Union Man Charged With Shooting Motorcyclist

Franklin County authorities have arrested a Union man who allegedly shot a motorcyclist because he belonged to a club the gunman didn’t like.

31 year old William White of Union has been charged with first-degree assault.

The charges stem from a shooting early Friday, on Highway 100, near Highway T in the Villa Ridge area. 62 year old James Diekmann of Berger was shot in the arm while riding. He told police the gunman had been in a pickup truck that pulled alongside his motorcycle. Franklin County Sheriff Gary Toelke said Diekmann had been wearing a patch on his jacket identifying his motorcycle club. Before he was shot, he had been at a gas station in Villa Ridge and he and White had gotten into an argument over the patch. Sheriff Toelke said video surveillance at the gas station showed the altercation. It also showed White’s face which led officers to him. When questioned, White admitted to shooting Diekmann. He said he had problems with the motorcycle club in the past.

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