April 23, 2010 · 11:57 AM
Thousands of bikers and motorcycle enthusiasts are arriving now in the Colorado River resort town of Laughlin, Nevada and will be there over the next few days for a weekend motorcycle rally.
The 28th annual Laughlin River Run is one of the largest ride-in motorcycle rallies in the western U.S.
Attendance last year was 33,600, but in past years crowds have topped 60,000.
The weekend rally was marred by a fatal biker gang shootout in 2002 when three people were killed and more than a dozen were injured in a brawl between Hell’s Angels and the Monogols at Harrah’s Laughlin.
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November 11, 2009 · 7:02 PM
Six Hells Angels motorcycle club locations were raided today in an investigation of a brawl that left two people with stab wounds at a Las Vegas wedding chapel nearly a year ago, police said.
There were no confrontations or injuries when heavily armed police SWAT and intelligence unit investigators served warrants at dawn at sites that included a Hells Angels clubhouse about five miles northwest of downtown Las Vegas, police Lt. Dave Logue said.
Homes in Las Vegas and Henderson, Nevada also were searched.
“It involves the wedding chapel stabbings as well as another current investigation regarding our local Hells Angels club,” Logue said. “We were looking for specific items … including business records.”
No arrests were made and the sealed warrants were not released.
KLAS-TV in Las Vegas showed a broken front door and window at a white, two-story Hells Angels clubhouse marked with the letters “HAMC” and “Sin City.” SWAT officers pushed through a red garage door, but it was not clear if anyone was in the building.
A lawyer who represented the Hells Angels in the past did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment.
The raid came 11 months after authorities reported two people were stabbed in a brawl between rival motorcycle gang members at the downtown Special Memory Wedding Chapel. Officials said the violence erupted when two weddings were merely booked at the same time.
Police said one of the injured men identified himself as a member of the Mongols motorcycle club and said his assailants were Hells Angels.
A 2002 casino brawl between Hells Angels and Mongols left three dead and dozens injured, disrupting the annual Laughlin River Run motorcycle rally.
Seven Hells Angels members pleaded guilty to federal and state charges in that confrontation.
Six Mongols members also pleaded guilty in November 2007 to various state felony charges in the case but avoided trial in state court on charges including murder, attempted murder and conspiracy.
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