Mon
20
Nov

Prosecutors Charge California Hells Angels Members

Federal prosecutors in San Francisco have charged nine members of the Hells Angels motorcycle gang with running a criminal organization responsible for multiple robberies and assaults and one murder.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Federal prosecutors in San Francisco have charged nine members of the Hells Angels motorcycle gang with running a criminal organization responsible for multiple robberies and assaults and one murder.

The U.S. Attorney's office and FBI announced the charges on Monday. Most of the defendants are members of the group's Sonoma County chapter in Northern California.

The head of the FBI's San Francisco division, Jack Bennett, said their crimes were intended to instill fear in parts of the city of Santa Rosa.

Sat
18
Nov

FBI involved in Santa Rosa related raids targeting motorcyclists at bar, home

Law enforcement officers, including the CHP and FBI, were staged Saturday afternoon in Santa Rosa in what appeared to be a raid targeting motorcyclists gathered at the Wagon Wheel Saloon. A related search by officers focused on a home in southwest Santa Rosa.

The operation included the detention of riders and seizure of motorcycles. About 12:30 p.m., Santa Rosa police issued a public notice advising people to avoid Mendocino Avenue between Administration Drive and Bicentennial Way as a heavy law enforcement presence descended on the bar in northern Santa Rosa. The road was reopen by 2 p.m.

Witnesses said numerous officers from multiple agencies appeared to target for detention a large group of motorcyclists, including some who had gathered at the bar before a planned ride.

Sat
30
Sep

Alleged ‘Mongols’ biker gang members arrested after search warrant

Two men were arrested on suspicion of drug distribution in Visalia after detectives served search warrants at two homes.

James Earl Melo, 44, and Christopher Clay Wilson, 39, were both arrested Friday after narcotics detectives issued a search warrant for a home on the 600 block of Edison Street and another at a home on the 3600 block of College Avenue. The warrants were issued after there was suspicion of drug distribution by members of the Mongols Motorcycle Club, police said.

After the searches, detectives confiscated a loaded handgun, half a pound of methamphetamine and more than $13,000 in cash. The men were booked into the Tulare County Jail for allegations including suspicion of drug sales, weapons and being in a street gang.

Thu
20
Jul

Man pleads not guilty to fatally shooting member of rival biker gang in Riverside

A Corona man pleaded not guilty on Wednesday, July 20 to fatally shooting a 31-year-old member of the Hells Angels motorcycle gang in Riverside.

Joshua Herbert, 27, entered not guilty pleas to one count of murder in the death of James Duty of Orange and one count of attempted murder in the non-injury shooting of another Hells Angels member, court records show. Herbert also denied gang and firearm enhancements tied to the charges.

Officials say Herbert is a member of the Mongols, a motorcycle gang that has been feuding with the Hells Angels for decades. He was arrested after a month-long, multi-agency investigation fronted by the Riverside Police Department.

Sun
09
Jul

Deputies surround Salida business park after large fight breaks out at motorcycle club hangout

SALIDA

Stanislaus County sheriff’s deputies surrounded a business park along Pirrone Road on Sunday after a fight among a few dozen people broke out at a motorcycle club hangout spot. But authorities did not find anyone who was injured.

Sheriff’s officials received 911 calls reporting two people injured in the large fight, said Sgt. Anthony Bejaran, a sheriff’s spokesman.

He said three San Joaquin County sheriff’s deputies and two California Highway Patrol officers responded to the scene, because of the reported 30 to 40 people involved in the fight. Authorities conducted an extensive search of the area, but did not find anyone with injuries.

Deputies on Sunday afternoon remained at the business park investigating the incident. Several people were detained for their own safety and questioned. Bejaran said no arrests had been made.

Fri
07
Jul

Mongols rent out entire hotel for annual Palm Springs retreat

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. - A motorcycle gang known for violence and drug trafficking is in town this weekend for their annual retreat.

Hundreds of members of the Mongol motorcycle gang are staying at the Hilton hotel in Downtown Palm Springs. This is the fifth year the Mongols have made a visit to the desert and bring anywhere from 300 to 500 members with them.

And hotel management says they've rented out the entire hotel.

Officials with the Palm Springs Police Department said they will be stepping up patrols with multiple agencies assisting for the weekend. 

KESQ News Channel 3 and CBS Local 2's Alex Cheney spoke to a member of the Vagos motorcycle gang as their crew is also in the Coachella Valley this weekend. You can watch the full report on KESQ at 6 p.m. and on CBS Local 2 at 6:30 p.m.

Sat
01
Jul

The mild ones: No Marlon Brandos in sight as bikers mob Hollister

HOLLISTER, San Benito County — Ten thousand motorcycle riders are in town this weekend, and the streets could scarcely be more peaceful.

It’s the 70th anniversary of the celebrated Hollister motorcycle rally, the one that inspired the movie “The Wild One.” In that picture, Marlon Brando beat up Lee Marvin in the middle of Main Street, and a bunch of tough guys took over the town while the cops looked the other way.

(Photo gallery)

“That was all Hollywood stuff,” said Randy Burke, organizer of this year’s Hollister get-together.

Here’s what really happens when bikers take over the town: There are doughnuts to eat, ’60s music to listen to, great deals on helmets with spikes on top of them, and no fewer than three ministries preaching brotherly love to the leather-and-chain crowd.

Fri
30
Jun

2,000 pounds of illegal fireworks seized at San Leandro warehouse

SAN LEANDRO — An estimated 2,000 pounds of illegal fireworks were seized by Alameda County sheriff’s deputies Friday morning in a raid at a building that had been converted into a clubhouse, officials said.

An assault rifle was also found on the premises and one person was arrested.

Sheriff’s deputies and the San Leandro Police SWAT team served a search warrant at the building in the  900 block of Estabrook Circle about 7 a.m.

Sheriff’s Sgt. Ray Kelly said the raid culminated an investigation that began recently on information that fireworks and guns were being sold out of the site.

The fireworks were “commercial high grade” and included primarily aerial rockets that Kelly said were worth “tens of thousands of dollars.”

Kelly said the  building used to house a garage operation but had been converted into a motorcycle club clubhouse that contained a bar, stage and stripper pole.

Wed
21
Jun

Arrest made in Riverside fatal shooting of Orange County Hell’s Angels member

Riverside police arrested a suspect Wednesday, June 21, in the May 21 shooting of an Orange County Hell’s Angels motorcycle gang member in Riverside.

Officer Ryan Railsback on Wednesday afternoon confirmed to The Press-Enterprise that the arrest was made, but would not confirm the suspect’s name to prevent the investigation from being impacted.

More information regarding the arrest will be released at a press conference Thursday, Railsback said.

Earlier this month, police officials said the shooting was believed to be related to a feud between the Hell’s Angels and rival motorcycle gang the Mongols; the feud has been active for decades.

Sun
18
Jun

Lawsuit will explore Fresno’s bygone era of outlaw bikers

In the old days, Robert Williams used to drink and fight, talk back to cops, race around the Valley on a Harley chopper and cause all sorts of trouble.

It was a badge of honor to be known as a tough guy in the 5 Diamonds outlaw biker gang, he says.

Williams’ renegade image took a blow in 2014. He contends in a Fresno County Superior Court lawsuit that he was falsely accused of exposing himself to a 5-year-old girl at the Riverbend Mobile Home Park in Sanger so a manager could illegally evict him and his wife.

Now he is fighting for his life — literally.

“In his world, being labeled a child molester is a death sentence,” said Fresno attorney Justin Vecchiarelli, who has filed a defamation lawsuit to clear Williams’ name.

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