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Motorcycle club aims to dispel perceptions -- Outlaws come to Anderson

(pics) --- ANDERSON — Anthony “Tony” Lupica sat on a bar stool inside one of three buildings he recently acquired from the former motorcycle club known as the Ratcoons.

Lupica, 67, said he purchased the property to open a chapter of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club — a nationwide organization known as 1%ers.

The American Motorcycle Association helped coin the 1%er term during a motorcycle rally held in 1947 in Hollister, California.

The organization stated at the time that 99% of the people at their events were God-fearing and family oriented. The other 1% were hard riding, hard partying, non-mainstream people.

Lupica said the term isn’t about the baddest of the bad — they just like to do things in extreme.

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Man draws 111 years for attempted murders

GOSHEN — A Goshen man received a 111-year sentence Thursday after he was convicted of trying to kill three people when he opened fire on their truck in New Paris two years ago.

Michael Ortiz, 39, was found guilty of three counts of attempted murder following a jury trial in May. He claimed he was trying to protect a fellow member of his motorcycle club when he fired seven shots at a pickup truck with three occupants near the New Paris Speedway on June 17, 2017.

It was a claim that Circuit Court Judge Michael Christofeno rejected at Ortiz’s sentencing Thursday.

“The jury did not believe your ill-conceived story and the court does not believe it either,” he said. “Had you carried out your plan you would have hit (the driver). Did you ever think about the fact that if that happened, he would have driven right over your friends?”

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Suspect arrested in motorcycle club attack; faces preliminary arson, criminal mischief charges

(photo gallery) --- EVANSVILLE, Ind. — An Evansville man accused of driving his pickup truck into a North Side motorcycle club earlier this week and trying to set fire to it has been arrested.

Cale E. Winternheimer, 47, was booked into the Vanderburgh County Jail on Thursday afternoon. He faces preliminary charges of arson, criminal mischief and criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon.

A probable cause affidavit filed after his arrest reveals more details about the attack reported Wednesday night at the Grim Reapers Motorcycle Club on Diamond Avenue.

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EPD identify suspect in motorcycle club shooting

(video) --- There are new details in a shooting we first told you about late Wednesday.

It happened around 9:15 p.m. at Grim Reaper Motorcycle Club on Diamond Avenue. Evansville Police say the suspect is Cale Winternheimer, 47, of Evansville.

Police say he drove his truck into the building then got out and went inside the club. The club members shot at Winternheimer, but missed him.

According to EPD, Grim Reaper members then fought him off with pool sticks and held him at gunpoint until officers took him into custody.

Our camera crew saw Winternheimer being taken away on a stretcher.

As of 2:30 p.m. Thursday, he has not been booked into jail as he remains hospitalized.

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5 shot, 2 dead after shooting at motorcycle club hangout

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Two people are dead and another three injured after an early morning shooting on the near northeast side at a location police referred to as a “motorcycle club hangout.”

According to the Indianapolis Metro Police Department, the shooting occurred shortly after 1 a.m. in the 3600 block of Roosevelt Avenue at a brown brick building that has no name, but is a known hangout for motorcycle clubs. Police believe at least two or three different motorcycle clubs were inside the building at the time the shooting occurred.

After police arrived on scene, three victims were discovered suffering from apparent gunshot wounds,  one male and two females.

One of the female victims was pronounced dead at the scene by Indianapolis EMS. The second female was transported to the hospital in serious but stable condition. The male victim was also transported, police said, but was pronounced dead at the hospital.

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Motorcycle gang leader sentenced for drug, gun crimes

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) - A former leader of a motorcycle gang has been sentenced on drug and gun charges in federal court.

Shon Gibson, 47, of Rome City was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court to 17 years in prison followed by 8 years of supervised release on charges of possessing with intent to distribute 5 grams or more of methamphetamine and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

It was December 2016 when police served a search warrant at a home at 865 Chambers Street in Rome City. There, federal authorities said they found "an ounce of 100% pure methamphetamine and over $32,000 in drug trafficking proceeds," along with two AK-47 rifles and two inert military-grade hand grenades in an attic above a garage. One of the rifles was fully automatic and the other was a short-barreled rifle, authorities said. Another $8,000 was found in a safe inside the house.

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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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