Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Hells Angels President loses court challenge

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (January 28, 2020) BTN — The longtime president of the East End Hells Angels has lost a court challenge over an investment gone bad. John Peter Bryce, 57, had argued that a mortgage broker deceived him about the value of a Chilliwack property before he agreed to loan cash to the owners for a second and third mortgage.

Bryce claimed that broker Allan Sadler was professionally negligent by giving him copies of various appraisals in 2010 and 2012 that all overestimated the value of the 25-acre tree farm.

The property was eventually foreclosed upon, with Bryce losing $202,000 on his investment, he said.

But B.C. Supreme Court Justice Gordon Weatherill rejected Bryce’s claim that his losses were the fault of Sadler or his company, Rala Investments Ltd. Weatherill said Bryce should have done his own due-diligence before agreeing to lend $750,000, with interest rates ranging from 14-to-18 per cent a year, for the two mortgages he secured.

“I accept Sadler’s evidence that he pointed out to the plaintiff at the outset of their relationship, or close to it, that the plaintiff was free to obtain his own appraisal of the properties he was obtaining mortgage security over,” Weatherill said in a ruling released this week. “I find that the plaintiff likely ignored that advice because of the cost, and because the transactions he engaged in with Sadler had all gone smoothly.”

Weatherill laid out the history between Sadler and Bryce, which began after the former businessman and longshoreman retired in 2008 and was looking for investments. Sadler told Weatherill that a broker “finds borrowers in need of mortgage loans and presents mortgage opportunities to lenders.” Sometimes he acted for the borrower, sometimes for the lender.

“Most of his deals involved higher-risk, second- and third-mortgage transactions.”

Sadler also told Weatherill that “it was his standard practice to advise and recommend to all lenders that he acts for to obtain their own appraisal of the property that is to be used as security for the loan.”

Bryce and Sadler completed several other deals before the ill-fated Chilliwack investment arose in 2010.

“All of the investments made by the plaintiff were successful, with the full investment repaid to him together with interest. The maximum investment made by the plaintiff during this period was $350,000,” Weatherill noted.

Sadler raised the prospect of Bryce financing the $500,000 second mortgage on the Chilliwack acreage in May 2010. He gave Bryce a copy of a 2008 appraisal done for the owners’ broker, which valued the property at $2.1 million. The appraisal contained disclaimer clauses, Weatherill said, which Bryce admitted in court that he didn’t read.

Bryce and his sister visited the property, then agreed to loan $500,000, secured by a second mortgage with an interest rate of 14 per cent per year. A year later after seeing another appraisal valuing the property at more than $2.5 million, Bryce and his sister agreed to renew the second mortgage for another one-year term increasing the interest rate from 14-to-18 per cent, with the interest paid in advance.

In April 2012, the homeowners were looking for more cash.

Sadler testified that he told Bryce, “These people are coming back to the well too often” and the investment was “getting risky,” but Bryce denied in court that he had been warned about the borrowers’ money troubles. Bryce and his sister made the loan, secured by a third mortgage, at an even higher interest rate.

Weatherill said “the plaintiff was blinded by the success of those previous investments, as well as by the prospect of an 18 per cent return in 14 months, paid in advance.” He dismissed Bryce’s claim that the investments were only made because of the appraisals provided by Sadler.

“Sadler’s conduct was not the cause of the plaintiff’s loss,” Weatherill said.

Bryce is one of the defendants in the long-running B.C. Civil Forfeiture lawsuit over three of the bikers’ clubhouses in East Vancouver, Kelowna and Nanaimo. Closing arguments in that case, which began in November 2007, finally concluded last year and a ruling is expected in the coming months.

SOURCE: Vancouver Sun

Bandidos MC member on trial for taking cut

Abilene, Texas, USA (January 28, 2020) BTN - The first of three Bandidos motorcycle club members arrested for allegedly violently robbing a rival club member who drove through their area while wearing a rivals club vest is on trial.

Daniel Machado is on trial in Abilene 42nd District Court for Aggravated Robbery and Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity in connection to the incident that took place in July of 2018.

Two other suspects, Justin Aldava, and Jesse Trevino, are still waiting for their day in court.

Court documents state the victim was riding near the Bandidos Motorcycle clubhouse on the 1300 block of Butternut Street when he noticed three bikers – later identified as Machado, Alvada, and Trevino – leave the clubhouse and start to follow him.

He sped up, but the documents say the trio kept going, kicking him in the back when they reached him and eventually cutting him off and stopping his path, forcing him to turn into a small parking lot

Once in the parking lot, the victim drew a gun in self-defense, but the documents state the trio began shouting, “There are 30 more people coming to get you”, “You can’t disrespect the Bandidos”, “This is our turf”, and “We’re going to shut you up like we shut Dusty*** up.”

The victim then holstered his gun and attempted to flee, but the trio tackled him and began kicking, punching, and stomping him in the back, hips, knees, shoulders, and head, according to the documents.

