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Turf wars expected as gang sets up - Newstalk ZB

Saturday, 29 January 2011

Turf wars expected as gang sets up - Newstalk ZB: "Rival gangs could be drawn into turf wars as the Australia Rebels seek to gain a foothold in New Zealand.

The Rebels Motorcycle Club is moving in on the Tribesmen and Canterbury University gang researcher, Jarrod Gilbert, says there's probably little authorities can do to stop them.'There maybe some territorial conflict if the rebels choose to expand quickly, as they did in Australia and step on other gangs' toes.'

He says the Rebels have already been here for some time, but doesn't see any reason to be alarmist about the gang. While gangs and the underworld are closely related he says it's often only a few members who are involved in crime."

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partner of a notorious Perth bikie, found guilty of stealing trust funds from the daughters of two dead bikies, broke down in court

Friday, 28 January 2011


The partner of a notorious Perth bikie, found guilty of stealing trust funds from the daughters of two dead bikies, broke down in court when her lawyer described her troubled childhood and relationship with her violent partner.

Tammy Cherie Kingdon, partner of Finks member Troy Mercanti, was due to be sentenced in the Perth District Court today after she was found guilty on four counts of stealing and one count of property laundering.

However, Judge Henry Wisbey had Kingdon's sentencing postponed until next week because the courtroom was needed for a trial.


Notorious bikie Troy Mercanti has two children with Kingdon. Photo: Channel Ten

Only part of the submissions were heard before the sentencing was adjourned.

Kingdon, 34, stole more than $53,500 from four Commonwealth Bank trust accounts set up after Coffin Cheater gang member Marc Chabriere was gunned down in 1998 and fellow Coffin Cheater Richard Vickers was killed in 2000.

At the time, Mercanti was a member of the Coffin Cheaters and Kingdon became the trustee of the account.

Mercanti later fell out with the members of the Coffin Cheaters and left the gang to become a nominee of the rival Finks in 2008, sparking a feud between the gangs.

In August 2008, Kingdon withdrew the money, putting it into one account in her name, using it to buy a property in Balga, which became the Finks clubhouse.

Kingdon, who was dressed in black, wiped tears from her eyes as her lawyer Stephen Shirrefs recounted her troubled childhood.

Mr Shirrefs said Kingdon had a "disturbed" childhood with her parents divorcing when she was five years old and her mother not wanting to care for her daughter.

He said Kingdon's mother was often abusive, "tormenting" her daughter and "ridiculing" her.

Kingdon suffered panic attacks and feared going home, Mr Shirrefs said.

She met Mercanti in Kalgoorlie when she was 19 years old and they began an on-off relationship for 15 years until he was jailed in 2008.

Mr Shirrefs said Kingdon described her relationship with Mercanti as "turbulent and at times disturbing" because he was violent.

He said she stayed with him for the sake of her children because she did not want them growing up in a broken home like she had done.

Mr Shirrefs said Kingdon was "naïve" and "wanted to please" Mercanti which was why she did whatever he wanted her to do, including being the trustee of the bank accounts.

Mr Shirrefs presented more than a dozen character references for Kingdon including letters from neighbours, family members, teachers and parents.

Kingdon, who is the sole carer of her two children, had her bail extended to Monday when she will be sentenced
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former leader of the Detroit Highwaymen Motorcycle club is appealing his 37-year prison sentence

Thursday, 27 January 2011

former leader of the Detroit Highwaymen Motorcycle club is appealing his 37-year prison sentence, which was handed down Monday in U.S. District Court in Detroit, according to his lawyer.

Aref (Scarface) Nagi, a former vice president of the club who was convicted of several crimes, 'is a person who is capable of being salvaged,' said his lawyer, James Thomas, who is planning an appeal.

Nagi was sentenced Monday for helping run what the government had claimed was a violent biker gang in southwest Detroit that for years engaged in widespread criminal activity, including armed robbery, attempted murder and drug trafficking.

Nagi was the first key figure in the club to face sentencing after being convicted last year of conspiracy to violate federal racketeering laws, conspiracy to commit murder, and controlled substance, stolen property and firearm violations.

Throughout the case, and after the trial, Thomas challenged the government's wiretaps, alleging they were improperly authorized."

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arrested an alleged Outlaw Motorcycle Gang associate and seized a number of firearms.

Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Strike Force Raptor officers have arrested an alleged Outlaw Motorcycle Gang associate and seized a number of firearms.

About 7pm yesterday (Monday 24 January), Strike Force Raptor officers attended a home at Canterbury where an inspection was conducted in relation to the safe storage of firearms.

