Thu
20
Apr

Avengers Motorcycle Club member charged with murder for wife's death

FLINT, MI -- A member of the Avengers Motorcycle Club has been charged with murder in relation to his wife's 2012 suffocation death.

On Wednesday, April 19, Frank Bartels, 51, was arraigned in Genesee District Court on a single count of first-degree premeditated murder in relation to his wife's death in January 2012.

If convicted, he faces the potential of life in prison without parole.

Bartels' attorney, Frank J. Manley, noted that the 2012 homicide is a cold case, and that "cold cases are different by definition and tend to present very unique fact patterns."

 

"Mr. Bartels maintains his innocence and looks forward to being exonerated from these false allegations," Manley said.

Thu
02
Feb

Man fatally shot in head outside of motorcycle club

Detroit homicide detectives are investigating after a 34-year-old man was fatally shot outside of a motorcycle club on the city’s west side early Thursday morning.

A 911 call about a shooting came in about 4:40 a.m. on the 12000 block of Woodrow Wilson — which is south of Davison and just east of Rosa Parks Boulevard — said Officer Dan Donakowski, a Detroit Police Department spokesman. An argument and gunshots had been heard outside of the club. The victim was found outside, shot in the head and left wrist, and declared dead on the scene.

Records show an Outcast Men’s Club as being located on that block of Woodrow Wilson, though Donakowski said there was no immediate information on whether the club was even open at the time or if the incident was related to the club.

No arrests have been made and no suspect description is available.

Fri
04
Nov

Suspect enters plea in Iron Coffin Motorcycle Club murder

(video)--BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A suspect has entered a plea in a 2012 Battle Creek murder case.

Prosecutors say Matthew Starkweather has entered a no contest plea to assault with intent to do great bodily harm.

Starkweather was charged in the 2012 murder of Lee Taylor.

Taylor was found dead inside the Iron Coffin Motorcycle Club in Battle Creek, on New Year's Day.

In exchange for Starkweather's plea, a murder charge against him has been dropped.

He scheduled to be sentenced on December 19th.

Thu
04
Aug

Feds seek harsher sentences for Devil's Diciples members

Federal attorneys who prosecuted Devil’s Diciples Motorcycle Club members are asking a judge to attach a life-in-prison drug felony with the members’ racketeering-conspiracy convictions to double the potential suggested sentence to at least 16 years in prison.

Assistant U.S. attorneys Saima Mohsin and Eric Straus in legal briefs argue that since the members, as part of the conspiracy, trafficked in 500 grams of methamphetamine, which is a life offense, they should be sentenced as such, not as convicts of racketeering conspiracy, punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

The federal lawyers say Judge Robert Cleland can do that based on federal law that says “the maximum sentence that may be imposed is 20 years unless the jury finds that a defendant committed a predicate act that carries the possibility of a life sentence.”

Thu
04
Aug

Motorcycle Hill Climb to return; see stellar photos through the years

MUSKEGON, MI – Like they have for decades, motorcycle engines will roar on the slopes of Mount Garfield this weekend.
Hosted by the Muskegon Motorcycle Club, the 2016 All Star Pro Hill Climb will take place at the venue, 5803 Lake Harbor Road, beginning at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 7.
The hill climb is a tradition in Muskegon County, a community that has a deep, rich connection with motorcycles. In 1919, Dan Raymond opened the Raymond Motor & Cycle Company on Ottawa Street in Muskegon.

Thu
12
May

Motorcycle club member sentenced for Molotov cocktails

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – A Belding man found with Molotov cocktails in his car has been sentenced to four months in federal prison.

Kevin Bert Fenton, 35, was also sentenced by U.S. District Judge Robert Jonker to two years on supervised release once the prison term ends.

Fenton had pleaded guilty to possessing an unregistered destructive device.

He was arrested Oct. 19 by Wyoming police in a traffic stop on 44th Street SW near Clay Avenue.

Police detected the odor of gasoline in the car and found five glass bottles filled with gasoline and canola oil and a rag for a fuse, records showed.

The government said Fenton "committed this offense for the club." The government linked him to the club through text messages, call records and bond payments, records showed. Authorities did not detail what he intended to do with Molotov cocktails.

Wed
11
May

Convicted motorcycle gang members waiting for punishment

Five members of a Macomb County-based motorcycle gang who were convicted of criminal charges more than a year ago still haven’t been sentenced for their crimes.

 

Five members of the Devil’s Diciples Motorcycle Club were found guilty by a federal jury of conspiring to conduct a criminal enterprise, aka racketeering, and conspiring to make and distribute methamphetamine in February 2015 following a several-month trial in U.S. District Court in Detroit.

 

Thu
01
May

Muskegon Motorcycle Club expects large turnout for 94th Annual Spring Run

 

 

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MUSKEGON, MI – Muskegon Bike Time isn’t until July, but the roar of motorcycles will be heard loud and clear in the Muskegon area when the 94th Annual Spring Run takes place on Sunday, May 4.

What started as a relationship-building event between Dan Raymond, the founder of what is now Hot Rod Harley-Davidson, and his customers is now the symbolic start to the motorcycle riding season in West Michigan.

“In our region this is typically the first ride of the year,” said Carl Murat, chairman of the Spring Run. It’s kind of tradition to have your bike up and running by the Spring Run. If you have a winter project or are getting your bike done over the winter, the idea is to have it done by the Spring Run. It’s some incentive to get your bike up and running.”

Fri
28
Mar

Avengers Motorcycle Club member gets prison time for illegal guns found after wife's homicide

FLINT, MI -- A member of the Avengers Motorcycle Club will spend nearly four years in federal prison after authorities discovered illegal guns in his Flint home while investigating the death of his wife.

Frank Bartels was sentenced to three years, 10 months in federal prison Tuesday, March 25, by Flint U.S. District Judge Mark A. Goldsmith. Bartels pleased guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm after authorities discovered multiple illegal firearms in his south side home in early 2012.

Police were called Jan. 13, 2012, to Bartels' home on Van Buskirk Street regarding the possible suicide of his wife, Shane Bartels. Bartels handed officers a hand-written note that he said he found in the basement of his home, according to court records.

Fri
21
Mar

114 people charged in multiagency effort to cut violent street, motorcycle gangs in Detroit

Local, state and federal agencies cooperated to charge 114 people of crimes connected with violent street and motorcycle gangs in Detroit the past year, U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade announced Friday.

Largely “worst of the worst offenders,” many of the people targeted through the investigations had violent histories, and citizens’ tips initiated many of the cases, McQuade said at a news conference at her office.

Among people charged in the cases were members of the Bounty Hunter Bloods, the Almighty Vice Lord Nation and the Phantom Outlaw Motorcycle Club.

Officials announced the Detroit One coalition at year ago, and McQuade in describing progress cited a 15 percent reduction in Detroit homicides, from 386 in 2012 to 336 in 2013. She said a similar previous effort in Washington, D.C., also coincided with a decline in homicides.