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Confidential informant testifies about execution of motorcycle gang leader

After the 2017 slaying on a Pasco County highway, the two alleged assassins called a friend — who turned out to be recording their calls for federal agents.

TAMPA — The day after they allegedly assassinated the leader of a rival motorcycle gang, Christopher “Durty” Cosimano and Michael “Pumpkin” Mencher turned to a buddy for help.

They called fellow 69’ers Motorcycle Club member Sean “Phelps” Leonard.

“This is not a good situation, brother,” Mencher told Leonard over the phone on Dec. 22, 2017.

It was worse than even Mencher knew. For unbeknownst to the two men, Leonard was a confidential informant secretly recording their conversations for federal agents.

Cosimano, 31, and Mencher, 52, both made several calls to Leonard less than 12 hours after the execution of Paul Anderson, the 44-year-old president of the Cross Bayou chapter of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club.

Tue
06
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Sturgis Motorcycle Rally 2019: Man, 29, dies in crash; drug arrests inch higher

A man died in a crash Monday afternoon outside Lead when he was thrown from his motorcycle after missing a curve in the road, according to Tuesday's statistics from the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

The man, 29, was driving southbound on North Rochford Road around 3 p.m. when he went off the road at a curve near the Old Salt Road intersection and was thrown from his motorcycle. The driver crossed the center line, went into a ditch and was thrown from the motorcycle.

He was not wearing a helmet and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The crash is the first fatal crash at the rally so far this year. But motorcycle crashes overall this year are down; there have been 18 injury accidents this year, compared to 21 at this time last year.

Tue
06
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Bond reduced to $100,000 for man accused of manslaughter

A judge agreed Tuesday, Aug. 6, to lower the bond for a man accused of manslaughter after a deadly fight in downtown Williston in May, but not as much as the defense asked.

Northwest District Judge Kirsten Sjue said during a bond hearing Tuesday afternoon that lowering the bond for Justin Crites, 26, from $150,000 to $100,000 was as much as she felt comfortable doing. Misty Nehring, Crites' public defender, had asked for his bond to be lowered to $25,000.

Crites was arrested in June and charged with manslaughter, a class B felony. Police and prosecutors claim that early on the morning of May 4, Crites punched Jay LePage, 57, causing LePage to fall and hit his head on the sidewalk. LePage died in a Minot hospital days later.

Tue
06
Aug
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Hells Angels gang members arrested in Lubbock

LUBBOCK, Texas (PRESS RELEASE) — The following is a press release from the Texas Anti-Gang Center:

On Monday August 5, 2019 at approximately 11:30am Investigators with the Lubbock Texas Anti-Gang Center conducted a traffic stop on six Hells Angels motorcycle gang members in the area of Highway 84 and FM 1585. All six of the members were wearing “Hells Angels” vests. The Hells Angels motorcycle gang is primarily centered in California, and are very rarely in the State of Texas.

Through investigation, TAG Investigators located handguns on two of the gang members. The subjects were identified as Michael Hefner (51 years of age) and Vince Ball (57 years of age) both of Modesto, California. The subjects were subsequently arrested for Unlawful Carrying Weapons and booked in to the Lubbock County Detention Center. The other four Hells Angels were released without charges.

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02
Aug
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There was a strip club fight at the urinal. And two biker gang members have been arrested

Two motorcycle gang members were arrested early Thursday after they attacked a man in a bathroom inside a Duval Street strip club, according to police.

The victim, who is black, told police one of the bikers called him a racial slur before striking him from behind.

He said one pulled a knife and threatened to kill him and three men total continued to “stomp” him until he crawled into a stall and slammed the door shut.

Mark Anthony Magallan, 44, and Morgan Shane Cooper, 44, were arrested on charges of felony battery. They were also arrested under the state’s hate crime law.

Cooper was described by police as Hispanic, Magallan is white and a third suspect is black, the police report stated.

“The third suspect is still at large,” said police spokeswoman Alyson Crean. That suspect was not named in the arrest affidavit.

Thu
01
Aug
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Report: Driver in NH Crash That Killed 7 Motorcyclists Was High, Reaching for Drink

(video) --- The driver charged in connection with a New Hampshire crash that killed seven motorcyclists was high on drugs and was reaching for a drink when the accident occurred, according to a report obtained by the Boston Globe.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration report says 23-year-old Volodymyr Zhukovskyy tested positive after the crash for "an unspecified drug," either a narcotic or an amphetimine. The report said the drug made him incapable of driving safety.

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Hells Angels play softball for local charity during summer rally

(news video) --- CLEMSON, SC (WSPA) – It’s day three of the summer rally for the “Hells Angels” in Clemson.

On Wednesday, the bikers took to the field to play softball for a local charity. The east coast bikers played against the west coast to raise money for the Pickens County Advocacy Group.

There was some concern from the community as the “outlaw motorcycle club” headed to town, but we heard from a local “Hells Angels” biker for the first time who said it’s been a great week.

“All I can say is we are having a good time here in Clemson and everything’s been great,” said Phil Sierputowski.

Sierputowski tells 7News that the club picked Clemson for their annual rally because it’s the home of the national champions.

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Upstate mom thanks Hells Angels for helping keep her son's memory alive on what would have been his 21st birthday

CLEMSON, SC (FOX Carolina) – An Upstate woman said the visiting Hells Angels motorcycle club members are helping keep her late son’s memory alive.

Christy Hubbard shared her experience on Facebook Wednesday, on what would have been her son, Clay Porter’s 21st birthday.

She said Clay took his own life in September of 2018 for reasons that the family still does not know or understand.

 

Hubbard said she set out Wednesday morning to “spread love and kindness in honor of Clay’s birthday,” so she went to Clemson, where she encountered a group of bikers, as the Hells Angels are in town for their annual summer rally.

Here’s what she said happened next:

Tue
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Defendants blame others in trial for assassination of rival motorcycle gang leader

TAMPA — Two men this week will stand trial in the 2017 assassination of a rival motorcycle gang leader who authorities said was shot and killed while sitting in his pickup truck in rush hour traffic in Pasco County.

The two defendants, Christopher “Durty” Cosimano, 31, and Michael “Pumpkin” Mencher, 52, are both alleged members of the Hillsborough County chapter of the 69’ers Motorcycle Club.

They sat together at the defense table as their murder trial started Tuesday. But their lawyers told jurors that someone else was to blame for the slaying of Paul Anderson, 44, president of the Cross Bayou chapter of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club:

Mencher’s attorney told the jury that Cosimano shot Anderson.

Cosimano’s attorney said someone else — he did not say who — was responsible.

But prosecutors said it was Cosimano who pulled the trigger, and if he missed then Mencher was there to finish the job.

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Hells Angels roll into Clemson

(VIDEO) --- CLEMSON, S.C. (WSPA) – The streets of Clemson may sound a little louder this week.

Tuesday marks day two of a 3-day summer rally for the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club.

Roughly 500 members are expected to be in town for meetings, events, and exploring the scenic routes that attract bikers to the Clemson area.

Their presence has also attracted the attention of law enforcement.

Some officers are situated with their cameras near the hotels along Tiger Blvd. where the bikers are staying through Wednesday.

Despite the U.S. Justice Department classifying the Hells Angels as an “outlaw motorcycle gang” known for “criminal activity,” some small business owners are welcoming the bikers and their dollars.

Destiny Cruell works at the local head shop “Purple Haze” directly next to the parking lots where the bikers are gathering this week.

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