Virginia ABC Cracking Down on Biker Bars in Central Virginia


The Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) is trying to put the brakes on biker bars in central Virginia. The ABC is warning restaurants and bars they could lose their licenses by becoming a hangout for outlaw motorcycle gangs.

The ABC says this crackdown comes in response to concerns from law enforcement in Greene County, Louisa, and Orange.

John Nagro, the owner of CJ’s at Byrd Street in the town of Orange, is trying to shake off that reputation for his bar.

“The windows aren't black, there's nobody undressed in here dancing. It's not a biker bar,” Nagro explained. “Don't just say because you have a motorcycle patch on there that you're a bad guy, because it's not true.”

Nagro believes police and the ABC are targeting bikers after a dust-up between a member of a motorcycle club and another customer


Bacchus motorcycle gang member arrested in P.E.I. on weapons charges

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. - A member of the Bacchus Motorcycle Club in New Brunswick is facing two weapons charges after police in P.E.I. arrested him for allegedly carrying a cane with a sword hidden inside it.


The RCMP reported that on March 25, members of the organized crime task force arrested a 59-year-old man for possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose and carrying a concealed weapon.


That arrest stemmed from surveillance on Jan. 21 during an Atlantic Confederation of Clubs and Independents meeting Charlottetown.


The police allegedly saw the man carrying a cane with a sword hidden inside it to the meeting.


He was released and will appear in provincial court in Charlottetown in May.



Hells Angel busted after cops find handgun, cocaine in his car in West Village

Cops busted a Hells Angel after finding a handgun, cocaine and $3,000 cash in his car during a traffic stop in the West Village, police sources said Friday.

Police pulled over Michael Avalone, 37, of Ossining, N.Y., after they spotted him driving recklessly in a 2008 Cadillac DTS at W. 14th St. and 6th Ave. around 2:50 a.m. Thursday, cops said.

After discovering Avalone had three active warrants, the officers placed him under arrest, officials said. During the arrest, Avalone told officers there was a gun on the front passenger seat of his car.

The officers took Avalone and his Cadillac back to the 6th Precinct, and obtained a search warrant for the car, according to a police source.

Inside they found two vials of cocaine, $3,000 in cash, a fake New York transit authority placard and a loaded .380-caliber Luger pistol with an extra magazine, according to a police source.


Hells Angels: Founding member of Thai chapter bashed as Australian bikies take over 'dark business'

"Sin" smiles a lot for a man who — until recently — was the Hells Angels enforcer in Thailand.

Key points:

  • Former Thai Hells Angel Thaksin "Sin" Monthonthaksin says he was bashed by three Australian bikies
  • He says Australians are moving the club into illegal activity
  • Thai drug cops say they are monitoring the Angels as a "well-known crime group"


Thaksin "Sin" Monthonthaksin was one of the founders of the outlaw motorcycle club's Pattaya branch a year ago.

But now he is worried about the direction it is taking.

"It's changed so much because there are many Australians, whose roles and power has been increasing," Mr Thaksin told the ABC.

Charity rides and oversized cheques are being replaced with what he describes as "dark business".

This struggle for power within the club came to a violent climax earlier this month.


Nomads charged after weekend of brawls and shooting at Islington clubhouse

FIRST came the steel bar attack on a man working out at the gym. Second came the glassing at a pub in Honeysuckle. Then came the hail of gunfire.

Three men with links to the Nomads bikie gang have been charged after a trail of terror that began at a gym in Kotara and ended with a spray of bullets on the Nomads' clubhouse at Islington.

In the latest public spat involving the region's bikie community, it is alleged Blake Martin, 26, of Branxton used a steel bar to attack a member of the rival Finks gang at the Bradford Close gym on Friday at 4.30pm. The victim, a 26-year-old man from New Lambton, suffered a suspected broken arm.

In a second incident on Saturday night, a 40-year-old Sydney man was allegedly glassed in the side of the neck by another alleged Nomads bikie at a hotel in Honeysuckle about 7.30pm.

