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Investigators to monitor biker gang member funerals following deadly attack

(video)--PASCO COUNTY, Fla. — Local law enforcement officials worry a deadly attack between motorcycle gangs could bring retaliation and even more violence to public events. 

Police agencies across Tampa Bay are now monitoring several upcoming funerals for motorcycle club members.

"We’re not going into great detail about what we are doing but there are a couple of funerals coming up that we’re keeping our eye on," said Kevin Doll with the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. 

Saturday marks the funeral for a documented member of the "69 Motorcycle Club" at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Tampa. Pasco deputies last week arrested three men from the same gang for the shooting death of Paul Anderson, 44, president of a rival gang, "Outlaw Motorcycle Club" in Pasco County. 

Thu
28
Dec
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Suspect in Pub stabbing out on $100,000 bail

Brandon Burlingame, 35, the Lathrop firefighter charged with premeditated attempted murder, bailed out of San Joaquin County Jail on Dec. 23 and was arraigned Wednesday on the felony charges filed against him.
Burlingame is an engineer with the Lathrop-Manteca Fire District where he has been employed for some 12 years. He is suspected of assaulting a patron at a pub at 10 p.m., on Saturday Dec. 1. He reportedly had been wearing a Jus Brothers Motorcycle Riders patch identical to one posted on his Facebook page.
The Jus Brothers Motorcycle Riders are seen by police as an affiliate of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club.

Tue
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Swap Meet To Return To Stock Show Complex After Motorcycle Club Shooting

(video)---DENVER (CBS4) – Two years after a motorcycle club member was murdered at a swap meet, the event is being allowed to return to the National Western Stock Show complex.

One person was killed and several others wounded in a confrontation between two motorcycle clubs in February 2016.

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Derrick Duran, a member of the Iron Order, was not charged after he claimed he fired in self defense at a member of  the Mongols.

Mon
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Arkansas biker festival's charity donations nearing $2 million

FAYETTEVILLE -- Bikes, Blues & BBQ is going to have to change the tagline on its website.

It touts the rally as the world's largest charity motorcycle rally, adding that over the course of 17 years, the annual event "has realized over $1.5 million to local charities."

As of this year, that number is more like $1.75 million.

About 40 organizations received more than $270,000 thanks to this year's festival. That figure tops last year's record-setting $230,000. Last year also marked the start of the rally's 10-year, $200,000 commitment to Arkansas Children's Northwest hospital.

Executive Director Tommy Sisemore estimated 300,000 people attended this year's event, fewer than the 325,000 or so in 2016. However, heavier charitable giving in the earlier days of the festival, Wednesday and Thursday, likely made a difference. That, and running the event more efficiently probably played a role, he said.

Sat
23
Dec
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The Kingsmen, in the eyes of New York State, are no more

For more than six decades, the gold knight's helmet with the red plume on top – a frequent sight on local streets and highways – served as a reminder of the Kingsmen Motorcycle Club's dominating presence here.

No other biker club enjoyed deeper roots in the community.

But earlier this month, a yearlong legal fight over the Kingsmen name and organization resulted in a court-approved agreement requiring the club's two factions to form new clubs under new names.

In short, the Kingsmen, at least in the eyes of New York State, are no more.

Not surprisingly, in an organization whose motto is "Live Kingsmen, Die Kingsmen," both sides are disappointed in the outcome.

"That is as important, if not more important than, the ownership of any property," said Charles J. Marchese, a lawyer for the previous leadership, of the Kingsmen name and history.

Sat
23
Dec
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Ghost Riders Motorcycle Club toy run raises $10,000

Members of the Ghost Riders Motorcycle Club traded their helmets for Santa hats again this year as they raised over $10,000 to help buy Christmas for over 100 families this year.

A lot of funding comes from the club’s annual toy run. This year approximately 110 motorcycles started from Boxcar Grille through downtown Marion to Old Fort to raise money and donate toys for needy families.

“This year it was over 100 families that needed help. This club raised $10,000 here within six to seven weeks. We made sure we got what they needed,” said James Johnsons of the Ghost Riders Club.

 

The club teamed up with New Testament Baptist Church of Old Fort to find out the wants and needs of children and distribute gifts and bicycles.

Fri
22
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Driver sentenced in May crash that killed 3 motorcyclists

 PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) - An Oregon woman was sentenced to nearly 2 years in prison for the wreck that killed three motorcycle riders in May.
 
The East Oregonian reports 50-year-old Lisa Niehaus pleaded guilty last month to multiple assault charges and three counts of criminally negligent homicide.
 
Authorities say Niehaus was driving on state Highway 19 near Fossil in Central Oregon when she crossed into the oncoming lane traffic, striking a group of motorcycle riders.
 
Authorities say the collision killed two riders and a third died a week later. Six more people were injured. About 45 members of the Gypsy Jokers Motorcycle Club were on the road heading to a local rally.
 
Neihaus says she was blinded by the motorcycle headlights. Prosecutors say there were other distractions.

Fri
22
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Despite arrests, Pasco sheriff fears more violence in wake of motorcycle gang killing

(pics) ---The president of a local chapter of the American Outlaws Motorcycle Association was shot and killed by the president of a rival motorcycle club Thursday afternoon in a public burst of violence that threatens to ignite a gang war, said Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco.

Paul Anderson, 44, was shot while idling in a truck at the red light where the Suncoast Parkway exits to State Road 54 in Odessa, the sheriff said. The shooting took place at about 4:55 p.m. while many other drivers were on the road, deputies said.

"It was probably like a television show or a movie scene," Nocco said.

Fri
22
Dec
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Arrests made after motorcycle club president fatally shot in Pasco Co.

We have new information in a deadly shooting in Pasco County yesterday involving rival motorcycle gangs.  We know the identify of the man killed, and three people have been arrested.

The shooting happened yesterday afternoon along the Suncoast Parkway and State Road 5.  The victim, who has been identified as Paul Anderson, 44, is the president of the local chapter of the Outlaw motorcycle gang. 

Anderson was in the northbound lane of Suncoast Parkway when a couple of guys on motorcycles pulled up. 

One of them tapped on Anderson’s window to get his attention.  Anderson was then shot and killed.

Through an investigation, the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office was able to make three arrests – Michael Dominick Mencher, 51; Alan Guinto, 26; and Christopher Bryant Cosimano, 29.   All were members of the rival motorcycle gang, the 69ers. 

Police say Cosimano was the shooter.

All three going to be charged with first-degree premeditated murder.

Thu
21
Dec
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Sheriff: Biker gang behind homicide near Suncoast Parkway and SR 54 in Pasco County

(video)--Pasco County deputies are investigating a shooting death near Suncoast Parkway and State Road 54.

Sheriff Chris Nocco said the shooting is related to motorcycle gang activity and releases photos of the suspects.

"This shooting, thank God an innocent person was not killed," said Sheriff Nocco. 

A witness heard three loud "pops" and saw the driver of a truck slumped over. Investigators have not released the identity of that driver but tell us he was a documented motorcycle gang member.

PCSO is now asking anyone with information to come forward about the two people who fired the shots, seen riding motorcycles with the tags covered up. 

Sheriff Nocco says it appears this was an internal issue and the victim was targeted. 

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