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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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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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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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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.

'Daily Show' blacks out during Muslim ban discussion

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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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Victim: DA went easy on Wis. motorcycle club that attacked her

ALMA, Wis. (KMSP) - A western Wisconsin woman said at least three members of a motorcycle club beat her and she believes prosecutors went easy on the men because they are intimidated by the bikers.

The attack happened in Buffalo County, just off the highway across the river from Winona,

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Police chief: No apparent warning before man shot outside motorcycle shop

NEENAH, Wis. -

A Wisconsin police chief says a dashcam video appears to show that officers who fatally shot an armed hostage in December gave no warning before they fired outside of a motorcycle shop.

Neenah Police Chief Kevin Wilkinson commented Thursday on the video, which was obtained and published online by the USA Today Network . It appears to show Michael Funk wasn't warned he'd be shot Dec. 5 as he ran from Eagle Nation Cycles shop, where hostages were being held.

Neenah police had said shortly after the shooting that Funk, 50, ignored orders to drop his gun. Wilkinson told The Associated Press that the initial information about Funk ignoring orders was from initial interviews with witnesses, who may have been mistaken about when the commands were given, if in fact they were.

"From the video, it appears no warning was given," Wilkinson said of the nearly 5-minute dashcam footage.

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Fugitive Outlaws leader takes plea deal in Milwaukee

A former longtime fugitive leader of the Outlaws motorcycle gang has pleaded guilty in exchange for a 15-year term in federal prison.

Randy "Mad" Yager, 60, was indicted on charges of racketeering and conspiracy that could have landed him in prison for life. Yager had been set to go to trial this week.

Yager, originally of Crown Point, Ind., was first indicted with 16 others in 1997.

Yager is accused of participating in murders, arson and bombings aimed at rival clubs in the 1990s, while he was a regional boss of the Outlaws. The crimes did not occur in Milwaukee, but Yager was boss of the region that included Milwaukee, a stronghold of the gang.

On the day of the bust in 1997, Yager was at a Las Vegas hotel and fled. He landed on the U.S. Marshals Service Most Wanted list and was arrested in October 2014 in Mexico, where he had been using an assumed name.

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$3.5M claim filed in Eagle Nation shooting

A claim totaling more than $3.5 million has been filed against the city of Neenah and three police officers stemming from the Dec. 5 shooting death of Michael L. Funk during a hostage standoff at Eagle Nation Cycles.

It was filed Thursday by Funk's widow, Theresa Mason-Funk, and is a prelude to an expected federal lawsuit, according to a release from attorney Howard B. Schoenfeld of DeWitt Ross & Stevens.

The city and the three officers have 120 days to determine if they want to resolve the matter without litigation, the law firm said. Schoenfeld served the documents on the city of Neenah and three Neenah police officers — Craig Hoffer, Jonathan Kuffel and Robert Ross.

Late Thursday night, the city released a statement saying the claim is under review and has been referred to its defense counsel, Gunta Law Office.

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