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June 25, 2010 | By Kathleen Brady Shea, Inquirer Staff Writer
WEST CHESTER - One minute he was catching a smoke outside his West Chester nightspot, and the next he "fell to the road in a pool of blood. " That was the testimony of Bam Margera at the preliminary hearing for 59-year-old Elizabeth Ray, a West Chester neighbor of the Note, Margera's nightclub. She is accused of bashing the 30-year-old MTV and movie star in the head about 2 a.m. June 12. District Judge Gwenn S. Knapp ordered Ray held for trial on all charges, including one that prosecutor Ann Marie Wheatcraft added Thursday: aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
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June 15, 2010 | By Kathleen Brady Shea and Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writers
The details were fuzzy: Was Bam Margera of Jackass fame bashed on the head in the wee hours with a pipe or a baseball bat? Was the basher a neighbor of his West Chester club who was mad about the noise? Did he really call her terrible names? Or was it a stunt for his reality show that features inane behavior? What happened Saturday morning outside The Note nightspot was no stunt, police said Monday. Elizabeth Ray, 59, who lives behind the club, is charged with aggravated assault and other offenses in the beating of Brandon "Bam" Margera, the 30-year-old skateboard phenom and MTV celebrity.
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June 22, 2010 | By Dan Gross
"I CALLED HER a crazy bitch and an idiot, but I definitely didn't use the n-word," says Bam Margera about Elizabeth Ray 's allegation that he aimed a racial slur at her while the pair argued June 12. Ray, 59, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault after West Chester police found a bloody Margera on the ground near his bar, The Note (142 E. Market). Witnesses said that Ray struck Margera, 30, with what appeared to be a baseball bat. "I can say 100 percent without a doubt that she hit me in the head with a bat or a pipe," Margera told us last night.
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October 15, 2010 | By MOLLY EICHEL, eichelm@phillynews.com 215-854-5909
APPARENTLY, Bam Margera doesn't go to the movies all that often, despite starring in a few. The West Chester-born and -bred skateboarder/reality-TV star was in town with similarly local cohort Ryan Dunn last week to promote their epic return to hurting and humiliating each other, "Jackass 3D," which hits theaters today. (Review, Page 31.) But when Margera and Dunn first heard that the plan was to shoot the movie in the oh-so-trendy 3-D, they weren't happy campers. Bam even thought you still had to wear those old-school red-and-blue glasses.
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October 28, 2011 | By Kathleen Brady Shea, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A minor traffic accident involving a Jackass star turned surreal at times Thursday in Chester County when the driver at fault reportedly became giddy when he recognized the other motorist. State police said MTV star Brandon "Bam" Margera was "stopped at a properly posted stop sign" at 1:48 p.m. on southbound Locust Grove Road at Corrine Road in Pocopson Township, close to his home. An unidentified driver of a Ford pickup who was turning onto Locust Grove sideswiped Margera's 2011 Porsche Panamera, police said.
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June 14, 2010 | By Dan Gross
 "I'M INNOCENT, and he's a 'Jackass' just like his movies," said Elizabeth Ray , of the aggravated assault charge she is facing after allegedly hitting "Jackass" star Bam Margera in the head with a baseball bat early Saturday. "He uses racial slurs, uses the n-word with black in front of it," Ray, 59, who is black, said of Margera, 30, who is white. "He called me the n-word," Ray said, when asked if she had had any altercation with Margera on Saturday. She was arrested on S. Matlack Street in West Chester, the block on which she lives, after witnesses at the scene said that she had struck Margera in the head with a bat, according to West Chester Police.
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July 15, 2001 | By Robert Moran INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Let's go to the tape: Bam Margera, 21, is about to leap off a Wilmington-area bridge into a river 50 feet below. Taking a page from the Wile E. Coyote book of famous stunts, he is holding an open picnic umbrella. Of course, he drops like a stone, screaming an expletive as he tilts forward into an unintended belly flop. "I was hoping to float like Mary Poppins," Margera concedes ruefully, "but it didn't work out so well. " Just another day's work for Margera, a professional skateboarder and one of the stars of MTV's Jackass, the anything-goes cavalcade of stupid-human tricks and gutter wit. But it more than pays the bills for Margera, a high school dropout who now earns enough from skating endorsements to drive a black 1996 Audi A4 and a blue 2000 Audi S4, and to cough up a $100,000 down payment recently for a new house in a wooded enclave not far from his childhood hometown just outside West Chester.
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November 23, 2008 | By David Hiltbrand INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The night the Phillies won the World Series, cars were overturned in West Chester. Luckily, Bam Margera has an alibi: He was involved in a noisy scuffle with a neighbor. The next day, the borough's most famous and infamous native is showing off his civic side, sitting outside the Note, the recently opened music club he co-owns. But just because Margera, 29, is wearing his businessman's hat doesn't mean he's suddenly gotten civilized. Asked how married life is treating him, he says, "It's good, but today we got in a big fight.
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June 25, 2010 | By MICHELLE SKOWRONEK, skowrom@phillynews.com 215-854-5926
After Brandon "Bam" Margera tumbled to the ground, Tammy Palumbo dropped to cradle his head in her lap. But he was unconscious and bleeding from the head - and a middle-aged woman was yelling at her. "She was screaming, 'I'll hit him again and I'll make sure I kill him next time,' " Palumbo said. The aggravated-assault charges against Elizabeth Ray, 59, of West Chester, were upheld yesterday by Magisterial District Judge Gwenn S. Knapp in West Chester district court. Ray allegedly struck Margera - star of MTV's "Jackass" and "Viva La Bam" - over the head with either a baseball bat or a pipe about 2 a.m. Saturday, outside The Note, the bar he owns on Market Street in West Chester.
