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4th motorcycle club member files lawsuit over fight with police officers

PITTSBURGH - A new lawsuit has been filed in the bar brawl between motorcycle club members and undercover Pittsburgh police officers.

This is the fourth lawsuit filed by a member of the Pagans motorcycle club stemming from that October fight at Kopy’s Bar on the South Side.

The Pagans claim the officers had been drinking all night and taunting them. They also say the officers started the brawl. 

Criminal charges against the four Pagans were dismissed, and the officers have been on paid suspension since the fight.

In this newest lawsuit, Bruce Thomas claims the officers used excessive force and he's accusing them of malicious prosecution and false arrest. 

Tue
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May
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Upper Township man allegedly ran down biker, then fled scene

An Upper Township man is jailed for attempted murder after a motorcyclist was critically injured in an apparent hit and run.
The victim is in critical condition.
Police received multiple 911 calls at about 2:30 p.m. Sunday, reporting that a possible road rage incident led to a crash involving a motorcycle, according to the affidavit obtained by BreakingAC.
A white Dodge Ram pickup fled the scene, witnesses said.
Officer Brian Miller saw a white Dodge Ram with minor damage to the front bumper stopped in traffic on Mays Landing-Somers Point Road near Old River Road, the report states.
When Miller stopped the truck, driver Noah Frost said he knew nothing about the damage and that the truck was probably struck while parked in the Harrah’s Atlantic City parking garage, according to the affidavit .

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EHT man pleads guilty to witness tampering

MAYS LANDING — An Egg Harbor Township man linked to the April Kauffman murder trial may face a year less one day in prison after pleading guilty to witness tampering, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner announced Friday. 

John Kachbalian, 55, exchanged his plea for a recommended sentence of probation conditioned upon a 364-day sentence in the Atlantic County Justice Facility, a statement said.

Kachbalian, a retired Pagans motorcycle club member known as "Egyptian," was arrested Aug. 30, 2018, following an investigation by the Prosecutor's Office Major Crime Unit and a search warrant executed at his Spray Avenue home. He was charged with witness tampering, invasion of privacy and cyberharassment after posting on social media a seminude photo of one of the witnesses, purported to be Beverly Augello, and calling her a “lying rat," as previously reported by The Press.

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3 men arraigned following raid at Everett clubhouse affiliated with Pagan Motorcycle Club

EVERETT, MASS. (WHDH) - Three men were arraigned Monday following a raid at an Everett clubhouse affiliated with the Pagan Motorcycle Club, officials say.

On Friday at about 10:15 p.m., police executing a search warrant at the clubhouse on Orient Avenue allegedly identified approximately 12 Pagan Motorcycle Club members wearing their club affiliation patches and insignia and multiple other occupants in the clubhouse, according to Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Everett police.

A search of the clubhouse revealed an illegal cash bar and four illegally possessed semi-automatic handguns with loaded magazines as well as a separate magazine containing ammunition, officials say.

James Snow, 28, of Tewksbury, was arrested and charged with two counts of illegal possession of a firearm, illegal possession of a large capacity feeding device, two counts of illegal possession of ammunition, and two counts of improper storage of a firearm.

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Apr
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Pagan’s motorcycle gang leader from Port Orange gets 11 years in meth bust

A Port Orange man who was a leader of the Pagan’s Motorcycle Cub was sentenced Tuesday to 11 years in federal prison for his role in a meth distribution conspiracy, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Brian “Sledge” Burt, 47, pleaded guilty on Jan. 16 to conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Orlando.

[READ MORE: Key West man found guilty of conspiring to supply members of the Pagan’s Motorcycle Club with meth.]

[READ MORE: Members of Pagan’s Motorcycle Club in Volusia, Flagler rounded up.]

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Feb
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U.S. Attorney will not charge Pittsburgh police officers in Kopy’s brawl

The U.S. Attorney’s Office on Wednesday announced it will not file charges against the undercover Pittsburgh police officers involved in a brawl with members of the Pagans motorcycle club at a South Side bar last year.

The FBI was investigating whether there were any civil rights violations by the officers.

“Upon review of the FBI investigation into the incident, the United States Attorney’s Office determined there is no basis for charging any individual with a federal crime,” a statement from the office for the Western District of Pennsylvania said.

The brawl happened early Oct. 12 at Kopy’s Bar and ended with four members of the Pagans motorcycle club in jail.

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Pagan’s Motorcycle Club associate found guilty of supplying meth to Daytona

A federal jury has found a Key West man guilty of conspiring with members of the Pagan’s Motorcycle Club to deliver methamphetamine to the outlaw bikers in Daytona Beach and his hometown.

The verdict in the trial of Keith Kirchoff, 41, came Tuesday and now he faces a maximum of life in prison for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, according to a statement released Wednesday by the U.S. Attorney’s Office. A sentencing date has not been set.

Kirchoff, who was indicted on Aug. 9, is the 19th person to be found guilty as a result of a joint FBI and DEA investigation into drug-trafficking organizations that supplied outlaw motorcycle clubs with methamphetamine in the Central Florida area, the release said.

Members of the Pagan’s Motorcycle Club were among people who have already pleaded guilty to charges of distributing methamphetamine.

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Feb
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3rd member of motorcycle club files lawsuit after South Side bar brawl

PITTSBURGH - A third member of the Pagans motorcycle club has filed a lawsuit against the City of Pittsburgh after an altercation with undercover police officers in a bar.

The fight took place in the early morning hours of Friday, Oct. 12 at Kopys bar in the South Side.

Initially, several members of the motorcycle club were charged, but those charges have since been dropped.

 

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Jan
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FBI searches home of member of Pagans biker gang, doesn’t say why

The search came a week after another member of the same biker gang was found dead outside their home 10 miles away. But authorities won’t say if there’s a connection.

SPRING HILL — FBI agents searched the home of a Pasco County firefighter who is also a member of the Pagans Motorcycle Club on Wednesday, one week after another member of the biker gang was found fatally shot in his driveway.

Agents served a search warrant at 13012 Spencer Court, said an FBI spokesperson. The property is owned by Glen Buzze, according to records.

PREVIOUS COVERAGE: Biker gang member found dead in Spring Hill driveway

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Police: ‘Pagan’ harassment suspect says someone stuck gun in his mouth

WILKES-BARRE — A Wayne County man who claims to be a member of a motorcycle gang told city police someone placed the barrel of a shotgun inside his mouth on Monday.

Police arrested Robert E. Fulmer, 51, of Hawley, on charges he forced his way inside a residence on North Fulton Street and threatened several people saying, “I’m a (expletive) pagan I will kill you and everyone in that house,” according to court records.

During the chaos, Fulmer claimed he was attacked and a shotgun placed in his mouth.

According to the criminal complaint:

Police responded to 105 N. Fulton St. for a report several people had a man on the floor with guns aimed at his head at about 11 a.m. When officers arrived, Fulmer was detained when he was found sitting in a vehicle.

Tiffany Ankadovich told police Fulmer forced himself inside her residence looking for Alyssa Smith.

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