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Fairmont man arrested in connection to motorcycle club stabbing

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (WDTV Staff) -- The Northern District of West Virginia U.S. Marshals Service has reported that a Fairmont man accused in connection to a motorcycle club stabbing has been arrested.

Authorities say Jason "Jay Bird" Harris, 49, was taken into custody around 10:45 p.m. Friday and is charged with attempted murder among other charges.

The initial incident happened on August 4 and involved two Whitehall Outlaw Motorcycle clubs called the Pagan Motorcycle Club and the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club.

The stabbing left one man injured

A tip led investigators to a home on Oregon Ave in Fairmont where the suspect was arrested.

Fairmont Police Department and the West Virginia State Police also assisted in the arrest.

Harris will be held at the North Central Regional Jail.

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Crime “Project Skylark: Ontario police arrest 15 involved in biker gang drug trafficking

In a news release from OPP on August 22, police revealed that fifteen people affiliated with Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs (OMGs) have been arrested and 195 charges have been laid following police investigations as part of Project Skylark.

As part of Project Skylark, police identified, targeted, and successfully cracked down a large drug trafficking network spread out over multiple municipalities throughout Ontario, apparently being operated primarily by the Hells Angels Nomads and other such groups.

During the project’s execution, police seized 12.5 kg of cocaine, 12.2 kg of cannabis, hundreds of fentanyl patches, 2,000 methamphetamine tablets, 11 firearms, 700 rounds of ammunition, $75,000 in CAD currency and $30,000 in jewelry, as well as three motorcycles, a Maserati, a Mercedes and the restraint of a home in Ottawa.

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3 accused in July 19 motorcycle club shooting in La Crosse

Three people are facing charges stemming from a July 19 shooting on La Crosse's North Side connected to the Society for Brotherhood motorcycle club, according to the La Crosse Police Department.

Police have referred Brandon T. Stemper, 31, Holmen, Javier Ortiz, 55, and Amber R. Peters, 25, for charges connected to the investigation, which began with a call at 10:02 a.m. at the Partners for Excellence School at 901 Caledonia St., which reported it's windows had been damaged overnight, according to police.

Police determined the windows had been shot out and located evidence of a shooting at a neighboring property: the Society for Brotherhood motorcycle clubhouse at 932 Caledonia St.

Police executed a search warrant at the clubhouse and collected a digital recorder for the surveillance camera system. The Wisconsin State Crime Lab located a recently deleted video showing the shooting.

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Hells Angels pay respects to slain B.C. biker Suminder Grewal

More than 250 Hells Angels joined family and friends of murdered Hardside biker Suminder (Allie) Grewal at a Delta funeral home on Friday.

More than 250 Hells Angels joined family and friends of murdered Hardside biker Suminder (Allie) Grewal at a Delta funeral home on Friday.

Wearing their “colours” — leather vests with Hells Angels deadheads on the back — they arrived in formation on Harleys and in cars from as far away as the Maritimes, Ontario and Quebec.

They wore black commemorative armbands with Grewal’s nickname, Allie, on them.

Grewal was shot to death about 9:20 a.m. on Aug. 2, as he sat in his Dodge Viper in a Starbucks drive-thru in South Surrey.

Two young Edmonton men, Calvin Junior Powery-Hooker, 20, and Nathan James De Jong, 21, were arrested nearby and have been charged with first-degree murder. Their next court appearance is Aug. 27.

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Reward increased for information on motorcycle club member's death

James William Earl was found shot to death in his Spring Hill driveway in January.

SPRING HILL, Fla. — An additional reward has been offered for information leading to an arrest in the unsolved killing of a Pasco County motorcycle club member.

On Jan. 16, James William Earl was found shot to death in his Spring Hill driveway. He was a member of the Pagan Motorcycle Club.

The motive, or if the shooting was related to his membership in the club, is unknown.

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DA restricts future testimony from four Pittsburgh cops involved in bar brawl

The Allegheny County District Attorney’s office will not accept testimony from the four Pittsburgh police detectives who last year brawled while undercover with members of the Pagans motorcycle club without corroboration from other officers.

The district attorney’s office learned July 31 that Detectives David Honick, Brian Burgunder, David Lincoln and Brian Martin — who had been on paid leave — were reinstated and reassigned from narcotics to the violent crime unit, according to a letter obtained Thursday by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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Former Hells Angels chapter president denied release from jail to the East Bay

Judge denied motion after half-hour hearing

SAN FRANCISCO — A prominent Hells Angel member will remain in jail while awaiting trial on racketeering charges.

In a one-page order, U.S. District Judge Joseph Spero denied a motion asking for Raymond “Ray Ray” Foakes to be released to Oakley while he awaits trial. Foakes wanted to live in the rural Contra Costa County city and work at a mechanic shop in Oakland, and said he would submit to house arrest and an ankle monitor.

The motion was denied Friday, after a 30-minute hearing, according to court records.

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Riverside shooting suspect was Vagos motorcycle gang member with criminal history, sources say

(video) --- The man who authorities say engaged officers in a violent gun battle during a traffic stop off the 215 Freeway in Riverside, killing one California Highway Patrol officer and wounding two others, was identified Tuesday as 49-year-old Aaron Luther, according to a law enforcement source.

Luther, a member of the Vagos motorcycle gang who died in Monday’s shootout, has a lengthy criminal record dating to the 1990s across Southern California, according to public records and law enforcement sources. He served time in state prison before being released in 2007.

Authorities have not determined a motive in the shooting.

What began as a routine traffic stop Monday evening quickly turned deadly, prompting a massive response from law enforcement agencies across the region.

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Nevada jury hears openings in biker club racketeering trial

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A jury in Las Vegas heard two vastly different views in a federal racketeering trial that opened Monday for eight Vagos biker gang members stemming from a 2011 shootout that killed a rival Hells Angels leader in a Nevada casino.

Prosecutor John Han called it an orchestrated murder approved by Vagos international president Pastor Palafox.

Defense attorney Michael Kennedy countered that using a gun to stop two active shooters in a crowded Reno-area casino is not murder.

Representing Vagos member Ernesto Gonzalez, Kennedy told jurors that two Hells Angels members shot first and were “stomping” a man at gunpoint when Gonzalez shot Jeffrey Pettigrew dead.

Prosecutors call Pettigrew’s killing part of a pattern of more than a decade of Vagos crimes in California, Arizona, Hawaii, Oregon, Utah and Nevada.

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Federal jury finds two guilty in slaying of local Outlaws Motorcycle Club leader

The two are members of another motorcycle group, prosecutors said — the local “Killsborough” branch of the 69ers Motorcycle Club.
 

TAMPA — It took a federal jury about six hours to find two men guilty of shooting to death a rival motorcycle gang leader.

The 12-member panel on Monday afternoon convicted Christopher “Durty” Cosimano and Michael “Pumpkin” Mencher of murder, conspiracy and a host of other charges in the 2017 execution of local Outlaws Motorcycle Club president Paul Anderson.

Mencher closed his eyes and lowered his head as the verdict was read by U.S. District Judge Mary Scriven just before 2 p.m. Cosimano stood still, glancing at his attorney.

The verdict came four days after jurors first received the case. Scriven let them go home late Thursday for the weekend.

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