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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Swap Meet back on after murder but Mongols MC and Iron Order banned

Denver, CO  (December 26, 2017) BTN— Two years after a member of the Mongols MC was murdered at a swap meet, the event is being allowed to return to the National Western Stock Show complex.

One person was killed and several others wounded  in a confrontation between a member of the Mongols MC and the Iron Order in February 2016. Derrick Duran of the Iron Order, was not charged after he claimed he fired in self defense at a member of  the Mongols MC.

Iron Order walking upstairs with gun in hand

“One Mongol punched me four times. I said stop it ‘Stop it leave me alone.’ Boom. I discharged a weapon,” he said in an interview with police from that day. A Mongol was carried downstairs and Duran said he went to police. “I said, ‘I shot back in self defense here’s my weapons,'” he said.

The event was banned the following year.

Now its website announces it is back — but under certain conditions from the City of Denver and the Stock Show. Biker Trash Network

The Mongols MC and the Iron Order are banned, and no knives, guns, drugs or outside alcohol will be allowed.

Confederation of Clubs’ attorney, Wade Eldridge, said their members, which include the Mongols, would not attend due to city demands.

“The Confederation of Clubs would sign a document telling the city we would pay them if there was anything bad that happened. if someone got shot, beat up or perhaps if anyone slipped on a banana peel.”

So the Confederation is offering a different event the same day at Harley Davidson in Parker to benefit veterans.

The Colorado Confederation of Clubs event will support the Vets for Vets of Colorado   

At the Stock show event January 27-28th there will be metal detectors and extra security to prevent a return of violence. The Biker Trash Network posted both event links after the video below.


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Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Outlaws MC clubhouses tones down outside image

Joliet, IL  (December 26, 2017) BTN— The Outlaws Motorcycle Club’s clubhouse in Joliet has been in the spotlight ever since it was searched in connection with the death of a young bartender who went missing in November.

The Outlaws clubhouse in the 1900 block of East Washington Street has attracted controversy in the past two years over the display of a Confederate flag, as well as having signage deemed inappropriate by a local pastor because of how close it was to the Barr Park playground.

The clubhouse for the Outlaws MC in Joliet has since been scrubbed

The clubhouse attracted more controversy after Will County sheriff’s deputies searched it Nov. 16 as part of an investigation into the death of 24-year-old Kaitlyn Kearns of Mokena.

One of the club’s former members and Kearns’ boyfriend, Jeremy Boshears, 32, of Coal City, was arrested for allegedly killing her.


The motorcycle club’s motto “God Forgives, Outlaws Don’t” was once prominently displayed on the front entrance of the clubhouse. It has since been scrubbed, along with many other signs, except for the acronym for the American Outlaws Association.Yet still behind the clubhouse is a small stage with the Outlaws’ name and a skull symbol.

“They’ve been totally cooperative throughout this investigation,” Jungles said.

No one answered the door to the Outlaws’ clubhouse Friday. Emails sent to the Outlaws Motorcycle Club were not returned.

Lake, who runs Saloon 2 with his son and daughter, said he has a few friends who are part of the Outlaws and many of its members either consist of old-timers or newer ones who are in either their mid-20s or 30s. He said their members visit his bar and he’s never had a problem. “They walked my bartenders to their cars and make sure everyone is safe,” Lake said. Biker Trash Network

Stage area behind the Joliet MC's clubhouse

Despite the controversy, Wade Lake, 53, one of the owners of Saloon 2, 1827 E. Washington St., said he believes the Outlaws get a bad rap and he’s never had a problem with their members. Will County Deputy Chief Dan Jungles said the Outlaws members have been open to speaking with deputies.

Leona Tichenor, a pastor at Ingalls Park United Methodist Church, has been critical of the clubhouse over its motorcycle club symbols and motto being displayed near the Barr Park playground.

“That’s a very adult-use (display) next to a children’s playground,” Tichenor said.

In an email, she said she appreciated that the Outlaws have “toned down the exterior signage and are only flying the Stars and Stripes,” referring the U.S. flag that now waves outside the entrance.

Jungles said the county sheriff’s office has not had any calls to the clubhouse itself. Deputies have also not received any blowback when speaking with Outlaws members for the investigation concerning Kearns’ death, he said.

Based on what’s been indicated to deputies, Boshears, who faces a first-degree murder charge, belonged to the Outlaws but his membership was revoked after Kearns had gone missing, Jungles said. He said he assumed it might have something to do with the criminal case.

