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Man killed on bus
By Heidi Bell Gease, Journal Staff Writer

STURGIS - An Illinois man was fatally stabbed Tuesday night while riding a shuttle bus at the Sturgis motorcycle rally.

Meade County Sheriff Ron Merwin said Frank L. Rosanova, 51, of Ingleside, Ill., died after he was stabbed in the neck by Stephen Bruce Campbell, 52, of Belton, Mo. The incident happened about 11:30 p.m. near Creekside Campground east of Sturgis.

Merwin said the two were riding “Da Bus,” a shuttle that ferries people around Sturgis during the rally. The men apparently got into an argument, which led to the stabbing. There were other people on the bus at the time, officials said.

Merwin said Wednesday he did not think Rosanova and Campbell knew each other.

Rosanova was declared dead at Sturgis Regional Hospital. Campbell is being held in Meade County Jail. He is expected to make his first court appearance today on a charge of second- degree murder.

Contact Heidi Bell Gease at 394-8419 or [email protected]
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Officers arrest shooting suspects
By Steve Miller, Journal Staff Writer, and The Associated Press

CUSTER - The two suspects in the biker-gang shooting Tuesday in Custer State Park asked the wrong person for a ride.

The suspects, Chad John Wilson, 30, of Linwood, Wash., and John James Midmore, 32, of Valparaiso, Ind., fled the scene in a white Ford pickup after the late afternoon shooting, took a back road and later got stuck, according to Custer County Sheriff Rick Wheeler. Wilson and Midmore then left the vehicle and traveled on foot through the woods for two or three hours, he said.

They came out on U.S. Highway 14 near Stockade Lake, saw a man with a vehicle and asked him for a ride. The man turned out to be an off-duty park ranger who immediately called for backup. Other law enforcement officers had just gone past, Wheeler said. “We had two units there real fast.”

Wilson and Midmore were arrested without incident about 11 p.m. Tuesday. They were not carrying guns, Wheeler said.

The two were charged Wednesday with five counts of attempted murder for allegedly shooting five people affiliated with the Outlaws motorcycle gang at Legion Lake Resort.

Wilson is a member of the Hells Angels, and Midmore is affiliated with the Hells Angels, according to Sara Rabern, a spokeswoman for the South Dakota Attorney General’s office.

The Hells Angels and Outlaws are rival motorcycle gangs, according to state Division of Criminal Investigation director Kevin Thom.

Authorities said the shooting victims are either Outlaws members or associates of Outlaws members.

Wilson and Midmore are being held in Pennington County Jail.

They likely will make their initial court appearances this morning in Rapid City, according to Tracy Kelley, Custer County state’s attorney. Kelley said she was awaiting paperwork from investigators before filing formal charges.

Kelley said that there were six total injuries but that only five people were shot. One woman suffered injuries not related to a gunshot, she said.

Two of the shooting victims were in critical condition after undergoing surgery at Rapid City Regional Hospital, Rabern said. Another victim was flown to a Sioux Falls hospital and was listed in stable condition, she said. Two other shooting victims, as well as the woman who suffered a nonshooting injury, were treated and released, she said.

Names of the victims were still unavailable Wednesday afternoon.

No one else was injured, although there were about 40 people nearby who witnessed the shooting, Wheeler said.

He said the Outlaws bikers had pulled over at the edge of the parking lot off the highway next to Legion Lake Resort. A white Ford pickup came up behind them from the east, and one or both men inside began shooting, Wheeler said.

The shots hit the Outlaws bikers but were also in the general direction of the lake, Wheeler said. He didn’t know the locations of the witnesses, but the lake is a popular gathering spot for tourists.

“We were very fortunate that we didn’t have other people hurt,” Wheeler said.

An off-duty volunteer at the campground down the road from the shooting site was in his motor home when he heard what sounded like firecrackers.

The volunteer, who would not give his name because he was told not to speak about the incident, said that when he heard another half-dozen or so shots, he knew they were bullets. He said he then saw a white pickup truck speed by.

Bikers on Wednesday morning showed up to survey the scene and look at blood stains and clumps of what appeared to be gore on the driveway leading to the park restaurant. A few feet away were rolls of crime scene tape, no longer in use.

Mark Nicoson of Des Moines, Iowa, said the Sturgis motorcycle rally has been quiet this year as it has the past two times he has attended the Black Hills event.

He said that the shooting is likely an isolated incident and that most bikers are nonviolent people.

“They’re not out to hurt anyone. This is between each other,” Nicoson said.

David Berkley of the South Dakota Highway Patrol said a trooper and an ambulance had been parked at the resort during the rally because it’s a central location in Custer State Park from which to respond to calls throughout the park. Another trooper said he had left moments before the shooting to make an arrest on a separate incident.

Members of the Outlaws have been staying at a campground near the intersection of South Playhouse Road and Iron Mountain Road, according to Wheeler. The Journal incorrectly reported Wednesday that the Outlaws members were staying at a house there.

