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Fugitive Outlaws leader takes plea deal in Milwaukee

A former longtime fugitive leader of the Outlaws motorcycle gang has pleaded guilty in exchange for a 15-year term in federal prison.

Randy "Mad" Yager, 60, was indicted on charges of racketeering and conspiracy that could have landed him in prison for life. Yager had been set to go to trial this week.

Yager, originally of Crown Point, Ind., was first indicted with 16 others in 1997.

Yager is accused of participating in murders, arson and bombings aimed at rival clubs in the 1990s, while he was a regional boss of the Outlaws. The crimes did not occur in Milwaukee, but Yager was boss of the region that included Milwaukee, a stronghold of the gang.

On the day of the bust in 1997, Yager was at a Las Vegas hotel and fled. He landed on the U.S. Marshals Service Most Wanted list and was arrested in October 2014 in Mexico, where he had been using an assumed name.

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Veteran Amputee and Former Hell's Angel to Climb Mount Everest Together: 'The Reward Is Greater Than Any Risk'

"I gave my body to my country," former Marine Charlie Linville, who had his right leg amputated below the knee after surviving a bomb blast in Afghanistan, tells PEOPLE. "And I'm proud of that. I'm proud of my service.

"I'm not upset about my injury, but I can't take people feeling sorry for me."

The 30-year-old father of two from Boise, Idaho, knows he may never be able to stop people from staring, or from treating him like needs help or deserves pity, but he is going to the ends of the earth to prove his strength – both inside and out – to himself and other veterans.

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DA calls comments from Twin Peaks attorney "sadly inaccurate"

WACO, TX (KXXV) -

A Houston attorney says 39 Twin Peaks bikers, including two he represents, have been released from their bond obligations with no charges pending - but prosecutors called his claims "sadly inaccurate". 

Houston Attorney Paul Looney said in a press release the extended term of the McLennan County grand jury expired Thursday night at midnight and the prosecutions against those bikers are "terminated by the operation of law and their cases are dismissed."

District Attorney Abel Reyna disagreed late Thursday afternoon, releasing a statement that said, "We have not filed any dismissals in any of the remaining Twin Peaks cases.  Furthermore, any McLennan County Grand Jury can hear evidence on this matter and decide to issue additional indictments."

"This is an ongoing, continuing criminal investigation," he added.

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Promoter Says City Will Make Money Off Motorcycle Rally

Reno-based promoter comes to Hollister to brief residents, businesses and city officials on its plans for motorcycle rally

Words can be cheap or even meaningless. But if what Roadshows Inc. had to say March 30 at The Vault to residents, business people and city officials about its plans for the 2016 Hollister Independence Rally is factual, then this year’s event just might generate confidence locally and bring many thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts to the world-famous event.

The clincher, as Randy Burke, president of Roadshows Inc., promised, “We’ll make money and the city will make money.”

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Denver police still investigating motorcyle expo fatal shooting

The Colorado Department of Corrections employee identified as a participant in the brawl is no longer on administrative leave

It has been two months since one man was killed and seven others were wounded in a brawl at Denver's Motorcycle Expo, but police have not decided whether to bring charges against anyone involved.

Police had little to say about the case this week other than the investigation is ongoing.

"What I can tell you is that we are still actively investigating this case, and that the case will be presented to the DA's Office upon conclusion of the investigation — though there is no timeline for when that will occur. The commander did not wish to elaborate on the investigative process or timeline to this point," Denver Police Department spokesman Doug Schepman said in an e-mail in response to The Denver Post's query.

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Two additional Twin Peaks bikers named in sealed indictments arrested

Two more of the six bikers who were named in sealed indictments last week were arrested on charges of engaging in criminal activity Wednesday, unsealing the indictments.

Richard Dewayne Smith, 39, and Richard Clarence Lockhart, 46, were each arrested on a first-degree felony engaging in organized criminal activity charge for their alleged role in the May 17 biker shootout at Twin Peaks. Both men were subsquently released from custody by Wednesday afternoon after each posted a $250,000 surety bond.

