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Youngstown motorcycle club remembers history celebrating anniversary

The club started back in 1939

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – On Saturday, a Youngstown motorcycle club celebrated their 82nd anniversary.

The Pirate Motorcycle Club started back in 1939.

Photos show some of the original members dating back to that time.

Provided by members, the photos showcase past hill climbs, poker runs and drag race events.

Eventually, the club purchased property near East Palestine to host events which were family oriented for members.

“Afterwards, we always had a picnic with the family and the kids, and we’d bring go karts and mini bikes for the kids to ride and we’d have soccer games on our bikes and entertain ourselves,” said the club president Rabbit.

The club hasn’t hosted any events since the 80’s.

Now, they gather yearly to share their history with the public.

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Authorities warn about possible violence at Sternwheel Festival

MARIETTA, Ohio (WTAP) - Washington County authorities are warning people about the possibility of gang trouble at this weekend’s Sternwheel Festival.

In a joint news release, authorities warn that they have received information that multiple gangs of “outlaw” bikers may be at the festival this weekend which may lead to violent confrontation.

The joint release is with Marietta Police Chief Rodney Hupp, Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks and Ohio State Highway Patrol Post 84 Commander Lt. Chris Chesar.

According to the release, it all stems back to an incident that happened back in the summer between two national motorcycle gangs, the Pagans and the Outlaws, at the Marietta River Front roar. That incident ended peacefully.

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Authorities arrest man charged in Akron shooting. He was on run for more than a month

AKRON — U.S. Marshals in northern Indiana arrested Monday evening a man who is believed to be a member of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club and had been on the run since April after he cut off his court ordered ankle monitor, according to a news release.

In September 2018, the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force arrested Robert Lee Greathouse, 53, who was facing charges of felonious assault after a shooting in Akron. Members of the task force tracked Greathouse to a rural cabin in Cadiz. Two pistols and a rifle were found in the home at the time of his arrest.

In April, Greathouse was given a short term furlough prior to beginning his prison sentence on the felonious assault case.

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Motorcycle Gang Territory Disagreement Leads To Fight At Bike Blessing

A man who claimed that Harrison is Iron Horsemen territory is now facing assault charges.

(Harrison, Oh.) - A disagreement over biker gang territory allegedly led to a fight at a bike blessing in Harrison earlier this month.

The Harrison Press reports a bike blessing was being held at the Harrison American Legion on May 5. Harrison Police were called to investigate an assault at the event.

Jeffrey S. Raisor, 56, told another rider that he could not wear an Outlaw shirt on Iron Horsemen territory. When the other rider did not remove his Outlaw shirt, Raison allegedly punched him.

Raisor then allegedly punched the victim’s girlfriend in the face. The man ran to help his girlfriend and was knocked to the ground by Raisor.

Raisor allegedly called the woman derogatory names and told her to shut up.

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Two men plead guilty in fatal Cleveland stabbing tied to motorcycle gang ‘beef’

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Two men admitted Friday to kidnapping a man in Mansfield and stabbing him to death in Cleveland as part of a “beef” involving motorcycle gangs.

Richard Cole, 37, of Dayton, and Anthony Day, 42, of Conneaut, each pleaded guilty to aggravated murder and kidnapping charges in the June killing of 29-year-old Richard Hamel.

Common Pleas Court Judge Ashley Kilbane sentenced Cole to life in prison with the first chance at parole after serving 25 years in prison. She set sentencing for Day for May 20, the day four other people charged in Hamel’s death are set to begin trial.

Lawyers in the case on Friday said the motive for Hamel’s death, in which he was stabbed about 30 times in the backyard of a house on Cleveland’s far West Side, remained fuzzy.

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Thousands of Outlaws attend Dayton funeral for notorious former international leader


Illinois, Texas, New York, North Carolina, Wisconsin and Connecticut were among the dozens of states represented at the funeral of the notorious former international president of the Outlaw Motorcycle Club Harry Joseph “Taco” Bowman at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds Saturday.


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Suspected drug dealer killed breaking into Whitewater Township home to collect debt

WHITEWATER TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WKRC) - A man was shot and killed while breaking into a home in Whitewater Township early Wednesday, according to the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office. Investigators identified him as Andrew Naegele, 26. That homeowner, John Heard, is now charged.

Heard, called 911 and reported that he had shot a man in the chest as he was breaking into his home on Ohio 128 near Cilley Road just before 1 a.m.

During the 911 call, Heard said that the man he shot and killed was a member of the Iron Horsemen outlaw motorcycle club who also came to his house on Monday night to "rough him up," but he didn't know him.

"I told him to leave, leave, leave," the man said on the call to 911. "And he come at me and he knew that I had a gun. And he kept coming. I had to shoot him.”

Deputies interviewed the homeowner. They say Heard admitted that Naegele was his drug dealer there to collect money he owed for methamphetamine.

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Local motorcycle clubs collect more than 20K pounds of food for homeless shelter

FINDLAY (WTOL) - Just in time for the holidays, a local homeless shelter has received a huge donation.

The Findlay City Mission is the only homeless shelter in Hancock County. They serve, on average, 40-50 lunches and 60-80 dinners daily.

Going into the holiday season, the local American Outlaw motorcycle club chapter decided to help the mission out with a food drive.

With only 6 weeks notice to spread the word and setup a concert, they ended up collecting just short of 21,000 pounds of food.

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Outcast MC helping others over Thanksgiving

(video) --- A local motorcycle club reaching out to help others over the Thanksgiving holiday.

The Lima Outcast MC holding a Thanksgiving feast for the community.  Along with the meal the club members also gave away food and clothing to people who are less fortunate.  The idea came from one of the club members who was in Columbus a few weeks ago and saw a homeless family on the street.  So the club decided they could help families in the same situation back here in Lima.

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Euclid police officer fired after Willoughby bar fight arrest

The former officer reportedly pointed a gun at a man’s head during the physical altercation

EUCLID, OH (WOIO) - Euclid police officer Todd Gauntner has been terminated from the department on Sept. 17 after being arrested for using weapons while intoxicated at a Willoughby bar.

The Willoughby Police Department says Gauntner was at Frank & Tony’s Place on Second Street when a fight broke out at 1:19 a.m. on Aug. 24.

A bartender reportedly called police for five men fighting, going behind the bar and breaking bottles when one of them pulled a gun out and held it to another patron’s head.

Willoughby Police confirm Gauntner received injuries to his face and head as a result of the fight, but none of the employees were injured.