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Two men were arrested after breaking into a Hells Angels compound in Lenoxville on Wednesday night.

Thursday, 25 August 2011

The Queen St. compound has been vacant since 2009, when the Sûreté du Québec swept up 118 alleged members of the notorious biker gang.

Because the massive building remains under police surveillance, police easily caught an 18-year-old man and a 22-year-old-man after they smashed a window to gain entry into the building.

The two will appear before a judge on Thursday, where they will face charges of breaking and entering as well as possession of narcotics.

“It’s not gang related, it looks more like a dare among young men,” said a spokesperson for the Sherbrooke Police. “I think the idea was to get proof that they broke into the famous Hells Angels compound. I guess now they have proof.”

The compound was the site of the infamous Lennoxville massacre, in which five members of the Hells Angels Laval chapter were ambushed and killed by members of the gang’s Sherbrooke chapter.

"confirmed patch member" of the Amigos Outlaw Motorcycle Gang, charged after drawing gun during fight

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Robert McElhinney has been charged with felony assault with a weapon, carrying a concealed weapon (felony), and misdemeanor assault following a fight on Sunday evening on the east side of Great Falls.

Court documents state that McElhinney was arguing with his neighbor over a broken sprinkler.

The argument turned violent when McElhinney allegedly punched the neighbor in the face several times.

The other person then reportedly pulled a knife, at which point, the court document states, McElhinney pulled out a hand gun from his back pocket.

McElhinney admitted to police that he is a "confirmed patch member" of the Amigos Outlaw Motorcycle Gang, and at the time of the altercation, he was wearing a gang club vest and made reference to being in a motorcycle gang.

Authorities discovered that the gun was not loaded at the time of the incident.

The man who was assaulted told police that he had noticed the gang apparel and was in fear of gang retaliation.


Shootout suspect's lawyer files motion to dismiss

The attorney for one of the men accused in a shootout between rival motorcycle gangs Hell's Angels and the Vagos has filed a motion to dismiss the case.

Richard Glaxiola, the lawyer representing Michael Trevor Koepke, filed what can only be described as a massive bound document, perhaps three inches thick, with Yavapai County Superior Court Judge Celé Hancock, asking that she dismiss the case against his client.

Hancock questioned the attorneys for the other five defendants and they all said they would be joining in on the motion.

Koepke faces an 18-count indictment, including multiple charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and disorderly conduct. The charges stem from an Aug. 21, 2010, shootout in an unincorporated area northwest of Chino Valley.

Koepke also will be allowed to travel to Las Vegas over a specific three-day period so he can participate in a semi-professional fight.

Various other procedural motions on behalf of the other defendants were filed or mentioned as potential filings.

Hancock, seeing the number of motions coming, did not set a hearing date, but said she would wait until everyone had filed.


AN alleged bikie has been charged with drug and firearm offences after detectives pulled him over when he left a Bandidos clubhouse.

The 40-year-old left a function at the clubhouse at Seven Hills about 11.10pm (AEST) on Saturday.

A search of his Suzuki Vitara allegedly uncovered a quantity of cannabis and other restricted substances.

In the boot of the vehicle, police also allegedly discovered a loaded .32 calibre semi-automatic pistol and ammunition.

The man - whom police allege is a member of the Bandidos Outlaw Motorcycle Gang - was arrested at the scene.

He has been charged with a range of drug and firearm offences, including possessing a loaded firearm in a public place and possessing an unregistered unauthorised pistol.

He was refused bail to reappear at Blacktown Local Court on September 12.

Sydney chief of the Hells Angels bikie gang has been charged over an alleged extortion attempt on a car dealer in the city's inner west.

