Man Used Car to “Smash” Into Youths Who Were Riding his Stolen Motorcycle

A MAN used his car to mow down three people he discovered on his stolen motorbike – leaving one so badly injured his own father did not recognise him.

Teesside Crown Court heard that Michael Gatenby sped after the trio in a Ford Focus during the incident in Stockton and “smashed” into them, jamming the victims against the vehicle.

One of the victims, a 21-year-old man, suffered significant head injuries and multiple fractures to his spine.

Prosecutor Jo Kidd said his father was asked to identify him while he lay in intensive care in hospital and initially, to his relief, believed him not to be his son.

However because of the extent of his injuries and the fact he was unrecognisable, officers asked if he had any distinguishable tattoos, and it was then – “to his horror” – he realised who it was.

Another victim, a 16-year-old suffered multiple fractures to his face and significant head injuries. Both were left unconscious and had no recollection of the incident.

A third complainant, also aged 16, was left dazed and slightly concussed as a result of the collision and recalled coming round to see a man – who the prosecution say is Mr Gatenby – stood over him.

The defendant is then alleged to have said: “You had better run now or you will be getting the worst of it.” He was then punched and blacked out.

None of the three victims were wearing motorcycle helmets and Ms Kidd described how they flew off the motorbike and fell onto the concrete road.

Mr Gatenby, who came across the complainants on a road known locally as the Black Path, close to Portrack Lane, Stockton, was said to be extremely angry about the theft of his bike.

Earlier, he was said to have gone to the address of one of the victims and told his father: “Tell him I’m going to kill him and that Gato is after him”.

Ms Kidd said that Mr Gatenby had not sought to contact police to alert them to the bike theft and was seeking to resolve matters himself.
She also said that after the collision at no point did the defendant seek assistance from the police or emergency services, despite leaving two of the young men unconscious on the road.

The complainant who was less seriously injured told police that prior to the impact he recalled a car behind him beeping its horn, which then came up beside them and smashed into them.

Giving evidence, he said the person that threatened him was the driver of the car and he was 75 per cent sure it was Mr Gatenby.

Ms Kidd said it was for the jury to decide whether the collision was deliberate.

She said: “Was he so angry that he intended to carry out the threat of causing really serious harm to the people that had stolen his bike?”

Mr Gatenby, 34, of Raglan Close, Stockton, who sat in the dock dressed casually in a Nike sweatshirt, has admitted two counts of causing serious injury by driving dangerously on October 1 last year.

However he denies two counts of causing grievous bodily harm with intent and assault occasioning actual bodily harm. The trial continues.

Rising snowmobile star killed in northern Minnesota crash

A 30-year-old Hillman man died doing what he loved, but the tragic snowmobile crash that claimed his life also caused him to leave behind a burgeoning family.

“He went out doing what he loved to do, there’s no doubt about that,” a teammate said of Billy Travis, the professional snowmobile racer who died in a race Friday.

Travis died Friday, Jan. 6, the opening night of No Bull Triple Crown series at the Isabella County Fairgrounds.

He was leading the pack when his snowmobile flipped over and flung him to the ground. Before officials could motion the other racers to slow, he was struck by two sleds and died from injuries sometime after.

Travis was engaged to be married, according to his obituary in the Alpena News. His fiancee is pregnant with their first child together.

Recently, a GoFundMe page was created to aid his fiancee, Lindsey Grace, in supporting the family in the wake of the loss.

In less than a day’s time, the fund has garnered more than $17,000 from friends, family, fellow racers and others.

It was three years ago when Travis joined the professional snowmobile racing outfit Kovar Racing.

He was a “perfect fit,” Kovar Racing crew member Scott Butkovich said.

Fast forward to early 2016 when Travis and teammate Dan Maki took home third in the International 500, the “granddaddy of them all for a snowmobiler,” as Butkovich calls it.

“That was a great moment for Kovar Racing,” he said. “That’s one of the biggest races across the U.S.”

Travis was on course for helping bring the team another victory Friday night when the fatal accident occurred.

“He was leading the race, he went out in first place,” Butkovich said.

Butkovich said he’s been around snowmobiles and racing for as long as he can remember. While it’s not typically a dangerous sport, he said, everyone is aware that accidents like the one Travis was involved in can happen.

“It’s happened before, you know,” he said. “Everybody knows, especially the drivers, that it can happen and does, but you just don’t know. It’s quite devastating. It’s just a tough situation.”

Butkovich said he’s had snowmobile racers and teams from across the country give their condolences. It’s a testament to the many lives Travis touched throughout his career, he said.

Travis started with motor sports at a young age, entering his first dirt bike race at the age of 8, according to his obituary.

From there, he raced both motorcycles and snowmobiles and “loved anything with a motor,” the obituary reads.

But, above those hobbies, his real love was family and friends.

“Billy was always there for friends and family, and had a knack for helping kids out,” the obituary reads. “He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.”

Here’s Why Harley Davidson Stock Will Soon Plunge

Many American “old-line” manufacturers are enjoying a rebirth, as they bring the latest technology to their assembly lines and eliminate inefficiencies. These U.S.-based companies are combining innovation with roll-up-your-sleeves manufacturing to give foreign competitors a run for their money.

But in this uplifting red-white-and-blue story, don’t include Harley-Davidson . This motorcycle manufacturer may be an American icon, but its stock is a dog.

Harley-Davidson is scheduled to release first quarter fiscal 2016 earnings before the opening bell on Tuesday, April 19. As will be made clear below, Harley-Davidson is a toxic stock to avoid right now. We’ll also debunk the notion among some analysts that the stock is a good value play that faces a brighter 2016. The stock has nowhere to go but down.

