Wed
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Jan
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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.

Wed
28
Dec
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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.

Tue
13
Dec
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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.

Sat
10
Dec
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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.

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"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.

Fri
09
Dec
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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.

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

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Tue
06
Dec
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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.

Thu
01
Dec
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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.”

Tue
29
Nov
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Hells Angels member arrested in Santa Rosa sex assault

When a 49-year-old Santa Rosa woman learned her husband was about to be stripped of his membership in the notorious Hells Angels Motorcycle Club, police say she met with a member over the weekend to get answers.

Instead of receiving an explanation, officials say she was sexually assaulted by the former president of the outlaw biker group’s Sonoma County chapter and forced to comply for the sake of her husband’s safety.

Her attacker, 53-year-old Rohnert Park resident Raymond Michael Foakes, was arrested Monday night on suspicion of sexual assault, victim intimidation, stalking and gang participation.

Fri
11
Nov
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Self Proclaimed Vagos Arrested for Death Threats

Sheriff’s deputies arrested Jimmy Lee Hostmark, 52, resident of Crestline for criminal threats after he allegedly threatened a neighbor with death on October 28.

In a statement to The Alpenhorn News by a Sheriff’s Department spokesperson, the Sheriff’s Department originally received a complaint of a disturbance between neighbors in the 23000 block of Straightway, Crestline, shortly after 7:00 p.m. The Sheriff’s Department spokesperson said that by the time the deputies had arrived, the incident had escalated.

Sun
25
Sep
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CHP: Motorcycle club associate fatally shot on I-80 in Truckee

An associate of a “known outlaw motorcycle club” was shot and killed on westbound Interstate 80 Saturday afternoon, closing down the freeway to the state line.

The California Highway Patrol reported that a motorcyclist was driving a 2009 black Harley Davidson on Interstate 80 just inside the city limits of Truckee when three motorcyclists wearing black leathers “came up on him and fired,” said CHP Officer Pete Mann.

CHP Truckee Commander Ryan Stonebraker said the CHP responded to a call at about 3:55 p.m.. Officers found one victim with “life-threatening injuries,” he said.

The victim died at the scene, and a homicide investigation is underway.

Mann said the victim was associated with the Vagos motorcycle club, but was not a member. He described him as “kind of a hanger on” to the club.

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