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Gypsy Jokers’ defense hammers police on DNA

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — DNA evidence was questioned by one of the defense attorneys for 3 men accused of brutally kidnapping, torturing and killing a former Gypsy Joker motorcycle gang member and seeking to be released on bail.

Mark Dencklau, Earl Fisher and Tiler Pribbernow are each seeking bail. They are all charged with 2 counts of murder, one count of criminal conspiracy to commit murder and solicitation to commit murder, 2 counts of criminal conspiracy to commit kidnapping and solicitation to commit first-degree kidnapping.

A fourth suspect, Malachi Watkins, is charged with one count of murder, 2 counts of first-degree kidnapping and 2 counts of criminal conspiracy to commit first-degree kidnapping. Watkins is being held on an unrelated case in Washington state.

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Hells Angel leader from Oakfield given 25 years in federal prison for meth distribution

An Oakfield resident who was reportedly a high-ranking member of the Hells Angels has been sentenced to 25 years in federal prison for his part in a methamphetamine distribution ring.

James Heney "Mitch" McAuley Jr., 67, also will be barred from associating with members of the Hells Angels for five years upon his release from prison.

McAuley had previously entered a guilty plea to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, 500 grams or more of methamphetamine.

Federal investigators say McAuley, a vice president of the Rochester chapter of the Hells Angels, was a leader role in a distribution ring that obtained meth from a source in California and had it shipped to New York for sale in Rochester.

The operation continued from at least 2002 through July 2010, with McAuley running it even after he was taken into custody on a racketeering charge in 2007.

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Legendary Custom Builder Cliff Vaughs Dies

Cliff Vaughs -- the man most often credited with building one of the most iconic choppers of all time -- has died. He was 79 years old.

Vaughs is credited with being the brains behind the “Captain America” bike that Peter Fonda rode in Easy Rider. Though, it took many years after the film came out for him to receive that credit.

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Vaughs created both the “Captain America” bike, as well as the “Billy” motorcycle ridden by Dennis Hopper. He created two additional copies, which were used in stunts. All four were ultimately destroyed or disappeared from the set after filming. The bikes have become so much a part of motorcycling legend that a few years ago a chopper that owners claimed as the original Captain America sold for $1.35 million despite questions over its authenticity.

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Accused Gypsy Joker murderers seek bail

Loggers in Clark County found the body of Robert Lee Huggins on July 1, 2015

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – Prosecutors will fight to keep three accused murder suspects with ties to the Gypsy Joker motorcycle gang locked up.

The hearing for Mark Leroy Dencklau, Tiler Evan Pribbernow and Earl Deverle Fisher is scheduled to go all day Monday. It will continue into Tuesday as well.

Robert Huggins, seen in a 2012 photo from the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, was killed and dumped in a field in Clark County on July 1, 2015

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Motorcycle club visit leads to arrests in Palm Springs

Police arrested several members of the Mongols Motorcycle Club during the group's annual visit to Palm Springs this weekend.

Palm Springs police made "several warrant arrests and issued a few dozen citations," although the motorcycle club's visit concluded "without any major incidents," Lt. Mike Kovaleff said. Kovaleff said the warrants included misdemeanors and felonies, although he didn't have more specific details Sunday afternoon. During past visits to Palm Springs, several Mongols have been arrested on weapons-related charges.

The motorcycle club has 50 chapters in California, including one in Riverside, as well as chapters in 14 other states and several other countries. The annual Palm Springs visit generally draws hundreds of club members. They stayed at the Palm Springs Hilton this year.

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NHTSA investigates Harley-Davidson motorcycle brake failures

MILWAUKEE — The federal government is investigating complaints from Harley-Davidson owners who say their motorcycle brakes failed without warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said the investigation covers 430,000 motorcycles with model years from 2008 through 2011. The investigation stems from bikes with an anti-lock braking system, according to NHTSA.

Riders reported that the brakes on the hand lever and foot pedal did not work, causing one driver to crash into a garage door. Government regulators said they received 43 complaints, three reports of crashes and two reports of injuries.

Regulators said it is possible that some riders who experienced brake failure did not change the motorcycle's brake fluid every two years as recommended by Milwaukee-based Harley-Davidson Inc.

The investigation is not a motorcycle product safety recall. Harley-Davidson said it is aware of the investigation and is cooperating with regulators.

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Doctor, members of Pagans Motorcycle Club guilty in pill mill case

PHILADELPHIA (WTXF) - A doctor accused of running a pill mill along with members of the Pagans Motorcycle Club has been found guilty of more than 100 counts of distribution of controlled substances. Now, he faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years in prison.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania reports Dr. William J. O’Brien III was convicted of dispensing “approximately 378,914 pills which contained 10 mg, 15 mg or 30 mg of oxycodone; and approximately 160,492 methadone pills. The estimated street value of the controlled substances sold by the conspiracy was estimated at approximately $5 million. O’Brien generated for himself an estimated $2 million in cash proceeds from the drug trafficking conspiracy” between March 2012 and January 2015.

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AFOSI briefs on Outlaw motorcycle gangs

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. --

The 8th Field Investigations Squadron of the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI) conducted a briefing on outlaw motorcycle gangs June 9, 2016, at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado. The briefing consisted of a background on all the major motorcycle gangs, what they deal in, and how to identify them. There are a total of 33,000 gangs in the United States today. Roughly 300 of those gangs consider themselves outlaw motorcycle gangs, approximately 2.5 percent.

“Most people would think that’s not a big deal, but it is because of the level of violence, they contribute to that number,” said Special Agent Alexa Garza, 8 FIS AFOSI.

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Hempstead Village biker brawl averted, Nassau police say

As many as 100 bikers surrounded the Hells Angels clubhouse in Hempstead Village on Sunday, ready for a clash, but left after police showed up in force, authorities said Monday about an incident that remains under investigation.

A group called the Unknown Bikers motorcycle club came “in force to retrieve vests” — clothing with colors or emblems that represent the group — after they were taken.

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5 shot, 1 killed in shooting at Atlanta club

ATLANTA — Police say a total of five people were shot and one person killed at an Atlanta motorcycle club early Sunday.

The shooting occurred at Strikers Club, located in the 1500 block of Moreland Avenue SE.

Anthony Sheppard Sr. says Strikers was packed Saturday night into Sunday morning with hundreds of people celebrating the motorcycle club’s 38th anniversary. He says chaos erupted after a fight broke out and shots were fired at around 3am.

“Shots just rang out. We didn’t know where the shots were coming from. It was just pow pow pow pow,” Sheppard told WGCL.

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