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Member of South Buffalo chapter of Kingsmen Motorcycle Club sentenced to prison for racketeering

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - A member of the South Buffalo chapter of the Kingsmen Motorcycle Club has been sentenced to prison time for a Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act charge. 

Stanley Olejniczak, 53, of Buffalo, was sentenced to 96 months in prison in federal court. 

According to the assistant U.S. attorneys handling the case, Olejniczak was a member of the club from 2009, during which time KMC members and associates used and/or distributed marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, and other controlled substances in and around the chapter's clubhouse. 

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Augello attorney seeking Kauffman suicide note, informant | Kauffman Case

MAYS LANDING — A lawyer for the man charged with murder in the 2012 killing of April Kauffman requested Dr. James Kauffman's suicide note as well as the confidential informant in the case.

Alleged Pagans motorcycle gang leader Ferdinand "Freddy" Augello, 62, of Upper Township, appeared before Judge Bernard DeLury on Thursday for a status conference in Atlantic County Superior Court. 

“One of our primary issues or concerns right now is obtaining Dr. Kauffman’s suicide note,” public defender Mary Linehan said, adding the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office has said it does not have the note and that the Hudson County jail’s position is that its investigation is still open.

“We’ll also be filing a motion to reveal a confidential informant,” she said. “Although this is public information that is already out there. It’s been in the media as well.”

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When the Angels came to town

The Hells Angels made Healdsburg their playground in the late 1960s

Wander the tree-lined downtown streets of Healdsburg today and listen. Do you hear the vibrant tunes from the Tuesday evening concerts?

Splashing water from the Plaza fountain, or shoppers and the hubbub of commerce?

If you lived here in the 1960s, you might have heard a different sound — the loud and distinctive rumble of V-twin engines and straight pipes. The Hells Angels were roaring into town. Again.

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Three Mongols arrested for provoking deadly fight

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - New information from the Bakersfield Police Department shows four affiliates of the Mongols Motorcycle Club were involved in a deliberate plan to provoke a confrontation with rival members of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club that ultimately led to a member of the Mongols being shot and killed. 

The shooting happened May 5, 2018. Ricardo Viera, who had a known affiliation with the Mongols, fired one round into a crowd of people at the event using an illegal firearm. At least one person suffered minor injuries.

Another person then retrieved a legally owned handgun and fired several rounds at Viera, killing him. 

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Two arrested on suspicion of assault after fight

Two alleged members of a motorcycle club were arrested on suspicion of felony assault after an investigation over the Memorial Day weekend. 

Jered Kearns, 32, of Chadron, and Keith Coomes, 43, of Rushville, were booked into the Dawes County Jail on suspicion of first degree assault after a victim reported an altercation to police while seeking medical treatment. They remained in jail Monday.

Officers responded to the Chadron Community Hospital May 27 and interviewed an adult male who said he sustained head and shoulder injuries during an altercation with four other men.

According to a CPD press release, the four men are reported to be members of the Tribesmen Motorcycle Club. Police suspect Kearns and Coomes of punching and kicking the victim, resulting in their arrest. Their bond was set at 10 percent of $50,000.

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Federal Judge Delays Mongols Trial But Warns The Gang About Manners

Inside a stately Orange County federal courtroom on June 4, U.S. District Court Judge David O. Carter silently eyed a wild looking bunch of at least 25 Mongols Motorcycle Club members dominating the public seating section.

Several of the club’s crew looked bar-room ready to rumble with anyone who held their probing gazes, but Carter, a heroic U.S. Marine survivor of one of this nation’s most brutal military battles in the Vietnam War and one of the nation’s most colorful judges, wanted the motley crew to know who is in charge and not to be challenged: him.

“What a great impression you make,” the federal judge sarcastically said to the Mongols during the pre-trial hearing.

The federal government wants to take control over a notorious California motorcycle club’s trademark logos

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Motorcycles flock to Warrensburg, Lake George

(pics)--WARRENSBURG — Motorcycle fever is sweeping the region as rallies in Warrensburg and Lake George get underway. 

The 18th Warrensburg Motorcycle Rally kicked things off on June 1 and will run through Sunday, June 10. Held at the Warren County Fairgrounds, founder Ed Zibro said his event gets bigger and bigger each year.

Down the road in the village of Lake George is the Americade Motorcycle Rally, which begins Monday, June 4, and runs through Saturday, June 9. It, too, has new additions to mark its 36th year, said Director Christian Dutcher.

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Daughter: Dad's killing in rivalry shootout 'just sad'

Two men meet at a gas station on Detroit's west side.

One man, Phillip Hudson, gets off his motorcycle. The other, Martez Fenderson, gets out of his minivan. Both pull guns, then pull triggers. Both wind up dead, covered by the same white tarp, as investigators tried to make sense of their shootout.

The fatal confrontation took place early May 24 at the Clark gas station on the 15900 block of Schaefer at Puritan.

The day of the shooting, the 25-year-old Fenderson's family and fellow members of the Soul Devils motorcycle club rushed to the scene, sometimes sharing stories and memories with reporters, but mostly supporting one another and shedding tears for their fallen loved one.

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Supreme Court Sides With Defendant In Motorcycle Search Case — But Two Conservatives Push Back

The court's majority said the search was illegal, but Justice Samuel Alito disagreed while Justice Clarence Thomas questioned whether Supreme Court limitations on illegally obtained evidence even apply to the states.

The Supreme Court ruled overwhelmingly in favor of a criminal defendant Tuesday in holding that a Virginia search of a man's motorcycle — parked in his driveway — was unconstitutional.

Nonetheless, the court's two most conservative justices — Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito — laid out a divergent pair of visions for restricting legal rights against police searches: one that would limit people's protections against illegal searches conducted by state and local police and one that would provide less protection under the Fourth Amendment than any other current justice believes exists.

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Screamin-Demons MC collide with trouble in Visalia

The Screamin-Demons president was among two men busted on gun and drug allegations after a traffic stop in Visalia. 

Both riders, Thomas Martin Qualls and Matthew Wayne Spray, were driving without motorcycle endorsements Friday evening when they were stopped by the police department's elite special enforcement unit. 

The task force, headed by Lt. Amy Watkins, is responsible for taking down some of the city's most hardened criminals and drug dealers. 

While searching Qualls' motorcycle, officers found a concealed, loaded handgun, a high-capacity magazine and an expandable baton. 

Qualls is a convicted felon, Watkins said.

Spray was also storing a concealed, loaded gun in his motorcycle, Watkins said. The motorcycle engine was stolen. A deeper search revealed a concealed dagger and 23 grams of methamphetamine.

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