During the inspection police located and seized a pistol, a double barrel shotgun, a rifle, a bolt action rifle, and a lever action rifle, as well as a quantity of ammunition.

Following the inspection, a 34-year-old man attended Campsie Police Station. Police allege the man is an associate of the Hells Angels OMCG.

He was given a Future Court Attendance by police in relation to various firearm related offences including unauthorised possession of firearms and ammunition.

He will appear at Burwood Local Court on Wednesday 9 March, 2011."

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Biker gang leader ‘Scarface’ sent to prison for 37 years - dailytribune.com

Biker gang leader ‘Scarface’ sent to prison for 37 years - dailytribune.com: "Aref “Scarface” Nagi will get credit for the 39 months of incarceration he has already served while awaiting trial in U.S. District Court before Judge Nancy G. Edmunds.

Nagi was a former leader of the Detroit Highwaymen Motorcycle Club and the owner of three restaurants in Sterling Heights. His sentence was applauded by U.S. Attorney Barbara L. McQuade and Andrew G. Arena, the FBI special agent in charge of the Detroit office.

“Dismantling violent gangs is a continuing priority for the FBI,” Arena said in a statement, as he credited the joint efforts of a number of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies with proving the case.

McQuade added: “Violent crime is a top priority of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, and we will use all of the tools available to us to attack violent crime organizations like this one to protect our community.”

Nagi, 46, was represented by Detroit-based attorney James C. Thomas, who could not be reached for comment after the sentencing. Thomas is expected to appeal the sentence, which he called “draconian” in court records prior to Monday’s hearing."

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Redding motorcycle shop owner arrested on chop-shop charges » Redding Record Searchlight

Saturday, 22 January 2011

Redding motorcycle shop owner arrested on chop-shop charges » Redding Record Searchlight: "A Redding motorcycle shop owner has been arrested on charges he was running a chop shop for an outlaw motorcycle gang.

Gary’s Motorcycle Services Center owner Gary William Kenerson, 61, was arrested Thursday on drug- and theft-related charges.

Kenerson since has been released from jail. He said today that he maintains his innocence, just as he has since May when officers first served a search warrant on his California Street shop.

“I still don’t know why they’re doing it,” he said. “I guess we’ll find out when we go to court.”

In July, California Highway Patrol and Redding police investigators asked the Shasta County District Attorney’s Office to file charges against Kenerson."

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'Satan's slaves' in pub attack

The History Channel : Marked : The Complete Season One : Outlaw Bikers & Harcore Prison Gangs : The Culture and Customs - What the INK Tatoo's Mean : 2 Disc Box Set'Satan's slaves' in pub attack - The Star: "MEMBERS of a bikers gang known as Satan's Slaves are being sought by police investigating a serious assault in a Doncaster town centre pub.
Officers today issued images of some members of the Sheffield-based motorcycle club who may be able to help with their enquiries into the incident at the Vintage Rock Bar on St George Gate.

A young man and his girlfriend were both injured in the attack in the basement bar of the premises the Saturday before Christmas. About half a dozen Satan's Slaves had turned up and entered the premises before management could stop them.

A Vintage Rock Bar spokesman said they had a 'fearsome reputation' and had allegedly been involved in trouble at another Doncaster pub on a separate occasion."

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Police: assault rifles, grenades seized from biker gang members in Lincoln | News10.net | Sacramento, California | Local News

Spring Double Eagle M41 Assault Rifle FPS-280, Laser Sight, Red Dot, Shoulder Strap Airsoft GunPolice: assault rifles, grenades seized from biker gang members in Lincoln | News10.net | Sacramento, California | Local News: "police Thursday seized eight assault rifles, several thousand rounds of ammunition, and three hand grenades during an investigation of alleged drug trafficking by associates of the Vagos motorcycle gang, authorities said Friday.

The weapons were found when officers executed two search warrants in Lincoln Thursday, Roseville police said, first raiding a home on the 800 block of Turner Place, then searching a self-storage unit in the 100 block of Joiner Parkway.

Two people were arrested in the raids, police said.

The search warrants were the result of an investigation by the Roseville Crime Suppression Unit's into drug crimes by people affiliated with the Vagos, police said."

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bejeweled gang leader has just lost some of his glitter

 "bejeweled gang leader has just lost some of his glitter, according to police in Prince George.

Police have seized $200,000 worth of the man's custom-made jewelry as suspected proceeds of crime.

They aren't naming the man, who's currently behind bars. But they call him a high ranking member of the Game Tight Soldiers in Prince George.

Police said he's also connected with a Hells Angels puppet group called the Renegades.

