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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.”


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.


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.


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.



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.”