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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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Should Members of the Banditos Motorcycle Club not be allowed to possess handguns?

That is how one central Texas case is interpreting the law.

(video) --- MILAM COUNTY, Texas — A court in Milam county could be on the way to ruling that members of the Banditos motorcycle club cannot possess handguns thanks to State of Texas vs. Patrick Lewis Vaden. 

Court documents state that Vaden, a member of the Banditos, was stopped by Department of Public Safety Trooper Michael Tice in November of 2018 for going 67mph in a 60mph zone. Vaden had a License To Carry at the time and was carrying at the time of the stop. 

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Hells Angel associate arrested in 2015 murder north of Denair

A more than year-long investigation into the Modesto Hells Angels Motorcycle Club, which already has resulted in federal drug charges against high ranking members, on Tuesday led to the arrest of a suspect in a 2015 homicide.

Hells Angel associate Jeffrey Velthoen, 35, was arrested on suspicion of killing 25-year-old Steven Losey on Feb. 17, 2015.

A bystander found Losey suffering from gunshot wounds in a pickup after seeing him driving erratically, then crashing off the road near the intersection of Santa Fe Avenue and Berkeley Road. Losey later died at a hospital.

Velthoen was arrested at his Modesto home in the 2000 block of Terrance Way, northeast of Norwegian and McHenry avenues, said Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Sgt. Josh Clayton.

It was one of four Modesto locations searched Tuesday morning by the Central Valley Gang Intelligence Task force, Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department and the Modesto Police Department.

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Motorcycle club member accused of orchestrating violent attack at bar

HARLEROI, Pa. - A high-ranking member of the Pagan Motorcycle Club has been arrested and charged in a bar beating.

Michael Barringer is accused of ordering the beating of a former club member that prosecutors said nearly killed the man.

Channel 11 has extensively covered the attempted homicide case that seven suspects have been arrested in. 

In April, Charleroi police were called to the Slovak Club for man who was unconscious and bleeding.

Surveillance video showed a group of men filed into the bar before the beating. It was over in minutes, but prosecutors said the victim spent seven weeks in the hospital and nearly died.

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Deadly NH Motorcycle Crash: Indictments Filed Against Driver 3 Months After

Volodymyr Zhukovskyy, of West Springfield, was indicted on 23 charges including reckless manslaughter, DUI negligent homicide and aggravated DWI

The Massachusetts man who's pleaded not guilty to negligent homicide in the June crash that killed seven motorcyclists in New Hampshire has been officially indicted on 23 charges.

Volodymyr Zhukovskyy, 23, of West Springfield, was indicted Thursday on various counts of reckless manslaughter, DUI negligent homicide, aggravated DWI and reckless conduct in the June 21 crash in Randolph, New Hampshire.

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North Dakota murder suspect was 'enforcer' for Sons of Silence motorcycle gang, FBI says

FARGO — Sentencing for a Warwick, N.D., man who admitted to killing a woman four years ago on the Spirit Lake Nation has been delayed, but testimony presented Friday, Oct. 18, revealed possible motives and the defendant's link to what has been dubbed an outlaw motorcycle gang.

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Pasco detectives still looking for leads in combat veteran's death

James Earl was found shot to death in January 2019, deputies say.

SPRING HILL, Fla. — Nearly nine months later, Pasco County detectives are hoping to find more information related to the homicide of James Earl.

Earl, 32, was found shot to death in his Spring Hill driveway on Jan. 16. He was a known member of the Pagan Motorcycle Club. Deputies say no one has been identified or arrested for involvement in Earl's death.

He was found dead by his fiancé, Stephanie Harper.

Earl was a decorated combat veteran, father of two and stepfather to Harper's daughter. He served in the U.S. Navy and was studying to become an aviation mechanic, his fiancé says. 

The motive for the shooting or if it was related to Earl being in the club is still unknown.

His fiancé told 10News in January all she knows is she wants to see whoever killed Earl be brought to justice.

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Motorcycle club aims to dispel perceptions -- Outlaws come to Anderson

(pics) --- ANDERSON — Anthony “Tony” Lupica sat on a bar stool inside one of three buildings he recently acquired from the former motorcycle club known as the Ratcoons.

Lupica, 67, said he purchased the property to open a chapter of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club — a nationwide organization known as 1%ers.

The American Motorcycle Association helped coin the 1%er term during a motorcycle rally held in 1947 in Hollister, California.

The organization stated at the time that 99% of the people at their events were God-fearing and family oriented. The other 1% were hard riding, hard partying, non-mainstream people.

Lupica said the term isn’t about the baddest of the bad — they just like to do things in extreme.

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Biker gang turf battles fuel rising violence in RI

(videos) --- PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Violent clashes between feuding biker gangs have been on the rise in Rhode Island as a turf war sparked five years ago continues to rage on.

And investigators who track outlaw motorcycle groups are increasingly concerned innocent bystanders could get caught in the crossfire.

Detective Ryan Mahoney of the R.I. State Police Intelligence Unit said motorcycle gangs are unlike traditional organized crime, such as La Cosa Nostra, because their violence is even more unpredictable.

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