They ripped the rival vest off him and took his cell phone and gun before ramming into him with a motorcycle then fleeing, the documents reveal.

When police arrived on scene, the documents state they saw the victim, “had some cuts, scrapes, and bruises all over his body and had fresh blood pouring from his face, hands, and elbows.”

***This comment could refer to the March 2017 murder of Dusty Childress, who was shot and killed while riding his motorcycle in Jones County. Known Bandidos Motorcycle club member Wesley Dale Mason has been charged with murder in connection to the crime.

SOURCE: Big Country

Monday, January 27, 2020

Prez of Grim Reapers MC trial starts

Evansville, Indiana, USA (January 27, 2020) BTN - The trial of Gary Forston starts in US Federal Court today. Forston was indicted on federal gun charges.

Back in November of 2019, Federal and local law enforcement agents served a search warrant at the Grim Reapers Motorcycle Club. Agents used heavy equipment to breakdown the building's door.

The warrant was served by the ATF's Special Response Team, which is often deployed for search warrants or high-risk situations, said an agency spokeswoman at the scene.

Related | Feds Raid Grim Reapers Motorcycle Club

An alphabet soup of agencies assisted the ATF in the raid, which took place around 6 a.m. at the club at 1104 E. Diamond Ave., including the FBI and DEA.

Investigators say two grams of meth were also found during the search in Forston’s vehicle.

That trial is set for today at 9:00 am.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Club member pleads not guilty in shooting

Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA (January 22, 2020) BTN — The suspect in the September 2019 shooting death of Eric Voshell was ordered held without bail after pleading not guilty Friday in Superior Court to murder and assault charges.

Joseph Noe, 25, of Taunton, was arraigned in Bristol County Superior Court on charges of first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of 39-year-old Voshell and two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon causing serious bodily injury for allegedly causing non-fatal injuries to two other gunshot victims, according to court documents.

Police said Noe fired several rounds from his five-shot revolver during a fight between members of two competing motorcycle clubs about 10:15 p.m. Sept. 13 in the parking lot beside JC’s Cafe on Bedford Street.

Noe was allegedly seen on surveillance footage withdrawing his firearm and pointing it toward a crowd of people, “in essence, scaring them off,” Assistant District Attorney Michael Cahillane said at Noe’s initial arraignment in District Court.

Related | Bikers converge to pay tribute to killed MC member

Cahillane alleged Noe then ran toward Bedford Street and fired several shots, hitting three people including Oak Bluffs resident Voshell, who suffered a fatal gunshot wound to his head.

According to the prosecutor, Noe pistol-whipped someone, then lost control of his gun, and the firearm “was recovered on the ground, registered to [Noe].”

Noe, who police and prosecutors said is a member of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club, fled in a vehicle with several other people, according to a police report prepared by Detective Luis Vertentes.

Police obtained a warrant for Noe’s arrest the day after the shooting, Saturday, and Noe turned himself in the following Monday.

State and local police executed a pair of search warrants at the two Fall River clubhouses of the Sidewinders, an affiliate of the Hells Angels, and the Outlaws days after the shooting.

Law enforcement intelligence cited in applications for the warrants said the Outlaws Motorcycle Club has been actively recruiting in Massachusetts in recent years and opened three new chapters in the state, where the Hells Angels traditionally had a stronghold.

Noe was indicted by a Bristol County grand jury Dec. 19, moving his case to Superior Court. He is due back in court March 6.

SOURCE: The Herald News

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Case in limbo for Bandidos member licensed to carry gun

Milam County, Texas, USA (January 21, 2020) BTN — Milam County went forward with prosecuting Patrick Lewis Vaden, a member of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club in December, but Judge Steve Young ruled the case a mistrial after only two days. More than a month later, defense attorney Kurt Glass still doesn't know when or if his client will need to return to court.

Vaden was pulled over in Nov. 2018 for driving 67 mph in a 60 mph zone. He had a license to carry and had a gun when he was stopped.

The Milam County district attorney claimed Vaden is part of a criminal gang and is prosecuting him for unlawfully carrying a weapon. Glass claimed the valid LTC Vaden held is a defense against that charge.

Related | Bandidos member prosecuted for gun with license to carry

Before the trial, Glass said the prosecution filed a motion that Vaden’s License to carry could not be used as evidence in the trial. Glass said he didn’t bring the fact up to the jury, but protested the decision to County Judge Steve Young. Glass said Young eventually told him to get the opinion of a higher court.

“If I’m not able to bring up that he has a defense to the crime, that’s a violation of the 4th amendment,” Glass said. “He told us that we needed to appeal the question of whether or not Patrick Vaden having a license to carry should be admitted into this case.”

The only problem, Glass can't go to an appeals court until the case has a verdict, and the case does not.

Judge Steve Young declared a mistrial on the second day of the trial. Glass said he doesn't know if Judge Young still expects him to contact the higher court. In a criminal case, he can’t legally do that. 6 News Legal expert Liz Mitchell agreed.

