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Abbotsford casts aside murderous reputation

Friday, 31 December 2010

Abbotsford casts aside murderous reputation: "Abbotsford, B.C., has shed the ugly mantle of Canada's murder capital on a per-capita basis that it earned in 2009.

The dubious distinction has likely moved north to the B.C. Interior city of Prince George.

'We went from 11 murders in 2009 to four this year,' Abbotsford police spokesman Const. Ian MacDonald said Thursday.

He attributed the decline to police getting in the face of gangsters. An increased focus on intelligence gathering led to drug interceptions and violence was snuffed out."

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Video Shows Federal Agents In Shootout With Outlaw Biker

Video Shows Federal Agents In Shootout With Outlaw Biker
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Police officer charged with leaking info - UPI.com

Wednesday, 29 December 2010

Police officer charged with leaking info - UPI.com: "California police officer who served in the Marines in Iraq has been charged with giving confidential police records to a reputed motorcycle gang member.

Hell's Angels: Three Can Keep a Secret If Two Are Dead'Clay Rojas, who has been a member of the Santa Clara Police Department for five years, was named in a federal indictment unsealed Monday, the San Jose Mercury News reported. Charged with him were William Bettencourt, allegedly a member of the Hell's Angels in Santa Cruz and Viviana Rodriguez, who allegedly enlisted Bettencourt to get the information."

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Outlaws biker chief guilty of racketeering - UPI.com

Riding on the Edge: A Motorcycle Outlaw's TaleOutlaws biker chief guilty of racketeering - UPI.com: "Outlaws president Jack Rosga of Milwaukee had no reaction when the verdict was read Tuesday in Richmond, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported. Also convicted were Mark Fiel, Harry McCall and Christopher Timbers.

The men will be sentenced April 8. A member of another motorcycle club was acquitted.

Prosecutors said the gang, incorporated as the American Outlaws Association, is an organized criminal enterprise responsible for many violent crimes, most of them against the rival Hells Angels. The defense said the government was trying weave a conspiracy out of a few random incidents"

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Shooting of Biker Justified | Maine News, Sports, Weather - Portland, ME - WPFO FOX23 - MyFOXMaine.com | News

Maine AG Rules Shooting of Biker Justified | Maine News, Sports, Weather - Portland, ME - WPFO FOX23 - MyFOXMaine.com | News: "state of Maine has justified the shooting death of 58-year-old Thomas Mayne, the Outlaws motorcycle gang member who was killed in a shootout with ATF agents in June.

The Attorney General's office says federal authorities were justified in shooting and killing Mayne on June 15 in Old Orchard Beach. Police say Mayne refused to submit to arrest and fired at them.

Mayne was one of several bikers wanted on federal gang charges connected to a sting stretching all the way to Virginia. A jury found several of the bikers arrested in that sting guilty earlier this year."

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'Soldiers of Islam' Motorcycle Gang whose members include former Iraqi soldiers, has been discovered operating in Australia,

Wednesday, 22 December 2010

"new motorcycle gang called Soldiers of Islam, whose members include former Iraqi soldiers, has been discovered operating in Australia, The Courier-Mail reported Monday.

In a worrying development, Australian police recently discovered pictures of fugitive al Qaeda leader Usama bin Laden at the home of one gang member.

The Osama bin Laden I Know: An Oral History of al Qaeda's LeaderPhotos of bin Laden were found during a criminal investigation at the property on Queensland's Gold Coast, about 50 miles south of Brisbane.

Soldiers of Islam, also known as Sons of Islam, is believed to be an offshoot of outlaw biker gang the Bandidos.

Sources said the gang is comprised of young Muslim men who sport 'SOI'' tattoos.

While only small in membership, the gang is coming under increasing attention from police investigating biker links to crimes involving drugs, guns and violence.

The Courier-Mail understands that apart from the bin Laden photos, police did not find any terrorism-related material at the Soldiers of Islam member's house."

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Former Pagans motorcycle gang leader Steven 'Gorilla' Mondevergine waived his right to a hearing Friday

Former Pagans motorcycle gang leader Steven 'Gorilla' Mondevergine waived his right to a hearing Friday and agreed to be extradited from New Jersey to Philadelphia, where he faces attempted murder and assault charges.

