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May
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49 arrested as state police target R.I. biker gangs

(photo gallery and documents)---WOONSOCKET, R.I. — A year-long investigation by the Rhode Island State Police culminated Wednesday with more than 150 investigators swarming through northwestern Rhode Island seizing guns, drugs and arresting 49 people, many of them associated with motorcycle clubs that authorities feared were trying to establish turf in Rhode Island.

The arrests were made in a coordinated series of pre-dawn raids that involved the use of explosive devices to breach heavily fortified building, an armored truck and battering ram to break down doors; and dozens of heavily armed SWAT team members and other officers, according to State Police Supt. Col. Ann C. Assumpico.

She said the raids were conducted without incident.

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May
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Pagans may be planning a 'violent' expansion into North Jersey

The brutal beating of a Hells Angel associate in Newark late last month is part of a broader attempt by the Pagans Motorcycle Club (PMC) to expand its territory into northern New Jersey, NJ Advance Media has learned.

On April 24, a man who told police he just left the Hells Angels clubhouse on Clinton Avenue in Newark was beaten with a baseball bat as he was getting gas at a nearby station. 

Days later, Robert DeRonde turned himself into authorities and was charged with aggravated assault and weapons offenses.

DeRonde, 54, of Edison, is accused of hopping out of a pickup truck and then using an aluminum baseball bat to beat a man so bad that he left him hospitalized with three broken ribs, authorities said.

Wed
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Apr
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7 accused Pagans, associates indicted in connection with April Kauffman killing

Nearly six years after a now-deceased doctor arranged for his wife to be killed to protect an illegal opioid pill distribution ring he ran with members of the Pagan motorcycle gang, seven people have been indicted for their alleged roles in the operation.

Ferdinand Augello has been indicted on charges that he killed radio host and veterans advocate April Kauffman and attempted to kill her husband, James Kauffman. Augello was also indicted on a charge of being the leader of a drug trafficking network.

James Kauffman, a 69-year-old endocrinologist from Linwood, killed himself in the Hudson County jail in January, weeks after he was charged with orchestrating the murder-for-hire plot.

Thu
08
Mar
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New Jersey bikers opted out of expanding to Canada, U.S. court hears

Leaders of the Pagans Motorcycle Club in the northeastern United States thought long and hard earlier this decade about expanding into Canada to support enemies of the Hells Angels in Quebec.
 

Canada’s nice guy image doesn’t extend to the world of outlaw bikers.

That’s the view of Andrew (Chef) Glick, 52, a longtime American bike gang leader who’s now a key prosecution witness in an upcoming murder-for-hire trial in New Jersey that’s centred around the illegal opioid trade, including fentanyl.

Leaders of the Pagans Motorcycle Club in the northeastern United States thought long and hard earlier this decade about expanding into Canada to support enemies of the Hells Angels in Quebec, Glick said.

Sat
10
Feb
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Why members of the Pagans Motorcycle Club gathered in Northampton

(9 photos)--More than 100 members of the notorious Pagans Motorcycle Club gathered Saturday morning in Northampton to say goodbye to one of their own.

Ronald S. "Rocky" Bedics Jr. was a long-time member of the club, according to his obituary. He died Monday at St. Luke's University Health Network. No cause was given in his obituary. He was 54.

Bedics was also a member of the Pennsylvania Federation of Injured Workers, whose activities include raising money to help those who get hurt on the job.

A graduate of Whitehall High School, Bedics had worked in construction.

Mon
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Jan
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The Pagan's Motorcycle Club still rides, wreaks havoc at Jersey Shore

The Pagan’s Motorcycle Club was never the biggest outlaw motorcycle club in the nation, but members liked to think that, pound-for-pound, none was tougher.

 

Three Pagans, one former member said, could “do anything,” and if there are more, well, that’s even better, or worse for whoever is in their way.

“You give me six good Pagans and I could take over the country,” said James “Jimmy D” DeGregorio, a former high-ranking member of the Pagans in the South Jersey and Philadelphia area.

“They are a hard-core gang. Period. Small but mighty.”

 

The PMC, founded in Maryland in 1959,  was back in the news last week at the Jersey Shore for the usual reasons: accusations of drug dealing, murder plots, and an old, familiar problem that’s plagued the group for decades: undercover agents and confidential informants recording them.

Thu
05
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Freehold man had chemicals, pipes, fuses and books on how to make bombs: prosecutor

FREEHOLD - A man alleged to belong to the Pagan's Outlaw Motorcycle Gang not only had weapons, thousands of rounds of ammunition, chemical compounds, pipes and fuses in his Freehold home when authorities raided it last month, he also had books with instructions on how to make bombs, a prosecutor said Thursday.

A former housemate of Anthony Corraro, worried about the materials in the house and concerned that Corraro was unstable due to drug use, tipped off authorities about the arsenal last month, said Christopher Decker, an assistant Monmouth County prosecutor.

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'What if these materials were not discovered?'' Decker said at a detention hearing for Corraro. "What if this individual didn't step up to law-enforcement? What if?

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Sep
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Bomb-Making Materials, Guns, Flamethrower Seized In Howell-Freehold Bust: Prosecutor

Alleged motorcycle gang member from Freehold, two Howell men were arrested; authorities said thousands of rounds of ammunition were seized.

FREEHOLD, NJ – A homemade flamethrower, bomb-making materials, 30 guns and thousands of rounds of ammunition were seized over the weekend after authorities were tipped off, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni said Monday.

Three men, including an alleged member of an outlaw motorcycle gang, were arrested and face multiple weapons charges, said Charles Webster, spokesman for the prosecutor's office.

After getting a tip that explosives were present at a Howell home, authorities executed a search warrant at 191 Ford Road on Friday night, Webster said. During their search, they found 11 long guns, three handguns, ammunition and a quantity of marijuana, Webster said.

Sat
26
Aug
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Philadelphia Pagan sentenced to 15-years

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (YC – Gov.) – Yesterday, a federal judge sentenced Joseph Mehl, a/k/a “Joseph Montanero” to 180 months in prison for his role in a prescription pill mill that trafficked oxycodone and other dangerous and addictive opioids. In addition, the Honorable Nitza I. Quiñones Alejandro, United States District Judge, ordered the defendant to serve three years of supervised release upon release from prison, and pay a special assessment of $100, as well as entering a judgment of forfeiture.

Sat
19
Aug
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Brawl charges against two Pagans withdrawn

MEDIA COURTHOUSE >> The commonwealth has withdrawn charges against two members of the Pagan’s Motorcycle Club for an alleged assault against a fellow club member in April.

 

 

Assistant District Attorney Christopher DiRosato told Delaware County Common Pleas Court President Judge Kevin F. Kelly that he was unable to secure the presence of the complaining victim – though he noted the charges were initiated more by police – and was therefore withdrawing charges against 48-year-old Brion Phillips and Joseph E. Meehan, 44, of Ardmore.

 

 

Phillips and Meehan were charged with conspiracy, harassment, and aggravated and simple assault for the April 13 incident that resulted in Phillips being shot in the leg. Meehan was also charged with reckless endangerment.

 

 

A third club member was also initially charged, but those charges were dropped at the magisterial district judge level.

 

 

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