The Life Of A Rider https://thelifeofarider.com Fri, 20 May 2022 06:31:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.15 Harley-Davidson Suspends Production Due To Parts Supplier Issue https://thelifeofarider.com/harley-davidson-suspends-production-due-to-parts-supplier-issue https://thelifeofarider.com/harley-davidson-suspends-production-due-to-parts-supplier-issue#respond Fri, 20 May 2022 06:31:58 +0000 https://thelifeofarider.com/?p=1593 STATEMENT FROM HARLEY-DAVIDSON MILWAUKEE, May 19, 2022 — Yesterday, Harley-Davidson, Inc. (“Harley-Davidson”) (NYSE:HOG) took the decision to suspend all vehicle assembly and shipments (excluding LiveWire) for a two-week period. This decision, taken out of an abundance of caution, is based on information provided by a third-party supplier to Harley-Davidson late on Tuesday (5/17) concerning a regulatory …

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STATEMENT FROM HARLEY-DAVIDSON

MILWAUKEE, May 19, 2022 — Yesterday, Harley-Davidson, Inc. (“Harley-Davidson”) (NYSE:HOG) took the decision to suspend all vehicle assembly and shipments (excluding LiveWire) for a two-week period. This decision, taken out of an abundance of caution, is based on information provided by a third-party supplier to Harley-Davidson late on Tuesday (5/17) concerning a regulatory compliance matter relating to the supplier’s component part.

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WATCH: Man with knife swipes at motorcyclist in road rage attack, Flagler deputies say https://thelifeofarider.com/watch-man-with-knife-swipes-at-motorcyclist-in-road-rage-attack-flagler-deputies-say https://thelifeofarider.com/watch-man-with-knife-swipes-at-motorcyclist-in-road-rage-attack-flagler-deputies-say#respond Thu, 19 May 2022 16:45:53 +0000 https://thelifeofarider.com/?p=1589 FLAGLER COUNTY, Fla. – A Palm Coast man was arrested Tuesday after video showed him slashing a knife at a motorcyclist in a fit of road rage, according to the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office. Rafael Vincent Rivera, 50, faces an aggravated assault charge following the confrontation just after 1 p.m. at the intersection of Pine Lakes …

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FLAGLER COUNTY, Fla. – A Palm Coast man was arrested Tuesday after video showed him slashing a knife at a motorcyclist in a fit of road rage, according to the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office.

Rafael Vincent Rivera, 50, faces an aggravated assault charge following the confrontation just after 1 p.m. at the intersection of Pine Lakes Parkway and Whirlaway Drive, deputies said.

According to investigators, Rivera was driving in his Toyota Tacoma. The motorcycle rider claimed Rivera cut in front of him on the road, deputies said.

When both vehicles stopped, Rivera then exited his car, knife in hand and the victim, thinking there might be a fight, grabbed his metallic knuckles, deputies said.

Video taken by a woman, who identifies herself as the victim’s wife, shows Rivera holding the knife and exchanging words with the victim.

[WARNING: Video below contains graphic language]

“Get on your bike and go,” Rivera can be heard saying to the victim in the video.

Deputies said the video show Rivera then slashing at the victim, who has a concealed weapons license and pulls out his gun in response.

The cell phone footage shows Rivera then calling 911, telling the operator that the victim pulled a gun on him.

“He pulled the gun after you swiped the knife at him,” the victim’s wife shouts as Rivera talks to the 911 operator.

She explains to the operator how she has the incident on film, something that, alongside witness accounts and interviews with both parties, later factored into Flagler deputies’ investigation.

A witness also called 911, saying she saw “a white biker guy with his girlfriend” who had a gun and another man with a knife.

Upon arrival, deputies said they detained both men in reference to the fight before ultimately arresting Rivera.

“Traffic disagreements should never result in violence in our streets. In this particular incident, the video captured by the victim’s wife clearly shows that her husband’s life was threatened. I applaud the way the motorcyclist handled this situation,” Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly said in a news release. “After his life was clearly threatened, he lawfully defended himself and then de-escalated the situation. The offender is lucky he was not shot. I also remind the community to not take traffic enforcement in your own hands and control your anger. Call the Sheriff’s Office instead.”