'I just want to get back to Philly,' Mondevergine told Judge Walter Marshall during a brief hearing in Gloucester County Superior Court.

Marshall ordered that Mondevergine be turned over to Philadelphia authorities within the next 10 days. Mondevergine has been held in the county jail since his arrest Wednesday on a warrant issued by the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office.

A onetime associate of jailed mob boss Joseph 'Skinny Joey' Merlino, Mondevergine is charged with shooting and stabbing Timothy 'Casual' Flood in January 2008.

The stabbing occurred at a Pagans clubhouse in Northeast Philadelphia and stemmed from a dispute within the outlaw motorcycle club, according to authorities.

Flood, 48, was shot in a knee and stabbed in the back. At first he refused to identify who had shot him. Indications are that Flood may now be cooperating."

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Chaos as Biker Gangs Brawl in Bandung Cafe | The Jakarta Globe

Chaos as Biker Gangs Brawl in Bandung Cafe | The Jakarta Globe: "Police are investigating a wild clash between two rival motorcycle gangs at a coffee shop in Bandung that left six injured on Sunday.

The incident allegedly saw dozens of men from the Bikers Brotherhood motorcycle group face off against members of the Southland MG group at the Aceh Cie Rasa Loom cafe early on Sunday morning.

A spokesman for the Bikers Brotherhood, Reza Pamungkas, said that Sunday’s incident was triggered by an event involving a group member on Friday.

“One of our members was attacked by 10 men at an entertainment center in Bandung on Friday,” Reza said."

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31-year-old father of two who was involved with a notorious motorcycle gang once in a bloody war with the Hells Angels

Edmonton homicide victim had gang ties | Canada | News | Toronto Sun: "Edmonton's latest homicide victim was a 31-year-old father of two who was involved with a notorious motorcycle gang once in a bloody war with the Hells Angels, QMI Agency has learned.

The Assimilation: Rock Machine Become Bandidos - Bikers United Against the Hells AngelsAndrew Block - who had strong ties to the Rock Machine motorcycle club - was fatally gunned down sometime before police found his body sitting in the front passenger seat of a truck parked in a residential Edmonton area Tuesday.

Block, who also went by the names Andy Rock and Blaklistid, was a hip-hop musician linked to the Rock Machine's Nomads Canada chapter.

The Rock Machine is an outlaw biker gang that was involved in a deadly turf war with the Hells Angels in Montreal in the 1990s.

The gang created a memorial page on its website at RockMachine.ca,, which identifies Block as a 'brother.'"

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convicted the national leader of the Outlaws biker gang and three others of taking part in a violent criminal group,

AFP: US roars over takedown of biker gang leader: "US jury has convicted the national leader of the Outlaws biker gang and three others of taking part in a violent criminal group, in a blow meant to idle the motorcyclists' crimes.
Outlaw Biker: My Life At Full Throttle'Today's conviction of the Outlaws' national president strikes a crippling blow to his violent motorcycle gang,' said US Attorney Neil MacBride in neighboring Virginia.
'Riding a Harley (Davidson) doesn't make you a criminal -- but you cross the line when your motorcycle gang engages in violent criminal activity as a way of doing business,' he said.
Prosecutors presented evidence at trial showing that the Outlaws planned multiple acts of violence against rival motorcycle gangs.
A federal jury in the Eastern District of Virginia convicted Jack Rosga, alias 'Milwaukee Jack,' 53, of conspiring to engage in racketeering activities and conspiring to commit violence in aid of racketeering.
The national president of the Outlaws, Rosga faces up to 20 years in prison for the racketeering charge and a maximum of three years in prison for the violence charge.
Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer added that 'we are committed to bringing significant prosecutions against the leaders of the country's most notorious and violent groups.'"

