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Feb
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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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05
Feb
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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
29
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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
Jan
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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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08
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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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07
Jan
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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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Former Hells Angels member pleads guilty to assault of 2 rivals in Worcester

WORCESTER - A former member of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club has been placed on probation with a suspended jail sentence after pleading guilty to charges of assaulting two rival motorcycle gang members in 2016 outside a Chandler Street pub.

Michael J. Blair, 39, of 1039 Main St. pleaded guilty Monday in Worcester Superior Court to charges of assault and battery causing serious bodily injury, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (blunt object) causing serious bodily injury and unarmed robbery in connection with what police and prosecutors said was an attack upon two men on the night of May 8, 2016, outside Suney’s Pub at 216 Chandler St.

Mon
31
Dec
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Deliveryman beaten after parking in front of Hells Angels clubhouse

A deliveryman was beaten early Monday when he parked his car in front of motorcycles outside the Hells Angels’ East Village clubhouse, police sources said.

The 22-year-old was dropping off food to a different location on East Third Street between First and Second avenues around 2 a.m. when he stopped his car in front of the motorcycle club, police said.

A stranger in his 60s approached the driver and told him he couldn’t park in front of the hogs, but the deliveryman continued with the drop-off, law enforcement sources said.

When he returned to his car, two other men approached. One held him by the neck while the other sucker-punched him in the face, the sources added.

The victim suffered minor facial injuries but did not need to be taken to the hospital.

The Hells Angels have zealously protected the parking spaces outside their clubhouse.

Sun
23
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Hells Angels motorcycle group hosts toy drive

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- The Hells Angels motorcycle group helped provide for needy families this Christmas season.

In just two days, the group came up with about 300 to 400 toys for a toy drive. At one point, the group says, they almost ran out of toys.

To get the word out, they just used word of mouth and Facebook. They say this is their first time doing a stationary toy drive because they normally drive around to different places.

Organizers say it feels good to give back to the less fortunate.

"A lot of these kids don't have anything; they don't have any presents or anything, and somebody's got to do something," said Matt Yarber with Hells Angels.

 
Fri
21
Dec
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Hells Angels re-establish East Coast presence: 'They have a good footprint'

HALIFAX -- The Hells Angels have re-established an evolving presence in Atlantic Canada, although experts say they have not expanded their roster of full-patch members since first reappearing in the region more than two years ago.

Police and organized crime experts say it's not clear why the country's most powerful outlaw biker gang has not found any local prospects worthy of full membership, but confirm the Angels are retrenching after their former Halifax chapter was smashed by police in 2001.

Stephen Schneider, a criminology professor at Saint Mary's University who has written extensively on organized crime, believes the establishment of a new puppet club in the last year -- the Red Devils -- is a significant sign of intent.

"The Red Devils is pretty much their sort of AAA affiliate club internationally," said Schneider. "So this is a signal that the Hells Angels have not given up and that they are really serious about their presence in Atlantic Canada."

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