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Bikie gang raid - Gladiators’ Gunnedah clubhouse shut down

  • SHOW OF FORCE: Officers from Strike Force Raptor have swooped on the headquarters of Gunnedah’s Gladiators outlaw motorcycle gang. Photos: Gareth Gardner  040414GGE10/

    SHOW  OF FORCE: Officers from Strike Force Raptor have swooped on the headquarters of Gunnedah’s Gladiators outlaw motorcycle gang. Photos: Gareth Gardner 040414GGE10/

 

POLICE have shut down a prominent outlaw motorcycle gang’s clubhouse in an extraordinary show of force, with dozens of specialist officers storming the Gunnedah compound.

Sun
06
Apr
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Gold Coast raids on nightclubs and homes net millions in drugs and cash

~~Police target bikies and nightclubs in Surfers Paradise after an 18-month investigation into drug-trafficking~~

Prominent figures in the Gold Coast's nightclub industry have been arrested in a drug sting that also targeted outlaw bikie associates, Queensland police have announced.

Two Surfers Paradise clubs were raided on Friday night and a number of homes on the Gold Coast, in Sydney and at Airlie Beach were searched in the past three days, after a 19-month-long investigation involving about 100 police officers into drug trafficking. Police allege that members of the Bandidos, Finks, Mongols, Rebels, Highway 61 and Lone Wolf bikie gangs were involved.

“Millions of dollars worth of drugs, cash and assets have been seized,” a police spokeswoman said. The value of the drugs was $26m, AAP reported.

Sat
05
Apr
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Hells Angels meet for annual memorial ride amid strong police presence (video)

About 80 Hells Angels and supporters met at the biker gang’s East Vancouver clubhouse Saturday for their annual memorial ride in honour of a full-patch member who was murdered in 1988.

Police officers on motorcycles and in unmarked cars were also on the scene monitoring the event.

East End chapter president John Bryce said he doesn’t know why there was such a big police presence.

“We don’t even need them here. We do it every year. I don’t know why there are so many of them here,” Bryce said.

He said the event was to commemorate all the Hells Angels’ fallen members, as well as those who’ve gone missing and presumed to have been murdered.

“Every year we get together - this is the 26th year and we just go to the graveyard and celebrate the life of the brothers who died,” Bryce said.

Bryce said the only thing to see was "us ride away into the sunset and the rain.”

Sat
05
Apr
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Mongols want judge in trademark case disqualified (image gallery)

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Mexican Don, of the Mongols South Bay Chapter, poses as motorcycle club members rally Saturday, March 29, 2013 at The House Lounge in Maywood in support of the Mongols who are facing a federal trial seeking to take away their trademark patch. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz/Pasadena Star-News)

Mexican Don, of the Mongols South Bay Chapter, poses as motorcycle club members rally Saturday, March 29, 2013 at The House Lounge in Maywood in support of the Mongols who are facing a federal trial seeking to take away their trademark patch. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz/Pasadena Star-Ne

 

Fri
04
Apr
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Benoit Roberge, ex-cop who aided Hells Angels, sentenced to 8 years in prison

  Former Montreal police investigator Benoit Roberge will spend eight years in jail for selling police information to the Hells Angels.

He was sentenced Friday. In March, Roberge pleaded guilty to charges of gangsterism and breach of trust.

He was arrested last October after a double agent caught him trying to buy incriminating recordings of himself making deals with Hells Angel Rene Charlebois.

In exchange for information, Roberge was offered $125,000 by the biker gang.

With time already spent in detention, Roberge has seven years and three months to serve.

The former cop, who has testified in several court cases as a biker gang expert, said he first began selling sensitive information to the Hells Angels because he feared for his family's safety.

Choking back tears, Benoit Roberge told the court in March that his life has been destroyed and that his family is suffering.

Fri
04
Apr
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Inquest into biker’s death

An inquest into the death of Tauranga Filthy Few Motorcycle Club member Dennis Michael Pedersen is being held in Queenstown today.