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Jury in biker trial goes home | Richmond Times-Dispatch

Friday, 17 December 2010

Jury in biker trial goes home Richmond Times-Dispatch: "jury deliberating in the trial of five motorcycle gang members on federal racketeering and other charges was allowed to go home at noon Thursday because of the snow.
The five-man, seven-woman jury was given the case by U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson on Wednesday afternoon. They are set to return and resume deliberations Monday morning.
More than two dozen people, primarily members of the Outlaws motorcycle club, were indicted this year on charges that they were trying to expand the gang into Virginia — a state said to be under the control of their bitter rivals, the Hells Angels.
Seventeen defendants have pleaded guilty. In a trial last month, a jury convicted one gang member, acquitted two and could not reach a verdict on Jack Rosga, 53, of Milwaukee, the Outlaws' national president.
The current trial began Dec. 1, and Rosga is being retried on charges of conspiracy to violate racketeering law and conspiracy to commit violence in the aid of racketeering.
Also on trial are Outlaws Harry McCall, 53, and Christopher Timbers, 38. McCall is charged with conspiracy to violate racketeering laws, conspiracy to commit violence, violence in the aid of racketeering, and possession of a firearm. Timbers is charged with conspiracy to violate racketeering laws, conspiracy to commit violence, violence in aid of racketeering and possession of a firearm.
Dennis Haldermann, 42, a member of another motorcycle club, is on trial for accusations of violence in the aid of racketeering. Former Outlaws member Mark Jason Fiel, 38, is charged with conspiracy to violate racketeering laws and conspiracy to commit violence."

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Life Feature: Hells Angels – No Apologies

Thursday, 16 December 2010

They are the world’s most iconic motorcycle club, cruising the roads on huge Harley-Davidson motorbikes. They are proud of their “born to be wild” attitude and their appearance is menacing. And as we see on occasion the Hells Angels live up to their fearsome reputation.



They are a familiar target of law enforcement and rival clubs. Although trouble seems to follow some members, the club has endured harassment, physical and verbal attacks, judgment and condemnation.



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They refused to stand by and be treated like criminals. Some argue that guns, violence and murder are all part of being a Hells Angel, which is In sharp contrast to the romantic image of bikers portrayed by others.



When confronted, the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club (HAMC) deny that criminal activity is part and parcel of joining the club. Rather, they claim, it is down to a few bad individuals who just happen to belong to the club.



The group was founded by disgruntled ex-servicemen after the Second World War and chapters can now be found in 22 countries.



The original group lived in a Los Angeles suburb. To mark Independence Day, they descended on the sleepy central Californian town of Hollister and ran riot.



They went drag-racing down the main street, tossing beer bottles in all directions, and terrifying locals by riding their bikes through the doors of the town’s saloon bar.


This and similar behaviour a year later inspired the screen-writers of the 1953 movie The Wild One, in which two rival motorcycle gangs terrorize a town after one of their leaders is thrown in jail.



The Hells Angels name may have come from a US Air Force bomber squadron. The club’s insignia is a skull with wings and a motorcycle helmet known as The Death’s Head and can be found on Hells Angels membership cards.



The common misconception is that to buy a big bike and grow long hair is enough to grant entry to the Angels. Wrong. To be accepted you have to prove yourself to be fearless, and loyal to the brotherhood.”



New members have to be nominated by an existing member. If they are accepted then they are allowed to become a “hangaround” or apprentice.



If they prove themselves they graduate to the status of a “prospect” before finally becoming a member. The process can take years and ends with the recruit being issued a jacket with the Death’s Head symbol on it.



Initiation ceremonies are barbaric. In a study of Californian Hells Angels in the late 1960s, a new recruit’s rite of passage was described by author Hunter S Thompson. He wrote: “Every Angel recruit comes to his initiation wearing a new pair of Levis and a matching jacket, with the sleeves cut off and a spotless emblem on the back.



The ceremony varies from one chapter to another but the main feature is always the defiling of the initiate’s new uniform.



It’s impossible to talk about the Hells Angels without a few words about Sonny Barger, who is regarded as the patriarch of all Hell’s Angels. “When we award charters in new states,” Barger explains, “it’s always done by national vote. When a prospective club lets us know they want to become Hell’s Angels, we’ll check them out to see if they’re stand-up people. We’ll send officers out to meet with them, and in return they’ll send guys out to meet with us.



