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Police from across Ontario say they’ve smashed a criminal ring made up of “important figures” in outlaw biker gangs who peddled drugs and were active in human trafficking

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Police from across Ontario say they’ve smashed a criminal ring made up of “important figures” in outlaw biker gangs who peddled drugs and were active in human trafficking.

Project Skylark, the 14-month investigation involving police from Niagara, Hamilton, Sudbury and Ottawa, netted 15 people who have been charged with 195 offences connected to a drug network that investigators say sold cocaine, fentanyl and methamphetamine.

The arrests include several full members of the Hells Angels and Red Devils gangs and a prospective member of the Hooligans, a group Sudbury police describe as a “puppet club” for the Hells Angels.

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“Having disabled and disrupted this particular network will have a significant impact on the drug trade in Ontario,” said OPP Supt. Bryan MacKillop during a news conference in Niagara Falls on Wednesday.

“The results of this investigation will remove the Hells Angels from the great

Red Bull Romaniacs Extreme Off-Road Enduro In Photos 2019

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Alfredo Gómez fought hard to reclaim the lead on the final day, but came up about two and a half minutes short of the win.
Alfredo Gómez fought hard to reclaim the lead on the final day, but came up about two and a half minutes short of the win. (Future7Media/Red Bull Content Pool./)

Not only is the Red Bull Romaniacs race a grueling technical event, it's also a huge test of stamina, challenging riders over four difficult days riding through some of the toughest terrain imaginable. This year's Romaniacs marks the fifth stop of the 2019 World Enduro Super Series and when the checkers flew on day 4 it was Manuel Lettenbichler in the number one spot. The win is Lettenbichler's first-ever WESS victory. He was trailed by Alfredo Gómez Cantero in second and Graham Jarvis in third.

“I’m over the moon right now, I really can’t believe it,” said Lettenbichler after all was said and done. “This race is really something special, and to win here feels amazing. The event is so long and so hard and anything can happen, so I’m so pumped to take the win. It’s been an incredible five days and so gnarly, especially with all the rain we’ve had. Some of the uphills that would have been tricky anyway have become near impossible today. It’s 10 years since my dad won Red Bull Romaniacs so it’s great to be able to match his achievement—the Lettenbichlers are definitely going to celebrate tonight!”

The win puts Lettenbichler at the top of the WESS standings with three rounds remaining.

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Attila Szabo Red Bull Content Pool: Billy Bolt moved up to sixth position on the final day of racing.
Attila Szabo Red Bull Content Pool: Billy Bolt moved up to sixth position on the final day of racing. (Attila Szabo/Red Bull Content Pool./)Privateer David Cyprian finished eighth overall.
Privateer David Cyprian finished eighth overall. (Future7Media/Red Bull Content Pool/)Graham Jarvis ended day 1 in first position, but slipped as the race wore on to settle in third.
Graham Jarvis ended day 1 in first position, but slipped as the race wore on to settle in third. (Future7Media/Red Bull Content Pool/)Jonny Walker had a tough start after a strong showing in the Prologue, finishing the event overall in fifth.
Jonny Walker had a tough start after a strong showing in the Prologue, finishing the event overall in fifth. (Attila Szabo/Red Bull Content Pool/)Josep García rounded out the top-10 overall.Read more

How Harley-Davidson Designs Motorcycle Seats

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Harley-Davidson takes the science of seat design seriously.
Harley-Davidson takes the science of seat design seriously. (Jeff Allen/)

Riding a motorcycle can be uncomfortable. Bouncing down the road with your weight concentrated on a tiny plot of posterior real estate can cause unmentionable ailments—ailments very much at odds with the romantic image of motorcycling we'd prefer to project. It's a problem common to many types and brands of machines. However, if you're a devoted Harley-Davidson rider—even one who sticks with the stock foam saddle—you might be surprised to hear that's the case.

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The reason for Harley-induced hindquarter happiness lies in what we might refer to as H-D’s “butt guys.” The company calls them human-factors engineers, and they spend 90 percent of their time making the Motor Company’s seats as comfortable as they are stylish. This intrepid team is the reason you can sit astride any Harley and feel like an actual human rear spent some time in the seat before the machine reached the hands (and cans) of the public.

