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Hells Angels ambushed Pagans in Augusta County shooting

STAUNTON - During the early morning hours of Sept. 10 at the Hometown Inn near Greenville, five men — four of them reportedly members of the Hells Angels motorcycle gang and the other a prospect — were lying in wait after two members of the rival Pagans Motorcycle Club were spotted across the street at the Pilot Travel Center.

Roughly 90 minutes later, as the two Pagans pulled into the motel parking lot on their motorcycles, an ambush was unleashed, based on video evidence shown Thursday in Augusta County Circuit Court.

One of the Pagans was shot, the other knocked off his motorcycle and beaten with a hammer.

Prior to the shooting, which took place shortly before 3 a.m., after the two Pagans were seen at the travel center, one of the motorcycle gang members rousted four others from their rooms at the motel.

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Atascadero Police make arrests in possible gang-related assault

Suspects may have ties to Vagos Motorcycle Gang

ATASCADERO, Calif. - Police have arrested two people with possible ties to a California gang involved in a late night shooting in Atascadero.

Atascadero Police responded to a report of a fight behind the bar, Whiskey & June, located at 5950 El Camino Real around 1: 40 a.m. on Wednesday. Police say a physical fight between two people escalated when one man retrieved a handgun from his truck and pointed it at the victim. The man fired a single round at the victim but missed. 

San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Department confirmed that the suspect involved in the late night assault may have possible ties to the Vagos Motorcycle Gang.

Around 11:51 a.m., officers located the possible suspect in a black truck on Olmeda and Rosario. Officers followed the truck and made a high-risk stop at the Stow It Mini Storage facility on Traffic Way.

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San Antonio judge sentences Bandido turned informant to 15 years without parole

A former high-ranking member of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club who helped federal authorities convict the top two leaders of the biker gang received 15 years without parole Wednesday, making a tearful apology and promising to continue to cooperate

“I’m remorseful for what I’ve done. I apologize to the family of Anthony Benesh,” “Downtown” Johnny Romo, 48, told the judge, crying. “ I took a man’s life. It’s been a heavy burden on me for many years. Now I have to live with it.”

Romo rose to become a sergeant-at-arms in the Bandidos’ national chapter before he turned informant and became a key prosecution witness in the three-month trial of former national president Jeffrey Fay Pike and then-vice president John Xavier Portillo. The pair were sentenced last week to life in prison without parole for leading the Bandidos’ racketeering conspiracy.

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Former leader of Outlaws Motorcycle Club pleads guilty to racketeering conspiracy

SCHERERVILLE, Ind. — Orville Cochran, a former leader of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club has pleaded guilty to one count in a four-count federal indictment — racketeering conspiracy. He and others are alleged to have conspired to assault and murder members of rival biker groups in Indiana in the 1990s.

In 2001, a warrant was issued for Cochran’s arrest, out of Milwaukee, by the U.S. Marshals.

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Jury convicts Pagan biker of plotting radio host's murder-for-hire, running pill ring

A former chapter president of the Pagans Motorcycle Club was found guilty Tuesday of plotting a woman's murder and attempting to have her husband killed in jail to cover up a drug ring the woman was threatening to expose.

A jury found Ferdinand Augello guilty in Superior Court in Mays Landing, after a trial that lasted just more than two weeks, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon Tyner announced. The attorneys in the case had made closing statements Tuesday morning.

After hearing the verdict, Augello faced the media sitting on the opposite of the courtroom. He denied his role in the crimes and said "I'll be back."

One of his attorneys, Mary Linehan, later told Breaking AC that they would appeal the decision.

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Bandido gets 13 years without parole for retaliation killing near San Antonio

A former Bandidos member who participated in the killing of another man 16 years ago was sentenced Tuesday to 13 years in federal prison without parole, plus five years of supervision after his release.

Frederick “Fast Fred” Cortez, 50, was charged in a racketeering case that took down the top leaders of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club. It wasn’t until federal authorities squeezed the Bandidos that Cortez admitted he helped shoot Robert Lara at a rest stop south of San Antonio in January 2002.

Cortez pleaded guilty in October 2016 to murder in aid of racketeering for Lara’s killing.

Lara was killed because he was suspected of slaying a Bandido in late 2001, according to testimony during the three-month trial of the Bandidos’ former national vice president John Xavier Portillo and ex-president Jeffrey Fay Pike. Pike and Portillo were sentenced last week to life in prison without parole for leading the racketeering conspiracy.

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Norwich man accused of aiding attack facing 6 months in prison

NEW LONDON - A Norwich man accused of helping a fellow motorcycle club member avenge an attack on a woman is facing nine months in prison after agreeing to a plea deal.

Sean Simmons, 30, pleaded guilty Monday in New London Superior Court to third-degree burglary and second-degree unlawful restraint. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 16.

According to Norwich police, Simmons and Christopher Manuel, both members of the Legion of Doom Motorcycle Club, went to a Norwich home on Oct. 21, 2017, after a woman reported the attack. Simmons held down another occupant of the home while Manuel punched the attacker, Assistant State’s Attorney Lawrence Tytla said.

Manuel agreed to a plea deal last week and is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 9 to 18 months in prison.

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Grand Jury Indicts 5 Hells Angels in Connection with Greenville Violence

AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) -

Five men are now charged with gang participation and malicious wounding by a mob following a fight and shooting in Augusta County last month.

A grand jury returned indictments on the new charges for five members of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club:

  • Dominick J. Eadicicco
  • Anthony Vincent Milan
  • Joseph Anthony Paturzo
  • Nathaniel A. Villaman
  • Richard E. West

They are all accused of attacking two members of Pagan's Motorcycle Club. One man was beaten and another shot outside the Hometown Inn in Greenville on Monday, September 10.

The victim who was beaten was treated and released, while the gunshot victims was last reported to be in stable condition. Both men are from Virginia.

The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office believes the rival groups were in the area for their own “convention-type” gathering.

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Carson City Sheriff's Office arrest log: Deputies make felony cocaine busts

A 32 year-old Reno man was arrested Friday evening at 7:34 p.m. in the area of North Carson Street and College Parkway on felony drug possession and a host of misdemeanor offenses, a Carson City Sheriff's deputy reported.

Jeramy Scoggin was taken into custody after the motorcycle he was riding had been stopped for no visible license plate. Registration on the motorcycle was found to be expired for more than a year, according to the arrest report.

Scoggin was observed to be wearing the insignia of a motorcycle gang, the report said. He failed multiple times to comply with law enforcement instructions to place his hands on his head and keep his kick stand up while straddling the bike with his legs.

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Former president of Bandidos biker gang gets life in prison

Jeffrey Fay Pike sentenced Wednesday in San Antonio

SAN ANTONIO - Jeffrey Fay Pike, the 63-year-old former national president of the Bandidos Outlaw Motorcycle Organization, was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison by a federal judge in San Antonio.

The sentence, plus 10 years, was handed down months after Pike was convicted on numerous racketeering and drug trafficking charges.

Pike received his sentence a day after former Bandidos national vice president, John Xavier Portillo, was sentenced to two consecutive life sentences plus 20 years in federal prison, a release from the U.S. District’s Attorney’s Office said.

“As I have said before, this prosecution shows that the Department of Justice has the tools to strip away a veneer of legitimate activity to expose and punish underlying criminal conduct. Others—and not only those involved in violent activity—should take note,” stated U.S. Attorney John F. Bash.

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