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“We are closing, not by our choice”: Rocky Mountain Harley-Davidson in Littleton going out of business https://thelifeofarider.com/we-are-closing-not-by-our-choice-rocky-mountain-harley-davidson-in-littleton-going-out-of-business https://thelifeofarider.com/we-are-closing-not-by-our-choice-rocky-mountain-harley-davidson-in-littleton-going-out-of-business#respond Wed, 02 Mar 2022 12:49:44 +0000 https://thelifeofarider.com/?p=1586 Rocky Mountain Harley-Davidson, the oldest family-owned Harley motorcycle dealership in Colorado, is shutting down at the end of the month. The longtime business, founded in 1979 by owner Kathy Yevoli, who still serves as RMH-D president, has fallen victim to a corporate downsizing strategy, said Marina Yevoli, Kathy’s daughter and director of marketing at the …

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Rocky Mountain Harley-Davidson, the oldest family-owned Harley motorcycle dealership in Colorado, is shutting down at the end of the month.

The longtime business, founded in 1979 by owner Kathy Yevoli, who still serves as RMH-D president, has fallen victim to a corporate downsizing strategy, said Marina Yevoli, Kathy’s daughter and director of marketing at the Littleton motorcycle dealership.

The dealer sells new and pre-owned motorcycles, and the business also includes a service, parts, and merchandise departments.

“We are closing, not by our choice,” Marina Yevoli said. “To be politically correct, they (Harley-Davidson) are condensing the market and independent dealers do not fit that mold. They are doing away with family-owned businesses.”

Over the years staff has been like family and announcement of the closure, to staff on Monday and to the public on Wednesday (on Facebook), has been extremely distressing, she said.

The Facebook announcement, in part, said: “Based on changes in this overall market, and in accordance with Harley-Davidson Motor Company’s network strategy, we will be retiring as an authorized Harley-Davidson dealership.”

Rocky Mountain Harley-Davidson pitched its products and services to clients and Harley motorcycle enthusiasts as “A Way of Life.”

Over the years, RMH-D has been a local community leader, raising money for nonprofits, charities, hospitals and other entities.

In 1985, Vincent Terranova, a part owner of the dealership, started the Rocky Mountain Harley-Davidson annual Children’s Hospital Toy Run with a small group of friends — motorcycle riders and Harley enthusiasts. The event grew to include thousands of participants each year, with about 3,000 riders in 2007.

Over the 36-year run of the toy run, Rocky Mountain Harley-Davidson donated more than $500,000 to Children’s Hospital, Marina Yevoli said. The dealership also hosts annual golf tournaments, which have raised more the $300,000 for a variety of causes.

RMH-D has about 24 employees, including mechanics, salespeople and other staff. Closing plans call from them to be kept on through April, but the dealer will not do any business as of March 1 based on its closing agreement with Harley-Davidson.

“A lot of our employees have a long tenure with us, mostly over 10 years,” Marina Yevoli said. “Our longest running mechanic has now been here 36 years.”

“Now that it is real and happening, it is difficult to get us to smile, we’re getting choked up every five minutes,” said Marina Yevoli, who has worked at the business since she was a teenager.

It is with heavy hearts, unforgettable memories, friends that have become family, and years of gratitude” that the dealership will cease as RMH-D, it said on Facebook.

“Our customers have kept us persevering through unimaginable times, and we can only hope to have them remember us, like we will remember them,” RMH-D said. “This isn’t what we envisioned for our staff, our family, or the future of Rocky Mountain Harley-Davidson, but we will respectively take a bow, and always remember that we…will always be, a way of life.”

The announcement was signed: “Thank You, The Owners and Staff at Rocky Mountain Harley-Davidson.”

