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Pagan’s motorcycle gang leader from Port Orange gets 11 years in meth bust

A Port Orange man who was a leader of the Pagan’s Motorcycle Cub was sentenced Tuesday to 11 years in federal prison for his role in a meth distribution conspiracy, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Brian “Sledge” Burt, 47, pleaded guilty on Jan. 16 to conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Orlando.

[READ MORE: Key West man found guilty of conspiring to supply members of the Pagan’s Motorcycle Club with meth.]

[READ MORE: Members of Pagan’s Motorcycle Club in Volusia, Flagler rounded up.]

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Hells Angels shooting death charge upgraded to 1st-degree murder

Michael Deabaitua-Schulde, 32, was gunned down in the parking lot of a gym in March

One of the men suspected in the shooting death of a member of the Hells Angels has had the charge he faced in the case upgraded to first-degree murder.

Peel Regional Police originally charged the 24-year-old Montreal man with accessory after the fact days after Michael
Daebaitua-Schulde was gunned down in the parking lot of a gym in Mississauga, Ont.
 

On Monday, police announced that charge was being upgraded to one count of first-degree murder.

Three other men have also been arrested in the case and all face the same charge.
 

Police have said Deabaitua-Schulde was a member of the Niagara chapter of the Hells Angels.

They have previously said the attack was targeted, but did not speculate on the motive behind it.

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‘He will burn’: Victim’s mother reacts to Chittum’s murder conviction

EDWARDSVILLE — Former Alton resident Brandon Chittum may spend the rest of his life in prison after a jury Monday found him guilty of first-degree murder, but the victim’s mother has an additional punishment in mind.

“He will burn in he—,” said Elizabeth Kovach, the murder of victim Courtney Coats after the hearing. “It’s been a very long time, too long; I’m so happy he was convicted on all three counts.”

Chittum, 35, a former member of the Alton Outlaws motorcycle club, was found guilty of dismembering a human body and concealment of a homicidal death, in addition to the murder charge.

State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons said his office, including assistant state’s attorneys Crystal Uhe and Lauren Heischmidt have been fighting for the victim and her family.

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Moving Day at the Hells Angels Clubhouse

The biker gang’s tenure in the East Village included trash-can fireworks, LSD, shootings, and Christmas cheer. They will be missed.

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Kim Bolan: Hells Angels hold annual 'Screwy ride' to honour slain East End biker

(video an photo gallery) --- About 80 Hells Angels and associates gathered at the bikers’ East End clubhouse Saturday morning for their annual ride to pay tribute to fallen comrade Dave (Screwy) Swartz.

Specialized police officers, who investigate outlaw motorcycle gangs, were also on hand to take photographs and videos as the riders arrived.

Vancouver police traffic enforcement officers checked vehicle registrations of several Hells Angels, prompting East End chapter president John Bryce to head out to talk to police.

Some of the bikers muttered insults at officers, who were stationed across from the clubhouse, located at 3598 East Georgia St.

VPD Sgt. Jason Robillard said police were out in force “to monitor and ensure that the rules of the road are followed.”

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An emotional release’: Team of lawyers cheer decision to drop all charges in infamous Waco biker shootout

Criminal defense attorney Paul Looney was in his law office in Hempstead when a fellow lawyer called last week to see if he could confirm a rumor.

Word was, the new district attorney in Waco had dismissed all the last remaining charges stemming from a 2015 motorcycle gang firefight at a Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco that left nine dead and 20 wounded in May 2015. Looney, who represented six of the 177 people arrested, quickly confirmed the rumor.

“I just started crying; it was a very emotional day,” said Looney, a veteran barrister who also has an office in Houston. “It wasn’t tears of joy, it was just an emotional release. I was carrying this responsibility for four years. I was afraid I had missed something and somebody was going to be convicted for a crime they didn’t commit.”

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Final Kingsmen defendants sentenced in RICO case

Former Olean club president sentenced to time served, probation

BUFFALO — Former Kingsmen Motorcycle Club leaders with ties to the area were sentenced Thursday to round out a federal RICO and murder investigation of the club.

Club members Thomas Koszuta was sentenced to serve 57 months in prison, and Robert Osborne was sentenced to time served and three years supervised release.

Osborne, formerly the KMC Olean chapter president, vice president and regular full-patch member, was accused of erasing video footage that showed member Andre Jenkins inside the Olean chapter clubhouse both days before and after Jenkins murdered KMC members Paul Maue and Daniel "DJ" Szymanski behind the North Tonawanda chapter clubhouse on Sept. 6, 2014.

Officials also accused Osborne and Emmett Green of assaulting a fellow member in December 2014 for stealing money from the Olean clubhouse.

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When Their Trademarks Are Used, the Hells Angels Resort Not to Violence but to High-Profile Lawsuits

It is common knowledge that the Hells Angels logo and the club’s other insignia are utterly off-limits to all but a select group of individuals. In the “rule-bound world of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club,” investigative reporter Serge F. Kovaleski, stated in 2013, “only full members are permitted to wear the provocative death's-head patch or the two words of the club's name, which, like the logo,” are protected by law across the globe. Patches cannot be bought. They may only be earned, and oftentimes, that takes years.  

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Waco Biker Gang Shootout: DA Drops All Remaining Charges

Though nine people died in the brutal gun battle, not a single person has been convicted.

Nearly four years after nine men died and another 20 were injured in a brutal melée at a Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco, Texas, the local district attorney announced Tuesday that he will dismiss the remaining 24 cases involved in the shooting—effectively closing the criminal matter that began on May 17, 2015.

On that hot and bloody Sunday, a gun battle broke out between members of the Bandidos and Cossacks motorcycle clubs at a quiet outdoor shopping mall.

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Hells Angels, Pagans: Police, SWAT Team Break Up Brewing Brawl At Rochelle Park Cycle Shop

Police from several towns defused a potential brawl between groups of Hells Angels and Pagans at the Bergen Harley Davidson store in Rochelle Park -- and expect more trouble in the future.

A Hells Angels member was buying a motorcycle at the Essex Street shop on Saturday when a Pagan reportedly told him "this is Pagan territory," according to Rochelle Park police.

They began to argue, after which several members of each gang showed up "to support their member," according to a police report.

"The situation was de-escalated by a large police presence," the report said.

Rochelle Park police thanked their colleagues from Lodi, Maywood, Saddle Brook, the Bergen County Sheriff's Office and the Bergen County Regional SWAT team, who all responded.

"Intelligence obtained after the incident indicates tensions between the two motorcycle gangs [are] going to escalate," they added.

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