Wed
06
Jun
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When the Angels came to town

The Hells Angels made Healdsburg their playground in the late 1960s

Wander the tree-lined downtown streets of Healdsburg today and listen. Do you hear the vibrant tunes from the Tuesday evening concerts?

Splashing water from the Plaza fountain, or shoppers and the hubbub of commerce?

If you lived here in the 1960s, you might have heard a different sound — the loud and distinctive rumble of V-twin engines and straight pipes. The Hells Angels were roaring into town. Again.

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Tue
05
Jun
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Three Mongols arrested for provoking deadly fight

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - New information from the Bakersfield Police Department shows four affiliates of the Mongols Motorcycle Club were involved in a deliberate plan to provoke a confrontation with rival members of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club that ultimately led to a member of the Mongols being shot and killed. 

The shooting happened May 5, 2018. Ricardo Viera, who had a known affiliation with the Mongols, fired one round into a crowd of people at the event using an illegal firearm. At least one person suffered minor injuries.

Another person then retrieved a legally owned handgun and fired several rounds at Viera, killing him. 

Tue
05
Jun
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Federal Judge Delays Mongols Trial But Warns The Gang About Manners

Inside a stately Orange County federal courtroom on June 4, U.S. District Court Judge David O. Carter silently eyed a wild looking bunch of at least 25 Mongols Motorcycle Club members dominating the public seating section.

Several of the club’s crew looked bar-room ready to rumble with anyone who held their probing gazes, but Carter, a heroic U.S. Marine survivor of one of this nation’s most brutal military battles in the Vietnam War and one of the nation’s most colorful judges, wanted the motley crew to know who is in charge and not to be challenged: him.

“What a great impression you make,” the federal judge sarcastically said to the Mongols during the pre-trial hearing.

The federal government wants to take control over a notorious California motorcycle club’s trademark logos

Sat
26
May
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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.

Wed
16
May
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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.

Tue
15
May
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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.

Tue
15
May
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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.

Fri
11
May
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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. 

Mon
07
May
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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.

Wed
25
Apr
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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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