Photo Gallery: Hells Angels 2006 World Run in Cody

In 2006, an estimated 1,300 Hells Angels motorcycle club members and their associates gathered in Cody, Wyo. for the group’s World Run.

Cody Police Chief Perry Rockvam said he has been informed by federal officials that the group is planning to return to Cody this summer for its U.S. run, which could draw approximately 600 bikers from the group.

Here are a few selected images from the 2006 Hells Angels gathering, which was peaceful and largely uneventful.

Photos by Ruffin Prevost
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Outlaw enforcer to serve 15 years in federal prison


INDIANAPOLIS — An enforcer in the Outlaws Motorcycle Club was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison Thursday.

Joshua Bowser was accused of participating in instances of fraud, extortion and a drug conspiracy as a member of the group the government paints as a criminal organization.

Bowser's public defenders, Monica Foster and Gwendolyn Beitz, were able to convince Judge Tanya Walton Pratt to shave about a decade off the upper level of an advisory guideline. The government, represented by Brad Blackington, painted Bowser as a leader in several of the illegal acts he and other people associated with the motorcycle club participated in.

Bowser was among 42 people indicted across the state in 2012 as part of raids conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Marshal Service and U.S. Attorney’s Office.


Defense alleges link between Hells Angels, LCSO

LAKEPORT -- A judge ordered the defense in the case of fight that allegedly involved three Hells Angels Motorcycle Club members to make modifications to a motion asking the court to compel discovery from the prosecution.

During the motion hearing Friday afternoon, the defense built upon the motion it submitted in July to illustrate the information it wanted from the prosecution, but Judge David W. Herrick said the written motion was too broad and ordered the defense to write a narrower request.

The defense, made up of Michael Clough, Patrick Ciocca and Jai Gohel, made the request for information that they believe will prove a link between the Vagos Motorcycle Club and the Lake County Sheriff's Office (LCSO), which conducted the investigation against defendants Timothy R. Bianchi, Nicholas F. Carrillo and Josh L. Johnson.


New Bipartisan Senate Bill Would Ban Funding of Motorcycle-Only Checkpoints

Four U.S. senators representing both the Democrat and Republican parties introduced new legislation that would prevent the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration from funding checkpoints that specifically target motorcyclists.

The new bill – S.2078 – would put a stop to NHTSA‘s Motorcycle Law Enforcement Demonstration Program which provides states with federal funding for traffic checkpoints that stop only motorcyclists. The checkpoints allow law enforcement to inspect motorcycles and determine if they meet state standards ranging such as noise levels, tire conditions and handlebar lengths.


Salyers sentenced to 20 years in Casey motorcycle gang killing

GREENSBURG — David Salyers was back in Green Circuit Court today, dressed in faded blue jail duds this time instead of the crisp new dress shirts he wore during his trial in January.

His attorney Jude Hagan was there as well. Together they tried to convince Judge Judy Vance that Salyers deserved something less than the 20 years, six months in prison recommended by the jury that convicted Salyers of complicity to murder in the 2012 shooting death of Gleason Pyles at Tarter Gate Co. in Casey County.

It was to no avail. Vance said even though a pre-sentencing report indicated Salyers "lacked a serious criminal history," she weighed victim impact statements submitted by members of Pyles' family and decided to impose the sentence "as recommended by the jury in this case."


Judge dismisses murder charge against motorcyclist who argued self-defense in Cycle Gear shooting

A judge on Friday dismissed a murder charge against the Summerville man who said he was defending himself when he fatally shot a member of a motorcycle club last summer in North Charleston.

Ronald Reid, 44, was granted immunity from prosecution and from civil liability under the S.C. Protection of Persons and Property Act. He had been free since late August, when a judge cited Reid's self-defense story in granting him $100,000 bail.

Reid, who had a concealed-weapons permit, shot 41-year-old Maurice Horry of Columbia on June 29 outside Cycle Gear in North Charleston.

Horry, a former Mount Pleasant resident, had been the first to open fire after a group of motorcyclists attacked his friend inside the store on Dorchester Road. Horry fatally shot two men, Theodore Waymyers Jr., 36, of Summerville, and Carlos Davis, 39, of Columbia, and wounded Reid when he fired into the alleged mob.


Bandidos Indicted for Stabbing

Two men accused of a stabbing outside an Abilene Restaurant last November have been indicted.

Curtis Jack Lewis and Wesley Dale Mason will stand trial on Aggravated Assault charges.

The two men were arrested in November last year after a stabbing outside Logan's Roadhouse that sent two men to the hospital.

Police report that Lewis and Mason are a part of the Bandido's Motorcycle Club.


I-Team: Former President of Las Vegas Hells Angels Speaks Out (video)

LAS VEGAS -- Legal cases stemming from a bloody brawl between rival motorcycle clubs five years ago are finally drawing to a close.

The fight between the Hells Angels and the Mongols broke out at a downtown wedding chapel in December 2008.

Now, the final two defendants are about to be sentenced. One of the men is the former president of the local Hells Angels chapter, and he wanted to get some things off his chest before he is sent away.

He spoke to the I-Team about what happened at the chapel six years ago. This is really two stories. One is about the circumstances surrounding the wedding chapel brawl.

The biggest guy in the chapel video is also the biggest target of the police investigation. That man, Charles Goldsmith, also known by the nickname Pee Wee, says it was a clear case of self defense, that he is being targeted merely because of he was a member of the club.


Indian Motorcycles Ad Entices You to Make the Choice [Video]

With classic motorcycle manufacturers trying to make ends meet as far as bringing together retro styling and the old legacy on one hand, and the mandatory modern approach to bike-making, it should not be a big surprise seeing that ads are as emotional as it gets. That is, because these bikes are, in a way, old, and the only thing which sells them is nostalgia. And this makes a great resource for an emotional ad.

Now, don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing amiss with such ads: it’s just openly talking about what makes them appealing and eventually selling these two-wheelers. So since heritage plays such a huge role in marketing classic bikes, it was only natural that individuals and stories from the past were brought into the spotlight.


St Louis Chopper Builder Donate Custom Bike & 2.5 Million to College

Gary Savill and Barbara Stampfli-Savill, residents of St. Louis, and owners and operators of Silver Wraith Choppers, LLC in St. Louis have donated a custom-built motorcycle to the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine to be raffled as a part of the college’s annual Gentle Doctor Benefit (GDB). The GDB will be held on April 5 and serves as a fundraiser to support scholarships for the College of Veterinary Medicine

In addition to the motorcycle, the couple made an estate commitment of $2.5 million to the college. That gift will create an endowment to support scholarships for veterinary students and will encourage volunteer work among its recipients.