"An appellate court isn't going to hear a case until there is a final judgment in the lower court," Mitchell said. "Guilty or not guilty. There has to be an outcome of this case because it is still pending at this time.

Glass also disagreed with the Judge's decision to rule the case a mistrial. "Once you've selected your six people, they are put down in the juror's box The defendant has the right to hear the case to its conclusion," Glass said.

After a mistrial, it is up to Milam County to set a new trial date or dismiss the case. Glass said they should do the latter. “He granted a mistrial. That triggers certain decisions that need to be made. I think that ended the case,” Glass said.

Mitchell told 6 News that judges typically will not want cases to linger after a mistrial, even though it is possible for them to linger for months.

"If it was a mistrial, the judge wants to move the docket," Mitchell said. "It doesn't look good for judges in re-election if they have cases that have been pending forever. Especially cases that resulted in a mistrial."


Friday, January 17, 2020

Coffin Cheaters MC member arrested

Innaloo, Australia (January 17, 2020) BTN — Mirrabooka Detectives have charged a man after their investigation into a serious assault incident involving a Coffin Cheaters Motorcycle Club member.

It will be alleged that about 1:30 pm on Sunday 22 December 2019, the victim, a 41-year old man, was walking in the Scarborough Beach front area when he was punched from behind.

As a result of the attack, the victim received serious injuries and was conveyed to Royal Perth Hospital for surgery.

After significant investigative action, on 14 January 2020, Mirrabooka Detectives executed a search warrant at an address in Innaloo.

A 31-year-old man who is a patched member of the Coffin Cheaters Motorcycle Club, has been charged with one count of Grievous Bodily Harm. He is due to appear in Perth Magistrates Court on Wednesday 5 February 2020.

SOURCE: Western Australia Police Force

Bandidos MC mourn after boss killed

Sydney, Australia (January 17, 2020) BTN — The execution-style killing of an Australian Bandidos MC boss has sparked outpourings of grief from Bandidos chapters as far afield as Singapore, Denmark and Norway.

Shane De Britt, the NSW Central West chapter president of the Bandidos motorcycle club, was found on his rural property south of Wellington with a fatal gunshot wound to the head.

Police say there were no witnesses to the killing and they're now investigating links to other motorcycle club activity in the area.

Related | Local Bandidos President shot in head

Bandidos chapters from Denmark, Germany, France, Singapore and Italy have released tributes to Mr De Britt, who also went by the nickname "Wock".

"It is with a heavy hand and heartfelt regrets that I write to express our deepest condolences for the tragic passing of our brother Bandido Wock," a chapter from the French resort town of Antibes wrote on the Bandidos' website.

"Our condolences and warm thoughts go out to his family, brothers and friends," a Bandidos chapter in Denmark said.

A chapter in Darwin wrote: "Our thoughts and prayers go out to Bandido Wock, president central west chapter, Australia."

"Such a massive loss. A true gentleman, larger than life."

Another to remember Mr De Britt as a "legend" was John Paul Pennie, an Irish ex-bikie deported from West Australia last year after being imprisoned on drugs charges.


Thursday, January 16, 2020

Local Bandidos President shot in head

Sydney, Australia (January 16, 2020) BTN — About 10:50 am on Tuesday, police and emergency services responded to reports a man had been shot at a property on Catombal Road, Eurimbla, about 50km south of Wellington.

President of the Bandidos Central West Shane De Britt

Officers attached to Orana Mid-Western Police District attended and located the body of a 60-year-old man inside the home. He had suffered a gunshot wound to the head.

The man has been formally identified as Bandidos MC Central West Chapter President, Shane De Britt. A crime scene was established at the property and examined by specialist forensic officers.

The activities of the Central West chapter have been investigated by Strike Force Birrewa. 

The State Crime Command’s Homicide Squad, assisted by Criminal Groups Squad and Orana Mid-Western Police District detectives, are investigating the circumstances surrounding the man’s death under Strike Force Kerrison.

As part of their ongoing inquiries, detectives are canvassing the local area, and speaking with Mr De Britt’s family, friends, and associates.

SOURCE: Central Western Daily

Cops arrest man dressed as Hitler at event

Augustusburg, Germany (January 16, 2020) BTN — A man dressed as Adolf Hitler raised eyebrows as he rode around in the sidecar of a Nazi-era motorcycle during a weekend festival in Germany, according to a report.

“When people dress up as Adolf Hitler, an investigation is always necessary,” a spokesman for Saxony police said Monday, according to state-owned Deutsche Welle.

The faux Führer –- sporting Hitler’s signature mustache and Nazi insignia –- was spotted in video shot at the classic motorcycle event in the city of Augustusburg near Chemnitz.

The motorcycle was being driven by another man dressed as a World War II German soldier, the footage showed.

In Germany, it is illegal to wear Nazi paraphernalia in public, so the impersonator faces possible legal action, the spokesman said.

The video also showed the motorcycle pulling up and parking next to a police car, where a cop could be seen smiling as he snapped photos of the pair and people laughed nearby.