We might invite them to a run or two, and likewise we’ll send some of our guys to party with them. At some point – time varies – we’ll vote on their membership status. The same process that lets in individuals applies to entire new chapters as well… Once we sanctioned each official Hell’s Angels charter, it became their responsibility to keep anybody from starting up an illegal charter in their part of the country.”



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Members can transfer from one chapter to another. However, “because of rats and infiltrators… you have to be in the chapter you’re transferring from for at least one year.”



Members from other Big Four outlaw motorcycle clubs (Outlaws, Bandidos, Pagans) are not welcome to join the Hell’s Angels. Among the many stories surrounding the Hell’s Angels Barger dismisses as myths are those regarding initiations: “To become a Hell’s Angel, there never has been any initiation rite outside of serving as a prospect. As a prospect, you’re basically a gopher for the club.”



The Hell’s Angels have a set of written rules. Some of these have become public, including the obligation to attend regular meetings, not to fight with other club members and not to mess with another member’s wife. Another rule Barger repeats in variations throughout his book states that Hell’s Angels are obliged to support fellow members under all circumstances: “The story of the Hell’s Angels Motorcycle Club is the story of a very select brotherhood of men who will fight and die for each other, no matter what the cause.” Barger goes on to say, “we stand up for ourselves and a Hell’s Angel should never break and run.”



Essentially it is like a golden rule: when a Hell’s Angel fights a citizen or a rival club member, everybody rat-packs to his side.



While Barger rejects the notion of the Hell’s Angels being a criminal organization, he freely admits that members tended to have a criminal record (“most of us were card-carrying felons, and used illicit drugs”).



In 1979, the federal government put Barger and several members and associates of the Oakland chapter on trial on RICO charges (United States of America v. Ralph Barger, Jr., et al.), trying to connect the club to guns and illegal drugs. The jury acquitted Barger on the RICO charges with a hung jury on the predicate acts: “There was no proof it was part of club policy, and as much as they tried, the government could not come up with any incriminating minutes from any of our meetings mentioning drugs and guns.”



In 1982, Barger was diagnosed with throat cancer. His vocal cords had to be removed, leaving Barger with a voice that sounds like Marlon Brando in The Godfather.



In November 1987, Barger was arrested for conspiracy in interstate bombing based on evidence produced by a high-level FBI informant, West Coast representative Anthony Tait. Tait had pretended to be planning the bombing of the Outlaws clubhouse in Chicago and tried to muster the support of several Hell’s Angels, including Barger who after a five-months trial in Kentucky was convicted of conspiracy to violate federal law to commit murder. He served his time in Phoenix, Arizona, until 1992.



In 1998, Sonny Barger returned to Arizona to settle down with his third wife and a daughter. At the time of the publication of his autobiography he was a member of the Cave Creek chapter of the Hell’s Angels.



Members of the Hell’s Angels have a reputation of secretiveness, and no member would undermine this reputation. I met Barger once and found him to be genuine. In my brief conversation I listened to him as he took issue with many allegations against the Hell’s Angels, especially the notion that the organization as such controls its members’ criminal activities. In this respect, at least, he appears credible.



At the same time, Barger doesn’t place the Hell’s Angels in a favorable light, nor does he place himself there. He makes it clear by the way he talks that the club takes honour and respect very seriously. Arguments are sparked by simple insults or drunken slurs. Cross them and you could pay with your life.



After years of drug abuse, brawling and motorbike crashes, it would be unrealistic to find Ralph “Sonny” Barger a picture of health.



But despite his gravelly voice – the 72-year-old former President of the Oakland, California chapter of the Hell’s Angels is no cause for pity and has no plans to slow down.



In my meeting Sonny Barger I told him that in my former life, I was part of an investigation that lead to one of his troubles. He smiled and said, “No worries, we all make mistakes.

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Mounties ID ex-Hells Angel's body - Front - TheChronicleHerald.ca

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Hell's Angel: The Life and Times of Sonny Barger and the Hell's Angels Motorcycle ClubMounties ID ex-Hells Angel's body - Front - TheChronicleHerald.ca: "Police confirmed today that human remains found at a property on Hiram Lynds Road in North River, Colchester County are those of former Hells Angel Randy Mersereau.

