3 reach plea deals in Wyoming bar fight case

ROCK SPRINGS, Wyo. (AP) — Three men have entered guilty pleas in a case stemming from a bar fight in Wyoming over a rival gang member's vest with patches that identify the gang to which he belonged.

Cory Rutherford, Matthew Wedgewood, and Nicholas Hanson pleaded guilty in Sweetwater County District Court last week in plea agreements with prosecutors.

The Rock Springs Rocket Miner reports ( ) that the three are members of the Sons of Silence motorcycle club.

Rutherford pleaded guilty to the robbery and intimidation charges in exchange for a charge of conspiracy to commit robbery being dismissed.

Wedgewood pleaded guilty to accessory to robbery and intimidation charges. A charge of conspiracy to commit robbery was dismissed.

Hanson pleaded guilty to accessory to robbery and intimidation charges. A conspiracy to commit robbery charge was dismissed.


Three Arrested For Rock Springs Biker Assault

Three men who police identify as members of the Sons of Silence motorcycle gang have been arrested in connection with an attack on a member of a rival motorcycle gang in a Rock Springs bar.

According to a release from the Rock Springs Police Department, cops were called to the Saddle Lite Saloon around 3 p.m. Monday, where they found Bradley Chrisman bleeding from the head.

Chrisman told officers that he is an enforcer for the Bad 7 motorcycle gang and that he was wearing his gang patch while sitting at the bar. Chrisman told police Cory Rutherford walked up and started hitting him, saying “give me your cuts or I will kill you.” The word “cuts” is slang for the vest that has a gang member’s patch on it. Taking away a biker’s “cuts” is considered the worst possible insult among biker gangs, according to police.


Police from Rock Springs, other cities train to deal with outlaw motorcycle gangs

ROCK SPRINGS, Wyoming — Rock Springs police are getting training to deal with outlaw motorcycle gangs.

The Rock Springs Rocket-Miner reports ( ) Police Chief Mike Lowell arranged two days of training this week for his officers and others across the state.

Steve Cook of the Heartland Training Institute in Kansas City, Missouri, led the training.

Lowell says the number of outlaw gang members is increasing in Wyoming. He says Rock Springs doesn't have any gang headquarters but some cities have groups that support gangs.

He says he wants to make sure his officers know the right way to handle gangs.

Lowell says some motorcycle clubs don't break laws but outlaw motorcycle gangs are defined by involvement in crime.


City Commits $200 Grand for Policing Hell's Angels

The City of Cody and Cody Police Department are preparing for the arrival of the Hell's Angels this summer.

Police Chief Perry Rockvam met with Governor Mead and legislators this year. The department was requesting financial assistance from the state to cover the cost of adding extra law enforcement during the Angels' stay in late July, early August.

The last time the Hell's Angels were in Cody in 2006, the state committed $500,000 to cover extra patrol wages and overtime. Rockvam admits that the department did not learn until late that the Angels were coming this summer and is not near as prepared as it was eight years ago.

“The residents of the city don't want this event to be here,” said Rockvam. “However, we  can't tell them not to come. When (the Angels) do decide to make the community a place for them to visit it becomes an operation that we just have to manage.”


EDITORIAL: Hells Angels seem to find comfort in Cody

Is it possible the Hells Angels are finding a comfortable summer home in Cody?

Our community’s hospitality and proximity to Sturgis are two factors that could be contributing to that, along with, oddly, the overwhelming law enforcement presence that greets the bikers here.

How else to explain the plans by the notorious motorcycle club to come to Cody in late July for a repeat visit. This is one club – law enforcement calls them a gang of organized criminals – that doesn’t tend to be a “see you next year” kind of organization. They ran into trouble in Steamboat Springs, Colo., and Missoula, Mont., during events in the years before and after Cody and have not been back. While the Angels can be pretty good for the food and beverage industry, we don’t think the chambers of commerce in those communities have sent out delegations seeking to sign them up for a return engagement.


Cody police planning for summer return of Hells Angels

Ruffin Prevost / Yellowstone Gate file photo

CODY, WYO. — Tourism and business boosters in this Yellowstone National Park gateway town have long worked to convince travelers to spend an extra day in Cody, and to come back a few years later for a repeat visit.

Those efforts may have proven successful with members of the Hells Angels motorcycle club, who last gathered here in 2006, and are reported to be planning a return trip this summer.

Cody Police Chief Perry Rockvam said he had been told by “a federal agency” that approximately 600 Hells Angels members and their associates may spend 4-5 days in Cody for their U.S. Run in late July or early August.


Photo Gallery: Hells Angels 2006 World Run in Cody

In 2006, an estimated 1,300 Hells Angels motorcycle club members and their associates gathered in Cody, Wyo. for the group’s World Run.

Cody Police Chief Perry Rockvam said he has been informed by federal officials that the group is planning to return to Cody this summer for its U.S. run, which could draw approximately 600 bikers from the group.

Here are a few selected images from the 2006 Hells Angels gathering, which was peaceful and largely uneventful.

Photos by Ruffin Prevost
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