The officer may also face consequences for failing to take action during the event, which drew almost 10,000 people over the weekend. “We would have expected our colleague to put a stop to all this without the least hesitation,” the spokesman said.

Saxony premier Michael Kretschmer also slammed the Hitler lookalike. “Dressing up as a mass murderer is more than just bad taste,” he tweeted. “This kind of behavior is unacceptable and shouldn’t be repeated.”

The state in the former communist East Germany has seen a recent increase in the number of far-right and neo-Nazi events taking place.


No bikies jailed under tougher new laws

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia (January 16, 2020) BTN — Not one bikie has been jailed under Queensland's "tougher" consorting laws aimed at cracking down on motorcycle clubs involved in drugs, guns and fraud.

Despite 389 official warnings for consorting, only three people were charged last financial year, the Queensland Public Interest Monitor revealed. Those people were still before the courts.

Since the Palaszczuk government's "stronger and tougher laws" came into effect in 2017, two people have been convicted of habitual consorting.

The law banned outlaw motorcycle club members from wearing club colours in public and made it illegal for a person to habitually consort with two or more recognised offenders after being warned by police not to do so.

While no one had been convicted in at least two years, the report showed 237 pre-emptive verified warnings were issued in 2018-19 as well as 152 retrospective verified warnings and 129 consorting preventative directions.

Police Minister Mark Ryan said despite the lack of convictions the laws were working and were "the strongest, most comprehensive laws" in the nation. "The relatively small number of convictions in relation to habitual consorting laws demonstrates that members of outlaw motorcycle gangs know police will target them if they breach those laws," he said.

"The evidence shows that the vast majority of people issued with a habitual consorting notice are complying with the conditions imposed because they know not to do so will result in them being targeted by police."

LNP police spokesman Trevor Watts said the laws were "weak" and not working. “Bikies get a slap on the wrist and then Labor sends them back out into the community in no time," he said.

“Accused bikies were kept on remand and communities were kept safe under the LNP, but Annastacia Palaszczuk replaced tough laws with her weak consorting offence.

“The LNP will deliver action by bringing back our anti-consorting laws and cracking down on gun crime – we already have laws before the Parliament that include tougher penalties and new offences."

Related | Anti-consorting legislation to tackle organised crime

The bill Mr Watts referred to was introduced in May and would allow “high-risk” Queenslanders to be searched by police at any time, without a warrant. Mr Ryan said outlaw motorcycle club memberships were declining. "Many are throwing in their colours and many are behind bars," he said.

He said since the laws were introduced, 132 full patched members had disaffiliated and more than 2000 bikies had been charged with 11,735 offences.

Former Supreme Court justice Peter Lyons, who authored the report, said legislation was implemented on a district level, which allowed "policing resources to be quickly directed".

"There is no single centralised unit or individual responsible for state-wide monitoring and co-ordination of the way in which consorting is operationalised on a day-to-day basis," he wrote.

SOURCE: Brisbane Times 

Firefighters find burnt Bandidos MC caravan

New South Wales, Australia (January 16, 2020) BTN — On Sunday, January 12, firefighters discovered a large, older style coach with 'Mobile Massage Machine' and 'Bandidos Property' written on the side, surrounded by scrub in Mares Forest National Park.

The coach had been severely burnt out by the bush fire in the remote, mountainous and heavily forested area near Wombeyan Caves. A short distance away from the coach, the caravan and a shed, also burnt by the bush fire, were located.

The matter was reported to police.

Officers from the Hume Police District travelled with the NSW Rural Fire Service to find the location of the caravan, coach and shed on Monday, January 13. The caravan was located and was found to be as described. However, nothing of interest was located by police while the caravan was examined.

Police also checked no one was trapped on the coach when the fire passed through the area. Police won't be pursuing the matter further, Detective Acting Inspector Matt Packham said.

The information has been passed onto Strike Force Raptor, which targets outlaw motorcycle clubs.

SOURCE: Crookwell Gazette

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Freewheelers MC caught up in drug bust

Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Canada (January 16, 2020) BTN — Eleven people with connections to motorcycle clubs have been charged after police in Saskatchewan wrapped up a drug investigation in the Prince Albert area. Police said three full-patch members of the Freewheelers were among those arrested.

The Freewheelers have operated in Prince Albert since May 2019, police said, and have connections with other chapters in Lloydminster and Prince Albert, and the Hells Angels in Saskatoon. The investigation was launched seven months ago and involved members of the Prince Albert Police Service and Prince Albert RCMP, along with other agencies. Nearly 100 officers were involved in the investigation.

Thirteen homes in and around Prince Albert and Saskatoon were searched as part of Project Norse, police said. Officers seized 596 grams of cocaine, a cocaine press, 9,279 grams of cannabis bud, 33 cannabis plants, and 2,142 grams of individually-packaged cannabis by-products, according to officials.

Police estimate enough cocaine was seized during the investigation for 1,200 personal uses. The cannabis bud could make an estimated 36,000 joints, police said.

