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Sheriff: Hells Angels arrested

following motel shooting

GREENVILLE, Va. (AP) — Authorities say the Hells Angels and a rival motorcycle club crossed paths at a Virginia motel, leading to a fight and the shooting of one man.

Sheriff Donald Smith said at a news conference that the man is in critical, but stable, condition following the shooting early Monday at a Greenville motel. Another man was beaten and released from a hospital. Smith says both are members of the Pagan’s Motorcycle Club.

He says the brawl started when members of the Hells Angels saw members of the Pagan’s Motorcycle Club arrive to check in. Smith says the groups were passing through the area and had attended some type of “convention” for each of their groups.

Seven alleged Hells Angels members were arrested on charges including malicious wounding and meth possession.

Smith says the Pagan’s members are from Virginia while the Hells Angels came from the New York City area.

Lava flow seen on restless Alaska volcano

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A lava flow has been spotted on an Alaska volcano that recently became active again.

Alaska Volcano Observatory scientists say witnesses aboard the state ferry Tustumena saw the lava flow and fountaining on Mount Veniaminof (VEN’-ee-ah-mean-off) Monday morning.

Scientists say satellite images obtained Sunday shows the lava flow is about one-half-mile long on the 8,225-foot (2,500-meter) volcano, one of Alaska’s most active.

The observatory last week increased the threat level of Veniaminof from yellow to orange. That color designation indicates sudden explosions could send ash above 20,000 feet (6,100 meters) and threaten international airplanes.

The volcano erupted for several months in 2013. Other recent eruptions occurred in 2005 and between 1993 and 1995.

Veniaminof is 480 miles (772 kilometers) southwest of Anchorage on the Alaska Peninsula. Perryville, a town of about 100 people, is 20 miles southeast of the volcano.

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