Man charged in 2016 Shorty's Place shooting pleads to lesser charges

WARREN — One of the three men charged in a gun fight June 18, 2016, among two area motorcycle clubs at Shorty’s Place tavern in Warren Township, has pleaded guilty to reduced charges and has agreed to cooperate in the prosecution of other cases.

James Gardner, 48, of Iowa Avenue Northwest, appeared before Trumbull County Common Pleas Judge Andrew Logan on Tuesday, pleading guilty to two counts of involuntary manslaughter and several other charges, including two counts of complicity to felonious assault.

He could still get prison time, Judge Logan said.

He will be sentenced later.

In exchange, aggravated murder charges he previously faced will be dismissed.

The gun fight left two members of the Brothers Regime club dead and three other men wounded. Gardner and two other men charged are members of the Forever Two Wheelz motorcycle club.


Murder verdict reached in biker gang trial

Three men accused of invading a rival club’s meet-and-great at a Columbus sports bar and initiating a brawl that led to a fatal shooting inside the business were found not guilty Wednesday afternoon.

James Daniels Jr., DeMark Ponder and Daginald Wheeler were found not guilty of charges of murder, robbery, aggravated assault, using a gun to commit a crime and three counts of violating Georgia’s Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act. Wheeler was also found not guilty of an additional count of violating the gang prevention act. Ponder was guilty of lying to police.


Prosecutor: Robbing a biker of his vest sparked brawl, fatal shootout

(Video)--One biker gang’s wresting an adorned vest from the president of another motorcycle club triggered the Columbus bar brawl and 2015 shootout that killed one man and wounded three others, a prosecutor told jurors in the murder trial of three men accused of gang violence.

Assistant District Attorney Ray Daniel said the Strikers club was holding a meet and greet Oct. 9, 2015, at the 4th Quarter Sports Bar, 6969 Macon Road, when around 11:20 p.m. a group affiliated with the Outcast Motorcycle Club arrived, led by defendant Daginald Wheeler.

Their aim was to teach the Strikers to seek the Outcast gang’s approval before hosting such events, Daniel said.

He said surveillance video from the bar showed Wheeler conferring with his black-clad followers before they split up, with some of the armed bikers going to the rear of the bar while others went in the door.


Three suspects charged in deadly biker gang shooting at Warren Twp. bar

WARREN, Ohio -

Three men now face charges in connection with a deadly bar shooting involving rival biker gangs.

The Trumbull County Grand Jury on Wednesday secretly indicted 46-year-old David Bailes, Jr. of Leavittsburg  and Charles Dellapenna III of Warren on two counts of aggravated murder, and issued a new indictment against 48-year-old James Gardner of Warren.

The charges stem from a June shooting incident at Shorty's Place on Highland Avenue in Warren Township.

Two people died as a result of the shooting. Three others were wounded, including Bailes who had faced a murder charge in Warren municipal court until it was dismissed in September.

Bailes was arrested by U.S. Marshals on Wednesday and booked into the Trumbull County Jail.  Bailes and Charles Dellapenna III, 47 of Warren are each charged with two counts of aggravated murder for the shooting deaths of Jason Moore and Robert Marto.  


Hillsboro biker reportedly headed to bench trial

Alleged motorcycle club members charged after Aberdeen incident

A Hillsboro man who is reportedly one of five members of the Iron Horsemen Motorcycle Club of Cincinnati who were involved in an incident last spring at an Aberdeen night spot is heading to a bench trial with three other club members.

The Ledger Independent in Maysville, Ky. reported that, according to the indictments of Wesley A. Gibson, 34, of Hillsboro, Robert Bowling, 59, of Cincinnati, John A. McIntosh Jr., 49, of West Union and Franklin Delano Griffith, 36, of Manchester, the incident happened on April 17, 2016. They were charged with alleged gang, assault and riotous activities.

A fifth man is already serving his sentence. Lawrence Wayne Allen Jr. entered a guilty plea to a count of aggravated riot, in August 2016, and was sentenced to two years of probation.


