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Defendants blame others in trial for assassination of rival motorcycle gang leader

TAMPA — Two men this week will stand trial in the 2017 assassination of a rival motorcycle gang leader who authorities said was shot and killed while sitting in his pickup truck in rush hour traffic in Pasco County.

The two defendants, Christopher “Durty” Cosimano, 31, and Michael “Pumpkin” Mencher, 52, are both alleged members of the Hillsborough County chapter of the 69’ers Motorcycle Club.

They sat together at the defense table as their murder trial started Tuesday. But their lawyers told jurors that someone else was to blame for the slaying of Paul Anderson, 44, president of the Cross Bayou chapter of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club:

Mencher’s attorney told the jury that Cosimano shot Anderson.

Cosimano’s attorney said someone else — he did not say who — was responsible.

But prosecutors said it was Cosimano who pulled the trigger, and if he missed then Mencher was there to finish the job.

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Hells Angels prospects convicted over Blindley Heath attack that put six rival bikers in hospital

The men were part of a gang of 13 that travelled from Slough to the Forman Institute in Blindley Heath, where they stabbed six members of a rival motorcycle club and left the victims' clubhouse "a scene of bloody carnage"

A gang of Hells Angels prospects have been found guilty of carrying out a "barbaric" attack on a rival motorcycle club in a village in east Surrey.

Six men were stabbed and badly beaten in an outbuilding behind the Forman Institute in Blindley Heath, which the Hells Angels turned into "a scene of bloody carnage" on November 7, 2018. A seventh man was also assaulted.

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Hells Angels roll into Clemson

(VIDEO) --- CLEMSON, S.C. (WSPA) – The streets of Clemson may sound a little louder this week.

Tuesday marks day two of a 3-day summer rally for the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club.

Roughly 500 members are expected to be in town for meetings, events, and exploring the scenic routes that attract bikers to the Clemson area.

Their presence has also attracted the attention of law enforcement.

Some officers are situated with their cameras near the hotels along Tiger Blvd. where the bikers are staying through Wednesday.

Despite the U.S. Justice Department classifying the Hells Angels as an “outlaw motorcycle gang” known for “criminal activity,” some small business owners are welcoming the bikers and their dollars.

Destiny Cruell works at the local head shop “Purple Haze” directly next to the parking lots where the bikers are gathering this week.

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Nevada jury being picked for biker club racketeering trial

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A jury is being picked in federal court in Las Vegas for the racketeering trial of eight accused Vagos motorcycle club members in a sweeping case stemming from the killing of a rival Hells Angels leader from California at a northern Nevada casino in 2011.

Prosecutors allege the Vagos is a broad criminal enterprise engaged for more than a decade in murder, kidnapping, extortion, witness intimidation and drug and weapons trafficking.

The eight men standing trial represent the first of three groups totaling 21 defendants in the case that prosecutors allege involves crimes in California, Arizona, Hawaii, Oregon and Nevada.

The men have each pleaded not guilty.

Jury selection is expected to take several days, and opening statements are scheduled Aug. 12.

Trial could take up to four months.

 

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Trucker kept on trucking after Hells Angels president shot at him

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The trucker targeted last month by the local president of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club went on to finish a delivery for his employer with a bullet hole in his vehicle, a newly released search warrant reveals.

On June 12, members of the state police intelligence unit were tipped off to a “felony assault with a firearm that occurred outside the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club clubhouse” on Messer Street in Providence, according to the affidavit for the search warrant.

Police say they were told the president of the club, Joseph Lancia, fired one round at the passenger side of a Mack truck that was being driven by Richard Starnino.

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Hells Angels member gets 7 years for drug trafficking, gun crimes

PROVIDENCE -- Two Douglas Leedhams came to court Monday: The full member of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club who admitted to firearms and methamphetamine-trafficking offenses and the 54-year-old brother, longtime boyfriend and devoted friend who cared for his parents in ill health and opened his home to provide housing to those in need.

“The story of how you took care of your mother moved me incredibly ...,” U.S. District Court Judge John J. McConnell said. “It tells me you are in fact a very good person who took a bad turn.”

And with that, McConnell agreed to sentence Leedham, of North Providence, to the seven-year term jointly recommended by lawyer William C. Dimitri and Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul F. Daly Jr.

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Hundreds of Hells Angels gathering today in Upstate

(video) --- CLEMSON, S.C. (WSPA) — The Hells Angels are expected to arrive in Clemson for their annual summer rally on Monday.

More than 500 members of the motorcycle group are expected for the three-day event.

Clemson police don’t expect safety to be an issue, but more officers will be on patrol.

The U.S. Justice Department has classified the Hells Angels as an “outlaw motorcycle gang” and says the group poses a criminal threat.

However, Clemson Police Chief Jimmy Dixon says the rally is more like a family reunion. 

Clemson was picked for the group’s annual summer rally is November. 

The Hells Angels are expected to be in the city through Aug. 2 for outdoor events and business meetings.

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Texas bikers rally for rights in Milam County

Bikers in attendance said they want the public to know they aren't a gang. They are a motorcycle club that's no different than any other club.

video Texas bikers rally for rights in Milam County

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Alleged leader of local 'outlaw motorcycle club' arrested on plethora of charges by Tri-County Gang Unit

A 49-year-old Carson City man was arrested by the Tri-County Gang Unit on five felony charges, one gross misdemeanor charge, and three misdemeanor charges after he allegedly committed felony domestic battery.

According to the report, David Sanchez is the president of the Deadly Sins Motorcycle Club Carson City Nevada chapter and he is associated with the Vagos Motorcycle Club and was arrested in the 900 block of Woodside Drive early Friday morning.

The Deadly Sins MC is a support motorcycle club for the Vagos MC, which is an Outlaw Motorcycle Gang that commonly engages in felonious activities, the report states.

Vagos MC support clubs “commonly engage in buying and selling drugs and firearms and they provide a portion of the revenue from these sales to the Vagos MC.”

Late Thursday evening, upon arrival, deputies made contact with Sanchez and his child. Deputies took Sanchez into custody for felony domestic battery.

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Hell’s Angels motorcyclists different part of Angels Camp’s history

Sixty-two years ago, Angels Camp became a part of history not associated with the region’s famous Gold Rush.

In 1957, the outlaw motorcycle gang Hell’s Angels descended on the City of Angels to create their unique brand of mayhem.

Not all those who served in World War II were excited about returning to civilian life. Some young men who fought in the conflict returned home still searching for the excitement of the war years.

Many found it atop a motorcycle. Surplus motorcycles from the war effort were inexpensive and readily available. Bikers began to form clubs across the country, re-establishing the camaraderie they had experienced overseas back home.

While there were less than 200,000 motorcycles in the United States at the end of the war, by the mid-1950s, they numbered over 1 million.

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