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Pre-rally crowd included gathering of 700 Hells Angels

STURGIS | This year’s pre-rally crowd of motorcyclists included an estimated 700 members of the Hells Angels motorcycle gang, participating in their USA Run in the Black Hills.

Speaking at Friday’s news conference, the first daily meeting with reporters through the run of the 78th Sturgis motorcycle rally, Meade County Sheriff Ron Merwin said the gathering was a “mandatory run” for the Angels.

“What that means I guess they could tell you,” Merwin said. “So we did have a larger presence of Angels than we normally would have.”

“The run officially ends today (Friday),” he said. “Some will leave and some will stay.”

Merwin said the week preceding the official start of the Sturgis rally has been quiet in spite of the added influx.

“It’s been good,” he said. “We haven’t had any big issues.”

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Aug
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Mid Coast Police arrest alleged high-ranking member of Finks motorcycle gang

A POLICE Strike Force established to investigate motorcycle gang activity on the mid north coast has netted an arrest in Port Macquarie.

A man, who police believe to be a high-ranking member of the Finks motorcycle gang (OMCG), has been charged with a string of alleged offences following the execution of a search warrant in a residential area of Port Macquarie on August 1.

Strike Force Addax was established in January 2018 by Mid North Coast Police District investigators to target OMCG activity across the region.

At 11.30am on Wednesday, Strike Force investigators, with the assistance of Raptor North, executed a search warrant at a home in Thrumster, west of Port Macquarie.

During the search, police allegedly located and seized methylamphetamine, cash, a push dagger, and a Rolex watch suspected to be stolen or otherwise unlawfully obtained.

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Hells Angels bikie Phillip O'Shea escapes jail time over police assault

(video) --- A high-ranking Darwin bikie has escaped jail time following a violent confrontation with police in October last year.

Hells Angels enforcer Phillip O'Shea was today handed a six month suspended sentence for resisting arrest, assaulting a police officer and possessing methamphetamine.

Dramatic bodycam footage shows the 44-year-old locked in a struggle with three heavily-armed officers during a drug raid in his parents' home.

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Outlaw-affiliated bikers get jail, ordered to pay for barroom beating

(video) --- BAY CITY, MI -- Two Bay City bikers with ties to the Outlaws Motorcycle Club have received jail time for the beating of a man in a local bar.

Eric J. Kerkau, 47, and Arthur R. Miller, 33, appeared before Bay County Circuit Judge Harry P. Gill for sentencing on Monday, July 30. Both men in June pleaded guilty to assault with intent to cause great bodily harm less than murder, a 10-year felony and the lone charge they each faced.

Gill sentenced both men to one year in jail. Gill gave Kerkau credit for 48 days already served in jail, but gave Miller zero days' credit.

Gill gave Miller until 6 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 6, to report to the Bay County Jail. Miller is also to attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings three times a week, the judge ruled.

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Bandidos member's gun trafficking shows gang's propensity for serious crime, police say

It was a cold June day in Devonport two years ago when police intercepted a Mazda MX6 bound for Melbourne.

The car had been booked under the name Jason Steel, an associate of Paul Abraham and Todd Michael Walker, who police said was the sergeant-at-arms of the Bandidos outlaw motorcycle gang's nearby Mersey River chapter.

Police believe Abraham is a Bandidos associate while Mr Steel is not connected to the gang.

 

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Biker landscape changing as Outlaws boss freed on charge

The president of the London Outlaws motorcycle club has walked away from a charge of organizing a hit on a member of the rival Hells Angels, The Free Press has learned.

The Crown withdrew the charge against Ryan Daigneault, 42, Thursday, one week before he was supposed to go to trial for counselling to commit murder.

Related firearm charges against co-accused Daniel Tranquair, 31, also were withdrawn.

The sudden release of Daigneault could change the already shifting biker landscape in Southwestern Ontario, with police warning recently of increased tensions between the two clubs.

The Hells Angels will not be pleased Daigneault was freed and will push for retribution, they say.

“The Hells Angels will lose credibility if nothing happens,” one longtime Outlaw biker said.

“This is a serious matter. There have been threats on both sides. This could be dangerous for the public, if it gets out of hand.”

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Former Hells Angel now trying to help youth avoid his poor choices

(video) --- KAMLOOPS — A tale of an outlaw biker, who falls from grace and end up addicted to drugs on the streets of East Vancouver. It sounds like a script meant for Hollywood; instead, it was Joe Calendino’s life story.

Calendino was a full patch member of the Hell’s Angels before falling into a life of drug addiction on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. During his journey through recovery, he decided he wanted to help others avoid the choices he made which got him into trouble, so he wrote a book, outlining his life’s journey, and was at Chapter’s bookstore in Kamloops on Saturday signing books and meeting fans.

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Bacchus gang's 'criminal organization' designation could lead to more prosecutions

'It’s significant because the laws were brought during the height of the biker wars back in the 1990s.'

The Nova Scotia prosecutor who handled the extortion and intimidation case against three Bacchus Motorcycle Club members calls a judge's declaration that the club is a "criminal organization" a landmark decision that may lead to similar prosecutions in the future.

Crown attorney Glen Sheuer said it's the first time an outlaw biker gang in Nova Scotia has been found to be a criminal organization under the Criminal Code, and he believes it's the first conviction of its type in the province.

"One club has been found to be a criminal organization in this particular situation," he said. "It confirms the appropriateness of the police looking at this type of activity in similar organizations and may lead to more prosecutions in the future."

Sat
28
Jul
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Hells Angels gather in Niagara Falls

Hundreds of Hells Angels descended on Niagara Falls on Saturday to attend the funeral of one of their own.

Zavisa Drecic, a member of the Woodbridge chapter of the Hells Angels, died July 12 of a heart attack at the biker gang's clubhouse.

The 53-year-old was a former member of the Niagara chapter of Hells Angels.

The funeral mass was held in Vaughan on Saturday morning and then a procession of 400 motorcycles and more than 100 vehicles made their way to Fairview Cemetery in Niagara Falls where Drecic was laid to rest.

It is mandatory that Hells Angels members from across the province attend the funeral of a fallen member.

Saturday's service at the Stanley Avenue cemetery was also attended by members from clubs from Quebec as well as eastern Canada.

Police were on hand to monitor the gathering.

"We're here to ensure traffic flow and safety to the public," said Niagara Regional Police Det. Sgt. Shawn Clarkson.

Sat
28
Jul
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Anti-gang police monitor Veterans MC ride in Lower Mainland

Police say the the group, a ‘three-piece’ patched club has ties to the Hells Angels
 

Anti-organized crime police were in Aldergrove Saturday keeping an eye on a ride by a B.C. motorcycle club.

Sgt. Brenda Winpenny of the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of B.C. said in a video posted to Twitter that the unit would be monitoring the ride by the Veterans Motorcycle Club.

The Veterans MC is a motorcycle club of Harley-Davidson riders, including Canadian armed forces and NATO-member nation veterans.

The Veterans website says they are not what is often referred to as an “outlaw” or “one percenter” motorcycle club.

“We are not a 1% club, nor do we have the intention of becoming one,” their main page says.

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