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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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