Harley-Davidson Inc. is an American motorcycle manufacturer founded in 1903 in Milwaukee, Wis. In July of 2020, Harley-Davidson announced that it would lay off 500 employees. As part of the overhaul, Chief Financial Officer John Olin left the company the day the layoffs were announced.

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MISSOURI MAN GUILTY OF SHOOTING AT HIS WIFE AFTER SHE RAN OVER HIS HARLEY DAVIDSON https://thelifeofarider.com/missouri-man-guilty-of-shooting-at-his-wife-after-she-ran-over-his-harley-davidson https://thelifeofarider.com/missouri-man-guilty-of-shooting-at-his-wife-after-she-ran-over-his-harley-davidson#respond Wed, 14 Jul 2021 14:14:18 +0000 https://thelifeofarider.com/?p=1580 KANSAS CITY, MO. – You don’t mess with a man’s motorcycle. But doing so nearly costs a woman her life, and will cost her husband as much as 25 years of his life. The Missouri man guilty of shooting at his wife after she ran over his Harley Davidson is facing a long sentence. Jeffrey …

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KANSAS CITY, MO. – You don’t mess with a man’s motorcycle. But doing so nearly costs a woman her life, and will cost her husband as much as 25 years of his life. The Missouri man guilty of shooting at his wife after she ran over his Harley Davidson is facing a long sentence.

Jeffrey E. Morgan, 42, was found guilty Friday according to KansasCity.com. The newspaper reports his wife busted him speaking to three women in a car. She got angry and mowed down his motorcycle. ” He told police she looked at him and smiled before backing off the bike,” the paper reports. That’s when Morgan pulled his gun and fired off twelve rounds. Two hit her truck. He didn’t hit his wife.

Morgan was found guilty of armed criminal action, shooting at a motor vehicle, and illegal firearm possession.

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BIKER COUPLE KILLED IN HEAD-ON CRASH: “THE MOST KIND PEOPLE” https://thelifeofarider.com/biker-couple-killed-in-head-on-crash-the-most-kind-people https://thelifeofarider.com/biker-couple-killed-in-head-on-crash-the-most-kind-people#respond Wed, 30 Jun 2021 15:34:08 +0000 https://thelifeofarider.com/?p=1575 STOUGHTON, Mass. –A biker couple killed in a head-on crash were “the most kind people,” one person said about them. The investigation into the crash between their motorcycle and a Toyota is still going on. But from what police are saying now, indications are the Toyota crossed the center line. As a result of the …

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STOUGHTON, Mass. –A biker couple killed in a head-on crash were “the most kind people,” one person said about them. The investigation into the crash between their motorcycle and a Toyota is still going on. But from what police are saying now, indications are the Toyota crossed the center line. As a result of the crash Al Pedro, 50, and Aldina Pedro, 51 died. Their Harley Davidson was hit by a Toyota Corolla

“Although the crash reconstruction and analysis report is not complete … initial indications at the scene are that the collision occurred in the northbound lane,” said David Traub, a spokesperson for District Attorney Michael Morrissey. “The Pedros did not survive and were pronounced on scene.”

“Two of the most kind people you would ever want to meet,” Stoughton Select Board Chair Joseph Mokrisky said in a Facebook post. “They loved and lived … for their family and friends.” The couple had three children.

Another friend said of the couple, “Rest In Peace my beautiful friends my condolences to all the family off Al and Aldina Pedro.

The driver of the Toyota Corolla, a 60-year-old man went to the hospital as a precaution. So far there are no charges in the crash.

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UPDATE: Accused Florida Harley thief caught on camera, now caught in real life https://thelifeofarider.com/update-accused-florida-harley-thief-caught-on-camera-now-caught-in-real-life https://thelifeofarider.com/update-accused-florida-harley-thief-caught-on-camera-now-caught-in-real-life#respond Mon, 24 May 2021 12:36:06 +0000 https://thelifeofarider.com/?p=1568 MARION COUNTY, Fla. –The Marion County Florida Sheriff’s Office says they’ve tracked down a Harley thief caught on camera. The sheriff’s department posted about it on their Facebook page, saying: “Do you know who this motorcycle thief is? On Saturday, May 15, 2021, he stole the victim’s motorcycle from the parking lot of 484 Liquors …

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MARION COUNTY, Fla. –The Marion County Florida Sheriff’s Office says they’ve tracked down a Harley thief caught on camera.

