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Two arrested on suspicion of assault after fight

Two alleged members of a motorcycle club were arrested on suspicion of felony assault after an investigation over the Memorial Day weekend. 

Jered Kearns, 32, of Chadron, and Keith Coomes, 43, of Rushville, were booked into the Dawes County Jail on suspicion of first degree assault after a victim reported an altercation to police while seeking medical treatment. They remained in jail Monday.

Officers responded to the Chadron Community Hospital May 27 and interviewed an adult male who said he sustained head and shoulder injuries during an altercation with four other men.

According to a CPD press release, the four men are reported to be members of the Tribesmen Motorcycle Club. Police suspect Kearns and Coomes of punching and kicking the victim, resulting in their arrest. Their bond was set at 10 percent of $50,000.

Tue
05
Jun
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Federal Judge Delays Mongols Trial But Warns The Gang About Manners

Inside a stately Orange County federal courtroom on June 4, U.S. District Court Judge David O. Carter silently eyed a wild looking bunch of at least 25 Mongols Motorcycle Club members dominating the public seating section.

Several of the club’s crew looked bar-room ready to rumble with anyone who held their probing gazes, but Carter, a heroic U.S. Marine survivor of one of this nation’s most brutal military battles in the Vietnam War and one of the nation’s most colorful judges, wanted the motley crew to know who is in charge and not to be challenged: him.

“What a great impression you make,” the federal judge sarcastically said to the Mongols during the pre-trial hearing.

The federal government wants to take control over a notorious California motorcycle club’s trademark logos

Sun
03
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Motorcycles flock to Warrensburg, Lake George

(pics)--WARRENSBURG — Motorcycle fever is sweeping the region as rallies in Warrensburg and Lake George get underway. 

The 18th Warrensburg Motorcycle Rally kicked things off on June 1 and will run through Sunday, June 10. Held at the Warren County Fairgrounds, founder Ed Zibro said his event gets bigger and bigger each year.

Down the road in the village of Lake George is the Americade Motorcycle Rally, which begins Monday, June 4, and runs through Saturday, June 9. It, too, has new additions to mark its 36th year, said Director Christian Dutcher.

Sun
03
Jun
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Daughter: Dad's killing in rivalry shootout 'just sad'

Two men meet at a gas station on Detroit's west side.

One man, Phillip Hudson, gets off his motorcycle. The other, Martez Fenderson, gets out of his minivan. Both pull guns, then pull triggers. Both wind up dead, covered by the same white tarp, as investigators tried to make sense of their shootout.

The fatal confrontation took place early May 24 at the Clark gas station on the 15900 block of Schaefer at Puritan.

The day of the shooting, the 25-year-old Fenderson's family and fellow members of the Soul Devils motorcycle club rushed to the scene, sometimes sharing stories and memories with reporters, but mostly supporting one another and shedding tears for their fallen loved one.

Wed
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May
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Supreme Court Sides With Defendant In Motorcycle Search Case — But Two Conservatives Push Back

The court's majority said the search was illegal, but Justice Samuel Alito disagreed while Justice Clarence Thomas questioned whether Supreme Court limitations on illegally obtained evidence even apply to the states.

The Supreme Court ruled overwhelmingly in favor of a criminal defendant Tuesday in holding that a Virginia search of a man's motorcycle — parked in his driveway — was unconstitutional.

Nonetheless, the court's two most conservative justices — Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito — laid out a divergent pair of visions for restricting legal rights against police searches: one that would limit people's protections against illegal searches conducted by state and local police and one that would provide less protection under the Fourth Amendment than any other current justice believes exists.

Sat
26
May
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Screamin-Demons MC collide with trouble in Visalia

The Screamin-Demons president was among two men busted on gun and drug allegations after a traffic stop in Visalia. 

Both riders, Thomas Martin Qualls and Matthew Wayne Spray, were driving without motorcycle endorsements Friday evening when they were stopped by the police department's elite special enforcement unit. 

