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3 Gypsy Jokers indicted in 2015 kidnap-murder

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) -- Three people connected with the Gypsy Jokers Outlaw Motorcycle Club were indicted for the conspiracy kidnap and murder of Robert Huggins, whose body was dumped in a Clark County field in 2015.

Mark Leroy Dencklau of Woodburn, Earl Deverle Fisher of Gresham and Tiler Evan Pribbernow of Portland are accused of kidnapping and murdering Huggins to "advance their positions" in the gang, the US Attorney's Office said in a release. 

The three were indicted June 28, but the indictment was unsealed Friday. 

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Man found competent to stand trial in break-in at Scorpions Motorcycle Club

After three tries to hold a hearing, a man charged with breaking into a motorcycle club the night it was heavily damaged by fire has been found competent to stand trial.

Attorneys stipulated to a forensic examination report finding Kinley Rae-John Kelm, 40, competent at a probable cause hearing July 11 in 52-1 District Court in Novi.

Kelm is charged with breaking and entering with intent; two counts of larceny of firearms; one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm; and felony firearm. A not guilty plea was entered for him at arraignment.

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Phila. Jury Awards $9.7M in Fatal Motorcycle Club Brawl

A Philadelphia jury has awarded nearly $10 million to the family of a woman killed during a scuffle with members of a motorcycle club outside of a Reading-area restaurant.

A Philadelphia jury has awarded nearly $10 million to the family of a woman killed during a scuffle with members of a motorcycle club outside of a Reading-area restaurant.

According to court records, a jury last week awarded $9.7 million to the estate of Tonya Focht, who had been fatally struck by an SUV during a melee that occurred in June 2015. The fight involved several members of the Iron Order Motorcycle Club.

Although the club had been one of several defendants sued, the club had been let out of the case at the end of trial after it filed a motion for compulsory nonsuit. That decision has been appealed.

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75 charges now filed against 21 members of Mongols biker gang in Clarksville

New charges have been filed in the wide-ranging federal investigation into the Mongols biker gang in Clarksville.

A 75-count, third-superseding indictment was returned by a federal grand jury in Nashville on June 29 and unsealed on Friday, according to a news release Monday from the U.S. Attorney's Office. 

More: Clarksville-area biker gang members indicted on murder and racketeering charges, U.S. Attorney says

More: Clarksville Mongols gang members no strangers to police

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Motorcycle Rider Fatally Shot On San Bernardino Freeway

(video) --- SAN BERNARDINO (CBSLA) — One motorcyclist was shot and killed and a second has been hospitalized Friday after gunfire erupted on the 210 Freeway in San Bernardino, which has been closed until further notice.

Officers responding to the eastbound 210 Freeway at the 215 just before 4 a.m. discovered the two riders laying in lanes when they arrived. Shawn Fowler, 44, of Utah, was riding with his wife when they stopped for a mechanical problem.

Fowler was declared dead at the scene. His wife was not injured.

The second man was shot in the shoulder and was taken to a hospital in critical condition, but he is expected to survive.

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Man shot outside Satan's Sidekicks motorcycle club in Cleveland

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- A 63-year-old man was shot early Thursday outside the Satan's Sidekicks motorcycle clubhouse in the city's Collinwood neighborhood.

The shooting happened about 1 a.m. outside the clubhouse on East 140th Street, south of Aspinwall Road. The clubhouse, in a former BF Goodrich building, is not marked and has signs that say "Member's Only." 

The 63-year-old man was walking home when he stopped to talk to his nephew, who was at the clubhouse, according to police reports.

They were talking when a black car drove by and parked just south of the club. Someone in the car fired approxmately five gunshots toward them and sped away, police reports say.

The 63-year-old man was shot in the abdomen. He was taken to University Hospitals, where he was unable to give a statement to investigators due to the severity of his injuries, police said.

Other bullets hit a motorcycle and a car parked in front of the club, police reports say.

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In tribute to Knievel, stuntman to attempt 3 motorcycle jumps

There was a time when a cape-wearing man best known for crashing his motorcycle was one of the biggest names in U.S. pop culture.

The daredevil: Evel Knievel.

With his signature patriotic jumpsuit and increasingly ambitious motorcycle jumps over buses, cars and sharks, the stuntman became one of the defining figures of the 1970s, simultaneously thrilling and putting the fear of death into sold-out audiences — in this case, the death they feared was his.

The stunts, many of them presented on ABC’s “Wide World of Sports,” made him famous — spawning films, appearances on late-night talk shows and merchandise for his growing fan base. This success foreshadowed the multibillion-dollar extreme-sports industry.

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Additional drug, gun charges against Pagan’s MC member

A convicted felon and Pagan’s motorcycle gang member in jail on drug charges had additional drug and firearm charges added this week.

Michael Lee Phelps, 51, of Hannah Court Jacksonville, was charged Monday by the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office with possession of a stolen firearm, possession of a firearm by a felon and manufacturing methamphetamine, according to warrants.

Phelps was first arrested June 19 as part of a drug investigation and charged with two counts of trafficking methamphetamine by possession, trafficking methamphetamine by manufacture, trafficking hydrocodone by possession, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver methamphetamine, maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, The Daily News previously reported.

Detectives searched Phelps’ residence and allegedly found 214.6 grams of crystal meth, 8.3 grams of hydrocodone, $4,253 in cash and five firearms, according to previous reports.

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Twin Peaks shootout forfeitures following path of criminal cases

The anxiety was etched across Marty Lewis’ face as he emerged from the Waco Police Department.

It was clear Lewis was uncomfortable being back in Waco. As he sat for a brief interview, one of the first things he said was that he wanted to get back on the road and out of town. Waco left him with bitterness, he said.

It had to be something important to bring Lewis back to the city where the retired San Antonio police detective was arrested after a shootout between biker groups at a Twin Peaks restaurant in May 2015. The decorated former officer was locked up with 176 other bikers that day on first-degree felony charges. He was jailed for 22 days under $1 million bond before his attorney could negotiate a lower bond.

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Attorneys for convicted ex-Bandidos leaders request acquittals, new trials

Prosecutor: Evidence against Pike, Portillo 'overwhelming'

SAN ANTONIO - Attorneys for two former leaders of the Bandidos filed separate requests for acquittals and new trials, with both raising questions surrounding the testimony from an FBI agent they said was based on hearsay.

Jeffrey Fay Pike and John Xavier Portillo were convicted in May on charges of racketeering, drug dealing, extortion and multiple murders. The trial lasted more than three months and included testimony from Bandidos members, as well as FBI Agent Scott Schuster, who testified as an expert on the gang.

Attorneys for both Pike and Portillo questioned Schuster's testimony primarily on the basis that his testimony was "hearsay" and that "he was shown merely to be an investigator and a recounter of stories he had come across during his investigation of the Club."

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