The sheriff’s department posted about it on their Facebook page, saying:

“Do you know who this motorcycle thief is? On Saturday, May 15, 2021, he stole the victim’s motorcycle from the parking lot of 484 Liquors at 1354 SE Highway 484. The victim was inside the business when he heard his motorcycle accelerate outside. He rushed outside in time to watch this thief riding off into the sunset on the stolen bike!”

They have since posted an update that the accused thief has been identified and arrested, “**UPDATE: The suspect in these photos has been identified as Richard Carpenter (DOB: 09/21/1979) and he was arrested by Property Crimes detectives on 05/19/21. Thank you for sharing!”

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EXCLUSIVE: Bikers for Trump kickstarts 2024 White House bid https://thelifeofarider.com/exclusive-bikers-for-trump-kickstarts-2024-white-house-bid https://thelifeofarider.com/exclusive-bikers-for-trump-kickstarts-2024-white-house-bid#respond Wed, 03 Feb 2021 12:08:15 +0000 https://thelifeofarider.com/?p=1563 Bikers for Trump isn’t waiting for the former president to clear his Senate impeachment trial next week. Instead, the biker group roared ahead Monday with the launch of its Draft Donald Trump for President 2024 campaign. “If President Trump enters the 2024 race, he would be the clear favorite to win the presidency and put an immediate stop to the left’s radical, Socialist, …

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Bikers for Trump isn’t waiting for the former president to clear his Senate impeachment trial next week.

Instead, the biker group roared ahead Monday with the launch of its Draft Donald Trump for President 2024 campaign.

“If President Trump enters the 2024 race, he would be the clear favorite to win the presidency and put an immediate stop to the left’s radical, Socialist, anti-American agenda,” Bikers for Trump leader Chris Cox wrote in an email to supporters that announced the Draft Trump campaign and sought contributions.

“But the left and their corporate megadonors are doing everything they can to seize total control and muzzle President Trump and his supporters,” Mr. Cox said. “The Dems are terrified of President Trump. That’s why their Silicon Valley cronies are taking unprecedented steps to silence President Trump and his conservative allies.

“That’s why we need to start organizing NOW!”

The email linked to a Bikers for Trump PAC website set up to accept one-time or monthly contributions in amounts ranging from $25 to $5,000.

Senate Democrats hope to convict Mr. Trump at the impeachment trial and bar him forever from running for president, though they likely lack the Republican votes needed to convict.

Mr. Trump has vowed to remain a force in politics. Republican officials are split, however, on whether a 2024 comeback run would help the party.

The bikers’ new campaign underscores the resilience of Mr. Trump’s political fan base in the face of impeachment and blame for the deadly Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

The House impeached Mr. Trump for inciting the riot by pro-Trump demonstrators who attempted to stop the Electoral College vote count in favor of President Biden. Mr. Trump’s impeachment trial in the Senate is set to begin next week.

Bikers for Trump burst onto the scene in 2016 as a grassroots group supporting the billionaire businessman’s long-shot bid for the White House. The bikers also served as the unofficial security detail at Trump rallies — the so-called “wall of meat” separating pro-Trump and anti-Trump crowds.

The group became part of a national pro-Trump movement that included efforts to boost Trump-allied House and Senate candidates in 2020 as well as support Mr. Trump’s reelection bid.

Mr. Cox last year unsuccessfully ran as a Republican for a House seat in South Carolina.

“In 2016 Bikers for Trump led the charge by flipping must-win battleground states that helped deliver victory for President Trump. And we’re ready to do it again!” wrote Mr. Cox.