Nearly $87,000 in cash, three rifles, a shotgun and six vehicles worth an estimated $116,000 were also seized, police said.

According to police, the total value of the seized items exceeds $400,000.

During the investigation, police said they found marijuana was being grown under a valid Health Canada medical license and was then being diverted to the black market, which was being sold by the pound in Prince Albert. Investigators said one man is accused of running a commercial process where he was making marijuana vapes and other professional-looking cannabis products.

Another man is alleged to have sold products online.

"Outlaw motorcycle gangs (OMGs) are criminal organizations, whose illegal activities cause harm and victimization to people in communities across the country,” officials said in a statement.

“Over the last five years, OMGs have significantly increased their criminal presence across Canada, and have developed extensive ties to other organized crime groups and street gangs.”

3 full-patch FreeWheelers motorcycle gang members charged in Prince Albert drug bust
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A total of 73 charges were laid by police.

Brody Markowski, 25, and Alexander “Michael” Fietz, 28, are each facing 12 charges including trafficking cocaine, possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking and possession of the proceeds of crime.

Danny Glover, 29, and Tyler Korte, 30, are each facing nine charges including distributing cannabis in excess of 30 grams, unlawfully distributing illicit cannabis, and unlawfully selling cannabis.

Miranda Parenteau, 23, Warren Kreger, 38, Kaitlyn Schinold, 21, and Destiny Gunville, 19, are each facing five charges including trafficking cocaine and possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.

Curtis Brown, 50, is facing nine charges including distributing cannabis in excess of 30 grams, unlawfully distributing illicit cannabis, and having more than four plants in a dwelling.

Rhonda Brown, 57, is charged with unlawfully cultivating and harvesting more than four plants in a dwelling house, distributing cannabis in excess of 30 grams, and conspiring to possess cannabis for the purpose of distribution.

Josh Herron, 19, is charged with trafficking cocaine and possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.


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Monday, January 13, 2020

Anti-consorting legislation to tackle organised crime

Osborne Park, Western Australia (January 13, 2020) BTN — Bikies, paedophiles and drug traffickers could face up to five years in jail for communicating with other convicted criminals under proposed anti-consorting legislation.

Under the laws, police would be able to issue an “unlawful consorting notice” to anyone convicted of an indictable offence — such as murder, robbery or wounding — ordering them not to communicate with a list of other people who have committed an indictable offence.

The new law would help tackle organised organisations such as motorcycle clubs, which are estimated to have 400-500 members in WA.

The move comes after the former Barnett government’s “anti-association” laws, introduced in 2012, which attempted to ban gang members from associating with each other, resulted in zero notices from police.

About seven new motorcycle groups have come to WA in the past seven years according to Attorney-General John Quigley who said membership numbers had doubled in the same period.

He said child sex rings and illicit drug distributors would also be caught up in the legislation, to be introduced in the first week of parliament next month.

“Outlaw motorcycle gangs are just one corner of organised crime, they will be captured by this legislation as will a host of other people who are the enablers, the financiers and the heads of these networks who keep their hands clean,” Mr Quigley said.

“These (notices) are going to be used tactically and strategically against organised crime gangs. The anti-consorting notices will prohibit those people from consorting together for a period of three years on the threat of the toughest punishment in Australia.”

WA Police Acting Commissioner Col Blanch said in the past 12 months police had significantly ramped up pressure on organised crime operations in the State. “We do know that organised crime is very adaptable and legislation like this helps us stay ahead of the game,” he said.

“Communications are a huge part of organised crime because of the distance it spans whether it is national or international, so defeating communications ... is a very significant tool for us to have. Most of these criminals we are ramping up the pressure on have decided to leave WA.”

Under the legislation, police would be able to issue a notice to convicted criminals in WA not to communicate with overseas contacts. The law could also be used to target high-ranking bikies who undertook national runs through WA.

Police Minister Michelle Roberts said in the course of the last year the gang crime squad seized more than $1.2 million in cash, 48 guns and 13kg of meth and other drugs.

SOURCE: The West Australian 

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Propaganda: Disturbing the Peace 2020

Kentucky, USA (January 13, 2020) BTN — If Hallmark ever made a biker movie, this is what it would be like. From the previews, this film looks as unoriginal as possible, and anyone that has seen any of the biker movies in the 1960's has seen it all this before.

Filmed in Southern Kentucky, Disturbing the Peace is directed by American producer / filmmaker York Alec Shackleton.

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Posted by Southern Kentucky Film Commission on Saturday, January 11, 2020

The film stars Guy Pearce as a small town marshal named Jim Dillon, who according to the film, hasn't carried a gun since he left the Texas Rangers after a tragic shooting.

But he must pick up his weapon again to go to battle with a bunch of outlaw bikers that have invaded the small town to pull off a brazen and violent bank heist.

