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18
Jan
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Ground broken for National POW/MIA Memorial & Museum in Jacksonville

Northeast Florida military veterans came together Saturday to honor comrades in arms who were prisoners of war or missing in action. A standing-room-only crowd wept, hugged and prayed during the groundbreaking ceremony for the estimated $82 million National POW/MIA Memorial & Museum being built at Cecil Commerce Center in Jacksonville.

Military veterans from throughout Northeast Florida came together Saturday morning to honor comrades in arms who were prisoners of war or missing in action and remember their sacrifice.

A standing-room-only crowd that including former prisoners of war, as well as the families of those missing in action and Gold Star families, wept, hugged and prayed during a solemn ceremony marking the groundbreaking for the estimated $82 million National POW/MIA Memorial & Museum.

Fri
10
Jan
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Polk jury convicts man of motorcycle gang-related shooting in Auburndale

The prosecutor said Aaron Delaune was trying to raise his standing in a motorcycle gang when he fired shots at four people, including two children, as the family inside traveled to a park for a birthday celebration.

BARTOW — A Louisiana man faces a minimum 15 years in prison after a jury convicted him late Thursday of firing two shots into an SUV in September 2017 as the family inside traveled to a park for a birthday celebration.

Prosecutors were seeking attempted second-degree murder convictions against Aaron Delaune, 26, for firing on the four people, including two children, in the SUV, but the jury found him guilty of the lesser attempted manslaughter.

Tue
07
Jan
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Motorcycle gang trial opens in Bartow

Prosecutors said the shooting in September 2018 in Auburndale was related to Aaron Delaune’s membership in a motorcycle crime gang, the Kinfolk Motorcycle Club. Delaune is from Slidell, Louisiana.

BARTOW — A Louisiana man faces up to life imprisonment if a jury this week finds him guilty of firing two gunshots into a random car in Auburndale in September 2018.

Prosecutors said the shooting was related to Aaron Delaune’s membership in a motorcycle crime gang, the Kinfolk Motorcycle Club, and to earn the coveted 1% patch that designates him among the 1% of motorcycle gang members who disregard society’s laws.

Thu
21
Nov
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Bikers profess innocence as they get life in prison for Pasco Outlaw’s killing

Christopher “Durty” Cosimano and Michael “Pumpkin” Mencher were members of the 69′ers Motorcycle Club. Prosecutors said they were responsible for the rush-hour assassination of Paul Anderson, a president in the rival Outlaws Motorcycle Club.

TAMPA — Two Tampa motorcycle gang members received sentences of life in prison Wednesday for their respective roles in the December 2017 assassination of a rival gang leader in Pasco County.

But neither of them went quietly.

In separate back-to-back hearings, Christopher “Durty” Cosimano and Michael “Pumpkin” Mencher each denied participation in the brazen, rush-hour shooting of Paul Anderson, who was president of the Cross Bayou chapter of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club.

Tue
19
Nov
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Bikes, bullets, blood: Bikers face sentencing in killing of Pasco Outlaws leader

Evidence from the federal trial of two members of the 69′ers Motorcycle Club offers a rare glimpse of the world of outlaw biker gangs

TAMPA — A federal judge will decide Wednesday if Christopher “Durty” Cosimano and Michael “Pumpkin” Mencher should spend the rest of their lives in prison for crimes related to their involvement in the 69′ers Motorcycle Club.

Both men were found guilty this summer in a trial that centered on the December 2017 assassination of Paul Anderson, president of the Pasco County chapter of the rival Outlaws Motorcycle Club. Anderson was shot repeatedly while his pickup truck was stopped in rush-hour traffic off the Suncoast Parkway.

Prosecutors said the killing was the culmination of a months-long campaign of violence that began with the beating of two 69′ers and the theft of their cherished biker vests.

Sat
16
Nov
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Biker gangs leave trail of mayhem while claiming South Florida, authorities say

Hoodlum biker gangs leaving trails of exhaust, murder and mayhem in their wake are not a thing of yesteryear, as demonstrated by a recent killing pinned on the notorious Outlaws Motorcycle Club near Orlando.

The Outlaws, whose motto is “God forgives, Outlaws don’t,” have been actively challenging motorcycle clubs throughout the state, an investigation into the April 29 slaying of a Kingsmen motorcyclist in Leesburg has revealed.

The Outlaws have “decreed that any clubs that did not choose to submit to their authority would need to disband, close their clubhouses and cease to wear their respective insignia,” court documents show.

Late last year, the sent a memo to law enforcement agencies in the Keys warning of an uptick in the presence of biker gangs in South Florida, especially the Keys, Monroe County Sheriff Rick Ramsay said Friday.

Tue
15
Oct
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Pasco detectives still looking for leads in combat veteran's death

James Earl was found shot to death in January 2019, deputies say.

SPRING HILL, Fla. — Nearly nine months later, Pasco County detectives are hoping to find more information related to the homicide of James Earl.

Earl, 32, was found shot to death in his Spring Hill driveway on Jan. 16. He was a known member of the Pagan Motorcycle Club. Deputies say no one has been identified or arrested for involvement in Earl's death.

He was found dead by his fiancé, Stephanie Harper.

Earl was a decorated combat veteran, father of two and stepfather to Harper's daughter. He served in the U.S. Navy and was studying to become an aviation mechanic, his fiancé says. 

The motive for the shooting or if it was related to Earl being in the club is still unknown.

His fiancé told 10News in January all she knows is she wants to see whoever killed Earl be brought to justice.

Fri
20
Sep
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Suspected motorcycle club members sought in man's fatal beating

DAVIE, Fla. - Davie Police Department detectives are still searching for the suspected motorcycle club members responsible for a brutal beating that resulted in a 57-year-old man's death last year.  

Detectives released surveillance video Friday showing several possible witnesses and a group of motorcyclists leaving the parking lot after the beating. Detectives suspect they were Outlaw Motorcycle Club members. 

Michael Kline was beaten July 4, 2018, outside of the Road Dawgs Saloon at 13010 W. State Road 84. According to Lt. Mark Leone, they left Kline bleeding on the ground.

Davie Fire Rescue took Kline to Broward General Hospital. Officers said Kline suffered a fractured skull, a fractured orbital bone and a subdural hematoma. Kline died as a result of his injuries Nov. 14, 2018.  

Fri
20
Sep
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Charges dropped against 4 Outlaws members in 2017 killing

David R. “Gutter” Donovan, 40, of the Kingsmen Motorcycle Club, was shot multiple times in a confrontation with the Outlaws at a Circle K convenience store in Leesburg.

TAVARES — Prosecutors have dropped charges against four Outlaws motorcycle gang members who were scheduled to stand trial Monday in the murder of a rival club member during the 2017 Leesburg Bikefest.

“The credibility of the witnesses to these events is lacking such that the case cannot be proven beyond and to the exclusion of every possible doubt,” Assistant State Attorney Emily Curington said in a memo on Thursday.

Sun
15
Sep
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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.

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