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Notorious Mongols Motorcycle Club fighting U.S. government to keep its vest patch

A federal racketeering trial against the notorious Mongols Motorcycle Club began Wednesday in a Santa Ana courthouse, with prosecutors accusing the Southern California-based organization of supporting drug trafficking and encouraging vicious assaults and even murder.

Unlike past racketeering trials that targeted named members of the outlaw motorcycle gang, the current trial specifically targets the Mongol Nation, as prosecutors seek to gain legal control over the organization’s trademark name, which adorns some of the patches members wear on their vests.

If successful, federal prosecutors have previously indicated, the move would allow law enforcement to stop Mongol members and literally take the jacket off of their backs anywhere in the United States.

It’s an apparent attempt to destroy the Mongols club, or at least greatly weaken it.

Mon
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Shots fired outside Shots bar in downtown Orlando

1 taken into custody

ORLANDO, Fla. - A man who had been involved in an altercation fired a gun into the air outside a downtown bar early Monday morning, according to the Orlando Police Department.

No one was injured in the shooting, which was reported around 1:30 a.m. at Shots near Pine Street and Magnolia Avenue.

The incident began when Jason Simmons, 33, got into an altercation with another man outside the bar. That man said he tried to end the altercation after Simmons said, "I have a gun, I can get it right now," according to the report.

After that altercation, Simmons tried to go inside Shots but the security guard denied him entry because he had witnessed the altercation, the affidavit said. Simmons got angry and tried to fight the security guard and walked away. He returned a short time later with a gun, according to the report.

Fri
26
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Local motorcycle club president sentenced to 12 years for aggravated assault

MIDLAND, TX (KWES) - A Midland jury convicted a president of a local motorcycle gang to 12 years in jail for the aggravated assault of his wife.

The jury convicted Juan Manuel Aguilar, Jr. on October 24 for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

According to the trial, on August 4, 2017 Aguilar pointed a gun near his wife’s face. However she moved her arms and knocked the gun out of the way, meaning when he pulled the trigger the bullet was discharged into the ceiling.

She then fled to the front desk of the hotel they were staying in and got an employee to dial 911.

Aguilar was at the time the president of the regional chapter of the Kinfolk Outlaw Motorcycle Gang.

He was found guilty following two hours of deliberation and sentenced to 12 years in jail with a $5,000 fine.

Thu
25
Oct
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District attorney waits on critical information from police about undercover bar brawl

(video) --- PITTSBURGH - The Allegheny County District Attorney told Channel 11 he is waiting on critical information from Pittsburgh police about a bar brawl involving undercover officers and members of the Pagan Motorcycle Group.

"That's why I got cameras up and down Carson Street because I don't want to go through this nonsense," said Stephen Zappala, Allegheny County district attorney.

A lot of questions remain over what led to the fight inside Kopy's, and the role of the undercover police officers seen on the video.

“I don't know what kind of games these guys are playing, but this is serious stuff," Zappala said. "That's one of the reasons I'm talking with the U.S. attorney.”

Thu
25
Oct
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Upland candidate Rudy Zuñiga says he quit the Vagos motorcycle gang, criticizes police chief

Upland City Council candidate Rudy Zuñiga and his supporters are criticizing Police Chief Darren Goodman over comments he made about documents showing Zuñiga was once a member of the Vagos motorcycle gang.

“For Chief Goodman to assume that I’m a gang member when I’ve never spoke to you, you don’t know me, we never had any conversations,” Zuñiga told the council and Goodman Monday, Oct. 22, during the public comment portion of the regular council meeting. “I’m not what you think I am. I’m actually a really nice guy.”

During the meeting, Zuñiga said he was part of the gang in the past, but said his name should have fallen out of the state’s gang database after he hadn’t been active for more than five years.

Thu
25
Oct
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Allegheny Co. DA, U.S. Attorney Discuss Possible Federal Probe Into Pagan Motorcycle Gang-Undercover Officer Brawl

(VIDEO) --- PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala met with U.S. Attorney Scott Brady to discuss a fight involving members of a motorcycle group and undercover police officers at a South Side bar.

The video is disturbing to watch, Frank DeLuca, a member of the Pagan Motorcycle Gang, is pinned in place against the bar while an unidentified undercover officer repeatedly punches him in the head.

“After his hair was being pulled back and his neck was being pinched, over 23 times in the face and head,” said attorney Lee Rothman.

Tue
23
Oct
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Brother Speed motorcycle club holds raffle to benefit veterans organization

POCATELLO — The local chapter of the Brother Speed motorcycle club held a raffle at their clubhouse Saturday to benefit Professional Transformation Sports Development, or PTSD, which is a Pocatello based non-profit that helps veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder and depression by providing them with outdoor recreation opportunities.

The raffle was part of the club’s third annual PTSD awareness month event. According to club President Howard Moir, the group had previously donated the money raised from the events to a national veteran organization. But a club member had heard about the PTSD non-profit and decided the money would be better spent on a local cause.

“We hope to keep this organization involved in every (fundraiser) from here on out,” Moir said.

Russell Davies, founder of PTSD, said Brother Speed approached him about collaborating on a fundraiser.

Tue
23
Oct
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Attorneys Claim New Video Shows Officers Started Bar Brawl With Pagan Motorcycle Club Members

(video) --- PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Four members of the Pagans Motorcycle Club were all charged after a brawl at Kopy’s Bar on the South Side earlier this month.

They are Frank DeLuca, Eric Heitzenrater, Bruce Thomas and Michael Zokaites.

New video was released by their attorneys on Tuesday. Before the brawl, you can see DeLuca reaching out to shake hands with undercover officers.

Thu
18
Oct
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The victim, Bryce Tompkins, was found in Neshannock Creek in December of 1988

The victim, Bryce Tompkins, was found in Neshannock Creek in December of 1988

NEW CASTLE, Pa. (WKBN) - A man who's now in a Pennsylvania prison for a double homicide will be brought back to Lawrence County in the next few weeks to face murder charges from a 30-year-old cold case.

On Thursday morning, Pennsylvania State Troopers and Lawrence County District Attorney Josh Lamancusa announced they had filed charges against Regis Brown, 59, in the 1988 murder of Bryce Tompkins.

He's charged with one count of criminal homicide, two counts of aggravated assault and one count of intimidation of a witness.

WATCH: Thursday's full press conference

Investigators say they suspected Brown for years but could never get him to confess.

Mon
15
Oct
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Bar brawl suspect denies Pagans initiated fight with undercover cops

Bruce Thomas claims he was beaten and arrested for trying to help a friend at Kopy's on South Side

PITTSBURGH —

Four members of the Pagans motorcycle club are facing charges after brawling with undercover police officers in a South Side bar last weekend.

Video of the brawl at Kopy's quickly surfaced and spread on social media.

According to the criminal complaint, members of the Pagans came into the bar on South 12th Street, and one of the club members realized who the police were and blew their cover.

One of the club members became hostile and detectives tried to control the situation, the complaint said.

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