“They have their own reasons for doing what they do. That’s not something I can really comment on,” Jungles said. Kearns worked at Woody’s bar, 1008 E. Washington St., roughly a mile from the clubhouse, and was with Boshears on the night and early morning she was last seen before she went missing on Nov. 13, police said.

Kearns was later found dead from a gunshot wound to the head on Nov. 16 in her 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee in a pole barn in Aroma Park Township in a rural area of Kankakee County. Jungles has said someone he refused to identify drove Boshears from Aroma Park Township after Kearns’ death. He declined to specify where Kearns’ death occurred.

Will County State’s Attorney Spokesman Charles B. Pelkie declined to comment on the case as it is under prosecution. Boshears’ attorney Neil Patel has declined to comment on whether Boshears’ is an Outlaw member and where Kearns’ death occurred, citing attorney-client privilege.

Boshears has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder. His bond was set at $10 million and he remains in custody at the Will County jail.

SOURCE: The Herald News

Monday, December 25, 2017

New York State: The Kingsmen MC is no more

Buffalo, NY (December 23, 2017) BTN — For more than six decades, the gold knight's helmet with the red plume on top – a frequent sight on local streets and highways – served as a reminder of the Kingsmen Motorcycle Club's dominating presence here. No other biker club enjoyed deeper roots in the community.

But earlier this month, a yearlong legal fight over the Kingsmen name and organization resulted in a court-approved agreement requiring the club's two factions to form new clubs under new names.

In short, the Kingsmen, at least in the eyes of New York State, are no more.

Not surprisingly, in an organization whose motto is "Live Kingsmen, Die Kingsmen," both sides are disappointed in the outcome.

"That is as important, if not more important than, the ownership of any property," said Charles J. Marchese, a lawyer for the previous leadership, of the Kingsmen name and history.

The Kingsmen MC Back Patch — showing the well-known knight's helmet — is not affected by the legal stipulation. (Biker Trash Network)

The agreement, drafted by State Supreme Court Justice Henry J. Nowak, grew out of a dispute between the club's two factions, a dispute first aired in a federal indictment accusing the Kingsmen of operating a criminal organization that relied on drug dealing, gun sales and prostitution to make money.

The indictment also charges David Pirk, then national president of the club, with orchestrating the murder of two Kingsmen in North Tonawanda and suggests the killings were a message to club members opposed to Pirk and the transition to a criminal enterprise.

The agreement, known as a stipulation, is part of a larger resolution still being finalized.

As part of the agreement, the court gave each side in the dispute ownership of one of the Kingsmen's four local clubhouses — one in Lockport, the other in Niagara Falls — and ordered the other two put up for auction next month.

The clubhouses being sold are at 846 E. Eagle St. in Buffalo and 332 Oliver St. in North Tonawanda, the site of the double murder.

"After several months of litigation, my clients and Mr. Marchese's clients thought it best to agree to the stipulation in order to bring closure," said Joseph G. Makowski, a lawyer for the new leadership group.

Makowski said the auction is expected to take place in late January.

The Kingsmen MC Clubhouse at 332 Oliver St. in North Tonawanda is also being sold at auction
 (Biker Trash Network)

The settlement does not affect club chapters in other states but, here, it means the Kingsmen name, a fixture in the biker community since the 1950s, cannot be used in forming a new club.

Under the agreement, the Kingsmen will continue to exist on paper as an organization but without any legally recognized leadership.

When asked if the Kingsmen still exist in Western New York, Marchese said, "I think both sides would say 'yes,' and it is them." Biker Trash Network

Filed in February, the civil suit was an effort by the club's new leadership to assert control over the organization in the wake of Pirk's arrest and detention. The suit, filed by a member who asserts to be the national secretary and others, points to a nationwide election in 2013 that put Pirk in charge as evidence of their legitimate claim to the club's leadership.

The other faction, led by John Spry, one of the founding members of the Kingsmen, opposed the takeover and challenged the legitimacy of Pirk's election.

Unlike most biker feuds, this one ended in four-day trial before Nowak, who was faced with deciding if any of the Kingsmen's national elections followed the law and club's bylaws, and if the people elected during those elections are now the club's legitimate leaders.

The Kingsmen MC Clubhouse at 846 E. Eagle St. in Buffalo is also being sold at auction 
(Biker Trash Network)

"Resolving the issue of which election, if any, complied with the law, was difficult, if not impossible for the court to determine," Marchese acknowledged.