RCMP Corp. Craig Douglass said the gang task force has seized guns, cash, cocaine and a lot of valuable 'bling.'

'There's a gold chain that weighs a considerable amount, there's rings, there's a charm that's as big as my palm gold with a significant amount of small diamond that we believe to be the proceeds of crime,' he said.

It's now up to the courts to determine whether the jewelry and cash seized are proceeds of crime."

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Board frees gangster facing gun charges

Renegade-Season 2Board frees gangster facing gun charges: "South African-born criminal who police say is a member of the Game Tight Soldiers and Renegade gangs was released by the Immigration and Refugee Board on Thursday over the federal government's objections.

Francois Meerholz was already out on bail in Prince George on seven firearms charges when he was picked up by the Canada Border Services Agency earlier this month on an outstanding deportation order.

He made an appearance before one immigration adjudicator a week ago and was ordered held in custody pending his Jan. 31 removal from Canada."

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Gang war brewing, police say

Gang war brewing, police say: "An internet café in the Nørrebro district last night became the scene of the eighth shooting in as many days in the northwestern suburbs of the capital.

Just before midnight, two shots were fired against a internet café in Rantzausgade Street, a police spokesperson told public broadcaster DR.

At least five people were in the café at the time, but none were injured.

Hells Angels Motorcycle ClubAccording to sources within immigration communities in the area, the shootings are part of a showdown between young immigrants in the Værebropark area in the town of Bagsværd, who are said to have links to Hells Angels, and young immigrants in the neighbouring areas of Tingbjerg and Høje Gladsaxe."

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Focarelli, Syfris charged over brawl | Adelaide Now

Thursday, 20 January 2011

Focarelli, Syfris charged over brawl | Adelaide Now: "ALLEGED New Boys gang leader Vincenzo Focarelli will stand trial accused of participating in brawl involving the Hells Angels.

Focarelli, 37, and another New Boys member, Michael Syfris, 45, yesterday appeared in the Adelaide Magistrates Court charged with affray over the fight on April 12 last year.

About 10 men waited outside the court hearing in support of Focarelli and Syfris.

Yesterday, the court heard that a trial date will be set when the men return to court next month."

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Biker Sentenced On Gun Charge

Biker Sentenced On Gun Charge - :: Cincinnati news story :: LOCAL 12 WKRC-TV in Cincinnati: "biker gang member with ties to a shootout at a local bar learned his sentence today.

Lew Erskine pleaded guilty after police charged him with having a gun inside JD's Honky Tonk in Camp Washington.

Investigators says it doesn't look like Erskine fired his gun during the September shootout that injured two Cincinnati Police officers and left a gang member dead.

Erskine is a member of the Iron Horsemen.

Undercover officers were at the bar investigating the gang when the shooting started.

A judge sentenced Erskine today to four years probation and a 25-hundred dollar fine."

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Hermanos biker gang indicted in Montana

Sandpoint bikers indicted in Montana - Sirens & Gavels - Spokesman.com - Jan. 18, 2011: "Three men arrested during a raid on the Hermanos biker gang in Sandpoint last fall have been indicted by a federal grand jury in Montana.

Hermanos road captain Steven Jay Beal (keft), member Dale Michael Champine (right), 41, and close associate Paul Leslie Spencer are charged with conspiracy to traffick in stolen property in a sealed indictment in U.S. District Court in Missoula, said Sgt. Marty Ryan with the Bonner County Sheriff's Office.

Champine was arrested when he arrived at the Kootenai County courthouse last week for a hearing on an unrelated charge for allegedly damaging a psychiatric room at Kootenai Medical Center in 2008.

Beal was arrested at his work, Fantastic Sam's in Ponderay.

Spencer (left) remains at large, Ryan said.

Champine and Beal are expected to appear in federal court in Montana shortly. The men already face drug and stolen property charges in Bonner County District Court. Champine and Beal also are charged with recruiting criminal gang members, a felony implemented in Idaho in 2006.

Ryan said he can't say if more federal indictments are expected."

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Va. biker gang member sentenced to 5 years

Va. biker gang member sentenced to 5 years | The Associated Press | Nation | Washington Examiner: "Mark Steven Fiel pleaded for leniency from his wheelchair after his lawyer argued that lengthy sentence could mean the ailing 59-year-old, known by his biker cronies as 'Snuff,' might die in prison.

'I'm imploring the court not to give him the maximum, because it means he may not ever see the light of day,' Fiel's attorney, John Flannery II, told U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson.