Police said that man suffered deep cut to his neck and fell to the ground, where his head was allegedly stomped on.


First Trial in 2015 Texas Biker Shootout Delayed by Judge

WACO, Texas (AP) — A judge on Friday postponed the first trial over a 2015 Central Texas gunfight involving rival motorcycle gangs that left nine people dead, 20 others hurt and more than 150 bikers charged.

The trial for Christopher Jacob Carrizal, a member of the Bandidos motorcycle group, had been set for May 22. But state District Court Judge Ralph Strother on Friday postponed the trial after a new attorney brought onto the case indicated she couldn't be ready in time, the Waco Tribune-Herald reported (http://bit.ly/2nng4Pu ). A new trial date wasn't set.

Prosecutors and defense attorneys declined to comment, saying Strother had placed them under a gag order.

After delaying the trial, Strother released a panel of 186 potential jurors who had reported to fill out questionnaires for the trial.


Oregon man’s affiliation with Mongols Motorcycle Club costs him an internship with the Oregon Youth Authority

Justin DeLoretto’s last major brush with the law came nine years ago in Lane County, when he was jailed on charges that he and two cohorts from his motorcycle club tried to run a Eugene police officer and a federal agent off Interstate 5.

Although he’s now nearing completion of a master’s degree in social work at George Fox University, his association with the Mongols Motorcycle Club — described by federal officials as a violent, outlaw gang — apparently still causes some problems for him.


DeLoretto, 35, this month filed suit against the Oregon Youth Authority, after officials with the state juvenile corrections agency allegedly fired him from an unpaid internship in Woodburn last summer. That decision, according to the lawsuit, came shortly after OYA officials learned that he remains a member of the Mongols chapter that he founded in Oregon months before his arrest in Eugene.


Motorcycle gang members descend on Nelson for Hells Angels Poker Run

Police are increasing their presence in Nelson this weekend saying motorcycle gangs will be closely monitored at a poker run being held in the region.

The annual Hells Angels poker run is being held in the region which Nelson Bays Area Commander Inspector Mat Arnold-Kelly said would be attended by gang members.

"We can assure the public that anti-social behaviour, whether it be on the roads or otherwise, will not be tolerated and police will be keeping a close eye on the behaviour of those attending the event."

Arnold-Kelly said the community could expect to see a highly visible police presence throughout the weekend.

Bikies heading to Nelson for last year's poker run were met by a police checkpoint after leaving the Picton ferry terminal.


Port Phillip Prison locked down after bikies stabbed in brawl

Port Phillip Prison is in lockdown after a fight erupted between members of rival outlaw motorcycle gangs armed with knives.

The vicious brawl between men linked to the Bandidos and Comanchero gangs broke out at 9.15am on Tuesday in the prison's gymnasium.

A prison source said the fight lasted more than two minutes, and left two men with non-life-threatening stab wounds.

Two guards are understood to have been overcome by capsicum spray, which was used to bring the skirmish under control.

A Victoria Police spokesman confirmed that two men had been taken to hospital with minor injuries during an altercation that involved up to seven inmates.

The incident is the subject of an investigation by police and Corrections Victoria. The probe is expected to focus on why rival gang members had not been segregated to avoid an outbreak of violence.


The Wild Bunch

Two years after a deadly Waco shoot-out, the local district attorney is trying to take down the Bandidos and Cossacks biker clubs. It won’t be easy.

It started off as a Texas version of the Sharks versus the Jets. In 2013, the Bandidos, the oldest, biggest, and most-feared outlaw motorcycle club in the state, learned that members of the Cossacks, a rapidly growing rival club, had begun wearing patches on the backs of their vests that read “Texas” in capital letters. For decades, the Bandidos had decreed that the Texas “bottom rocker” patch belonged only to them. If another club wanted to wear the patch, it would have to receive permission from the Bandidos and pay them dues. But the Cossacks contended that the Bandidos had no right to tell them what to do.


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