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Man arrested during Homeland Security probe in East Bridgewater, officials say

(video) --- EAST BRIDGEWATER, Mass. —

A man was arrested on federal charges Wednesday after agents with Department of Homeland Security Investigations executed a search warrant at his East Bridgewater home, according to officials.

Federal investigators allege that the homeowner, Bruce Sartwell, ordered a firearm silencer online and had it shipped to his house in the last few days.

Sartwell is a convicted felon and has arrests and arraignments dating back to 1987, according to a criminal complaint from the U.S. Attorney's Office.

He owns a Brockton tattoo shop and is a regional president of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club.

East Bridgewater police said they assisted in the execution of the federal search warrant at Sartwell's Plymouth Street residence.

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Pagan’s Motorcycle Club member arrested for firing shots in the air at wake, police say

(instagram vid) --- Two members of the Pagan’s Motorcycle Club were arrested after one of them fired several shots in the air outside an evening wake in Jersey City, NJ Advance Media has learned.

The incident happened outside of Riotto Funeral Home on Oct. 18, police said.

The arrests come amid growing concerns among law enforcement that the Pagan’s Motorcycle Club is undergoing a resurgence in New Jersey, leading to an increase in safety threats to the public. A previous law enforcement memo, obtained by NJ Advance Media, has warned that the club is looking to expand in the Jersey City area.

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Australian Hell's Angels member arrested in Thailand over WA drugs charges

Thai police have arrested an Australian Hell's Angels gang member who is wanted on drug charges in Western Australia
Police say they arrested Luke Anderson last Thursday after meeting with Australian Embassy officials on the problem of outlaw motorbike gangs.
They say they have revoked his visa and will deport him.
Police told reporters in Bangkok yesterday that the arrest warrant dated back to 2017, but gave no details.
They said Anderson had been living with his Thai girlfriend in Pattaya, a coastal city notorious for crime and corruption.
The gang's presence in Thailand was highlighted in 2015 when the Australian head of Hell's Angels in Pattaya was bludgeoned to death and buried in a shallow grave in what was thought to be a drug-related dispute.
 
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Pagan's Motorcycle Club member beats Hells Angels associate with bat

(video) --- What officials called the rising violence of the Pagan's Motorcycle Club was highlighted Wednesday at a New Jersey State Commission of Investigation in a video released by the Essex County Prosecutor's Office.

It shows the vicious beating of a Hells Angels "hang-around" by a member of the Pagan's Motorcycle Club who goes by the name "Hellboy."

RELATED Pagans growing more violent in NJ: investigator

The assault happened on April 24, 2018 at a gas station on Elizabeth Avenue in Newark, a short distance away from the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club's chapter headquarters.

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Going to war with the Hells Angels: how speed became big in Australia

(video) --- Maybe if the private schoolboy from Melbourne had not rented such a flash car on his fact-finding trip to the US he wouldn’t have been noticed - but a gleaming silver Thunderbird is a head-turner even in laid-back San Francisco.

And maybe if he hadn’t given the rental company an address in Oakland's Foothill Boulevard which happened to be the headquarters of the Hells Angels' mother chapter, Peter John Hill could have slipped in and out as just another Aussie tourist looking for a Californian adventure.

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Ex-trooper accused of hush money offer in biker club assault

CHARLEROI, Pa. (AP) — Investigators claim a retired state police sergeant admitted to taking $2,500 from the Pagan's Motorcycle Club's national sergeant at arms to offer hush money to the victim of an assault and the man's wife.

The Washington Observer-Reporter said 57-year-old James "Bear" Baranowki is accused of offering Troy and Michele Harris financial support and protection from harm for life.

Baranowski left the state police in 2003 after 17 years.

He's accused of witness intimidation, obstruction and offering a witness or victim a bribe. His lawyer declined comment.

The paper says Troy Harris' brutal beating in April at the Charleroi Slovak Club left him with cognitive problems. It was captured on video.

Eleven people face charges in Troy Harris' attack.

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Hells Angels jailed for brutally battering rival gang in Home Counties turf war

Seven members of a motorcycle gang in Surrey have been put behind bars for attacking rivals during a meeting

Members of a brutal motorcycle gang have been locked up for viciously beating their rivals in a sleepy home counties village.

On November 7 last year the Vikings Motorcycle Club and their support group Wargs Brotherhood had settled down at the Forman Institute in Blindley Heath for a meeting.

Suddenly a group of 13 masked men barged into the room, wielding baseball bats, knives and other weapons, Surrey Live reported.

The thugs, who were members of the Slough chapter of the Hells Angels and its affiliate club the Red Devils, fled the scene.

In their wake they left six men stabbed and one assaulted in a scene of "bloody carnage".

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Investigators: Outlaw biker gang growing at alarming rate

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A violent biker gang that is involved in illegal drug trafficking and considers women to be "below dogs" is growing in New Jersey at an alarming rate, state investigators said Wednesday at a public hearing.

Pagan's Motorcycle Club, or the Pagans, which now has about 300 members statewide and roughly 900 countrywide, has grown from 10 to at least 17 chapters in New Jersey since 2016 and is aiming at becoming dominant along the East Coast, according to testimony from the State Commission on Investigation.

The commission outlined detailed allegations against the gang — including showing surveillance video depicting an attack on a rival biker gang member at a gas station in full daylight — during a more than two-hour public hearing.

Investigators said the gang is involved in illegal drug trafficking, particularly of meth, as well as extortion of local businesses.

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'That’ll never be enough'

FARGO — After four years, a heartbreaking chapter in the lives of Amanda Stach Engst’s family came to a close Monday, Oct. 21, when a federal judge ruled that a man involved in her killing will spend the rest of his life in prison.

“We’ve been waiting four years for this day,” said Denise Stevenson, Engst’s mother, in a statement she gave in court before Judge Peter Welte handed down his sentence.

Billy Joe Herman, 40, of Warwick, N.D., appeared Monday morning at the federal courthouse in downtown Fargo to continue a sentencing hearing that began Friday, Oct. 18. In April, he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in connection with Engst’s death in October 2015.

 

Engst’s sisters, Kim Storbakken and Brianna Stach, gave victim impact statements along with their mother before the sentencing.

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Bikie gang leader charged

ONE of the heads of WA’s biggest outlaw motorcycle gang has been charged with tax evasion and property laundering as a result of a 22-month police operation.

Police have charged 43 offenders with 207 charges, 18 of which are members of Rebels bikie group.

There were 85 search warrants conducted as part of Operation Ironfish targeting bikie gangs, 20 of which were conducted since Monday.

Police Minister Michelle Roberts and Detective Superintendent Tony Longhorn.

Detective Superintendent Tony Longhorn said the 49-year-old man from Balcatta, who is facing three counts of tax evasion and property laundering, has been named as one of the heads of the Rebels.

“The OMCGs have a number of presidents for different streams … and he’s one of them,” he said.

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