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12
Jul
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Russ jury begins deliberations

ASHEBORO — The jury in the Michael Isaac Russ murder trial began deliberations late Friday afternoon, after hearing closing arguments from the defense and prosecution, and receiving instructions by Superior Court Judge Brad Long.

Russ, 40, of 4511 Colonial Circle, Trinity, is charged with murdering Larry Wayne Campbell, 27, of Denton, on Dec. 22, 2017.

Campbell, a father of three, was shot and killed in a parking lot outside BBQ Joe’s Country Cooking, 4873 NC 62, Trinity.

On Thursday, the jury listened to testimony from the defendant himself. Russ, who has worn a suit throughout the entire trial, left the courtroom Thursday prior to the arrival of the jurors and returned having changed into a red flannel shirt and blue jeans — the clothes he was wearing when he encountered and shot Campbell at BBQ Joe’s.

Mon
24
Dec
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Ghost Riders of McDowell raise over $11,600 in toy run

(pics) --- Riding through the holiday season, McDowell’s motorcycle club chapter collaborated with a Marion church to raise money and deliver gifts to over 139 kids this year.

In their seventh annual toy run, members of the Ghost Riders Motorcycle Club raised close to $11,700 to help buy Christmas gifts to children in need.

Teaming with churches and other organizations for each toy run, this year the McDowell County chapter of the Ghost Riders Club collaborated with New Manna Baptist Church to organize the drive and worked in tandem with local businesses to gather proceeds.

“There’s been a lot of local businesses – I mean, everything here’s always been local,” said James “Jacktown” Johnson, vice president and founding member of the McDowell chapter. “We’ve got Bruce’s Fabulous Foods, (Mr.) Bob’s Donuts, Hwy 55, Sunkissed Tanning, Bantam Chef, one of our biggest supporters since we started.”

Tue
03
Jul
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Additional drug, gun charges against Pagan’s MC member

A convicted felon and Pagan’s motorcycle gang member in jail on drug charges had additional drug and firearm charges added this week.

Michael Lee Phelps, 51, of Hannah Court Jacksonville, was charged Monday by the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office with possession of a stolen firearm, possession of a firearm by a felon and manufacturing methamphetamine, according to warrants.

Phelps was first arrested June 19 as part of a drug investigation and charged with two counts of trafficking methamphetamine by possession, trafficking methamphetamine by manufacture, trafficking hydrocodone by possession, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver methamphetamine, maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, The Daily News previously reported.

Detectives searched Phelps’ residence and allegedly found 214.6 grams of crystal meth, 8.3 grams of hydrocodone, $4,253 in cash and five firearms, according to previous reports.

Tue
19
Jun
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200 grams crystal meth seized during drug arrest

A convicted felon and Pagan’s East Coast motorcycle club member was arrested and charged with selling meth Monday.

A Midway Park Pagan’s East Coast motorcycle club member remains in jail after being accused of possessing of over 200 grams of crystal meth, among other charges.

Michael Lee Phelps, 51, of Hannah Court, was charged Monday by the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office with two counts of trafficking methamphetamine by possession, trafficking methamphetamine by manufacture, trafficking hydrocodone by possession, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver methamphetamine, maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to an OCSO news release, information about Phelps allegedly selling meth from his home in Midway Park was obtained during an investigation with the Carteret County Sheriff’s Office.

Sun
29
Apr
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Combat veterans plan 10th annual motorcycle ride

MOORESVILLE — An estimated 1,000 motorcycles are expected for the 10th annual CVMA Ride next Saturday.

The ride, sponsored by Combat Vets Association Chapter 15-5, will begin at the Crossroads Harley-Davidson store in Wilkesboro and end lakeside at Queen’s Landing Marina in Mooresville.

Signup, with a $25 fee for one or a two up for $30, starts at 10 a.m. in Wilkesboro with kickstands up at 1 p.m. Riders should arrive at Queens Landing Amphitheater at 2 p.m. The police-escorted ride is 55 miles long.

Riders will be entertained in Wilkesboro just before the ride with music the C.J. Ballard Band.

Music at Queens Landing will start at 2 p.m. with Red Dirt Revival. Nonriders can attend for a $10 donation to CVMA at the amphitheater. Raffle tickets will be sold for a Marlin Lever Action 30/30, and a silent auction will be held.