Custer State Park returned to normal Wednesday, according to park superintendent Richard Miller. “They’ve been busy at the gate,” he said. The Legion Lake parking lot was partly full because of a downpour. “It looked like business as usual,” Miller said in a phone interview.

“We are doing everything we can to ensure that the park is the same safe, family-friendly environment it has always been,” he said.

Miller said the park had never had a serious incident involving rallygoers in the past. “The park annually hosts tens of thousands of bikers. They are good customers, and the staff enjoys working with them,” he said. “Rally riders come to the park for the same reasons all of our visitors do - to enjoy the wildlife and the beautiful scenery.”
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Authorities tense after gang fight
By Steve Miller, Journal Staff Writer

Law enforcement officials are concerned about further violence after the biker gang shooting Tuesday in Custer State Park.

Sturgis Police Chief Jim Bush said there is a “high possibility” of more violence. “I’d say there’s a pretty good chance,” Bush said in a phone interview Wednesday. “You never know ... sometimes, they’ll wait a month or two to retaliate, and sometimes, they don’t.”

Two men affiliated with the Hells Angels motorcycle gang were arrested and charged with attempted murder in the shooting incident that wounded five bikers who were either members or associates of the rival Outlaws motorcycle gang, law enforcement authorities said.

Large numbers of both bike gangs are reportedly in the Black Hills for the Sturgis motorcycle rally.

Bush said law enforcement knew before the rally that members of both gangs were coming.

“We’re definitely aware of what’s going on,” Bush said. “We’re always aware of the outlaw motorcycle gangs, and they know we’re aware of them. We have plans in place to work with it if need be, but hopefully, it won’t happen.”

Bush said local law enforcement officers won’t do anything different in response. “We prepare for this kind of activity every year,” he said. “We’ve got to plan for it whether it happens or not.”

Meade County Sheriff Ron Merwin said authorities suspected there would be an incident between the gangs this year. “We were preparing for something like that,” Merwin said Wednesday. “It isn’t rocket science when they shoot each other nationwide that they would do it here, so that’s what we prepared for.”

Merwin said authorities were meeting with leaders of both groups to try to head off further violence.

Merwin and Bush said meetings were scheduled Wednesday afternoon among Custer County officials, state Division of Criminal Investigation personnel and the Outlaws.

In Custer County, Sheriff Rick Wheeler said he was obviously concerned about retaliation for Tuesday’s shooting.

“We have a lot of resources in the area, and we’re going to keep them here until after the rally,” Wheeler said.

Sara Rabern, a spokeswoman for the state Attorney General’s Office, said state officials believe they have enough law enforcement officers in the Black Hills to deal with the threat of further violence involving motorcycle gangs during the rally. “There is a huge law enforcement presence out there,” Rabern said.

Forces include personnel with the state Division of Criminal Investigation, South Dakota Highway Patrol, South Dakota National Guard, federal agents and local law enforcement officers, she said.

Federal agents, police, the South Dakota Highway Patrol and the National Guard were prepared for possible trouble between motorcycle gangs attending the annual Sturgis motorcycle rally, which has drawn hundreds of thousands of bikers to the Black Hills.

Wheeler said he knew the Outlaws were going to be staying at a campground in the northern part of the county, near the intersection of South Playhouse Road and Iron Mountain Road.

“I went out and talked to them, and they seemed to want to cooperate,” he said.

Tom Dravland, secretary of the Department of Public Safety, said it’s always a concern when violence breaks out between rival bike gangs.

“We are always on alert,” Dravland said. “We are hyper-vigilant after one of these incidents happen. All law enforcement agencies throughout the Hills are going to be very watchful and mindful of the potential.”

Dravland said it would be up to commanders at the scene whether additional personnel would be sent to the Black Hills.

“Law enforcement will do what it can to monitor activity of these groups. We can’t monitor them all of the time,” he said. “A lot of it’s not up to us. It’s up to them.”

Staff writers Heidi Bell Gease and Ryan Woodard contributed to this story.
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What is funny is that if it would have been sport bike guys the title would have been something like this...

"man stabbed in the neck, and died, neither rider was wearing a helmet on the bus..."
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Those guys are bad asses.
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Those guys are bad asses.
those guys sound retarded, 50 year old men in a knife fight? WTF!?

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Sorry, I should have included a roll eyes with that one.

Idiots.
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Yes ....go to Sturgis to pretend you are a bad ass pirate, get killed for your troubles I'll stick with sport touring, sport bikes and scooters geeks.....less likehood of being mistaken for a thug and getting killed!

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Rick, I seriously doubt anyone would ever mistake you for a thug.




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You see some of those guys?

Anyone that gives up their razor, puts on a leather vest, and gets some crappy tats will fit right in.
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In all the years i've been going to Springfield, Peoria, etc. for the Flattrack races i've never seen so much as a fight...and the Outlaws regularly camped at the same campground. They even had checkpoints set up at the entrances.

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This is what happens when a bunch of middle-aged men "trailer" their Harley's to an event to act like hard asses.

The true criminals don't ride a bus.

Wanna-bees. . .

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