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'I can't count that high,' Kingsman says of members' cocaine use

To hear David Masse talk, cocaine was the Kingsmen drug of choice.

He used it and, within the confines of Kingsmen clubhouses in Buffalo, North Tonawanda and elsewhere, so did dozens of other motorcycle club members, he told a federal court jury last week.

Drug use was so prevalent that everyone knew it was part of the biker culture, said the former club member, who's been in the public eye before.

"A hundred percent," he said when asked how many Kingsmen Motorcycle Club members knew about the widespread use of cocaine, methaphetamine and other drugs.

Over the course of three days last week, Masse – also known as "Weirdo" – sat on the witness stand and looked at photos of his former "brothers" and, one by one, identified them as drug dealers or users, sometimes both.

Often, his testimony was filled with accounts of how many times he and other Kingsmen shared cocaine at a clubhouse in New York, Pennsylvania or Florida.

Fri
09
Mar
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Closing arguments Friday at motorcycle shop standoff trial

WINNEBAGO COUNTY, Wis. (WBAY) - The state and defense will present closing arguments Friday at the Brian Flatoff standoff trial in Winnebago County.

Flatoff is standing trial for 16 counts related to a Dec. 5, 2015 hostage situation and standoff at Eagle Nation Cycles in Neenah.

Flatoff represented himself for much of the trial, which started Monday. The trial was scheduled for three weeks, but both sides are wrapping their case after a week.

On Thursday, Flatoff asked the judge if he could have an attorney represent him for the remainder of the trial. Judge John Jorgensen agreed and appointed standby counsel Ben Szilagyi to take over the case. Szilagyi asked for a mistrial but the judge denied that motion.

On Friday, the judge gave the jury instructions before breaking for lunch. Both sides will deliver closing arguments before handing the case over to the jury.

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Mar
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PV woman first female to compete for fastest motorcycle racer in the world

(3TV/CBS 5) - (video)--

“My nickname is America’s Queen of Speed!”

Valerie Thompson isn’t just any motorcycle rider.

“I am the first woman to compete for the world record, yes,” said Thompson.

The Paradise Valley local, currently the fastest female motorcycle racer in the world, is now getting ready to fly to Australia for the Lake Gairdner World Speed Trials, to break the all-time race record of 376.36 miles per hour.

Thompson started racing 12 years ago after life gave her an unexpected detour.

“I had been laid off and I got to working at the Harley Davidson dealership,” said Thompson.

In 2016, she hit 304 miles per hour, which made her the first woman to ever race over 300.  

“It’s just pure concentration. You’re focused,” said Thompson.

Mon
26
Feb
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Kinley Kelm charged with Scorpions Motorcycle Club HQ break in

A man charged with breaking into the Scorpions Motorcycle Club headquarters in Lyon Township is undergoing a competency exam as club members are still waiting to rebuild after a fire that heavily damaged their building.

Kinley Rae-John Kelm, 39, has been arraigned in 52-1 District Court in Novi on charges of breaking and entering with intent; two counts of larceny of firearms; one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm; and felony firearm.

At this time, no one has been charged with setting the fire that heavily damaged the Scorpions' headquarters, located on Milford Road north of 10 Mile, at the same time as the break-in during the early hours of Sept. 22.  The fire was ruled arson after the police investigation.

Wed
21
Feb
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Kingsmen Motorcycle Club trial gets under way

BUFFALO: Federal racketeering case triggered by double murder in North Tonawanda.

BUFFALO — First there were 16. Then there were 20

Now just three remain.

And in a courtroom in U.S. District Court in Buffalo on Tuesday, federal prosecutors began laying out their case that two top officers and a hardened enforcer of the Kingsmen Motorcycle Club, ran an organized crime enterprise out of clubhouses from stretched from Lockport, the Falls and North Tonawanda all the way to Florida.

The federal racketeering case was triggered by the slaying of two North Tonawanda Kingsmen Chapter members in September 2014.