RCMP also announced this morning that they have arrested another person in connection with the decades-old murders of two men and a woman.

Curtis Blair Lynds, 34, was taken into custody at a federal government office in Truro on Friday morning, according to an RCMP news release Monday morning.

He is charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of Nancy Christensen and Kirk Mersereau, and being an accessory after the fact in the death of Mersereau's brother Randy.

He will appear in court in Truro this morning to face the charges."

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Police raid Hells Angels bikers allegedly planning rival murder - The Local

Police raid Hells Angels bikers allegedly planning rival murder - The Local: "More than 900 officers took part in searching 22 apartments and four other buildings in Baden-Württemberg, Rhineland-Palatinate and Bavaria. They had an arrest warrant for at least one Hells Angels member on charges of attempted murder, prosecutors in the Baden-Württemberg town of Pforzheim said.

The raids came in response to a brawl in late November between the Hells Angels and an association of doormen called United Tribuns. At least three gang members were injured during the fight in Pforzheim, with one person sustaining life-threatening wounds. Shots were fired during the clash, after which police arrested more than 20 suspects.

Monday’s raids centred on stemming an alleged revenge attack on leaders of United Tribuns, the prosecutors said.

The actions followed another series of raids last week in the state of Hesse. There police are investigating the alleged collusion of several high-level law enforcement officials with the biker gang."

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'Soldiers of Islam' Motorcycle Gang Concerns Police in Australia

Wanted Dead Osama Bin Laden Art Print Poster - 24x36'Soldiers of Islam' Motorcycle Gang Concerns Police in Australia: "new motorcycle gang called Soldiers of Islam, whose members include former Iraqi soldiers, has been discovered operating in Australia, The Courier-Mail reported Monday.
In a worrying development, Australian police recently discovered pictures of fugitive al Qaeda leader Usama bin Laden at the home of one gang member.
Photos of bin Laden were found during a criminal investigation at the property on Queensland's Gold Coast, about 50 miles south of Brisbane.
Soldiers of Islam, also known as Sons of Islam, is believed to be an offshoot of outlaw biker gang the Bandidos.
Sources said the gang is comprised of young Muslim men who sport 'SOI'' tattoos.
While only small in membership, the gang is coming under increasing attention from police investigating biker links to crimes involving drugs, guns and violence."

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Jury begins deliberations in Va. biker trial - chicagotribune.com

Jury begins deliberations in Va. biker trial - chicagotribune.com: "federal jury in Richmond has begun deliberations in a motorcycle gang racketeering trial.

Among the five defendants is Jack Rosga of Milwaukee, the national president of the Outlaws biker gang. Prosecutors say Rosga and the others participated in a violent criminal enterprise that mostly targeted the rival Hells Angels.

Among the incidents discussed during a two-week trial were a couple of bar fights in Virginia and the shooting of a Hells Angels member in Maine.

Defense attorneys say prosecutors are trying to make a few random incidents look like a broad criminal conspiracy."

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Police have laid charges in the murders of a former Hells Angel, his brother and his brother’s wife.

Saturday, 11 December 2010

Police have laid charges in the murders of a former Hells Angel, his brother and his brother’s wife.

Leslie Douglas Greenwood has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the shooting of Barry Kirk Mersereau and Nancy Paula Christensen in 2000. He is also charged with the attempted murder of ex-Hells Angel Randy Mersereau in 1999 and being an accessory after the fact in the murder of Randy Mersereau later that same year.

RCMP arrested Greenwood without incident at a residence in Bramber, Hants County at 12:30 a.m. Thursday, RCMP provincial spokeswoman Sgt. Brigdit Leger said.

The 41-year-old who has no fixed address was held overnight and taken to Halifax provincial court Friday for arraignment on the charges. He remained in cells during the brief proceeding as duty counsel John Black appeared on his behalf. The lawyer waived reading of the charges and the case was moved to Truro provincial court on Jan. 11 to set a date for a preliminary hearing. Greenwood was ordered to jail until that time.

Crown Shauna MacDonald said the case was heard in Halifax only because the Truro court wasn’t sitting on Friday. 

