Police in the Czech Republic have arrested the German boss of the feared Bandido biker gang suspected of involvement in the kidnapping and murder of banker’s wife Maria Bögerl, media reported Friday.
Austrian daily Krone reported that the biker boss, Marvin R., was arrested at the beginning of April in the Czech city of Budweis. He was wanted in Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, the United States and South Africa on multiple charges of kidnapping extortion and at least one murder.
About a dozen crack special operations police raided a warehouse in the early morning on the outskirts of Budweis and grabbed Marvin R., 55, who had been hiding out there for months.
Marvin R. is believed to have been behind the kidnapping of Maria Bögerl, 54, and the subsequent botched extortion attempt, the paper reported. Bögerl’s body was discovered in woods near her home in the Heidenheim region of Baden-Württemberg last year, several weeks after she was kidnapped.
She was abducted from her home on May 12. A subsequent attempt to hand over €300,000 failed, and her body was found not far from the hand-over spot, on June 3.
Marvin R. was wanted in Austria in connection with a similar case – the botched kidnapping of the wife of a local bank branch manager in the Mühlviertel region of Upper Austria in September last year.
Two men rang the doorbell at the family home, posing as beggars and, when the 61-year-old wife answered, they tried to hustle her into the house. However, the woman screamed at the top of her lungs and the men fled.
Bikie gang suspects in brawl arrests at Penrith shopping centre - FOUR men with alleged links to outlaw motorcycle gangs were arrested last week after a brawl at a Penrith shopping centre. Police officers from the gangs...
During experiments on the axons of the Woods Hole squid (loligo pealei), we tested our cockroach leg stimulus protocol on the squid's chromatophores. - The results were both interesting and beautiful. The video is a view through an 8x microscope zoomed in on the dorsal side of the caudal fin of the s...
shooting a cop dead is now legal in the state of Indiana. - Governor Mitch Daniels, a Republican, has authorized changes to a 2006 legislation that legalizes the use of deadly force on a public servant — including...
The Hells Angels bike club locations in Dallas off of Dallas-Spencer Mountain Road and off Linda Drive in southeast York County were raided by the FBI around 12:30 p.m. - After a two-year investigation, FBI and local authorities raided a popular motorcycle club Thursday afternoon on a variety of drug, money and weapons cha...
The vice president of the Rock Hill Hells Angels club, who pleaded guilty two months ago to federal racketeering charges, wants to withdraw that plea - The vice president of the Rock Hill Hells Angels club, who pleaded guilty two months ago to federal racketeering charges, wants to withdraw that plea, cl...
King’s College London says it will pay its healthy male academics, aged 25 to 40, to take the illegal drug Cocaine so they can research its effects. - [image: King’s College London is looking for guinea pigs to take cocaine as part of a study on the drug.]JOSE AZEL/GETTY IMAGES/AURORA King’s College Lon...
Teenager charged over shooting linked to bikie gangs - A teenager with alleged links to the Hells Angels motorcycle gang has been charged for firing shots at a business in Sydney's west. Police say they belie...
Subscribe via email
Police in the Czech Republic have arrested the German boss of the feared Bandido biker gang suspected of involvement in the kidnapping and murder of banker’s wife Maria Bögerl, media reported Friday.
Posted by Fraser T at 12:09
The owner of a warehouse in Whangarei being used as a headquarters for an Australian-based biker gang said he had no idea he was letting the building to the group.
The Rebels gang moved into Whangarei at Easter and set up a club in Porowini Avenue.
Building owner Noel Dyer says he was approached by two polite, clean-cut young men who told him they wanted to set up a gym in his empty warehouse.
He says there was no mention of the Rebels, and he agreed to let them have the building for three months.
Although Mr Dyer will not say whether he is evicting the Rebels, he does say the matter will be resolved in a couple of days.
A Rebels spokesperson says club members, including former New Zealand Tribesmen, are now drug-free and want to help local youths.
Berlin - wholesale raid on the environment of Reinickendorf Rocker (Berlin). In the police Thursday night to put 120 in the clubhouse of the motorcycle rocker "Hells Angels Turkey" knives, axes and machetes secure.
Scans were the clubhouse at the residence street , and several homes of members of the gxxg.
The police enforced a court order so that, looking specifically for narcotics and illegal weapons.
So far, the results of searches - and whether there have been arrests - not precisely known.
In their raid on the Hells Angels MC Turkey "brought its forces to 51 people.
COURT PROCESS IN FLENSBURG
Meanwhile, hopes of the former leader of the Flensburg "Hells Angels" to a judicial acquittal. The prosecution, however, had demanded seven years in prison.
The indictment does attempted homicide in coincidence with grievous bodily harm and dangerous interference with road traffic as proved.
Before the Flensburg district court deals with an alleged attack on a member of the rival Bandidos half years ago. According to the defendant two years ago of the Motorcycle "Bandido" member on the A7 in his car off the road have pushed in the late summer. The motorcycle rider crashed and was injured.
Police will be monitoring a biker gang holding a poker run in the North Island
The Rebel Motorcycle Club has been trying to break into New Zealand from its stronghold in Australia.
Whangarei is one of the places where police are tracking the gang's movements.
It is feared today's poker run, in which the bikers draw a playing card at set checkpoints, from Whangarei to Paihia and back could double up as a recruitment drive.
Earlier this year police said they were cracking down on the gang.
In an incident at Auckland Airport an Australian Rebels member was turned away upon arrival.
Police said the gang had been involved in serious violence as well as drug manufacturing and trafficking in Australia.