Dennis, also known as Deno, was killed in a crash on the Lindis Pass on State Highway 8 in the South Island on November 26, 2012.

 

Dennis Michael Pedersen, also known as Deno, was killed in a motorbike crash in the South Island in 2012

 

The 54-year-old owner of the Curiosity business in Wharf Street was a well-known member of Tauranga's bike riding community. Read more about Deno here.

Deno was part of a riding group travelling back from the Burt Munro Challenge in Invercargill in 2012, when he and South Canterbury Road Knight Grant John Roberts crashed with a southbound Nissan near Goodger Road.

Both men died at the scene.

Thu
03
Apr
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Shooting survivor testifies in Warlocks murder trial (video)

SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. —Testimony resumed on Thursday in the murder trial for Warlocks motorcycle club member David Maloney.

Maloney is charged with three counts of murder for the deaths of David Jakiela, Harold Liddle and Peter Schlette in 2012. He is also charged with two counts of attempted murder.

A man who rode into what the prosecution is calling an ambush testified on Thursday morning about his scramble to stay alive.

Brad Dyess said he and four other Florida Warlocks rode into the Winter Springs VFW and almost immediately there was trouble with a rival group called Philly Warlocks.

According to Dyess, what started as yelling for them to leave, quickly turned violent.

"He threw his hands in the air and yelled something to the affect of 'You shot me,' then I saw Paul point a gun in his face and shoot him," said Dyess.

Dyess said he always carries guns and quickly pulled one.

Thu
03
Apr
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Trial continues for man accused in death of 3 rival Warlock gang members

SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. —

Trial continued Thursday for the man accused of shooting and killing three rival motorcycle club members at a charity event at the Winter Springs Veterans of Foreign Wars in 2012.

When David Maloney,a member of the Philadelphia Warlocks MC, took the stand, he said he shot back in self-defense.

Jurors also heard testimony from Brad Dyess, a former member of the Warlocks motorcycle gang.

He said he shot at rival member Maloney and other members of the Philadelphia Warlocks MC, but only after he was shit at first.

Jurors were shown pictures that displayed bullet holes in a truck, feet away from a body that was lying between two bikes.

“That is the S-10 truck that you identified Mr. Maloney, Mr. Smith, and Mr. Ekard at, is that correct?,” the defense asked Dyess.

Dyess replied yes, and when the defense asked him if the bullet holes were from his gun, he also said yes.

Thu
03
Apr
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Hells Angel Jesse Bitz to stand trial in October for death threats

​Alleged that he threatened to kill mining company owner and his family

A Saskatoon member of the Hells Angels will stand trial this fall on charges he threatened to kill the owner of a local mining company.

Jesse Bitz will be tried at Court of Queen's Bench by judge alone in October. Two days have been set aside for the trial.

​Bitz is accused of eight counts of threatening to kill Leonard Banga, the owner of Xtreme Mining and Demolition. The pair had a dispute which led Banga to fire Bitz. That's when the alleged threats took place.

After firing Bitz, Banga went on to change his hiring guidelines. He then fired a handful of other Hells Angels on his workforce.

"This new hiring policy came into effect due to the matter currently before the courts, and industry expectations," Banga said outside court.

Thu
03
Apr
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Camden sets wheels in motion to shutter motorcycle club

Camco cops say gang's hangout has long been magnet for crime

 

A better-built mousetrap.

That’s the result hoped for by Camden County Police Chief Scott Thomson after what he called a decades-long “cat-and-mouse game” with the Wheels of Soul motorcycle club.

Camden officials Wednesday closed the gang’s clubhouse on Princess Avenue, citing code violations. They also bulldozed a garage they said the club illegally built on neighboring city property.

The push came after a woman allegedly was sexually assaulted at gunpoint inside the clubhouse early on March 27.

Antoywayn Lindsey, a 34-year-old city resident who served time for a 1997 homicide, faces numerous charges in the alleged attack, including three counts of aggravated sexual assault.

Authorities said he was armed with two loaded handguns when he was arrested at the clubhouse last week. And once inside, police spotted more than Lindsey’s guns.

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