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Attorney: Government taking control of Mongols motorcycle club patches would be ‘death penalty’ for the group

Jurors, who have already determined the outlaw motorcycle club engaged in illegal activity, now tasked with deciding fate of the organizations trademark

Allowing the government to take control of the notorious Mongols motorcycle club’s prized patches would be a “death sentence” for the organization, an attorney for the outlaw club argued on Tuesday.

Thu
27
Dec
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3 more men, alleged members of motorcycle gang, charged with assault on St. Paul bouncer

A 34-year-old St. Paul man is accused of stealing a gun from a bouncer at a bar during an assault by motorcycle gang members, according to a criminal complaint unsealed Wednesday.

Three other men also were charged in November, but the complaint against Joseph Michael Pranter was sealed until his arrest, which came on Wednesday.

Pranter is charged with aiding and abetting aggravated robbery and third-degree assault, along with committing a crime for the benefit of a gang and illegal gun possession. Pranter is ineligible to possess firearms because of a past conviction for terroristic threats, the complaint said.

Wed
19
Dec
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Some 170 Motorcycle Riders Bring Cheer to Hillsides Children with Toy Ride

Some 170 motorcycle riders from the Boozefighters Motorcycle Club Chapter 101 and other local motorcycle clubs took part in a toy ride on December 16 for Hillsides, a Southern California mental health and foster care charity. The riders rode from Santa Clarita to Hillsides’ main campus in Pasadena with several truckloads of holiday toys for the children and families Hillsides serves.

“This is the fourth year the Boozefighters motorcyclists and their friends have supported Hillsides during the holidays with a toy run, and we are so appreciative of their generosity,” said Hillsides President and CEO Joseph M. Costa. “It is incredible to see so many riders, some who come as far away as Northern California, take part in what has become one of the highlights of the holiday season for us.”

Fri
14
Dec
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US Senate Passes Resolution Discouraging Motorcycle Profiling by Police

The notion passed with bipartisan support, promoting the awareness of motorcycle profiling in law enforcement and urging against it.

A new resolution sponsored by Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) passed in the United States Senate with bipartisan support promoting awareness of motorcycle profiling in law enforcement. Outdated stereotypes about motorcyclists continue to persist in some corners of the law enforcement community and this new resolution is a move to put a stop to it.

Since this is just a resolution, it doesn’t really create any hard and fast laws about motorcycle profiling. Rather, it urges the top levels of law enforcement in the states to condemn the profiling of motorcyclists in any training materials or policies. To put it simply; it says that motorcycle traffic should be treated like all other traffic.

Thu
13
Dec
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U.S. government wins first round in trial to take ownership of Mongols Motorcycle Club’s prized patches

Since the case is focused on the Mongols organization, no specific individuals are facing jail or prison time

A federal jury on Thursday found that the notorious Mongols Motorcycle Club is guilty of racketeering, setting up a second phase of the trial at a Santa Ana courthouse where the government will try to seize control of the organization’s trademark.

Federal prosecutors want to take possession of the trademark so they can keep members from wearing the prized patches worn on the bikers’ vests, an attempt to break the back of the Mongols.

In finding the Mongols guilty of racketeering, jurors decided that the outlaw motorcycle club itself is a criminal organization that has supported drug trafficking and encouraged vicious assaults and even murder.

Wed
12
Dec
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‘I like to make things.’ Meet the expert gun builder at the center of the R.I. biker gangs case

In March, two months before explosives experts blew open two Woonsocket motorcycle clubs, state police detectives say they listened in on a phone call between the clubs’ leaders. One talked of killing Christine DeSpain — the woman who made guns in her basement.

“I expected her to show up today,” an angry Rodney P. Lambert, head of the Kryptmen club, is quoted in an affidavit as saying, ”...and I would shoot her in the head.”

Obviously, relations between Lambert and a once ally who investigators say played an important role in the clubs’ illicit activities had dangerously soured.

DeSpain, 47, was a regular at the Kryptmen’s clubhouse, an old, fenced-in industrial building on Second Avenue that backed up to a wooded lot. There she rubbed elbows with who she calls “some of the last real men” and discussed shared hobbies: cars, motorcycles — and guns.

DeSpain knew more about manufacturing firearms and how to use them, investigators say, than any biker.

Wed
12
Dec
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Members of New York motorcycle club with Tennessee ties sentenced on RICO charges

NASHVILLE, Tenn.--Members of a New York motorcycle club which also operated in Tennessee were sentenced to prison on Wednesday stemming from RICO conspiracy and firearm charges.

The U.S. Department of Justice reports Gregory "Flip" Wilson and Glen "Turbo" Stacharczyck were sentenced to 180 months and 57 months in prison, respectively.

The men were members of the Kingsmen Motorcycle Club, a gang which the DOJ says operated in Florida, New York, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee.

According to plea agreements of the two men, Wilson admitted to punching a woman repeatedly in 2009, causing her eyes to swell shut following a verbal altercation. The assault took place at a Pennsylvania clubhouse and the DOJ says Wilson nor any other members called for medical help.

The woman was then taken back to New York where Wilson and his mother kept her secluded against her will to hide her injuries.

Sat
08
Dec
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Laws banning drivers' use of cell phones are saving motorcyclists' lives

Researchers suggest that states with stricter laws have lower fatality rates

Though cell phones have come to permeate essentially every area of our lives, the use of these devices while driving has become particularly problematic. Amidst several campaigns urging consumers not to text or call while driving, the issue continues to lead to fatal car accidents.

However, a new study conducted by researchers from Florida Atlantic University found that motorcyclist fatalities have been on the decline in states that have instituted strict bans on using cell phones while driving.

Thu
06
Dec
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Bikie killer sentenced to death in Thailand to be released after just three years

An Australian kickboxer convicted of the murder of a Hells Angels drug trafficker is expected to be released from jail today, despite an ongoing appeal.
 

Antonio Bagnato was convicted of the 2015 murder of Hells Angels boss Wayne Schneider and sentenced in February last year to the death penalty.

The former kickboxer was the bodyguard of Mr Schneider, who was kidnapped and bludgeoned to death near the resort town of Pattaya.

Wed
05
Dec
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Kingsmen trial witness sentenced to probation

COURT: Witness in case receives three years of probation for misdemeanor drug charge.

A witness in the 2014 Kingsmen Motorcycle Club double-murder was spared prison-time Wednesday for a drug arrest in 2016.

Leslie Maziarz, of North Tonawanda, was sentenced by Niagara County Court Judge Matthew Murphy III to three years of probation for a misdemeanor criminal possession of a controlled substance charge. 

Maziarz was arrested July 8, 2016 on a felony drug charge after police executed a search warrant on a North Tonwanda residence and found her and Steven Papoi with cocaine. She pleaded guilty in November 2016 and entered a two-year drug diversion program. 

Upon completing the program, Maziarz was allowed to plead guilty to a reduced misdemeanor drug charge. 

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