Tue
27
Mar
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Motorcycle club tied to deadly shooting denied liquor license

The City of Mesa preemptively shut down an annual event hosted by Arizona Soul Brothers, the Phoenix-based motorcycle club that was involved in a deadly shooting last year. 

The two-night event was scheduled to take place at Desert Wind Harley-Davidson near Country Club Drive and 10th Avenue. A flyer promoting the event stated that it was the 44th annual event hosted by the club.

Forty Eight Foundation – a 501c(3) non-profit first with ties to Arizona Soul Brothers members – applied for a liquor license for the event, which would feature beer, wine and spirits along with food like barbecue, a fish fry, hamburgers and hot dogs.

 

At a special session on March 22, the Mesa City Council unanimously voted to deny the liquor license application based on recommendations from the Mesa Police Department, which identified Arizona Soul Brothers as a criminal gang.

Sat
03
Mar
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PV woman first female to compete for fastest motorcycle racer in the world

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“My nickname is America’s Queen of Speed!”

Valerie Thompson isn’t just any motorcycle rider.

“I am the first woman to compete for the world record, yes,” said Thompson.

The Paradise Valley local, currently the fastest female motorcycle racer in the world, is now getting ready to fly to Australia for the Lake Gairdner World Speed Trials, to break the all-time race record of 376.36 miles per hour.

Thompson started racing 12 years ago after life gave her an unexpected detour.

“I had been laid off and I got to working at the Harley Davidson dealership,” said Thompson.

In 2016, she hit 304 miles per hour, which made her the first woman to ever race over 300.  

“It’s just pure concentration. You’re focused,” said Thompson.

Mon
06
Nov
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Flashed gun leads to gang members arrested northwest of Tucson

MARANA, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

A mother driving on Interstate 10 slammed on her brakes when a man on a motorcycle pulled out a gun, according to newly released records from Arizona Department of Public Safety.

The July 2 incident started with obscenities and middle fingers flashed at the family traveling east on I-10 near Casa Grande. The motorcycles passed the family in the right lane, when the lead rider pointed a 9mm handgun at the father in the passenger seat, according to the report.

The couple's three children were in the back seat. The husband called 911.

DPS troopers caught up with the motorcycles and stopped them off the Cortaro Road exit in Marana. They identified the group as members of The Chosen Few out of Florida. One trooper described them as "a documented, violent, outlaw motorcycle gang."

One member in the group attempted to run off but was stopped, according to the DPS report. Six other riders were told to stay with the bikes.

Sun
22
Oct
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1 person killed, 1 wounded in shooting at motorcycle club fish fry

PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

One person was killed and another person was wounded in a gun battle at a motorcycle club's fish fry event.

It happened at approximately 12:30 on Friday morning at Fourth and Grant streets in Phoenix.

Police said at least 20 gunshots were fired in what appears to be a retaliation shooting, but the details are unclear.

Ten men reportedly pulled their guns on each other during the incident.

"We had two police officers in the area of Fourth Street and Grant when they heard roughly 20 shots," said Phoenix Police Sgt. Alan Pfohl. "Officers responded to an event that was taking place there, and when they came upon the event, they saw several people leaving in a hurry."

Two men had been shot.

Thu
18
May
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Police report Hells Angels expected to visit Verde Valley this weekend

JEROME – Jerome Police Chief Allen Muma said he is making preparations for a visit from nearly 200 Hells Angels this weekend.

“That’s the information we have and we are preparing for,” said Muma.

He is confident in the information source, he added.

The police chief said the visitors will be staying in Cottonwood, but he is making sure that his town is ready.

Cottonwood Police Commander Jody Makuch said there will be increased staffing over the weekend, which is normal protocol whenever a large group comes to the community for an event.

Raul Garcia, Public Information Officer for Arizona Department of Public Safety, said AZDPS has assigned staffing from the Criminal Investigations Division (CID) and its Gang Immigration Intelligence Team Enforcement Mission (GIITEM); and Highway Patrol Division (HPD).

Fri
07
Apr
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1 person killed in shooting at motorcycle club fish fry

PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - (video)--

One person was killed and another person was wounded in a gun battle at a motorcycle club's fish fry event.

It happened at approximately 12:30 on Friday morning at 4th and Grant streets in Phoenix.

Police say at least 30 gunshots were fired in what appears to be a retaliation shooting, but the details are unclear.

Ten men pulled their guns on each other during the incident. 

The shooting victim who survived has an injury that is not life-threatening.

It's estimated that 1,000 people attended the private event.

Investigators were on the scene all night and into the morning. They were scouring the lot for evidence.

Mon
12
Dec
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Motorcycle clubs buy gifts for hundreds of Christmas Angels

PHOENIX (KPHO/KTVK) - (video)

Generosity came pouring out of a Walmart in Mesa. A group of motorcycle riders took all of the tags off the Christmas Angel tree there and started crossing things off their list.

A dozen different clubs rode to the Walmart at Mesa Riverview to open up their hearts and their wallets.

"I love it. I love it. It's a good thing for the kids, man," one rider said.

They take a Christmas Angel tag off the tree, and each tag represents a child. It includes their name, age, clothing size, and wish list. 

"Carlos, he's 14, and wants a bike," said another rider. "It says clothes too, but let's be honest, they want a bike." 

"Now, I got to get some shoes," another told us.

Thu
18
Aug
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Police: Deadly Tempe shooting was clash of Mongols, Hells Angels

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Police say a clash between rival motorcycle gangs Hells Angels and the Mongols at a Tempe sports bar left one man dead and another man injured Wednesday night.

Three people have been arrested in connection with the fatal shooting, according to Tempe police, but officials have not said what charges they would face.

Officers were in the area of Mill Avenue and Baseline Road on another call when they heard the gunshots just before 11 p.m. Wednesday. Upon arrival, they found a man with a gunshot wound walking away from the Final Round Sports Bar, said Sgt. Josie Montenegro, a Tempe Police Department spokeswoman.

The man was hospitalized with serious injuries but was expected to survive, said Montenegro, who credited the quick response of the officers.

Sun
10
Apr
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DPS investigating after victim reports being shot at by motorcycle gang members

GOODYEAR, AZ - The Arizona Department of Public Safety is investigating after a victim says members of a motorcycle gang shot at him.

Troopers received the report around 7:45 p.m. and the caller said it happened near the Perryville Road exit of Interstate 10 in the West Valley, according to a spokesperson.

The caller told law enforcement five or six shots were fired by members of the Mongol motorcycle gang, but neither he nor his vehicle were hit.

Maricopa County Sheriff's Office deputies stopped a group of Mongol gang riders near their clubhouse.

Detectives with the DPS Gang and Immigration Intelligence Team Enforcement Mission are conducting the investigation, Capt. Damon Cecil said.

Authorities were searching the area for evidence and interviewing witnesses as of 9 p.m. Saturday.

Tue
20
May
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Motorcycle Club Defends Its Reputation

A motorcycle club rumbled into the Payson Town Council meeting last week to set the record straight on its reputation.

Members of the Payson Wolves motorcycle club took up nearly every seat in the normally empty council hall, causing quite a stir.

Just two bikers spoke during the public comment period, president Jimmy Johnson and member Ed ‘Hollywood.’

Johnson said he was compelled to visit after learning “that a member, or members of, the Payson Town Council are speculating publically that our club is affiliated with criminal enterprises associated with drug dealing and other illegal acts. Nothing could be further from the truth,” he said.