Friday, 19 August 2011

Felix Lyle was arrested at Silverwater Jail at 2:30pm (AEST) yesterday.
The 54-year-old has been charged with demanding money with menaces from Burwood car yard owner Terry Mullens, who is also know for his links to horseracing.
Last month four luxury cars were stolen from the dealership by masked men.
The cars were then discovered parked outside the business in pristine condition the next day.
Police say Lyle demanded $120,000 from Mr Mullens at Potts Point in Sydney's inner east that night.
Detectives say Mr Mullens was traumatised by threats of violence.
A few days later five Hells Angels members entered the car yard and demanded a luxury car.
Police arrived within minutes though and arrested the five, including the Parramatta president of the Hells Angels, Mostafa Jouayde.
A lawyer for Jouayde later argued his client was there to collect a car he was legally entitled to, and was not extorting Mr Mullens.
In court this morning Lyle did not apply for bail and it was officially refused.
His lawyer says he will apply for bail when the matter returns to court next week.
Earlier police said they had also found a quantity of cocaine during a search of Lyle's inner Sydney unit yesterday.
A 33-year-old man, who is also allegedly a Hells Angel, was arrested at the apartment and charged with possessing a prohibited drug.
He was released on bail to face court next month.

The niece of a prominent B.C. Hells Angel is said to be paralyzed from the neck down after this weekend's bloody shooting in Kelowna.

Friends of Leah Hadden-Watts have posted comments online saying that she took a bullet in the neck as gunfire rang out in front of the Delta Grand hotel on Sunday.

"Had two vertebrae removed.... She will be able to move her head up and down and side to side and talk, but that's it," one person wrote on Facebook.

Friends say she underwent seven hours of surgery to remove the bullet..

Neighbours at the Maple Ridge condo complex where Hadden-Watts lived were shocked to hear about her condition.

"She was a real nice girl," one man told CTV News.

Hadden-Watts is said to be the niece of Michael Hadden, who runs the Haney Hawgs motorcycle shop in Maple Ridge and is believed to be a full-patch member of the Haney Hells Angels chapter. Hadden could not be reached for comment.

A second woman was also in the Porsche SUV targeted in the shooting, and online comments have identified her as Lyndsey Black, Hadden-Watts's roommate. No one answered calls Wednesday at the condo where they lived.

Jonathan Bacon, one of the province's most notorious gangsters, was killed in the shooting, while Hells Angel Larry Amero was critically injured and a member of the Independent Soldiers – believed to be James Riach – was also hit.

Police say they will be out in force for Bacon's funeral to ensure public safety, but investigators will also use the opportunity to take photographs and videos of suspected gang associates.

It's not clear when or where the funeral will be held, but Bacon's younger brothers Jamie and Jarrod are both in jail on murder and gun charges and will not be attending.

No arrested have been made in the brazen daytime shooting.

Two Hamilton Hells Angels charged with assault after alleged beating

Thursday, 18 August 2011

Two full-patch Hells Angels members were arrested Monday in a violent attack that took place at a Hamilton bar

James Sherwood, 41, and Joel Rollin, 28, face three counts of extortion, three counts of aggravated assault and one count break and enter with intent, in connection with the incident.

The Hells Angels members were allegedly recruited by two owners of a Hamilton bar to strongarm the bar’s previous owners into signing a liquor license transfer document. The victims were the previous owners of the bar, who survived but were left injured. The extent of their injuries is unclear.

The new bar owners, Linda Muraca, 54, and Dennis Dreher, 52, were also charged with three counts of extortion.

Mr. Sherwood and Mr. Rollin are being held in police custody. Their bail hearing will be held Thursday in Hamilton.

Mr. Sherwood works as the unofficial spokesman for the Hamilton Hells Angels. He was arrested in 2008 with fellow gang member James Malone after an altercation at a strip club in which a man, Amandeep Mann, was stabbed and beaten. Mr. Sherwood and Mr. Malone were both found not guilty of aggravated assault and weapons charges.

The National Post has learned that in addition to the charges laid Monday, authorities will try to convict the Hells Angels on criminal organization charges in relation to the Monday incident – charges the Toronto Hells Angels chapter was just acquitted of earlier this spring.

Greg Leslie, lawyer for Mr. Rollin, said he does not see this as a Hells Angels case.

“This is an isolated incident and a couple of people involved happen to be Hells Angels,” he said. “If they’re trying to get a conviction on criminal organization, I think they’ll be pretty hard-pressed. This case doesn’t have anything to do with the Hells Angels.”

