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Hells Angels arrive at Hilton clubhouse as police keep watch

Members of the Hells Angels Outlaw Motorcycle Gang are gathering at their Hilton clubhouse - along with a large contingent of police.

Rentals cars and Ubers have been dropping off men who have been both wearing and carrying their patches for the last two hours.

Police are expecting gang members to be going on a ride around lunchtime but nothing had been confirmed with the gang.

Other cars carrying ice, water bottles and beer have been backing into the gang’s Paget Street HQ.

WA Police began mobilising in the area on Friday in preparation for the club’s “national run”.

Gang crime squad officers set up roadblocks at both ends of the Paget Street and began questioning bikies as they arrived at the clubhouse, checked their licences and took their photographs.

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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.

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WA Police target Hells Angels in Perth on ‘national run’

WA Police are out in force to ensure bikies from the notorious Hells Angels do not cause trouble, with gang members from across Australia descending on Perth this weekend for a so-called “national run”.

About 40 eastern states members of the world’s oldest and biggest gang are expected to join locals at the club’s Hilton headquarters tonight - ironically a former police station.

Several members and ‘prospects’ – prospective members - have already turned up on motorbikes, while others have been in cars. Others are believed to be drinking at nearby pubs.

Gang crime squad officers have set up roadblocks at both ends of the street and bikies arriving at the clubhouse are being questioned, having their licences checked and their photographs taken, with police saying the intelligence-gathering plays a vital role in helping to disrupt the gang’s criminal activities.

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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
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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.”

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Alleged Hells Angel member, on the lam for 10 months, arrested in Dominican Republic

Warrant was issued for Daniel André Giroux's arrest last April

A man police believe is a member of the Hells Angels and who has evaded authorities for 10 months has been arrested in the Dominican Republic.

Daniel Giroux will appear at the Montreal courthouse Wednesday on charges related to drug trafficking.

He was among Quebec's 10 most wanted criminals.

A warrant was issued for his arrest last April, during a raid the Sûreté du Québec called the biggest operation targeting organized crime since 2009's Operation SharQc.

Giroux is allegedly a member of the Montreal chapter of the notorious biker gang. Police say he controls territory on North Shore and in the Laurentians.

The operation was led by a mixed squad that includes the SQ, RCMP, Montreal police, Quebec City police, Lévis police and Laval police.

Tue
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Hells Angel shooter pleads guilty, sentenced to eight years in prison

STAUNTON - In a surprising development, three members of the Hells Angels motorcycle gang and a prospect pleaded guilty Tuesday in connection with a September ambush at the Hometown Inn that saw a rival motorcycle gang member shot and another beaten.

Both men survived the attack.

In Augusta County Circuit Court on Tuesday, one of the alleged shooters, Anthony Milan, 28, of East Elmhurst, New York, a Hells Angel prospect at the time of his arrest, pleaded guilty to malicious wounding by a mob and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

"He was a triggerman," Augusta County prosecutor Tim Martin said.

Milan was sentenced to eight years in prison. 

Fri
25
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Hells Angels biker cleared of Hastings assault

A Hells Angels biker has been acquitted of partially blinding another man in an attack after a jury in his second trial also failed to reach a verdict.

Matthew Barnes, 48, denied causing grievous bodily harm with intent in the attack outside a Hastings pub in February 2016.

A formal not guilty verdict was entered by the court after the prosecution said it would not seek a re-trial.

A jury had also been dismissed following a trial in August last year.

Mr Barnes, the president of the Sussex chapter of the Hells Angels, was accused of partially blinding Christopher Harrison after he refused to join the club.

Oliver Wilkinson, 50, of St Leonards-on-Sea was acquitted of the same charge following the first trial.

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Police seize $15K in cocaine, arrest ‘known Hell’s Angel member’ during weekend raids in London

One person remains on the lam, yet two people were arrested and a slew of items was seized — including drugs and three Hell’s Angels vests — during police raids in London over the weekend.

Police are still looking for a 27-year-old woman, but made the two arrests and seized the drugs during raids on Saturday morning in London.

Provincial police executed the search warrants with the help of the Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau, the Biker Enforcement Unit, London police’s Guns and Drugs Section, and the RCMP.

READ MORE: 10 charged in Alberta cocaine distribution network linked to ‘outlaw bikers’

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Fired Euclid cop pleads guilty to pulling gun during bar brawl with Hell’s Angels

WILLOUGHBY, Ohio — A judge is expected to sentence a fired Euclid police officer Thursday after he pleaded guilty to pulling a gun on suspected member of the Hell’s Angels biker gang during a bar brawl.

Todd Gauntner, a 32-year-old who was fired after the Aug. 24 fight, pleaded guilty Nov. 29 in Willoughby Municipal Court to using weapons while intoxicated, a first-degree misdemeanor. He could be sentenced anywhere from a fine to 180 days in jail.

Willoughby Municipal Court Judge Marisa Cornachio ordered that Gauntner is not allowed to own a gun and set his sentencing hearing for Thursday.

Gauntner started an argument with two suspected members of the biker gang — Dustin Wolf, 28, and Brandley Peterson, 40— at Frank and Tony’s Place bar on 2nd Street in Willoughby, according to police reports.

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