Flannery said Fiel has many health problems, including emphysema, diabetes, chronic pain from a work injury and, most recently, kidney stones that put him in the wheelchair.

Outlaw BikersFiel also asked for a sentence at or below the low end of the guideline range of 51 to 63 months, telling Hudson he had begun to turn his life around because of the positive influence of his girlfriend before he was arrested last summer in a sweeping federal investigation of the Outlaws.

'I know I screwed up,' Fiel said. 'But if you can show enough mercy to make it just a few years, I promise you'll never see me again. Stick a fork in me, I'm finished.'

Hudson, however, noted that Fiel spent 12 years in prison for crimes committed as part of another motorcycle gang, then joined the Outlaws shortly after his release and helped start the gang's chapter in northern Virginia."

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Arrests made in strip club shooting - Florida AP - MiamiHerald.com

Arrests made in strip club shooting - Florida AP - MiamiHerald.com: "Two men have been arrested following a double shooting outside a southwest Florida strip club.

Hours after the shooting that left two men dead in the strip club parking lot, police announced the arrests of 25-year-old Justin Campos and 27-year-old Daniel Guillen. Both suspects are from Collier County.

Campos is charged with two counts of second degree murder. Guillen is charged with one count of aggravated battery.

Police are working to notify the victims' next of kin."

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Comanchero gang,Three arrests in bikie gang crackdown

Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Three arrests in bikie gang crackdown: "23-year-old man has been charged with attempted murder during a major operation by NSW Police against outlaw motorcycle gangs in Sydney.

The 23-year-old, an alleged member of the Comanchero gang, was arrested just before midday (AEDT)after police allegedly found a firearm.

Along with attempted murder, he has been charged with selling firearms on an ongoing basis, three counts of unauthorised sale of prohibited firearm and two counts of unauthorised possession of a prohibited firearm.
He is one of three men who were arrested on Tuesday after police executed a string of raids relating to firearm offences, tax fraud and the shooting of an alleged bikie gang member at Doonside in western Sydney last year.

He was refused bail to appear at Burwood Local Court on Wednesday."

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Randy Potts, who has since left the notorious biker gang, deserved a sentence of five years for his role in the drug ring

Saturday, 15 January 2011

Biker: Inside the Notorious World of an Outlaw Motorcycle GangRandy Potts, who has since left the notorious biker gang, deserved a sentence of five years for his role in the drug ring - not the 12 months handed to him last year by B.C. Supreme Court Justice Peter Leask.

The court also gave Potts a year credit, effectively increasing his sentence four-fold to four years.

Last August the appeal court more than quadrupled the sentence of Potts co-accused John Punko, who Leask had given 14 months.

Leask had credited both men against their sentence because of the police tactics used in the undercover operation, dubbed E-Pandora.

But Appeal Court Justice Anne Rowles said the actions of police, who used undercover agent Michael Plante to infiltrate the East End Hells Angels, did not take away from the seriousness of the crimes admitted.

"I am of the view that neither the gravity of Potts' drug offences nor the degree of his responsibility in committing them was diminished by Plante's actions, taken at the direction of or with the complicity of the police," Rowles said.

"The fictions and deceptions in which Plante and the police engaged with Potts cannot mask or diminish the gravity of the methamphetamine conspiracy offence to which Potts pleaded guilty."

At the time of the trafficking charges both Potts and Punko were members of the East End Hells Angels. Potts has since left the biker gang.

Potts pleaded guilty to conspiracy to produce methamphetamine, as well as trafficking in cocaine and unlawful possession of proceeds of crime in December 2009 when Leask handed him the unusually short term.

Rowles said Leask erred in taking a piecemeal approach to the original sentence and putting too much weight on mitigating factors like the police sting.

"A conspiracy such as this one is a despicable endeavour which causes very substantial harm within society," Rowles said.

Leask has said Potts was not a sophisticated criminal, but an addict who was getting his Percocet from the police agent. And he said the cocaine sales that led to the charges were "stage-managed by police."

But Rowles pointed out that "it is clear from the wiretap evidence that Potts, independent of Plante, had a supply of cocaine with which to make the two sales. Potts received $32,800 from the sale of the cocaine."

Rowles said Leask's sentence for Potts " was not proportionate to the gravity of the drug offences and to Potts' degree of responsibility in committing them."

"In this case, the need to emphasize deterrence and denunciation ought to have been the predominant consideration in sentencing for the drug offences, given the serious nature of those offences and the circumstances in which they were committed," she said.

Crown Prosecutor Martha Devlin argued before Rowles and Justice Lowry and Hinkson last September that Leask made several serious errors when sentencing Potts.

