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Member of biker club finds body of fatally shot man on Detroit's west side

Motorcycle set on fire behind club

DETROIT - A member of a biker club found the body of a man who had been fatally shot on Detroit's west side, police said.

The Detroit Gentlemen biker club is located at Grand River and Hubbell avenues.

Detroit police officers and firefighters found a motorcycle had been lit on fire behind the club.

Authorities said the man was found shot at the club, but they're unsure if this is a homicide case.

He was one of the older members of the club, according to fellow bikers.

Family members and friends arrived at the scene and learned about their loved one's fate.


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Sheriff: Man, 41, gunned down at Pontiac motorcycle club

Pontiac — Early Saturday in Pontiac, a 41-year-old man was slain at a motorcycle club, a second man was shot, and a suspect was arrested in the double shooting, the Oakland County Sheriff's Office said.

It was about 3:30 a.m. when police responded to a call of shots fired at the Nightriders Motorcycle Club on the 300 block of Raeburn. That's north of South Boulevard and east of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

Deputies arrived to find "several subjects fleeing the establishment," went inside and were told by club members that a man who'd been shot was on the bathroom floor, and that the alleged shooter was being held by members of the group.

Police entered the restroom to find the victim, a 41-year-old man, "obviously deceased and beyond help."

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Man, 37, shot outside Inkster motorcycle club

A 37-year-old man is in stable condition after being shot in front of a motorcycle clubhouse in Inkster Saturday morning, Michigan State Police report. 

Police were called at 5:15 a.m. to the 3200 block of Middlebelt Road, near the Inkster Cobras Motorcycle Club, for a non-fatal shooting, according to the Michigan State Police Twitter page. MSP said Inkster Police received a fight call from the club earlier in the night, and the shooting is not believed to be a random incident. 

The shooting victim was transported to a local hospital with gunshot wounds. The shooter's whereabouts are unknown, and police encourage people bla bla bla...

This is at least the second recent case of a shooting happening near a motorcycle club in metro Detroit. Last month, three men were shot at the Boogie Down Motorcycle Club on Detroit's east side. 

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FBI Raids Detroit Motorcycle Club, Other Locations

DETROIT (WWJ) - Multiple law enforcement agencies, including the FBI and the DEA, are executing raids at a number of homes and businesses in the Detroit area Tuesday.

Reporting from 8 Mile and John R Rd. in Detroit, WWJ Newsradio 950's Charlie Langton said federal agents were going in and out of the Detroit Renegades Motorcycle Club, mid-morning.

Michigan State Police were also on the scene, along with an ambulance and officers in tactical gear. At 10 a.m., police had two lanes of eastbound 8 Mile Road blocked.

An FBI spokesperson confirmed to WWJ that the FBI and DEA are "jointly conducting a number of search warrants in the area as part of an ongoing investigation," although he would not immediately disclose any details. 

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'Taco' Bowman, ex-head of Outlaws biker gang, dies at 69

Detroit — A Metro Detroit native who police say was one of the most infamous motorcycle gang leaders in U.S. history died Sunday while serving a life sentence in a federal prison.

Harry "Taco" Bowman, the former leader of the Outlaws motorcycle gang who reportedly got his nickname because he looked Hispanic, died Sunday in the Federal Medical Center in Butner, North Carolina, the Federal Bureau of Prisons confirmed Wednesday. He was 69.

Although he was president of one of the nation's most notorious outlaw motorcycle gangs, police said Bowman kept a low profile during much of his criminal career — until his photo was plastered in post offices throughout the United States in 1998, when the FBI put him on its Most Wanted List.

Federal authorities offered a $50,000 reward for information leading to his arrest, after he was indicted on murder and other charges in 1997.

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Last of convicted Devil's Diciples members sentenced to long or life terms

A second set of four members of the Clinton Township-based Devil Diciple’s Motorcycle Club recently received life or long sentences for their roles in the criminal enterprise.

Club vice president Paul “Pauli” Darrah, 54, of Macomb Township, and Vincent “Holiday” John Witort, 68, of Fontana, Calif., aka "West Coss boss," each received life sentences following their convictions in 2015 following a trial. Darrah, convicted of seven charges, was sentenced Nov. 30 while Witort, convicted of two charges, was sentenced Dec. 12.

Victor Castano, 46, of St. Clair Shores, received 28 years in prison on four charges, and David “D” Randy Drozdowski, 42, of Fair Haven, was sentenced to 38 years in prison on five charges in recent hearings.

All were sentenced by Judge Robert Cleland in U.S. District Court in Port Huron.

The eight defendants convicted at two 2015 trials in Detroit were found guilty of operating a criminal enterprise, or racketeering.

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Man Enters Plea To Break-In That Led To Motorcycle Club Fire

A plea has been entered by the man charged with a break-in at the Scorpions Motorcycle Club in Lyon Township.

40-year-old Kinley Rae-Thomas Kelm pleaded no contest last week in Oakland County Circuit Court to charges of breaking and entering with intent, larceny of firearms, being a felon in possession of a firearm and two counts of felony firearms. A no contest plea is not an admission of guilt, but is considered as such at sentencing.

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Devils Diciples leader sentenced to life for racketeering, drug trafficking

Detroit — The former national president of the Devils Diciples motorcycle club was sentenced to life in prison Tuesday on charges of racketeering and drug trafficking, officials announced. 

Jeff Garvin Smith, known as “Fat Dog,” 64, of Mount Clemens was sentenced by Judge Robert H. Cleland in Detroit after a having been convicted of several offenses in a six-month jury trial in 2014-15 and a four-month trial that ended in February 2015.

Evidence showed that at Smith’s direction, individuals, including members and associates of the gang, were beaten and robbed, attorney general's office stated.

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Member shirt led to man charged in Scorpions Motorcycle Club break-in on night of fire

It was a Scorpions Motorcycle Club shirt — a garment available only to members — that led to a suspect being identified in the break-in at the club's building in Lyon Township.

The break-in happened Sept. 22, 2017, the same time a fire heavily damaged the Scorpions clubhouse on Milford Road, just north of 10 Mile. Kinley Rae-John Kelm, 39, is charged with multiple felonies over the break-in and thefts from the clubhouse and a camper on the property.

During a preliminary examination in 52-1 District Court, Scorpions member Jacob David testified that about a week after the fire and break-in, he was attending an event in South Lyon when he saw a man in a Scorpions shirt across the street.

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Outlaw-affiliated bikers get jail, ordered to pay for barroom beating

(video) --- BAY CITY, MI -- Two Bay City bikers with ties to the Outlaws Motorcycle Club have received jail time for the beating of a man in a local bar.

Eric J. Kerkau, 47, and Arthur R. Miller, 33, appeared before Bay County Circuit Judge Harry P. Gill for sentencing on Monday, July 30. Both men in June pleaded guilty to assault with intent to cause great bodily harm less than murder, a 10-year felony and the lone charge they each faced.

Gill sentenced both men to one year in jail. Gill gave Kerkau credit for 48 days already served in jail, but gave Miller zero days' credit.

Gill gave Miller until 6 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 6, to report to the Bay County Jail. Miller is also to attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings three times a week, the judge ruled.