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Wanted biker gang member turns himself in, deputies say

FRESNO, California (KGPE) – A man wanted in connection with a violent fight in Fresno at the end of 2019 has turned himself in at Fresno County Jail, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies were searching for 47-year-old Jesse Verdugo after he allegedly beat up a security guard outside the City Lights Night Club on Dec. 14. He was also described as a member of the Malos Hechos motorcycle gang.

According to Fresno County Sheriff’s Office, Jesse Verdugo turned himself in Monday morning.

He has been booked on the charges of assault likely to cause great bodily injury.

Bail has been set at $90,000.

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Sheriff’s office on lookout for biker who allegedly beat Fresno strip club bouncer

(video) --- Deputies with the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office are hunting a biker who allegedly beat a bouncer at a Fresno strip club in December.

Jesse Verdugo, 47, a member of the Malos Hechos motorcycle gang, is sought on charges of assault with a deadly weapon.

According to sheriff’s spokeman Tony Botti, the 5-foot, 8-inch, 200 pound biker and some of his friends were asked to leave the City Lights night club in December. At the door, Verdugo is alleged to have beaten the man who escorted him outside

Malos Hechos gang members have an extensive criminal history, involving contacts with Fresno law enforcement, including the beating of a man outside the now-closed Crossroads bar at Shields and Cedar avenues in 2014. The bar was later shut down because of the beating and an unrelated shooting.
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‘Easyriders’ magazine celebrates 50th anniversary with major revamp

New ownership and brand expansion launched under fashion industry leader Pepper Foster

LOS ANGELES — The rock-n-ride legend Easyriders, named with a nod to the eponymous cultfilm classic, celebrates its 50th Anniversary with an exciting new relaunch under the ownership of brandmaker Pepper Foster, who plans to advance the iconic label in the global market. The debut issue features Norman Reedus on the cover photographed by Brian Bowen Smith, supermodel Erin Wasson and the band Wild Belle.
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Top Hatters give away turkeys for Thanksgiving

One-hundred seniors received free Thanksgiving turkeys during a Nov. 19 lunch at the Hollister Rec Center, located at 300 West Street.

Members of the Top Hatters Motorcycle Club handed out turkeys for Thanksgiving during a lunch program put on by Jovenes de Antaño. The club also handed out small gifts by lottery.

San Juan Bautista Mayor and Top Hatter Cesar Flores said the club has given away turkeys for 22 years as “a way of respecting our community and our elders.”

“We want to let them know that they are not forgotten and we are grateful,” Flores said.

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Murder charge dismissed against man accused of stabbing Hells Angels affiliate ‘Mikey Smash’

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — A Superior Court judge has dismissed murder and conspiracy charges against an alleged member of a biker gang accused of stabbing to death an affiliate of the Hells Angels at a downtown bar.

Judge John W. Lua on Monday found insufficient evidence to order 60-year-old Russell Vannoy to stand trial on charges of murder and conspiracy to commit murder in the death of Michael Adam Morales.

Known by friends as “Mikey Smash,” Morales, 32, was fatally stabbed Feb. 16 inside Guthrie’s Alley Cat, a popular bar in the 1800 block of Eye Street.

The judge did, however, order Vannoy, arrested March 6 in Bellflower, to stand trial on two felony assault charges and a gang participation charge.

As a result of Lua’s findings, prosecutors said, they anticipate filing a voluntary manslaughter charge with gang enhancements against Vannoy.

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Bill Owens photographed the Hells Angels at Altamont, then hid for 49 years

When Bill Owens got his pictures of the violence at the Altamont Speedway Free Festival published in Rolling Stone, he would not let his name appear on the photo credit. Owens had been threatened and he feared retribution from the same Hells Angels he’d photographed swinging pool cues in front of the concert stage on Dec. 6, 1969.

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Hells Angel associate arrested in 2015 murder north of Denair

A more than year-long investigation into the Modesto Hells Angels Motorcycle Club, which already has resulted in federal drug charges against high ranking members, on Tuesday led to the arrest of a suspect in a 2015 homicide.

Hells Angel associate Jeffrey Velthoen, 35, was arrested on suspicion of killing 25-year-old Steven Losey on Feb. 17, 2015.

A bystander found Losey suffering from gunshot wounds in a pickup after seeing him driving erratically, then crashing off the road near the intersection of Santa Fe Avenue and Berkeley Road. Losey later died at a hospital.

Velthoen was arrested at his Modesto home in the 2000 block of Terrance Way, northeast of Norwegian and McHenry avenues, said Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Sgt. Josh Clayton.

It was one of four Modesto locations searched Tuesday morning by the Central Valley Gang Intelligence Task force, Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department and the Modesto Police Department.

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Raising Hell, Raised by Hells Angels

In 1968, I was 6 years old. My family was holed up in a derelict shack on Stierlin Road in Mountain View, California, out by the city dump. The place was so small that my younger sister and I bunked on the back porch.

Our neighborhood was made up of sprawling family farms interspersed with clusters of World War I-era homes. There was a bar with six stools, a corner store and a handful of weathered Victorian mansions. It’s all gone now. Our little enclave was bulldozed to make a parking lot for Shoreline Amphitheatre, and the rest was swallowed up by the ravenous Googleplex. Amazingly, the impressive palm tree in our front yard is still standing.

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Modesto Hells Angels indicted in drug-trafficking case, says prosecutors- Here’s the details

A federal grand jury on Thursday charged three members of the Modesto Hells Angels Motorcycle Club on various drug trafficking and distribution charges, giving yet another blow to the club after an inquiry earlier this year led to the club’s president being arrested.

The announcement was made in a Friday afternoon press release from the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of California.

Michael Shafer, 31-year-old second in command, Patrick Gonzales, the club’s 31-year-old secretary, and Hells Angels member Ricky Blackwell are accused in four separate charges, the U.S. Attorney’s Office revealed.


Modesto Hells Angels indicted in drug-trafficking case, says prosecutors- Here's the details

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Modesto Hells Angels VP, Secretary Indicted on Drug Charges

The federal government’s investigation into the activities of the Modesto Hells Angels Motorcycle Club yielded new indictments Thursday in Fresno.

Chapter vice president Michael Shafer, 31, of Modesto, was charged with conspiring to distribute marijuana, conspiring to distribute heroin, distribution of marijuana, and two counts of use of a communication facility to facilitate a drug trafficking offense.

Chapter secretary Patrick Gonzales, 31, of Modesto, was charged with being a felon in possession of firearm and ammunition.

Hells Angels member Ricky Blackwell was charged with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense, and possession of a firearm after suffering a misdemeanor domestic violence conviction.

U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced the indictments in a news release.