In June, the Hamilton Hells Angels moved into a new clubhouse in the north end of the city. That property was the first in Steeltown to be subject to the city’s new fortification bylaw, which was brought into effect after the last major Hells Angels raid in 2009. In that raid, their last clubhouse, at 269 Lottridge Ave., was appropriated by police.

In interviews with Mr. Sherwood and Mr. Rollin, both expressed feeling victimized by police and described being routinely pulled over by traffic authorities.

When asked in June why he joined the outlaw biker gang, Mr. Sherwood said: “There are so many fake people, it’s nice to know there are a few real people who are interested in the same things I am. Mainly freedom.”


Two members of the Outlaw motorcycle gang are in jail for allegedly beating four men outside a strip club over the weekend.

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

The Dane County Sheriff's Department says the call came in at about 2:00 a.m. Saturday, after a large fight broke out at Club Bristol, located at 7653 CTH N.

The Sheriff's Department says four male victims were severely beaten. The Outlaws fled the scene before deputies arrived, but deputies later caught up with Scott Wostal, 36, of North Freedom, and Gregory Kirst, 40, of Madison.

Sheriff's officials say they are still investigating, and more people may face charges.

Both Wostal and Kirst are in the Dane County Jail.

Hells Angel associate will be charged after two AK-47 assault rifles were allegedly found in his Sydney home.

Police said they found the banned weapons in an insecure safe at a home on Claremont Street, Merrylands, on Friday.

The 43-year-old man had his firearms licence suspended and he will be charged with two counts of possessing prohibited weapons.

The AK-47 is a lightweight, automatic rifle known to be the weapon of choice for members of the Taliban and al-Qaeda.

The rifles were allegedly found in the Sydney home during one of many inspections of firearm safes by Strike Force Raptor, which targets bikie gang activity.

Meanwhile, police say they and Corrective Services conducted a joint operation at Silverwater jail in Sydney yesterday.

Officers attached to Strike Force Raptor and the Joint Correctives Services Emergency Response Unit conducted an operation targeting outlaw motorcycle gang members and illegal drugs.

The operation was targeting the introduction of drugs and other contraband into the prison.

Using a Corrective Services drug detection dog, 633 visitors were screened and 63 people searched including a number of known outlaw motorcycle gang associates, police said.

Eleven people were denied entry to the prison while Strike Force Raptor officers arrested and charged two people with the possession of cannabis and amphetamines.

An amount of ecstasy tablets were also found dumped outside the prison.

Police issued five traffic infringement notices, three parking infringement notices and confiscated one vehicle.

One person was also taken to hospital to undergo blood tests after being suspected of driving under the influence of prohibited drugs.

The investigation of the alleged motorcycle gang shooting in Pulaski County Saturday evening has been turned over to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

According to Pulaski County Sheriff J.B. King, the incident was initially reported by more than 20 emergency calls, none of which the callers seemed to know exactly what they were seeing.

The incident was reported as taking place in the median of Interstate 44 near the 150-mile marker and, according to the release, was reported as a traffic accident, a fight with at least 20 individuals involved and gunshots being fired.

Traffic on the interstate was backed up because of the incident, but the suspects had moved on when officers arrived.

Law enforcement concluded that there was no traffic crash, but that several motorcycle gangs happened to be passing through the area at the same time and violence between them broke out.

According to Missouri State Highway Patrol Public Information Officer Sgt. Dan Crain, the agency believes the incident produced two gunshot victims, and both received superficial wounds and refused treatment.

According to King and Crain, neither of the gunshot victims wish to pursue charges against their assailants.

Three men are in hospital following a shooting in a suburban Winnipeg garage Sunday night.

Monday, 15 August 2011

Neighbours on Lou Peltier Crescent, in a recently-built subdivision called Kildonan Green, told CBC News a man stood at the edge of a driveway around 9 p.m. and used a handgun to open fire at people inside the garage.