Officials report that Smith is a member of the Bandidos motorcycle club and Lockhart is a member of the Compañeros motorcycle club — a support group of the Bandidos. Both men were in two of six sealed indictments that were returned by a McLennan County grand jury last week. The grand jury returned a total of 48 indictments last week, but sealed six for suspects who had not previously been arrested.

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Danell Lynn Sets World Record for Longest Journey by Motorcycle in a Single Country

Giant Loop has announced that sponsored rider Danell Lynn has set a new Guinness World Record for “Longest journey by motorcycle in a single country.” Traveling for a year on her Triumph Bonneville equipped with Giant Loop gear, Lynn covered 48,600 miles while riding throughout the contiguous 48 states of the Unite States of America. Lynn is the first solo woman motorcyclist to hold the record.

Although her travels actually covered all 50 states, as well as three Canadian provinces, totaling more than 53,000 miles from September 2014 through September 2015, Guinness only counted the miles logged within the continental 48 states. Duplicate miles also did not apply to the record; each of the 48,600 miles covered different routes.

For her world record setting ride, Lynn used Giant Loop’s Siskiyou Panniers, Fandango Pro Tank Bag, Tillamook Dry Bag, Rogue Dry Bag, Possibles Pouch and Pronghorn Straps on her 2006 Triumph Bonneville.

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New Port Richey officer arrested for eluding after motorcycle chase that topped 120 miles per hour

BROOKSVILLE, Fla. - A New Port Richey officer and his girlfriend were arrested in Hernando County for fleeing from a deputy on Thursday morning.

Francis Downey and Tiffany Brush were spotted by the deputy going more than 85 mph in a 50 mph zone. This occurred near Cortez and Deltona Boulevards.

The Hernando County Sheriff's deputy activated his emergency lights, and that's when both motorcycles sped up, according to the report. The deputy reported Brush accelerated to 120 mph in an apparent attempt to flee. The report said Downey got out of range too fast for the radar to process how fast he was driving.

The deputy disengaged, but Brush crashed at Cortez Boulevard and Winter Street and ran from the scene. Running the registration led the deputy to Brush, who was receiving treatment at a nearby hospital.

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Bandidos leader fighting federal charges and outlaw reputation

Motorcycle club is about brotherhood, not crime, former president says

Jeff Pike makes his way through the crowd with a cup of Crown Royal whiskey and water in his hand and dark sunglasses framing his gray crew cut.

The leader of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club wears a dark denim vest adorned with patches that say things such as "Expect No Mercy," but he smiles at everyone.

 

"How ya doing, brother?" Pike asks as he stops for another hug. "Good to see you. Good to see everybody."

 

At a 50th anniversary gathering of Bandidos, on a recent Saturday afternoon along the banks of the San Jacinto River, one thing was clear: Among these people, Pike is a rock star, a father figure, a man who inspires and awes.

"I love him to death," said someone known as "Baytown Rob." "He gives me the chills. A great, great man."

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$3.5M claim filed in Eagle Nation shooting

A claim totaling more than $3.5 million has been filed against the city of Neenah and three police officers stemming from the Dec. 5 shooting death of Michael L. Funk during a hostage standoff at Eagle Nation Cycles.

It was filed Thursday by Funk's widow, Theresa Mason-Funk, and is a prelude to an expected federal lawsuit, according to a release from attorney Howard B. Schoenfeld of DeWitt Ross & Stevens.

The city and the three officers have 120 days to determine if they want to resolve the matter without litigation, the law firm said. Schoenfeld served the documents on the city of Neenah and three Neenah police officers — Craig Hoffer, Jonathan Kuffel and Robert Ross.

Late Thursday night, the city released a statement saying the claim is under review and has been referred to its defense counsel, Gunta Law Office.

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