Blaine border officers plea not guilty

Published on Thu, Sep 18, 2008 by Tara Nelson

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Blaine border officers plea not guilty

By Tara Nelson

Two Blaine-based U.S. Customs officers pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor weapons charges in a Meade County Court, South Dakota, Tuesday.

The charges stem from an August 9 shooting incident at the Loud American Roadhouse bar in Sturgis, South Dakota, in which a member of the Hells Angel Group was injured.

Authorities allege U.S. Customs officers Scott Lazalde, of Bellingham and James Rector, of Ferndale, were involved in the incident and carried concealed weapons without a permit.

Both men are members of the Iron Pigs motorcycle group.

Three other men were indicted. They are: off-duty Seattle police detective Ronald Smith, 43, for aggravated assault, perjury and carrying a concealed pistol without a permit; Joseph Patrick McGuire, 33, of Imperial Beach, Calif., for aggravated assault; and also Seattle precinct patrol officer Dennis McCoy, 58, and Erik Pingel, 35, of Aurora, Colorado, each for carrying a concealed weapon without a permit.
All pleaded not guilty to the charges.