Mon
05
May

Bikie sought for punching mirror off car

Police are hunting for a suspected bikie gang member who punched the side mirror off a vehicle on the Bruce Highway north of Brisbane.

Police say two motorcyclists wearing Rebels outlaw motorcycle gang clothing were travelling north at Caboolture about 4.45pm Sunday when an unspecified "incident" sparked an attack on a motorist's vehicle.

"One of the motorcyclists punched the side mirror off the vehicle before fleeing," Detective Acting Inspector David Somerville said.

"This brazen display of behaviour towards members of the public is definitely concerning."

The incident happened about 4.45pm on Sunday

Mon
05
May

Motorcycle club member's murder trial begins again following mistrial

~Victor Amaro says shooting was self-defense~

SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. —A motorcycle club member, whose murder trial abruptly ended two weeks ago, will be back in court Monday morning.

A Seminole County judge declared a mistrial for Victor Amaro when prosecutors accidentally played a statement in front of jurors they were not allowed to hear.

According to court observers, the recorded statement Amaro gave to police back in 2012 included an admission that he was a convicted felon.

The judge declared a mistrial saying his criminal past is only allowed if Amaro had testified himself.

Amaro faces three counts of second-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder in the September 2012 shootout in Winter Springs that left three people dead.

Amaro said he opened fire in self defense.

 
Mon
05
May

Nelson bikie gang becomes Hell's Angels chapter

File photo / Herald On Sunday

File photo / Herald On Sunday

Police are refusing to comment on revelations that notorious motorcycle gang the Hells Angels have patched over a Nelson bikie gang.

In its latest New Zealand expansion move, the infamous group has allowed the Red Devils motorcycle club of Nelson to become a "hang around" chapter, according to sociologist and gangs expert Dr Jarrod Gilbert.

"This move was entirely predictable," said Dr Gilbert writes in his new blog.

"The Red Devils' links to the Hells Angels are well known, and having served a mandatory period as an associate group, they have been given leave to wear some identifying Hells Angels insignia."

Fri
02
May

Military vets' motorcycle club claims discrimination

Motorcycle club Veterans has issued a declaration against Minister Ivo Opstelten of Security and Justice. The club believes that the Minister consciously damaged their name by spreading fallacious information about them. The veterans are accusing Opstelten of defamation and abuse. 

The motorcycle club is made up of ex-military veterans who served abroad. It is a small club. Together with the Hells Angels, the Veterans are member of a ‘consultation group’ that attempts to keep the peace, the club says.

Members of the motorcycle club say that slanderous information is being spread about the Veterans. In documents from the ministry, the police and the Public Prosecution Authority, they are painted as heavy criminals, drug dealers and murderers. “But the Minister knows that in the 19-years that our club has existed, there has never been a criminal investigation into our club or one of our members”, a spokesperson tells the NOS.

Fri
02
May

Iconic photographs of 1960s biker gang the Chicago Outlaws go on show for first time in UK

(more images @ original article)

  • Forty of Danny Lyon's Bikeriders prints will be shown 19 June - 16 August
  • ATLAS Gallery, London, to host first ever British show of iconic works

 

It's a photographic series that captures a small but utterly fascinating slice of 1960s life and style.

Photographer Danny Lyon got up close and personal with the Chicago Outlaws Motorcycle Club between 1963 and 1967 to document their most intimate and honest moments.

The result, a series named The Bikeriders, is considered a classic work of modern photojournalism and gives a raw, unvarnished insight into the biker culture of the time.

Fri
02
May

Police from Rock Springs, other cities train to deal with outlaw motorcycle gangs

ROCK SPRINGS, Wyoming — Rock Springs police are getting training to deal with outlaw motorcycle gangs.

The Rock Springs Rocket-Miner reports (http://tinyurl.com/msc9qje ) Police Chief Mike Lowell arranged two days of training this week for his officers and others across the state.

Steve Cook of the Heartland Training Institute in Kansas City, Missouri, led the training.

Lowell says the number of outlaw gang members is increasing in Wyoming. He says Rock Springs doesn't have any gang headquarters but some cities have groups that support gangs.

He says he wants to make sure his officers know the right way to handle gangs.

Lowell says some motorcycle clubs don't break laws but outlaw motorcycle gangs are defined by involvement in crime.

Fri
02
May

Queensland’s outlaw motorcycle gang members are overwhelming criminals with serious convictions

THE myth that motorcycle gangs are law-abiding groups with “a few bad apples” has been shattered by research showing clubs are lairs for our very worst criminals.

More than 70 per cent of members of some bikie clubs have serious criminal convictions for everything from murder to theft, extortion and drug trafficking. 

Nearly half of all members of the top 19 violent outlaw gangs had convictions for serious crimes, police researchers found.

The statistics do not include petty crimes or traffic offences.

The findings debunk the popular misconception that bikies are unfairly targeted by police, said Deputy Commissioner Brett Pointing, the head of Operation Resolute.

The Bandidos (72 per cent) Lone Wolf (71 per cent) and The Hells Angels (55 per cent) had the highest number of convicted criminals.

Fri
02
May

Friend of Hells Angel associate gunned down

~Young man shot to death in front of his Surrey home~

A young man shot to death in front of his Surrey home was as close as "family" to a Hells Angel associate injured in a 2007 Langley shooting, the associate's wife said Tuesday.

Cynthia Pelletier said she has no idea why Andrew (Drew) Cilliers, 26, was gunned down in his driveway early Tuesday morning, but is traumatized by the loss.

"He was an excellent, excellent guy, okay," she said. "We loved Drew like our own family and we are just devastated."

Pelletier's husband, Leonard, who police say is an associate of several full-patch Hells Angels, was shot in September 2007, as he was about to drop off his 14-year-old son at a Langley high school. The boy was uninjured.

Fri
02
May

Dead man was associate of Hells Angels, police say

 VANCOUVER - The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team is probing the suspicious death in Burnaby of an associate of the Hells Angels who pleaded guilty to manslaughter in a 1999 gangland slaying.

Matthew Mark Rheaume, 39, was found dead in his residence in the 5700-block Camino Court just before 3 p.m. Monday.

Rheaume was well known to police and was regularly in the company of members of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club, although he was not considered a member.

He was charged in the 1999 murder of Hershal Clark Segal in Surrey and later pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

At the time Surrey RCMP said Segal was slain shortly after leaving the Oasis Hotel on King George Highway in the early hours of Aug. 14, 1999.

Segal, who was also well known to police, was killed in a "drug-related gang style manner," RCMP said in 1999.

Thu
01
May

Alleged Hells Angel should go to trial on theft, extortion charges: B.C court

Alleged Hells Angel should go to trial on theft, extortion charges: B.C court

 

Hells Angels

Photograph by: Vancouver Sun , Handout

 

 

VANCOUVER — B.C.'s highest court has reversed a stay on criminal charges for an alleged full-patch member of the Hells Angels and sent the case back to trial.

Robert Frederick Widdifield was accused of extortion and theft, in connection to a stolen boat.

His trial was set for October 2012, then again a month later and finally for October 2013.

In June last year, B.C. Supreme Court Justice Robert Johnston stayed the charges, ruling that the Crown was responsible 18 months in delays.

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