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Mystery end to gang pad kidnap charges

Charges laid after a police raid in which a badly injured man was rescued from a Napier gang pad have been withdrawn.

But the charges have been withdrawn without prejudice, meaning police can still lay charges again if they decide to.

The charges, stemming from a Saturday afternoon raid at the headquarters of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club in Kenny Ave, Ahuriri, five months ago, were withdrawn without explanation and without appearances by any of the trio before Judge Geoff Rea in Napier District Court yesterday.

Seth John Forde, 39, Dyllan John Henderson, now 32, and Ropine Robin Paul, 23, had been jointly charged with unlawfully detaining a 31-year-old and wounding him with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. They had denied the charges.

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Crews respond to fire at motorcycle club hangout

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) - Knoxville Fire Department responded to a reported house fire at a known clubhouse for a motorcycle club in the early hours of Friday morning. 

At 2:50 a.m. Friday morning, units from the Knoxville Fire Department responded to 205 Clifton Rd. off Western Avenue for report of a structural fire. When firefighters arrived they found heavy flames at the front porch area of the structure, and active fire in the attic.

Fire crews immediately went to work extinguishing the flames while additional manpower searched the structure for any possible victims, none were found. The two-story stone structure is a known clubhouse for the motorcycle club the “Outlaws”.

No injuries are reported, and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

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Biker pulls knife on cop, police allege

KINGSTON, Ont. — Police say a 20-year-old Kingston, Ont., man is facing charges after allegedly pulling a knife on an officer during a road rage incident.

They say a plainclothes officer with the Kingston street crimes unit was driving an unmarked car when the incident occurred on Tuesday night.

It's alleged the accused, who was driving a motorcycle side-by-side with two other bikes, gestured at the officer with his middle finger and the officer noticed the riders were wearing patches aligning themselves with a motorcycle club.

When the officer turned around to get licence plate numbers, the bikes pulled over and the officer confirmed two of the riders were wearing Outlaws MC vests while the third had Outlaws MC stickers on his motorcycle.

Investigators allege the accused got off his motorcycle, approached the officer in an aggressive manner, pulled out a large hunting-style knife and made a stabbing motion as he began yelling.

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Outlaw motorcycle gang member assaults man in downtown Greeley bar, warrant states

A member of an outlaw motorcycle gang could face multiple criminal charges after police say he beat another man Sunday night in the bathroom of a downtown Greeley bar.

Peter Salem Brunk, 49, turned himself in to the Weld County Jail Thursday afternoon and remains there with no bond, according to Sgt. Joe Tymkowych of the Greeley Police Department. Brunk, a known outlaw motorcycle gang member, was wanted on suspicion of felony and misdemeanor assault charges, as well as false imprisonment.

The warrant for his arrest came after William Hanson said he had a run-in with Brunk Sunday night at the Tilted Kilt, 610 9th Ave. in Greeley. Hanson would later tell police he'd been drinking with coworkers at the bar that night. Other members of the group said Brunk approached them, telling them he was a "lieutenant" with the motorcycle gang. He wore a black vest dotted with patches, and had long brown hair, the warrant states. Brunk told the group the bar was "their bar."

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Attorneys claim Mokena woman’s 2017 death a suicide, not murder

Will County sheriff deputy chief rejects suicide claim

JOLIET – Attorneys for the man accused of killing a 24-year-old Mokena woman believe they can prove she took her own life, according to recent court filings.

Neil Patel, attorney for Jeremy Boshears, 32, of Coal City, stated in a March 18 court motion that a “good-faith argument” exists that Kaitlyn Kearns “took her own life by raising a gun to her head,” contrary to an indictment that charged Boshears with killing her.

Patel seeks to use an expert to see if the crime scene could be reconstructed to support this defense, as well as medical records of Kearns’ alleged history of acute mental health issues.

“The records would be highly exculpatory and support the conclusion that the victim killed herself,” Patel argued.

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Court sides with cops on using biker photos in lobbying

Fighting a bill that would have allowed Floridians to openly carry guns, two Orange County sheriff’s officers in 2011 moved forward with a plan to give lawmakers a glimpse of some people who might be able to pack heat publicly.

The officers pulled together booking or driver’s license photos of “one percenters” — members of motorcycle clubs — who might be able to openly carry guns and provided the photos to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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Man testifies 2 bikers beat, kicked him in Bay City bar over supposed photo

BAY CITY, MI -- In a quiet courtroom, a prosecutor played video footage of a man being knocked from his bar stool and punched and stomped by two other men. According to witnesses, the beatdown was perpetrated by two bikers who were vexed over a photo the assaulted man had reportedly taken.

And to hear the victim tell it, he hadn't even taken a photo in the first place.

Such was the testimony during the March 6 preliminary examination of Eric J. Kerkau, 46, and Arthur R. Miller, 33, both charged with a 10-year felony count of assault with intent to cause great bodily harm.

Ashley Schwartz, the first witness called by Bay County Assistant Prosecutor Thomas, testified she had been bartending at the Whyte Goose Inn, 108 State St., the early morning of Dec. 27. About 1 a.m., an argument broke out between Scott M. Peterson, 49, and Kerkau and Miller regarding a photo Peterson had supposedly taken, Schwartz said.

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Armed offenders squad cut through gang pad fence to rescue victim of alleged kidnap

The loud whine of an angle-grinder cutting through a corrugated iron fence is how residents were alerted to a police raid on a gang pad in their Napier neighbourhood.

The Hawke's Bay armed offenders squad cut its way into the Ahuriri property, home to the local Outlaws Motorcycle Gang, on Saturday morning.

A Bluff Hill resident alerted by the noise went to his window and saw about 11 police cars in the vicinity of the Kenny Ave property, as the squad smashed through the fence.

Police raid the Outlaws Motorcycle gang property on Kenny Ave., Napier, to rescue the victim of an alleged kidnapping.

Police raid the Outlaws Motorcycle gang property on Kenny Ave., Napier, to rescue the victim of an alleged kidnapping.

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Outlaws Motorcycle Club members charged with beating man in Bay City bar

BAY CITY, MI -- Two members of a motorcycle club are facing criminal charges for allegedly beating a man in a bar after he slighted them.

Just before 1 a.m. on Dec. 27, police responded to the Whyte Goose Inn, 108 State St. in Bay City, after a bartender called 911 to report an assault had just occurred. Bay County Central Dispatch relayed to the officers that two members of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club had caused a ruckus in the bar and had done so earlier in the night at Stables Martini & Cigar Bar, 804 E. Midland St.

The two subjects left the bar before officers arrived, separately driving away in a pickup truck and an SUV, court records show.

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Hillsborough County firefighter gets the ax after investigators find ties to motorcycle gang

TAMPA — Hillsborough County officials fired a Fire Rescue medic Tuesday after an internal investigation concluded he had "unwavering loyalty" to the Outlaws Motorcycle Club — the state’s dominant biker gang.

Clinton Neal Walker, 33, of Bradenton, is the first Hillsborough County employee to be investigated for gang activity under a series of county-wide ordinances sparked by Walker’s own arrest last September for starting a bar fight in Key West. The fight came just three months after he was placed on administrative leave for joining another bar brawl in May 2016, this time in St. Petersburg with a city police officer.

The ordinances prohibit county employees from gaining membership in any organization the state or federal government considers criminal, including the Outlaws St. Petersburg Chapter, where Walker remains an active member.