And she said the sentence should be consecutive, not concurrent, something Rowles rejected in the appeal decision.



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Randy Potts, who has since left the notorious biker gang, deserved a sentence of five years for his role in the drug ring

Randy Potts, who has since left the notorious biker gang, deserved a sentence of five years for his role in the drug ring - not the 12 months handed to him last year by B.C. Supreme Court Justice Peter Leask.

The court also gave Potts a year credit, effectively increasing his sentence four-fold to four years.

Last August the appeal court more than quadrupled the sentence of Potts co-accused John Punko, who Leask had given 14 months.

Leask had credited both men against their sentence because of the police tactics used in the undercover operation, dubbed E-Pandora.

But Appeal Court Justice Anne Rowles said the actions of police, who used undercover agent Michael Plante to infiltrate the East End Hells Angels, did not take away from the seriousness of the crimes admitted.

"I am of the view that neither the gravity of Potts' drug offences nor the degree of his responsibility in committing them was diminished by Plante's actions, taken at the direction of or with the complicity of the police," Rowles said.

"The fictions and deceptions in which Plante and the police engaged with Potts cannot mask or diminish the gravity of the methamphetamine conspiracy offence to which Potts pleaded guilty."

At the time of the trafficking charges both Potts and Punko were members of the East End Hells Angels. Potts has since left the biker gang.

Potts pleaded guilty to conspiracy to produce methamphetamine, as well as trafficking in cocaine and unlawful possession of proceeds of crime in December 2009 when Leask handed him the unusually short term.

Rowles said Leask erred in taking a piecemeal approach to the original sentence and putting too much weight on mitigating factors like the police sting.

"A conspiracy such as this one is a despicable endeavour which causes very substantial harm within society," Rowles said.

Leask has said Potts was not a sophisticated criminal, but an addict who was getting his Percocet from the police agent. And he said the cocaine sales that led to the charges were "stage-managed by police."

But Rowles pointed out that "it is clear from the wiretap evidence that Potts, independent of Plante, had a supply of cocaine with which to make the two sales. Potts received $32,800 from the sale of the cocaine."

Rowles said Leask's sentence for Potts " was not proportionate to the gravity of the drug offences and to Potts' degree of responsibility in committing them."

"In this case, the need to emphasize deterrence and denunciation ought to have been the predominant consideration in sentencing for the drug offences, given the serious nature of those offences and the circumstances in which they were committed," she said.

Crown Prosecutor Martha Devlin argued before Rowles and Justice Lowry and Hinkson last September that Leask made several serious errors when sentencing Potts.

And she said the sentence should be consecutive, not concurrent, something Rowles rejected in the appeal decision.



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Montreal police officer was badly beaten by suspected biker gang members while on vacation in Mexico.

Montreal police officer was badly beaten by suspected biker gang members while on vacation in Mexico.

The officer, who is in his late 20s, was with six fellow officers from the Montreal police force and two from Quebec provincial police.

Cancun User's GuideAccording to Montreal police, the group was staying in the popular resort town of Playa del Carmen. On Saturday, the victim and two of his fellow officers went to a bar in nearby Cancun.

A fight ensued after the victim, who became separated from the others, reportedly tried to photograph a Quebec Hells Angels member who was at the bar. Montreal police would not confirm that detail, but Sgt. Ian Lafrenière said the man was alone when the attack took place.

He said his friends lost sight of him and figured he had returned to the hotel in Playa del Carmen. When they realized he hadn't come back, they returned to the bar and found him badly beaten.

Lafrenière said the officer, who suffered "very serious injuries to his head" and was "barely recognizable," had surgery in a Mexican hospital. He flew home Thursday.

Investigators are planning to meet with the officer to confirm whether it was a simple bar fight, as Mexican police are saying, or whether he was targeted because of his work.

"I'm not saying they're not helping us, but at this moment it's not considered as an aggression against a police officer," Lafrenière said.

"We have to talk to the officer who was severely beaten up. We want to find out what happened, exactly. Was he targeted because he is a police officer? We are trying to discover that."

Lafrenière confirmed the officer is not a member of the force's anti-gang squad.



