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Hitman revealed in 2012 he killed April Kauffman, nephew says

MAYS LANDING —  During a fishing trip in the summer of 2012, Francis Mulholland pointed to a picture of April Kauffman and told his nephew that he'd killed the radio host and veterans advocate for money, jurors in the murder trial of Ferdinand Augello were told Wednesday.

But Timothy Sarzynski never told authorities until this year after charges were announced.

“We stopped at a Wawa, he brought out a magazine cover and pointed to a picture on it and said he did that,” Sarzynski told the jury during the eighth day of the trial.

Sarzynski identified the person on the cover as April Kauffman. He said he didn't report it because he didn’t believe his uncle, who he said often made up stories.

“He told me he walked into her bedroom, shot her twice in the back of the head and was paid $50,000 to do so,” Sarzynski said. 

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PCSO: 3 in custody in 2016 double murder; known gang member arrested Tuesday

APACHE JUNCTION, AZ - The Pinal County Sheriff's Office says three men have been identified in connection with a 2016 double homicide in Apache Junction.

According to PCSO, 31-year-old Clint Wendelschafer, a known motorcycle gang member, was arrested on Tuesday near Ellsworth and Adobe roads in Mesa. He was wanted for his involvement in the murders of 51-year-old Keith Andrew Long and 45-year-old Renae Gardner in May 2016.

Long and Gardner were asleep when they were shot and killed at their Apache Junction home. PCSO says their bodies were eventually dumped in separate places; Long's body was found in a canal in San Tan Valley and Gardner's body was found along the Beeline Highway. 

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Euclid mayor fires officer who placed gun to man's head during bar brawl with Hell's Angels

EUCLID, Ohio -- Euclid Mayor Kirsten Holzheimer Gail has fired a city police officer after he pulled out a gun during a fight with suspected members of the Hell's Angels motorcycle gang at a Willoughby bar last month. 

Todd Gauntner, 32, was charged with using a weapon while under intoxication in an incident that happened in the early morning hours of Aug. 24 at Frank and Tony's Place on 2nd Street in Willoughby, Willoughby police said. 

Gauntner and two other men -- Dustin Wolf, 28, and Bradley Peterson, 39 -- got into an argument that turned into a physical brawl police said.

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High-ranking Bandidos member tied to 2006 Austin killing sentenced to life in prison

The former national vice president of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club received two consecutive life sentences and an additional 20 years in federal prison on Monday following his conviction in May on drug trafficking and racketeering charges.

John Xavier Portillo, 59, was also ordered to surrender his motorcycle, three firearms and nearly $18,000 in cash that were seized in 2016, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Portillo, along with Bandidos’ national president Jeffrey Fay Pike, 63, was convicted on more than a dozen counts, including some in connection with the killing of Anthony Benesh, who was trying to start a Texas Chapter of the Hell’s Angels, a rival club, in Austin. 

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San Antonio man, the Bandidos one-time second in command, could get life in prison

(photo gallery) --- The Bandidos Motorcycle Club’s former second in command, a San Antonio man who directed the biker group’s violent racketeering enterprise, including drug dealing, extortion, beatings and murder, is expected to be sentenced Monday to life in prison.

Senior U.S. District Judge David Ezra is scheduled to sentence John Xavier Portillo, the national vice president of the Bandidos, at a morning hearing. Portillo, 58, served as second in command for national president Jeffrey Fay Pike, 62, of Conroe, who led the club for more than a decade.

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Suspected Mongol member involved in fight at Fort Worth hotel bar, police say

FORT WORTH

A fight erupted early Sunday at a hotel bar involving a suspected Mongol biker member that drew the attention of 10 patrol cars, but no serious injuries were reported, police said.

In addition, police said Sunday no arrests were made.

Police have been on high alert this weekend after agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives alerted local authorities the motorcycle gang had a rally planned in the city.

The Mongols have been called the “most violent and dangerous” outlaw motorcycle gang in the nation, according to the Department of Justice website.
 

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Who are the Mongols anyway? Here’s what the biker club says about being in Fort Worth

(video) --- On Saturday night, members of the Mongols motorcycle gang stood outside a bar in the Fort Worth Stockyards, talking with bar employees and passersby.

A woman across the street appeared to take a picture of the four men, who were all wearing black leather vests with patches saying “Mongols” and “Lifetime member.”

Two of them, one of whom introduced himself as Blade, yelled across the street.

“Wait, take another one!” he said, posing with his arm around another member and smiling broadly.

The woman put her phone down and walked away.

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Motorcycle Cannonball roars into town

(Video) --- About 100 motorcyclists rumbled into Great Falls on Wednesday afternoon all on antique motorcycles for the 2018 Motorcycle Cannonball.

The coast-to-coast run began in Portland, Maine on September 8 and plans to finish in Portland, Oregon on September 23. The group arrived in Great Falls around 3 p.m. at Big Sky Harley Davidson where the public was allowed to view the bikes and visit with participants about the journey.

Owner and promoter Jason Sims said the run is a challenge of man versus machine.

“The real objective is to get from point A to point B,” he said.

The Motorcycle Cannonball calls itself the most difficult antique endurance run in the world. The riders are expected to reach a destination within a set time limit and face penalties for missed miles or late arrivals.

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Motorcycle Clubs are breaking the "outlaw" stereotype

Motorcycle clubs meet at the VFW every Thursdays

SAN ANGELO, TX - Motorcycle Clubs are breaking the "outlaw" stereotype that has been pinned to them.

The Club Manager at VFW, Janet Sheppard, says, "I've been asked many times why I let the motorcycle clubs hang out at the VFW. Most of the times the people in these motorcycle clubs are either active duty or veterans, and the VFW is there home."

As non-members of the American Motorcyclist Association, and incidents, such as the shootout involving MC affiliates in Waco, Texas, are some of the things that created the outlaw stereotype of motorcycle clubs.

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Augello tapes weave tale of Mexican cartel, plot to kill Kauffman

MAYS LANDING — At the state’s behest, Andrew Glick told his friend and fellow Pagans motorcycle club member Ferdinand “Freddy” Augello that a Mexican drug cartel was willing to take out James Kauffman in jail to avoid losing one of their best clients.

Glick took the stand again during the third day of the April Kauffman murder trial Wednesday.

In several secretly recorded conversations with Augello — the only man left alive charged in the May 10, 2012, murder of April Kauffman — Glick tells Augello he has someone who will poison the doctor’s commissary and the two discuss when and how it would happen.

“I brought it up that I had been approached by the people that I had been in business with ... that they had offered their assistance,” Glick told Atlantic County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Seth Levy.

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