Believed to be suffering from cancer, Greenwood has a series of convictions for offences, including drug possession, theft, break and enter, fraud, forgery, possessing a restricted or prohibited weapon, possessing a device to obtain telecommunication service and piracy.

Spokeswoman Leger answered few questions about the continuing investigation, but she did say that Greenwood was known to all three victims.

Kirk Mersereau and his wife Nancy were shot execution-style in their home in Centre Burlington, Hants Co. A neighbour discovered their bodies on Sept. 10, 2000. The couple's 18-month-old son was in his crib, unharmed.


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Suspected dirty cops collude with Hells Angels

Apartments and offices belonging to several police officers with contact to the gang were searched, the Hessian state Office of Criminal Investigation (LKA) said.

Among the suspects is one of the LKA’s own chief inspectors, they said. The 50-year-old allegedly gave Hells Angels confidential police information about bribery cases. 

Five police officers suspected of involvement were suspended from duty with immediate effect, two of them belonging to Frankfurt’s police force, the LKA said. The 36 and 33-year-old commissioners are also suspected of violating narcotics laws.

The raids were organised as part of a drug dealing investigation against the Hells Angels run by the Frankfurt and Darmstadt state prosecutors' offices. The searches were mainly in Offenbach, the gang's headquarters and where several drug dealers were arrested in recent weeks with amphetamines and marijuana.

Seven apartments in the Rhine-Main region, including those of the Hells Angels president and vice president, were also searched in connection with the Usingen shooting of a 45-year-old gang member in mid-October, the officials said. The victim’s arm was injured in the drive-by shooting that investigators believe may have been ordered by the gang as punishment.

Officials also have their sights on a 40-year-old Wiesbaden restaurant owner suspected of dealing weapons in connection with the Hells Angels.

The raids followed searches on November 24 that came in response to a Hells Angels holdup of another motorcycle club.



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Hell's Angels motorcycle Gangs targeted in two city drug swoop - Local News - Hawke's Bay Today

Friday, 10 December 2010

Gangs targeted in two city drug swoop - Local News - Hawke's Bay Today: "web of inter-gang drug dealing was revealed in the Napier District Court yesterday with the appearance of five people arrested in relation to an alleged Auckland and Hawke's Bay methamphetamine trade.

While police said one person arrested in Auckland was a Hell's Angels motorcycle gang member, at least one of those arrested in Napier had Mongrel Mob ties.

'It is not that unusual,' Napier CIB Detective Sergeant Brian Schaab said. 'When it comes to making money - well that over-rides gang rivalry.'"

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Fort Smith Police Arrest 2 Suspected Biker Gang Members - Local News Story - KHBS NW Arkansas

Fort Smith Police Arrest 2 Suspected Biker Gang Members - Local News Story - KHBS NW Arkansas: "Fort Smith police said they arrested two suspected members of a well-known motorcycle gang. Police said Kevin Hunter and Ricky Woodruff were riding their motorcycle through Fort Smith when an officer pulled them over for driving recklessly. He said both wore Diablo Lobos leather jackets. Diablos Lobos is an outlaw motorcycle gang.
Investigators said the men were also armed with large knives.
Both men were arrested and have since posted bond."Arizona Department of Public Safety said Wednesday that it dealt the Vagos motorcycle gang a blow by arresting eight of its alleged leaders, some in connection with a July 18 brawl at Rio Lomas Beach in Bullhead City.Dale Warren Smith, 52, of Mohave Valley; Shawn Patrick Bailey, 35, of Bullhead City; Shawn Lee Muncy, 41, of Bullhead City; Gabriel Timothy Nader Jr., 25, of Golden Valley; and Robert George Keller III, 35, of Bullhead City, were the aggressors in an attack on citizens at the beach, said Emily Montague, spokeswoman for the Bullhead City Police Department.The five were arrested Wednesday on charges of rioting-participating in a criminal street gang and aggravated assault.Jeffrey Daniel Woods, 53, of Lake Havasu City, was booked on charges of misconduct involving weapons and possession of drug paraphernalia.Nick Bernard Prano, 54, of Lake Havasu City, was booked on charges of possession of dangerous drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia.




