Florida motorcycle club members fight stereotypes with coat drive

The Gulf Coast Outlaws are on a mission to change the negative perceptions that people might have about motorcycle clubs.

They’re starting in their own community.

This holiday season, club members collected more than 1,000 coats during a drive at their Navarre clubhouse and plan to give them away to residents in need. They also raised $2,300 to fund Christmas celebrations for three families who have fallen on hard times.

“I think the ‘Sons of Anarchy’ generation really put a damper on people’s view of the motorcycle club and kind of gave them a falsified perception of things,” said Gulf Coast Outlaws member Preston Perry, who helped spearhead this year’s charitable efforts.

“The Outlaws, as a whole, have always been big at giving out to the community. We are very aware of the people who are suffering and in need. With all of us in the Panhandle coming together and

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Motorcycle club member’s family, friends serve those in need Thanksgiving dinner at Gyles Park | Local News

Assisted by his family and fellow members of the Pit Bull Motorcycle Club, Timothy East fed people without homes Thanksgiving dinner at Gyles Park in Aiken on Sunday.

“We cook it all with love,” he said.

On the menu were ham, turkey, dressing, gravy, cranberry sauce and rolls.

In addition there were sides such as macaroni and cheese, green beans and rice.

For dessert there were slices of sweet potato pie and pound cake.

“We’re probably prepared to feed from about 150 to 200 people,” said East, who is a maintenance technician for the Aiken Housing Authority.

In the past, East played a major role in the preparation and serving of a meal to those in need on a regular basis around Thanksgiving time.

But then he took a two-year break.

East is back dishing up holiday fare in 2021 because of his grandchildren. He has eight.

Seven were at

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Gypsy Joker racketeering trial pits cooperating motorcycle club members against leaders

Led by the national president of the Gypsy Joker Motorcycle Gang known as “The Wiz” and the gang’s Portland chapter president, members kidnapped and tortured an ex-member to death and then threatened witnesses to enforce an unwritten rule that no one talks to police, a federal prosecutor told jurors Monday.

But six men violated the club’s cardinal rule and cooperated with police.

Jurors are expected to hear from them over the next month and a half in the federal trial in Portland of Kenneth Earl Hause, 64, who held the title of the club’s national president for 20 years; Mark Dencklau, 59, the local chapter leader, and Chad Leroy Erickson, 51, another member.

All three are accused of conspiracy to commit racketeering. Dencklau and Erickson face separate charges of kidnapping and murder in aid of racketeering in connection with the violent death of an ex-member.

The six Gypsy Jokers expected

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Deadly shootout after motorcycle club members go to punish imposter, Indiana cops say

Angry that a non-member bore the tattoos and wore the patches of their two motorcycle clubs, six bikers armed themselves and headed to the perceived imposter’s Indiana home to punish him.

But when they broke into the Dupont residence around 4 a.m., June 22, intent on beating and robbing the man, gunfire erupted, according to state police. Someone opened fire on the bikers, and the bikers shot back.

One of the group, 35-year-old Dustin Lindner, of Georgetown, Kentucky was hit during the shootout, investigators said. Jefferson County deputies found him lying in the yard and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Indiana State Police soon took on the investigation.

Four people have been arrested and charged with murder following the fatal shooting, police said Wednesday: Jason Brewer, 34, Gary Fletcher, 40, David Faulkner, 52, Michael Karnuth, 32.

Jordan Lowe, 26, was also arrested and is facing charges of

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