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One Hospitalized in Motorcycle Shop Shooting

One person was hospitalized Tuesday morning after a shooting in a back room at a motorcycle shop in the San Fernando Valley.

The shooting occurred just before 10 a.m. in the 10200 block of San Fernando Road (map). The victim, shot in the abdomen and arm, was hospitalized.

Details regarding the victim's condition were not immediately available. The victim was identified as a shop employee.

A man surrendered to police in connection with the shooting, according to the LAPD. Details regarding the subject, identified only as a man in his 70s involved in a business dispute, were not immediately available.

The individual walked into the front lobby of nearby Foothill Division Station and surrended, according to the LAPD.

Aerial video showed yellow crime scene tape in front of the entrance to the cycle shop.

Drivers were advised to avoid the area during the investigation.

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Mongols rally against federal lawsuit targeting club logo

Mongols Clownie, of West Covina, and Magpie, of Salem, Oregon, greet each other as motorcycle club members rally Saturday, March 29, 2013 at The House Lounge in Maywood in support of the Mongols who are facing a federal trial seeking to take away their trademark patch. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz/Pasadena Star-News


MAYWOOD >> Members of the Mongols Motorcycle Club joined with thousands of bikers from throughout the region Saturday at a rally to garner support and funds to combat a lawsuit brought by federal authorities seeking to take control of the Mongols’ trademarked logo.

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Trial day set for Hells Angels case

LAKE COUNTY -- A battle for information in the case of three Hells Angels Motorcycle Club members who allegedly severely beat a member of a rival motorcycle club member concluded Friday afternoon after the judge instructed the prosecution what information it must turn over. A trial date was also scheduled.

The defense presented the motion for the information in July on behalf of defendants Timothy R. Bianchi, Nicholas F. Carrillo and Josh L. Johnson in July.

The motion was reviewed several times in court and both sides presented arguments for what the defense was entitled to receive from the prosecution, with the last two hearings approaching a compromise for a narrower and specified request from the prosecution.

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Feds drop criminal charges against San Jose lawyer in gang case

In a surprise move, federal prosecutors on Tuesday abandoned their criminal case against a San Jose lawyer who had been charged with playing a role in tipping off the target of a major South Bay drug investigation.

The U.S. attorney's office dropped a January indictment against Michael Edward Hingle, who was accused of revealing the drug probe to a notorious Hells Angels officer later shot to death in an unrelated incident. Hingle is known for representing Hells Angels

Federal prosecutors did not explain a reason for the decision, which was disclosed in a brief court filing. But Hingle's lawyer told this newspaper that prosecutors dropped the case after being presented evidence showing there had been no wrongdoing.

"The government did the right thing," said Mary McNamara, Hingle's lawyer.

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TEMECULA: Two men stabbed in fight among motorcyclists on freeway

Two people were stabbed along the freeway south of Temecula Saturday, March 22, in a confrontation among motorcyclists that might have been triggered by road rage, authorities said.

Around 6 p.m., a group of motorcyclists pulled over just north of the Border Patrol checkpoint along the northbound lanes of Interstate 15 and fought with each other, said Sgt. Kevin McDonald of the Riverside County Sheriff's Department. One man, who was stabbed repeatedly, was seriously hurt.

The injured man drove away from the scene of the fight on his motorcycle and got off the freeway at Temecula Parkway, McDonald said. He collapsed along the offramp, where he was found by officers.

He was admitted to a hospital but his injuries did not appear to be life threatening, McDonald said.

A second injured motorcyclist drove himself to a hospital for treatment of superficial stab wounds, he said.

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Battle over information continues in Hells Angels case

LAKEPORT -- A battle for information continues in the case of three Hells Angels Motorcycle Club members who allegedly beat a member of a rival motorcycle club nearly three years ago. 

The court revisited the case Friday afternoon to address a motion by the defense on behalf of defendants Timothy R. Bianchi, Nicholas F. Carrillo and Josh L. Johnson. The defense asked for information they allege may prove a connection between the Lake County Sheriff's Office and the Vagos Motorcycle Club. 

The motion was previously reviewed on March 7, but Judge David W. Herrick ruled the motion was too broad and instructed the defense to rewrite it. Herrick reviewed the rewritten motion, but presented conflicts with some of the language on the amended motion. 

Herrick said he would rewrite some of the conflicting language on the motion and return for ruling Friday. Setting of trial dates will also be discussed during that hearing.

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San Jose: Ex-Hells Angel gets plea deal in funeral murder

SAN JOSE -- An ex-Hells Angels member charged with killing another biker at a huge San Jose funeral two years ago accepted a deal Tuesday to plead guilty to voluntary manslaughter in exchange for a prison sentence of three years and eight months.

Steve Ruiz, 40, was charged with fatally shooting Steve Tausan on Oct. 15, 2011, at Oak Hill Cemetery, where more than 3,000 people gathered for the funeral of the president of the San Jose chapter of the outlaw motorcycle club.

Santa Clara County prosecutor Chuck Gillingham Jr. said he reduced the original murder charge to voluntary manslaughter for two principal reasons.

Although Ruiz used too much force, Gillingham said, he was acting in the "good faith belief'' that he needed to defend himself from Tausan, who he'd been fighting with moments earlier.

Also, some of the prosecution's witnesses had extensive criminal backgrounds, including one key person whose rap sheet was 12 pages long, Gillingham said.

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Jurors find pair guilty in Glendale (2) Freeway shooting

Body of motorcyclist shot on Glendale (2) Freeway

Two men were convicted this week in the 2008 murder of a Mongols Motorcycle Club member gunned down while riding on the Glendale (2) Freeway in 2008. Pictured is the L.A. County Coroner's personnel moving the victim's body on October 8, 2008. (Roger Wilson / Staff Photographer / March 13, 2014)

Suspects are convicted of 2008 shooting of motorcycle gang member.
Two men were convicted this week in the 2008 murder of a Mongols Motorcycle Club member gunned down while riding on the Glendale (2) Freeway.

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Defense alleges link between Hells Angels, LCSO

LAKEPORT -- A judge ordered the defense in the case of fight that allegedly involved three Hells Angels Motorcycle Club members to make modifications to a motion asking the court to compel discovery from the prosecution.

During the motion hearing Friday afternoon, the defense built upon the motion it submitted in July to illustrate the information it wanted from the prosecution, but Judge David W. Herrick said the written motion was too broad and ordered the defense to write a narrower request.

The defense, made up of Michael Clough, Patrick Ciocca and Jai Gohel, made the request for information that they believe will prove a link between the Vagos Motorcycle Club and the Lake County Sheriff's Office (LCSO), which conducted the investigation against defendants Timothy R. Bianchi, Nicholas F. Carrillo and Josh L. Johnson.