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DA Seeks More Than $800K From Accused Drug Traffickers

Firefighters, former police officers and members of outlaw biker gangs were arrested Tuesday during a massive series of raids.

MIDDLETOWN, NY — In addition to arresting 26 people Tuesday accused in two connected drug trafficking operations, prosecutors want to seize their ill-gotten gains. The Orange County District Attorney's Office has instituted a civil proceeding against many defendants in the cocaine conspiracy seeking more than $833,000 in illegally obtained profits.

The DA plans to do the same against defendants in the pill conspiracy, one member of which was said to have made more than $70,000 during a six-month period.

"It is a sad day when law enforcement must execute narcotics related search warrants at firehouses and when paid firemen and former police officers are charged with high level narcotics felonies," said District Attorney David Hoovler in a statement.

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Deliveryman beaten after parking in front of Hells Angels clubhouse

A deliveryman was beaten early Monday when he parked his car in front of motorcycles outside the Hells Angels’ East Village clubhouse, police sources said.

The 22-year-old was dropping off food to a different location on East Third Street between First and Second avenues around 2 a.m. when he stopped his car in front of the motorcycle club, police said.

A stranger in his 60s approached the driver and told him he couldn’t park in front of the hogs, but the deliveryman continued with the drop-off, law enforcement sources said.

When he returned to his car, two other men approached. One held him by the neck while the other sucker-punched him in the face, the sources added.

The victim suffered minor facial injuries but did not need to be taken to the hospital.

The Hells Angels have zealously protected the parking spaces outside their clubhouse.

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Kingsmen member sentenced to four years in prison

Another member of the Kingsmen Motorcycle Club is going to prison.

Jason Williams, who pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford to four years in prison.

Prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Joseph M. Tripi and Brendan T. Cullinane, Williams, 44, of Kenmore, admitted selling marijuana and cocaine to other Kingsmen.

In seeking leniecy, his lawyer said Williams is no longer the same man.

"The evidence at today's sentencing hearing demonstrated that Jason Williams was not a violent member of the Kingsmen Motorcycle Club, and a much different person today," said defense lawyer Robert Singer. "Jason worked hard over the past three years to transform his life."

Williams is one of 20 Kingsmen to be convicted.

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Hells Angels purchases vacant Centereach church

The group will use the Lynbrook Street site as its Suffolk County chapter headquarters, Brookhaven Town officials said.

Brookhaven Town officials say the Hells Angels have purchased a former Centereach church and plan to use it as the club’s new headquarters.

The club's Suffolk County chapter, which held a children's toy drive at the Lynbrook Street site earlier this month, plans to modify the structure's interior and obtain town permits before moving in, officials said. Town officials said club leaders have been cooperative and plan to be "good neighbors." 

Brookhaven officials said some neighboring residents have expressed concern about the club's purchase of the property, but they said the town cannot prevent the group from using the site as long as members abide by local codes.

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New York News: Kingsmen Member, Jack Wood Pleads Guilty To Rico Conspiracy

BUFFALO, N.Y. – U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Jack Wood, 47, of Buffalo, NY, pleaded guilty to RICO conspiracy before U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford.  The charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Joseph M. Tripi and Brendan T. Cullinane, who are handling the case, stated that the defendant was a Kingsmen Motorcycle Club (KMC) member, and served as the Sergeant at Arms of the Arcade KMC Chapter. KMC members and associates used and distributed marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, and other controlled substances at the Delevan/Arcade KMC Chapter Clubhouse. KMC members, including Wood, maintained access to firearms on their person and inside KMC Chapter Clubhouses, including the Delevan/Arcade KMC Chapter Clubhouse.

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Member of Kingsmen Motorcycle Club pleads guilty

BUFFALO, N.Y. - A member of the Kingsmen Motorcycle Club pleaded guilty to conspiracy Monday.

Glen Stacharczyck, 53, of Buffalo, was charged with conspiracy to distribute marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine and other controlled substances at the North Tonawanda and South Buffalo Kingsmen motorcycle clubhouses.

He faces a maximum of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Starcharczyck is one of 20 Kingsmen Motorcycle Club members and associates charged in this case. 16 members, so far, have been convicted.

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NYC motorcycle clubs unite to help biker recover stolen two-wheeler in Bronx, bust alleged culprit

Fast — but not furious.

Biker bar and restaurant owner Shmuel Avital has been reunited with his custom made KTM 390 Duke motorcycle, thanks to a tight-knit biking community and the highway patrol. He now hopes to bring the guy he found riding the stolen two-wheeler into that mix.

NYC motorcycle clubs helped find Shmuel Avita's missing KTM 390 Duke motorcycle.

On Tuesday morning, Avital arrived for work at his East Village eatery Spiegel and immediately noticed his custom-made bike, which he parks out front, was missing.

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Member of South Buffalo chapter of Kingsmen Motorcycle Club sentenced to prison for racketeering

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - A member of the South Buffalo chapter of the Kingsmen Motorcycle Club has been sentenced to prison time for a Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act charge. 

Stanley Olejniczak, 53, of Buffalo, was sentenced to 96 months in prison in federal court. 

According to the assistant U.S. attorneys handling the case, Olejniczak was a member of the club from 2009, during which time KMC members and associates used and/or distributed marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, and other controlled substances in and around the chapter's clubhouse. 

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Motorcycles flock to Warrensburg, Lake George

(pics)--WARRENSBURG — Motorcycle fever is sweeping the region as rallies in Warrensburg and Lake George get underway. 

The 18th Warrensburg Motorcycle Rally kicked things off on June 1 and will run through Sunday, June 10. Held at the Warren County Fairgrounds, founder Ed Zibro said his event gets bigger and bigger each year.

Down the road in the village of Lake George is the Americade Motorcycle Rally, which begins Monday, June 4, and runs through Saturday, June 9. It, too, has new additions to mark its 36th year, said Director Christian Dutcher.

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Prosecutors: Kingsmen members were 'vicious'

PROSECUTORS: Kingsmen trio tried to steer motorcycle club in bad direction.

Prosecutors described the trio of defendants as members of a larger network who took steps to turn a local motorcycle club into a “vicious gang” bent on “terrorizing” the Western New York area.

On Friday, they celebrated a victory in court against three members of the Kingsmen Motorcycle Club who were found guilty by a federal court jury in Buffalo following a four-month trial. 

“(Friday)’s verdict demonstrates that the rule of law, as enforced by the dedicated men and women of this office together with our partners in federal, state, and local law enforcement, is more powerful than even the murderous leaders of an outlaw biker gang,” said James P. Kennedy Jr., the U.S. Attorney for the Western District whose office helped prosecute the case.