Iron Horsemen trial to begin Jan 30

GEORGETOWN, Ohio – Almost 10 months after an alleged altercation at an Aberdeen, Ohio, night spot, four of five men charged with alleged gang, assault and riotous activities are heading to a bench trial.

According to the indictments of Wesley A. Gibson, 34 of Hillsboro, Ohio, Robert Bowling, 59, of Cincinnati, John A. McIntosh Jr., 49, of West Union, Ohio, and Franklin Delano Griffith, 36, of Manchester, Ohio, the incident happened on April 17, 2016.

A fifth man is already serving his sentence. Lawrence Wayne Allen Jr. entered a guilty plea to a count of aggravated riot, in August 2016, and was sentenced to two years of probation.

All five are members of the Iron Horsemen Motorcycle Club of Cincinnati, who allegedly approached the business doorman at approximately 1:30 a.m., and were denied entry.

The business worker was allegedly assaulted and Aberdeen police and EMS were called to the scene.


Warren man charged with deadly biker gang shooting

WARREN, Ohio -

A Warren man faces charges filed in connection with a shooting involving local biker gangs that left two people dead and three others wounded at a Warren Township bar.

The Trumbull County Grand jury on Tuesday indicted 48-year-old James Gardner on one count of aggravated murder and two counts of felonious assault.

The charges stem from the June shooting incident at Shorty's Place on Highland Avenue.

Officials say the shooting broke out between two local biker clubs, FTW and Brother's Regime.

Robert Marto, 54 and Jason Moore, 41, both members of the Brothers Regime, were killed.

Forty-five-year-old David Bailes, Jr. of Leavittsburg as well as two members of the Brother's Regime, Andrew Claypool and Walter Hughes were wounded in the shooting.

Bailes, a member of FTW, was charged with murder following the shootings. However, those charges have been dismissed according to Warren Municipal Court records.


Warren Law Department dismisses civil action related to motorcycle clubhouse

The Warren Law Department and the Warren-area motorcycle club Forever Two Wheels have agreed to dismiss a civil action the city filed to force closure of the group’s clubhouse.

The decision cancels a hearing that had been scheduled for today in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court.

A judgment entry signed Thursday by Judge Andrew Logan says the city and club agree that the clubhouse at 338 Chestnut Ave. NE “will no longer be utilized as a clubhouse for criminal gang activity.”

The city “is satisfied that the nuisance has been abated,” the entry says. The club has agreed to pay all court costs associated with the civil action, the judgment entry says.

Judge Logan approved a temporary restraining order June 23 that allowed city workers to board up the structure pending a further hearing.


2 killed, 3 wounded in Ohio shootout between biker gangs

WARREN, Ohio (AP) - Police say two people have been killed and at least three people wounded in a reported shootout between two local two biker gangs in northeast Ohio.

WFMJ-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1WUBFeo ) the Ohio State Highway Patrol is searching by air and police on the ground for a possible suspect after the shootout Saturday in the parking lot of a bar Warren Township, about 55 miles southeast of Cleveland. The shootout occurred shortly before 12:30 p.m.

Police say one of the three people wounded was flown to a hospital in Cleveland.


Brown County grand jury indicts five from April 17 incident

GEORGETOWN, Ohio – A Brown County grand jury handed down multiple indictments against five men allegedly involved in an incident in the parking lot of an Aberdeen, Ohio, business.

The cases stem from an incident in the early morning of April 17, when several motorcyclists confronted a security employee outside Jethro’s on U.S. 52 in Aberdeen, resulting in injuries to one of the bikers and the employee, police said.

The men are allegedly members of the Iron Horsemen motorcycle club who were attempting to enter the business, police said.

Robert Steven Bowling of Cincinnati, was indicted on felony charges of participating in a criminal gang; two counts of felonious assault, with a criminal gang specification and being a repeat violent offender; aggravated riot, with a criminal gang activity specification; and misdemeanor assault, aggravated trespass and criminal trespass.