In fact, many actual human butts do the preparatory sitting. To gather objective and subjective feedback on comfort and rider-triangle fit, Harley pulls around 50 employees with varying body types from across the organization. Prototype evaluation begins in the dressing room, where engineers gather subjects’ “personal data” with a measuring tape. Data collection continues on the test track, where riders spend countless miles in the saddle.

Greg Falkner, manager of portfolios for features and customization, says: “It really starts with the customer: who they are, where they’re at, and how they’re going to ride the bike. That helps us formulate some of those trade-offs [between comfort targets and style]. It becomes this dance back and forth between the artists and the engineers.”

Between the styling department, vehicle design team, seat technical experts, and human-factors engineers, “thousands of durability and evaluation miles” have gone into each seat.

“You can make a seat really comfortable with all the technology in the world,” Falkner notes, “but you can also do something really good if you take the time and look at the finer details.” The whole process makes keeping butts in saddles look more difficult than just getting them there. Which is saying something. One thing’s for sure: Riders benefit when attention is paid to the softer side. After all, someone’s gotta keep the romantic image of motorcycling intact.

Texas Anti-Gang Center Hells Angels gang members arrested in Lubbock Unlawful Carrying Weapons and booked in to the Lubbock County Detention Center

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LUBBOCK, Texas (PRESS RELEASE) — The following is a press release from the Texas Anti-Gang Center:

On Monday August 5, 2019 at approximately 11:30am Investigators with the Lubbock Texas Anti-Gang Center conducted a traffic stop on six Hells Angels motorcycle gang members in the area of Highway 84 and FM 1585. All six of the members were wearing “Hells Angels” vests. The Hells Angels motorcycle gang is primarily centered in California, and are very rarely in the State of Texas.

Through investigation, TAG Investigators located handguns on two of the gang members. The subjects were identified as Michael Hefner (51 years of age) and Vince Ball (57 years of age) both of Modesto, California. The subjects were subsequently arrested for Unlawful Carrying Weapons and booked in to the Lubbock County Detention Center. The other four Hells Angels were released without charges.

The Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office, Lubbock Police Department, and Texas Department of Public Safety assisted in this investigation.

The TAG website: http://www.stoplubbockgangs.org features educational information on criminal gangs, a Top Ten Most Wanted List and allows community members to anonymously report criminal and gang related activity.

(This is a press release from the Texas Anti-Gang Center.)

Coward 69’ers Motorcycle Club giving up by informant in shooting death of veteran Paul Anderson. Trial to last three weeks

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TAMPA — The day after they allegedly assassinated the leader of a rival motorcycle gang, Christopher “Durty” Cosimano and Michael “Pumpkin” Mencher turned to a buddy for help.

They called fellow 69’ers Motorcycle Club member Sean “Phelps” Leonard.

“This is not a good situation, brother,” Mencher told Leonard over the phone on Dec. 22, 2017.

It was worse than even Mencher knew. For unbeknownst to the two men, Leonard was a confidential informant secretly recording their conversations for federal agents.

Cosimano, 31, and Mencher, 52, both made several calls to Leonard less than 12 hours after the execution of Paul Anderson, the 44-year-old president of the Cross Bayou chapter of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club.

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Those audio recordings were played for a federal jury on Tuesday, as the pair’s murder trial continued into its second week.

Leonard, 34, was called to the witness stand by the state, sitting just a few feet from his former comrades.

Prosecutors accuse Cosimano and Mencher of riding their motorcycles and tracking Anderson’s pick-up truck as he drove north on the Suncoast Parkway into Pasco County on Dec. 21, 2017.

They were armed, prosecutors said, and wore masks to hide their faces.

The two were out for revenge, the state alleges. Anderson and a group of Outlaws had previously beaten up Leonard and another 69’ers member at the Local Brewing Company restaurant in Palm Harbor.

When Anderson took an exi

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