Andre Jenkins, who is currently serving a sentence of life without parole for the murders of Paul Maue and Daniel “DJ” Szymanski, is one of the five remaining federal defendants. He's joined by the Kingsmen’s National President David Pirk and Kingsmen Florida/Tennessee Regional President Timothy Enix.

Fri
16
Feb
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Last of Great Falls' Amigos gang convicted for 2016 shooting incident

A jury on Friday found a Great Falls man guilty of his role in a 2016 shooting in which members of the Amigos biker gang unloaded 23 rounds into a Jeep outside an apartment building where eight residents slept.

Gaylord Croft, 56, was charged with tampering with physical evidence, or accountability to tampering as an alternative charge, after law enforcement identified him as an associate of the Amigos. 

After deliberating for less than two hours, the jury found Croft guilty of accountability for helping members mask identifying features of the car used in the shooting. 

He was the last of the members to be tried for their involvement in the incident.

More: Additional suspects charged in vehicle shooting, gang ties reported

Mon
12
Feb
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Former 'Amigos' gang member sentenced for 2016 shooting

A 28-year-old man formerly with the Amigos motorcycle gang was sentenced on Monday to three years with the Montana Department of Corrections for his role in the gang opening fire on a jeep parked in front of a full apartment building in 2016. 

After several people testified in support of Tyler Matthew Christiansen, who said he cut ties with the group, his attorney had asked for a deferred sentence. However, Judge Elizabeth Best said in light of recent shootings in Great Falls, she had to address the seriousness of the crime. 

"We just had another shooting over the weekend," Best said after handing down the sentence. "We have people in this community with guns shooting at buildings and cars and people, and I won't allow that to happen. Someone's going to get killed."

Thu
01
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Bike club member indicted

WARREN — A member of the Brothers Regime Motorcycle Club who was wounded in a June 2016 confrontation with another biker gang at Shorty’s Place in Warren Township was indicted Tuesday by a Trumbull County grand jury on felony gun charges connected to a December 2017 traffic stop on state Route 11 in Fowler.

Walter M. Hughes, 42, of Homeview Avenue, Leavittsburg, was indicted on improperly handling weapons in a vehicle, carrying a concealed weapon and having a weapon as a convicted felon.

A Fowler police report states Hughes was stopped as he was driving north on state Route 11 about 5:35 p.m. Dec. 16 in a gray Pontiac registered to his mother. Hughes, who was wearing a Brothers Regime baseball cap and vest, told the officer he was carrying a Glock 22 handgun, the report states. Upon a search of Hughes, officers also found a pair of brass knuckles and two knives, the report states.

Wed
31
Jan
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SF police accuse motorcycle gang member of assault, gun and drug possession

The vicious beating of a man last fall led San Francisco police to arrest a motorcycle gang member whose home had a trove of guns and drugs, as well as $275,000 in cash, authorities said Wednesday.

San Francisco police arrested Nicholas Adam, 25, on Tuesday in connection with an assault that took place Oct. 1, when police responded to reports of man on the 1000 block of Ocean Avenue being repeatedly punched in the head and face. The victim, a 58-year-old Burbank man, was treated for life-threatening injuries at the hospital and has since been released, police said. He was allegedly attacked by two men.

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    San Francisco police said a search of the home of Nicholas Adams, 25, turned up illegal narcotics and firearms, as well as approximately $275,000 in cash. Photo: Provided By San Francisco Police

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30
Jan
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Bar brawl ends with motorcycle dragging, police say

(video)--After bystanders broke up a bar brawl, one of the men hopped onto his Harley-Davidson and steered straight toward the man he’d been fighting, Davie police said Tuesday.

Evans Diaz hit Marco Correa and dragged him around the parking lot of the Twin Peaks sports bar at 2000 S. University Drive, according to a police report.

Another man was able to jump out of the motorcycle’s path, the report said.

A portion of the incident Friday night was captured on cellphone video. It shows Diaz, police say, punching Correa several times. Shortly after the men are pulled apart, headlights shine upon a small group standing in the parking lot and a motorcycle rams into Correa’s legs.

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