Posted by Fraser T at 22:13
associate of Ricky Jenks, the sergeant at arms for the Spokane-based chapter of the Hells Angels who is in jail on a federal firearm charge.Friday, 22 April 2011
19-year-old woman accused of helping murder a Cheney man told a friend she was with the victim the day of the murder and watched as her brother and another man beat him for hours.
Breeanna C. Sims said her brother, Justice E. Sims, 18, believed Nicholas J. Thoreson, 22, had held her against her will, which led to an hours-long assault with a machete that ended with Thoreson dying of a gunshot to the head. His charred body was found in the trunk of his burning 1987 Ford Thunderbird at Forker and Bigelow Gulch roads about 12:30 a.m. on April 13. A burned gasoline can was nearby.
The Simses also told a friend that Thoreson was a “snitch” who had told on Breeanna Sims and that Justice Sims stabbed him several times before shooting in the head at an apartment occupied by Taylor J. Wolf, 20.
The details were included in probable cause affidavits unsealed Thursday.
Wolf, who friends say knew Thoreson through a job corps program, and the Simses are in Spokane County Jail on $1 million bond. They face murder, kidnapping and arson charges.
Thoreson has an 11-month-old baby.
Police found motorcycles and Hells Angels paraphernalia in a shop next to the apartment at 13615 E. Trent Ave. Wolf is an associate of Ricky Jenks, the sergeant at arms for the Spokane-based chapter of the Hells Angels who is in jail on a federal firearm charge.
Detecetives also found a blood stain spatter in the shop, as well as blood stains on a door. A large machete knife with blood stains was located in another room.
One man told police Wolf approached him while he was working in a garage at the apartment complex and said he needed to leave town and that “he had snapped and killed someone,” according to the affidavit. Wolf admitted to being involved “in the burned car that was on the news” and threatened the man and his girlfriend if they told anyone.
Sims told a friend “that he had messed up and was going to take the blame and not let his sister go down,” according to the affidavit.
The Simses were in the cab with Wolf when he was arrested, but detectives didn’t have probable cause for their arrest.
Then on April 15, a witness contacted detectives and said he talked to the Simses a day earlier, and that Justice Sims “told him that he killed somebody,” according to the affidavit.
The man said Justice Sims said “that he had messed up and was going to take the blame and not let his sister go down,” according to the affidavit.
Sims reportedly said “that he had a list of people that he wanted to kill and now that he had started, he didn’t want to stop.” He wanted to a rob a bank that day but couldn’t because he didn’t have a gun. He wanted two retrieve to firearms from a field near where the body had been found, and the witness told Sims he would get a vehicle and return to help.
Instead, the man contacted police and arrangened for detectives to follow him after he picked up Breanna Sims, leading to her arrest. Detectives recovered a loaded, sawed-off 12 gauge shotgun and a .38 caliber revolver, which they believe was used to kill Thoreson.
Another witness told police that Breeanna Sims had admitted to helping move Thoreson’s Thunderbird to the garage and to helping her brother and Wolf load his body into the trunk. She accompanied them to Bigelow Gulch and Forker and fled with them after the Thunderbird was set on fire, the witness told police. She also helped clean blood from the murder scene, the witness said.
Justice Sims was arrested about an hour after his sister as he left his apartment at 1417 N. Washington St.
He immediately invoked his right to an attorney, police say, as did Wolf and Breanna Sims.
Wolf has several misdemeanor assault convictions and is on probation for felony residential burglary.
Breeanna Sims is on felony probation for second-degree robbery, unlawful imprisonment and first-degree theft for a home-invasion robbery with her mother in November 2009. Her brother was convicted of indecent liberties as a juvenile in 2005.
A judge found Ernie Dew guilty of trafficking cocaine and possessing drug money in connection to three deals in 2005.
This was his second trial as he was awarded a new one on appeal.
Dew was arrested with a dozen other bikers and their associates as part of a year-long police sting.
Justice officials paid a career criminal, Dew's friend, $500,000 to make the drug deals with the bikers while wearing a recording device. Police also videotapped several of the meetings between Dew and the undercover agent.
No date for sentencing has been set, as Dew's lawyer is still set to bring arguments forward his client was illegally entrapped by the sting.
Posted by Fraser T at 17:59
San Francisco police are searching for several men believed to be members of the Hells Angels motorcycle gang in connection with the beating of two men after they all had attended a Lauryn Hill concert at the Warfield Theatre.
The incident started inside the concert hall Tuesday night when the main suspect, a 30- to 35-year-old white man sporting insignia that would be worn by a full-fledged member of the Hells Angels, "stumbled into" one of the victims, said San Francisco Police Sgt. Michael Andraychuk.
The Hells Angels member was with several other men wearing insignia on their jackets designating that they were "prospects" - or less than full-fledged members, police said.
As they exited the concert by the former Fugees' singer, someone in the Angels group yelled to the victims, "Aren't you a Mongol?" referring to a rival motorcycle gang, police said.
When both groups exited the theater, the two victims tried to get away. But members of the Angels contingent blocked their path near the intersection of Market and Taylor Streets and began beating them. When police sirens were heard approaching sometime around 11:50 p.m., the attackers fled on their motorcycles, police said.
One victim, a 37-year-old San Jose resident, took multiple blows to the back of the head and neck, some of which could have been from a knife or some kind of jagged-edge weapon, police said. He was taken to San Francisco General Hospital, and his injuries are not considered to be life-threatening, police said.
The other victim, a 39-year-old San Leandro resident, declined to be transported to the hospital for treatment, police said.
Posted by Fraser T at 00:52
Police say they allegedly discovered 440 grams of methylamphetamine after executing search warrants at the premises of two senior members in Maddington and Bellevue.
A 52 year-old Maddington man has been charged with possessing methylamphetamine with intent to sell and/or supply.
