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Prosecutors want charges dropped against Vagos gang members

LAS VEGAS

Federal prosecutors who failed to convict eight current and former Vagos biker gang members of racketeering charges stemming from a deadly casino shootout asked a U.S. judge in Las Vegas to dismiss all counts against 11 other defendants in the case.

In court filings Friday, U.S. attorneys made a separate request to dismiss only a racketeering count against a 12th defendant, Jeremy Halgat, involving the 2011 shootout in Sparks with rival Hells Angels gang members. The government wants to leave in place drug and weapon charges that Halgat has been fighting since 2013.

Halgat’s attorney, Richard Tanasi, did not immediately respond Wednesday to messages seeking comment.

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15 Little-Known Facts About The Diablos Motorcycle Club

With members frequently engaging in drug trafficking, assault, and even murder, this club's name is indeed indicative of their reputation.

For someone how loves motorcycles, the idea of joining a motorcycle club might not be a too far-fetched one. In fact, it's hard to ignore the love for motorcycles and the desire for freedom and loyalty that these groups of people share. However, some biker clubs have earned quite a negative reputation for themselves over the years, and the Diablos are a great example of how notorious one motorcycle club can become. Some people also know this club by the name of Los Diablos Motorcycle Club. This was the club's original name that later became Diablos MC.

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Drugs, guns and blacked-out tattoos: An informant describes life inside Denver’s Hells Angels chapter

An indictment against 13 Hells Angels is centered on former member’s testimony

Joshua O’Bryan regained consciousness on July 12 inside the Kool Kats Tattoo Parlor in Englewood after being choked and beaten. His wrists and ankles were hogtied, and he was bleeding.

With members of Denver’s Hells Angels Motorcycle Club all around him, shop owner Dusty Ullrich started blacking out O’Bryan’s “Death Head” tattoo, the emblem signifying membership in the notorious biker group. In its place, Ullrich scrawled the word “Bad” into O’Bryan’s skin as other Hells Angels photographed the ritual on their phones.

“If you ever tell anyone about this,” Ullrich said, “I will (expletive) kill you and slit your throat.”

But O’Bryan told police about what happened, launching a five-month investigation into the notorious bikers that came to a head in November when authorities raided the Hells Angels’ clubhouse in Denver’s Highland neighborhood.

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Judge: RI Hells Angels leader failed to ‘keep the peace,’ ordered held without bail

A late-night brawl outside a Providence strip club will keep the man who police say is the head of the Rhode Island chapter of the Hells Angels motorcycle club behind bars, for now.

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Daytona Beach mayor issues emergency order pulling all permits for Bike Week, St. Patrick’s Block Party

Health officials recommend social distancing

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Coronavirus-related cancellations continue into the weekend, as Daytona Beach Mayor Derrick Henry declared a state of emergency for the city and called off Bike Week.

Henry’s order allows the city more flexibility to access resources and to assist in the event of an emergency, according to a news release.

As of 8 a.m. Saturday, “the city is revoking all city-issued permits for outdoor events occurring while the declaration is in effect including 2020 Bike Week activities and the St. Patrick’s Block Party on Beach Street on Tuesday, March 17,” a news release said.

No new permit applications will be approved during the emergency declaration.

The city is also canceling or postponing all public and private events at city-owned facilities with more than 100 people.

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Third Gypsy Joker Outlaw Motorcycle Club defendant pleads guilty to racketeering conspiracy

Gresham resident Ryan Anthony Negrinelli, a past member of the Gypsy Joker Outlaw Motorcycle Club, on Wednesday pleaded guilty to conspiracy to engage in racketeering in connection with the 2015 kidnapping and murder of a former club member.

Negrinelli, 37, is the third defendant to enter a guilty plea in the case.

The racketeering charges stem from the 2015 kidnapping and killing of Robert “Bagger” Huggins, 56.

Portland’s Gypsy Joker president Mark Leroy Dencklau ordered the attack on Huggins and others helped, according to another co-defendant, Tiler Evan Pribbernow, who has cooperated with the government and also pleaded guilty to racketeering.

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2nd member of Hells Angels charged in Providence strip-club fight

PROVIDENCE — A second member of the Hells Angels motorcycle club faces charges stemming from a strip-club altercation, the police said.

Nicholas Lourenco, 29, turned himself in Tuesday on charges of simple assault and disorderly conduct from the incident Feb. 29 at the Cadillac Lounge strip club on Charles Street, police said.

After a review of surveillance footage from the incident, police decided to charge Lourenco, Maj. David Lapatin said. Lourenco punched a man who worked at the strip club, causing a facial injury, Lapatin said.

Lapatin described the assault as unprovoked.

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Retribution in fatal N.H. biker crash pending in federal and state courts

A wrongful death suit against the company that pickup truck driver Volodymyr Zhukovskyy was working for at the time of a fatal crash with a group of bikers last year can go forward, a New Hampshire judge recently ruled, adding to the numerous lawsuits in the case.

A judge late last month tossed one of two counts in the suit from Mary Lou Welch, the common-law wife of Jarheads Motorcycle Club president Albert Mazza Jr., who was killed in the head-on collision in June on U.S. 2 in Randolph, N.H.

Westfield Transport, who employed Zhukovskyy and has since closed, attempted to get Welch’s claims of emotional distress and negligent hiring tossed after she filed the lawsuit in Strafford County Court last August.

A lawyer for Westfield Transport argued Welch’s emotional distress charge should have been dismissed because Welch wrote she could not remember seeing her husband in the wreck’s fiery aftermath.

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Fight at Cleveland motorcycle club anniversary party spurred shooting that left 17 hurt, one dead, police say

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Cleveland police say a late Saturday shooting that left one dead and 17 injured was prompted by a fight during an anniversary party at a motorcycle clubhouse.

The Omens Motorcycle Club hosted the party Saturday night at the clubhouse, Cleveland police spokeswoman Sgt. Jennifer Ciaccia said Sunday evening.

The building where the gathering took place, on East 93rd Street between Reno and Way avenues, is the clubhouse for another motorcycle club, the Cleveland Lyfers, according to a Facebook business page for the club. Members of other local and national motorcycle clubs, like the Zulus and the Wheels of Soul, were also at the party, Ciaccia said.

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Polk motorcycle gang-related shooting: Man gets 17 years for firing gun at vehicle carrying family of 4

Prosecutors were seeking 30 years in prison, but state sentencing guidelines called for Aaron Chad Delaune, 27, to receive a lesser 15-year sentence.

BARTOW — A Louisiana man convicted in January of firing two gunshots into an SUV carrying a family to a birthday celebration was sentenced to 17 years in prison Friday for four counts of attempted manslaughter.

Prosecutors were seeking 30 years in prison, but state sentencing guidelines called for Aaron Chad Delaune, 27, to receive a lesser 15-year sentence.

In sentencing Delaune, who prosecutors argued had fired the shots to elevate his status with his brothers in the Kinfolk Motorcycle Club, Circuit Judge Keith Spoto ordered that he should undergo a psychological evaluation.

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