they're unsure if this is a homicide case.

He was one of the older members of the club, according to fellow bikers.

Family members and friends arrived at the scene and learned about their loved one's fate.

 

Fri
17
May
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Mongols motorcycle club ordered to pay $500,000 fine in racketeering case

Legal battle centers on the governments first-of-its kind effort to get control of the outlaw organizations prized patch.

A federal judge on Friday ordered the notorious Mongols motorcycle club to pay a $500,000 fine as part of a first-of-its-kind court case centered on the government’s unsuccessful efforts so far to seize control of the prized patches that adorn the vests worn by members of the outlaw organization.

The fine, as well as an order by U.S. District Judge David O. Carter that the Mongols’ organization be placed on five years of supervised probation, brings to a close the latest chapter in a decade-plus court battle between federal prosecutors and the motorcycle club.

Tue
14
May
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North Providence Hell’s Angels member pleads guilty to drug, gun charges

A member of the Hell’s Angels Rhode Island chapter is facing between five and 40 years behind bars after he pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday to charges of trafficking methamphetamine and cocaine and being a felon in possession of a gun, according to authorities.

Douglas Leedham, a 54-year-old “full patch” member of the motorcycle club from the town of North Providence, was arrested in February after investigators searched his home, which yielded just under 40 grams of methamphetamine, 19 grams of cocaine, two guns, a 12 gauge shotgun, two body armor vests, 35 knives, four hatchets, a handful of batons, a set of brass knuckles, more than $6,4000 in cash, according to a statement from the US Attorney’s Office in Rhode Island.

 

Officials also found “assorted items used in the packaging and distribution of drugs,” the statement said.

Tue
14
May
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35 arrested, 118 citations issued during three-day motorcycle gang operation

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) - El Paso police arrested 35 people and issued 118 citations during the department's three-day outlaw motorcycle gang operation.

According to a news release, the department's Gang Unit, Texas Anti-Gang Center, and SWAT units participated in the operation from May 2 through May 5.

Police say the enforcement measures were conducted due to the large number of outlaw motorcycle gang members visiting El Paso during that time frame.

Officials did not specify the specific offenses behind the arrests and citations.

The identities of the suspects arrested have not yet been released.

Fri
10
May
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Kingsmen member gets 10 years in prison on firearms possession, RICO convictions

A local member of the Kingsmen Motorcycle Club, convicted of RICO conspiracy and possession of firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking, was sentenced in federal court Thursday to serve 123 months in prison, according to the U.S Attorney's Office.

Prosecutors said  Edgar Dekay, 38, of Buffalo, admitted to being a member of the Kingsmen crime gang which, authorities said, engaged in such crimes as distribution of controlled substances, maintaining premises for the use and distribution of controlled substances, possession, use and sale of firearms, sales of untaxed cigarettes and promoting prostitution.

On Sept. 21, 2012, Dekay participated in a drive-by shooting, in retaliation against a former Kingsmen member who assaulted a Kingsmen regional president.

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