Police will only confirm three men were shot and initially sent to hospital in critical condition. Two of the victims remain in critical condition while the third was upgraded to stable condition on Monday.

Police tape marks a wide perimeter around an open garage where three people were shot Sunday night. Shaun McLeod
Officers were knocking on doors throughout the evening and had blocked off a large area of the subdivision with yellow tape.

On Monday, the scene was littered with 38 evidence markers as investigators used a metal detector to scour the dirt yards, which do not yet have grass lawns.

Residents said they ran into their homes when they heard the gunfire. They said the man who lives in the house moved in just a few months ago, in about March.

One resident said he's seen several young men coming and going from the home very early in the morning on numerous occasions.

Several witnesses told CBC News a number of young men in their 20s or early 30s were in the garage when the shooting happened.

A turf war between the Hells Angels and Rock Machine motorcycle gangs has made headlines this summer in Winnipeg. Two businesses were firebombed and there have been a number of drive-by shootings.

Those incidents have so far not been linked to the shooting Sunday.

Biker Gangs Fight On Missouri Interstate Fight Briefly Shut Down Interstate 44 Saturday Night

Law enforcement officers aren't getting many answers as they investigate a fight between at least two motorcycle gangs on Interstate 44 in Pulaski County.
Missouri Highway patrol spokesman Sgt. Don Crain said at least two people suffered superficial gunshot wounds in the fight Saturday night west of Buckhorn in Pulaski County.
The Springfield News-Leader reported that witnesses told police that at least 20 people were involved in the fight, which briefly shut down traffic on the interstate. By the time officers arrived, the motorcyclists were gone. Officers who stopped motorcyclists nearby were not able to get any information, even from a man who had been shot.
Crain said it wasn't clear which motorcycle gangs were involved.


Federal investigators arrested the former president of the Ventura County Chapter of the “Hells Angels outlaw motorcycle gang”

Sunday, 14 August 2011

Federal investigators arrested the former president of the Ventura County Chapter of the “Hells Angels outlaw motorcycle gang” on Friday for firebombing two competing tattoo shops, according to a press release.
George Christie Jr., 64, of Ventura, was one of four defendants arrested on federal conspiracy, extortion and arson charges contained in a six-count indictment stemming from an extortion plot and the firebombing of two Ventura tattoo shops in 2007.
The indictment alleges that Christie, while the president of the Ventura County Chapter of the Hells Angels and owner of The Ink House, conspired to threaten the owners of rival tattoo parlors in an effort to force them to close down their businesses.
When the owners of the Scratch the Surface and the Twisted Ink refused to shut down, Christie allegedly conspired to firebomb the tattoo shops.
On July 6, 2007, Christie allegedly threw Molotov cocktails into the competing businesses.
At the time of the firebombings, Twisted Ink was located directly across the street from Ventura High School, while Scratch the Surface – housed in the same building as an occupied residence – was operating next to a pre-school.
Christie is charged with three Hobbs Act extortion conspiracies, one count of conspiracy to use fire or explosive to damage property, and two counts of use of fire or explosive to damage property.
Kyle Douglas Gilbertson, 33, of Ventura; Benito Hurtado, 34, of Oak View; and Richard Reeves Russell III, 29, of Ventura are named along with Christie in the first Hobbs Act extortion counts.
The three counts in the indictment that charge the Hobbs Act extortions each carry a statutory maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison. The counts in the indictment that allege arson each carry a statutory maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison, and a mandatory minimum of five years in federal prison.
If convicted of all six counts in the indictment, Christie would face a statutory maximum penalty of 120 years in federal prison.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation with assistance from the Drug Enforcement Administration; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department; and the Ventura Police Department.