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Hells Angel drug dealer gets 4½ years

Thursday, 13 January 2011

Hells Angel drug dealer gets 4½ years: "former president of the Niagara chapter of the Hells Angels was sentenced on Tuesday to 4 ½ years in prison for trafficking in cocaine and possessing the proceeds of crime.
Andre Watteel, 58, of Cambridge, pleaded guilty in September to selling just under one kilogram of high-grade cocaine to an agent of the police during 28 separate transactions between March 3 and Sept. 28, 2009.
The convicted biker was ordered to return the $60,000 that police provided to the undercover agent to buy the cocaine. Watteel also forfeited a PT Cruiser automobile he had driven during some of the coke deals.
Defence lawyer Jaime Stephenson negotiated with federal drug prosecutor Bradley Reitz for the return of her client’s 2003 Harley Davison motorcycle and a 2000 Ford pickup that were seized when Watteel was arrested Dec. 15, 2009"

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Suspect in biker murder case to stay in custody - NovaScotia - TheChronicleHerald.ca

Suspect in biker murder case to stay in custody - NovaScotia - TheChronicleHerald.ca: "One month after a police search found the remains of a former Hells Angel in a wooded area outside Truro, those accused in the deaths of Randy Mersereau and others continue to make their way through the legal system.
On Wednesday, Curtis Blair Lynds, 34, appeared in Truro provincial court and was remanded until Feb. 10. Lynds is charged with accessory after the fact in Mersereau’s death and first-degree murder in the deaths of Mersereau’s brother, Kirk, and Kirk’s common-law wife Nancy Christensen. He is also charged with accessory after the fact in the death of Charles Robert Maddison.
The Road to Hell: How the Biker Gangs are Conquering CanadaRandy Mersereau helped found the Halifax chapter of the Hells Angels before moving out on his own in the 1990s. He is said to have angered his former colleagues when he tried to move in on their drug territory and put out contracts on several members of the outlaw biker gang."

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Mongols vs. Hells Angels

Honor Few, Fear None: The Life and Times of a MongolThe Hells Angels/Mongols biker wars and shoot-out started in 1977 on a freeway in San Diego, California, when the Hells Angels machine-gunned down a pack of Mongols on their bikes on the freeway, killing a few of them and their old ladies. Then at the slain Mongol's funeral a car parked near the grave site blew up. It had been parked there by the Hells Angels and was full of explosives. So don't mess around with them 1-percenters. They mean business and they play dirty. Never trust a Hells Angel not to attack. They are all like wild rabid animals with rabies.'"

Hells Angels: Not A Big Force in Montana

Monday, 10 January 2011

Hells Angels: Not A Big Force in Montana: "Hell’s Angels, perhaps the most recognizable of all the outlaw biker gangs.

While not one of the predominant biker groups in Montana, the Angels have had two national runs to Montana and have puppet clubs in a couple of areas of the state. They have a significant presence in Spokane and are attempting to become more active in Montana. Every year they come through this state on their way to Sturgis, S.D., for the massive annual gathering of motorcyclists there.

The Bandidos and Mongols, two biker gangs active in Montana, have an agreement with each other and smaller clubs to keep the Angels out of Montana.

The Hell’s Angels have been around since the 1950s Ralph Hubert “Sonny” Barger Jr. formed the third chapter of the gang in 1957 and by the following year he was chapter president."

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McCook Outlaws Motorcycle Club was formed in Matilda’s Bar on Route 66

In 1935, McCook Outlaws Motorcycle Club was formed in Matilda’s Bar on Route 66. McCook, Illinois. Following the end of WWII, the membership grew, attracting bikers from all over the state. In 1963, the club became a member of the official “One Per Center Brotherhood of Clubs”. Since then the club has been at war with main rivals The Hell’s Angels. The feud culminated with the imprisonment of Angels’ head honcho Sonny Barger in 1988 after he attempted to blow up Outlaws members using gelignite. The gangs’ turf war continues today."

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A new Rock Machine biker gang forms in the GTA

A new Rock Machine biker gang forms in the GTA along with a chapter of the Mongols, a California-based biker gang, after Bandidos Canada disappeared and police cracked down on the Hells Angels.

n July 2009 — The Mongols shut down their Canadian experiment, in part because of unrelenting pressure by law enforcement in California. The former members are now planning to launch the Forty Thieves.

n 2010 — While being courted by the Vagos, a number of Ontario-based members of the Rock Machine were ousted in bad standing last November. They turned to the Vagos and established a Nomads chapter.

n 2011 — The Rock Machine continues to expand from the GTA, moving into Alberta and Manitoba, and eastward to Montreal, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, along with chapters in the U.S., Australia and Indonesia.

n 2011 — Outlaws Canada is actively recruiting new members, including launching a Kawartha chapter, while reportedly planning others in south Toronto and Durham Region. Police said they are also wooing the Swordsmen of Newmarket, and formed a puppet gang called the Vigilantes."

