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Suspected motorcycle gang leader caught

CANNONSBURG The long arm of the law caught up with the suspected leader of a local motorcycle gang early Thursday.

Anthony “Gibby” Gibbs, 50, was wanted on a warrant for methamphetamine trafficking following a Jan. 9 raid of a house on Booth Quillen Road in Meads. The Ashland Police Department SWAT raided his home following an investigation by the Northeast Kentucky Drug Task Force.

An arrest citation shows Gibbs didn’t go far.

The Boyd County Sheriff’s Department received a tip Thursday that Gibbs was staying at the Cannonsburg Fairfield Inn, 2 miles from where the raid took place. The tipster told deputies Gibbs was driving an early 2000s Dodge flatbed pick-up truck spray painted black, according to the citation. When the deputy saw the truck pull into the hotel’s parking lot, records show he stopped it.

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Friend mourns veteran shot to death in north Phoenix bar

(photo gallery)   ---   Charles Porter, a 43-year-old man shot to death in the Loft Again bar in north Phoenix last Saturday, was an Iraq and Afghanistan veteran, a member of a motorcycle club, and a groom-to-be.

"He was just a real kindhearted guy. Just so easy to like. Everybody loved him," Rick Aragon, who said he was Porter's best friend, told The Arizona Republic. 

Aragon told a story of Porter's time in Iraq. Porter was a sergeant in Iraq when his vehicle ran over an improvised explosive device, killing most of the people in his platoon, Aragon said. 

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Blog claims Hells Angels start chapter in mid Michigan, police not so sure

MOUNT PLEASANT, MI — Several blogs are claiming the California-based Hells Angels motorcycle club has recently set up a charter in mid-Michigan.

On Feb. 8, the website www.gangsterreport.com reported the Hells Angels in January opened their first Michigan charter near Mount Pleasant in Isabella County. The charter is reportedly dubbed the Hells Angels Michigan Nomads.

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Witness IDs defendant as shooter in motorcycle club homicide

A man injured in a shooting at a Pontiac motorcycle club last year that left another man — 41-year-old Mecca Ramsey — dead, testified in Oakland County Circuit Court on Thursday that prosecutors have it right in charging Gregory “Transformer” Kincade for the crimes.

As the trial continued Thursday before Judge Shalina Kumar, Malcolm “Tank” Chamber told jurors that he was in the Night Riders Motorcycle Club’s bathroom with Ramsey when Kincade came through the door and bullets began to fly on April 27, 2019. Kincade told him to turn away or he’d be killed, Chambers testified.

There’s no evidence of anyone witnessing the shooting.

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Three plead not guilty in near-fatal assault

FAIRMONT — Three of the four men indicted for the near-fatal assault of a Hell’s Angels Motorcycle Club member at BFS Foods last year in White Hall pleaded not guilty at their formal arraignments Wednesday in Marion County Circuit Court.

Those entering the not guilty pleas before Marion County Judge David R. Janes were:

— Bruce Evan Davis, 54, 135 Pine Ln., Fairmont, who was indicted for conspiracy to commit a felony; attempted murder in the first degree; malicious assault

— Jason Edward Harris, 49, with a last-known address of 509 Old Monongah Rd., Fairmont, who was indicted for conspiracy to commit a felony; attempted murder in the first degree; malicious assault

— Daniel Lester Ryan, 25, 469 Crawford Ave., Star City, who was indicted for conspiracy to commit a felony; attempted murder in the first degree; malicious assault

Janes said their trials were scheduled for 9 a.m. April 15.

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Team 12 Investigates: Hell on Wheels

(video) --- After four decades, the infamous Hells Angels packed up their Manhattan clubhouse and relocated to the Bronx. Their presence quickly became known to residents after bullets flew into their clubhouse.

The Jan. 2 incident raised questions about the Hells Angels' intentions on the Throgs Neck block. Windows are now boarded up at the clubhouse, and police are keeping a close eye.

"It was a little concerning. But you can't really blame them. I mean it's like blaming a victim for getting shot at. Do you blame the shooter or do you blame the victim? So, now they are getting the bad rep for something that happened to them," said a resident.

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Charles Craig Johnston

Charles Craig Johnston
LONGVIEW — Charles Craig Johnston was born in Longview to Christine and Bruce Johnston on November 18, 1947. He passed away in Austin, on January 27, 2020.
After graduating from Judson High School in Longview, he served his country as a helicopter gunner for the US Marine Corps during the Vietnam era.
Craig was a proud and very respected 48-year member of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club, most recently in the Nomad Chapter and previously serving as International President of the Club. He loved motorcycles, traveling and music. He was well known for his generous spirit, quick wit and ability to tell entertaining stories about his life experiences.
 
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Conspiracy charge dropped one day ahead of trial

A felony conspiracy charge was dismissed Tuesday, Feb. 11, the day before the case was set for trial.

Prosecutors asked to have the class C felony conspiracy to commit aggravated assault charge filed against Earl Benjamin Brewer dismissed with prejudice, meaning it cannot be refiled. In the motion to have the charge dropped, Nathan Madden, assistant state’s attorney for Williams County, cited problems with witnesses.

Brewer and a co-defendant, Michael McCreary, were accused in April 2019 of conspiracy after a man was assaulted outside his home in Williston. Police and prosecutors claimed that McCreary assaulted the man at the request of Brewer. McCreary was charged with conspiracy and aggravated assault, both class C felonies.

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Final arrest in Grim Reapers Motorcycle Club indictments, sheriff's office says

(photo gallery) --- EVANSVILLE, Ind. — The last of the 17 people federally indicted for their alleged involvement in an drug trafficking ring with ties to the Grim Reapers Motorcycle Club has been arrested, according to the Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office.

The VCSO and the United States Marshals Service apprehended 34-year-old Jesse Wilson Sunday afternoon, the sheriff's office said.

The Evansville man reportedly tried to flee but was caught by a sheriff's office K-9 in the woods in the 3200 block of Kleitz Road.

He had a warrant out for his arrest for allegedly conspiring to deal methamphetamine after he was indicted by a federal jury.

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Sons of Silence member faces new charge Member tried to convince witness in upcoming assault and conspiracy trial to change her story

A man whose assault trial was delayed this week because not enough jurors could be found is now facing another criminal charge.

Michael McCreary, 53, was charged Friday, Feb. 7, with tampering with witnesses and informants in proceedings, a class C felony. At bond hearing Friday afternoon, McCreary was ordered held on $100,000 bond on the new charge and multiple existing charges.

The new charge is related to an aggravated assault and conspiracy charge McCreary is facing from April 2019. In that case he was accused of attacking someone in exchange for $2,000 from another man, Earl Brewer.

Brewer was charged with a class C felony count of criminal conspiracy. The trials of both men are scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 12.

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