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Silva was president of the Berdoo Chapter of the Vagos and Beltran was sergeant at arms of the Inland Empire ChapterSoCal biker gang members convicted in killing - San Jose Mercury News

SoCal biker gang members convicted in killing - San Jose Mercury News: "Two members of a California motorcycle gang have been convicted of the beating and shooting death of a Vagos club prospect over the sale of a motorcycle.
Jurors on Tuesday found 47-year-old Keith Allen Silva and 35-year-old David Anthony Beltran guilty of first-degree murder and torture for the death of 34-year-old Dennis Daoussis in April 2003.
Prosecutors say Daoussis was beaten at a Fontana home, bound with zip ties and duct tape, then dumped in the Mojave Desert. He was shot in the head.
The Inland Valley Daily Bulletin says Silva was president of the Berdoo Chapter of the Vagos and Beltran was sergeant at arms of the Inland Empire Chapter. Prosecutors say Silva and Beltran were avenging the alleged theft of $3,000 given Daoussis to buy a motorcycle."

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Hells Angels associate shotgun courier gets three years in prison - Winnipeg Free Press

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Shotgun courier gets three years in prison - Winnipeg Free Press: "go-between for a shady deal between a former Manitoba RCMP officer and a high-ranking gang member working undercover.
And his decision to courier a sawed-off shotgun has now landed him behind bars.
Howard Ironstand was sentenced to three years in prison Tuesday after pleading guilty to transferring a firearm for his role in a major drug and weapons network infiltrated by police. Ironstand was one of 35 people arrested last December through Project DIVIDE, a year-long undercover sting operation in which police used a trusted gang associate to act as a secret agent.
Ironstand was recruited to deliver the gun by Wayne Shuttleworth, a one-time Mountie who gave up the badge to become a Hells Angels associate. Police watched as he met with the agent, Michael Satsatin, and traded the gun for $500 outside of a downtown residence.
Shuttleworth pleaded guilty earlier this year to weapons trafficking for arranging the deal and is now serving a four-year sentence. Shuttleworth turned to the criminal world after being brought in by a friend, where he quickly rose up the ranks of the Zig Zag Crew, which is the so-called puppet club of the Hells Angels."

CTV British Columbia - Missing dad with gang ties declared dead - CTV News

CTV British Columbia - Missing dad with gang ties declared dead - CTV News: "year after Geoffrey Meisner vanished in a case police believe centres on drug dealing and organized crime, a judge has declared the father of four dead.
Meisner's wife, Tammy, was granted the request in B.C. Supreme Court in Kelowna Monday, with the judge agreeing there was overwhelming evidence her husband of 12 years was no longer alive.
The 275-pound salesman and mixed martial arts fighter was last seen outside a local shopping mall on Nov. 27, 2009. His 2010 Ford F350 truck was found abandoned outside a Starbucks later that night.
In a court petition filed earlier this month, Tammy Meisner said her husband was known to be associated with organized criminal gangs, including the Hells Angels and the King Pin Crew, a gang with roots in Kelowna.
She said none of his bank accounts or credit cards have been used after he was last seen, and his Canadian passport remains in her possession."

Hells Angels head Ferraro laid to rest | WPRI.com

Hells Angels head Ferraro laid to rest WPRI.com: "Funeral services for the longtime president of the Rhode Island chapter of the Hells Angels went off without incident last weekend as at least three law enforcement agencies kept watch, the Target 12 Investigators have confirmed.
Law enforcement sources said they saw a massive influx of Hells Angels members – from places as far away as Finland – for the Friday wake and Saturday funeral of Carl C. Ferraro, who died Nov. 20 at the age of 57.
Rhode Island State Police Capt. James Demers said they were aware of the large number of bikers in and around the Cranston and Providence area for the services, but the State Police did not receive any reports of a disturbance.
Both services for Ferraro were held at Nardolillo Funeral Hom e on Park Avenue in Cranston. He was buried at St. Ann's Cemetery in the city."

