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Screamin-Demons MC collide with trouble in Visalia

The Screamin-Demons president was among two men busted on gun and drug allegations after a traffic stop in Visalia. 

Both riders, Thomas Martin Qualls and Matthew Wayne Spray, were driving without motorcycle endorsements Friday evening when they were stopped by the police department's elite special enforcement unit. 

The task force, headed by Lt. Amy Watkins, is responsible for taking down some of the city's most hardened criminals and drug dealers. 

While searching Qualls' motorcycle, officers found a concealed, loaded handgun, a high-capacity magazine and an expandable baton. 

Qualls is a convicted felon, Watkins said.

Spray was also storing a concealed, loaded gun in his motorcycle, Watkins said. The motorcycle engine was stolen. A deeper search revealed a concealed dagger and 23 grams of methamphetamine.

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Motorcycle club claims harassment. Sonora police asks the public to watch the video

The Sonora Police Department put out a message on Facebook regarding this YouTube video, in which bikers accuse members of the Police Department of profiling local bikers. Warning: Graphic content. YouTube video by Jus Brothers Nate Smith

A video posted on YouTube last week shows members of the Jus Brothers motorcycle club criticizing a police sergeant who photographed the license plates on their parked motorcycles.

The motorcycle club members in the video, which had more than 14,700 views on Wednesday morning, say they were doing nothing wrong when the Sonora police sergeant started harassing them. They say police unlawfully profiled the club members as a motorcycle gang in the incident that appeared to have occurred in downtown Sonora.

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Sonora Police Responds To Video Alleging Profiling Against Bikers

(video)---SONORA (CBS13) – The Sonora Police Department is firing back after allegations of profiling against bikers.

In a video published on May 10 to YouTube, Sonora police officers can be seen checking out a group of bikes parked in the city. One officer appears to be taking photos of the bikes’ license plates. A person behind the camera can be heard saying “We get this kind of hassle from Sonora PD all the time.”

The riders claim the officer was saying and treating them like they were all in a motorcycle gang.

The video has since racked up more than 11,000 views.

Tuesday, the Sonora Police Department released a statement addressing the situation.

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Hells Angels vs. Allen Ginsberg: The unlikely Vietnam War-era confrontation

(16 photos)---It would be an understatement to say the Hells Angels and Beat Generation poet Allen Ginsberg had differing world views. In the Vietnam War era, those views came into conflict in the Bay Area.

A recent trip to The Chronicle’s basement archive turned up a pack of negatives labeled “Hells Angels Debate.” It’s likely that no one had looked through these negatives in decades, and upon closer inspection Ginsberg appeared in the batch. It was obvious this was a moment from the past that required retelling.

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Fresno Police operation successful as several motorcycle clubs gathered last weekend

(video)---A Fresno motorcycle club's annual dance brought in thousands of bikers from out of town this past weekend. Fresno Police call many of them gang members. 

Chief Jerry Dyer credits a safe weekend to the deployment of a hundred officers being proactive. Police say gatherings hosted by the Soul Brothers motorcycle club have sparked gun violence in the past. They say these events attract west Fresno gang members. Last weekend, law enforcement was ready. 

Captain Mark Salazar of the southwest Fresno policing district says his team kept constant communication with the Soul Brothers motorcycle club leading up to its annual celebration. Salazar says the chapter's events can bring in negative attention. 

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Court records: Man killed in shooting previously involved in public fight with rival motorcycle gang

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - New details in a deadly shooting outside a bar on Buck Owens Boulevard. The county coroner identified Ricardo Viera, 56, as the man who was shot to death. 

The shooting happened Saturday afternoon outside Boss Cocktails -- a bar attached to Zingo's Café -- where a bike wash was reportedly being held. It appeared to start as an argument between two biker groups before it became deadly. 
Police also said a man claiming to be the shooter later called them and was taken into custody. He was released and police haven't said why. 

According to court records, Viera was involved in another very public fight in January 2016 involving a rival motorcycle gang. Police said two men accused of having connections to the Hells Angels attacked Viera at the intersection of Rosedale Highway and Calloway Drive. At the time, police said the fight also involved the Mongols motorcycle gang.

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Gang sweep in Riverside, San Bernardino counties nets three arrests, seizures of guns and ammo

A multi-agency gang task force swept through Riverside and San Bernardino counties Wednesday, making three arrests and seizing guns, ammunition and gang material that, in one picture, included a leather Mongols Motorcycle Club vest.

The search warrants were served throughout the area — Moreno Valley residents said a sheriff’s helicopter was hovering in the pre-dawn hours, and patrol-car sirens could be heard as well.

The action stemmed from an investigation by sheriff’s detectives in the Jurupa Valley Station into a March 12, 2018 shooting in Norco, a news release from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said.

Guns and ammunition were among the items seized, along with a

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Judge allows indicted Hells Angels to attend fallen club member’s funeral

SONOMA — In an act of benevolence, a federal judge has temporarily suspended the bail conditions for five alleged Hells Angels members, so that they may attend the funeral of a member of the biker club recently killed in a car crash.

This week United States Magistrate Judge Sallie Kim signed an order permitted co-defendants Jonathan “Jon “Jon Nelson, Russell Lyles, Jr., Damien Cesena, Brian Burke, and David Diaz to attend the funeral of Jason Cliff, 50, a motorcycle shop owner who died April 8. Federal prosecutors did not object to the order.

The order permits only the defendants who had bailed out to attend Cliff’s funeral Saturday. It temporarily suspends bail conditions that barred the defendants from associating with other Hells Angels, but requires them to return to their homes by 5 p.m. the day of the funeral.

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Lakeport motorcycle crash victim was Hells Angels indictment suspect

A man killed Sunday in a Lakeport motorcycle crash was awaiting trial as part of a sweeping racketeering and conspiracy case against several Sonoma County Hells Angels motorcycle gang members, according to authorities.

Jason Randall Cliff, 50, died Saturday night when his bike moved into the path of a pickup on a Lake County highway near Lakeport. Three witnesses told CHP officers the rider had been distracted and looked away from the roadway just before the crash, said CHP Officer Kory Reynolds.

Cliff’s 2008 Buell collided with a 2007 Dodge truck at 55-60 mph without braking, Reynolds said.

Two people were not injured.

A Lake County Coroner’s Office investigation showed Cliff was on federal supervision pending an indictment.

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5 North County Motorcycle Club Members Seriously Injured in Vista Crash

Five people suffered serious injuries Saturday in a crash involving at least three motorcycles and a Toyota sedan in Vista.

The crash was reported about 6:40 p.m. at 1385 East Vista Way, just north of Foothill Drive, San Diego County Sheriff‘s Lt. Matthew Glisson said.

He said five people were taken to the hospital. Video from the scene showed a helicopter transporting one of the injured.

The motorcyclists involved in the crash were apparently all members of the Rival motorcycle club based in North County.

Vista Way was shut down in both directions between Foothill Drive and Palomar Place for the sheriff’s investigation, he said.

— From Staff and Wire Reports