The full cast includes Devon Sawa, Kelly Greyson, Michael Sirow, Barbie Blank, Jacob Grodnik, Michael Bellisario, Dwayne Cameron, Elle E. Wallace, and Jay Willick.

The screenplay is written by Chuck Hustmyer. Produced by Mary Aloe, Daniel Grodnik, and Michael Philip.

Momentum Pictures releases Shackleton's Disturbing the Peace in select US theaters + on VOD starting January 17th, 2020 coming soon.

This hasn't premiered at any festivals or elsewhere, as far as we know.

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Attack on Hells Angels clubhouse investigated

New York City, New York, USA (January 12, 2020) BTN — Detectives are running down leads in an attack that saw gunmen on motorcycles open fire on the Hells Angels Bronx clubhouse earlier this month, a shooting they hope to solve before the violence escalates, authorities said.

A police official told Bronx Justice News investigators are examining all possibilities in the case, including whether a rival motorcycle club shot up the Angels’ new Throggs Neck digs on Jan. 2.

The motorcycle club recently relocated its headquarters from Manhattan to the Bronx.

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Now, investigators are concerned the Hells Angels will strike back before the culprits responsible for the clubhouse shooting are arrested.

The property was fired upon by multiple shooters on motorcycles, who rode away and have not been caught, authorities said.

More than a dozen bullet casings were found outside the property, a former American Legion post, following the 10:35 p.m. attack, according to police.

The property sustained damage but no injuries were reported, authorities said.

SOURCE: Bronx Justice News 

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Cops stalking Hells Angels MC fundraiser

Providence, Rhode Island, USA (January 11, 2020) BTN — Providence and state police are monitoring what is expected to be a large gathering of bikers at the Messer Street headquarters of the Hells Angels on Saturday.

The party, advertised on social media, is billed as a way to raise money for the defense fund of Joseph Lancia, who was arrested after he allegedly fired a gun at a passing truck on June 12.

Lancia has been identified by law enforcement as the president of the Rhode Island chapter of the Hells Angels.

He has pleaded not guilty to charges of assault with the intent to commit murder, assault with a dangerous weapon, discharging a firearm while committing a crime of violence, and carrying a pistol without a permit.

Promoted as the “Keep Joe Free Support Party,” the flier asked for a $20 donation for “music, food, raffles, auctions.”

Law enforcement sources say they are aware of the party and will be monitoring it throughout the day and evening. The Hells Angels have been embroiled in an ongoing feud with rival club The Outlaws, which has a clubhouse in Woonsocket.

Target 12 rolled by the Hells Angels headquarters Saturday around 2:00 p.m. and witnessed a large gathering of bikers. Sources say the party is expected to draw members and affiliate clubs from out of state.

Police say Lancia shot at the truck because it was being driven by a former pledge for the club with whom he was having an ongoing disagreement.

The incident led to a remarkable raid of the clubhouse by the state police, which used a special vehicle to ram through the fortified front door to gain entry.

Two other people were charged in the incident: Lance R. Imor, 54, of West Warwick, was charged with possession of a schedule II controlled substance (methamphetamine), compounding and concealing a felony, and misprision (concealment) of a felony. State Police Major Timothy Sanzi said Imor is a full-patch member of the Hells Angels.


Kinfolk MC probate convicted in shooting

Bartow, Florida, USA (January 11, 2020) BTN — A Louisiana man faces a minimum 15 years in prison after a jury convicted him late Thursday of firing two shots into an SUV in September 2017 as the family inside traveled to a park for a birthday celebration.

Prosecutors were seeking attempted second-degree murder convictions against Aaron Delaune, 26, for firing on the four people, including two children, in the SUV, but the jury found him guilty of the lesser attempted manslaughter.

During this week’s three-day trial, prosecutors argued that Delaune fired into the SUV to send a message to his brothers in the Kinfolk Motorcycle Club, in which he sought greater standing.

But when he testified Thursday, Delaune denied being a member of the group, which law enforcement officers testified is considered a criminal motorcycle gang.

He said the jacket and other items in his car when he was arrested belonged to friends in the club.

Delaune testified he was traveling along Havendale Boulevard in Auburndale in his Dodge Charger, following a group on motorcyclists, when a Dodge Durango repeatedly swerved into his lane, separating him from the motorcyclists. He said moments after the Durango pulled up next to his car, a window in his Charger was shattered.

“I thought I was now being shot at,” he told jurors.

He responded with gunfire, he said.

In his 2018 sworn statement to Auburndale police officers, Delaune said his shattered window had no connection with the incident involving the Durango, according to police reports. During cross-examination Thursday by Assistant State Attorney Victoria Avalon, Delaune said he had lied to detectives when he said that.

No one in the Durango, including Angel Manuel Tirado Estien, then 77, Carolina Zorrilla, 29, and 11-year-old twins Shane and Abie Tirado, was injured.

During the trial, Avalon argued that Delaune was seeking to elevate his status in the Kinfolk Motorcycle Club. She said he was a probationary member at the time and wanted more.

“He was on the cusp of full membership,” she told jurors.

