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Disturbance leads police to 50 pounds of marijuana in Franklin home

About 57 pounds of marijuana were found in a Franklin home early Saturday morning after police were called to the neighborhood because a vehicle was repeatedly ramming a parked car in a driveway.

The incident, which got the attention of neighbors and required the SWAT team come to the scene, unfolded in the Franklin Lakes neighborhood off U.S. 31 beginning at 2 a.m. Saturday. A resident called police to report that someone was repeatedly ramming a vehicle parked in a neighbor’s driveway, and the parked vehicle was eventually forced into the garage, damaging motorcycles that were parked inside, a Franklin Police Department report said.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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:

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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.