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Two arrested on suspicion of assault after fight

Two alleged members of a motorcycle club were arrested on suspicion of felony assault after an investigation over the Memorial Day weekend. 

Jered Kearns, 32, of Chadron, and Keith Coomes, 43, of Rushville, were booked into the Dawes County Jail on suspicion of first degree assault after a victim reported an altercation to police while seeking medical treatment. They remained in jail Monday.

Officers responded to the Chadron Community Hospital May 27 and interviewed an adult male who said he sustained head and shoulder injuries during an altercation with four other men.

According to a CPD press release, the four men are reported to be members of the Tribesmen Motorcycle Club. Police suspect Kearns and Coomes of punching and kicking the victim, resulting in their arrest. Their bond was set at 10 percent of $50,000.

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Motorcycles flock to Warrensburg, Lake George

(pics)--WARRENSBURG — Motorcycle fever is sweeping the region as rallies in Warrensburg and Lake George get underway. 

The 18th Warrensburg Motorcycle Rally kicked things off on June 1 and will run through Sunday, June 10. Held at the Warren County Fairgrounds, founder Ed Zibro said his event gets bigger and bigger each year.

Down the road in the village of Lake George is the Americade Motorcycle Rally, which begins Monday, June 4, and runs through Saturday, June 9. It, too, has new additions to mark its 36th year, said Director Christian Dutcher.

Wed
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May
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Supreme Court Sides With Defendant In Motorcycle Search Case — But Two Conservatives Push Back

The court's majority said the search was illegal, but Justice Samuel Alito disagreed while Justice Clarence Thomas questioned whether Supreme Court limitations on illegally obtained evidence even apply to the states.

The Supreme Court ruled overwhelmingly in favor of a criminal defendant Tuesday in holding that a Virginia search of a man's motorcycle — parked in his driveway — was unconstitutional.

Nonetheless, the court's two most conservative justices — Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito — laid out a divergent pair of visions for restricting legal rights against police searches: one that would limit people's protections against illegal searches conducted by state and local police and one that would provide less protection under the Fourth Amendment than any other current justice believes exists.

Thu
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May
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Gas station shootout kills 2 in Detroit

Detroit — A 25-year-old man and a 39-year old man are both dead after the two exchanged gunfire Thursday morning at a gas station on the city’s west side.

The close-range gun battle took place about 5:30 a.m. Thursday outside of a Clark gas station on the 15900 block of Schaefer, at Puritan, police said.

Authorities said the conflict started when the 39-year-old and his 25-year-old girlfriend pulled up at the station to meet the woman’s ex-boyfriend, 25.

But both men were armed and the meeting quickly turned into a violent confrontation. The 25-year-old man was shot in the head. The 39-year-old man was shot in his chest.  Both died at the scene.

Thursday morning, investigators appeared to give special attention to three vehicles at the scene: a black motorcycle, a gray Ram minivan with Ohio license plates, and a dark-gray Montana minivan with Ohio plates.

Ameka Coleman identified the 25-year-old as her cousin, Martez Fenderson. 

Fri
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May
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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.

Wed
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May
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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.

Fri
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May
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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. 

Wed
09
May
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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."

Tue
08
May
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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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03
May
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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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