In addition to finding Delaune guilty of attempted manslaughter, the jury also determined that he used a firearm in the crime and that the acts were done for benefit a criminal gang, which enhances his sentence.

Delaune has remained in custody at the Polk County Jail since his arrest in September 2018, and he will remain in jail without bail until his sentencing March 6.

SOURCE: The Ledger

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Nomads MC member charged with drug trafficking

Kingston, Australia (January 11, 2020) BTN — A member of the Nomads motorcycle club has been charged with drug trafficking offences by ACT Policing’s Taskforce Nemesis (TN).

The 29-year-old Kingston man was arrested after a warrant was issued on Monday for a breach of good behavior obligations.

The man was arrested in Kingston as a result of the warrant, and officers allegedly found illicit drugs suspected to be methamphetamine, heroin and GHB after searching his possessions.

Approximately $30,000 in cash was also found.

He has been charged with trafficking in a controlled drug other than cannabis, possession of a drug of dependence and breach of bail.

The man is expected to face the ACT Magistrates Court today where bail will be opposed.

SOURCE: The Riot Act

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Sunday, January 5, 2020

Suspected Outlaws MC members arrested for guns, drugs

Brockton, Massachusetts, USA (January 5, 2020) BTN — State Police seized half a dozen guns, ammunition, and drugs Friday from five people associated with a motorcycle club.

Four suspected members of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club and a suspected associate were taken into custody from the Motel 6 on Westgate Drive in Brockton, according to State Police. They were all from out of state and in the city to attend the funeral of a local member.

The investigation began when members from the State Police Gang Unit saw man suspected to be a member of the motorcycle club in Tennessee at the Motel 6. The man, identified as Matthew Miles, 41, of McMinniville, said he was carrying a pistol.

Troopers found that he didn’t have an active license to carry a firearm in Massachusetts or Tennessee, according to State Police. He was arrested and his gun was seized. A small amount of suspected crystal methamphetamine, ammunition, and brass knuckles were found in his car.

Miles was charged with unlawfully carrying a loaded firearm, unlawfully possessing ammunition, and possessing a Class A substance.

State Police learned that another Tennessee Outlaws club member, Pedro Tapia, 51, of Murfreesboro, was at the motel in a room with another gun that belonged to Miles.

Troopers and Brockton Police officers found a 45 caliber handgun on the nightstand, according to State Police. They determined that Tapia had a license to carry a gun in Tennessee but not Massachusetts. He was charged with improper storage of a firearm.

Other members of the gang unit and the Community Action Team helped with investigation. They saw a man identified as Matthew Ballingham, 43, of Waterbury, Connecticut who came to the motel and found that he was carrying a loaded gun with a high-capacity magazine, according to State Police.

Ballingham didn’t have a license to carry in Connecticut or Massachusetts, so he was arrested and charged with unlawfully carrying a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, and possessing a large capacity magazine.

In the evening, troopers from the Community Action Team stopped two cars near the motel that were occupied by suspected Outlaws members, State Police said. A total of three guns were found in the cars.

The owner of one of the seized handguns, Edward Mahon, 61, of Cornwall, Vermont, was arrested and faces charges for unlawfully carrying a firearm and possessing ammunition. A suspected club associate, Margaret Cahill, 29, of Westmont, Illinois, was charged for unlawfully carrying and possession the other two guns and unlawfully possessing ammunition.

During a search warrant of the motel room, State Police found a box of 45 caliber rounds and about four grams of crystal methamphetamine. They also seized the handgun previously seen in the room.

By Saturday, all five posted bail and are expected to appear in Brockton District Court next week.

SOURCE: News Boston

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Man loses appeal over Hells Angels support gear

Edmonton, Canada (January 5, 2020) BTN — A self-described “old hippie” arrested at West Edmonton Mall after being asked to remove a Hells Angels support shirt says he is disappointed after losing an appeal to the Alberta Law Enforcement Review Board in the case.

Paul Sussman was taken to the ground by mall security on a Sunday afternoon in 2016. The 74-year-old, who was with his teenaged son, said security guards overreacted when he refused to take off his Hells Angels support hoodie.

Paul Sussman holding the Hells Angels support hoodie that in 2016 got him in hot water with West Edmonton Mall security. 

Sussman also claims city police ignored his requests to file an assault complaint against the guards. He eventually filed a complaint against three Edmonton Police Service officers, which was dismissed Dec. 10.

The story begins Aug. 28, 2016, when Sussman was visiting the mall with his then 15-year-old son. Sussman wore a dark coloured hoodie. On the back in red lettering were the words “Support Your Local Big Red Machine,” emblazoned above a skull and crossbones.

Sussman and his son were eventually approached by two security guards, who asked him to remove the shirt or leave the property, citing the mall’s prohibition on gang paraphernalia.

Sussman refused. In an interview, he said he supports the motorcycle club for protecting him from an assailant in the 1960s. He picked up the shirt at the Hells Angels’ club house in Westridge, where he attends social functions at least a few times a year.