Detective Superintendent Charlie Carver describes the seizure as significant.
"It's all part of a strategy to dismantle, disrupt, to make a hostile environment for these bikie gangs and this is another wave of our detectives doing good work and actually seizing these drugs off the streets," he said.
He says bikies may portray that they're purely motorcycle enthusiasts but that is not true.
"I know what they're up to and they know exactly what they're up to; it's just a media spin that they'll try to put on that they're mis-understood bike riders when actually in fact they're not," he said.
"This demonstrates it again and we'll use anything at our disposal to dismantle and disrupt their operations and we'll continue the pressure."
Posted by Fraser T at 17:54
POLICE are hunting a gunman after the Thornlie house of a Rock Machine bikie gang member was sprayed with gunfire.
The gunshots were fired in a drive-by attack at the property in Marden Road about 3.30am on Wednesday.
Several shots were fired into the house and a car at the front of the property had a tennis-ball sized gunshot in a rear passenger window.
The rear window also appeared to have been blasted by shotgun pellets.
The gunman had also deliberately targeted the house security system, directing a shotgun blast at the blue security light under the eave of the house.
It survived, but the wooden eave was peppered by the shotgun blast.
It is believed the bikie occupant of the house left a short time before the attack.
Police said there were two violent clashes between members of the Rock Machine and Rebels bikie gangs in the lead up to this morning's shooting at the Thornlie home occupied by Rock Machine members.
Police have also revealed today that they believe “approaches” were made between the two gangs in a bid to quell the ongoing violence before Rebels president Nick Martin was shot outside his home in March.
“From what we’ve been told there has been approaches made for a bit of a resolution . . . bit of peace in relation to this,” serious and organised crime squad Superintendent Charlie Carver said today.
“From what we’ve been told it’s a no go.”
Supt Carver said police were appealing for information over two separate fights between members of the two gangs which occurred on Sunday and Monday.
The first incident happened outside the Joondalup Arena on Sunday and involved several members of both gangs fighting each other, while the second clash occurred the following day inside the Kingsway Shopping Centre food hall in front of women and children.
Supt Carver urged members of the public who may have witnessed either of the incidents to call police.
He said four shotgun cartridges from a 12 gauge shotgun had been found outside the Thornlie home this morning.
Two of the rounds went through a car and the other two were fired at the home.
He said the home was normally “occupied by members of the Rock Machine” who were not at home at the time of the shooting.
“We are doing everything we possibly can to get on top of this,” Supt Carver said.
“We are not going to tolerate this, members of the community should not tolerate this either.
“The escalation is a concern however we are doing everything possible to try and mitigate that escalation.”
Property raided several weeks ago - neighbours
Neighbours said the property was raided several weeks ago by heavily armed police as part of the crack-down on rival bikie gangs, The Rebels and Rock Machine. Several weapons, which looked like shotguns, were removed at the time.
A beige Ford Fairmont sitting on the front lawn had gunshot damage and there were bullet holes visible in the windows of the house.
Police Forensic officers are at the scene examining the house and surrounds.
One woman who lives around the corner from the property said she heard the sound of "fire crackers'' going off.
"It sounded like boom, boom, boom, boom,'' she said.
Another neighbour who lives in the street, said she heard "at least five shots'' and a car speeding off.
"This is as quiet a street as you can get, it's a shock to all of us,'' she said.
The woman said there had been no trouble in the street up until a few weeks ago when the property was raided by Gang Crime Squad police.
The woman also said she had never seen a bike at the house, only cars.
ABC reported that police believe a shotgun and an automatic weapon were used in the attack.
The drive-by shooting is believed to be the latest incident in an escalating war of violence and retaliation among WA's rival bikie gangs.
Inspector Jeff Ellis said police were called to the street after a neighbour reported hearing the gunshots.
“As a result of those inquiries they have confirmed that there were a number of shots fired,” Insp Ellis said.
“It does not appear at this stage that anybody was injured.”
Posted by Fraser T at 17:51
Labels: including the fire bombing of a tattoo parlour in Perth's south., POLICE are hunting a gunman after the Thornlie house of a Rock Machine bikie gang member was sprayed with gunfire., Rock Machine and the Rebels gangs have been involved in a number of confrontations in Perth in recent months
Mark and Rodney and it is believed they were both members of the biker’s group, the Hell’s Angels and they are believed to be employees at the tattoo parlour.
men were called Mark and Rodney and it is believed they were both members of the biker’s group, the Hell’s Angels and they are believed to be employees at the tattoo parlour.
An air ambulance landed at nearby St Mark’s hospital before a police helicopter circled above and officers carried out patrols on the ground.
Down the road, in Courthouse Road, police were seen taking statements from mechanics at Newmans Garage, which was also cordoned off. It is believed that this was where one of the kidnapping victims escaped there.
Sources say that a number of gunmen were still on the loose and the argument had been over the supply of drugs.
A man, 47, was arrested at the scene.
The police spokesman added: ‘At about 12.40pm today a group of three or four men entered the Fantasy Fine Line parlour and there was an altercation inside.
‘The men have then left the shop on foot and fled down the road before getting into a vehicle.’
Resident Ken Lewington, 68, said: I was out in the garden when I heard a lot of shouting for about two or three minutes. It sounded really aggressive.
‘It sounded like there were about three men going at it. I didn’t take much notice of it until I heard the gunshots go off.
‘They were in quick succession. Then I heard the police sirens a few minutes later.’
He added: ‘I’ve seen the Hell’s Angel who works in the tattoo parlour about quite a lot. I think he rides a really old Harley Davidson. It must be a good 30 years old.
‘He seemed like a decent bloke. I just know him to say “hi” to.
