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Prosecutors Charge California Hells Angels Members

Federal prosecutors in San Francisco have charged nine members of the Hells Angels motorcycle gang with running a criminal organization responsible for multiple robberies and assaults and one murder.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Federal prosecutors in San Francisco have charged nine members of the Hells Angels motorcycle gang with running a criminal organization responsible for multiple robberies and assaults and one murder.

The U.S. Attorney's office and FBI announced the charges on Monday. Most of the defendants are members of the group's Sonoma County chapter in Northern California.

The head of the FBI's San Francisco division, Jack Bennett, said their crimes were intended to instill fear in parts of the city of Santa Rosa.

Mon
20
Nov

Coal City man pleads not guilty in shooting death of 24-year-old bartender girlfriend

As friends and family said their final goodbyes to Kaitlyn Kearns, the 32-year-old Coal City man accused in her killing was in a Will County courtroom Monday where he pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder charges.

Jeremy Boshears, who authorities say is a member of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club, faces three counts of first degree murder in the shooting death of Kearns. Authorities say the two met at the Joliet bar where she began working about a month ago and dated for about two weeks.

Boshears' wife and other family members and friends attended Monday's court hearing, his attorney Neil Patel said. Boshear's wife and others with her declined comment after the court hearing.

Patel declined to comment on how Boshears knew Kearns or if the two had dated.

Sat
18
Nov

FBI involved in Santa Rosa related raids targeting motorcyclists at bar, home

Law enforcement officers, including the CHP and FBI, were staged Saturday afternoon in Santa Rosa in what appeared to be a raid targeting motorcyclists gathered at the Wagon Wheel Saloon. A related search by officers focused on a home in southwest Santa Rosa.

The operation included the detention of riders and seizure of motorcycles. About 12:30 p.m., Santa Rosa police issued a public notice advising people to avoid Mendocino Avenue between Administration Drive and Bicentennial Way as a heavy law enforcement presence descended on the bar in northern Santa Rosa. The road was reopen by 2 p.m.

Witnesses said numerous officers from multiple agencies appeared to target for detention a large group of motorcyclists, including some who had gathered at the bar before a planned ride.

Sat
18
Nov

Bikie enforcer kicked out of two countries in one day

Possibly with his Fink tail already firmly between his legs after being refused entry to a gang holiday in Bali, bikie enforcer Jesse Johnston got off a plane at Sydney Airport only to be met by more authorities.

This time the 22-year-old, who likes to go by the social media moniker Alphonse Fink, denied he was a member of one of the most feared bikie gangs in Australia and just wanted to head home to the Central Coast.

But, after Australian Border Force officials found clothing sporting the gang's distinct "rat Fink" emblem, Johnston was told his entry was being denied and he was deported to his native New Zealand.

Because, despite his denials, Johnston had been quickly moving through the national ranks of the Finks and, despite his age, was already the sergeant-at-arms of the gang's Newcastle chapter.

However, Johnston's double knock-back on Monday is not isolated.

Sat
18
Nov

Bandidos’ arrival in Tasmania is trouble-free

POLICE have reported no incidents related to the arrival of the Bandidos motorcycle gang in Tasmania.

About 30 bikies began arriving in the state on board the Spirit of Tasmania and other transport on Saturday as part of their national run later this week.

The Bandidos have scheduled activities in Tasmania until next Sunday, with a smaller group to travel to southern Tasmania on Monday and Tuesday before returning to Devonport on Wednesday.

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Tasmania Police western district commander Johnathan Higgins said there had been no incidents reported.

Commander Higgins said 70 more Bandidos members would arrive in the state by Sunday morning.

Fri
17
Nov

Judge denies bond reduction for man accused of killing motorcycle club president

EL PASO, Texas (KFOX14) — A judge decided to keep bond the same for the man accused of killing the local Bandidos Motorcycle Club chapter president an at east El Paso bar.

Javier Gonzalez, 34, was arrested in August on suspicion of involvement in the shooting death of Juan Martinez, 61.

The shooting happened on July 30 at Mulligans Chopped Hog and left four people injured.

Investigators said Gonzalez was part of the rival Kinfolk motorcycle club.

In Friday’s court proceeding, prosecutors told the judge one of the shooting victims is in a hospital and might die.

The judge warned the defense that if that victim dies, Gonzalez may face capital murder charges.

The state also said there’s a video of the shooting.

The judge denied the defense’s request to lower the bond, and it remains at more than $1 million.

A jury trial is scheduled for May 2018

Fri
17
Nov

Police will be on the lookout for criminal behaviour as outlaw motorcycle gang arrives

Police have labelled the Bandidos “an organised crime gang” ahead of the bikie outfit’s national run next weekend in Tasmania.

The Bandidos, who are expanding their presence in the state with more chapters, start arriving here today on the Spirit of Tasmania and other transport.

Up to 300 Bandidos are expected to be in Tasmania for the ride which starts Friday.

Yesterday, the Mercury revealed that new prospect chapters in Hobart and Launceston were being established.

Police Commander Jonathan Higgins said the Bandidos was an “organised crime gang” which would “be under very close police scrutiny while in Tasmania”.

“The [outlaw motorcycle club gang] members are on notice in our jurisdiction. We will not tolerate criminal activity, anti-social or intimidating behaviour, or breaches of our traffic laws,” he said.

Thu
16
Nov

Police raid motorcycle club after woman last seen working at nearby Joliet bar found murdered

(vid)--KANKAKEE COUNTY, Ill. -- Police say a missing 24-year-old Mokena woman was found murdered in a rural area of Kankakee County Thursday.

Kaitlyn Kearns was last seen at about 1:30 a.m. Monday when she finished her bartending shift at Woody's Bar in Joliet. She never made it home, and never showed up for her other job on Tuesday morning. Her body, with a single gunshot wound to the head, was found along with her 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee in a rural area near St. Anne, about 50 miles away from the bar where she was last seen.

Thu
16
Nov

Hells Angel posts $7,000 cash bail on drug-related charges

A Hells Angels member from the Eastern Shore has been granted bail on a slew of drug-related charges.

Paul Francis Monahan, 61, of Ostrea Lake near Musquodoboit Harbour, was arrested Nov. 1 in conjunction with a series of police raids in Nova Scotia and Ontario that targeted the outlaw motorcycle gang.

Monahan appeared in Dartmouth provincial court Wednesday for a bail hearing. Crown attorney Mike Taylor consented to his release after he posted cash bail of $7,000.

Monahan faces 15 charges of trafficking marijuana, one of possession of methamphetamine for the purpose of trafficking and one of possession of proceeds of crime.

Thu
16
Nov

Hells Angels might lose clubhouse in Welland, but police warn the gang's still active

Using mostly bikers from out-of-town chapters to bolster their numbers, the gang has begun to establish a presence in Niagara Falls

The home of one of Niagara’s most notorious criminal organizations may soon face the wrecking ball.

Lawyers representing the owners of the Hells Angels clubhouse on Darby Road in Welland, Ont., have until Dec. 6 to appeal a ruling that the building be forfeited to the Ontario government. If they don’t appeal or an appeal fails, the fortified building will likely be demolished, police sources tell The Standard.

However, police say the destruction of the building that was once the centre of the Hells Angels empire on wheels in Niagara doesn’t mean the gang has gone extinct.

Using mostly bikers from out-of-town chapters to bolster their numbers, the gang has begun to establish a presence in Niagara Falls, police say.

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