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Billy Lane Speaks at Sentencing

•Monday,August 17, 2009 • 4 Comments

Billy lane was sentenced to 6 years in prison last Friday, to be followed by 3 more years of probation and a lifetime suspension of driving privileges.  During the sentencing Lane made his first statement since the death of Gerald Morelock.  According to the MNO blog:

Billy Lane was then called to the stand and sworn in to make his statement. This would be the first time that Lane had spoken openly to the public about what happened and his feelings. Billy started out by saying I am here today to show everybody who I am, not who you think I am. Lane showed a great deal of remorse and came to tears on several occasions. He described how he had to pass by the spot where he killed Gerald Morelock almost every day and how he prayed for his soul and his family. Billy Lane admitted that he had made a bad decision and was not asking for pity for what had happened. He said he was sorry and asked forgiveness for taking the life of another human being. He stated that he was ready to accept the court’s decision and accepted responsibility for the death of Gerald Morelock. Though Billy showed a great deal of emotion during the hearing and when he spoke. He showed very little expression as his sentence was read.

You can read all the details of the sentencing at the MNO blog and watch the WESHtv news report Here.

Old School Riders Gunned Down

•Monday,June 29, 2009 • 1 Comment
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From Cherry Creek News:

Old School Riders — Motorcycle murder in LA

Written by Staff

Three people were killed seven wounded Saturday in a drive-by shooting at a motorcycle club fundraiser in California, authorities said.The shooting occurred around 6:45 p.m. (9:45 p.m. ET) at a pizza restaurant in Pico Rivera, located about 15 miles east of Los Angeles, according to authorities.

“We don’t know what type of vehicle was involved or how many,” said Sgt. Ed Hummel of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

The event was being held by a group known as the Old School Riders. It is unclear whether the incident was random, Hummel added.The three people died at the scene. Their names are not being released pending notification of kin.Pico Rivera is a city about 15 miles east of Los Angeles.

3 Members of a group known as Old School Riders were killed by gunmen in vans as the were eating in a Pizziera in Los Angeles, Police have confirmed. Up to 10 members of the Old School Riders had gathered outside the pizziera to have a meal in what was deemed a party by the group. The Old School Riders is a renowned motorcycle riders group.

Gunfire was opened from a moving van and accurately, almost everyone was shot. There were 3 fatalities and the van sped off fast as it had come. The motorcycle riders had gathered outside the pizziera to have a party when 3 of them died and others got seriously injured.

Los Angeles County sheriff’s Deputy Keith Ho told Goldman News that 10 people gathered in the parking lot of the restaurant in Pico Rivera were fired at by gunmen in a moving van. The people were shot and seriously injured and 3 died from the shooting.

Police officer Ho confirmed that three people died on the spot after the shooting. The other seven members were hospitalized and were stable condition. No one inside the restaurant was injured during the shooting. Police are investigating whether the shooting was gang related.

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Detailed coverage at Crime Scene Blog

Billy Lane Pleads No Contest, Faces Up To 9 Years

•Tuesday,June 9, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Lane pleaded no contest to one count of vehicular homicide this morning in a Florida courtroom.  Judge Robert Burger accepted the plea and scheduled sentencing for August 14.  According to the plea deal arranged, Billy Lane will face up do nine years of prison time and a lifetime suspension of drivers license.

The August sentencing will bring a conclusion to the nearly three year saga that began with a fatal crash that killed a park ranger on Labor Day weekend in 2006.  Lane was driving drunk and today was convicted of vehicular homicide.

Smog Checks in California Bite the Dust

•Tuesday,June 2, 2009 • Leave a Comment

The provision in the California state legislation that would require smog checks on motorcycles has been dropped out of the bill.  According to the Sacramento Bee:

The state Senate approved the legislation by Sen. Fran Pavley on Monday after she agreed to scale it back. It now goes to the Assembly.

Pavley, a Democrat from Santa Monica, wanted mandatory smog checks for motorcycles. She says they’re more polluting than cars and that owners often make them worse by removing the catalytic converters.

The latest version of Pavley’s bill drops the smog-test provision. It now merely authorizes law enforcement officers to fine motorcyclists who remove the converters.

Pavley is one of those lunatic socialist politicians who is known for introducing wacky legislation, but the smog check for motorcycles seemed to be a certainty.  I do not know if it was public outcry or just a lucid moment on behalf of the State Senate.  Perhaps someone realized that the basis of the bill, a claim that motorcycles were responsible for 10% of all vehicle emissions in California, was a big fat lie and thought better of it, but the issue is dead for now.

Radical Redesign of Harley Touring Models??

•Tuesday,May 26, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Read a good article at the Chicago Tribune this weekend by Bob Weber.  It talks about the 2009 HD Touring models and how “After 70 years of looking essentially the same, the touring family…has undergone its most radical redesign–under the skin.”

I guess you could say that, but the redesigns are necessarily for the better.  I wished the author would have mentioned that the frame redesign was precipitated by motors bouncing out of the frame and heat build up in the rear wheel well.  Sure the new models are vastly improved with larger rear tire and more rigid frame but please tell us why.

The rest of the “improvements” in my opinion seem to be emissions related, and well to put it bluntly, that ain’t no improvement.

Anyhow, any press is good press I suppose.  Here is a link to the article.  Give it a gander and decide for yourself.