Why members of the Pagans Motorcycle Club gathered in Northampton

(9 photos)--More than 100 members of the notorious Pagans Motorcycle Club gathered Saturday morning in Northampton to say goodbye to one of their own.

Ronald S. "Rocky" Bedics Jr. was a long-time member of the club, according to his obituary. He died Monday at St. Luke's University Health Network. No cause was given in his obituary. He was 54.

Bedics was also a member of the Pennsylvania Federation of Injured Workers, whose activities include raising money to help those who get hurt on the job.

A graduate of Whitehall High School, Bedics had worked in construction.


Philadelphia Pagan sentenced to 15-years

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (YC – Gov.) – Yesterday, a federal judge sentenced Joseph Mehl, a/k/a “Joseph Montanero” to 180 months in prison for his role in a prescription pill mill that trafficked oxycodone and other dangerous and addictive opioids. In addition, the Honorable Nitza I. Quiñones Alejandro, United States District Judge, ordered the defendant to serve three years of supervised release upon release from prison, and pay a special assessment of $100, as well as entering a judgment of forfeiture.


Brawl charges against two Pagans withdrawn

MEDIA COURTHOUSE >> The commonwealth has withdrawn charges against two members of the Pagan’s Motorcycle Club for an alleged assault against a fellow club member in April.



Assistant District Attorney Christopher DiRosato told Delaware County Common Pleas Court President Judge Kevin F. Kelly that he was unable to secure the presence of the complaining victim – though he noted the charges were initiated more by police – and was therefore withdrawing charges against 48-year-old Brion Phillips and Joseph E. Meehan, 44, of Ardmore.



Phillips and Meehan were charged with conspiracy, harassment, and aggravated and simple assault for the April 13 incident that resulted in Phillips being shot in the leg. Meehan was also charged with reckless endangerment.



A third club member was also initially charged, but those charges were dropped at the magisterial district judge level.




Motorcycle gang melee reported in Taylor

A reported melee in Taylor between more than two dozen motorcycle gang members prompted deluge of police to the Downvalley on Tuesday night, borough police said.

A caller to 911 said a group of “one-percenters” — a term that applies to motorcycle gang members associated with criminal activity — started a “pushing and shoving match” at Oak Street Express, 601 Main St., shortly before 10 p.m., Police Chief Stephen Derenick said.

A Taylor bar had hosted a “bike night” Tuesday and was packed with motorcycle enthusiasts, the chief said. A few reportedly started a fight and fled before police arrived. No charges have been filed. One person was arrested on unrelated drug charges, the chief said.

The fight, which reportedly did not involve weapons, drew a police response from the Downvalley communities, Scranton and the state police.


Bikers Taken Into Custody After Incident That Closed Carson Street

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — East Carson Street was shut down Sunday night after a young man reported being robbed and assaulted, allegedly over the shirt he was wearing, by a large group of men outside of a South Side bar.

Police responded to the area of Carson Street near South 14th Street after 7 p.m.

Several people spent more than an hour handcuffed as officers checked drivers’ licenses and registrations.

“The victim ran and called police. The motorcyclists left the bar and our officers spotted them, pulled them over right here. The rest played out right in front of you,” Pittsburgh Police Spokesperson Sonya Toler said.


New owner of former SNPJ tells Cross Creek residents he aims to be asset

A Prosperity man who recently purchased the former SNPJ building in Cross Creek Township told residents Tuesday he bought the property with the intention of being an asset to the community, and did not plan to operate a motorcycle club.

Michael Barringer, who bought the building in March, appeared at the Cross Creek Township supervisors meeting to answer questions about his plans for the property from the approximately 30 residents who attended.

“I bought this place as a commercial-industrial business to generate extra money. I’m not here to cause trouble. I want to try to be an improvement to your community,” said Barringer, a former coal miner who now works seasonally as a concrete pump operator and is a member of the Pagans Motorcycle Club. He believes his affiliation with the motorcycle club has caused some residents to oppose his ownership of the building.

“I’m just like you guys, The last thing I’d like to do is cause trouble,” he said.


Delco Biker Gang Member Sentenced For Meth Distribution

Ironically, the man was in charged of the Police Athletic League in Upper Darby before he was convicted.

A Delaware County man was sentenced to 11 years prison time after being convicted of distributing methamphetamine, according to the United States Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Pennsylvania. The man from Upper Darby was a member of the Warlocks outlaw motorcycle gang, the attorney's office said.

Andrew Carr, 60, of Upper Darby, was sentenced to 132 months for conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine.

According to the attorney's office, Carr was the "muscle" for the gang and intimidated and threatened violence to collect drug debts for a methamphetamine trafficking business. He also sold meth to his own customers, the attorney's office said.

That business sold about $40,000 worth of meth each month in Philadelphia and Delaware County, according to the attorney's office.


Motorcycle club makes changes after two deadly shootings

PITTSBURGH - A Homewood motorcycle club plans to make changes after two people connected to it were killed over the weekend.

The New Brotherhood Motorcycle Club said in a statement that it will permanently close its clubhouse and will no longer have late night and after-hours events.

RELATED: 2 killed in weekend shootings in Homewood

Sean Lyons, 20, was shot and killed Sunday morning inside the club. One day earlier, 33-year-old Michael Leonard was killed in his car on Blackadore Street. Friends said the shooting was connected to a fight inside the club.

"It’s unfortunate that two lives are taken,” said Angela Jackson, who was a friend of Leonard.

“Somebody is doing something, so I’m happy about that.”

Police continue to investigate both cases.


Member of the Pagans Outlaw Motorcycle Club Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for Prescription Pill Mill

PHILADELPHIA – Today, a federal judge sentenced Patrick Treacy, a/k/a “Redneck” to 20 years in prison for his role in a prescription pill mill that trafficked oxycodone and other dangerous and addictive opioids. Treacy was also ordered to serve a concurrent sentence of 10 years in prions for illegally possessing a firearm charged separately. In addition, the Honorable Nitza I. Quiñones Alejandro, United States District Judge, ordered the defendant to serve three years of supervised release upon release from prison, and pay a special assessment of $200, as well as entering a judgment of forfeiture.


Court overturns conviction, sentence of former leader of Pagans

Police can't use a single search warrant to repeatedly send a wired informant into someone's home, a state appeals court ruled Friday in overturning the conviction and sentence of the former head of the Pagans motorcycle club.

The ruling effectively suppresses all the evidence in the state's prosecution of Dennis “Rooster” Katona, 50, said Katona's lawyer, Paul Boas. While the Superior Court order remands the case back to Westmoreland County for a new trial, it's more likely the state will appeal the decision, he said.

“If they choose not to appeal, the case is over,” Boas said.

Katona could ask a judge to release him on bail pending any appeal. He is serving 40 to 80 months in prison for his 2014 conviction on drug charges.

“I fully anticipate we will file an appeal,” said deputy state Attorney General Michael M. Ahwesh, who prosecuted the case.