Founded in 1903 by William Harley and Arthur Davidson, Harley-Davidson is the largest manufacturer of heavyweight motorcycles in the world. It’s also one of the most familiar and beloved brands in the United States, made famous in countless motorcycle movies that romanticize the biker’s life on the road.

So why, during an economic rebound that has generated more disposable income for consumers, has Harley-Davidson under-performed U.S. automakers such as General Motors and Ford, as well as the broader markets? Over the past two years, Harley Davidson has declined 20.21% and 28.42% each year, respectively, compared to a decline of only 1.05% and a gain of 9.81% over the same periods for the S&P 500.

Harley-Davidson’s litany of woes includes poor customer satisfaction, high manufacturing costs, and brutal competition from overseas companies that are making stylish bikes that cost a lot less. The strong U.S. dollar also is hurting the company, by making its products more expensive overseas.

Further, Harley-Davidson is saddled with a heavily unionized workforce in factories in York, Pennsylvania; Milwaukee (where the company is based); and Kansas City, Mo. To be sure, Harley-Davidson’s bikes also are assembled at facilities with lower cost workers in emerging nations such Brazil and India, but the company overall is stuck with stubbornly high overhead compared to foreign competitors.

WATCH! Man Tries to Steal Motorcycle From Veteran During Police Chase

Real life GTA Fail: Man tries to carjack motorcycle, biker fights back, Arizona. The driver leads police on wild chase in east Valley.

While waiting at a stoplight, a veteran’s combat skills were put to the test when a wanted man, who led police on a chase , approached him from behind and tried to steal his motorcycle.

During the altercation the suspect was able to get on the motorcycle, but not before being knocked down by the veteran.

Several unmarked police cars approached the men and the suspect ran back into the truck, which he used to run over the motorcycle that was on the ground.

The chase then stretched onto the interstate, where the suspect was bumped by police, crossed over the median and flipped his vehicle, throwing himself out of the truck in the process.

 

Home Made Snowmobile Loading Ramp

This is a home brew ramp I made last year out of some stuff I had laying around. There are many good designs for homemade ramps out there, but I tried to come up with something that fit all of my needs, mainly my budget. The ski guides are adjustable for any ski stance. You can load a sled by yourself if you drive it on the ramp far enough. But, it’s about all one person can do. I’ve got an improved design in the works, but it’s not built yet.

 

This Snowmobiler Just Rode Along a River… And Up a Waterfall

He skips up it like a salmon on steroids

We already knew snowmobiles were pretty awesome machines, but we’ve never seen this before – this guy just took one up a huge rapid. We say rapid, that thing is basically be a waterfall

Kalle ‘KJ’ Johansson is a professional snowmobiler, who apparently holds a world record for the longest snowmobile water jump.

He is also the first European to backflip a snowmobile and a dirt bike. With such a CV we’re not surprised he simply skipped up this like some crazy salmon.

 

 

SICK: Snowmobiler Gets Throat Slashed by Barbed Wire Fence

A snowmobiler who sustained neck and throat lacerations over the weekend after running into a barbed-wire fence on private property is facing criminal charges.

Mitchell Parker, 28, of Spencer, was charged with criminal trespassing and could also be charged with DUI because deputies believe alcohol was a factor in the accident, according to Lorain County sheriff’s Capt. Jim Drozdowski.

Parker was transported by ambulance on Saturday to Mercy Allen Hospital in Oberlin and then flown to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, Drozdowski said. MetroHealth spokeswoman Tina Arundel said Parker was discharged but could not say when or how severe his injuries were.

According to a sheriff’s report, Parker was riding the snowmobile on land owned by farmer William Mohler near state Route 58 and Hughes Road about 10:30 p.m. Saturday when he ran into a three-strand barbed wire fence, which Mohler uses to keep his cattle in.

Drozdowski said Parker did not have permission to be on the property, was unfamiliar with the terrain and was riding alone when the accident happened. He said a couple other snowmobilers, who were riding legally on a public right-of-way, came to Parker’s aid.

“They stopped and thought they heard somebody yelling, so they shut off their snowmobiles,” Drozdowski said. “Then they saw a guy running across the field who appeared to be injured.”

The two snowmobilers called 911 and an ambulance. Sheriff’s deputies arrived and were able to interview Parker while he was in the back of the ambulance. Drozdowski said deputies determined Parker did not know who owned the property and was never given permission to ride on it.

Drozdowski said while the deputy was talking to Parker he smelled alcohol, asked Parker if he had been drinking, and Parker admitted to having a couple beers before riding.

“We’re not sure if he’ll be charged with DUI until we get his (blood test) results back,” Drozdowski said.

Mohler said the fence has been on his property for 60 years and he has never had a problem like this before, although snowmobilers have caused noise disturbances by riding close to his father’s home, which is next door.

Mohler said the problem is more about a disregard for private property than crop damage. He said he has no problem with snowmobilers having a good time, but some people are spoiling all the fun for others.

“I feel terrible the gentleman got hurt, and I wish nothing but a speedy recovery for him,” Mohler said. “I have no hard feelings for him or his family, but that’s the kind of stuff that can happen. He’s lucky he’s still alive.”

Wrongfully Arrested Biker Sues COP for $1 million

I noticed over the weekend that this story was once again among our most-read. Initially I thought there might have been some movement in the case. But, no: Court documents show that Chris Moore had it dismissed, with prejudice, in June 2013.

Today Chris Moore’s attorney, James Pikl, says the case was settled. He cannot say who settled — James Westbrook or his employer, Dallas County. “The dispute has been settled,” he says. “That’s all I can say.” Anything further would nullify terms of the agreement. Turns out, we’re not the only ones taking a recent interest in the case, though. Pikl says others have called recently, including attorneys, and they received the same answer we did. Violation of rights. Cop should be FIRED.