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Pagan’s Motorcycle Club associate found guilty of supplying meth to Daytona

A federal jury has found a Key West man guilty of conspiring with members of the Pagan’s Motorcycle Club to deliver methamphetamine to the outlaw bikers in Daytona Beach and his hometown.

The verdict in the trial of Keith Kirchoff, 41, came Tuesday and now he faces a maximum of life in prison for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, according to a statement released Wednesday by the U.S. Attorney’s Office. A sentencing date has not been set.

Kirchoff, who was indicted on Aug. 9, is the 19th person to be found guilty as a result of a joint FBI and DEA investigation into drug-trafficking organizations that supplied outlaw motorcycle clubs with methamphetamine in the Central Florida area, the release said.

Members of the Pagan’s Motorcycle Club were among people who have already pleaded guilty to charges of distributing methamphetamine.

Tue
26
Feb
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3rd member of motorcycle club files lawsuit after South Side bar brawl

PITTSBURGH - A third member of the Pagans motorcycle club has filed a lawsuit against the City of Pittsburgh after an altercation with undercover police officers in a bar.

The fight took place in the early morning hours of Friday, Oct. 12 at Kopys bar in the South Side.

Initially, several members of the motorcycle club were charged, but those charges have since been dropped.

 

Tue
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Waco Biker Massacre Prosecutions Continue to Fall Apart as Last Set of Original Indictments Dismissed

Special prosecutor involved in dropping charges says, "I do have a very serious problem as a lawyer with the wholesale charging of people without an investigation" in the case.

Mon
25
Feb
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Sturgis campgrounds may face fees ahead of popular motorcycle rally

STURGIS, S.D. - The city of Sturgis is proposing fees — as high as $5,100 in some cases — that would have to be paid in advance by campgrounds outside city limits if they want ambulance service at this year's Sturgis motorcycle rally.

The proposed fees range from $300 to $5,100 and are based on the number of ambulance calls to the campgrounds during the 2018 rally, Sturgis City Manager Daniel Ainslie said at a Feb. 19 special meeting in Sturgis with campground owners.

Under the proposal, campgrounds that had no ambulance calls last year would be assessed a $300 fee to cover this year’s rally in August. Those with one to four calls last year would pay $650, those with five to nine calls would pay $1,850, and a fee of $5,100 would be charged to those that had 10 or more calls during the 2018 rally.

Mon
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Motorcycle gang leader sentenced for drug, gun crimes

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) - A former leader of a motorcycle gang has been sentenced on drug and gun charges in federal court.

Shon Gibson, 47, of Rome City was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court to 17 years in prison followed by 8 years of supervised release on charges of possessing with intent to distribute 5 grams or more of methamphetamine and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

It was December 2016 when police served a search warrant at a home at 865 Chambers Street in Rome City. There, federal authorities said they found "an ounce of 100% pure methamphetamine and over $32,000 in drug trafficking proceeds," along with two AK-47 rifles and two inert military-grade hand grenades in an attic above a garage. One of the rifles was fully automatic and the other was a short-barreled rifle, authorities said. Another $8,000 was found in a safe inside the house.

Mon
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In 1967, Alta Loma landlord finds the Hell’s Angels tough to evict

How would you like to be in the shoes of landlord W.H. LaBand of West Covina when he decided to evict residents of his Alta Loma ranch in 1967?

The tenants’ lease was up on April 1, 1967, but even before that LaBand wanted them out. The touchy part was getting them to leave — no easy task because the place was the headquarters for the “Berdoo” chapter of the Hell’s Angels motorcycle gang.

The property, the Gray Ranch, was an 80-acre former citrus orchard with an old two-story house at the base of the mountains, west of Haven Avenue and not far from the new campus of Chaffey College. At this time, the spread of tract homes had not yet reached that undeveloped area of today’s Rancho Cucamonga.

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Motorcyclist shot, wounded by possible Mongols Motorcycle Club member on WB 10 Fwy in El Monte

(video) --- EL MONTE, Calif. (KABC) --

Authorities investigated a shooting that left a person wounded on the westbound 10 Freeway in El Monte Saturday, and the suspect may be a member of the Mongols Motorcycle Club.

Just after 1 p.m., California Highway Patrol said a person was shot on the freeway. Authorities said two motorcyclists riding a red Honda CBR 1000 and Triumph Daytona 675 were traveling on the 10 Freeway, east of Interstate 605 in the No. 2 lane.

The two riders then found themselves surrounded by a group of outlaw motorcycle gang members, allegedly they were part of the Mongols Motorcycle Club.

Sun
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Former Randolph County, AL chief deputy indicted on 40 felony offenses

RANDOLPH COUNTY, AL (WTVM) - A former Randolph County Sheriff’s Office chief deputy was indicted on multiple felony offenses on Feb. 22.

Former Chief Deputy William ‘Billy’ Lane was indicted on 40 felony offenses which include 11 counts of use of official position for personal gain, and one count of first-degree theft of property. All counts are Class B felonies.

Lane was also indicted on 28 counts of fraudulent use of a credit or debit card due to his alleged illegal actions related to the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office’s Rodeo Association bank account. All counts are Class D felonies.

The indictments come after the State of Alabama Ethics Commission investigated several complaints against Lane and after finding sufficient evidence of multiple crimes.

Sat
23
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Arrests made in New Llano shooting

Three people are now facing charges in relation to the fatal shooting at The Spot Bar in New Llano that occurred on Dec. 3 2018.

The VPSO made the announcement after receiving security camera footage from that night. The incident led to the death of Mark Fernandez.

Brandon Lemmons is being charged with being in possession of a firearm at a place of business which serves alcoholic beverages.

Additionally, both Amanda Matz, and William Matz were arrested and charged with simple battery.

There has been much speculation about what exactly happened that night. Many questions surrounding the incident left the community both shocked and concerned.

According to information released by Sheriff Sam Craft, an altercation took place in the parking lot of the bar.

The altercation involved Amanda Matz, William Matz, Mark Fernandez, and Brandon Lemmons.

Fri
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Hell’s Angels may sell their longtime East Village clubhouse

The biker group has had a presence on East 3rd Street for decades

Another East Village institution—albeit an infamous one—appears to be packing up and leaving the neighborhood. EV Grieve reports that the Hell’s Angels are planning to sell their longtime clubhouse on East 3rd Street, and may move as soon as the spring.

Public records show that a memorandum of contract has been drawn up between the Angels and a corporation listed as 77 East 3rd Street LLC. That firm is linked to Nathan Blatter of Whitestone Realty Group, a commercial real estate investor. No sale price was included in the memorandum.

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