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Recent high-profile incidents shine a light on local outlaw motorcycle gangs

They cut an imposing figure. 

Heads turn and people tend to keep their distance when members of Bakersfield's local outlaw motorcycle gangs enter an establishment. Instantly recognizable due to their leather vests with patches proclaiming their affiliation, these groups historically have a reputation for violence. 

Some recent incidents involving the groups have only furthered that reputation. One was a deadly stabbing at a popular dive bar involving two motorcycle gang members, the other an exchange of gunshots in broad daylight during a fundraiser on Buck Owens Boulevard. 

Those who spot members of a biker gang are best advised to leave them alone. Anyone who starts trouble could quickly find himself surrounded and in extreme physical danger.

"They engage in acts of violence or drug sales as needed," said Senior Police Officer Louis James, of the Bakersfield Police Department's gang unit.

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Hundreds of Hells Angels expected for murdered biker’s Woodbridge funeral

Joseph Pallotta, 38, is wanted on a Canada-wide first degree murder warrant in the death of Michael Deabaitua-Schulde, 32. All of Ontario’s roughly 200 Hells Angels members are required to attend Deabaitua-Schulde’s funeral, a source said.

A massive turnout is expected for the funeral of Michael (Diaz) Deabaitua-Schulde, 32, a full-patch Hells Angels biker who was murdered in broad daylight at a Mississauga strip mall Monday.

All of Ontario's roughly 200 Hells Angels members are required to attend and Hells Angels charters from across the country must also send members, a biker source told the Star.

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Funeral for notorious motorcycle gang leader scheduled for Fairgrounds

'Taco' Bowman was president of the Outlaw Motorcycle Club,

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) - Harry Joseph "Taco" Bowman, the former president of the Outlaw Motorcycle Club who was on the FBI's top ten most wanted fugitive's list, will have his funeral on Saturday at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds.

Bowman's funeral is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. A procession from the fairgrounds to Bear Creek Cemetery on North Union Road in Madison Twp. will begin at 12 p.m.

Bowman, who was serviving a life sentence in federal prison, died on Sunday at the Federal Medical Center in North Carolina on Sunday. He was 69 years old.

According to the Detroit News, Bowman was considered one of the most infamous motorcycle gang leaders in U.S. history. The Outlaws were rivals to the Hell's Angels. 

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Police ID man, 32, shot to death at Mississauga plaza

Investigators have identified a 32-year-old man who was shot to death in the parking lot of a commercial plaza in Mississauga on Monday morning.

Peel Regional Police said the victim was shot in the parking lot of a plaza on Dundas Street East and Cawthra Road at about 11:15 a.m., in view of a number of people who were working out at a nearby boxing gym.

Emergency crews arrived to find a man suffering from a single gunshot wound. He was rushed to a hospital trauma centre where he was later pronounced dead.

On Wednesday, police identified the victim as Michael Deabaitua-Schulde of Mississauga.

Investigators say Deabaitua-Schulde was a "full patch" member of the Hells Angels.

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Hells Angels ride off from E. 3rd clubhouse

The Hells Angels have been vacating their notorious East Village clubhouse and residence in recent days, an exodus spurred by the apparent transfer of their six-story building to a buyer.

The new owner, Nathan Blatter, president of the Whitestone Realty Company in Brooklyn, said he was not available for immediate comment.

So where are the fearsome self-styled bad boys heading on their Harley hogs after 50 years at 77 E. Third St.?

“We don’t know,” said a lean, longhaired member of the famed outlaw motorcycle club. As he moved packing material out through the clubhouse door over the weekend, he shielded his face from this reporter’s camera. Two motorcycles belonging to Angels were parked outside. Across the street was a bright orange pickup truck splashed with yellow lightning bolts and the words “Hell Bound” pierced with a pitchfork symbol on its tailgate.

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Victim of fatal shooting in Mississauga plaza a member of Hells Angels

A full patch member of the Hells Angels was the victim of a fatal shooting Monday in a Mississauga plaza that sent bystanders scrambling for cover in what was described as a “chaotic scene.”

The shooting outside a popular gym comes amidst a massive shuffling amongst the Hells Angels in Ontario, multiple sources told the Star.

Peel Region police on scene after a shooting at 700 Dundas St. E. in Mississauga on Monday.

Peel Region police on scene after a shooting at 700 Dundas St. E. in Mississauga on Monday.  (Bryon Johnson / METROLAND)

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Armed Gardai launch security operation against crime gangs expected at biker event in Co Dublin

Tensions have been high in recent months between the groups
 

Armed Gardai have launched a security operation in Blanchardstown as tensions are high between crime gangs who are expected at a biker event.

Sources have said that tensions are high in recent months between a group with links to the Bandidos international crime gang and certain members of another group at a European convention in Dublin today.

It comes just weeks after armed garda raids on a club's HQ in Dublin and also searches in Limerick.

In February, heavily armed gardai struck a motorcycle group meeting house in the Crumlin where they recovered several weapons - on that occasion the Gardai were targeting the group because of links to the Kinahan and Byrne Organised Crime Group.

A source said: "The Dublin raid was targeting a group with members who are linked to the Byrne Organised Crime Group.

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Armed Gardai launch security operation against crime gangs expected at biker event in Co Dublin

Tensions have been high in recent months between the groups
 

Armed Gardai have launched a security operation in Blanchardstown as tensions are high between crime gangs who are expected at a biker event.

Sources have said that tensions are high in recent months between a group with links to the Bandidos international crime gang and certain members of another group at a European convention in Dublin today.

It comes just weeks after armed garda raids on a club's HQ in Dublin and also searches in Limerick.

In February, heavily armed gardai struck a motorcycle group meeting house in the Crumlin where they recovered several weapons - on that occasion the Gardai were targeting the group because of links to the Kinahan and Byrne Organised Crime Group.

A source said: "The Dublin raid was targeting a group with members who are linked to the Byrne Organised Crime Group.

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10
Mar
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Armed Gardai launch security operation against crime gangs expected at biker event in Co Dublin

Tensions have been high in recent months between the groups
 

Armed Gardai have launched a security operation in Blanchardstown as tensions are high between crime gangs who are expected at a biker event.

Sources have said that tensions are high in recent months between a group with links to the Bandidos international crime gang and certain members of another group at a European convention in Dublin today.

It comes just weeks after armed garda raids on a club's HQ in Dublin and also searches in Limerick.

In February, heavily armed gardai struck a motorcycle group meeting house in the Crumlin where they recovered several weapons - on that occasion the Gardai were targeting the group because of links to the Kinahan and Byrne Organised Crime Group.

A source said: "The Dublin raid was targeting a group with members who are linked to the Byrne Organised Crime Group.

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Arrest made in stabbing death of 'Mikey Smash'

A 60-year-old member of an outlaw motorcycle club was arrested Friday on murder and gang charges in the stabbing death last month of an apparent Hells Angels affiliate in downtown Bakersfield.

Russell Vannoy was taken into custody around 4 a.m. in Bellflower in the killing of Michael Adam Morales, police said. He's currently the only suspect in the death of Morales, known as Mikey Smash. 

Police said Vannoy is a member of the Devils Diciples Motorcycle Club, a biker gang that, like the Hells Angels, was founded decades ago in California. 

Morales was stabbed the evening of Feb. 16 at Guthrie's Alley Cat, a popular dive bar located in the 1800 block of Eye Street. 

On his Facebook page, Morales' posts include a "Support 81 Bakersfield" emblem as his cover photo. That's supposedly symbolic of the eighth letter and first letter of the alphabet, signifying HA, or Hells Angels.

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