A girl, 17, who lives nearby said: ‘I heard at least three shots. It sounds quite scary. I just hope Mark and Rodney are okay. I think they are both Hells Angels.
Posted by Fraser T at 03:40
It took two trials and just under two years to convict Outlaws Motorcycle Club National President Jack Rosga, 54, of racketeering and conspiracy to commit violence in aid of racketeering. His first trial ended with a hung jury.
Friday, Rosga, better known as Milwaukee Jack, was sentenced to 20 years in prison.
Rosga was one of 27 Outlaws arrested during regional raids conducted on June 15, 2010 by agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Simultaneous ATF raids were conducted in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, Maine, Montana, Massachusetts and Wisconsin
During the operation, agents raided the Outlaws clubhouse in Newton.
They worked with federal marshals who used a shape charge to blast a square hole in the clubhouse wall. It was empty at the time, but agents seized photos, posters and other items.
Of the 27 outlaws arrested during the June 2010 raid, three were members of the Hickory club headquartered in Newton. They were arrested on federal anti-gang laws enacted to target organized crime.
Mark “Lyntin” Spradling, 52, a member of the Hickory chapter and the treasurer of the Copper Region, was arrested. He faced 23 years in prison if convicted of conspiracy to commit RICO, and conspiracy to commit violence in aid of racketeering.
Spradling was acquitted of all charges on Nov. 3, 2010.
The Hickory chapter’s president, Michael Smith, was also arrested. He was charged with conspiracy to commit RICO, conspiracy to commit violence in aid of racketeering, violence in aid of racketeering and possession of firearms in furtherance of crimes of violence.
He faced life in prison if convicted on all charges.
On Dec. 22, 2010, Smith was convicted of violence in aid of racketeering and possession of firearms in furtherance of crimes of violence and sentenced to 42 months in prison. Upon his release, he will be on supervised probation for three years.
Brian McDermott, 50, of the Hickory chapter, also was arrested. He was charged with distribution of methamphetamine and possession of firearms in furtherance of crimes of violence. He testified in the federal trial against his fellow Outlaws including Spradling.
McDermott was found guilty of his charges and sentenced to serve 64 months in prison. He’ll be on probation for three years following his release.
CRIMINAL ACTIVITIES ALLEGED IN THE 2010 INDICTMENT:
* In October 2009, Outlaws retaliated against the Hell’s Angels for their attack on two Outlaws members, which resulted in the alleged attempted murder of a Hells Angels member in Canaan, Maine. The Outlaws were accused of shooting their victim multiple times.
* In November 2008, Outlaws attacked a black man at the Hard Times Café in Fredericksburg, Va., because of his race, then intimidated witnesses and ordered fellow Outlaws members to lie to obstruct law enforcement’s investigation of the assault.
* Smith and other suspects are accused of going to a club called Cockades Bar in Petersburg, Va., to fight Hells Angels and clubs allied with them, including the Desperados.
The indictment said an Outlaw wearing his club colors and patches stood outside the bar to try to lure the rival gang members inside. Once in the bar, three smaller Outlaws, also wearing their colors, would try to goad their rivals into a fight. Then three bigger gang members, who were armed and had gone into the bar “slicked back” or without Outlaw colors or insignia, would join in the fight.
They put their plan into action on March 14, 2009. The fight spilled into the parking lot where the rival gang members pulled guns on each other and the local police broke up the fight.
* On Feb. 28, 2009, Spradling and other Outlaws are accused of assaulting Hells Angels at local bars.
* During last summer’s Copper Region Open Air Meeting in Newton, Copper Region boss Leslie Werth is accused of ordering an end to “free travel passes,” meaning that rival gang members would be attacked if found traveling through Outlaw territories.
* Smith is accused of telling his fellow members how to make explosives on several occasions. The explosives were to be used against Hells Angels members.
Finks bikie has been jailed for 12 months for wielding a knife in public and threatening to slit the throat of a strip club bouncer who was trying to evict him.
But Clovis Chikonga, 24, may not spend any extra time in jail.
He is serving a two-year sentence for contempt of court after refusing to co-operate with the Corruption and Crime Commission investigation into a bloody brawl with rival gang the Coffin Cheaters.
District Court Chief Judge Peter Martino today said he had no power to make Chikonga's 12-month sentence cumulative on top of his contempt sentence. He said the contempt sentence was not a fixed term and Chikonga could be discharged at any time if he "purged himself of the contempt."
Chikonga pleaded guilty to threatening to harm the crowd controller and going armed to cause fear after he was told to leave the Doll House club in North Perth in the early hours of September 12, 2009.
The bikie failed to show for a scheduled three-day trial last November, prompting an arrest warrant to be issued, but he pleaded guilty over the incident after a threat to kill charge was downgraded to threat to harm.
Chikonga's defence lawyer Alana Padmanabham said her client was drunk and there "was no capacity to make good on those threats."
She said Chikonga had endured a difficult upbringing, coming to Australia as a young refugee and witnessing domestic violence between his parents, including his father's attempted murder of his mother. Ms Padmanabham said it was "no surprise" that Chikonga began offending from a young age.
State prosecutor Marina Greenshields said these offences were at the serious end of the scale and told the court that Chikonga was "fast acquiring a serious criminal record", which included convictions for two counts of grievous bodily harm and one count of unlawful wounding - all which involved stabbings with knives.
Chief Judge Martino said the crowd controllers were just trying to do their jobs when they asked Chikonga to leave after he started playing with a DJ console and using his mobile phone in an area he was not allowed to. He said he waved around a flick knife and on several occasions threatened to harm the crowd controller, using the words: "I'll slit your throat."
Chief Judge Martino warned Chikonga he had a choice to make - to continue down his current path and risk further jail time or stop associating with "people who don't comply with the law" and start living a law-abiding life.
