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Allegheny Co. DA has questions about brawl involving Pagans, police

(vid below) ---PITTSBURGH - The district attorney of Allegheny County has questions about several undercover Pittsburgh police officers who got in a drunken brawl while on the job.

Last week, Stephen Zappala decided to withdraw all criminal charges against the members of the Pagan Motorcycle Club.

"We had a lot of questions and not a lot of answers. I don't think they committed a crime," Zappala said.

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Sun
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Outcast MC helping others over Thanksgiving

(video) --- A local motorcycle club reaching out to help others over the Thanksgiving holiday.

The Lima Outcast MC holding a Thanksgiving feast for the community.  Along with the meal the club members also gave away food and clothing to people who are less fortunate.  The idea came from one of the club members who was in Columbus a few weeks ago and saw a homeless family on the street.  So the club decided they could help families in the same situation back here in Lima.

Thu
15
Nov
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Devils Diciples leader sentenced to life for racketeering, drug trafficking

Detroit — The former national president of the Devils Diciples motorcycle club was sentenced to life in prison Tuesday on charges of racketeering and drug trafficking, officials announced. 

Jeff Garvin Smith, known as “Fat Dog,” 64, of Mount Clemens was sentenced by Judge Robert H. Cleland in Detroit after a having been convicted of several offenses in a six-month jury trial in 2014-15 and a four-month trial that ended in February 2015.

Evidence showed that at Smith’s direction, individuals, including members and associates of the gang, were beaten and robbed, attorney general's office stated.

Thu
15
Nov
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Allegheny Co. DA Withdraws Charges Against Motorcycle Gang Members In Bar Brawl

(video) --- PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office has withdrawn charges filed against members of a motorcycle club in the wake of a bar brawl on the South Side last month.

The brawl, which was caught on surveillance video on Oct. 12 at Kopy’s Bar, involved members of the Pagan Motorcycle Gang and undercover officers.

“The video posed problems for law enforcement, as a result of the actions that occurred there. I think that… I was looking forward for an opportunity to start cross-examining the officers,” said defense attorney Lee Rothman.

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Perth man Luke Joshua Cook has been sentenced to death in Thailand on drug smuggling charges

(video) --- A Perth man and his Thai wife have been sentenced to death after a failed bid to smuggle $300 million worth of crystal meth into Australia.

A Perth man and his Thai wife have been sentenced to death in Thailand on drug smuggling charges.

Father-of-two Luke Joshua Cook, 35, and his wife Kanyarat Wechapitak, 40, were arrested at Bangkok International Airport in December last year following a tip-off from local police, The Daily Telegraphreported.

The pair were sentenced to death after they attempted to smuggle half a ton of crystal methamphetamine — valued at $300 million — into the country.

Fri
09
Nov
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Another Suspect In Deadly Tulsa Bar Fight Arrested

(video) --- Four of the seven suspects are now in jail, after a gang fight over a vest, turns deadly. Police say members of the Hells Lovers one percent and the Thunder Guards one percent were involved in the fight.

Police say the fight happened in June when the two victims, who belong to the Thunder Guards told a prospect for Hells Lovers they didn't like him wearing his vest and they tried to take it from him.

Fri
09
Nov
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Grand jury indicts 41 people connected to R.I. motorcycle gangs

(video) --- PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A statewide grand jury has indicted 41 of 61 people arrested this spring in a state police undercover investigation into alleged assaults, drug-dealing and gun-running by Rhode Island motorcycle gang members or their associates.

The state attorney general’s office released the 171-page indictment on Thursday that listed 424 counts of alleged crimes.

Sixteen others have already waived their right to have their cases presented to the grand jury and pleaded guilty, said Amy Kempe, spokeswoman for Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin.

Four others had their cases referred to the state’s Drug Court or to the attorney general’s Adult Diversion Unit, which serves as an alternative to prosecution for first-time nonviolent felony offenders.

Wed
07
Nov
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3 Bacchus Motorcycle Club members sentenced for extortion

Convictions mark first time 'criminal organization' designation has been used in Nova Scotia

Three Nova Scotia members of the Bacchus Motorcycle Club have been sentenced to jail terms ranging from 18 months to three years on charges of extortion and extortion as members of a criminal organization.

Patrick Michael James, 51, received the longest sentence Wednesday in Nova Scotia Supreme Court: two years on a charge of extortion and an additional year on the charge related to a criminal organization.

Justice Peter Rosinski ordered that James must serve half his sentence before he can begin applying for parole. Typically, inmates can apply for parole after serving a third of their sentence.

Duayne Jamie Howe, 49, received a total of two years for the same two charges. He must also serve three years probation when he completes his jail term. David John Pearce, 44, received an 18-month jail sentence and three years probation.

Tue
06
Nov
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What led to brawl?: Zappala is right to criticize police obfuscation

Serious questions have been raised about the official police account surrounding a recent brawl

What were members of the Pittsburgh police doing drinking in a South Side bar before fighting four men, all allegedly members of the Pagans motorcycle club, earlier last month? And why are the police stonewalling the district attorney’s office as the city attempts to figure out what led to that drunken melee?

These are the questions that must be answered as serious questions have been raised about the official police account surrounding the recent brawl.

The Oct. 13 dust up was ostensibly the result of a drug dealing sting gone awry. According to the police, the undercover officers had their covers blown before a Pagan allegedly started pushing and throwing punches. The officers claimed the use of force was necessary for bringing down the unruly men.

Sun
04
Nov
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Sweden: 13 arrested after suspected gang violence wounds 8

HELSINKI (AP) — Eight people were wounded when shots were fired outside an entertainment venue in Sweden and the violence is thought to be linked to a feud between rival motorcycle gangs, authorities said Sunday.

Police said officers found "several injured people" outside the venue in the small industrial town of Molnlycke that hosted a party on Saturday. One remained in serious condition with gunshot injuries Sunday.

How many weapons were fired was unclear, and 13 people were arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and aggravated assault, police said.

News agency TT reported that Swedish prosecutors suspect the shooting was connected to a clash between two biker gangs, one of them connected to the Hells Angels.

Swedish authorities say the country has seen a rise in organized crime activity several gang-related shootings have taken place in its three major cities: Stockholm, Goteborg and Malmo.

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