The task force, headed by Lt. Amy Watkins, is responsible for taking down some of the city's most hardened criminals and drug dealers. 

While searching Qualls' motorcycle, officers found a concealed, loaded handgun, a high-capacity magazine and an expandable baton. 

Qualls is a convicted felon, Watkins said.

Spray was also storing a concealed, loaded gun in his motorcycle, Watkins said. The motorcycle engine was stolen. A deeper search revealed a concealed dagger and 23 grams of methamphetamine.

Fri
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2 bikers charged with murder in Twin Peaks shootout get Jan. 15 trial date

Two defendants in the Twin Peaks biker shootout who were re-indicted earlier this month on murder and riot charges might be tried together and had a priority trial date set Friday for Jan. 15.

Jeff Battey, 53, of Ponder, and Ray Arnold Allen, 48, of Crum, both members of the Bandidos motorcycle group, were joined in Waco's 19th State District Court on Friday by four other bikers who were re-indicted May 9 on new charges that will replace the original engaging in organized criminal activity charges.

Judge Ralph Strother called the hearing to get updates on the pending cases.

Fri
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May
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Florida motorcycle gang members charged in death of rival

Five members of a Florida west coast motorcycle gang Friday were indicted in multiple crimes, including murder.

The Department of Justice's U.S. Attorney Office in Tampa announced the charges against five members of the 69'ers Motorcycle Club. Indicted were Christopher Brian Cosimano, aka "Durty," 30 of Gibstonton; Michael Dominick Mencher,  aka “Pumpkin,” 51, of Tarpon Springs; Allan Burt Guinto, aka “Big Beefy,” 27, Brandon; Erick Richard Robinson, aka “Big E,” 45, of Zephyrhills; and Cody James Wesling, aka “Little Savage,” 27, of Riverview.

They were indicted on multiple violent crimes in aid of racketeering activity, including conspiracy, murder, and assault with a dangerous weapon. They have also been charged with firearms offenses and narcotics trafficking.

Thu
24
May
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R.I. seen as key crossroads for biker gangs

The popularity of motorcycle clubs exploded in the 1940s when thousands of World War II veterans, who had shared the adrenaline of combat and a brotherhood unmatched, found themselves on the tranquil thresholds of middle-class America — and bored.

Looking to share again in dangerous thrills, some turned to motorcycles. In 1947 thousands of bikers streamed into Hollister, California, for races and a rally where drinking and club rivalries brought havoc to the small town.

The resulting outcry prompted the American Motorcyclist Association to declare that 99 percent of motorcycle clubs were law-abiding and harmless.

Seventy years later, the nefarious few — like the two clubs Rhode Island law enforcement literally blew the doors off Wednesday — still proudly call themselves “1 percenters.”

And for the last few years some violent biker gangs have been feuding over Rhode Island turf, says State Police Lt. Col. Joseph Philbin.

Thu
24
May
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Gas station shootout kills 2 in Detroit

Detroit — A 25-year-old man and a 39-year old man are both dead after the two exchanged gunfire Thursday morning at a gas station on the city’s west side.

The close-range gun battle took place about 5:30 a.m. Thursday outside of a Clark gas station on the 15900 block of Schaefer, at Puritan, police said.

Authorities said the conflict started when the 39-year-old and his 25-year-old girlfriend pulled up at the station to meet the woman’s ex-boyfriend, 25.

But both men were armed and the meeting quickly turned into a violent confrontation. The 25-year-old man was shot in the head. The 39-year-old man was shot in his chest.  Both died at the scene.

Thursday morning, investigators appeared to give special attention to three vehicles at the scene: a black motorcycle, a gray Ram minivan with Ohio license plates, and a dark-gray Montana minivan with Ohio plates.

Ameka Coleman identified the 25-year-old as her cousin, Martez Fenderson. 

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