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Pagans may be planning a 'violent' expansion into North Jersey

The brutal beating of a Hells Angel associate in Newark late last month is part of a broader attempt by the Pagans Motorcycle Club (PMC) to expand its territory into northern New Jersey, NJ Advance Media has learned.

On April 24, a man who told police he just left the Hells Angels clubhouse on Clinton Avenue in Newark was beaten with a baseball bat as he was getting gas at a nearby station. 

Days later, Robert DeRonde turned himself into authorities and was charged with aggravated assault and weapons offenses.

DeRonde, 54, of Edison, is accused of hopping out of a pickup truck and then using an aluminum baseball bat to beat a man so bad that he left him hospitalized with three broken ribs, authorities said.

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7 accused Pagans, associates indicted in connection with April Kauffman killing

Nearly six years after a now-deceased doctor arranged for his wife to be killed to protect an illegal opioid pill distribution ring he ran with members of the Pagan motorcycle gang, seven people have been indicted for their alleged roles in the operation.

Ferdinand Augello has been indicted on charges that he killed radio host and veterans advocate April Kauffman and attempted to kill her husband, James Kauffman. Augello was also indicted on a charge of being the leader of a drug trafficking network.

James Kauffman, a 69-year-old endocrinologist from Linwood, killed himself in the Hudson County jail in January, weeks after he was charged with orchestrating the murder-for-hire plot.

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Man accused in April Kauffman killing talks from jail: EXCLUSIVE

MAYS LANDING — Inside a dimly lit visitation room at the Atlantic County jail, Ferdinand "Freddy" Augello emerges from behind a locked, windowed room and walks to sit down at a small, round table.

His face is framed by an untrimmed gray goatee and dark gray hair down to the middle of his back, held back by a pair of reading glasses. He sits down, slightly hunched over, and rests his arms on the table, palms down and fingers interlocked.

Exposed under his off-white thermal shirt beneath his orange jail outfit are his arm tattoos: “Pagans M.C.” surrounded by orange flames, and another fire-encircled tattoo that reads “1%.”

Augello, 61, charged with murder and racketeering in the 2012 death of April Kauffman, didn't deny his onetime involvement with the Pagans, a national outlaw motorcycle club formed in 1959 in Prince George's County, Maryland. 

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The Pagan's Motorcycle Club still rides, wreaks havoc at Jersey Shore

The Pagan’s Motorcycle Club was never the biggest outlaw motorcycle club in the nation, but members liked to think that, pound-for-pound, none was tougher.


Three Pagans, one former member said, could “do anything,” and if there are more, well, that’s even better, or worse for whoever is in their way.

“You give me six good Pagans and I could take over the country,” said James “Jimmy D” DeGregorio, a former high-ranking member of the Pagans in the South Jersey and Philadelphia area.

“They are a hard-core gang. Period. Small but mighty.”


The PMC, founded in Maryland in 1959,  was back in the news last week at the Jersey Shore for the usual reasons: accusations of drug dealing, murder plots, and an old, familiar problem that’s plagued the group for decades: undercover agents and confidential informants recording them.

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Doctor ordered radio host wife's killing to protect illegal drug ring, prosecutors say

A New Jersey endocrinologist hired a member of a motorcycle gang to kill his wife more than five years ago after she threatened to expose an illegal prescription drug ring the doctor was running with the gang, prosecutors said Tuesday.

Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon Tyner announced murder charges against James Kauffman, 68, in the May 2012 death of his wife, April. Ferdinand Augello, 61, a member of the Pagan Outlaw Motorcycle Gang, was also charged with murder in April Kauffman's death -- and was also charged with trying to have James Kauffman killed.

Six other members of the gang were charged in connection with the drug ring.

Prosecutors said that Kauffman gave free prescriptions to people sent by Augello and that Augello would receive $1,000 per script or a number of pills after the script was filled. Those that received them either used the drugs or sold them.

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Freehold man had chemicals, pipes, fuses and books on how to make bombs: prosecutor

FREEHOLD - A man alleged to belong to the Pagan's Outlaw Motorcycle Gang not only had weapons, thousands of rounds of ammunition, chemical compounds, pipes and fuses in his Freehold home when authorities raided it last month, he also had books with instructions on how to make bombs, a prosecutor said Thursday.

A former housemate of Anthony Corraro, worried about the materials in the house and concerned that Corraro was unstable due to drug use, tipped off authorities about the arsenal last month, said Christopher Decker, an assistant Monmouth County prosecutor.

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'What if these materials were not discovered?'' Decker said at a detention hearing for Corraro. "What if this individual didn't step up to law-enforcement? What if?

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Bomb-Making Materials, Guns, Flamethrower Seized In Howell-Freehold Bust: Prosecutor

Alleged motorcycle gang member from Freehold, two Howell men were arrested; authorities said thousands of rounds of ammunition were seized.

FREEHOLD, NJ – A homemade flamethrower, bomb-making materials, 30 guns and thousands of rounds of ammunition were seized over the weekend after authorities were tipped off, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni said Monday.

Three men, including an alleged member of an outlaw motorcycle gang, were arrested and face multiple weapons charges, said Charles Webster, spokesman for the prosecutor's office.

After getting a tip that explosives were present at a Howell home, authorities executed a search warrant at 191 Ford Road on Friday night, Webster said. During their search, they found 11 long guns, three handguns, ammunition and a quantity of marijuana, Webster said.

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Alleged members of motorcycle gangs arrested in Mays Landing

Two members of separate motorcycle gangs were arrested last month as part of an ongoing investigation into drug dealing and weapons possession.

Samuel Marsh, 27, and Benjamin Dipilla, 28, both of Mays Landing, were charged with multiple weapons offenses after several law enforcement units, including the New Jersey State Police Gangs Unit, the Hamilton Township Police Department, and the Atlantic County SWAT Team, among others, raided a home on the 6000 block of Danenhauer Lane in Mays Landing.

Marsh is a member of the Tough Guys motorcycle gang while Dipilla is allegedly part of the Pagans motorcycle gang, according to a statement from the Hamilton Township Police Department.

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Pro Stock motorcycle’s Andrew Hines likes view from top heading to Summernationals

Andrew Hines and his Screamin’ Eagle Vance and Hines Harley-Davidson team went to work in the off-season, determined to produce something far different in 2014.

Pro Stock motorcycle’s Andrew Hines likes view from top heading to Summernationals


ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. — Intent on making up for a season of disappointment, Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Andrew Hines and his Screamin’ Eagle Vance and Hines Harley-Davidson team went to work in the off-season, determined to produce something far different in 2014.

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Teenage motorcycle passenger shot, wounded in Paterson

PATERSON — A teenage passenger on a motorcycle was shot in the back as the driver rode down a northern New Jersey roadway, authorities said.

It's not yet clear what sparked the shooting that occurred shortly before 7 p.m. Saturday in Paterson.

The 16-year-old male passenger, a Paterson resident whose name was not disclosed, remained hospitalized today in critical but stable condition.

The driver and passenger both heard a "popping sound" as they rode in the area of North 3rd and Jefferson streets in the city's First Ward, and the passenger soon realized what had happened, authorities said.

The youth alerted the driver, who pulled the motorcycle over to the curb and flagged down a police car in the 100 block of Jefferson Street to report the shooting.

The driver was not injured.