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Investigators: Outlaw biker gang growing at alarming rate

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A violent biker gang that is involved in illegal drug trafficking and considers women to be "below dogs" is growing in New Jersey at an alarming rate, state investigators said Wednesday at a public hearing.

Pagan's Motorcycle Club, or the Pagans, which now has about 300 members statewide and roughly 900 countrywide, has grown from 10 to at least 17 chapters in New Jersey since 2016 and is aiming at becoming dominant along the East Coast, according to testimony from the State Commission on Investigation.

The commission outlined detailed allegations against the gang — including showing surveillance video depicting an attack on a rival biker gang member at a gas station in full daylight — during a more than two-hour public hearing.

Investigators said the gang is involved in illegal drug trafficking, particularly of meth, as well as extortion of local businesses.

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'That’ll never be enough'

FARGO — After four years, a heartbreaking chapter in the lives of Amanda Stach Engst’s family came to a close Monday, Oct. 21, when a federal judge ruled that a man involved in her killing will spend the rest of his life in prison.

“We’ve been waiting four years for this day,” said Denise Stevenson, Engst’s mother, in a statement she gave in court before Judge Peter Welte handed down his sentence.

Billy Joe Herman, 40, of Warwick, N.D., appeared Monday morning at the federal courthouse in downtown Fargo to continue a sentencing hearing that began Friday, Oct. 18. In April, he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in connection with Engst’s death in October 2015.

 

Engst’s sisters, Kim Storbakken and Brianna Stach, gave victim impact statements along with their mother before the sentencing.

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Bikie gang leader charged

ONE of the heads of WA’s biggest outlaw motorcycle gang has been charged with tax evasion and property laundering as a result of a 22-month police operation.

Police have charged 43 offenders with 207 charges, 18 of which are members of Rebels bikie group.

There were 85 search warrants conducted as part of Operation Ironfish targeting bikie gangs, 20 of which were conducted since Monday.

Police Minister Michelle Roberts and Detective Superintendent Tony Longhorn.

Detective Superintendent Tony Longhorn said the 49-year-old man from Balcatta, who is facing three counts of tax evasion and property laundering, has been named as one of the heads of the Rebels.

“The OMCGs have a number of presidents for different streams … and he’s one of them,” he said.

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Should Members of the Banditos Motorcycle Club not be allowed to possess handguns?

That is how one central Texas case is interpreting the law.

(video) --- MILAM COUNTY, Texas — A court in Milam county could be on the way to ruling that members of the Banditos motorcycle club cannot possess handguns thanks to State of Texas vs. Patrick Lewis Vaden. 

Court documents state that Vaden, a member of the Banditos, was stopped by Department of Public Safety Trooper Michael Tice in November of 2018 for going 67mph in a 60mph zone. Vaden had a License To Carry at the time and was carrying at the time of the stop. 

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Hells Angel associate arrested in 2015 murder north of Denair

A more than year-long investigation into the Modesto Hells Angels Motorcycle Club, which already has resulted in federal drug charges against high ranking members, on Tuesday led to the arrest of a suspect in a 2015 homicide.

Hells Angel associate Jeffrey Velthoen, 35, was arrested on suspicion of killing 25-year-old Steven Losey on Feb. 17, 2015.

A bystander found Losey suffering from gunshot wounds in a pickup after seeing him driving erratically, then crashing off the road near the intersection of Santa Fe Avenue and Berkeley Road. Losey later died at a hospital.

Velthoen was arrested at his Modesto home in the 2000 block of Terrance Way, northeast of Norwegian and McHenry avenues, said Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Sgt. Josh Clayton.

It was one of four Modesto locations searched Tuesday morning by the Central Valley Gang Intelligence Task force, Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department and the Modesto Police Department.

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Motorcycle club member accused of orchestrating violent attack at bar

HARLEROI, Pa. - A high-ranking member of the Pagan Motorcycle Club has been arrested and charged in a bar beating.

Michael Barringer is accused of ordering the beating of a former club member that prosecutors said nearly killed the man.

Channel 11 has extensively covered the attempted homicide case that seven suspects have been arrested in. 

In April, Charleroi police were called to the Slovak Club for man who was unconscious and bleeding.

Surveillance video showed a group of men filed into the bar before the beating. It was over in minutes, but prosecutors said the victim spent seven weeks in the hospital and nearly died.

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North Dakota murder suspect was 'enforcer' for Sons of Silence motorcycle gang, FBI says

FARGO — Sentencing for a Warwick, N.D., man who admitted to killing a woman four years ago on the Spirit Lake Nation has been delayed, but testimony presented Friday, Oct. 18, revealed possible motives and the defendant's link to what has been dubbed an outlaw motorcycle gang.

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Courts ‘incompetent’ in Hells Angels case

A ‘Hells Angels’ case with 89 defendants, has been referred to the Central Criminal Investigation Court (TCIC) after the courts of Lisbon and Loures declared they were territorially incompetent to carry out the investigation phase.

A source from the Criminal Investigation Court (TIC) of Loures and defendants’ lawyers told Lusa that the case went on 10 October for distribution at the TCIC, in Lisbon, after the TIC declared it was territorially incompetent for the instruction, an optional phase required by approximately 70 of the defendants and aimed at deciding by a criminal investigation judge whether the case follows and in what manner for trial.

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Pasco detectives still looking for leads in combat veteran's death

James Earl was found shot to death in January 2019, deputies say.

SPRING HILL, Fla. — Nearly nine months later, Pasco County detectives are hoping to find more information related to the homicide of James Earl.

Earl, 32, was found shot to death in his Spring Hill driveway on Jan. 16. He was a known member of the Pagan Motorcycle Club. Deputies say no one has been identified or arrested for involvement in Earl's death.

He was found dead by his fiancé, Stephanie Harper.

Earl was a decorated combat veteran, father of two and stepfather to Harper's daughter. He served in the U.S. Navy and was studying to become an aviation mechanic, his fiancé says. 

The motive for the shooting or if it was related to Earl being in the club is still unknown.

His fiancé told 10News in January all she knows is she wants to see whoever killed Earl be brought to justice.

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New Brunswick Hells Angels member granted day parole

A man the police describe as a full-patch member of the Hells Angels New Brunswick Nomads chapter has been granted day parole, despite opposition from local police and Correctional Service Canada.

Police believe Robin Moulton returned to his home province of New Brunswick in 2016 not just to sell motorcycle apparel, but with the purpose of setting up a chapter for Hells Angels, according to an Oct. 3 Parole Board of Canada decision.

The New Brunswick Nomads chapter is part of an eastern expansion for Canada's largest and most powerful outlaw motorcycle gang, which also established a chapter in Charlottetown this year.

Moulton, 50, was sentenced last October to 4½ years in prison for possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking and possession of a drug press with the intention of producing or trafficking a substance.

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