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11
Jan
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Jury Decides to Strip Mongols Biker Gang of Trademark Logo

Federal prosecutors say a California jury has decided the Mongols motorcycle gang should be stripped of its trademarked logo.

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A California jury decided Friday that the Mongols motorcycle gang should be stripped of its trademarked logo in a first-of-its-kind verdict, federal prosecutors said.

The jury in U.S. District Court in Santa Ana jury previously found Mongol Nation, the entity that owns the image of a Mongol warrior on a chopper, guilty of racketeering and conspiracy.

The verdict caps an unusual decade-long quest by prosecutors to dismantle the gang responsible for drug dealing and murder by seizing control of the trademark they said was core to the gang's identity.

Gang members were "empowered by these symbols that they wear like armor," Assistant U.S. Attorney Steve Welk argued.

Thu
10
Jan
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An Outlaws motorcycle club leader’s assassination adds to Tampa Bay’s bloody biker gang history

(videos) ---Murder, extortion, and throwing members off balconies are just some of the activities from the gang’s history.
 

Court documents that were recently made public revealed shocking facts about the 2017 assassination of Pasco Outlaws motorcycle club leader Paul Anderson, who was shot by rival gang members on motorcycles in rush hour traffic. The execution-style killing put law enforcement on high alert that a motorcycle gang war was brewing. It also led to numerous arrests. Some of the cases are inching toward trial.

Tue
08
Jan
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Attorney: Government taking control of Mongols motorcycle club patches would be ‘death penalty’ for the group

Jurors, who have already determined the outlaw motorcycle club engaged in illegal activity, now tasked with deciding fate of the organizations trademark

Allowing the government to take control of the notorious Mongols motorcycle club’s prized patches would be a “death sentence” for the organization, an attorney for the outlaw club argued on Tuesday.

Mon
07
Jan
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Fired Euclid cop pleads guilty to pulling gun during bar brawl with Hell’s Angels

WILLOUGHBY, Ohio — A judge is expected to sentence a fired Euclid police officer Thursday after he pleaded guilty to pulling a gun on suspected member of the Hell’s Angels biker gang during a bar brawl.

Todd Gauntner, a 32-year-old who was fired after the Aug. 24 fight, pleaded guilty Nov. 29 in Willoughby Municipal Court to using weapons while intoxicated, a first-degree misdemeanor. He could be sentenced anywhere from a fine to 180 days in jail.

Willoughby Municipal Court Judge Marisa Cornachio ordered that Gauntner is not allowed to own a gun and set his sentencing hearing for Thursday.

Gauntner started an argument with two suspected members of the biker gang — Dustin Wolf, 28, and Brandley Peterson, 40— at Frank and Tony’s Place bar on 2nd Street in Willoughby, according to police reports.

Mon
07
Jan
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Former Hells Angels member pleads guilty to assault of 2 rivals in Worcester

WORCESTER - A former member of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club has been placed on probation with a suspended jail sentence after pleading guilty to charges of assaulting two rival motorcycle gang members in 2016 outside a Chandler Street pub.

Michael J. Blair, 39, of 1039 Main St. pleaded guilty Monday in Worcester Superior Court to charges of assault and battery causing serious bodily injury, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (blunt object) causing serious bodily injury and unarmed robbery in connection with what police and prosecutors said was an attack upon two men on the night of May 8, 2016, outside Suney’s Pub at 216 Chandler St.

Wed
02
Jan
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Bridgewater’s annual “Frosty Nuts” motorcycle run drew more than 400 cycles on New Year’s Day

(pics) --- The run began as an informal gathering of friends some 50 years ago, but social media has exploded its popularity.

BRIDGEWATER — The “Frosty Nuts” motorcycle run, a 20-mile ride from Bridgewater to Plympton, is an institution with a humble beginning.

A Bridgewater man, Willie Smith, started the run decades ago. The town’s 49ers Club started organizing the ride in 1988, but Smith stayed involved until his death in January 2018.

49ers Club president Kevin Burrill said Smith told him the ride started almost by accident.

Wed
02
Jan
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More than 3,700 pounds of food were collected by the local motorcycle club

The North County Chapter of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club helped to collect more than 3,700 pounds of food for the Marysville Community Food Bank this December.

The club’s food drive was held on Dec. 15 in Marysville at the Lucky 13 Saloon and helped to bring in a total of around 3,760 pounds of food in addition to $1,461 raised from items auctioned at their event.

This was the first time that the local club has decided to put on a holiday food drive and Bandido Milkman Josh Leathers, a member of the club and one of the main organizers of the event, was happy with how it went.

“Overall I believe that the food drive was a success,” he said.

The club had decided they wanted to help locals this holiday season and decided to try a food drive.

“We wanted to give back to the community so we chose to give to the local food bank,” said Leathers.

“They do a lot of good work for the less fortunate in the community,” he said.

Mon
31
Dec
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Deliveryman beaten after parking in front of Hells Angels clubhouse

A deliveryman was beaten early Monday when he parked his car in front of motorcycles outside the Hells Angels’ East Village clubhouse, police sources said.

The 22-year-old was dropping off food to a different location on East Third Street between First and Second avenues around 2 a.m. when he stopped his car in front of the motorcycle club, police said.

A stranger in his 60s approached the driver and told him he couldn’t park in front of the hogs, but the deliveryman continued with the drop-off, law enforcement sources said.

When he returned to his car, two other men approached. One held him by the neck while the other sucker-punched him in the face, the sources added.

The victim suffered minor facial injuries but did not need to be taken to the hospital.

The Hells Angels have zealously protected the parking spaces outside their clubhouse.

Mon
31
Dec
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Violent feud led up to slaying of Pasco Outlaws leader. It started with stolen biker vests.

The 69’ers only injured their first target, a former firefighter, during a shooting in Hillsborough, prosecutors say

TAMPA — The 69'ers Motorcycle Club is a nationwide organization whose members pride themselves on being part of the one percent — that is, the small fraction of bikers who shirk society’s rules.

In the Tampa area, they called themselves the “Killsborough” chapter. Inductees adopted names like “Pumpkin” and “Durty” and “Big Beefy.”

They nurtured what prosecutors say was a criminal enterprise focused on narcotics distribution. Last year, according to a federal indictment, they graduated to murder.

Their target was Paul Anderson.

Anderson was president of the Cross Bayou chapter of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club, the predominant one-percenter club in the eastern United States.

Thu
27
Dec
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3 more men, alleged members of motorcycle gang, charged with assault on St. Paul bouncer

A 34-year-old St. Paul man is accused of stealing a gun from a bouncer at a bar during an assault by motorcycle gang members, according to a criminal complaint unsealed Wednesday.

Three other men also were charged in November, but the complaint against Joseph Michael Pranter was sealed until his arrest, which came on Wednesday.

Pranter is charged with aiding and abetting aggravated robbery and third-degree assault, along with committing a crime for the benefit of a gang and illegal gun possession. Pranter is ineligible to possess firearms because of a past conviction for terroristic threats, the complaint said.

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