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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.

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Man faces multiple drug, weapons charges in Grayling

CRAWFORD COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- A northern Michigan man faces a long list of charges after a report of a crash in Grayling.

Officers from the Grayling Department of Public Safety were called to Spike's Keg O' Nails on Saturday, July 7 for a three-vehicle crash.

While officers were responding, dispatch advised that the vehicle was continuing to crash into other vehicles.

When they arrived on scene, officers found the driver, and sole occupant of the car, to be a 64-year-old Cheboygan man who is a member of the Northmen Motorcycle Club.

Investigators said the man was in the area for a club meeting in Frederic.

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Man found competent to stand trial in break-in at Scorpions Motorcycle Club

After three tries to hold a hearing, a man charged with breaking into a motorcycle club the night it was heavily damaged by fire has been found competent to stand trial.

Attorneys stipulated to a forensic examination report finding Kinley Rae-John Kelm, 40, competent at a probable cause hearing July 11 in 52-1 District Court in Novi.

Kelm is charged with breaking and entering with intent; two counts of larceny of firearms; one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm; and felony firearm. A not guilty plea was entered for him at arraignment.

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Outlaw bikers caught on video beating man in bar plead guilty

(video) -- BAY CITY, MI -- Two biker buds who beat a fellow bar patron for, so they thought, taking a photo of their Outlaws Motorcycle Club apparel have pleaded guilty as charged.

Eric J. Kerkau, 47, and Arthur R. Miller, 33, on Monday, June 18, appeared before Bay County Circuit Judge Harry P. Gill and pleaded guilty to assault with intent to cause great bodily harm less than murder. The charge is a 10-year felony.

The men each faced that charge and no others. They pleaded two days before their trials were to begin.

The prosecution agreed both men's sentencing guidelines would range from zero to 17 months. The prosecution also agreed not to seek habitual offender sentencing enhancement in either man's case. Court records indicate each man has three misdemeanor convictions.

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Attorneys argue over Devil's Diciples sentencing issues

Federal prosecutors argued Monday that potential life sentences are warranted for former members of a Clinton Township-based motorcycle club primarily convicted of racketeering, drug and other offenses.

 

 

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Saima Mohsin and Eric Strauss contend the ex-members of the Devil’s Diciples Motorcycle Club were part of a criminal enterprise that sold well beyond the 500 grams of methamphetamine they were convicted of selling, and that they committed violent acts, including murder and attempted murder, that should put them behind bars for the rest of their lives.

 

 

“The Devil’s Diciple’s encouraged drug use, proliferated it and supplied it,” Mohsin told Judge Robert Cleland in U.S. District Court in Port Huron during an approximately three-hour hearing. “Using methamphetamine was at the very core of this organization.”

 

 

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Daughter: Dad's killing in rivalry shootout 'just sad'

Two men meet at a gas station on Detroit's west side.

One man, Phillip Hudson, gets off his motorcycle. The other, Martez Fenderson, gets out of his minivan. Both pull guns, then pull triggers. Both wind up dead, covered by the same white tarp, as investigators tried to make sense of their shootout.

The fatal confrontation took place early May 24 at the Clark gas station on the 15900 block of Schaefer at Puritan.

The day of the shooting, the 25-year-old Fenderson's family and fellow members of the Soul Devils motorcycle club rushed to the scene, sometimes sharing stories and memories with reporters, but mostly supporting one another and shedding tears for their fallen loved one.

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Gas station shootout kills 2 in Detroit

Detroit — A 25-year-old man and a 39-year old man are both dead after the two exchanged gunfire Thursday morning at a gas station on the city’s west side.

The close-range gun battle took place about 5:30 a.m. Thursday outside of a Clark gas station on the 15900 block of Schaefer, at Puritan, police said.

Authorities said the conflict started when the 39-year-old and his 25-year-old girlfriend pulled up at the station to meet the woman’s ex-boyfriend, 25.

But both men were armed and the meeting quickly turned into a violent confrontation. The 25-year-old man was shot in the head. The 39-year-old man was shot in his chest.  Both died at the scene.

Thursday morning, investigators appeared to give special attention to three vehicles at the scene: a black motorcycle, a gray Ram minivan with Ohio license plates, and a dark-gray Montana minivan with Ohio plates.

Ameka Coleman identified the 25-year-old as her cousin, Martez Fenderson. 

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Convicted Devil's Diciples members argue for lower sentences

The activities of each Devil’s Diciples Motorcycle Club member occurred in a vacuum, not as a concerted, organized effort of the entire club.

 

 

That is the argument presented by attorneys for eight men convicted of various charges for their roles in the former Clinton Township-based national club following two trials in U.S. District Court in Detroit.

 

 

The 36-page brief portrays DDMC as not very organized and contends members should not be held accountable merely because they knew the club’s bylaws.

 

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The Devil’s Diciples logo

 

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Apr
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Scorpions Motorcycle Club break-in suspect misses court date; he was already in prison

A competency hearing for a man charged with breaking in to the Scorpions Motorcycle Club headquarters in Lyon Township on the night the building was heavily damaged by fire has been delayed because the defendant never made it to court.

Instead of being in 52-1 District Court in Novi on Wednesday,  Kinley Rae-John Kelm, 39, was being held at the Handlon Correctional Facility in Ionia. He was sent to the state facility for an alleged parole violation after being arraigned on the new charges.

"The defendant was inadvertently transported to the Department of Corrections (rather than the Oakland County Jail)," Judge Travis Reeds said before rescheduling the hearing to April 27. "That's the earliest date for all the parties."

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