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Ghost Riders raise thousands to provide Christmas for Elizabethton children

ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. (WJHL) - Sometimes Santa drops the reindeer and rides a bike instead. 

Some of Santa's helpers took the same approach this year with the Ghost Riders Motorcycle Club hosting their annual toy drive for the Elizabethton Housing and Development Agency. 

The Ghost Riders have worked with the housing agency for over 10 years. 

Each year, the Ghost Riders set up at the Elizabethton Wal-Mart and raise thousands of dollars. The money donated goes to purchasing children from the EHDA toys and other gifts. 

Children, their families, and EHDA staff were able to share in the Christmas spirit today for a party, where children received gifts from the money raised.

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75 charges now filed against 21 members of Mongols biker gang in Clarksville

New charges have been filed in the wide-ranging federal investigation into the Mongols biker gang in Clarksville.

A 75-count, third-superseding indictment was returned by a federal grand jury in Nashville on June 29 and unsealed on Friday, according to a news release Monday from the U.S. Attorney's Office. 

More: Clarksville-area biker gang members indicted on murder and racketeering charges, U.S. Attorney says

More: Clarksville Mongols gang members no strangers to police

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Crews respond to fire at motorcycle club hangout

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) - Knoxville Fire Department responded to a reported house fire at a known clubhouse for a motorcycle club in the early hours of Friday morning. 

At 2:50 a.m. Friday morning, units from the Knoxville Fire Department responded to 205 Clifton Rd. off Western Avenue for report of a structural fire. When firefighters arrived they found heavy flames at the front porch area of the structure, and active fire in the attic.

Fire crews immediately went to work extinguishing the flames while additional manpower searched the structure for any possible victims, none were found. The two-story stone structure is a known clubhouse for the motorcycle club the “Outlaws”.

No injuries are reported, and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

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Additional members of Clarksville motorcycle gang charged with kidnapping, murder

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (CLARKSVILLENOW)– An indictment was returned by a federal grand jury Wednesday charging 19 members and associates of the Clarksville, Tennessee chapter of the Mongols Motorcycle Gang with various federal crimes.

A superseding indictment returned in January 2018 charged 15 of the defendants with various crimes related to this investigation, including racketeering conspiracy murder, kidnapping, and large-scale drug trafficking.

As of January 18, 2018, all of the defendants were in custody with the exception of Stephen Cole, a/k/a “Lurch.”

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How an outlaw motorcycle gang took root in Clarksville

The go by nicknames like Slo-mo, Goon, Fester, Lurch and Smurf.

But the members of what police call an outlaw biker gang in Clarksville are no joke, committing, robbery, extortion, distributing meth and doing whatever it takes to get away with their crimes, according to the Department of Justice, and that includes murder.

Many of their illegal activities have been committed in Clarksville, where the California-based Mongols motorcycle club sponsored its first local chapter in Tennessee in 2015, according to 54-count indictment handed down earlier this month.

Twelve members of the Clarksville Mongols and three other men working with them were charged in the indictment.

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Feds hand down 54-count indictment to members of motorcycle gang


Dozens of indictments have been handed down to 12 members and associates of a motorcycle gang chapter in Middle Tennessee.

The 54-count indictment for the racketeering conspiracy was unsealed during a news conference in Nashville on Thursday

The suspects, who are all believed to be involved with the Clarksville chapter of the Mongols motorcycle gang, are accused of many crimes, including murder, kidnapping, extortion and large-scale drug trafficking.

Officials say the group met at various businesses and homes in Clarksville on a weekly basis. The members reportedly paid dues to support the club's criminal activities.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued this statement about the investigation:

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Man Says He Was Punched, Had Motorcycle Club Vest Ripped Off By Rival Motorcycle Gang Members At Dodson Avenue Club

A man told police that he was punched and had his motorcycle club vest ripped off by rival motorcycle gang members.

Jeremy Spence said it happened at Club Utopia at 2110 Dodson Ave.

Ralph "Stang" Oliver, 38, 4318 Victory Lane, and Robert Lamont "Solo" Solomon, 43, of 460 Midland Pike, were charged with aggravated robbery.

Spence said he was punched in the left eye by Oliver. He said Oliver and Solomon then ripped off the vest.

He said Solomon displayed a pistol and began firing it in the air.

He said he fled the area "out of fear of further assault and being shot."

Police said Oliver and Solomon are members of the Sin City Disciples motorcycle gang.

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Knox County cop fired immediately after photos show brutal choking of student

Usually, after charges of police brutality, police officials take their time reacting while they follow procedure to determine who did what. But this episode in Knoxville, Tenn., was so extreme and well-documented that the local sheriff fired the officer immediately.

Frank Phillips, a Knox County Sheriff’s officer, was fired Sunday night after a series of pictures taken by photographer John Messner were published in the Daily Mail in Britain. They showed an officer identified by the Sheriff’s Office as Phillips grabbing 21-year-old college student Jarod Dotson around the neck and squeezing him until he fell to his knees.

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Police: Harley thief a member of outlaw motorcycle club

Gallatin police have identified the man believed to have stolen two Harley-Davidson motorcycles in the city.

Matthew Williams, 29, is wanted by police for thefts last month and in October, according to a Nixle alert sent out by police. The bikes were stolen from Gallatin residents who had advertised on the Craigslist website.

Police say Williams is a member of the outlaw motorcycle club known as “Sin City Deciples.” Several members of this group have also been indicted on federal charges and all should be considered armed and dangerous, police warn.

Williams has been identified as a suspect in similar crimes in Bowling Green, Ky. where he is also accused of attempted murder, as well as several jurisdictions in Middle Tennessee.

The Gallatin Police Department has outstanding warrants on Williams for theft over $10,000, and is seeking help locating him. Williams may be operating a black GMC Yukon or black Ford Expedition.