Grants Pass quits event because of motorcycle club

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GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) -- Grants Pass, Oregon, officials say police and fire personnel chose not to take part in a charity "toy run" because members of the Vagos motorcycle club were there.

Deputy Chief Bill Landis tells the Daily Courier that the city considers the Vagos to be a criminal organization.

In previous years, Santa and Mrs. Claus rode on a fire engine during the event. But at the run last Sunday, they wer in the back of a pickup truck.

Organizers say they are disappointed at the city's decision. The event includes a motorcycle and vehicle procession through Grants Pass to gather toys and other donations.

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Information from: Daily Courier, http://www.thedailycourier.com