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March 14, 2014 | By Veronica Rocha
Two men were convicted this week in the 2008 murder of a Mongols Motorcycle Club member gunned down while riding on the 2 Freeway. Jurors on Wednesday found Richard Clayborne, 40, and Jose Gonzalez, 36, guilty of killing 30-year-old Venice resident Manuel Martin , who suffered a gunshot wound to his chest on Oct. 8, 2008, as he rode alongside another motorcyclist, authorities said. Clayborne and Gonzalez were also found guilty of trying to kill the other motorcyclist, Ronald Hamburg, said Ricardo Santiago, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County district attorney's office told the Glendale News-Press . HOMICIDE REPORT: A story for every victim Martin and Hamburg had been at a bar with Clayborne and Gonzalez before the shooting, authorities said.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 14, 2014 | By Veronica Rocha
Two men were convicted this week in the 2008 murder of a Mongols Motorcycle Club member gunned down while riding on the 2 Freeway. Jurors on Wednesday found Richard Clayborne, 40, and Jose Gonzalez, 36, guilty of killing 30-year-old Venice resident Manuel Martin , who suffered a gunshot wound to his chest on Oct. 8, 2008, as he rode alongside another motorcyclist, authorities said. Clayborne and Gonzalez were also found guilty of trying to kill the other motorcyclist, Ronald Hamburg, said Ricardo Santiago, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County district attorney's office told the Glendale News-Press . HOMICIDE REPORT: A story for every victim Martin and Hamburg had been at a bar with Clayborne and Gonzalez before the shooting, authorities said.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 4, 1990 | JERRY HICKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A 36-year-old former member of a motorcycle gang testified Wednesday that he was so frightened after watching Thomas F. Maniscalco and a small band of killers leave three people dead in a Westminster home in 1980 that he hid for a year for fear he would be next. Robert Robbins, a bearded former member of The Family motorcycle gang in Michigan, was the leadoff witness at Maniscalco's murder trial in the Memorial Day triple slaying.
NATIONAL
October 19, 2013 | By Matt Hamilton
A Brooklyn man charged with assault in connection with last month's motorcycle gang attack pleaded not guilty in a Manhattan court Saturday. Kaliq Douglas, 28, was arrested Friday night and faces two felony charges for gang assault and assault, according to the criminal complaint released by the Manhattan District Attorney's office. Prosecutors say Douglas pulled Alexander Lien from the driver's seat of his  Range Rover, threw him to the ground and kicked him at least once before other motorcyclists joined in the beating.
NATIONAL
October 19, 2013 | By Matt Hamilton
A Brooklyn man charged with assault in connection with last month's motorcycle gang attack pleaded not guilty in a Manhattan court Saturday. Kaliq Douglas, 28, was arrested Friday night and faces two felony charges for gang assault and assault, according to the criminal complaint released by the Manhattan District Attorney's office. Prosecutors say Douglas pulled Alexander Lien from the driver's seat of his  Range Rover, threw him to the ground and kicked him at least once before other motorcyclists joined in the beating.
NEWS
April 18, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
A federal jury in Tampa convicted the leader of the Outlaws motorcycle gang of drug trafficking, racketeering and conspiring to murder rival gang members. Harry Bowman, 51, also known as "Taco," faces life in prison when he is sentenced July 27. He is the 29th member of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club convicted since 1995 for crimes in Florida. Former gang members testified at the trial that Bowman gave orders to kill rival gang members and blow up the clubhouses of other gangs.
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July 26, 1990 | DENNIS McLELLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Suzanne Forster's new romance novel, "The Devil and Ms. Moody," was not an easy sell. When the Newport Beach author submitted a proposal for the novel in the mid-'80s, her publisher at the time was intrigued with her story but considered the subject matter--a motorcycle gang--too risky for a romance novel. "The Devil and Ms. Moody" (Bantam Loveswept) has proved to be a successful exception to the dictum that romance novels must avoid dealing with "grim, gritty and unpleasant reality."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 13, 1987 | KIM MURPHY, Times Staff Writer
The prison warden had ordered the dormitory roll call, and Thomas Chaney was missing. There was a sudden commotion in a side room, the pop of flashbulbs, a body hauled out under a blanket and pushed into a station wagon that sped off into the night. Within hours, the word was out that someone from the Safford, Ariz., prison was looking for Chaney's parents. A cryptic note arrived at the Hell's Angels clubhouse in Ventura: "The body work has been taken care of." It looked like Chaney was dead.
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May 20, 2000 | MITCHELL LANDSBERG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hundreds of federal agents and Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies fanned out over three states Friday to drop an investigative net over the Mongols motorcycle club, arresting at least 42 people in Southern California and seizing dozens of illegal guns, cocaine and stolen motorcycles, they said. The crackdown was the culmination of a perilous, 2 1/2-year investigation in which an undercover federal agent joined the club and rose into its executive ranks, officials of the U.S.
