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RI police on high alert as tensions mount between feuding biker gangs

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Law enforcement officials are concerned a feud between two outlaw motorcycle clubs in Rhode Island is a tinderbox on the verge of exploding into a violent turf war.

In June, the Rhode Island State Police organized a meeting between 13 local police departments as well as representatives from the Massachusetts and Connecticut state police amidst growing tensions between the Hells Angels and the Outlaws motorcycle clubs.

Lt. Christopher Zarrella, head of the Rhode Island State Police Intelligence Unit, said the Outlaws recently moved into Rhode Island, which has traditionally been an area solely controlled by the Hells Angels.

“The Outlaws have never been in Rhode Island,” Zarrella said. “Bikers are very territorial. Like any gang … people own their turf, and outlaw motorcycle gangs are no different.”

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Last defendant in Winter Springs biker gang shootout expected to take a plea

SANFORD – Four years ago, two rival motorcycle gangs got into a shootout in the parking lot of the VFW hall in Winter Springs. When it ended, three people lay dead, all of them members of the same gang: The Florida Warlocks.

This afternoon, the last suspect charged in those slayings is expected to enter a plea, bringing to an end four criminal cases that resulted in five jury trials.

David "Tinman" Maloney, 56, of Longwood will be in court, charged with one count of attempted murder.

His first trial ended in a mistrial, and when he was retried, a Seminole County jury found him not guilty of two counts of murder and one count of attempted murder, but it could not decide on one remaining count: whether he had tried to murder another member of the rival gang who survived.

That's the reason for today's plea hearing.

All of the defendants were members of Maloney's break-away biker group, the Philly Warlocks.

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Defence challenges Project Forseti search warrant for Fallen Saints president

A Saskatoon defence lawyer is challenging the reasons for a search warrant that led to gun and drug charges against Mark Michael Nowakowski, the president of the Fallen Saints Motorcycle Club, whose home was raided in connection with Project Forseti.  

The 15-month drug investigation targeting members of the Fallen Saints and Hells Angels culminated in police raids across the province. When police officers stormed into Nowakowski’s home on Jan. 14, 2015, wearing SWAT gear and with their guns drawn, the “violent, aggressive and dynamic” entry wasn’t approved by the justice who issued the search warrant, defence lawyer Nicholas Stooshinoff argued. 

Instead, he said it was unnecessary, uncalled for and used to demonstrate the “awesome power of the state.”

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Finks OMCG charged with impersonating inspector in Tamworth pub

Local police have charged a member of the Finks outlaw motorcycle gang (OMCG) with allegedly impersonating an inspector from the NSW Office of Liquor and Gaming.

Police allege on July 8, a man went to a hotel in South Tamworth, claiming to be visiting for a hotel inspection.

Police will allege in court the 28-year-old man told staff he was an inspector from the Office of Liquor and Gaming.

During the incident, the man allegedly requested to view hotel documentation and made a number of comments about signage and patrons.

After checks with relevant authorities, police were alerted to the incident a short time later and launched an investigation.

Following extensive inquiries, a 28-year-old man was arrested at Tamworth Police Station on Wednesday afternoon.

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ACT anti-consorting laws 'neccessary', says police union

Laws that would prevent known criminals from associating with one another are needed to stop outlaw motorcycle gangs, the federal police union says.

In welcoming a $6.4 million boost to the ACT police taskforce set up to crack down on outlaw motorcycle gangs, Australian Federal Police Association president Angela Smith said the tough but controversial measures put on hold by the ACT Government were "necessary" to fight crime carried out by bikie gangs.

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Hells Angel president sentenced for trafficking meth

The final person convicted in a methamphetamine trafficking organization between California and Rochester was sentenced Tuesday to 10 years in federal prison

Richard W. Mar, 64, formerly the president of the Hells Angels chapter in Monterey, California, pleaded guilty in March to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine.

U.S. District Judge Charles J. Siragusa also barred Mar from being a member of or associating with the Hells Angels for four years after his release from prison.

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Founder of Loners motorcycle club charged with gun offence, threatening death

Gennaro "Jim" Raso, from Woodbridge, was denied bail last week

The founding member and president of the motorcycle club The Loners in York Region has been charged with uttering threats and discharging a firearm recklessly.

Toronto Police say Gennaro "Jim" Raso was arrested after the alleged incident took place near Royal York and Allenhurst roads, in Etobicoke on Aug. 3.

He was charged with the seven counts of threats and endangering a life on Aug. 7.

The following day, investigators swooped in on his Woodbridge home after gaining a warrant to search the property.

At his court date on Aug. 11, his bid for bail was turned down by a judge.

The Loners were targeted as part of a large York police bust in 2013, during which officers conducted 12 pre-dawn raids, arresting four alleged members of the club and nine others.

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Hells Angels: police funeral benefit to the state of play

Hundreds of bikers from across the country moved to Montreal to pay their last tribute to Kenny Bédard who, at age 51, had just become a member of the Hells. He had long we had seen so many.

According to the expert in organized crime Pierre de Champlain, the Hells Angels and their relatives wanted to make a show of force. The criminal organization is in the process of restructuring, a few years after being decimated by the SharQc operation in 2009.

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Hells Angels members expected at Pointe-Saint-Charles church for funeral

Kenny Bedard died in a motorcycle accident in New Brunswick at the end of July

Hells Angels members are expected to gather in large numbers today at Saint-Charles church in Pointe-Saint-Charles for the funeral of a recently killed biker.

Kenny Bedard was 51 when he died in a motorcycle accident in New Brunswick at the end of July.

Nine others were injured when their motorcycles got into an accident with an RV.

Police are also expected to show a large presence outside the church for this afternoon's funeral.

Bedard had just recently become a member of the Hells Angels.

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The president of the Hells Angels Nomads of Ontario victim of an attempted murder in Granby

The president of the Hells Angels Nomads Ontario, Martin Bernatchez, was the victim of an assassination attempt on the night of Thursday to Friday in a camping Granby.
Reportedly, a shooter would be out of a wooded area about 2 pm 30 am and opened fire several times towards Bernatchez, club president-elite Hells Angels.
According to our sources, Bernatchez was hit by two missiles. He was seriously injured, but his life is not in danger.
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