 

Source : washingtontimes.com

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Court Challenge Win by Hells Angel Member https://thelifeofarider.com/court-challenge-win-by-hells-angel-member https://thelifeofarider.com/court-challenge-win-by-hells-angel-member#respond Mon, 01 Feb 2021 17:18:55 +0000 https://thelifeofarider.com/?p=1560 British Columbia, Canada (January 26, 2021) – A Supreme Court Justice has ruled that Gaston Methot should get a second hearing in provincial court to make his case about why he deserves to have his licence renewed. Earlier, a provincial court judge upheld a decision made by the province’s chief firearms officer to deny the …

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British Columbia, Canada (January 26, 2021) – A Supreme Court Justice has ruled that Gaston Methot should get a second hearing in provincial court to make his case about why he deserves to have his licence renewed. Earlier, a provincial court judge upheld a decision made by the province’s chief firearms officer to deny the renewal based on Methot’s membership in the West Point Chapter of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club.

But Marzari said the original judge did not apply the right standard in reviewing that decision. She said the provincial court should have taken an independent look at all the evidence in the case instead of determining whether the firearms officer’s decision was “reasonable.”

“The reference judge’s reliance on the reasonableness standard permeates the decision to uphold the firearms officer’s decision, both with respect to the factual matrix and the evidence found to be relevant, and with respect to the result. The decision must therefore be set aside,” she said in written reasons released Monday.

Marzari did not accept Methot’s suggestion that she simply renew the licence because she said she didn’t have all the evidence before her that was before the lower court. Methot had a firearms licence from June 2012 to April 2018 “without incident,” the ruling noted.

He applied to renew it in March 2018. An Royal Canadion Mounted Police firearms officer sent a ‘notice of refusal’ to Methot that June, saying he was being denied “because it was not desirable in the interest of public safety that he have the licence.”

“As you are a full patch member of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club, West Point Chapter, I find you represent the Hells Angels and are bound by rules that allow for violence and criminal acts and that the police are your adversary,” the letter said.

“You made a decision to be involved with an organization that has a reputation for violence and criminal acts. … I find that it would not be desirable in the interest of public safety that you be issued a firearm licence at this time. Accordingly, I refuse to issue you a licence.”

Methot then filed a review application to provincial court, which was heard in 2019.

Cpl. Sergio Da Silva, a biker expert with the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit, testified at the provincial court hearing that Hells Angels rules forbid members from co-operating with police. So if a firearm is ever stolen, an Hells Angel member would not report the theft to the police.

Marzari noted that some of Da Silva’s evidence was “admittedly based on indirect hearsay evidence” because Hells Angels don’t talk to police. She said that “it was incumbent upon the reference judge to consider the weight that the evidence of Cpl. Da Silva was entitled to after a fresh analysis of the relevance and reliability of that evidence.”

Meanwhile, in Quebec, provincial police announced last month that they had revoked 11 firearms licences from people connected to the Hells Angels. In the news release, the Sûreté du Québec said the revocation was the second phase of a project begun two years earlier with the revocation of 75 gun licences linked to Hells Angels support clubs.

SOURCE: Vancouver Sun

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Drug smuggler linked to Canadian Hells Angels gets last-minute pardon from Donald Trump https://thelifeofarider.com/drug-smuggler-linked-to-canadian-hells-angels-gets-last-minute-pardon-from-donald-trump https://thelifeofarider.com/drug-smuggler-linked-to-canadian-hells-angels-gets-last-minute-pardon-from-donald-trump#respond Mon, 01 Feb 2021 17:16:09 +0000 https://thelifeofarider.com/?p=1557 An international drug smuggler who exported more than $1.7 billion of marijuana from Canada into the U.S. is one of the convicted criminals whose sentence was commuted by former American President Donald Trump. Jonathan Braun, 35, of New York, was convicted on Nov. 3, 2011, in the Eastern District of New York of conspiracy to …

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An international drug smuggler who exported more than $1.7 billion of marijuana from Canada into the U.S. is one of the convicted criminals whose sentence was commuted by former American President Donald Trump.