He sentenced Chikonga to 12 months in jail for the threat to harm charge and added an eight-month concurrent sentence for the going armed to cause fear charge.
Chikonga was one of five Finks bikies - along with Stephen John Wallace, Tristan Allbeury, Stephen Silvestro and Troy Smith - to be given two-year prison sentences by Supreme Court Chief Justice Wayne Martin for refusing to co-operate with the CCC when they were summonsed to answer questions about the violent brawl with the Coffin Cheaters at the Kwinana Motorplex last October.
Contempt cases against Coffin Cheaters' Benjamin David Ortin and David Jon Reid, who were accused of lying to the watchdog about the brawl with the Finks, were dropped last week.
gangs have been embroiled in a bloody feud in recent months, largely fuelled by the defection of Michael Xanthoudakis from the Rebels to the Rock Machine.
A car believed to be owned by a member of the Rock Machine bikie gang was sprayed with bullets in Perth's southern suburbs early this morning.
A police spokesman said officers were called to Marden Road in Thornlie about 3.30am after a member of the public reported hearing gunshots.
He confirmed shots had been fired but it appeared nobody was hurt.
A beige sedan parked in the front yard of a house was hit in the drive-by shooting. There are bullet holes in the left rear window and back window. There is also damage to the outside of the house.
Last month during a police crackdown on bikies across Perth, detectives cordoned off Marden Road after a live WWII mortar round was found in a house.
Forensic officers are at the scene examining the verge and police are stationed at both ends of the street.
The latest incident follows a brawl between rival bikie gangs, Rock Machine and Rebels, at a weekend music festival.
Eight move-on notices were issued at the Supafest music festival at Arena Joondalup after disputes between gang members turned into physical confrontations.
It is understood no charges were laid.
Tensions continued to run high yesterday when a fight broke out in a Kingsway shopping centre, just metres from families and children.
Witnesses said the gang members used whatever they could get their hands on, throwing chairs and food as the fight progressed.
The gangs have been embroiled in a bloody feud in recent months, largely fuelled by the defection of Michael Xanthoudakis from the Rebels to the Rock Machine.
The victims, named as Mark and Rodney, were hit in the leg and arm yesterday, but are stable.
A 47-year-old man was arrested at the scene, in Maidenhead, Berks, but police are searching for three others who are believed to have fled.
A witness said: “I’m shocked this has happened here. It is normally such a quiet place to live.”
Posted by Fraser T at 03:19
national leader of the Outlaws Motorcycle Gang that had a criminal presence in Petersburg was sentenced in federal court to 20 years in prison for leading the violent criminal organization.Sunday, 10 April 2011
The gang leader, Jack "Milwaukee Jack," Rosga, 53, was arrested in Milwaukee nearly a year ago on charges including those which he was sentenced for yesterday - conspiracy to commit racketeering and violent acts.
A total of 27 men from across the country were indicted in Virginia in June of last year with numerous charges including attempted murder, weapons violations, narcotics distribution, illegal gambling, assault and extortion. Twenty-six of the men were arrested and one was killed during the federal sweep. Thomas Mayne of Maine was shot dead June 15, 2010 during a raid of his house by federal agents. The indictments were the result of a two-year federal investigation.
"Jack Rosga led an outlaw motorcycle gang that was violent at its core," said U.S. Attorney Neil H. MacBride of the Eastern District of Virginia. "As the gang's national president, Mr. Rosga declared war on the rival Hell's Angels and ordered violent acts on rival gang members. Mr. Rosga admitted to undercover federal agents that he expected to go to jail for leading this violent motorcycle gang, and the jury convicted him of conspiracy to commit racketeering and violent acts. He spent decades dedicated to a criminal way of life, and he'll now spend decades in prison paying for those crimes."
Rosga, as the national president of the Outlaws organization, was found guilty on Dec. 21, 2010, of conspiring to engage in racketeering activities and conspiring to commit violence in aid of racketeering.
Twenty of the 27 indicted members of the gang have either pled guilty or were convicted at trial.
According to court documents and evidence at trial, the Outlaws motorcycle gang is a highly organized criminal enterprise with a defined, multi-level chain of command that is ultimately overseen by Rosga, the national president. Under his leadership, the enterprise is alleged to have engaged in violent racketeering activities with the intent to expand its influence and to control various parts of the country against rival motorcycle gangs, particularly the Hell's Angels.
The gang had ties to the Petersburg area as well.
Court records indicate that the Outlaws planned multiple acts of violence against rival motorcycle gangs, including shows of force at the Cycle Expo in Henrico County in 2006, Dinwiddie Racetrack in 2008, and the Cockade City Grill in Petersburg in 2009.
The indictment alleges that in the Petersburg show of force, members of the Pagans Motorcycle Club joined the Outlaws in the assault against rival gangs. On March 14, 2009, three members went into the bar in "colors" - a vest signifying membership in the club. One man stood outside the bar in colors as a lure, while three other Outlaws members were waiting inside without the vests. Several others waited outside to trap rival bikers inside the bar, where they were assaulted.
The fight spilled into the parking lot, where guns were drawn. Local police arrived and ended the standoff, the indictment says. They seized a knife and brass knuckles from one Outlaws member.
The government's star witness was an undercover agent who infiltrated the Outlaws for more than two years and established a chapter in Petersburg. He testified about a number of violent or tension-filled conflicts between the Outlaws and their rivals.
Some of the charges involve incidents and conversations that occurred in the Petersburg area.
Undercover agents equipped a home in Prince George County with audio and video surveillance equipment. The agent secretly tape-recorded phone calls and meetings in which Outlaws discussed plans for confronting or assaulting other gangs.
