Thu
01
Jun

Biker associate pleads guilty to steroids charge

ALBANY -- A Stillwater man with ties to a Dutch outlaw motorcycle gang pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court on Thursday to selling steroids and international money laundering for the performance-enhancing drugs he acquired in the mail from Thailand.

Sean Dubanowich, 43, who was convicted of a federal drug felony in 2000 unrelated to steroids.

He is an associate of the Satudarah motorcycle club and onetime member of the Rock Machine biker gang, according to court papers and his attorney.

The stocky defendant, a weight lifter, obtained the performance-enhancing drugs from Thailand and sold them in the United States and Canada.

Fri
19
May

Multiple arrests made, two suspects still sought in Blue Jay Tavern brawl

ROTTERDAM -- Rotterdam police have arrested a number of suspects in a brawl March 19 at the Blue Jay Tavern -- and they're asking for the public's help to locate two more.

Shortly after midnight March 19, officers were dispatched to the tavern for a fight call. On arrival, they located two victims, one of whom had injuries that required transportation to the hospital. All suspects had left the scene before police arrived.

Using surveillance footage from the Blue Jay Tavern, City of Schenectady Street Camera System, and several other surrounding local businesse,s Rotterdam Police Detective Division was able to identify several suspects in the matter.

Sun
26
Mar

Hells Angel busted after cops find handgun, cocaine in his car in West Village

Cops busted a Hells Angel after finding a handgun, cocaine and $3,000 cash in his car during a traffic stop in the West Village, police sources said Friday.

Police pulled over Michael Avalone, 37, of Ossining, N.Y., after they spotted him driving recklessly in a 2008 Cadillac DTS at W. 14th St. and 6th Ave. around 2:50 a.m. Thursday, cops said.

After discovering Avalone had three active warrants, the officers placed him under arrest, officials said. During the arrest, Avalone told officers there was a gun on the front passenger seat of his car.

The officers took Avalone and his Cadillac back to the 6th Precinct, and obtained a search warrant for the car, according to a police source.

Inside they found two vials of cocaine, $3,000 in cash, a fake New York transit authority placard and a loaded .380-caliber Luger pistol with an extra magazine, according to a police source.

Wed
22
Mar

SHOOTING TRIAL: Tension brewed at motorcycle club, lawyer says

Three days before a September shooting in West Corners, a former motorcycle club member confronted others outside their Carl Street clubhouse in attempt to regain some tools and settle a monetary issue. On Wednesday, that former motorcycle member said he showed up with a billy club in order to keep others from ganging up on him.

Another confrontation broke out three days later, on Sept. 24, prosecutors say, resulting in former "Flesh and Blood" motorcycle club member Timothy Mancini and his dog being wounded by shotgun fire.

Paul Warner's trial for attempted second-degree murder continued Wednesday in Broome County Court, and the defense argued tensions had been brewing after a divide among the roughly 18-member group of motorcyclists in the days before the shooting.

Thu
16
Mar

Six Members And Associates Of The Hells Angels Charged In White Plains Federal Court With Racketeering, Narcotics, And Money Laundering Offenses

Joon H. Kim, the Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and William F. Sweeney Jr., Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI’), announced the unsealing of an Indictment charging six members and associates of the Hells Angels with various racketeering, narcotics, and money laundering offenses, including the assault of a rival gang member with a hammer.

 

THOMAS SCHMIDT, JOSEPH KAPLAN, JOHN CALVACCHIO, JEFF AMATO, and GARY PAGANELLI were taken into federal custody this morning and were presented before United States Magistrate Judge Judith C. McCarthy. MICHAEL PICCIONE was taken into federal custody this morning near Los Angeles, California, and will be presented later today before a magistrate judge in the Central District of California. The case has been assigned to U.S. District Judge Cathy Seibel.

 

Sat
18
Feb

Cops arrest 24 in massive raid at Brooklyn biker club

Cops on Saturday morning busted 24 people and seized five handguns during a raid of an afterhours Brooklyn motorcycle club that has a reputation as a problem spot, police sources said.

Dozens of cops barged into the God’s Only Demons Motorcycle Club on Butler Street near Fourth Avenue in Gowanus around 4 a.m., witnesses said.

“The whole precinct was here,” said a witness who declined to give his name. “About 80 cops or more. Armored police vans, SWAT gear, dogs. Crazy. I haven’t seen that many cops here ever. They went up on the roofs.”

Ten people at the club face gun charges, said police sources. The other 14 people were picked up for having outstanding arrest warrants.

Tue
07
Feb

How a motorcylist dispute sparked a shooting

Members of a motorcycle group in Western Broome County form a divide over whether some should join the Hells Angels club. One man gets kicked out of the group and at some point, a shotgun is fired in West Corners.

Prosecutors say the man who got kicked out of the motorcycle club, along with a dog, were injured in the shooting.

The chain of events that escalated into the Sept. 24 shooting on Carl Street in West Corners and a lengthy investigation by state police that resulted in four arrests has only been partly revealed by prosecutors in a public courtroom. More of the story will be presented to a jury when an attempted murder trial for Paul Warner begins Feb. 14 in Broome County Court

Thu
19
Jan

Did Bruce pay Informant Ignasiak $80,000 to lie in Chosen Few Case?

Last week we wrote about an apparent miscarriage of justice perpetrated by former Assistant US Attorney Anthony M. Bruce as he prosecuted 20 innocent men who were members of a Depew, NY motorcycle club called the Chosen Few.

Bruce saw his case fall apart as his informant David Ignasiak was revealed to be a serial liar, a drug addict, a criminal ready to prompt men to potentially injure, even murder each other, and was possibly coached to lie.

After last week’s Chosen Few story, people started calling to tell what they knew.

The story will need to be told in installments over weeks.

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Anthony M. Bruce. His victims actually call him ‘Brucifer’.

This week we will preview some of what we learned.

Tue
20
Dec

Cops arrest shooter in Hells Angels parking spot brawl

Authorities have made an arrest in last week’s shooting outside of the Hells Angels biker club in the East Village, police sources said.

Anthony Iovenitti, 52, was busted on Tuesday, exactly one week after cops say he shot 25-year-old David Martinez, following a dispute.

Martinez was with friends just before 1:30 a.m. when he attempted to move an orange traffic cone outside the club headquarters on E. 3rd street, so that their car could pass a taxi.

That prompted angry bikers to come out and confront the men.

Iovenitti threw the first punch and was shoved the ground by Martinez. He then whipped out a gun and shot the younger man in the stomach, sources said.

Martinez is recovering in the hospital, in stable condition.

Mon
12
Dec

Hells Angels refusing to help cops with shooting investigation

The Hells Angels are refusing to help cops solve a shooting over a parking spot outside their Manhattan headquarters — lowering a cone of silence around the attack, NYPD sources said Monday.

“They’re not cooperative. They never are. They’re d–kheads. They have a bad track record with us,” one police source said of the motorcycle club.

Another high-ranking cop added, “They’re not going to turn in one of their guys.”

After the shooting — in which a biker shot a man in the gut for removing an orange parking cone Sunday — the Angels holed up in their East Village clubhouse and refused to talk to cops, a police source said.

On Monday morning, they defiantly set up an illegal orange traffic cone — again — to save spots for several of their Harley Davidson motorcycles on East Third Street near First Avenue, sparking a bizarre new confrontation with cops.

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