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Oct
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Tensions were high between rival motorcycle clubs before fatal Fall River shooting

FALL RIVER — Tensions between two rival motorcycle clubs heightened in the months before the fatal shooting of an Oak Bluffs biker during a brawl that put law enforcement on alert for retaliatory violence, according to court documents.

On the evening of Friday, Sept. 13, Eric Voshell, whose hometown newspaper reported was a member of the Sidewinders Motorcycle Club, was fatally shot during a parking lot brawl outside JC’s Cafe. Police identified the accused gunman, Joseph Noe, 25, as a member of the rival Outlaws Motorcycle Club.

Fri
12
Jul
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'Easy Rider' at 50: How the MPAA's anti-sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll plea inspired Peter Fonda to craft biker classic

Peter Fonda knows the precise moment he dreamt up the idea for Easy Rider, the groundbreaking biker drama that helped rev up an American filmmaking movement when it was released in theaters 50 years ago on July 14, 1969.

The actor, now 79, was attending a film exhibition convention in Canada on Sept. 26, 1967 to promote his new LSD-fueled Roger Corman-Jack Nicholson film The TripJack Valenti, the head of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) who was quickly developing a reputation as "morals watchdog" as the content of films was becoming edgier in the late-'60s, issued a plea to those in attendance.

Fri
28
Jun
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Mongols’ probation means headquarters of motorcycle club is subject to search, not riders on the street, judge says

Federal judge clarifies conditions of probation for outlaw motorcycle club

A federal judge on Friday, June 28, made clear that his decision to place the notorious Mongols motorcycle club on probation means the headquarters for the outlaw organizations mothership chapter is fair game for random search by probation officers, not individual bikers themselves.

U.S. District Judge David O. Carter in May ordered the Mongols’ organization to pay a $500,000 fine, and to serve five years on supervised probation, after a Santa Ana jury found that the Southern California-based club itself — rather than specific members — was guilty of racketeering.

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Jun
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A ride with the Hell’s Angels

Unscripted and unfiltered shots from a photographer's month with the Angels

The backstory to these pictures is a perfect illustration of the magnetism of rebels to simultaneously attract and repel. Taken by Bill Ray for LIFE magazine in 1965, the photographs never saw the light of day.

Ray spent over a month with this particular Hell’s Angel Chapter, based outside Bakersfield, CA. He and writer Joe Bride had been introduced to the group by proxy, through an associate. There was no guarantee that the riders and their ‘old ladies’ would tolerate the ongoing presence of straight-laced photo journalists.

But tolerate it they did.  

The original Hell’s Angels motorcycle club had been formed in 1948 in California by veterans returning at the end of World War II. The name had been used by the P-40 Third Squadron in Burma—which in turn had been a homage to the 1930 Howard Hughes movie ‘Hell’s Angels’.

Mon
24
Jun
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Undercover officers may be getting drunk on the job, Target 11 discovers

(VIDEO) --- PITTSBURGH - Target 11 has uncovered new proof that some Pittsburgh police officers could be getting drunk on the job.

Investigative report Rick Earle was looking deeper into a recent fight between undercover officers and a motorcycle gang at Kopy's bar on the South Side when he learned about other instances of undercover officers racking up huge bills at bars.

Earle is looking into some of the tabs rung up by officers, and just where they happened plus talking to Mayor Bill Peduto about the discover for Channel 11 News at 6.

Thu
20
Jun
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Lift the curtain of secrecy surrounding Mongols motorcycle club and you discover the outlaw way, and much more

Bikers battle to keep their distinctive logo, dig deep to pay $500,000 fine

(photo gallery) --- When the feds last month slapped the Mongols — one of this nation’s most feared motorcycle clubs — with a half-million-dollar fine, it appeared to be just a tap on the wrist for these self-proclaimed outlaws.

After all, the Mongols could do what many bankers, lawyers and investors do when they get in trouble — create a legal smokescreen, declare bankruptcy, close down, launch another business.

But hiding in fear and trashing what you built isn’t the Mongol way.

Even after the hefty levy at federal court in Santa Ana, the Mongol motto remains, “Bigger, better, stronger!”

Fri
31
May
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Some Bikefest attendees unsure if they will return to festival

Major Cook kicked his feet up as he relaxed on his motorcycle beside Club Off the Hook Sunday night in Atlantic Beach.

“It’s less active,” said the Black Bike Week veteran who’s attended for more than a dozen years. “That’s a bad thing.”

He blamed a heavier police presence and additional restrictions for what he thought was a smaller crowd in the town than in years past.

The member of Harlem Big Shots drove his bike about 14 hours to the area for Atlantic Beach Bikefest. His motorcycle club has roughly 300 members and about a fifth of them rolled into the Grand Strand for the gathering.

“I’m not coming back,” he said, before adding, “I said the same thing last year.”

Elsewhere on Atlantic Street, Tyrone Walker sat on his own bike with his young son Trey, who’s developed a fondness for motorcycles.


Fri
17
May
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Mongols motorcycle club ordered to pay $500,000 fine in racketeering case

Legal battle centers on the governments first-of-its kind effort to get control of the outlaw organizations prized patch.

A federal judge on Friday ordered the notorious Mongols motorcycle club to pay a $500,000 fine as part of a first-of-its-kind court case centered on the government’s unsuccessful efforts so far to seize control of the prized patches that adorn the vests worn by members of the outlaw organization.

The fine, as well as an order by U.S. District Judge David O. Carter that the Mongols’ organization be placed on five years of supervised probation, brings to a close the latest chapter in a decade-plus court battle between federal prosecutors and the motorcycle club.

Tue
14
May
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Hells Angels in trademark fight with online store

The Hells Angels are fighting to restrict what a T-shirt website can sell after being awarded nominal damages following a years-long legal battle over copyright and trademark infringement.

Lawyers for the Australian arm of the bikie organisation and website Redbubble, which sells "user-submitted artwork" on items like T-shirts and coffee mugs, appeared in the Federal Court in Brisbane on Monday.

 

The judge is considering submissions in the long-running legal dispute between the Hells Angles and Redbubble.

The judge is considering submissions in the long-running legal dispute between the Hells Angles and Redbubble.Credit:Paul Rovere

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07
May
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LIFE Rides With Hells Angels, 1965

From Jesse James and Butch Cassidy to Scarface and Tony Soprano, outlaws have always held a singularly ambiguous place in America’s popular imagination: we fear and loathe the gangster’s appetite for violence; we envy and covet his radical freedom. In early 1965, LIFE photographer Bill Ray and writer Joe Bride spent several weeks with a gang that, to this day, serves as a living, brawling embodiment of our schizoid relationship with the rebel: Hells Angels.

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