The indictment against Rosga also makes mention of a visit he paid to the area in July 2009. During his visit according to the indictment Rosga ordered a crowd of Outlaws at the Petersburg Clubhouse to shoot Hell's Angels and other rivals.
Following an October shooting attack of a Hell's Angel in Maine, a member asked about staying at the Petersburg Clubhouse to avoid attention up north.
As recently as February of 2010, the Petersburg Clubhouse - the location of which was not revealed in court documents - allegedly took delivery of illegal gambling machines from North Carolina. In March, $580 of gambling proceeds were transported from Petersburg.
The indictment also says drugs flowed through the Petersburg Clubhouse. A member allegedly sold 66 Oxycodone pills and six muscle relaxers in October 2009. The Outlaws moved into Virginia in 2006 after coming to an accord with the Pagans Motorcycle Club. Members must be men over age 21 who own a domestic motorcycle.
"The Outlaws motorcycle gang that Jack Rosga led is responsible for numerous crimes across multiple states," said Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Justice Department's Criminal Division. "Mr. Rosga's conduct, and the violent activities of his organized criminal enterprise, must have severe consequences. Today's sentence reflects that. We will not tolerate organized criminal gangs in our communities."
Also sentenced Friday morning on racketeering and other charges were Harry McCall of the Outlaws' Lexington, N.C., chapter and Christopher Timbers and Mark Jason Fiel, both of the Manassas chapter.
McCall got 13 years, one month for four charges, Timbers got seven years, three months for three counts and Fiel was sentenced to nine years, six months for two offenses.
Phillip Braun, 30, a local bodybuilder, pleaded not guilty at state Superior Court Wednesday to various drug charges, including conspiracy to possess marijuana, possession of narcotics and three counts of illegal sale of prescription drugsThursday, 7 April 2011
Phillip Braun, 30, a local bodybuilder, pleaded not guilty at state Superior Court Wednesday to various drug charges, including conspiracy to possess marijuana, possession of narcotics and three counts of illegal sale of prescription drugs, court documents show. Judge Susan Q. Cobb set his next court date for May 6 during the brief hearing.
Braun's attorney, Eugene Riccio, of Greenwich, said he was not in a position to have a substantive conversation about his client's prospects as "we're still in a preliminary stage in this matter."
He declined to comment further on the case.
Police say Braun is a known associate of Mark Mansa, the Bethel man accused of heading a multifaceted criminal enterprise -- with ties to the Hells Angels and the Bonanno crime family -- which was the subject of a five-year investigation by local authorities and the federal Drug Enforcement Administration.
Mansa and his associates, investigators say, peddled marijuana and illegal steroids to a local clientele.
Braun wrote in a 2007 blog post that Mansa was "one of my best friends."
The bodybuilder was arrested March 28, when investigators swarmed his Pembroke Avenue condo, police said, and discovered a cache of drugs and steroids. Authorities said they found the testosterone, Deca-Durabolin, Halotestin and Proviron, and the prescription painkiller Percocet -- all in plain sight.
The warrant they were serving apparently stemmed from a September marijuana possession charge, according to court documents, though the arrest warrant affidavit has been sealed.
While there is no indication he was involved in the sale of drugs Braun's connection to Mansa has brought attention to his case.
Mansa is one of four men indicted last month on federal conspiracy charges.
self-described motorcycle gang member was charged with drunken driving while leaving a strip club with a dancer who had been sent home for performing an "unacceptable form of lap dance" on him,Monday, 4 April 2011
self-described motorcycle gang member was charged with drunken driving while leaving a strip club with a dancer who had been sent home for performing an "unacceptable form of lap dance" on him, police said.
According to police:
Christopher Pond, 33, of Telford, Pa., was charged about 4:45 p.m. Tuesday when police responded to an alleged assault at the Round Valley Inn.
Pond was getting a lap dance from a woman identified by police only as "Giselle," who was there for her first day as a stripper. A bouncer said the dance was "unacceptable," and the manager told Giselle to put her clothes on and leave.
Giselle became upset and tried to punch the manager, who in turn tried to restrain her, police said.
Although Giselle told police the manager assaulted her, officers found no evidence she was assaulted, police said.
It's unclear why Giselle left with Pond, but police stopped Pond’s vehicle in the parking lot. Pond told police he was a member of the Pagans motorcycle club and vowed to have other Pagans "come to the bar."
He also told police his wife is a police officer. Pond later denied being married to a police officer and being a Pagan, police said.
A patrolman noticed alcoholic on Pond’s breath, police said. As he was performing field sobriety tests, Pond refused to continue, placed his hands behind his back without prompting and told the officers to "just arrest me."
Pond was later charged with drunken driving and careless driving. His vehicle was impounded and he was released to the custody of his girlfriend.
Giselle refused police help and walked to another bar. She is not charged with any offenses, police said.
police intercepted a car carrying two Hells Angels and an
associate. A search revealed a loaded 38 calibre pistol cocked and ready to
use under the front seat of the car. They also found a small amount of
drugs and stolen credit cards
Posted by Fraser T at 01:29
full-patch member of the Hells Angels will have to serve out his nearly five-year jail term for drug-traffickingSunday, 3 April 2011
full-patch member of the Hells Angels will have to serve out his nearly five-year jail term for drug-trafficking after losing a bid to appeal the sentence to Canada's highest court.
In December 2009, John Virgil Punko pleaded guilty to conspiracy to traffic in methamphetamines, trafficking in cocaine and possession of the proceeds of crime.
The guilty plea came after the trial judge, B.C. Supreme Court Justice Peter Leask, had thrown out a criminal-organization charge against Punko and his co-accused, Randy Potts.
