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Man testifies 2 bikers beat, kicked him in Bay City bar over supposed photo

BAY CITY, MI -- In a quiet courtroom, a prosecutor played video footage of a man being knocked from his bar stool and punched and stomped by two other men. According to witnesses, the beatdown was perpetrated by two bikers who were vexed over a photo the assaulted man had reportedly taken.

And to hear the victim tell it, he hadn't even taken a photo in the first place.

Such was the testimony during the March 6 preliminary examination of Eric J. Kerkau, 46, and Arthur R. Miller, 33, both charged with a 10-year felony count of assault with intent to cause great bodily harm.

Ashley Schwartz, the first witness called by Bay County Assistant Prosecutor Thomas, testified she had been bartending at the Whyte Goose Inn, 108 State St., the early morning of Dec. 27. About 1 a.m., an argument broke out between Scott M. Peterson, 49, and Kerkau and Miller regarding a photo Peterson had supposedly taken, Schwartz said.

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Kinley Kelm charged with Scorpions Motorcycle Club HQ break in

A man charged with breaking into the Scorpions Motorcycle Club headquarters in Lyon Township is undergoing a competency exam as club members are still waiting to rebuild after a fire that heavily damaged their building.

Kinley Rae-John Kelm, 39, has been arraigned in 52-1 District Court in Novi on charges of 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.

At this time, no one has been charged with setting the fire that heavily damaged the Scorpions' headquarters, located on Milford Road north of 10 Mile, at the same time as the break-in during the early hours of Sept. 22.  The fire was ruled arson after the police investigation.

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Outlaws Motorcycle Club members charged with beating man in Bay City bar

BAY CITY, MI -- Two members of a motorcycle club are facing criminal charges for allegedly beating a man in a bar after he slighted them.

Just before 1 a.m. on Dec. 27, police responded to the Whyte Goose Inn, 108 State St. in Bay City, after a bartender called 911 to report an assault had just occurred. Bay County Central Dispatch relayed to the officers that two members of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club had caused a ruckus in the bar and had done so earlier in the night at Stables Martini & Cigar Bar, 804 E. Midland St.

The two subjects left the bar before officers arrived, separately driving away in a pickup truck and an SUV, court records show.

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Man sentenced in motorcycle club killing gets more time to appeal

A judge Monday provided more time for a Battle Creek man to appeal his plea in a six-year-old murder case.

An attorney for Marion Barroso asked to reset the clock for a possible appeal of his manslaughter conviction.

Barroso, 69, was sentenced Sept. 21, 2015 to five years and 11 months to 15 years in prison after entering a no contest plea to manslaughter in the Jan. 1, 2012 death of Leeroy Taylor at the Iron Coffin Motorcycle Club in Battle Creek.

But lawyers argued last year that Barroso never had the opportunity to appeal his case because he was never appointed an appeals attorney.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.