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24
Feb
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Former Randolph County, AL chief deputy indicted on 40 felony offenses

RANDOLPH COUNTY, AL (WTVM) - A former Randolph County Sheriff’s Office chief deputy was indicted on multiple felony offenses on Feb. 22.

Former Chief Deputy William ‘Billy’ Lane was indicted on 40 felony offenses which include 11 counts of use of official position for personal gain, and one count of first-degree theft of property. All counts are Class B felonies.

Lane was also indicted on 28 counts of fraudulent use of a credit or debit card due to his alleged illegal actions related to the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office’s Rodeo Association bank account. All counts are Class D felonies.

The indictments come after the State of Alabama Ethics Commission investigated several complaints against Lane and after finding sufficient evidence of multiple crimes.

Sun
03
Feb
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36-year-old man identified as victim of deadly Saturday-night shooting in Birmingham

Authorities have released the name of a man shot to death in western Birmingham Saturday night.

Birmingham police identified the victim as Christopher Lawson. He was 36.

Birmingham’s West Precinct officers responded about 8:40 p.m. to the 6100 block of Grove Avenue. Once on the scene, they found an adult black male lying in a ditch next to his motorcycle. The motorcycle was still upright with the kickstand in place.

Lawson was pronounced dead on the scene. Birmingham police Sgt. Johnny Williams said Lawson was believed to have attended a party in the area. Investigators do not have a motive for the shooting and were getting little information from the scene Saturday night.

Neighbors reported hearing between five to 10 shots fired, and some said they dropped to the floor of their homes in fear. Dozens of onlookers – including Lawson’s family - gathered at the scene.

Sun
14
Jan
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One dead after motorcycle club event, multiple injured

EUTAW, AL (WBRC) -

Eutaw police are investigating a death at the Eutaw National Guard Armory around 2 am Sunday morning.

According to Eutaw Police Chief Derek Coleman, the Sin City motorcycle club was hosting an event at the armory. A shooting occurred which left 5 or 6 people with injuries. Their condition is unknown at this time.

Greene County Coroner Ron Smith says the names of the victims will not be released until their families have been notified.

SBI agents with the ALEA are currently investigating.

Check back for more updates.

Mon
06
Feb
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Neighbors shocked by motorcycle meetup escalating to gunshots

A fight during a motorcycle meet up escalated to gunshots leaving neighbors on edge Sunday.

The fight broke out off 15th Avenue in Huntsville just before 6:00 pm Saturday.

"Pretty shocking that it's right in my backyard," said 10-year-old Michael Newsom, who lives just down the street, "I was really scared I told the dogs to get in my room, they were shaken too."

While Newsom was at home alone he heard shouting and fighting outside. When he went to look out the window he said he heard gunshots.

"Then I heard sirens and I was like yes, finally," said Newsom.

Newsom's step-dad Vince Tichenor rushed home once he heard what happened.

"Bout 15 cop cars, crime scene tape, went to the backyard and motorcycles were knocked down," said Tichenor, "never anything like that from the motorcycle club, usually a real good, quiet group."

Wed
02
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Trial begins for Georgia man accused of killing two others during Birmingham motorcycle club fight

A man accused of killing two men during a fight outside a Birmingham motorcycle club two years ago began his trial on Tuesday.

James Armstrong, 29, is charged with murder in the August 31, 2014, deaths of Stevens Hicks and Wilbert Hawkins. Armstrong allegedly shot the two men during a gunfight outside Showstoppers Motorcycle Club on Coosa Street.

Two others were wounded in the crossfire.

Armstrong, of Griffin, Ga., was arrested in Georgia a few weeks after the incident.

According to court records, Armstrong caused the deaths of Hicks and Hawkins by shooting Hicks in a crowded location "causing a cross fire of gunshots which struck various individuals including Wilbert Hawkins."

Hicks, 48, was a member of Wheels of Soul Motorcycle Club; Hawkins, 47, a member of Showstoppers.

Fri
25
Apr
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Barber Named World's Largest MC Museum

Guinness World Records just named the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum the “Largest Motorcycle Museum” in the world. The 144,000-square-foot, five-story museum is home to nearly 1400 motorcycles, of which about 700 are on exhibit.

 

The museum opened in its current location at the 830-acre Barber Motorsports Park in 2003. George Barber, Alabama native and third-generation owner of Barber Dairies, began collecting motorcycles 24 years ago. The Barber Museum is a 501(c)(3) Not For Profit Foundation and is considered the largest philanthropic project taken on by an individual in the history of Alabama.