Tue
19
Feb
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Final Hell's Angels member agrees to plea deal in Hometown Inn shooting

AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) — Hell's Angels member Dominick Eadicicco took a plea deal in Augusta County Circuit Court on Tuesday.
 

He will serve eight years in prison for malicious wounding by a mob and use of a firearm in commission of a felony.

As part of the plea deal, the U.S. Attorney's office will not prosecute Eadicicco on the federal level.

Eadicicco was one of two men originally charged with attempted first degree murder for his role in the attack of a rival gang at the Hometown Inn in Augusta County in September 2018.

Last month, the four other men involved in the attack took plea deals.

Thu
14
Feb
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National president of Gypsy Joker Outlaw Motorcycle Club released pending trial in racketeering conspiracy case

A federal judge Thursday ordered the release of Kenneth Earl Hause, the 61-year-old national president of the Gypsy Jokers Outlaw Motorcycle Club, who is charged in an alleged racketeering conspiracy.

But U.S. District Judge Robert E. Jones placed Hause on home detention with electric monitoring and said he must resign immediately from his role as leader of the motorcycle gang and not associate with any current or former Gypsy Joker members as he awaits trial.

Hause’s defense lawyer, Todd Bofferding, called his client a "man of honor'' and described him as an ailing grandfather who has the widespread support of his local community in Aumsville -- from the chief of police to waitresses in the small Marion County town of about 3,580 people.

Hause also can’t get the medical care he needs in jail for his congenital heart failure, Bofferding said. Though he has a past criminal record, it’s old and he hasn’t been convicted of a crime in 15 years, his lawyer said.

Sat
09
Feb
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FBI: Hells Angels member had cache of weapons inside home

An alleged member of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club was ordered held without bail Friday afternoon one day after FBI agents seized a cache of weapons and drugs from his North Providence home.

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Fri
08
Feb
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Hells Angels member from North Providence held without bail on drug, firearms charges

PROVIDENCE — A “full patch” member of the Rhode Island Hells Angels motorcycle gang who was charged with gun and drug offenses after a search of his North Providence home was been ordered held without bail on Friday afternoon.

Douglas Leedham, 54, is charged in Rhode Island federal court with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute cocaine, possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking, and three counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Lincoln Almond ordered him held without bail because of the seriousness of the charges, some of which carry mandatory minimum sentences of five years.

Federal authorities searched Leedham’s residence at 1117 Douglas Ave., unit 12, on Thursday.

Thu
07
Feb
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FBI responds to North Providence complex in 'ongoing investigation'

Local and federal law enforcement officers descended on a complex in North Providence on Thursday.

Several town police cruisers were seen leaving the Geneva Mills complex at about noon. The FBI was also there.

"The FBI is conducting court authorized activity in connection with an ongoing investigation," an FBI spokeswoman told NBC 10 News.

NBC 10 News later learned that the complex, which is located at 1119 Douglas Ave., is owned by Immortal Land Development, LLC.

However, Steven Lancia is the manager and owner. Lancia is a full patch member of the Hells Angels-Providence Chapter, according to a law enforcement source.

Rhode Island State Police have made prior drug arrests at the location.

The FBI said it had no additional comment.

Wed
06
Feb
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DA Seeks More Than $800K From Accused Drug Traffickers

Firefighters, former police officers and members of outlaw biker gangs were arrested Tuesday during a massive series of raids.

MIDDLETOWN, NY — In addition to arresting 26 people Tuesday accused in two connected drug trafficking operations, prosecutors want to seize their ill-gotten gains. The Orange County District Attorney's Office has instituted a civil proceeding against many defendants in the cocaine conspiracy seeking more than $833,000 in illegally obtained profits.

The DA plans to do the same against defendants in the pill conspiracy, one member of which was said to have made more than $70,000 during a six-month period.

"It is a sad day when law enforcement must execute narcotics related search warrants at firehouses and when paid firemen and former police officers are charged with high level narcotics felonies," said District Attorney David Hoovler in a statement.

Wed
06
Feb
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Hells Angels gang members plead guilty in shooting

Four of five Hells Angels Motorcycle Club members pled guilty on Jan. 29 for their roles in a fight between themselves and rival gang members in September.

The last of the five has a trial set for March.

The rival gang members were from the Pagan's Motorcycle Club. The Hells Angels and the Pagans are considered two of the larger outlaw motorcycle gangs, along with the Bandidos and the Outlaws. These four are referred to “Big Four” outlaw motorcycle gangs by both the FBI and the Canadian intelligence service, Criminal Intelligence Service Canada.

Richard West, Joseph Paturzo and Nathaniel Villaman each plead guilty to malicious wounding by a mob, according to Augusta County Commonwealth’s Attorney Tim Martin.

“They each have four-year active sentences,” Martin said. “That’s 20 years with 16 suspended. And then one of them that took the offer is a shooter, and he received an eight-year active sentence.”

Tue
05
Feb
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Plainville man arrested after Zen Bar beating

A Plainville man was arrested on a felony assault charge after he seriously injured another patron during a December bar assault, police said.

Anthony Sidoti, 24, of Whiting Street in Plainville turned himself in Monday on a charge of first-degree assault, first-degree reckless endangerment and breach of peace, they said.

His bail was set at $100,000, but it was reduced to $15,000 during his arraignment in Superior Court in Bristol, court records show.

According to the warrant for Sidoti’s arrest, the bloodied victim called police after the assault and when officers arrived, he told them he was beaten in the bar for no reason. He was taken to Hartford Hospital.

Mon
04
Feb
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Pagan’s bikers from Volusia-Flagler, others plead guilty to federal drug charges

Members of the Pagan’s Motorcycle Club were among a number of people — most from Volusia and Flagler counties including Daytona Beach and Palm Coast — who pleaded guilty to charges of distributing methamphetamine, according to a press release Monday from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Orlando.

The defendants were accused of conspiring to distribute “large quantities” of methamphetamine to individuals and groups in Central Florida and include members of the Pagan’s Motorcycle Club, an outlaw motorcycle gang, according to the press release from the office of Maria Chapa Lopez, the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Florida.

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Sun
03
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36-year-old man identified as victim of deadly Saturday-night shooting in Birmingham

Authorities have released the name of a man shot to death in western Birmingham Saturday night.

Birmingham police identified the victim as Christopher Lawson. He was 36.

Birmingham’s West Precinct officers responded about 8:40 p.m. to the 6100 block of Grove Avenue. Once on the scene, they found an adult black male lying in a ditch next to his motorcycle. The motorcycle was still upright with the kickstand in place.

Lawson was pronounced dead on the scene. Birmingham police Sgt. Johnny Williams said Lawson was believed to have attended a party in the area. Investigators do not have a motive for the shooting and were getting little information from the scene Saturday night.

Neighbors reported hearing between five to 10 shots fired, and some said they dropped to the floor of their homes in fear. Dozens of onlookers – including Lawson’s family - gathered at the scene.

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