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Awaiting trial, ex-Outlaws boss rails on snitches, invokes Drew Peterson case

There’s a patch worn by supporters of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club that sums up the sentiment of biker gangs toward informants. “Snitches are a dying breed,” it says.

These days, former Chicago Outlaws boss Orville “Orvie” Cochran, once one of Chicago’s most-wanted fugitives, is worried about informants turning on him. In a letter to a judge, he has expressed concern that someone might try to frame him as he sits in jail in Wisconsin awaiting trial in a racketeering case that accuses him and five of his onetime biker brothers of murder and mayhem.

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Biker landscape changing as Outlaws boss freed on charge

The president of the London Outlaws motorcycle club has walked away from a charge of organizing a hit on a member of the rival Hells Angels, The Free Press has learned.

The Crown withdrew the charge against Ryan Daigneault, 42, Thursday, one week before he was supposed to go to trial for counselling to commit murder.

Related firearm charges against co-accused Daniel Tranquair, 31, also were withdrawn.

The sudden release of Daigneault could change the already shifting biker landscape in Southwestern Ontario, with police warning recently of increased tensions between the two clubs.

The Hells Angels will not be pleased Daigneault was freed and will push for retribution, they say.

“The Hells Angels will lose credibility if nothing happens,” one longtime Outlaw biker said.

“This is a serious matter. There have been threats on both sides. This could be dangerous for the public, if it gets out of hand.”

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Outlaw bikers caught on video beating man in bar plead guilty

(video) -- BAY CITY, MI -- Two biker buds who beat a fellow bar patron for, so they thought, taking a photo of their Outlaws Motorcycle Club apparel have pleaded guilty as charged.

Eric J. Kerkau, 47, and Arthur R. Miller, 33, on Monday, June 18, appeared before Bay County Circuit Judge Harry P. Gill and pleaded guilty to assault with intent to cause great bodily harm less than murder. The charge is a 10-year felony.

The men each faced that charge and no others. They pleaded two days before their trials were to begin.

The prosecution agreed both men's sentencing guidelines would range from zero to 17 months. The prosecution also agreed not to seek habitual offender sentencing enhancement in either man's case. Court records indicate each man has three misdemeanor convictions.

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Mystery end to gang pad kidnap charges

Charges laid after a police raid in which a badly injured man was rescued from a Napier gang pad have been withdrawn.

But the charges have been withdrawn without prejudice, meaning police can still lay charges again if they decide to.

The charges, stemming from a Saturday afternoon raid at the headquarters of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club in Kenny Ave, Ahuriri, five months ago, were withdrawn without explanation and without appearances by any of the trio before Judge Geoff Rea in Napier District Court yesterday.

Seth John Forde, 39, Dyllan John Henderson, now 32, and Ropine Robin Paul, 23, had been jointly charged with unlawfully detaining a 31-year-old and wounding him with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. They had denied the charges.

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Crews respond to fire at motorcycle club hangout

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) - Knoxville Fire Department responded to a reported house fire at a known clubhouse for a motorcycle club in the early hours of Friday morning. 

At 2:50 a.m. Friday morning, units from the Knoxville Fire Department responded to 205 Clifton Rd. off Western Avenue for report of a structural fire. When firefighters arrived they found heavy flames at the front porch area of the structure, and active fire in the attic.

Fire crews immediately went to work extinguishing the flames while additional manpower searched the structure for any possible victims, none were found. The two-story stone structure is a known clubhouse for the motorcycle club the “Outlaws”.

No injuries are reported, and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

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Biker pulls knife on cop, police allege

KINGSTON, Ont. — Police say a 20-year-old Kingston, Ont., man is facing charges after allegedly pulling a knife on an officer during a road rage incident.

They say a plainclothes officer with the Kingston street crimes unit was driving an unmarked car when the incident occurred on Tuesday night.

It's alleged the accused, who was driving a motorcycle side-by-side with two other bikes, gestured at the officer with his middle finger and the officer noticed the riders were wearing patches aligning themselves with a motorcycle club.

When the officer turned around to get licence plate numbers, the bikes pulled over and the officer confirmed two of the riders were wearing Outlaws MC vests while the third had Outlaws MC stickers on his motorcycle.

Investigators allege the accused got off his motorcycle, approached the officer in an aggressive manner, pulled out a large hunting-style knife and made a stabbing motion as he began yelling.

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Outlaw motorcycle gang member assaults man in downtown Greeley bar, warrant states

A member of an outlaw motorcycle gang could face multiple criminal charges after police say he beat another man Sunday night in the bathroom of a downtown Greeley bar.

Peter Salem Brunk, 49, turned himself in to the Weld County Jail Thursday afternoon and remains there with no bond, according to Sgt. Joe Tymkowych of the Greeley Police Department. Brunk, a known outlaw motorcycle gang member, was wanted on suspicion of felony and misdemeanor assault charges, as well as false imprisonment.

The warrant for his arrest came after William Hanson said he had a run-in with Brunk Sunday night at the Tilted Kilt, 610 9th Ave. in Greeley. Hanson would later tell police he'd been drinking with coworkers at the bar that night. Other members of the group said Brunk approached them, telling them he was a "lieutenant" with the motorcycle gang. He wore a black vest dotted with patches, and had long brown hair, the warrant states. Brunk told the group the bar was "their bar."

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Attorneys claim Mokena woman’s 2017 death a suicide, not murder

Will County sheriff deputy chief rejects suicide claim

JOLIET – Attorneys for the man accused of killing a 24-year-old Mokena woman believe they can prove she took her own life, according to recent court filings.

Neil Patel, attorney for Jeremy Boshears, 32, of Coal City, stated in a March 18 court motion that a “good-faith argument” exists that Kaitlyn Kearns “took her own life by raising a gun to her head,” contrary to an indictment that charged Boshears with killing her.

Patel seeks to use an expert to see if the crime scene could be reconstructed to support this defense, as well as medical records of Kearns’ alleged history of acute mental health issues.

“The records would be highly exculpatory and support the conclusion that the victim killed herself,” Patel argued.

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Court sides with cops on using biker photos in lobbying

Fighting a bill that would have allowed Floridians to openly carry guns, two Orange County sheriff’s officers in 2011 moved forward with a plan to give lawmakers a glimpse of some people who might be able to pack heat publicly.

The officers pulled together booking or driver’s license photos of “one percenters” — members of motorcycle clubs — who might be able to openly carry guns and provided the photos to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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Man testifies 2 bikers beat, kicked him in Bay City bar over supposed photo

BAY CITY, MI -- In a quiet courtroom, a prosecutor played video footage of a man being knocked from his bar stool and punched and stomped by two other men. According to witnesses, the beatdown was perpetrated by two bikers who were vexed over a photo the assaulted man had reportedly taken.

And to hear the victim tell it, he hadn't even taken a photo in the first place.

Such was the testimony during the March 6 preliminary examination of Eric J. Kerkau, 46, and Arthur R. Miller, 33, both charged with a 10-year felony count of assault with intent to cause great bodily harm.

Ashley Schwartz, the first witness called by Bay County Assistant Prosecutor Thomas, testified she had been bartending at the Whyte Goose Inn, 108 State St., the early morning of Dec. 27. About 1 a.m., an argument broke out between Scott M. Peterson, 49, and Kerkau and Miller regarding a photo Peterson had supposedly taken, Schwartz said.