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Hells Angels play softball for local charity during summer rally

(news video) --- CLEMSON, SC (WSPA) – It’s day three of the summer rally for the “Hells Angels” in Clemson.

On Wednesday, the bikers took to the field to play softball for a local charity. The east coast bikers played against the west coast to raise money for the Pickens County Advocacy Group.

There was some concern from the community as the “outlaw motorcycle club” headed to town, but we heard from a local “Hells Angels” biker for the first time who said it’s been a great week.

“All I can say is we are having a good time here in Clemson and everything’s been great,” said Phil Sierputowski.

Sierputowski tells 7News that the club picked Clemson for their annual rally because it’s the home of the national champions.

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Upstate mom thanks Hells Angels for helping keep her son's memory alive on what would have been his 21st birthday

CLEMSON, SC (FOX Carolina) – An Upstate woman said the visiting Hells Angels motorcycle club members are helping keep her late son’s memory alive.

Christy Hubbard shared her experience on Facebook Wednesday, on what would have been her son, Clay Porter’s 21st birthday.

She said Clay took his own life in September of 2018 for reasons that the family still does not know or understand.


Hubbard said she set out Wednesday morning to “spread love and kindness in honor of Clay’s birthday,” so she went to Clemson, where she encountered a group of bikers, as the Hells Angels are in town for their annual summer rally.

Here’s what she said happened next:

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Hells Angels roll into Clemson

(VIDEO) --- CLEMSON, S.C. (WSPA) – The streets of Clemson may sound a little louder this week.

Tuesday marks day two of a 3-day summer rally for the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club.

Roughly 500 members are expected to be in town for meetings, events, and exploring the scenic routes that attract bikers to the Clemson area.

Their presence has also attracted the attention of law enforcement.

Some officers are situated with their cameras near the hotels along Tiger Blvd. where the bikers are staying through Wednesday.

Despite the U.S. Justice Department classifying the Hells Angels as an “outlaw motorcycle gang” known for “criminal activity,” some small business owners are welcoming the bikers and their dollars.

Destiny Cruell works at the local head shop “Purple Haze” directly next to the parking lots where the bikers are gathering this week.

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Hundreds of Hells Angels gathering today in Upstate

(video) --- CLEMSON, S.C. (WSPA) — The Hells Angels are expected to arrive in Clemson for their annual summer rally on Monday.

More than 500 members of the motorcycle group are expected for the three-day event.

Clemson police don’t expect safety to be an issue, but more officers will be on patrol.

The U.S. Justice Department has classified the Hells Angels as an “outlaw motorcycle gang” and says the group poses a criminal threat.

However, Clemson Police Chief Jimmy Dixon says the rally is more like a family reunion. 

Clemson was picked for the group’s annual summer rally is November. 

The Hells Angels are expected to be in the city through Aug. 2 for outdoor events and business meetings.

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Hells Angels coming to Clemson

(video) --- CLEMSON, SC (Fox Carolina) - The Hells Angels are coming to Clemson for their annual summer rally.

Clemson police Chief Jimmy Dixon said he expects more than 500 bikers from the motorcycle gang.

"They're not coming here to cause problems," Chief Dixon said. "I know everybody thinks that the world is getting ready to come to an end. But I can assure you that that it is not."


Dixon said the Hells Angels will come from all across the country to meet for their annual rally starting on July 29 through Friday, August 2. Dixon compares the visit to a family reunion and while some know about their old reputation, but are rolling out the welcomes. 

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Hell in Clemson? Hells Angels set to come to Clemson this summer

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CLEMSON — The Hells Angels Motorcycle Club, classified by the U.S. Department of Justice as an “outlaw motorcycle gang,” is coming to Clemson this summer.

Approximately 750 members of the motorcycle club and their families are scheduled to come to the city July 29-Aug. 2 as part of the club’s annual summer rally, according to city and chamber officials.

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Documented gang member facing drug charges, deputies say

LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC (WACH) – A West Columbia man is facing drug charges after members of a gang unit arrested the man after a traffic stop in the 2800 block of Emanuel Church Rd. Sept. 18., according to the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department.

Thirty-eight-year-old Robert Glenn Hardee is now charged with trafficking cocaine, according to warrants.

According to our gang unit, Hardee is a validated gang member with the Warlocks Motorcycle Club,” Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon said. “The unit was able to document the group as a criminal gang under the South Carolina Code of Laws.”

Hardee is currently being held at the Lexington County Detention Center.

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One last ride

One last ride: Hundreds of bikers pay respects to Lakelands Warlocks president

Hundreds of leather-clad bikers sat atop their motorcycles, engines revving loudly, with their middle fingers to the sky in a show of respect to a man who often lifted the same digit to his many friends — John Ruley Jr.’s funeral procession was as boisterous and head-turning as his laugh was.

On Wednesday, Harley Funeral Home was surrounded by motorcycles. Hundreds of bikers from throughout the state and some from as far as West Virginia came in their colors to pay their respects to Ruley. He served as president of the Warlocks Motorcycle Club Lakelands chapter, and died in a wreck Saturday night alongside the club’s vice president, Tommy Burdette.

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roopers: Two drivers charged with felony DUI after crash kills 2 motorcyclists


Troopers said a man has been charged with felony DUI after a collision in Greenwood County killed two people.

SCHP said the crash happened along US 221 at Evans Pond at 8:50 p.m. Saturday night. 

According to troopers, two motorcycles, a 2005 Nissan and a 1999 Jeep were involved in the collision. 

The Jeep was struck by the two motorcycles, troopers said. One of the motorcycles then ran off the road into a ditch and the other was struck by the Nissan, according to SCHP. 

Troopers said neither of the motorcyclists were wearing helmets and both were ejected from their vehicles. The passengers on both motorcycles were also ejected and were transported to the hospital, per SCHP. 

According to troopers, the driver of the Jeep was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the collision and was ejected from the vehicle. He was transported by helicopter to the hospital. 

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Lexington Hells Angel hired a pal to kill ex-wife for 401(k) money, FBI says


Jerry Oliver needed money. Debts were piling up.

So Oliver, 52, hired a friend to kill his ex-wife to make sure that she did not get some of his 401(k) retirement money. He gave his friend a Glock semiautomatic pistol with a full magazine and a bullet in the chamber.

Unknown to Oliver, a member of the Lexington County-Columbia chapter of the Hells Angel motorcycle club, his friend had a secret – he was a source for the FBI.

That was the testimony earlier this week of veteran FBI agent Craig Januchowski in federal court in Columbia during a hearing for Oliver, a laundry and linen service manager in Lexington County.