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Reward increased for information on motorcycle club member's death

James William Earl was found shot to death in his Spring Hill driveway in January.

SPRING HILL, Fla. — An additional reward has been offered for information leading to an arrest in the unsolved killing of a Pasco County motorcycle club member.

On Jan. 16, James William Earl was found shot to death in his Spring Hill driveway. He was a member of the Pagan Motorcycle Club.

The motive, or if the shooting was related to his membership in the club, is unknown.

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DA restricts future testimony from four Pittsburgh cops involved in bar brawl

The Allegheny County District Attorney’s office will not accept testimony from the four Pittsburgh police detectives who last year brawled while undercover with members of the Pagans motorcycle club without corroboration from other officers.

The district attorney’s office learned July 31 that Detectives David Honick, Brian Burgunder, David Lincoln and Brian Martin — who had been on paid leave — were reinstated and reassigned from narcotics to the violent crime unit, according to a letter obtained Thursday by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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Former Hells Angels chapter president denied release from jail to the East Bay

Judge denied motion after half-hour hearing

SAN FRANCISCO — A prominent Hells Angel member will remain in jail while awaiting trial on racketeering charges.

In a one-page order, U.S. District Judge Joseph Spero denied a motion asking for Raymond “Ray Ray” Foakes to be released to Oakley while he awaits trial. Foakes wanted to live in the rural Contra Costa County city and work at a mechanic shop in Oakland, and said he would submit to house arrest and an ankle monitor.

The motion was denied Friday, after a 30-minute hearing, according to court records.

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Riverside shooting suspect was Vagos motorcycle gang member with criminal history, sources say

(video) --- The man who authorities say engaged officers in a violent gun battle during a traffic stop off the 215 Freeway in Riverside, killing one California Highway Patrol officer and wounding two others, was identified Tuesday as 49-year-old Aaron Luther, according to a law enforcement source.

Luther, a member of the Vagos motorcycle gang who died in Monday’s shootout, has a lengthy criminal record dating to the 1990s across Southern California, according to public records and law enforcement sources. He served time in state prison before being released in 2007.

Authorities have not determined a motive in the shooting.

What began as a routine traffic stop Monday evening quickly turned deadly, prompting a massive response from law enforcement agencies across the region.

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Nevada jury hears openings in biker club racketeering trial

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A jury in Las Vegas heard two vastly different views in a federal racketeering trial that opened Monday for eight Vagos biker gang members stemming from a 2011 shootout that killed a rival Hells Angels leader in a Nevada casino.

Prosecutor John Han called it an orchestrated murder approved by Vagos international president Pastor Palafox.

Defense attorney Michael Kennedy countered that using a gun to stop two active shooters in a crowded Reno-area casino is not murder.

Representing Vagos member Ernesto Gonzalez, Kennedy told jurors that two Hells Angels members shot first and were “stomping” a man at gunpoint when Gonzalez shot Jeffrey Pettigrew dead.

Prosecutors call Pettigrew’s killing part of a pattern of more than a decade of Vagos crimes in California, Arizona, Hawaii, Oregon, Utah and Nevada.

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Man dragged by vehicle after disturbance outside motorcycle club

(Vienna Township, Mich.) State police say an argument at the Jokers Motorcycle Club early Sunday morning , lead to one man being critically hurt and another man being arrested.

According to State Police, the incident started inside Joker's, when 2 "non club members" entered the club.

They became inebriated and were asked to leave.

Witnesses told police they were "loud and mouthy".

Other men from the club met up with them outside. They began arguing when a 33 year old Mt. Morris man became lodged in the window of the suspects car. He sped off and was dragged hanging out of the car down Dort Highway.

The driver hit some barrels because the area is under road construction.

That's when the victim fell off the vehicle.

Police say the victim was rushed to a local hospital, where he's improved from critical to stable condition.

A 21 year old Clio man was arrested and charged with assault.

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Federal jury finds two guilty in slaying of local Outlaws Motorcycle Club leader

The two are members of another motorcycle group, prosecutors said — the local “Killsborough” branch of the 69ers Motorcycle Club.
 

TAMPA — It took a federal jury about six hours to find two men guilty of shooting to death a rival motorcycle gang leader.

The 12-member panel on Monday afternoon convicted Christopher “Durty” Cosimano and Michael “Pumpkin” Mencher of murder, conspiracy and a host of other charges in the 2017 execution of local Outlaws Motorcycle Club president Paul Anderson.

Mencher closed his eyes and lowered his head as the verdict was read by U.S. District Judge Mary Scriven just before 2 p.m. Cosimano stood still, glancing at his attorney.

The verdict came four days after jurors first received the case. Scriven let them go home late Thursday for the weekend.

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Shots fired at house used by motorcycle gang

WEST WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — Shots were fired Saturday into a West Warwick house hosting a party for the Pagan Motorcycle Club, the Target 12 Investigators have learned.

State Police Major Timothy Sanzi said West Warwick police put out a “be on the lookout” after the shooting in their town at approximately 2:45 p.m.

Witnesses said they saw several vehicles leaving following the shooting and police are actively searching for those cars.

Target 12 Investigator Tim White was told no one was shot at the home on Walker Street, but police were questioning several members of the club.

The Pagan Motorcycle Club is identified by law enforcement as an outlaw motorcycle gang.

Target 12 has learned police are investigating this as a possible attack by a rival motorcycle gang.

This is a developing story. Check back with Eyewitness News for updates.

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Two men accused of executing a rival biker gang leader blame each other. Now it's up to a jury.

Christopher “Durty” Cosimano and Michael “Pumpkin” Mencher say it was the other defendant who killed local Outlaws president Paul Anderson in 2017. Federal prosecutors say both were in on it.

TAMPA — The fate of two men accused of assassinating a rival motorcycle gang leader is now in the hands of a federal jury.

U.S. District Judge Mary Scriven sent the 12 jurors home late Thursday. They will reconvene on Monday morning to decide whether Christopher “Durty” Cosimano and Michael “Pumpkin” Mencher are guilty of murder, conspiracy and a host of other charges in the 2017 execution of local Outlaws Motorcycle Club president Paul Anderson.

Cosimano and Mencher are alleged members of the local “Killsborough” branch of the 69ers Motorcycle Club. They face sentences of up to life in prison if convicted.

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Prominent Sonoma Hells Angels member seeks release from jail to Oakley, as racketeering case stalls

Foakes not a threat nor a flight risk, attorney says

(8 pic photo gallery) --- SONOMA — Nearly two years after he was arrested and charged as part of a massive racketeering case aimed at taking down the Sonoma chapter of the Hells Angels, Raymond “Ray Ray” Foakes is seeking a pretrial release to the East Bay.

Foakes petitioned last month to be released from federal custody, arguing that he was not a flight risk, nor a threat to the community, and that his federal case is moving at a snail’s pace. On Friday, a judge is expected to rule on the motion, in which Foakes said he plans to work at a mechanic shop in Oakland and reside in rural Oakley.

Prosecutors are fighting the motion, citing Foakes’ extensive criminal history as a reason to keep him locked up.

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