In March last year, Justice Leask imposed a 14-month jail term for Punko but the federal Crown, which had sought a much stiffer sentence, appealed the ruling.
In August last year, the B.C. Court of Appeal imposed a 62-month jail term for Punko, who then sought leave to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada.
A key issue on appeal was expected to be whether the conduct of a police agent in the case should have been a mitigating factor on sentencing. The police agent had supplied Punko with Percocets, steroids and cocaine, despite knowing Punko was addicted to drugs.
The Supreme Court of Canada dismissed the sentence appeal without costs.
The federal Crown also appealed the stay of the criminal-organization charge against Punko and the B.C. Court of Appeal has allowed the appeal.
Posted by Fraser T at 00:31
Hells Angels tried to extort almost $1 million from one of Australia's biggest construction companies during a dispute featuring Melbourne underworld bosses.
The dispute - in which a Hells Angels boss, Peter ''Skitzo'' Hewat, threatened a senior Hansen and Yuncken manager - exposes the continuing presence of corruption in Victoria's building industry, as well as the failure of state and federal agencies to combat it.
It also raises questions about the role of a high-ranking building union official who intervened in the dispute alongside a ''fixer'' for the Hells Angels.
Advertisement: Story continues below
The Hansen and Yuncken dispute occurred last year, after building company Alutech demanded about $800,000 from the construction giant.
Alutech is run by Jason Smith, an associate of the Hells Angels, an outlaw bikie gang. Alutech claimed it was owed the money to cover labour and materials it had supplied as a subcontractor on the Victoria University site in Footscray, a $64 million redevelopment managed by Hansen.
The dispute is one of several examples uncovered by The Saturday Age involving well-known organised crime figures with roles in major construction projects. They include:
■Building firm Elite Cranes, co-owned by alleged crime boss Mick Gatto, which is working on the state-government-backed desalination plant pipeline.
■Gatto's business partner John Khoury representing mostly small to mid-tier builders seeking money from larger contractors.
■The Comancheros and Hells Angels running construction waste disposal companies in Melbourne.
The Hansen and Alutech dispute turned ugly after Hansen refused to pay Alutech the $800,000. The Hansen senior manager was asked by Alutech to attend a meeting in the CBD office of Tom Karas, a suspected money launderer who works for Gatto.
This was followed by another meeting called by Gatto at a steakhouse in Carlton, attended by several people including Hells Angels boss Peter Hewat (pictured). After that meeting failed to reach a resolution, a senior Hansen manager was called on the phone by Hewat. While that manager has refused to speak to The Saturday Age, multiple sources confirmed that the call in late July 2010 was highly threatening and that Hansen and Yuncken took steps to ensure the security of staff.
The next meeting in the dispute took place after Shaun Reardon, vice-president of the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union, asked the Hansen manager to come to the CFMEU headquarters in Carlton. When the manager arrived, Mr Reardon was waiting with industry fixer Mario Amenta. Mr Amenta confirmed his links to the Hells Angels during his later dealings with Hansen. In 2005, Mr Amenta provided a character reference for his ''friend'', crime boss Mario Condello, during Condello's murder trial.
When The Saturday Age asked Mr Reardon about his role in the meeting with Mr Amenta and Hansen, he said: ''If a subcontractor is claiming they are owed big dollars from a builder, if they have hit a wall and can't get it, they often utilise us (the CFMEU) to try and retrieve monies. At the end of the day, they employ our members. If they can't afford to pay our members, we have a direct concern.''
Asked about the background of Mr Amenta and Alutech's links to the Hells Angels, Mr Reardon said: ''I am probably better off having no comment.'' Mr Amenta also refused to comment.
Hundreds of records outlining the growing case against former Windermere Police Chief Daniel Saylor were released this morning by the Orange-Osceola State Attorney's Office.
The records document that Saylor personally recommended hiring an officer who rode with the Warlocks motorcycle club, a group that that has been linked to criminal activity in the past.
Officer Gregory Beasley has a tattoo of the Warlocks crest on his left arm and acknowledged he had been an associate member of the "Warlocks motorcycle gang" when he applied to work as a drug informant for the Seminole County City-County Investigative Bureau in the mid-1990s, according to Florida Department of Law Enforcement records in the released documents.
Beasley remains a Windermere police officer.
A different officer – the town's former No. 2 cop, Lt. Paul Conway — said he would not have hired Beasley if he had known about his past.
Conway also said Saylor routinely voided traffic tickets for town residents and that Saylor viewed pornography on city computers.
Upon being told about some of the reports' accusations, Mayor Gary Bruhn declined to comment until he reviewed the 500-plus pages of records. "I need to look at those reports," he said.
The release of 802 pages of documents did not include audio files of secretly recorded conversations between Saylor and Irvin Murr, a Windermere police officer who accused his former boss of bribing him to mislead a state investigation of police corruption in Windermere. That evidence is expected to be released at a later date.
About 1,500 pages of documents are expected to be released by next week as part of the pretrial discovery period, when prosecutors and defense lawyers disclose all of the information they intend to use at trial.
Those records include interviews with current and former Windermere police officers questioned by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement about corruption within the 24-member force, including allegations of theft, favoritism and shutting down two child-rape investigations.
Investigators and prosecutors say almost every interview prompted spinoff inquiries into misconduct after Saylor took command in 2002 of the once-respected, small-town police department.
Those accusations included ticket fixing, stealing evidence and filing false crime statistics. The outcome of those inquiries remains unknown.
Saylor's career ended with his highly publicized Jan. 12 arrest on charges related to shutting down a child-rape investigation of Windermere resident Scott Bush, 50. Saylor's friend was arrested the same day on charges of sexual battery on a child younger than 12 years old.