In the end, the four clubhouses, most of them with deep roots in their neighborhoods, became the core of the suit. Nowak's stipulation gives each side one clubhouse and orders the other two put up for sale. An auction date will be announced soon.

"There's still a fair amount of work to be done," Makowski said Saturday.

Under the agreement, the clubhouse on North Transit Road in Lockport will go to the group led by Spry and the clubhouse on Cudaback Avenue in Niagara Falls will go the group led by Richard Rook, national secretary for the club.

The agreement also requires the two sides to form new clubs without using the Kingsmen name. Use of the Kingsmen patch — the well-known knight's helmet — is not affected by the stipulation.

Marchese said Spry and the others have already chosen a new name: Knights of Armor. He doesn't know if the other side has chosen a name.

The agreement is the latest chapter in a year-old civil suit over the use of the Kingsmen name in New York State. Marchese said the club was started by Spry and others in the 1950s and was incorporated in 1988 as a nonprofit organization.

Federal prosecutors say a feud within the club erupted when Pirk took over as president and led an effort to convert the Kingsmen to a "one percent" club, biker slang for gangs that engage in criminal activity.

"They prided themselves on not being a one percent club," Marchese said of his clients, the leadership replaced by Pirk and others.

The feud, which pitted members in New York against members in Florida and Tennessee, led to the murders of Daniel "DJ" Szymanski and Paul Maue outside the North Tonawanda clubhouse, prosecutors allege.

Kingsmen Andre Jenkins, the man who killed Maue and Szymanski, was convicted in state court and is serving life without parole.

Pirk, who is charged with orchestrating the murders, will go on trial next month with Jenkins and five others in the federal case.

SOURCE: The Buffalo News

Friday, December 22, 2017

Outlaws MC President gunned down in Florida, suspects arrested

Odessa, FL (December 22, 2017) — Three motorcycle club members have been arrested in connection to a homicide that occurred near Suncoast Parkway and State Road 54 in Pasco County on Thursday evening.

At 4:53 on Thursday afternoon near the northbound exit of the Suncoast Expressway on State Road 54, the victim was driving a pickup truck when two suspects on a motorcycle pulled up and got off the motorcycle. One suspect tapped on the window of the pickup truck to get the attention of the victim. The suspect fired several shots and killed the victim in his truck.

Related | Sheriff: Motorcycle MC member targeted in deadly shooting in Florida

The victim has been identified as Paul Anderson, 44, President of the Cross Bayou Chapter of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club in Pasco County, Florida.

Suspects in murder of Outlaws MC President

Witnesses in the area submitted tips about the shooting and helped lead officials to three arrests.

The motorcycle club behind the shooting has been identified as the "69 Motorcycle Club" aka the "69ers."

Officials arrested the second biker, Michael Mencher, known to the motorcycle club as "Pumpkin." Mencher was wearing a Nazi helmet at the time of the shooting. Mencher was arrested with the help of Tampa police.

Allan Guinto, known to the motorcycle club as "Big Bee" was arrested in Pinellas County. Sheriff Nocco says Guinto was the driver of the "scout car."

Sheriff Nocco says Christopher Brian Cosimano "Durty" was identified as the shooter by ATF officers, and he is the president of the "69ers."

All three suspects will be charged with first degree pre-meditated murder. 

"We suspect that there will be more violence in the Tampa Bay Area because of this incident" Sheriff Nocco said at the news conference on Friday.

On Thursday night, Sheriff Nocco held a news conference to release details about the shooting, in hopes making an arrest in the case.

"This shooting, thank God an innocent person was not killed," said Sheriff Nocco.

A witness heard three loud "pops" and saw the driver of a truck slumped over. Investigators have not released the identity of that driver but tell us he was a documented motorcycle gang member.

"We're concerned about that one bullet that doesn't hit its target and hits the wrong person, hits an innocent person that's just trying to live their lives," said Sheriff Nocco.

Some portions of both roads remained shut down hours after the deadly shooting. Many drivers were forced to take alternative routes or wait in an area that already experiences heavy rush-hour traffic.

"We were about 20 minutes late, there's just an incredible amount of traffic on the highway here and we're just stuck at light after light," said Matt Devine, who was stuck on S.R. 54 trying to get to a family dinner.

SOURCE: ABC Action News