Several reputed Hells Angels "will plead guilty to felony charges stemming
from a 2008 brawl with rival Mongols motorcycle gang members that
injured six people at a downtown Las Vegas wedding chapel" as reported by Ken Ritter for The Associated Press: "Hells Angels celebrating one marriage at A Special Memory Wedding Chapel
encountered several Mongols arriving for another ceremony."
In papers filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Las Vegas, an attorney representing members of the Mongols and other clubs allege that law enforcement pressured bars and hotels in Las Vegas to cancel events with members of the Mongols and the Vagos. Police also improperly detained a member of the Stray Cats group; defamed a member of the Bandidos biker group who was fired from his job as a paramedic; and falsely arrested another Bandidos member, the lawsuit alleges.
*** Several suspected members and associates of the Bandidos are arrested for their alleged roles in attacking rival bikers for wearing unapproved colors in El Paso, TX: "law enforcement officers have said that the Bandidos Motorcycle Club is the dominant outlaw motorcycle gang in the El Paso region."
*** The FBI arrested twenty suspected Hells Angels members and associates in raids across the Carolinas following a two-year investigation: the "91-count indictment alleges that the members and associates of the York County-based Hells Angels group engaged in narcotics distribution, arson, trafficking in stolen property, money laundering, extortion, prostitution and firearms violations."
*** Ruben "Doc" Cavazos, former Mongols national president, was sentenced to fourteen years in prison pursuant to secret court hearing after pleading guilty to racketeering:
Calls to Cavazos' deputy federal public defender, John Littrell, were not returned. Littrell requested the judge to seal documents regarding his client, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher Brunwin. The reason for sealing was due to underlying issues that Brunwin couldn't talk about.
The 15 individuals were charged with having carried out four shootings, planning a further two as well carrying out assaults using weapons. Their victims were mostly young men with immigrant backgrounds.
*** Police warn of escalating gang war with some Hells Angels on one side in Vancouver, BC Canada.
*** Prosecution drops several charges in upcoming Hells Angels mega trial in Montreal, QC Canada: "the court was to hear the cases of over 100 bikers, each charged with 22 counts of murders, but . . . it was reduced to nine counts."
*** Bikers on the rise in Alberta, Canada: "according to Sgt. Marc Labonte of the Edmonton Integrated Intelligence Unit for the RCMP, during the last two years, Alberta has seen one of the largest increases in outlaw motorcycle gangs across the country."
Detective Inspector Grant Wormald, of the Organised and Financial Crime Agency New Zealand, said some debt collectors traded on their gang membership. "More often than not the gangs are used to collect debts in the knowledge that people will pay up through fear and intimidation," he said.
A tenured professor at the San Bernardino campus of California State University may not be returning to classes this fall.
Steve Kinzey has been accused of leading the local chapter of the Devils Disciples motorcycle club and separately heading a methamphetamine ring, and now the bald-headed funky-bearded academic whose expertise is kinesiology or the study of human movement is on the run from the law as reported by Phil Willon for the Los Angeles Times.
Authorities "said the probe stemmed from a federal undercover operation of another biker gang, the Mongols, in which Kinzey was identified as being involved in criminal activity" as reported by CBS News.
*** A Hells Angels member from the New York chapter pleads guilty to a weapons charge in Providence, RI, and faces an enhanced sentence of up to fifteen years in prison if declared an armed career criminal by the court.
*** Three suspected Hells Angels associates charged for their alleged roles in the beating death of a man in Kelowna, BC Canada are released on bail.
*** Four suspected Hells Angels members and three accountants charged with $5.5 million tax fraud in Sydney, Australia, and one investigator said the alleged crime "heralded a new era for bikie gangs" by "using professional advisers or facilitators, like accountants and lawyers, to assist them with their money laundering and financial activities."
*** Reputed Hells Angels boss charged with $2.3 million mortgage fraud in Sydney, Australia, and the police's fraud squad commander said:
The notion of your stereotypical fraud offender being dressed in a pin-striped suit and carrying a briefcase is well and truly gone. It's certainly becoming a new trend. Not just outlaw motorcycle gangs but all forms of organised criminals are currently working with people with experience in the financial sector and learning from their experience.
*** A judge in Sydney, Australia rejects police bid to declare Hells Angels a criminal organization.
*** Police investigate suspected turf war between Rock Machine and Hells Angels-affiliated Redlined Support Crew in Winnipeg, MB Canada: "these organizations are in a battle for control of the drug trade and other criminal behaviour, the city's top cop said."
*** Two RCMP cops plead guilty to a brawl with Hells Angels at a strip club in Kelowna, BC Canada: "the officers were given an absolute discharge and neither will have a criminal record."
*** Alleged boiler room operator in Vancouver, BC Canada used Hells Angels connection to promote his rock band.
*** The LAPD targets the Chosen Few in Los Angeles, CA: "The city attorney’s office is seeking charges against nine Chosen Few members for crimes including sale of cocaine and marijuana, assault weapons violations, and gang enhancements, officials said."
*** In South Warwickshire, England a former Outlaws biker who was convicted for role in murder of a Hells Angels now fears for life from his ex-comrads after disowning the club: "The Outlaws live and die by a code of honour and it is almost unknown for any member to break away."
*** The feds have brought a racketeering indictment against five suspected Hells Angels in Rochester, NY involving their alleged roles in a 2006 baseball bat attack against an individual who dissed them: "the indictment identifies the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club in Rochester as a criminal organization whose members functioned for the common purpose of facilitating criminal activity, including acts involving drug trafficking and murder."
***Biker war feared in Germany: "Members of a notorious Kurdish clan in Bremen have founded a new chapter of the Mongols motorcycle club and are challenging the Hells Angels in the city."
*** 154 suspected Hells Angels members and associates across Eastern Canada variously were charged last April with murder, drug trafficking and gangsterism, and they will be tried together this spring in a proceeding that is expected to last nine months and cost taxpayers $11 million.
*** In Nova Scotia, Canada the RCMP search home in connection with an investigation into the 1999 disappearance of ex-Hells Angels member Randy Mersereau: "The 48-year-old former Hells Angels disappeared a month after he was allegedly the target of a mysterious bomb blast at a used car dealership in Bible Hill. * * * Mersereau was alleged to have been involved in a drug war with the Angels. In September 2000, his brother, Kirk Mersereau, was murdered."
*** John Neal, the reputed president of the Toronto, ON Canada chapter of Hells Angels, wins right for extra food in prison as he awaits trial next on drug trafficking charges.