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Hundreds of members of outlaw Mongols motorcycle club staying in Palm Springs this weekend

(video) --- If you see more police on the streets of Palm Springs this weekend, it's because the notorious Mongols Motorcycle Club is coming to town.

The group will be holding a membership meeting at the Hilton hotel in Downtown Palm Springs and Palm Springs police will increase its presence in what police Lt. Frank Browning called "an abundance of caution."

Police wouldn't comment on their plans, but Browning, in a post on the social media site Nextdoor, said the department was expecting several hundred members of the Mongols to hit the streets this weekend.

"We have sought out the assistance of numerous police agencies to ensure everyone’s safety, and security remains a priority," he wrote.

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San Antonio judge hands star witness in Bandidos trial five years in prison, instead of life

(2 images) --- A former high-ranking member of the Bandidos who was the first to publicly testify about the inner workings and criminal dealings of the outlaw motorcycle club was sentenced Wednesday to a reduced sentence of five years in prison without parole.

“I want to apologize to my family for everything I put them through,” Justin Cole Forster, 34, told Senior U.S. District Judge David Ezra. “I take responsibility for my actions. I am truly sorry for my actions. … I’m ready to put this behind me and move on with my life and be a contributing member of society.”

The judge noted that Forster was “no meek and mild participant in the Bandidos. This was no Don Knotts so to speak.”

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Did prosecutor hide evidence in Pagans' murder case? 3 staffers say he may have

Three long-time staff members in the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office have come forward to accuse their boss, Prosecutor Damon Tyner, of possibly hiding evidence in a high-profile murder case. 

The employees -- one current and two former staffers -- claim in an explosive letter that Tyner failed to disclose information that potentially could have helped the suspect's defense "so as not to damage the prosecution of the case."

Ferdinand "Freddy" Augello, the Cape May County chapter president of the Pagans, was found guilty last week of conspiring to murder well-known radio host April Kauffman in 2012. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 5. 

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Police records: Upland council candidate Rudy Zuñiga is Vagos outlaw motorcycle gang member

A candidate for Upland City Council is more than the business owner he declares himself to be on the November ballot, according to records from Upland police. Rudy Zuñiga, 47, is a documented member of the Vagos outlaw motorcycle gang, police records show, leading the city’s top cop to question his fitness for elected office.

During a traffic stop seven years ago, Zuñiga told Upland police Officer Maurice Duran he was a member of the outlaw group, according to the field interview report filed by Duran that day. Since Zuñiga announced his candidacy for Upland City Council, he has made mention of his affiliation with motorcycle enthusiasts but has not publicly identified the group.

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Euclid police officer fired after Willoughby bar fight arrest

The former officer reportedly pointed a gun at a man’s head during the physical altercation

EUCLID, OH (WOIO) - Euclid police officer Todd Gauntner has been terminated from the department on Sept. 17 after being arrested for using weapons while intoxicated at a Willoughby bar.

The Willoughby Police Department says Gauntner was at Frank & Tony’s Place on Second Street when a fight broke out at 1:19 a.m. on Aug. 24.

A bartender reportedly called police for five men fighting, going behind the bar and breaking bottles when one of them pulled a gun out and held it to another patron’s head.

Willoughby Police confirm Gauntner received injuries to his face and head as a result of the fight, but none of the employees were injured.

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Five alleged members of motorcycle gang now face murder charges in slaying of rival gang member

A Tulsa slaying that police say occurred during a brawl between rival motorcycle gangs this summer now has led to five alleged members facing murder charges. 

Dwayne Anthony Arceneaux, 44, also known as D-Train, and Leon Anthony Harris, 47, were charged Sept. 19 in Tulsa County District Court with second-degree murder or, in the alternative, first-degree manslaughter in the heat of passion. They also face charges of aggravated assault and battery or, in the alternative, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and committing a gang-related offense. 

Three others — Kenneth Ray Walters, 40, also known as Dallas; Kevin Lee Fields, 45, also known as Black Superman; and Mark E. Alexander, 48, also known as Dirty — were charged with the same crimes in August.

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Hells Angels ambushed Pagans in Augusta County shooting

STAUNTON - During the early morning hours of Sept. 10 at the Hometown Inn near Greenville, five men — four of them reportedly members of the Hells Angels motorcycle gang and the other a prospect — were lying in wait after two members of the rival Pagans Motorcycle Club were spotted across the street at the Pilot Travel Center.

Roughly 90 minutes later, as the two Pagans pulled into the motel parking lot on their motorcycles, an ambush was unleashed, based on video evidence shown Thursday in Augusta County Circuit Court.

One of the Pagans was shot, the other knocked off his motorcycle and beaten with a hammer.

Prior to the shooting, which took place shortly before 3 a.m., after the two Pagans were seen at the travel center, one of the motorcycle gang members rousted four others from their rooms at the motel.

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Atascadero Police make arrests in possible gang-related assault

Suspects may have ties to Vagos Motorcycle Gang

ATASCADERO, Calif. - Police have arrested two people with possible ties to a California gang involved in a late night shooting in Atascadero.

Atascadero Police responded to a report of a fight behind the bar, Whiskey & June, located at 5950 El Camino Real around 1: 40 a.m. on Wednesday. Police say a physical fight between two people escalated when one man retrieved a handgun from his truck and pointed it at the victim. The man fired a single round at the victim but missed. 

San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Department confirmed that the suspect involved in the late night assault may have possible ties to the Vagos Motorcycle Gang.

Around 11:51 a.m., officers located the possible suspect in a black truck on Olmeda and Rosario. Officers followed the truck and made a high-risk stop at the Stow It Mini Storage facility on Traffic Way.

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San Antonio judge sentences Bandido turned informant to 15 years without parole

A former high-ranking member of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club who helped federal authorities convict the top two leaders of the biker gang received 15 years without parole Wednesday, making a tearful apology and promising to continue to cooperate

“I’m remorseful for what I’ve done. I apologize to the family of Anthony Benesh,” “Downtown” Johnny Romo, 48, told the judge, crying. “ I took a man’s life. It’s been a heavy burden on me for many years. Now I have to live with it.”

Romo rose to become a sergeant-at-arms in the Bandidos’ national chapter before he turned informant and became a key prosecution witness in the three-month trial of former national president Jeffrey Fay Pike and then-vice president John Xavier Portillo. The pair were sentenced last week to life in prison without parole for leading the Bandidos’ racketeering conspiracy.

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Former leader of Outlaws Motorcycle Club pleads guilty to racketeering conspiracy

SCHERERVILLE, Ind. — Orville Cochran, a former leader of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club has pleaded guilty to one count in a four-count federal indictment — racketeering conspiracy. He and others are alleged to have conspired to assault and murder members of rival biker groups in Indiana in the 1990s.

In 2001, a warrant was issued for Cochran’s arrest, out of Milwaukee, by the U.S. Marshals.

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