Two biker gang members stabbed

Friday, 12 August 2011

Two motorcycle club members were hospitalized Wednesday night after they were stabbed in a fight in downtown Sturgis, according to Sturgis Police Chief Jim Bush.
One of the stabbing victims is a Hells Angel and the other is a member of the Mongols Motorcycle Club, said Bush, whose police officers responded to a call of a fight at 8 p.m. at the Hells Angels clubhouse on Third Street.
"From what I can tell, they walked up to each other, and it was just a matter of seconds and it started," Bush said. "There wasn't a lot of talk between the two. They just got in close proximity, and it just happened."
The names of the stabbing victims have not been released. Bush said the stabbing victim from the Mongols Motorcycle Club was released from the hospital Wednesday night, and the Hells Angel was released from the hospital Thursday. Neither has been charged in the incident. The South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation is handling the investigation.
Charges, however, have been filed against two Hells Angels allegedly involved in the altercation. Mark Allen Duclos, 48, was charged with aggravated assault, and George James Caruso, 57, was charged with simple assault, a misdemeanor.


Three Winnipeg police officers were hurt while trying to pull over a car early Tuesday morning, during an investigation related to a brewing biker gang war.

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

In a news release, police say officers tried to pull over a Dodge Avenger near the intersection of Antrim Road and Rockspur Street in Winnipeg’s east end at about 12:30 Tuesday morning.

But the vehicle tried to take “evasive action” and collided with three police cruisers. Police say three officers from the Tactical Support Team suffered upper body injuries and went to hospital in stable condition. Two have been released but one remains in hospital with a “serious upper body injury.” Police say three of their vehicles suffered “extensive damage.”

Two men and a woman were arrested and officers say a loaded handgun was found in the vehicle. Police won’t say what led them to stop the vehicle, other than it was the “result of an ongoing investigation by members of the Organized Crime Unit” and other police units.

Police also noted that they “continue to deal with the ongoing outlaw motorcycle gang conflict.”

Several fires and shootings in Winnipeg recently have been linked to a power struggle between the Rock Machine outlaw motorcycle gang, and the Redlined Support Crew – a puppet club of the Hells Angels.

Police say Joseph Jordan Carl Choken, 19, and Guy Wesley Vernon Stevenson, 21 – both of no fixed address – have been charged with numerous firearm related offenses. Officers did not name the 23 year old Lorette woman who was also arrested.

Steven "Gorilla" Mondervergine has been sentenced to 3 to 10 years behind bars.

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

former biker gang boss is going to prison for shooting and stabbing a rival.

Steven "Gorilla" Mondervergine has been sentenced to 3 to 10 years behind bars.

Mondevergine pleaded guilty to shooting Timothy Flood in the knee and stabbing him in the back on January 30, 2008, in Northeast Philadelphia because he wanted his job back as president of the Pagan's Motorcycle Club.

Flood survived the attack.

Investigators found Mondevergine late last year hiding in his mother's house in New Jersey.

Mondevergine is a former Philadelphia police officer who was fired in 1982, after three years on the job, for allegedly accepting bribes to protect an illegal gambling operation.

He adamantly denied the charges, which were later dropped.

Three Hells Angels members charged with second-degree murder in connection with the June beating death of a Kelowna man were granted bail on Friday.

Sunday, 7 August 2011

B.C. Supreme Court Judge Al Betton ruled that two brothers: Daniel Joseph McRae, 20, and Matthew Thomas McRae, 19, and Anson Lloyd Schell, 19, will be living effectively under house arrest and can only go out during the day for work, school or when accompanied by one of their parents.

They must also live with their parents, have no contact with the co-accused or any members or associates of organized crime and have no contact with the family of the man killed, Dain Phillips, 51.

Each McRae brother was released on a $75,000 surety, including a $10,000 cash deposit posted by their parents.

Schell was released on a $75,000 surety, including a $10,000 cash deposit put up by the McRae parents.

A court-ordered ban prohibits the publication of evidence heard at the hearing.

Police alleged in a news release issued in June that the McRae brothers and Schell were among a group of seven men who attacked Phillips and his sons on June 12, he died in hospital shortly after.

Three other men charged in the case, Norman Robert Cocks, his father Robert Charles Cocks and Robert Leonard Thomas remain in custody.

A seventh suspect, Thomas A. Vaughan is free on bail.

