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Tip helped lead to arrest of suspect in Neenah robbery and fatal shooting at local saloon

OSHKOSH — A tip from the public and a discarded cigarette helped lead police to the man arrested last week in connection with the death of Kevin "Hollywood" Hein, who was shot and killed Oct. 14 outside the Short Branch Saloon in Neenah. 

Casey Cameron, 36, of Menasha, was arrested Friday, a few weeks after investigators got a tip that he had "a lot of characteristics of the suspect," including scratches near his right eye and a roommate with a vehicle that matched a description police released to the public, according to a criminal complaint. 

The tipster also claimed Cameron was a member of the "Hell's Lover Motorcycle Club" and went by the nickname "Amish," the complaint says. 

On Nov. 1, a police officer spotted Cameron driving and smoking a cigarette in the same vehicle. When Cameron tossed a cigarette near the intersection of Main Street and Tayco Street in Menasha, the officer picked it up.

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Aug
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3 accused in July 19 motorcycle club shooting in La Crosse

Three people are facing charges stemming from a July 19 shooting on La Crosse's North Side connected to the Society for Brotherhood motorcycle club, according to the La Crosse Police Department.

Police have referred Brandon T. Stemper, 31, Holmen, Javier Ortiz, 55, and Amber R. Peters, 25, for charges connected to the investigation, which began with a call at 10:02 a.m. at the Partners for Excellence School at 901 Caledonia St., which reported it's windows had been damaged overnight, according to police.

Police determined the windows had been shot out and located evidence of a shooting at a neighboring property: the Society for Brotherhood motorcycle clubhouse at 932 Caledonia St.

Police executed a search warrant at the clubhouse and collected a digital recorder for the surveillance camera system. The Wisconsin State Crime Lab located a recently deleted video showing the shooting.

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Appleton Police release video of motorcycle club rivalry shooting

(video) --- APPLETON, Wis. (WBAY) - Appleton Police have released video of a shooting they say is a result of a conflict between rival motorcycle clubs.

The shooting happened Aug. 18 at the intersection of W. Prospect Avenue and S. Memorial Drive.

Video shows a man on a motorcycle fire multiple shots from a handgun at a truck turning north on S. Memorial Drive.

The biker is joined by several other motorcyclists. They are seen leaving the area west on W. Prospect Ave.

Appleton Police say the biker and the driver of the truck belong to rival motorcycle clubs.

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Aug
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Bikers roll down life's highway together with a solid bond forged on two wheels

STURGIS, S.D. - They call her “Blinker.”

Her real name is Kattathu Johnson, and she’s a U.S. Army combat veteran from Houston at her first Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in the Black Hills of South Dakota.

Johnson, a member of the Wounded Warrior Project that helps veterans find peace through “motorcycle therapy,” earned her nickname in an unusual way.

Mile after mile on her way to Sturgis last week, riding a Honda 750 Shadow in a tight group with other veterans, she didn’t realize her left turn signal was on.

It was Johnson’s first long motorcycle trip since she got into biking a year ago, and she was so engrossed in the beautiful scenery, the soothing rumble of the bike engines around her and the camaraderie of veterans, that she didn’t notice her bike’s “blinker” never shut off.

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May
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Wisconsin man imprisoned for deadly motorcycle shop standoff

OSHKOSH, Wis. — A Wisconsin man has been sentenced to 100 years in prison for his role in a standoff at a motorcycle shop that led to the death of one of his hostages.

A jury in March found Brian Flatoff guilty of 14 felonies, including attempted homicide. Jurors rejected his insanity defense, determining he did not suffer from a mental disease or defect during the December 2015 standoff with police at Eagle Nation Cycles in Neenah.

Authorities say Flatoff shot at officers and initiated the sequence of events that led to the death of 60-year-old hostage Michael Funk. Police mistakenly shot Funk during the standoff. Officers have been cleared of any wrongdoing.

A judge sentenced the 48-year-old Flatoff Wednesday to a 100-year term. Flatoff said he'll appeal his conviction.

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May
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Concerns over motorcycle club with history of posting racist meme moving into Cudahy

(video)---CUDAHY, Wis. (CBS 58) -- A motorcycle club with a history of members posting racist memes on social media is trying to move into Cudahy, and neighbors aren’t happy about it.

Nick Bellanti, a co-president of the club, says he regrets the posts.

“There was a foolish post years ago that I can see how people thought what it was, but that’s not me,” he said. “That’s not what I’m about. Far from it.”

The club has applied for an occupancy permit to a building near Packard and Pulaski.

Cudahy Alderman Justin Moralez calls the posts a deal-breaker.

“I can’t in good faith support anyone who has rallied that sentiment before,” Moralez said.

Moralez is on the planning commission that will decide whether to proceed with the permit.

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Closing arguments Friday at motorcycle shop standoff trial

WINNEBAGO COUNTY, Wis. (WBAY) - The state and defense will present closing arguments Friday at the Brian Flatoff standoff trial in Winnebago County.

Flatoff is standing trial for 16 counts related to a Dec. 5, 2015 hostage situation and standoff at Eagle Nation Cycles in Neenah.

Flatoff represented himself for much of the trial, which started Monday. The trial was scheduled for three weeks, but both sides are wrapping their case after a week.

On Thursday, Flatoff asked the judge if he could have an attorney represent him for the remainder of the trial. Judge John Jorgensen agreed and appointed standby counsel Ben Szilagyi to take over the case. Szilagyi asked for a mistrial but the judge denied that motion.

On Friday, the judge gave the jury instructions before breaking for lunch. Both sides will deliver closing arguments before handing the case over to the jury.

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Feb
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Authorities aim to deter crime near Dodge County motorcycle clubhouse

LOMIRA (WLUK) -- Authorities in Dodge County say they are keeping an eye on a clubhouse after nearly two dozen traffic stops were made in the area last weekend.

The Dodge County Sheriff's Office says last Friday, 23 traffic stops, including drug arrests and numerous traffic violations, were made near a recently opened Outlaw motorcycle gang clubhouse.

Officials say while not everyone going to the clubhouse is committing crimes or violations, the Outlaw motorcycle gang has been known to bring criminal activity, including drug use, weapons and violent behavior.

Dodge County Sheriff, Dale Schmidt, says authorities will be out again in the area this Friday, watching for criminal activity.

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Feb
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Harley-Davidson factory cancels Trump visit, fearing protests over travel ban

(VIDEO)----Talk about a vicious cycle.

The Harley-Davidson factory in Milwaukee has canceled a scheduled visit from President Trump — for fear of planning protests, according to a report.

Trump planned to visit the motorcycle factory on Thursday, and to sign unspecified executive orders there related to American manufacturing. His team made no public announcement about the visit, but White House staffers were already in Milwaukee setting it up.

But an administration official told CNN Tuesday the visit was canceled because the company felt “uncomfortable” about planned protests over Trump’s executive order on travel bans.

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Widow sues police over Wisconsin motorcycle shop standoff

NEENAH, Wis. (AP) — The widow of a man killed by police during a standoff at an eastern Wisconsin motorcycle shop is suing the officers for wrongful death.

In a lawsuit filed Monday, Theresa Mason-Funk claims the officers used unnecessary and excessive force when they shot Michael Funk at Eagle Nation Cycles in Neenah last December.

Funk was a hostage and had drawn his handgun as he tried to escape when he was shot by officers Craig Hoffer and Robert Ross. The officers had believed Funk was the hostage taker.

Funk was shot nine times, and Neenah police didn’t tend to him for more than 30 minutes, the lawsuit says.

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