Tue
17
Oct

Woman shot by gunman barricaded inside Soul Devils Motorcycle Club on Detroit's west side

Plymouth Road closed near Littlefield Street

(video)--DETROIT - A man in his 30s is barricaded with guns inside the Soul Devils Motorcycle Club.

Thu
28
Sep

Scorpions Motorcycle Club plans to rebuild clubhouse after devastating fire

As the investigation continues into the fire that destroyed a local motorcycle club's headquarters, members are making plans to rebuild.

"We're waiting on the insurance people. The guys in the club will clear out the debris. We'll check the concrete — I'm sure it will have to be replaced," Scorpions Motorcycle Club president Chris Page said. "We have electricians, carpenters and plumbers in the club. We will build on the same footprint."

The clubhouse, located on Milford Road in Lyon Township, was destroyed by an early morning fire Sept. 22 that is under investigation by the Oakland County Sheriff's Department arson unit. The Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms answered a request to bring a dog trained to alert for accelerants and chemicals to the scene — the sheriff's office dog wasn't available.

Fri
22
Sep

Biker club burns in Oakland County 3 days after fire at Detroit club

A large fire burned the Scorpions Motorcycle Club this morning in Lyon Township, three days after a separate club burned in Detroit. 

The fire appeared to start about 6:15 a.m. at the club on Milford Road between 11 Mile and 12 Mile roads. No injuries were immediately reported, according to Channel 4 (WDIV-TV). 

The separate Street Royalty Motorcycle Club burned to the ground at about 11:15 p.m. Tuesday on Dexter Avenue near Webb in west Detroit. Officials said Thursday that they've determined a gas leak was not the cause, but Detroit Fire Department continues to investigate whether it was arson. 

Wed
20
Sep

Judge denies new trial for member of Detroit's Highwaymen Motorcycle Club

A federal judge has rejected claims by an imprisoned member of the Highwaymen Motorcycle Club which could have undermined a racketeering case that sent more than 30 members of Detroit's home-grown motorcycle gang to prison.

Highwayman Gary (Junior) Ball, Jr. uncovered records that showed the lead defendant in the case — former Highwaymen vice president Aref (Steve) Nagi — had previously served as a police informant.

In court filings, he raised concerns that Nagi could have served as a "spy in the camp," secretly working on behalf of the government, while Nagi's attorney led discussions of defense strategy for all defendants in the case arising from a lengthy and wide-ranging FBI investigation.

Sat
29
Jul

Wish comes true for dying Vietnam Veteran

(video)-- MUSKEGON, MICH. - Before he dies, Muskegon Vietnam veteran and hospice patient Wayne Whisler wanted to ride a motorcycle one last time. 

And Friday afternoon his wish came true.

“It was great,” he says.

The last ride was arranged after Whisler told a care Hillcrest Nursing and Rehab Center care giver Theresa Flynn how much he liked her Harley, and how much he would like to hang out with some bikers and go for a ride.

She sent a message to Muskegon Motorcycle Club member Vic Martin.

“Spend a little time with him, let him look at the motorcycles and enjoy himself for a few hours,” says Martin.

“And we needed to get as many bikes out here as we could,” adds motorcycle rider David Edwards.

Sun
30
Apr

New 'snitch' allegations rock federal biker case

When the U.S. Attorney's Office indicted 91 alleged members and associates of Detroit's Highwaymen Motorcycle Club on allegations of racketeering, drug trafficking, theft and murder for hire, a central thread in the case was gang leader Aref (Steve) Nagi's attempts to root out suspected snitches.

Nagi's preoccupation with informants inside the storied and homegrown motorcycle gang — whose violent history is credited with keeping the Hells Angels out of Detroit — was evident in his rambling, late-night phone conversations, which were secretly recorded by the FBI and introduced as evidence at the 2010 trial in federal court in Detroit.

And when the FBI raided the Highwaymen's Michigan Avenue clubhouse in southwest Detroit in 2007, they discovered a photograph of one of their two confidential informants —with  the word "rat" scrawled in black marker across his face.

The case sent more than 30 Highwaymen to prison —- many, including Nagi, for lengthy sentences.

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.”

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