Last month he was released on a $100,000 surety -- of which $25,000 was a cash deposit -- and other conditions similar to those imposed on the McRae brothers and Schell.

All seven accused are expected to appear in court Aug. 25.

POLICE have gone into damage control after revelations that a bikie gang is moving into South Australia and the number of people joining gangs is rising.

Thursday, 4 August 2011

About 40 people have joined bikie gangs in South Australia since the High Court ruled that parts of the Rann government's anti-association law, targeting outlawed motorcycle gangs, were invalid last November.

Two bikie clubrooms have also reopened and the Comancheros motorcycle club is reportedly opening an Adelaide operation after recruiting members of violent street gang the New Boys there.

Police assistant commissioner Grant Stevens said motorcycle gangs had been recruiting in the state over the past six months.

"We have information that there is a particular outlaw motorcycle gang looking for premises and I don't intend to elaborate on that any further."

He said the Crime Gangs Task Force had made about 900 arrests since 2007.

The South Australian government has promoted its "tough on crime" stance heavily and it was the first state to introduce the anti-association laws, followed by NSW.

Parts of the laws in both jurisdictions have since been ruled invalid by the High Court.

NSW police last week called for a national approach to dealing with bikies.

University of Western Sydney policing specialist and former organised crime detective Michael Kennedy said the nationalisation of anti-association laws should not be pursued as it would turn bikie gangs into "dangerous cults".

"I understand the sentiment of people looking for a national law . . . but what's probably lost in the debate is we're in a federation for good reasons and there's something fairly troubling with police in one state telling people in another state what to do," Dr Kennedy said.

Revelations of the bikie resurgence in South Australia have come after notorious West Australian Finks motorcycle club member Troy Mercanti fled across three states on his release from prison. He is believed to be in NSW

Comancheros bikie gang has established a presence in Adelaide,

Comancheros bikie gang has established a presence in Adelaide, police say.

Assistant Commissioner Grant Stevens said the chapter had emerged from the New Boys street gang with members "patching over", or changing affiliations.

He said police were closely monitoring their activities but did not comment directly on suggestions the gang had particular issues with the rival Hells Angels gang.

"I think there's an abundance of evidence that rival motorcycle gangs are in conflict with each other on a regular basis," he said.

"We don't single out any particular club. Our intention is to monitor them all and, where possible, prevent that conflict from impacting on the safety of the community of South Australia.

Mr Stevens also declined to comment on how many members the Comancheros had in South Australia.

But the SA opposition said the new bikie franchise showed the state government's crackdown on gangs and organised crime had failed.

Opposition police spokesman David Ridgway said he feared a bloody turf war.

"The Comancheros and Hells Angels clashed at Sydney Airport in 2009. One man was beaten to death," Mr Ridgway said.

Dutch police arrest 56 bikers over potential clash

Monday, 1 August 2011

Dutch police arrested 56 members of a national motorcycle club in the capital Amsterdam to prevent a possible clash with rival club Hells Angels, police said Sunday.
There were indications that members of the Satudarah biker club had travelled to Amsterdam to challenge their rivals, according to a police statement.
"A possible confrontation between Satudarah and members of the Hells Angels had to be taken in account," the statement said.
The 56 were arrested "late last night (Saturday) for a public order disturbance. Those arrested all belong to the biker club Satudarah," police also said.
It was unclear where the Satudarah members came from, but a local report stated the club, established by bikers of Moluccan descent, had at least 10 chapters around the Netherlands. Police declined to reveal further information.
Police acted as tensions are believed to be escalating between the club and the Hells Angels, a local report said. The Hells Angels has some 17 chapters around the Netherlands and has so far thwarted prosecutors' attempts to have it declared a criminal organisation.
Dutch police spokesman Joost van Slobbe told national daily Algemeen Dagblad on Saturday that police believed "the balance between the biker clubs has been disturbed."
Van Slobbe added that Dutch law enforcement "at all costs" wanted to prevent a possible biker war, similar to the one between the Hells Angels and Bandidos in the 1990s in Scandinavia, which killed 11 and injured 95.


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

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

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