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Several facing trial together for attempted homicide in Charleroi

Several men charged with attempted homicide were formally arraigned Friday afternoon in Washington County Court before Judge John DiSalle in connection with a brutal assault by alleged members of the Pagan Motorcycle Club last April in Charleroi.

The judge set Monday, Dec. 9, as the date for jury selection, and Deputy District Attorneys Leslie Ridge and Jason Walsh notified the defendants they are to be tried together, known as “joinder.”

Attorney Ryan Tutera, who represents Joseph Olinsky, 46, of McKeesport, expects to be defending another client in a homicide case Dec. 9 in Allegheny County Court.

He called the Washington County trial date of Olinsky and co-defendants “a paper date,” noting that the prosecution must diligently pursue trial for those who are incarcerated within 180 days of their arrests.

“It’s realistic from the Commonwealth’s perspective,” Walsh said. “We’re ready to go.”

Fri
20
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Pagan indicted for attempted murder in hit-run of fellow member

A Upper Township man accused of running down a motorcyclist in his truck and then speeding away has been indicted for attempted murder.
Noah Frost allegedly told police that the damage to his white Dodge Ram’s must have happened while it was parked in the Harrah’s Atlantic City parking garage.
But an investigation found that Frost was involved in the hit-and-run, which witnesses said was the result of what appeared to be a road rage incident.
Both men are members of the Pagans Motorcycle Club, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon Tyner previously said. But it was not clear what caused an issue between the two.
The victim, identified in the indictment as Benjamin DiPilla, was critically injured in the crash.

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15
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Big Pine Key Man Arrested For Allegedly Posting Motorcycle Gang-Related Threats On Facebook

FLORIDA KEYS (CBSMiami) – The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a Big Pine Key man they said posted motorcycle gang-related threats on Facebook.

According MCSO, 40-year-old Adam Miller posted a photo of himself wearing a Pagan’s Motorcycle Club baseball cap and holding a knife. Deputies said the caption under Miller’s photo read:

“Support Pagan’s MC or else! Support or life support! Sons of the Fire God coming to a neighborhood near you!”

Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Unit was made aware of the post on Aug. 21.

Detectives with the unit said they knew Miller was a Pagan’s Motorcycle Club member because of previous encounters with law enforcement. Records show Miller has been arrested several times for cocaine possession.

Det. Alexandria Davis confirmed it was Miller’s photo after obtaining a warrant to search his Facebook.

Fri
13
Sep
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Pittsburgh detective involved in Kopy's brawl sues bar, Pagans

The Pittsburgh police detective caught on video last year punching a defenseless member of the Pagans motorcycle club 19 times in the face during a melee at Kopy’s Bar has sued the South Side tavern in federal court as well as the man he repeatedly struck.

Filed Sept. 5 by Detective David Lincoln and his wife, Deborah Siwik, the countersuit offers the most extensive details to date about what led up to the battle royal. Information until now has been vague about what exactly the detectives were doing in the bar on South 12th Street and their perspective on why the wild brawl with four Pagans erupted.

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16
Aug
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Reward increased for information on motorcycle club member's death

James William Earl was found shot to death in his Spring Hill driveway in January.

SPRING HILL, Fla. — An additional reward has been offered for information leading to an arrest in the unsolved killing of a Pasco County motorcycle club member.

On Jan. 16, James William Earl was found shot to death in his Spring Hill driveway. He was a member of the Pagan Motorcycle Club.

The motive, or if the shooting was related to his membership in the club, is unknown.

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DA restricts future testimony from four Pittsburgh cops involved in bar brawl

The Allegheny County District Attorney’s office will not accept testimony from the four Pittsburgh police detectives who last year brawled while undercover with members of the Pagans motorcycle club without corroboration from other officers.

The district attorney’s office learned July 31 that Detectives David Honick, Brian Burgunder, David Lincoln and Brian Martin — who had been on paid leave — were reinstated and reassigned from narcotics to the violent crime unit, according to a letter obtained Thursday by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Sat
10
Aug
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Shots fired at house used by motorcycle gang

WEST WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — Shots were fired Saturday into a West Warwick house hosting a party for the Pagan Motorcycle Club, the Target 12 Investigators have learned.

State Police Major Timothy Sanzi said West Warwick police put out a “be on the lookout” after the shooting in their town at approximately 2:45 p.m.

Witnesses said they saw several vehicles leaving following the shooting and police are actively searching for those cars.

Target 12 Investigator Tim White was told no one was shot at the home on Walker Street, but police were questioning several members of the club.

The Pagan Motorcycle Club is identified by law enforcement as an outlaw motorcycle gang.

Target 12 has learned police are investigating this as a possible attack by a rival motorcycle gang.

This is a developing story. Check back with Eyewitness News for updates.

Thu
18
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Tenth suspect arrested in brutal Pagan assault in Charleroi

CHARLEROI – A 10th suspect has been arrested in a brutal assault by alleged members of the Pagan Motorcycle Club at a Charleroi social club in April.

Online court records indicate the suspect who solicited the assault, Brian A. Keruskin, 57, of Charleroi, was arrested Tuesday afternoon and sent to Washington County jail without bond.

Testimony at a preliminary hearing that morning for six other suspects in the case showed that Keruskin talked on the phone after the assault at the Slovak Club with the man who let the group of Pagans into the bar at 700 McKean Ave.

“I told him it was really bad,” Zachary Yagnich, 26, a club officer testified about his conversation with Keruskin.

“I was scared,” he said.

Prosecutors have not revealed a motive in the April 18 assault of Troy Harris, who had left the Pagans to join a rival group known as Sutars Soldiers.

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6 motorcycle club members charged with attempted homicide in violent attack at bar

CHARLEROI, Pa. - Six members of the Pagan's Motorcycle Club are charged with attempted homicide after allegedly attacking a former member inside a bar in Charleroi, authorities said.

Surveillance video of the attack, which happened in April inside the Slovak Club, was shown in court Tuesday as the six men faced a judge.

The video shows the victim and his wife sitting at the bar. When the men walked in, the victim can be seen reaching out to shake hands before being punched, kicked and stomped on.

The attack lasted less than a minute, police said.

The victim, a former local chapter president of the Pagans who is now with another motorcycle club, was flown to a hospital. He continues to recover.

Defense attorneys for the suspects argued Tuesday that the video does not capture what is happening on the ground.

The victim’s wife testified she crawled between the suspects’ kicking legs in an attempt to get to her husband.

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Police: Suspected members of the Pagans motorcycle gang threatened to harm Franklin County man

FRANKLIN COUNTY — Four suspected members of the Pagans Outlaw Motorcycle Gang were arrested Sunday after they allegedly threatened to injure a Franklin County man at a convenience store — then later showed up at the man’s house while police were talking to him about the incident, according to State Police.

The unidentified victim told police the suspects threatened him with “bodily harm” during a confrontation at a Rutter’s store on the 4400 block of Lincoln Way West in St. Thomas Township at about 3:28 p.m., according to a criminal complaint affidavit filed by State Police.

The men threatened the victim and his family inside and outside the store, the victim reported to police. Fearing for his safety, the victim told police he left the store and went home to contact authorities about the incident.

The victim told police he knew the men were members of the Pagans, the complaint says.

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