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Biker gang expansion in high gear | Toronto & GTA | News | Toronto Sun

Biker gang expansion in high gear | Toronto & GTA | News | Toronto Sun: "The Vagos biker club is accelerating hard to recruit new members and is quickly catching up to its archrivals the Hells Angels.

“I think it’s as simple as the Vagos want to expand as quickly as possible,” says a source with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

It now has about 900 known members in the U.S., the ATF source says.

Other sources indicate the gang has about 1,300 members worldwide, which includes chapters in Mexico."

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The Pagans rank among the fiercest outlaw bikers in the US

The Pagans rank among the fiercest outlaw bikers in the US with around 44 chapters spread from New York down to Florida. The Pagans are rumoured to make and distribute most of the methamphetamine and PCP in the north-eastern US – about $15m worth annually. They are also said to deal in cocaine, marijuana and “killer weed” (parsley sprinkled with PCP). Pagans act as couriers, enforcers, bodyguards and hitmen for the Genovese and Gambino families in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The Pagan enforcers are 13 gang members called the Black T-shirt Gang. A typical Pagan hit will involve stomping on the victim followed by two shots to the back of the head from a .38 calibre Colt automatic."

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Power vacuum opened door for Vagos | Toronto & GTA | News | Toronto Sun

Power vacuum opened door for Vagos | Toronto & GTA | News | Toronto Sun: "The move by the Vagos into Canada comes after major police actions against the Hells in Ontario and Quebec and the demise of the Bandidos in 2007 left a biker power vacuum.

“So all the Hells Angels in Quebec are in jail, a lot of big name Hells Angels in Ontario are in jail or are on some sort” of court restriction, Ontario Biker Enforcement Unit Det.-Sgt. Len Isnor says.

“So this is the perfect environment right now for somebody to try and establish a club in Ontario.”

Before that crackdown “either you’re a Hells Angel in this province, or you’re an Outlaw, or you’re a nobody because no one is allowed to start up a 1% gang” without their approval, he says.

The Outlaws and Hells weren’t going to sanction another biker gang in their territory unless it was a puppet gang “to do their dirty work,” Isnor says.

The only way to circumvent that barrier is to be sanctioned by another major U.S. 1% gang, like the Vagos, he says.

“Unless you’re one of those big clubs from the U.S., you’re a nobody,” Isnor says."

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There’s a new biker gang in town, the Vagos — and it’s growing fast.

New biker gang moving in | Toronto & GTA | News | Toronto Sun: "There’s a new biker gang in town, the Vagos — and it’s growing fast.

And so is the threat of a deadly war with its traditional rivals the Hells Angels, law enforcement sources say.

“They’re at war with the Hells Angels in California” and any other place where each have chapters, share the same territory, Ontario Biker Enforcement Unit Det.-Sgt. Len Isnor says.

“If they spread into Canada, the Ontario Hells Angels will do whatever it takes to support their brothers in California,” he says."

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Motorcycle killers strike anew in Cagayan de Oro - INQUIRER.net, Philippine News for Filipinos

Saturday, 8 January 2011

Motorcycle killers strike anew in Cagayan de Oro - INQUIRER.net, Philippine News for Filipinos: "Motorcycle-riding killers struck anew here on Friday and shot to death a man who had been in and out of jail for various offenses.

Maxwell Baloncio, 31, became the latest victim of what appears to be a fresh wave of vigilante-style killings here.

Senior Inspector Buenaventura Reyes, head of the police in Cagayan de Oro’s Cogon district, said Baloncio, a resident of Barangay Camaman-an, was standing at the gutter side of the pedestrian lane near the Cogon Public Market when one of two motorcycle-riding men wearing full-faced helmets shot him twice at close range.

Reyes said that, as in the other killings here, the police have still no leads to the motive or the identities of the assailants."

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Rebels lair changes hands | Adelaide Now

Rebels lair changes hands | Adelaide Now: "Old Noarlunga property has had a 'for sale' sign on its front fence, but it was not advertised on the agent's website or other real estate websites.

The land title transfer, which went through last month, is now in the name of Rebels member Richard James Carter.

The property was bought by former chapter president Robert Vitale on November 14, 2003, for $225,000.

Mr Vitale was believed to have left South Australia.

Agents Siebel and Siebel refused to discuss the sale and the sale price is unknown, but the median Old Noarlunga house price is $335,000.

The sale went through as rumours spread that the Rebels were selling up to move to Victor Harbor."

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Bandidos biker paroled | Canada | News | Toronto Sun

Bandidos biker paroled | Canada | News | Toronto Sun: "A powerful Bandidos biker who was convicted of plotting to murder a rival is now at the centre of a dispute between Correctional Service Canada and the National Parole Board.