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July 19, 1997 | SOLOMON MOORE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Police seized drugs, two sawed-off shotguns and suspected stolen vehicles in a raid on a clubhouse of the Vagos motorcycle gang, authorities said Friday. But when no arrests were made, several neighbors said they were shocked and disappointed. "They are nightmares--there's a lot of traffic," said one woman, describing the motorcycle club. Behind the small house and cluttered garage in the 18900 block of Arminta Street were two mobile homes and a large yard where gang members reportedly partied through the night.
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October 7, 2011 | By Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times
Authorities arrested 10 members of the Vagos motorcycle gang suspected of drug trafficking and a rash of violence during a series of raids early Thursday across Southern California, a crackdown that comes less than two weeks after a Vagos member allegedly killed a rival Hells Angels member at a Nevada casino. The arrests were the result of an 18-month investigation led by state investigators into one of the most "violent criminal" motorcycle gangs in the nation, authorities said.
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July 1, 2011 | By Kate Mather, Los Angeles Times
A federal judge has rejected a bid by prosecutors to seize the Mongols motorcycle gang's name and trademarked logo of a ponytailed man riding a chopper, according to a ruling made public Thursday. Prosecutors sought to strip the notorious gang of its name and logo as part of a sweeping criminal indictment three years ago that accused 79 Mongols members from six states of murder, assault, drug trafficking and robbery. Prosecutors asked the judge to bar Mongol members from using, distributing or wearing the name and logo, arguing that they were very closely associated with the gang and that removing them would prevent the Mongols from operating.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 21, 2011 | By Kate Mather, Los Angeles Times
Federal prosecutors Monday requested a final judicial order to block the Mongols motorcycle gang from using its name and wearing or distributing its trademarked logo. If U.S. District Judge Otis Wright signs the order, the government will own the logo and club's name. This is the first time the U.S. government has sought control of a gang's identity through a court order, an effort three years in the making. The U.S. attorney's office said the insignia — a ponytailed man riding a chopper — is "very, very closely identified with the organization," and by removing access to the logo, the Mongols are further prevented from operating.
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May 16, 2011 | Dennis McLellan, Los Angeles Times
Mary Murphy, a film and television actress best remembered for playing the wholesome small-town girl opposite Marlon Brando's rebellious motorcycle gang leader in "The Wild One," has died. She was 80. Murphy died of heart disease May 4 at her home in Beverly Hills, said her daughter, Stephanie Specht. In "The Wild One," the 1953 film about two rival biker gangs that menace the citizens of a tiny California town, Murphy played Kathie, the daughter of the ineffectual local cop, who captures the attention of Brando's tough guy, Johnny.
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October 7, 2009 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
National Pagans Motorcycle Club leaders and more than 50 members and associates were indicted on charges of plotting to kill and extort money from rivals to consolidate the club's power in the eastern U.S. Defendants include national Pagans President David Keith "Bart" Barbeito of Myersville, Md., and national Vice President Floyd B. "Jesse" Moore of St. Albans, W.Va.
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August 13, 2009 | Dennis McLellan
John Quade, a veteran character actor who specialized in playing heavies and appeared in several Clint Eastwood movies, including "Every Which Way But Loose" and its sequel "Any Which Way You Can," has died. He was 71. Quade died in his sleep of natural causes Sunday at his home in Rosamond, near Lancaster, said his wife, Gwen Saunders. In a more than two-decade career in films and television that began in the late 1960s, Quade played character roles in numerous TV series and in films such as "Papillon," "The Sting" and Eastwood's "High Plains Drifter" and "The Outlaw Josey Wales."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 2, 1992 | MILES CORWIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
While art critics throughout the world have rhapsodized about the Watts Towers, Los Angeles has a long tradition of abusing, neglecting and attempting to destroy its greatest art monument. In 1954, after 33 years of work on his grand obsession, Sabato Rodia turned the property over to a neighbor and moved to Northern California to live near relatives. The neighbor ended up selling the property to a man who wanted to use the towers as the setting for a taco stand.
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April 19, 2001 | JOSH MEYER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Undercover agent William L. Queen came out of hiding Wednesday to accept the Federal Bar Assn.'s annual Medal of Valor award for showing "exceptional skill and dedication" in Southern California. Queen, a special agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, had been hiding since May, when his secret role within the Mongols motorcycle gang ended with the arrest of some of the group's top members.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 30, 2009 | Scott Glover and David G. Savage
In the 16 months since he was sworn in as U.S. attorney in Los Angeles, Thomas P. O'Brien has charged a former U.S. Marine with manslaughter for combat killings in Iraq, tried a Missouri woman whose alleged crime, many would argue, was committed halfway across the country and sought to strip a notorious outlaw motorcycle gang of its very identity. Now he has immersed himself in a grand jury investigation into Cardinal Roger M.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 3, 2008 | Robert Lloyd, Times Television Critic
That I have never ridden a motorcycle is just one of the many ways in which I am not cool. But I have seen "The Wild One," "Easy Rider" and "The Great Escape," so I understand something about the symbolic weight, cultural import and really big noise of the hog, the chopper, the bike. And I grew up on the Hardy Boys and old Marx Brothers movies, so I know something about running with a gang. I have also watched cable television, where the success of "The Sopranos" taught TV makers that not only could successful series be made about bad, dangerous people, but that such series could at once earn critical respect and sexy up the brand.
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