Man affiliated with Hells Angels pleads no contest to assault charge

A man who authorities allege is affiliated with the Hells Angels pleaded no contest Thursday to an assault charge stemming from a fight on Rosedale Highway in January of last year.

Jonathan Cole Smith entered a no contest plea to a misdemeanor count of assault causing great bodily injury, court records show. Five felonies were dismissed.

He is scheduled to be sentenced June 19. 

According to court documents, Smith and Michael Blackwood, also alleged to have ties to the Hells Angels, were traveling in a red pickup the afternoon of Jan. 26, 2016, as they followed a member of the Mongols, a rival motorcycle gang.

When the Mongols member, whose name was redacted in the documents, came to a stop at a red light, Smith yelled an expletive, pulled a knife and grabbed the man, the documents say. The Mongols member said he produced a knife of his own and twice stabbed Smith.


Boozefighters Motorcycle Club headquarters destroyed by fire

(Kearny Mesa) A fire destroyed the headquarters of a local motorcycle club that helps needy children. Almost everything inside the building is gone, including items used to fundraise.

The fire at the “Boozefighters Motorcycle Club” headquarters started early Monday morning. When member Brian Trum arrived, almost everything was gone.

“I was absolutely heartbroken, we worked so hard to keep it clean,” says “Boozefighters Motorcycle Club” member Brain Trum.

The club is made up of military members, veterans, and retired government workers. Their headquarters is where they would gather for meetings and build bikes for kids that were given away for free during the holidays.

“The whole community helps us with what we do,” adds Trum, “We’re one of the few charities in the world where every dime we make goes to the kids.”


Mongols Motorcycle Club Member Sentenced To Seven Years In Prison For Use And Possession Of Firearm In Connection With Kidnapping

SAN FRANCISCO– Eric Lundin was sentenced today to 84 months in prison for use and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence announced United States Attorney Brian J. Stretch and FBI Special Agent in Charge John F. Bennett.  The sentence follows a guilty plea entered November 10, 2016, in which Lundin admitting using the weapon to enhance or maintain his status with the racketeering enterprise of the Mongols Motorcycle Club.


Hells Angel arrested after fleeing CHP down Cuesta Grade

A California Highway Patrol officer tried stopping a trio of motorcyclists, at least one of whom was wearing a Hells Angels jacket, while they were riding on the Cuesta Grade Tuesday afternoon. But, two of the three bikers fled, and the CHP lost track of the third while searching for the fleeing motorcyclists. [Tribune]

The officer tried to stop the bikers for an unknown reason around 2:30 p.m. Sometime after the two bikers fled, officers located one of them as he was coming out of the Shell gas station at Los Osos Valley Road and Madonna Road in San Luis Obispo and attested him.

The motorcyclist was seen wearing a Hells Angels vest with a Ventura patch.

The other biker initially yielded turned up south of Arroyo Grande. Officers were speaking with the man, but it is unclear if they arrested him.


Promoter of cyclist toy drive disputes police characterization

A promoter of a toy-collection event put on earlier this month by a Ventura motorcycle club disputes police allegations that the event was affiliated with gangs.

Jerry Jeffreys was one of a few people to contact The Star saying they disliked that authorities used the word "gang" to describe the motorcycle clubs that attended the event.

Jeffreys, a member of the Sons of Hell motorcycle club, helped organize the Dec. 18 event at the Veterans of Foreign Wars hall at 3801 Market St. in Ventura. The event was hosted by the Ventura chapter of Hells Angels, which puts on a toy drive every year, Jeffreys said.

Jeffreys said he helped promote the event by sharing it on social media and contacted the recipient of the collected toys, RAIN Transitional Living Center, a housing program for homeless families.


Police sued over Hell's Angel raid, cough syrup arrest

Tiffani Ferraro, of Jurupa Valley, says the sheriff's department raided her home looking for her biker ex-boyfriend. When they couldn't find him, they cuffed her for cough medicine instead.

A Jurupa Valley woman has sued the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department on claims that deputies needlessly arrested her for cough syrup then made her look like a member of the Hell’s Angels motorcycle gang.

Tiffani Ferraro, 46, was arrested as part of a multi-agency gang sweep targeting the Hell’s Angels in February 2015. Police raided 17 locations, including the gang clubhouse in San Bernardino. Police also searched Ferraro’s home, looking for her ex-boyfriend, who is a suspected member of the motorcycle gang.


Hell's Angels deliver hundreds of bicycles to kids in Downtown Fresno

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) --

The Fresno Hell's Angels motorcycle club are playing Santa this weekend by helping 800 children get brand new bikes.

The group held their 18th annual toy run on the Chukchansi Park field and brought together local charities and children in need. At least nine groups requested bikes from the motorcycle club this year and they bought and assembled 800 bikes, that's 300 more than last year.


"It's a process of letting them come out and pick their own bike with their parents," Shawn Jenkins with West Care California explained. "Sometimes this is a child's first bike. Their parents may not have had the money to purchase a bike, which, most of the cases, don't."

And Santa Claus was there himself and helped hundreds of kids choose the bike that fit their personality and style.


1,800 female motorcyclists gang up for Babes Ride Out 4

Eighteen hundred women, bikes, camping, welding, free tattoos, karaoke, live music, dance parties and four days of epic motorcycle rides through the desert with a strict no-boys policy: Babes Ride Out (BRO) is an event not to be missed.

Now in its fourth year, BRO attracts female riders from all over the world.


Riding through California’s Joshua Tree National Park en route to Salvation Mountain for Babes Ride Out 4. Photo: Erin Hogue



Chopperfest showcases motorcycle art, culture

Now in its 13th year, Chopperfest is a tribute to legendary artist David Mann, and a celebration of the art and culture of the motorcycle.

“David spent a lot of time in Ventura County and painted scenes of the The Shores bar and Mugu Rock in a couple (of) paintings,” said Chopperfest event coordinator Tory DuVarney. “He loved Ventura County, which was why he wanted to be married here.”

In 1997, David and Jacquie Mann were married at the Ventura Fairgrounds during a motorcycle swap meet produced by local businessman and motorcycle enthusiast David "Huggy Bear" Hansen.

Owner of The Shop, an antique Indian and Harley-Davidson motorcycle shop, Hansen has been in business 45 years and produces Chopperfest, while his son, Tory DuVarney, owner of Beautiful Disaster & Handsome Devil Clothing Boutique, says it’s an honor and privilege to be its coordinator. Chopperfest is Dec. 11 at the Ventura Fairgrounds, where Mann married his sweetheart 19 years ago.


Hells Angels sexual assault charges on hold pending further investigation

A Hells Angels member accused of a violent sexual assault remains in custody in Santa Rosa, but charges “will not be filed at this time” as an investigation continues, the Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday.

Raymond Foakes, 53, of Rohnert Park remains in the Sonoma County Jail after a U.S. magistrate issued a no-bail parole warrant “based on the evidence received to date,” the office said in a written statement.

“This is an ongoing investigation into very serious charges, and it will take some additional time for the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department to complete their investigation,” District Attorney Jill Ravitch said in the statement. “Although there may be a legal basis to make an arrest, the bar is far higher to substantiate the filing of criminal charges.”