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Nevada jury being picked for biker club racketeering trial

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A jury is being picked in federal court in Las Vegas for the racketeering trial of eight accused Vagos motorcycle club members in a sweeping case stemming from the killing of a rival Hells Angels leader from California at a northern Nevada casino in 2011.

Prosecutors allege the Vagos is a broad criminal enterprise engaged for more than a decade in murder, kidnapping, extortion, witness intimidation and drug and weapons trafficking.

The eight men standing trial represent the first of three groups totaling 21 defendants in the case that prosecutors allege involves crimes in California, Arizona, Hawaii, Oregon and Nevada.

The men have each pleaded not guilty.

Jury selection is expected to take several days, and opening statements are scheduled Aug. 12.

Trial could take up to four months.

 

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Trucker kept on trucking after Hells Angels president shot at him

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The trucker targeted last month by the local president of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club went on to finish a delivery for his employer with a bullet hole in his vehicle, a newly released search warrant reveals.

On June 12, members of the state police intelligence unit were tipped off to a “felony assault with a firearm that occurred outside the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club clubhouse” on Messer Street in Providence, according to the affidavit for the search warrant.

Police say they were told the president of the club, Joseph Lancia, fired one round at the passenger side of a Mack truck that was being driven by Richard Starnino.

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Hells Angels member gets 7 years for drug trafficking, gun crimes

PROVIDENCE -- Two Douglas Leedhams came to court Monday: The full member of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club who admitted to firearms and methamphetamine-trafficking offenses and the 54-year-old brother, longtime boyfriend and devoted friend who cared for his parents in ill health and opened his home to provide housing to those in need.

“The story of how you took care of your mother moved me incredibly ...,” U.S. District Court Judge John J. McConnell said. “It tells me you are in fact a very good person who took a bad turn.”

And with that, McConnell agreed to sentence Leedham, of North Providence, to the seven-year term jointly recommended by lawyer William C. Dimitri and Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul F. Daly Jr.

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Hundreds of Hells Angels gathering today in Upstate

(video) --- CLEMSON, S.C. (WSPA) — The Hells Angels are expected to arrive in Clemson for their annual summer rally on Monday.

More than 500 members of the motorcycle group are expected for the three-day event.

Clemson police don’t expect safety to be an issue, but more officers will be on patrol.

The U.S. Justice Department has classified the Hells Angels as an “outlaw motorcycle gang” and says the group poses a criminal threat.

However, Clemson Police Chief Jimmy Dixon says the rally is more like a family reunion. 

Clemson was picked for the group’s annual summer rally is November. 

The Hells Angels are expected to be in the city through Aug. 2 for outdoor events and business meetings.

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Texas bikers rally for rights in Milam County

Bikers in attendance said they want the public to know they aren't a gang. They are a motorcycle club that's no different than any other club.

video Texas bikers rally for rights in Milam County

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Alleged leader of local 'outlaw motorcycle club' arrested on plethora of charges by Tri-County Gang Unit

A 49-year-old Carson City man was arrested by the Tri-County Gang Unit on five felony charges, one gross misdemeanor charge, and three misdemeanor charges after he allegedly committed felony domestic battery.

According to the report, David Sanchez is the president of the Deadly Sins Motorcycle Club Carson City Nevada chapter and he is associated with the Vagos Motorcycle Club and was arrested in the 900 block of Woodside Drive early Friday morning.

The Deadly Sins MC is a support motorcycle club for the Vagos MC, which is an Outlaw Motorcycle Gang that commonly engages in felonious activities, the report states.

Vagos MC support clubs “commonly engage in buying and selling drugs and firearms and they provide a portion of the revenue from these sales to the Vagos MC.”

Late Thursday evening, upon arrival, deputies made contact with Sanchez and his child. Deputies took Sanchez into custody for felony domestic battery.

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Hell’s Angels motorcyclists different part of Angels Camp’s history

Sixty-two years ago, Angels Camp became a part of history not associated with the region’s famous Gold Rush.

In 1957, the outlaw motorcycle gang Hell’s Angels descended on the City of Angels to create their unique brand of mayhem.

Not all those who served in World War II were excited about returning to civilian life. Some young men who fought in the conflict returned home still searching for the excitement of the war years.

Many found it atop a motorcycle. Surplus motorcycles from the war effort were inexpensive and readily available. Bikers began to form clubs across the country, re-establishing the camaraderie they had experienced overseas back home.

While there were less than 200,000 motorcycles in the United States at the end of the war, by the mid-1950s, they numbered over 1 million.

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Feds won’t pursue death penalty in Gypsy Joker Outlaw Motorcycle kidnapping, murder conspiracy cases

The U.S. attorney general has directed federal prosecutors in Oregon not to seek the death penalty in the kidnapping, torture-style murder and racketeering conspiracy cases pending against accused members of the Gypsy Joker Outlaw Motorcycle Club.

The decision was forwarded July 1 to the Oregon judge handling the case -- that’s about 3 ½ weeks before Attorney General William P. Barr announced Thursday that the federal government would resume death penalty executions after a 16-year hiatus.

No offenders prosecuted in Oregon currently are on federal death row.

In the motorcycle club prosecution, the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., reviewed the case and made a recommendation.

Steven Mygrant, a federal prosecutor in Oregon, then informed U.S. District Judge Robert E. Jones.

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Hells Angels coming to Clemson

(video) --- CLEMSON, SC (Fox Carolina) - The Hells Angels are coming to Clemson for their annual summer rally.

Clemson police Chief Jimmy Dixon said he expects more than 500 bikers from the motorcycle gang.

"They're not coming here to cause problems," Chief Dixon said. "I know everybody thinks that the world is getting ready to come to an end. But I can assure you that that it is not."

 

Dixon said the Hells Angels will come from all across the country to meet for their annual rally starting on July 29 through Friday, August 2. Dixon compares the visit to a family reunion and while some know about their old reputation, but are rolling out the welcomes. 

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DA: End of the road for local outlaw motorcycle gang

The sentencing of four local men associated with an outlaw motorcycle group has signaled the end of that group in Coweta County – and a victory for local law enforcement in their battle against gangs. 

Lloyd Jefferson Harris, a member of the Iron Cross Motorcycle Club, was sentenced to 20 years to serve three after pleading guilty to aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and violation of the Georgia Street Gang and Terrorism Prevention Act.

 

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According to Investigator Ryan Foles with the Coweta County DA’s office, the Iron Cross had been on the radar of law enforcement prior to an incident in 2016, which saw the group thrust into the spotlight. 

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