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Kingsmen defendents found guilty after 2014 murders

All three defendants in a trial involving members of a North Tonawanda motorcycle club have been found guilty of charges relating to two murders in 2014.

A jury found 67-year old David Pirk, who at the time was the Kingsmen Motorcycle Club's national president, conspired with others to kill rival members Paul Maue and Daniel Szymanski.

FBI Special Agent Gary Loeffert said motorcycle gangs have evolved over 70 years from bar room ballers to somewhat sophisticated criminals.

“The Kingsman leadership not only voiced a desire to turn their club into a one percenter gang, but they acted on that desire,” said Loeffert. “With their intent to become one percenters, they were telling everyone that they do not want to be included in the 99 percent of riders who are law abiding citizens.”

Loeffert said outlaw motorcycle gangs have a reputation for crimes such as assault, robbery, and homicide and that’s what the Kingsman were all about.

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Wisconsin man imprisoned for deadly motorcycle shop standoff

OSHKOSH, Wis. — A Wisconsin man has been sentenced to 100 years in prison for his role in a standoff at a motorcycle shop that led to the death of one of his hostages.

A jury in March found Brian Flatoff guilty of 14 felonies, including attempted homicide. Jurors rejected his insanity defense, determining he did not suffer from a mental disease or defect during the December 2015 standoff with police at Eagle Nation Cycles in Neenah.

Authorities say Flatoff shot at officers and initiated the sequence of events that led to the death of 60-year-old hostage Michael Funk. Police mistakenly shot Funk during the standoff. Officers have been cleared of any wrongdoing.

A judge sentenced the 48-year-old Flatoff Wednesday to a 100-year term. Flatoff said he'll appeal his conviction.

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Fresno Police operation successful as several motorcycle clubs gathered last weekend

(video)---A Fresno motorcycle club's annual dance brought in thousands of bikers from out of town this past weekend. Fresno Police call many of them gang members. 

Chief Jerry Dyer credits a safe weekend to the deployment of a hundred officers being proactive. Police say gatherings hosted by the Soul Brothers motorcycle club have sparked gun violence in the past. They say these events attract west Fresno gang members. Last weekend, law enforcement was ready. 

Captain Mark Salazar of the southwest Fresno policing district says his team kept constant communication with the Soul Brothers motorcycle club leading up to its annual celebration. Salazar says the chapter's events can bring in negative attention. 

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Kingsmen president offers surprise testimony, denies ordering murders

When David Pirk talks about the murders of Paul Maue and Daniel "DJ" Szymanski, he is quick to suggest his fellow Kingsmen were working for him, not against him, when they were shot execution-style outside the North Tonawanda clubhouse.

Pirk, the former Kingsmen president accused of orchestrating the killings, acknowledged taking part in a plot Wednesday but said it was a plan that included Maue and Szymanski and targeted another member of the Kingsmen Motorcycle Club.

Speaking publicly for the first time about the murders, Pirk denied any involvement in the 2014 killings and instead pointed the finger at former Kingsmen Filip Caruso.

"My suspicion was that it was Filly's crew," he told a federal court jury. "That it was Filly or his crew."

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Controversial Russian "Night Wolves" heading to Germany to mark the end of WW2

(video)---After paying tribute to the Russian soldiers in Prague, the Night Wolves are heading to Germany where they will end their journey in the city of Berlin

Russian motorcycle club the Night Wolves arrived in Prague on Monday - stopping off on their way to Berlin where they'll participate in celebrations marking the end of World War II. Known for their Russian nationalism and Kremlin ties, the bikers' presence in the Czech Republic is seen as highly controversial.

Visiting Prague’s Olshany Cemetary the Night Wolves were met by both supporters and critics. The different factions eventually got into a skirmish and two men were detained by police.

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Concerns over motorcycle club with history of posting racist meme moving into Cudahy

(video)---CUDAHY, Wis. (CBS 58) -- A motorcycle club with a history of members posting racist memes on social media is trying to move into Cudahy, and neighbors aren’t happy about it.

Nick Bellanti, a co-president of the club, says he regrets the posts.

“There was a foolish post years ago that I can see how people thought what it was, but that’s not me,” he said. “That’s not what I’m about. Far from it.”

The club has applied for an occupancy permit to a building near Packard and Pulaski.

Cudahy Alderman Justin Moralez calls the posts a deal-breaker.

“I can’t in good faith support anyone who has rallied that sentiment before,” Moralez said.

Moralez is on the planning commission that will decide whether to proceed with the permit.

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Man fined for liquor sales at clubhouse

PICTOU – A man accused of keeping liquor for sale at a New Glasgow clubhouse has been fined in relation to the offence.

John Joseph MacLean, 51 of New Glasgow entered a guilty plea to a charge of keeping liquor for sale at 118 MacLean St., New Glasgow, which was the former clubhouse of the motorcycle club, The Gatekeepers. He had originally pleaded not guilty to the charge and was expected to go to trial in June.

Two other men, Daniel Simms, 54, of Colchester, and Issam Karam, 52, of Glace Bay, were also charged in relation to the July 14, 2016, incident, but their charges were withdrawn when MacLean entered the guilty plea.

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Kingsmen biker to jury: 'He was scared. I would be, too.'

With three of his fellow Kingsmen sitting just a few feet away, it's a safe bet Jimmy Ray Fritts wanted to be anywhere but on a witness stand in Buffalo.

He didn't want to testify that Andre Jenkins, one of his "brothers" on trial, admitted to the double murder at the core of the case.

And Fritts certainly didn't want to tell a jury that former Kingsmen President David Pirk ordered the 2014 killings.

At the constant prodding of prosecutors, Fritts, a Kingsmen Motorcycle Club member from Tennessee, testified that Pirk's involvement became evident during a near-fatal confrontation between Jenkins and four Kingsmen angry over the assassination-style murders in North Tonawanda.

"He walked in and we pulled our weapons," he told the jury. "He was scared. I would be, too."

Now 68, Fritts said that Jenkins, upon seeing the drawn guns, claimed the killings were in self-defense and begged them to make one phone call before killing him.

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2 dead, 5 injured in motorcycle club shooting in King County

(video)---An overnight shooting in south Seattle has left two people dead and five others injured.

Shots were first fired around 4 a.m. Sunday in the Skyway neighborhood, with victims later showing up at a McDonald's in Renton.

A total of four people were shot; two later died after being driven to the McDonalds.

King County sheriff's deputies say the victims were members of a motorcycle club. A large fight broke out during a gathering and then multiple gunshots were fired.

Deputies were en route to the scene when the received calls that victims of the shooting had been transported in cars to different locations.

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Combat veterans plan 10th annual motorcycle ride

MOORESVILLE — An estimated 1,000 motorcycles are expected for the 10th annual CVMA Ride next Saturday.

The ride, sponsored by Combat Vets Association Chapter 15-5, will begin at the Crossroads Harley-Davidson store in Wilkesboro and end lakeside at Queen’s Landing Marina in Mooresville.

Signup, with a $25 fee for one or a two up for $30, starts at 10 a.m. in Wilkesboro with kickstands up at 1 p.m. Riders should arrive at Queens Landing Amphitheater at 2 p.m. The police-escorted ride is 55 miles long.

Riders will be entertained in Wilkesboro just before the ride with music the C.J. Ballard Band.

Music at Queens Landing will start at 2 p.m. with Red Dirt Revival. Nonriders can attend for a $10 donation to CVMA at the amphitheater. Raffle tickets will be sold for a Marlin Lever Action 30/30, and a silent auction will be held.

This year’s ride is in memory of combat veteran rider Robert “Sniper” Gallman.

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