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18
Mar
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Defense using diversion tactics, finger-pointing in Kingsmen trial

In the hours after the murders of two of his fellow Kingsmen, Roger Albright found himself inside the Olean clubhouse with Andre "Lil Bear" Jenkins.

Albright said he was in the midst of calling other Kingsmen Motorcycle Club members, warning them about the killings and the possibility a rival biker club might be involved, when Jenkins interrupted and said, "I'm here."

When asked what Jenkins meant, Albright told a federal court jury last week that Jenkins was confessing to the murders.

"He said he had shot them," Albright said. "Basically he was saying there was no threat."

Later, Jenkins would claim that the two slain Kingsmen – Paul Maue and Daniel "DJ" Szymanski – had informed on him to another club he was trying to infiltrate, and that the "hit" was ordered by national club president David Pirk, Albright said.

"He said, 'Pirk said to take care of it,' " he told the jury.

Fri
16
Mar
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Man accused in April Kauffman killing talks from jail: EXCLUSIVE

MAYS LANDING — Inside a dimly lit visitation room at the Atlantic County jail, Ferdinand "Freddy" Augello emerges from behind a locked, windowed room and walks to sit down at a small, round table.

His face is framed by an untrimmed gray goatee and dark gray hair down to the middle of his back, held back by a pair of reading glasses. He sits down, slightly hunched over, and rests his arms on the table, palms down and fingers interlocked.

Exposed under his off-white thermal shirt beneath his orange jail outfit are his arm tattoos: “Pagans M.C.” surrounded by orange flames, and another fire-encircled tattoo that reads “1%.”

Augello, 61, charged with murder and racketeering in the 2012 death of April Kauffman, didn't deny his onetime involvement with the Pagans, a national outlaw motorcycle club formed in 1959 in Prince George's County, Maryland. 

Thu
15
Mar
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Police watching motorcycle gangs in Daytona for Bike Week

DAYTONA BEACH — More motorcycle gangs are in town for Bike Week but the Volusia County sheriff said police will come down on them “like white on rice” if they break the law.

Sheriff Mike Chitwood said he has seen an increase in motorcycle gangs coming to Bike Week in Daytona Beach. To prevent gang violence, the Sheriff’s Office has taken a proactive approach and shifted the focus of its motorcycle theft task force that operated during the event for years. The team now monitors local, national and international motorcycle gangs.

“I would say that it seemed when I first got here in 2006, it was high, and then we hit a period where there was a lull, there was a period where we knocked their club house out of Daytona Beach,” Chitwood said.

Wed
14
Mar
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Callihan bound over to grand jury

Officer testifies that shooter claimed self defense

Albert Callihan, the suspected shooter in a recent incident at Grayson’s Taco Bell, was in court last Wednesday for a hearing where Judge Rupert Wilhoit found probable cause to have his case bound over to the grand jury.

Officer Roy Ison, with the Grayson Police Department, testified at the hearing that when he arrived on the scene at Taco Bell he saw the victim, Scotty Eldridge, lying on the floor, “in pretty crippled shape.”

Ison testified that his first course of action was to inform dispatch, so they could send medical aid, and then to start separating witnesses. He said others were already administering first aid to Eldridge when he arrived.

Mon
12
Mar
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Video shows bar beating that led to 2 bikers charged with assault

(Video)-- BAY CITY, MI -- A bar's surveillance camera captured the moment anargument between patrons escalated into violence, when two men associated with the Outlaws Motorcycle Club beat and stomped another man.

The video was recorded in the Whyte Goose Inn, 108 State St., around 1 a.m. on Dec. 27. The Bay City Times-MLive obtained the footage from the Bay City Department of Public Safety after prosecutors played it in court during the March 6 preliminary examination of defendants Eric J. Kerkau, 46, and Arthur R. Miller, 33.

Sun
11
Mar
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'I can't count that high,' Kingsman says of members' cocaine use

To hear David Masse talk, cocaine was the Kingsmen drug of choice.

He used it and, within the confines of Kingsmen clubhouses in Buffalo, North Tonawanda and elsewhere, so did dozens of other motorcycle club members, he told a federal court jury last week.

Drug use was so prevalent that everyone knew it was part of the biker culture, said the former club member, who's been in the public eye before.

"A hundred percent," he said when asked how many Kingsmen Motorcycle Club members knew about the widespread use of cocaine, methaphetamine and other drugs.

Over the course of three days last week, Masse – also known as "Weirdo" – sat on the witness stand and looked at photos of his former "brothers" and, one by one, identified them as drug dealers or users, sometimes both.

Often, his testimony was filled with accounts of how many times he and other Kingsmen shared cocaine at a clubhouse in New York, Pennsylvania or Florida.

Fri
09
Mar
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Closing arguments Friday at motorcycle shop standoff trial

WINNEBAGO COUNTY, Wis. (WBAY) - The state and defense will present closing arguments Friday at the Brian Flatoff standoff trial in Winnebago County.

Flatoff is standing trial for 16 counts related to a Dec. 5, 2015 hostage situation and standoff at Eagle Nation Cycles in Neenah.

Flatoff represented himself for much of the trial, which started Monday. The trial was scheduled for three weeks, but both sides are wrapping their case after a week.

On Thursday, Flatoff asked the judge if he could have an attorney represent him for the remainder of the trial. Judge John Jorgensen agreed and appointed standby counsel Ben Szilagyi to take over the case. Szilagyi asked for a mistrial but the judge denied that motion.

On Friday, the judge gave the jury instructions before breaking for lunch. Both sides will deliver closing arguments before handing the case over to the jury.

Thu
08
Mar
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Additional members of Clarksville motorcycle gang charged with kidnapping, murder

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (CLARKSVILLENOW)– An indictment was returned by a federal grand jury Wednesday charging 19 members and associates of the Clarksville, Tennessee chapter of the Mongols Motorcycle Gang with various federal crimes.

A superseding indictment returned in January 2018 charged 15 of the defendants with various crimes related to this investigation, including racketeering conspiracy murder, kidnapping, and large-scale drug trafficking.

As of January 18, 2018, all of the defendants were in custody with the exception of Stephen Cole, a/k/a “Lurch.”

Wed
07
Mar
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Man testifies 2 bikers beat, kicked him in Bay City bar over supposed photo

BAY CITY, MI -- In a quiet courtroom, a prosecutor played video footage of a man being knocked from his bar stool and punched and stomped by two other men. According to witnesses, the beatdown was perpetrated by two bikers who were vexed over a photo the assaulted man had reportedly taken.

And to hear the victim tell it, he hadn't even taken a photo in the first place.

Such was the testimony during the March 6 preliminary examination of Eric J. Kerkau, 46, and Arthur R. Miller, 33, both charged with a 10-year felony count of assault with intent to cause great bodily harm.

Ashley Schwartz, the first witness called by Bay County Assistant Prosecutor Thomas, testified she had been bartending at the Whyte Goose Inn, 108 State St., the early morning of Dec. 27. About 1 a.m., an argument broke out between Scott M. Peterson, 49, and Kerkau and Miller regarding a photo Peterson had supposedly taken, Schwartz said.

Mon
05
Mar
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Bandidos ex-president wants recordings excluded from racketeering trial

A lawyer for former Bandidos Motorcycle Club president Jeffrey Fay Pike wants a judge to exclude from a racketeering trial recordings made by a co-defendant that the attorney argues could be prejudicial to his client.

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