Berkshire Hells Angels pleads not guilty - BostonHerald.com

Berkshire Hells Angels pleads not guilty - BostonHerald.com: "member of the Berkshire County chapter of the Hells Angels motorcycle club has been ordered held on $50,000 bail for allegedly trying to frame a witness in his criminal case.
Adam Lee Hall, whom prosecutors say is the chapter’s sergeant at arms, pleaded not guilty Monday in Berkshire Superior Court to charges including witness intimidation and kidnapping.
Authorities tell The Berkshire Eagle that 33-year-old Hall was the mastermind behind a plot to frame David Glasser of Pittsfield in which one of Hall’s female associates accused Glasser of robbing her at gunpoint. Charges against Glasser have been dismissed."

Ibrahim family home sprayed with bullets | News.com.au

Ibrahim family home sprayed with bullets | News.com.au: "Ibrahim sister targeted in a drive-by shooting shoved her child behind a brick wall and begged him to 'stay down' as a gunman opened fire on their home.
The sister of nightclub boss John Ibrahim has narrowly avoided being shot during a drive-by shooting.
Ibrahims' sister avoids shooting
The sister of nightclub boss John Ibrahim has narrowly avoided being shot during a drive-by shooting.
One of the 25 bullets that peppered Armani Haddad's Sydney home on Sunday night missed her 11-year-old son's head by millimetres and lodged in a wall beside him.
The frightened 35-year-old - the sister of Kings Cross entrepreneur John Ibrahim - yesterday said she 'flew' downstairs to protect her youngest child after she woke to gunfire and realised her son was in the line of fire at 11.30pm.
He was in the kitchen, toward the front of the two-storey Ryde house, getting a drink of water, when the gunman started firing."

Notorious motorcycle club drive-by shooting of bikie has Ibrahim attack police on alert | News.com.au

Drive-by shooting of bikie has Ibrahim attack police on alert | News.com.au: "victim of the second drive-by shooting in Sydney in 24 hours was a member of the Notorious motorcycle club, the club linked to the Ibrahim family, police said.
A 24-year-old man from Doonside, in Sydney's West, remains in Westmead Hospital with bullet wounds to his groin and thigh after a gunman ambushed him on the doorstep of his home on Monday night and shot him twice.

The shooting came less than a day after a house at Ryde, belonging to an Ibrahim relative, was sprayed with bullets in a drive-by shooting.
Specialist police were on high alert on Monday night after the second shooting, but senior investigators said the only links between the two incidents so far was through the same motorcycle club.
Organised Crime Squad boss Chief Superintendent Mal Lanyon said the latest victim was a member of Notorious, as were some members of the Ibrahim family.
Start of sidebar. Skip to end of sidebar.Related CoverageArrested: Man stabs housemate End of sidebar. Return to start of sidebar.'That is the link we have found at this stage,' Supt Lanyon said.
However, Sam Ibrahim last night denied his family had any links to Notorious.
Mr Ibrahim said he was a life member of the Nomads motorcycle club.
He said he knew the victim of the Doonside attack but the pair were not members of the same club.
'I have nothing to do with Notorious, none of us do. John is not into motorcycle clubs and neither is Michael, and Fadi isn't either, he's a builder,' Mr Ibrahim said.
'I know boys from Notorious, I have a drink with them, but I'm not one of them.'
Mr Ibrahim said he did not know the motive behind the Doonside shooting. 'I know nothing about it,' he said."

outlaw motorcycle gangs with ties to Australian clubs, moving into Thailand, the Philippines and other parts of Asia.Gangs take advantage of Australia's 'soft' drug laws

Lonely Planet Discover Thailand (Full Color Country Guides)Gangs take advantage of Australia's 'soft' drug laws: "rapid growth in the number of outlaw motorcycle gangs with ties to Australian clubs, moving into Thailand, the Philippines and other parts of Asia.
Advertisement: Story continues below 'The theory is that this allows them access to precursors in those countries, such as pseudoephedrine, and then facilitate their importation into Australia... as well as providing some money laundering capabilities for their drug money,' Mr Anticich said.
He said the penalties for manufacturing drugs in Australia were not as harsh as those in neighbouring Asian countries, some of which have the death penalty."

A person charged with a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty

A person charged with a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty

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