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Additional security guards eventually arrived as Sussman exited a pet store. He locked arms with his son, but the guards managed to take him to the ground and handcuff him. Sussman was taken to the mall security office, where he spent several hours in a holding cell. His son was escorted off the property.

Police eventually arrived to deal with the mall’s trespassing complaint against Sussman. Sussman claims he told the police officers he wished to make an assault complaint against the security guards, but that they refused to provide him with a complaint form or investigate his allegations.

Sussman was released later that day without charges.

Sussman claims the mall had no publicly posted dress code in 2016, and that the guards acted arbitrarily (WEM’s dress code, posted on its website, prohibits gang-affiliated clothing).

“They (can) simply tell you to take your clothes off whenever they feel like it, I guess, and assault you if you refuse,” he said in an interview this week. “And the police don’t care.”

The day after the incident, Sussman and his son went to the west division police station and asked for a complaint form. Sussman, who was wearing the same shirt, said the officer at the counter refused to assist him and instead gave him the number for an EPS complaint line. According to Sussman, the complaint line dispatcher told him to contact the officers who attended the scene.

Sussman and his son filed a formal complaint with EPS one year later, alleging the three officers made no effort to investigate his allegations. In the complaint, he alleged the officers did not take him seriously, either because he was wearing a gang support hoodie or because the officers wanted to protect West Edmonton Mall security.

Chief Dale McFee dismissed the complaints in March 2018, saying there was insufficient evidence of misconduct on the part of the officers.

SOURCE: Edmonton Journal

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Saturday, January 4, 2020

Shots fired at Hells Angels New Clubhouse

New York City, New York, USA (January 4, 2020) BTN — Several shots were fired at the Hells Angels new Bronx headquarters, sparking concerns that the motorcycle club has brought violence and chaos to a once quiet neighborhood.

Police said the clubhouse was damaged in the hail of bullets at the Longstreet Ave. building in Throggs Neck about 10:30 p.m. Thursday. No one was injured.

“Everyone’s worst fears have materialized,” Bronx Community Board 10 District Manager Matt Cruz said. “For this to happen after the holiday, and children are not back in school — it’s now a serious concern for this community.”

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“The community is upset and scared,” Cruz said. “We are on heightened alert for this and we’re hoping the NYPD can get to the bottom of this as quickly as possible and we’re sure they will.”

Over 14 shots were fired, according to a post on the Facebook group “Friends of Community Board #10." Responding officers found shell casings in front of the building, but no arrests were made.

The Hells Angels bought the fenced-off, two-story brick building near Wissman Ave. in early December. The building sits on a quiet, tree-lined street of middle-class homes.

Neighbors had complained earlier this month about a noisy gathering at the Bronx headquarters — one of many clashes that have plagued the Angels in recent years.

SOURCE: Spectrum News 

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Regional Prez of Outlaws MC Pleads Not Guilty

Boston, Massachusetts, USA (January 4, 2020) BTN — An East Bridgewater man described by prosecutors as the regional boss of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club pleaded not guilty Friday to a federal gun charge, records show.

Bruce “Monster” Sartwell, 48, entered his plea in US District Court in Boston to a sole count of possession of an unregistered firearm, according to legal filings. He was returned after the arraignment to federal custody, where he’s remained since his October arrest in the case. A federal grand jury indicted Sartwell last month.

In an October affidavit submitted to the court in Sartwell’s case, Special Agent Michael Belli of the Department of Homeland Security wrote that the Outlaws were locked in a “violent feud” with the rival Hells Angels.

Sartwell, a convicted felon with an arrest record dating back to 1987, is barred from possessing firearms, according to legal filings.

Prosecutors said in October that “a search warrant executed at Sartwell’s residence" resulted in “the recovery of an AR-15 styled ‘ghost gun’ — a firearm without any manufacturing or serial numbers — and firearm manufacturing tools and assembly parts including milling equipment, buffer spring, buffer tube, air-powered water dremel polish and a drill press.”

In addition, prosecutors said, two “firearm silencers concealed in false bottom compartments, a guide for assembly and disassembly of an AR-15 rifle, 20 knives, a black powder handgun, a flare gun, and various ammunition compatible with the AR-15 styled rifle were also found."

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In November, Sartwell’s lawyers tried unsuccessfully to free him on bail, writing in court papers that he “has a loving wife and two young children, he is a local business owner in the city of Brockton, and ... his criminal history, such as it is, ended more than ten years ago.”

His lawyers wrote that while the charge he faces is serious, “he is not a ‘serious’ risk of flight or a danger to the community simply because he happens to be the Regional President of the Brockton/E. Bridgewater Chapters of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club (‘MC’) and or goes by the nickname ‘Monster.’ ”

The defense said Sartwell and his wife also runs a tattoo parlor. And, the defense maintained, the feds haven’t tied Sartwell to any recent violence.

A status conference in Sartwell’s case is slated for March 2.

SOURCE: The Boston Globe

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