This year’s ride is in memory of combat veteran rider Robert “Sniper” Gallman.

Sat
23
Dec
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Ghost Riders Motorcycle Club toy run raises $10,000

Members of the Ghost Riders Motorcycle Club traded their helmets for Santa hats again this year as they raised over $10,000 to help buy Christmas for over 100 families this year.

A lot of funding comes from the club’s annual toy run. This year approximately 110 motorcycles started from Boxcar Grille through downtown Marion to Old Fort to raise money and donate toys for needy families.

“This year it was over 100 families that needed help. This club raised $10,000 here within six to seven weeks. We made sure we got what they needed,” said James Johnsons of the Ghost Riders Club.

 

The club teamed up with New Testament Baptist Church of Old Fort to find out the wants and needs of children and distribute gifts and bicycles.

Thu
18
May
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Members of NC’s ‘Demented Rejects’ motorcycle gang facing drug, gun charges

THOMASVILLE, N.C. (WFMY) – After a four-month investigation, Thomasville Police arrested three members of the Demented Rejects motorcycle gang for distributing drugs and weapons to the Piedmont Triad.

Thomasville police, Davidson County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security helped with the investigation.

On May 10, officials found 1.57 lbs. of methamphetamine, 2.01 ounces of marijuana, 17.5 grams of synthetic cannabinoid, 34 dosage units of Oxycodone, 10 firearms and $24,461 in cash.

Trace William Bostick, 38, Brandie Scarlett Saunder Bostick, 35, and Clifton Scott Peeler, 31, are facing multiple charges including making, possessing, transporting, and selling methamphetamine as well as possession of other drugs like LSD, synthetic cannabis, weapons, and more.

Mon
15
May
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Hells Angels gang member indicted on new charges in Monkey Junction killing

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) -

A validated Hells Angels gang member has been indicted by a New Hanover County grand jury on charges including first-degree murder in the March 22 killing of one man and stabbing of another.

Aaron Christopher Stephens, 42, was indicted May 8 on an upgraded charge of first-degree murder and a new attempted murder charge in the shooting death of Terry Greenwood, 39, and stabbing of Anthony Lanza, 35. He was also indicted on charges of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and possession of a firearm by a felon.

Deputies responded to a cul-de-sac on Julia Drive at around 1 a.m. March 22 after receiving a call from Stephens’ friend. The friend told detectives he received a call from Stephens a short time after the pair parted ways following a night out at a bar, and during the call he heard arguing and a gunshot, according to an affidavit requesting a search warrant in the case. 

Thu
23
Mar
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Bail set at $1 million for Hells Angel charged in Monkey Junction killing

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - (video)

Bail was set at $1 million for a Hells Angels gang member charged in the killing of one man and critically injuring another.

Aaron Christopher Stephens, 42, is charged with second-degree murder, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and possession of a firearm by a felon in the shooting death of 39-year-old Terry Dale Greenwood, and stabbing of 35-year-old Anthony Paul Lanza.

Deputies with the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office responded to Julia Drive at around 1 a.m. Wednesday and found Greenwood and Lanza, both with serious injuries, lying in a cul-de-sac next to a truck. Greenwood was pronounced dead at the scene, and Lanza was taken to the hospital with a serious stab wound to the chest. An autopsy revealed Greenwood had been shot in the face and stabbed eight times.

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29
May
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Local leader of Hells Angels charged in assault, robbery at Hooters last week

The president of the Fayetteville Hells Angels chapter was charged Friday in an assault and robbery on two members of another motorcycle club at Hooters on Thursday, an arrest warrant said.

Daniel Silcose III, 58, of the 6300 block of Mabe Road, was charged with conspiracy, larceny of a firearm, robbery with a dangerous weapon and assault with a dangerous weapon, the warrant said.

Bail was set at $100,000.

Hells Angels is a motorcycle club. Witnesses told police the two men attacked wore symbols associated with the Mongols Motorcycle Club.

The warrant added that Silcose is a retired Army Special Forces noncommissioned officer.

Just before 7 p.m. Thursday, Fayetteville police were dispatched to Hooters in reference to a brawl. Witnesses told 911 dispatchers that a large group of bikers were fighting inside of the restaurant, the warrant said.

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