The board has ordered Jean (The Frenchman) Duquaire released from prison despite the fact the convicted drug dealer was recently found in possession of narcotics behind bars.

Corrections officials want him to complete his entire 12-year term for gangsterism, drug trafficking and conspiracy to commit murder. Duquaire was sentenced in 2003 and has served seven years in prison.

Parole board commissioners Pierre Cadieux and Gilles Roussel ruled recently that Duquaire, 54, can move to a halfway house, though they recommended he be followed closely given the drug incident in prison.

'Great care is in order since you were found to be in possession of steroids quite recently,” the commissioners wrote.

QMI Agency has learned the biker’s case management team disagrees with the release order and believes Duquaire could resume his drug-running ways.

The corrections officials want him to remain in prison until his sentence expires in 2015 — an exceptional measure that is only applied to 5% of federal inmates."

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Grocery store reopens after bomb scare - Crime - Canoe.ca

Grocery store reopens after bomb scare - Crime - Canoe.ca: "Ottawa grocery store reopened Friday morning after a bomb scare.

Police and the Ottawa Fire Department hazardous materials unit arrived at the Price Chopper grocery store in the city's east end to investigate reports a pipe bomb might have been found on a wooden pallet.

Police say it appears to have been a device from a nearby construction site.

The store was given the all-clear shortly after 10:30 a.m.

Early reports said the package was found outside the rear of the store by a garbage bin and brought inside."

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Ottawa bomb suspect denies Hells link | Canada | News | Toronto Sun

Ottawa bomb suspect denies Hells link | Canada | News | Toronto Sun: "The man stopped by police in downtown Ottawa with a bomb in the car says he's no Hells Angel.

Chad Baillargeon said from jail Friday his life - and the lives of his ex-wife and sons - are in jeopardy because of published reports tying him to the notorious Hells Angels motorcycle crime organization.

Friday night, Baillargeon called QMI Agency to flatly deny he was a member, saying while he's made mistakes in his life, one of them wasn't joining the Angels.

Baillargeon, 35, was arrested Jan. 4 after being pulled over in a Glebe traffic stop in downtown Ottawa. He was brought up on five weapons charges Thursday after a brief court appearance on two unrelated weapons charges.

Baillargeon said he's being kept in segregation from the rest of the inmates at the Ottawa Carleton Detention Centre for his safety because of the Hells claims that have appeared in the media."

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The Warlocks’ reputation hasn’t recovered from shooting outside of the Echo | Pop & Hiss | Los Angeles Times

Saturday, 1 January 2011

The Warlocks’ reputation hasn’t recovered from shooting outside of the Echo | Pop & Hiss | Los Angeles Times: "Warlocks will be glad to see 2010 gone.

On June 20, the psychedelic outfit played a show at the Echo as part of a night booked by the Eastside DJ crew, the Part Time Punks. Around 2 in the morning, as Warlocks frontman Bobby Hecksher was packing up his gear onstage, he heard gunshots outside.

“It wasn’t one bullet, it was a full-on onslaught,” he recalled, speaking six months later in a coffee shop near his apartment in Northeast Los Angeles. “I heard people screaming and yelling, and then everyone ran inside.”

A gunman had fired about eight rounds from a semiautomatic pistol into the small crowd leaving the Echo, injuring three people, and then quickly escaped.

“One guy came and sat down to the left of the stage,” Hecksher said. “He was holding his head in his hands. And there are people around him and he says, ‘A bullet just grazed my head.’ … He had a gash there. It looked like it had just nicked him.”"

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Jack Rosga, also known as 'Milwaukee Jack,' 53, the national president of the OutlawsOutlaws leader, members convicted of violent crimes - International Business Times

Outlaws leader, members convicted of violent crimes - International Business Times: "Jack Rosga, also known as 'Milwaukee Jack,' 53, the national president of the Outlaws; Mark Jason Fiel, 37, also known as 'Jason,' a former Outlaws member in the Copper Region and a former leader in the Manassas/Shenandoah Valley Chapter; Christopher Timbers, 38, also known as 'Alibi,' an Outlaws member in the Manassas/Shenandoah Valley Chapter of the Copper Region; and Harry McCall, 53, an Outlaws member in the Copper Region, Lexington, N.C., Chapter, guilty of conspiring to engage in racketeering activities and conspiring to commit violence in aid of racketeering.
In additional, McCall was found guilty of violence in aid of racketeering, and possession of firearms in furtherance of a crime of violence while Timbers was found guilty of violence in aid of racketeering."

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

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