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Taunton man held without bail in fatal Fall River shooting

FALL RIVER — Prosecutors allege the 25-year-old man arraigned for murder Monday in the death of an Oak Bluffs resident used his legal revolver to fire the fatal shot.

The license to carry permit previously held by Joseph Noe, whose last known address is in Taunton, was revoked in light of his arrest for allegedly killing Eric Voshell, 39, of Oak Bluffs, during a disagreement between two competing motorcycle clubs in Fall River, Assistant District Attorney Michael Cahillane said at Noe’s arraignment in Fall River District Court.

Not guilty pleas were entered on Noe’s behalf on one count of murder, two counts of assault and battery with a firearm and one count of discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building. Noe was ordered held without bail before trial.

Several police officers stood watch inside the courtroom and outside Fall River Justice Center as people associated with Noe and Voshell watched the hearing, which ended without any problems.

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No grounds for murder try charge; Burlingame gets assault misdemeanor

The former Lathrop Manteca firefighter that was facing charges of attempted murder for a stabbing outside of a Manteca nightspot in December of 2017 has received probation.

Brandon Dean Burlingame, 36, accepted a plea deal Monday morning in which he pled guilty to a misdemeanor charge of assault and battery. 

According to Burlingame’s attorney Allen Sawyer, his client – who was facing felony charges that could have landed him in prison for life – will serve no additional jail time and will be placed on informal probation for three years, after which time the charge will be dismissed. 

As long as Burlingame’s probation isn’t violated, Sawyer said, the charge agreed to in the plea is eligible to become a simple assault charge. 

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Witness: Fight preceded fatal Fall River shooting of Vineyard man

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Big Pine Key Man Arrested For Allegedly Posting Motorcycle Gang-Related Threats On Facebook

FLORIDA KEYS (CBSMiami) – The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a Big Pine Key man they said posted motorcycle gang-related threats on Facebook.

According MCSO, 40-year-old Adam Miller posted a photo of himself wearing a Pagan’s Motorcycle Club baseball cap and holding a knife. Deputies said the caption under Miller’s photo read:

“Support Pagan’s MC or else! Support or life support! Sons of the Fire God coming to a neighborhood near you!”

Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Unit was made aware of the post on Aug. 21.

Detectives with the unit said they knew Miller was a Pagan’s Motorcycle Club member because of previous encounters with law enforcement. Records show Miller has been arrested several times for cocaine possession.

Det. Alexandria Davis confirmed it was Miller’s photo after obtaining a warrant to search his Facebook.

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Pittsburgh detective involved in Kopy's brawl sues bar, Pagans

The Pittsburgh police detective caught on video last year punching a defenseless member of the Pagans motorcycle club 19 times in the face during a melee at Kopy’s Bar has sued the South Side tavern in federal court as well as the man he repeatedly struck.

Filed Sept. 5 by Detective David Lincoln and his wife, Deborah Siwik, the countersuit offers the most extensive details to date about what led up to the battle royal. Information until now has been vague about what exactly the detectives were doing in the bar on South 12th Street and their perspective on why the wild brawl with four Pagans erupted.

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‘This ain’t “Sons of Anarchy” ': Savage Assassins say officers trashed their party

The Savage Assassins might look tough. Many are covered in tattoos and wear patches depicting a satanic figure. All drive big Harleys.

But the motorcycle group’s founder, J. Upton, says Fresno deputies are the savage ones.

Upton said deputies crashed a Savage Assassins party last weekend, damaging property and toting off personal belongings in their search for an armed felon. The Savage Assassins said they don’t know the wanted man.

Fresno sheriff’s officials said seven “affiliates of a motorcycle gang” were arrested and 43 were detained early Sunday morning after an hours-long standoff. Of those arrested, only Rey Rodriguez, 31, of Fresno and Stephen Meza, 58, of Tulare were accused of being gang members in possession of firearms.

Upton, 39, said his group and the party’s guests were discriminated against because of their appearance, and they were slandered by being called a “gang.”

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Judge Refuses to Dismiss Murder Charge Involving Officer’s Killing

A judge refused Thursday to dismiss a second-degree murder count against a man charged with the shooting death of a Pomona SWAT officer who was helping to serve a search warrant at the San Gabriel home of the defendant’s family.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Charlaine F. Olmedo said dismissal of the most serious charge against David Martinez was “not warranted,” telling attorneys that it will be up to a jury to decide if the defendant should be convicted or acquitted of the Oct. 28, 2014, killing of Officer Shaun Diamond.

The 45-year-old officer — who had 16 years of law enforcement experience with the Los Angeles, Montebello and Pomona police departments — died a day after the early-morning shooting.

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Alleged "Bandidos" gang member arrested in connection to 3 shootings

Shell casings were connected to three separate shootings in 2018 and 2019.

SAN ANTONIO — An alleged member of the motorcycle gang, the "Bandidos" has been arrested in connection to three separate shootings in 2018 and 2019. 

The multiple-agency investigation resulted in the arrest of Omar Mata, 32. 

Mata is believed to be the Vice President of a local chapter of the Bandidos.

He has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

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Ex-Gypsy Joker motorcycle club member accused of racketeering fears retaliation in custody, testimony reveals

A former member of the Gypsy Joker Outlaw Motorcycle Club facing federal racketeering, kidnapping and murder charges argued Monday that he’s at more risk of retaliation behind bars than he would be outside while awaiting trial.

Joseph Duane Folkerts is a target, said his defense lawyer, Andrew Kohlmetz.

“It’s easier to get to him in jail than out of custody,’’ Kohlmetz said.

U.S. District Judge Robert E. Jones denied the request to release Folkerts, noting that he’s currently in protective custody and faces a potential life sentence if convicted. Folkerts, 62, is one of four co-defendants who face similar charges and remain behind bars pending an April trial. Two others have pleaded guilty.

Prosecutors said Folkerts wasn’t involved in the initial abduction of former club member Robert “Bagger’’ Huggins, 56, who was taken from a home in Northeast Portland to a rural property in southwest Washington, where he was beaten, tortured and killed.

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Bikers, sheriff’s office share different views over gang officers’ clubhouse raid

A group of local motorcyclists say Fresno anti-gang officers overreacted in a raid on their clubhouse Saturday, but a sheriff’s spokesman said the officers had no choice after an armed Hells Angel ran and hid inside the building.

“It was crazy, bro,” said Jay Upton, vice president of the Savage Assassins. “We were racially profiled.” Upton said he is heavily tattoed, and “my appearance sometimes doesn’t accommodate people.”

The sheriff’s spokesman, Tony Botti, said there were two armed Hells Angels at the event and dismissed the idea that members of the MAGEC gang unit should have let club members eject the fleeing suspect, identified as Rey Rodriguez, 32, of Fresno, instead of serving a warrant and searching the property.

“That’s not the way it works,” said Botti. His advice: Don’t hang out with the wrong people.

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