Sun
25
Nov
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Hells Angels bell ringers won't be allowed to volunteer again, Salvation Army says

Controversial “Aryan” patches worn by bell-ringing volunteers in Valparaiso do not match Salvation Army values, officials from the charity said Sunday.

Two days after images of bell ringers sporting controversial patches on leather jackets outside the Valparaiso Walmart went viral on social media, the Salvation Army released a statement on the matter. 

Lt. Christopher Nicolai, of The Salvation Army of Porter County, said in a written statement Sunday that the bell ringers in question, members of a local Hells Angels motorcycle club, violated the charitable organization's dress code and would not be allowed to do bell ringing in the future.

Wed
03
Oct
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Former leader of Outlaws Motorcycle Club pleads guilty to racketeering conspiracy

SCHERERVILLE, Ind. — Orville Cochran, a former leader of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club has pleaded guilty to one count in a four-count federal indictment — racketeering conspiracy. He and others are alleged to have conspired to assault and murder members of rival biker groups in Indiana in the 1990s.

In 2001, a warrant was issued for Cochran’s arrest, out of Milwaukee, by the U.S. Marshals.

Mon
13
Aug
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IMPD monitors four biker gangs during Indy rally

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — During a bold and never-before-seen show of presence in an attempt to establish territorial claim, four biker groups rallied in Indianapolis Saturday as IMPD officers maintained a wary watch.

Two long established Indianapolis biker gangs with approximately 130 motorcycles representing the Sons of Silence, the Outlaws and other allies, partnered up at a southeast side rally location before dispersing in small groups of a dozen or so riders to head for bars throughout the east side early Saturday afternoon.

Meanwhile, an apparently newly formed congregation of Hells Angels, many from Ohio but never previously represented in large strengths in central Indiana, was joined by other bikers, including the Black Pistons of Michigan, outside of a clubhouse location south of downtown.

Tue
30
Jan
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Arrest made in Morocco shooting

A Lowell man is facing a charge of reckless homicide following a fatal weekend incident in Morocco.

 

Frank Klotz, 57, is currently being held at the Newton County Jail in connection with the shooting death of Dakoyta Corning, 21, also of Lowell. The incident took place at the Invaders Motorcycle Club at 102 N. Polk Street, Morocco, at approximately 8:24 p.m., on Jan. 27. Corning was transported by Newton County EMS to Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee, Illinois, where he was pronounced dead.

Fri
29
Sep
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EPD: Gang fight at bar leads to arrests

(video)--EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) -

Police say a motorcycle gang got into a fight at an Evansville bar, and things escalated quickly from there.

A sergeant with EPD says members of that gang started physically fighting with other customers at Corner Pocket on North Fulton Avenue. 

It happened around 1:00 a.m. Friday morning. 

During the fight, officers say one man in the gang fired a gun into the air outside the bar. 

They say he was then run over by a car. 

He was taken to the hospital and is expected to be okay. 

No one else was hurt.

The man hit by the car is in custody, and police say there could be more arrests.

At last check, we were told investigators were still interviewing two more members of the motorcycle gang.

Fri
22
Sep
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Iron Horsemen Motorcycle Gang Attacks Man At Hidden Valley Restaurant

(Hidden Valley, Ind.) – A motorcycle gang is being investigated for a brutal attack on a patron at a local family restaurant.

Willie’s Sports Café on Schmarr Drive in Hidden Valley was full of customers – some of them children – Thursday evening when the attack took place just before 8:00 p.m.

Officers and deputies from the Dearborn County Sheriff’s Department, Hidden Valley Rangers, Greendale Police Department and Indiana State Police responded to a report of a fight involving several subjects from the Iron Horsemen Motorcycle Club. The outlaw biker gang is notorious for violence and drug dealing.

According to Dearborn-Ohio County Prosecutor Lynn Deddens, the responding officers located the 45-year-old male beating victim outside the restaurant near it’s volleyball court. He was bleeding from a laceration over his eye.

“Witnesses stated that several men attacked the victim and then left the scene prior to officers’ arrival,” said Deddens.

Wed
26
Jul
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Sixth person arrested in shooting outside Diablos' clubhouse

A sixth person has been arrested in connection with a March 30 shooting outside the Diablos motorcycle clubhouse at 27th Street and Eighth Avenue.

Wesley E. Charlton Jr., 48, of Terre Haute, appeared Tuesday in Vigo Superior Court 5 where he received a trial date of Oct. 24 and another hearing date of Sept. 28.

Charlton had been wanted on a warrant issued July 6 for criminal organization activity, a Level 5 felony; assisting a criminal and obstruction of justice, both Level 6 felonies.

Information filed with the court in the case alleges Charlton picked up shell casings fired outside the motorcycle club so they could not be used as evidence in an investigation of the shooting.

A Terre Haute man was shot as he was driving past the club on March 30, and other people were injured by flying glass from the shots.

Police initially arrested five club members. Charlton is accused of helping one of those men involved in the incident.

Sat
01
Apr
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Detectives describe shooting at Diablos clubhouse

Five men arrested; victim listed in critical condition

An earlier fight or beating at the Diablos Motorcycle Club apparently led to a shooting Thursday evening near the group’s clubhouse on Eighth Avenue between 26th and 27th streets.

In a court hearing Friday, Terre Haute Police Department detectives Keith Mowbray and Brad Rumsey testified witnesses gave information about a running altercation Thursday between the shooting victim — 54-year-old Kenny Pitts — and members of the Diablos. 

The detectives also said members of the motorcycle club also tried to cover up evidence.

Mowbray said Pitts suffered two gunshot wounds and was in critical condition at an Indianapolis hospital.

The testimony prompted Judge Michael Rader to find probable cause to hold five Diablos members. Those arrested, initial charges and their bond amounts are:

Wed
24
Aug
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Outlaws member denied motorcycle club’s seized property

A member of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club who wanted to intervene in a forfeiture action involving paraphernalia bearing the Outlaws insignia couldn’t convince the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals that a federal court was incorrect in denying his motions.

The FBI with search warrants raided the Outlaws’ clubhouses in Indianapolis and Fort Wayne in 2012 and seized numerous items bearing the Outlaws name, such as vests, flags, and signs. All members of the Indianapolis chapter were criminally charged, including Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations charges. All but one pleaded guilty, and as part of the plea agreements, each agreed to forfeit the Outlaws paraphernalia seized by the FBI.

Fri
20
May
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UPDATE: Hells Angels flier triggers police saturation in Burns Harbor

BURNS HARBOR — A flier promoting an event hosted by the notorious Hells Angels motorcycle group triggered a police saturation patrol Wednesday night in the area of U.S. 20 and Ind. 149 that drew 60 officers from 11 different agencies.

"The objective was to maintain a police presence to deter any criminal activity in order to maintain the safety and security for the citizens of Porter County," according to a press release from the Porter County Sheriff's Department.

The action mirrored a saturation patrol in late March when as many as 45 officers from seven agencies flooded Portage and South Haven in response to the appearance of two hip-hop artists that police said have a potentially dangerous following. That action resulted in the arrest of musician Twista, whose legal name is Carl Terrell Mitchell, on a misdemeanor charge of possessing marijuana.

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