Lots going on during Sturgis week and here is the third installment of the news that you may have missed and might be interested to know. Please note that not everything in this digest actually happened IN Sturgis… some of the news is from other happenings around the country, but if you were in Sturgis this year, you may have missed it.
Through the first Saturday, the official start date of the rally, 261 citations had been issued in connection with the Sturgis event, compared to 239 citations issued at the same stage last year. This year’s citations included 45 DUI arrests, up from 40 by the same time last year, but only one felony drug arrest, down from ten. Eleven injury accidents had been recorded, compared with 10 at this point last year.
Mongols MC member, Christopher Ablett, 36, plead not guilty July 29 in U.S. District Court in San Francisco to charges of murder in aid of racketeering and two gun-possession charges in the September slaying of Mark “Papa” Guardado, the head of the Hells Angels’ “Frisco” chapter. Ablett turned himself in to police in Oklahoma in October. He is being held without bail at a downtown Oakland jail and returns to court Aug. 12.
Indian Motorcycle Company displayed the new 2010 Chief Bomber and Dark Horse to the public for the first time. The show truck was on display at 4th and Lazelle Street in downtown Sturgis as well as the Buffalo Chip and featured Indian Motorcycle accessories as well. Check out the new bikes at www.indianmotorcycle.com
$61,600 was the official amount that was raised by the Sturgis Lengends Ride. Again, proceeds go to charity (Black Hills Children’s Home and the Sturgis Motorcycle Hall of Fame and Museum). This is approximately a $21,000 increase over last year! Fantastic job gang.
Rally attendance was down, as has been the case the past few years. Reports that vendor permits remained about the same have been made, which makes us think that at least the vendors have not yet given up… Still, plenty of people attend and I know a lot of folks who are more than happy to see attendance down as it makes the riding easier and less crowded.
Main Street had a Sons of Anarchy mock clubhouse all set up for folks to walk through. The new season is starting soon and I am sure a lot of people are sitting on the edge of their seats to see what happens this go around.
Drunken-driving arrests were up, and so were injury accidents this year at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. The annual rally officially concluded Friday, but many bikers come early or linger after rally week throughout the Black Hills. Through Saturday, there were 316 DUI arrests at this year’s rally compared with 253 last year, according to the state Highway Patrol. There were 72 injury accidents this year compared with 60 last year, the patrol said. But there were fewer arrests this year than last for offenses other than DUI. This year’s total was 199 misdemeanor drug and felony arrests. Last year’s total was 232.