Laughlin Motorcycle Rally Plans

LAUGHLIN, Nev. (AP) - Thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts are expected in the Colorado River resort town of Laughlin for a weekend rally forever marred by a biker gang shoot-out in 2002.

Authorities in Arizona and Nevada said Wednesday they were planning to send fewer officers to the 27th Laughlin River Run than in previous years. They say there has been a decline in crowds and arrests.

Las Vegas convention officials say 40,350 people attended last year.

Las Vegas police Sgt. John Loretto says about half as many arrests were made last year as the year before, when more than 70,000 people attended.

Three people were killed and more than a dozen were injured in the 2002 brawl and shoot-out between Hells Angels and rival Mongols
at the Harrah's Laughlin casino.

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