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June 22, 2011 | By NATALIE POMPILIO & PHILLIP LUCAS, pompiln@phillynews.com
OVER THE course of four hours Sunday night into Monday, employees at Barnaby's of America in West Chester served Ryan Dunn six shots and two beers, but the "Jackass" star never appeared visibly intoxicated. Then there were the drinks at the back table. At the end of the night, out of the bartender's sight, friends and fans bought Dunn, 34, three more drinks before he got behind the wheel of his high-powered Porsche 911 GT3, according to Sgt. William La Torre, of the State Police Bureau of Liquor Enforcement.
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April 4, 2013 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Bam Margera's kitchen, in his words, "just got Jackson Pollock-ed. " Neon paint drips from nearly every surface - refrigerator, cabinets, counters. The Jackass star was newly back from an international tour with his band, FFU - whose full name is unprintable, he says with a grin - and simply let loose. "I usually paint when I'm on tour, but I was on this really nice tour bus with a really nice driver," he said. "When I paint, the whole place just gets Jackson Pollock-ed. " Margera, 33, has been painting for only about three years, but his mother says he's always had an artistic streak.
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October 10, 2012 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
They don't call it Jackass for nothing. But even Bam Margera, MTV's clown prince of puerile stunts, was conceding Monday that he might have gone too far. Not by kayaking over a 100-foot cliff, or driving into a wall, or letting himself be Tasered. No, Margera held a gun to his pit bull puppy's head, or so it appeared in a photo he posted on Twitter. The accompanying tweet read: "Penny pooped in my bed. Not too fond of that. If it happens again, Penny goes Bye Byes. " The ensuing outrage left the 33-year-old Brandon Margera pleading his love for animals, and wishing he had made it clear the gun was a fake.
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October 30, 2011 | By Kathleen Brady Shea, Inquirer Staff Writer
A minor traffic accident involving a Jackass star turned surreal at times Thursday in Chester County when the driver at fault reportedly became giddy when he recognized the other motorist. State police said MTV star Brandon "Bam" Margera was "stopped at a properly posted stop sign" at 1:48 p.m. on southbound Locust Grove Road at Corrine Road in Pocopson Township, close to his home. An unidentified driver of a Ford pickup who was turning onto Locust Grove sideswiped Margera's 2011 Porsche Panamera, police said.
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October 28, 2011 | By Kathleen Brady Shea, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A minor traffic accident involving a Jackass star turned surreal at times Thursday in Chester County when the driver at fault reportedly became giddy when he recognized the other motorist. State police said MTV star Brandon "Bam" Margera was "stopped at a properly posted stop sign" at 1:48 p.m. on southbound Locust Grove Road at Corrine Road in Pocopson Township, close to his home. An unidentified driver of a Ford pickup who was turning onto Locust Grove sideswiped Margera's 2011 Porsche Panamera, police said.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 13, 2011
"DANCING with the Stars," perhaps in a bid to live up to its title (yuk, yuk), will deal with a whole new caliber of celebrity for the 13th season. Although the entire cast won't be revealed until Aug. 29 during the season finale of that STD- awareness campaign called "Bachelor Pad," rumors are a-flying over who will slip on their dancing shoes for the reality- show juggernaut that starts filming next month. TMZ is adamant that hip-hop royalty Queen Latifah and "Jersey Shore" doyenne Snooki will hoof it up next season.
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June 29, 2011 | By Dan Gross
"THIS DEFINITELY woke me up. Coming from a 'Jackass,' I recommend to everybody, don't get behind the wheel if you've been drinking. Just don't," Bam Margera said yesterday on 93.3 WMMR's Preston & Steve show. His wake-up call, of course, was the death last week of his best friend and "Jackass" co-star Ryan Dunn , killed after crashing into a tree while drunkenly driving his Porsche about 130 mph on Route 322 in West Goshen Township. "Whenever you're drunk you think you're not. If you even drink at all, don't get behind the wheel," said Margera, who sent mixed messages on the radio show because a few minutes earlier he said "I would never drink and drive from now on. I might have a beer or two or whatever, but I would never officially drink and drive.
NEWS
June 25, 2011
The misguided notions that all rules can be broken, that there are no limits, and that the young are indestructible were around long before MTV first aired the Jackass series in 2000. Tragically, illustrations of just how wrong those ideas can be have always been with us as well. This week's reminder was the fiery car crash in Chester County that killed Ryan Dunn, 34, and his passenger, Zachary Hartwell, 30, a recently married war veteran. Dunn was a well-liked member of the Jackass crew whose death has family, friends, and fans mourning nationwide.
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June 23, 2011 | By PHILLIP LUCAS & NATALIE POMPILIO, lucasp@phillynews.com 215-854-5914
OVER THE course of four hours Sunday night into Monday, employees at Barnaby's of America in West Chester served Ryan Dunn six shots and two beers, but the "Jackass" star never appeared visibly intoxicated. Then there were the drinks at the back table. At the end of the night, out of the bartender's sight, friends and fans bought Dunn, 34, three more drinks before he got behind the wheel of his high-powered Porsche 911 GT3, according to Sgt. William La Torre, of the State Police Bureau of Liquor Enforcement.
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