Jonathan Braun, 35, of New York, was convicted on Nov. 3, 2011, in the Eastern District of New York of conspiracy to import marijuana from Canada and money laundering conspiracy.

Prosecutors said he worked for a variety of Canadian organized crime groups, including Hells Angels who worked on the Ontario-Quebec border.

On May 28, 2019, after a series of delays, Braun was finally sentenced to 10 years in prison.

While behind bars last June, Braun was sued by New York State attorney general, Letitia James and the Federal Trade Commission for allegedly helping run a business that made predatory loans to small businesses and threatening people who fell behind in payments.

Braun’s lawyer — Alan Dershowitz — who was a part of Trump’s legal team at his first impeachment hearing, did not return calls from the Star.

Braun’s sentence was commuted by Trump on Jan. 19, the last full day of his presidency.

He was convicted after federal prosecutors said Braun operated the ring between November 2007 and mid-2010, smuggling more than $1.7 billion of marijuana south from Canada into New York State.

In her lawsuit filed last June, James alleges Braun told business owners who were behind in their loan payments things like “I will take your daughters from you,” “I know where you live. I know where mother lives,” “I am going to make you bleed” and “Be thankful you’re not in New York, because your family would find you floating in the Hudson.”

James called Braun’s lending business “predatory” and said it “threatened violence and kidnapping” while charging annual interest rates of up to 4,000 per cent.“Small businesses are the backbone of our economy, so it is unconscionable that these modern-day loan sharks not only preyed on hardworking business owners with fake loans, but threatened violence and kidnapping,” James said in a prepared statement.

As Braun awaited sentencing in the marijuana smuggling case, Braun’s legal counsel reportedly told court that he had found work “as a manager and risk analyst at a private lending company.”

After he was indicted in 2010, Braun fled New York for an undisclosed location in Canada by driving a rented car with an associate to the Canadian border, and then crossing by a motorless boat at night, while dressed in black, according to the U.S. Justice Department.

He was eventually arrested after moving back to the U.S.

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HA Member Arrested For Weapons and Cash https://thelifeofarider.com/ha-member-arrested-for-weapons-and-cash https://thelifeofarider.com/ha-member-arrested-for-weapons-and-cash#respond Sat, 23 Jan 2021 12:43:17 +0000 https://thelifeofarider.com/?p=1553 Bayonne, New Jersey, USA (January 21, 2021) – A Hells Angels motorcycle club member was arrested for having a knife, handgun, and $7,000 cash that cops believed to be from gambling proceeds while he was riding as a car passenger in Bayonne, police said. Bernard W. Krynicki III, 31, of North Arlington, was charged with …

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Bayonne, New Jersey, USA (January 21, 2021) – A Hells Angels motorcycle club member was arrested for having a knife, handgun, and $7,000 cash that cops believed to be from gambling proceeds while he was riding as a car passenger in Bayonne, police said.

Bernard W. Krynicki III, 31, of North Arlington, was charged with possession of a firearm for an unlawful purpose, unlawful possession of a firearm, certain persons not to possess a weapon, gang criminality, possession of gambling records, and promoting gambling, according to Police Capt. Eric Amato.

Krynicki was taken into custody at approximately 10:15 p.m. yesterday. Officers conducted a stop of a vehicle in which Krynicki was a passenger. During the stop, while seated in the rear passenger compartment, Krynicki proceeded to make movements while gripping items concealed in his pants pocket.

After officers requested that he show his hands, an officer was able to observe a knife protruding from his pocket. Krynicki was then removed from the vehicle, leading to the recovery of a knife and a 9mm handgun from his pockets.

During the incident, Krynicki was wearing clothing indicating that he was affiliated with the Hells Angels motorcycle club and it was later confirmed that he was an active member of the Newark chapter of the club.

Krynicki was additionally found to be in possession of gambling records and over $7,000 in gambling proceeds. He was also later determined to be classified as a certain person not to possess a weapon, authorities said.

SOURCE: NJ.com

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