Court records state Saylor twice shut down rape investigations against Bush in 2003 and 2009. Bush is charged in the 2009 case and it is unknown if other charges are pending over the 2003 case.
The interviews released today do not provide any insight into Saylor's friendship with Bush.
That remains a mystery, according to Orange-Osceola State Attorney Lawson Lamar, who said after Saylor's arrest that investigators could not understand why the police chief betrayed his oath and risked prison to help Bush.
One of Bush's neighbors, Edward Williams, told FDLE that off-duty Windermere cops regularly hung out at Bush's lakefront home using boats and jet skis. Williams also said Bush hired routinely hired Mexican and South America craftsmen to work on his home, then refused to pay them and called Windermere police to run off the angry craftsmen, records state.
"The WPD would show up and inform the workers to either leave the residence or they would arrest the contractors or have them deported," records state. "At least a dozen times that Mr. Williams personally observed Bush would call the WPD to have them leave when the work was nearly completed."
A former friend of Saylor, Jon Hodgskin, gave FDLE a similar account about Bush hiring, then refusing to pay contractors and calling Windermere police for help. Hodgskin ended his friendship after deciding the chief was "dirty," the report stated.
Hodgskin told FDLE that he had bought a Glock pistol for $400 from Saylor about two years ago when Saylor called saying he needed cash. Saylor apparently obtained the gun through a law enforcement discount program, Hodgskin said. He also believed that Saylor sold a similar weapon to Bush and advised FDLE that an audit might show ammunition missing from the police department.
Wayne Crowell, 36, of Cannington, is charged with careless use of a firearm, occupying a vehicle knowing there was a firearm, possession of a prohibited or restricted firearm, unauthorized possession of a firearm, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, possession of a firearm while prohibited, two counts of possession of a schedule II substance and two counts of breach of probation.
A publication ban prohibits publishing anything said during the bail hearing.
Police charged Crowell in the days following a March 11 collision on Hunter St. E.
Police said Crowell was the passenger in a vehicle that crashed into a light pole outside the Quaker Oats office building.
Crowell was badly injured in the collision, and spent several days in the hospital.
He was charged along with Mark Cleary, 29, and Keith Nolan, 36.
Crowell is to appear in court again April 8 by video.
Posted by Fraser T at 04:20
16 people linked to the Hells Angels motorcycle gang appeared before a judge in Glostrup on charges of attempted murder, assault and weapons possession.
One of the nation’s biggest trials involving gang crime got underway this week when 16 people linked to the Hells Angels motorcycle gang appeared before a judge in Glostrup on charges of attempted murder, assault and weapons possession.
The 16 – all members of the Hells Angels or the affiliated gang AK81 – pleaded innocent to all charges. They are alleged to have taken part in six attempted murders between April and October 2009 during an open conflict between the Hells Angels and immigrant gangs.
While Danish prosecutors have previously taken a page from US prosecutors of the 1930s gang wars by prosecuting gangsters for financial crimes, this trial sees the prosecution directly linking gang members to violent crimes.
That has been made possible thanks to the testimony of a 25-year-old former leading member of AK81, who has explained that the attempted murders, as well as a brutal beating of a rival gang member using a baseball bat, were ordered by senior Hells Angel Brian Sandberg, one of the men standing trial.
The witness has already been sentenced to 12 years behind bars for his role in the shooting of a 19-year-old during the conflict.
By testifying against his former brothers-in-arms, prosecutors say the man has put his life in jeopardy, and extensive measures will be taken to protect him during the trial.
Among the accommodations include holding the trial in Glostrup, which police say can be more easily held under surveillance than Copenhagen’s court house. When he testifies in May, he will do so in front of an empty courtroom.
In order to protect him, the gallery, made up of a mix of gang members and reporters during the first days of the trial, will be cleared of spectators. His testimony will then be transmitted to them via speakers in a separate room.
It emerged on the first day of the trial that the prosecution’s star witness was threatened by fellow gang members after it emerged that he had broken his biker code of silence by speaking to his girlfriend about other crimes he had been tried for.
The threats of reprisals forced him to seek protection from the police, and it was during those meetings, prosecutors said, that the man began to talk about the 2009 attacks.
In return for his testimony, the man has been promised a reduced jail time and police protection after his release. As a sign of the seriousness of the threats against the man, one previous informant was required to undergo plastic surgery in order to disguise his appearance.
While the prosecution is expected to rely heavily on the informant’s testimony, prosecutor Charlotte Alsing Juhl said the state will also call eyewitnesses and experts to testify, and that it would present forensic evidence.
The trial is expected to continue until September.
man linked to the Rebels outlaw motorcycle gang has been arrested following a raid at his Prospect Highway home on Thursday.
man linked to the Rebels outlaw motorcycle gang has been arrested following a raid at his Prospect Highway home on Thursday.
Officers attached the Strike Force Raptor seized a number of exotic reptiles, spiders, drugs and motorcycles following and ongoing investigation into alleged drug activity at the address.
An American corn snake, a Chinese soft-backed turtle, a Mexican tarantula, four rare tree fogs and a chameleon were taken from the home.
Police seized an amount of cannabis leaf and seeds, hashish and a white powder substance believed to be amphetamine.
Two motorcycles were taken from the premises - one of them had been reported stolen.
The man, 34 has been charged with supplying a prohibited drug, two counts of possessing a prohibited drug, five counts of possessing prohibited fauna and one count each of possessing goods in custody and receiving stolen property.
Strike Force Raptor was set up by the NSW Gangs Squad in 2009 targeting outlaw motorcycle gangs and their alleged enterprises.
It is the fourth arrest Strike Force Raptor has made in the local area since January.