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Friday, 22 May 2009

Hells Angel was arrested over a raid on a drug lab at Mawson Lakes nearly two months ago.

Hells Angel was arrested over a raid on a drug lab at Mawson Lakes nearly two months ago.The bikie, 22, from Walkley Heights was arrested along with an Athelstone man, 51. A Mawson Lakes man, 33, was arrested at the time of the raid.Police have alleged the lab was being used to manufacture methamphetamines.When police searched the mens' homes, they allegedly found a tazer, ammunition and nearly $3000 in cash.

Tuesday, 19 May 2009

Gypsy Jokers,Lennard Kirby was shot several times in the chest at a house in the southern suburb of Jandakot yesterday afternoon

Lennard Kirby was shot several times in the chest at a house in the southern suburb of Jandakot yesterday afternoon. Assistant Police Commissioner Wayne Gregson says the incident was drug-related and not a confrontation between rival gangs.The other man shot was an associate of the Gypsy Jokers, Alexandro Scilio, who also has a history of drug offences.Both men were at the house in Peppworth Place when a group of men arrived by car and Kirby and Scilio were shot after an altercation.Associates took the injured men to the St John of God hospital in Murdoch in the back of a ute.
Assistant Commissioner Gregson says both victims are refusing the cooperate with police."At this stage their condition is noted I believe as stable," he said.
"Kirby's a little more serious than Scilio and we will be talking to them again, but as often the case with these types of people they are uncooperative." Police are looking for a blue Suburu Impreza they believe was used by the group responsible for the shooting. It was last seen speeding north on the Kwinana Freeway.

Highwaymen Motorcycle Club national president Joseph "Little Joe" Whiting held in jail to await trial on racketeering, conspiracy to murder

federal judge on Monday ordered Highwaymen Motorcycle Club national president Joseph "Little Joe" Whiting held in jail to await trial on racketeering, conspiracy to murder, and other federal charges. But U.S. Magistrate Judge R. Steven Whalen ordered the release of two other Highwaymen officials over the objections of prosecutors. Detroit attorney Ben Gonek won the release of Robert "Kwik" Flowers and attorney Lawrence Shulman won the release of Gary "Junior" Ball Jr. However, Ball's release was stayed pending an appeal Tuesday to U.S. District Judge Nancy G. Edmunds. The government agreed to the release of three other Highwaymen defendants, based on Whalen's rulings on Flowers and Ball. More detention hearings are scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Detroit. The men were among 74 people named in a racketeering indictment unsealed Thursday against alleged Highwaymen members and associates. The indictment alleges a wide range of illegal activity, from drug dealing to trafficking in stolen goods to violent acts and conspiracies to murder. The FBI has been investigating the club since 2005. Attorney Tim Attalla, who was named in a drug conspiracy charge in the indictment, has been placed on paid administrative leave from Miller Canfield, law firm chairman Michael W. Hartmann said Monday.

Monday, 18 May 2009

Gypsy Jokers two men have been shot and wounded, one seriously,

Police would not confirm ABC TV reports that both victims were connected to the Gypsy Jokers bikie gang. Two men have been shot and wounded, one seriously, in an incident in Perth's south reportedly linked to the Gypsy Jokers.Police spokesman Sergeant Graham Clifford said a man in his 40s and another in his late 30s, had both suffered shotgun wounds. "One of them could be described as having minor wounds and his injuries are not life threatening," Sgt Clifford said. "The other has more serious wounds."ABC TV reported that one of the men was shot in the chest and the other in the arm. Sgt Clifford said the shooting occurred about 4.15pm (WST) at a house in Jandakot, a semi-rural southern suburb of Perth which is characterised by one to two-hectare properties, such as hobby farms. He said the Peppworth St home was close to an industrial area in the vicinity of Jandakot Airport. The two men had been dropped off at Murdoch Hospital by a "third party" following the shooting and were later transferred to another hospital, he said. "I can't confirm any bikie gangs were involved," Sgt Clifford said. "Inquiries are under way to find a third party involved, but there's no concern for the general public because the matter appears to have been between those people. "But it's early days and the investigation will follow the normal line of inquiry."

Friday, 8 May 2009

Arrested 20 members and associates of Chosen Few Buffalo-area motorcycle gang

Arrested 20 members and associates of a Buffalo-area motorcycle gang that's accused of various crimes, including attacks against a rival biker club. Scores of officers from federal, state and local law enforcement agencies rounded up members of the Chosen Few Motorcycle Club on Thursday and charged them with conspiracy. Officials say the suspects include the president of the club, based at a former bank building in Depew (deh-PYOO') in suburban Buffalo. Police say Chosen Few members have been investigated for criminal incidents including using pipe bombs to attack the clubhouse of another local motorcycle club. At least eight of the suspects face federal racketeering charges stemming from that and other incidents.

18 members of the Chosen Few motorcycle gang have been arrested.

18 members of the Chosen Few motorcycle gang have been arrested.
Authorities said the 18 individuals arrested came from a list of 20 suspects tied to the motorcycle gang that operates in and around Buffalo, N.Y., the Buffalo (N.Y.) News reported. The remaining two suspects are expected to be in custody soon."They're being rounded up for various criminal acts involving weapons, possible explosives and assaults," an unidentified law enforcement official said.The arrests were paired with the use of search warrants at a number of locations, including the motorcycle gang's regional clubhouse in Depew, N.Y.Police said those arrested, which included Chosen Few local leader Alex Koschtschuk, are set to appear in U.S. District Court on a variety of charges.The Buffalo News said among those charges are criminal counts involving firearms and explosives, along with threats of violence.The arrests and property searches come after a law enforcement investigation of the Chosen Few for the last several months, the newspaper said.

Sunday, 3 May 2009

Human remains unearthed in Ste. Genevieve County about 10 days ago were not the first that police have connected to the Invaders motorcycle gang

Human remains unearthed in Ste. Genevieve County about 10 days ago were not the first that police have connected to an "outlaw" motorcycle gang called the Invaders investigators have suspected gang members of killing Randy Greenman, 39, and George Whitter, 36, who vanished in September 2007. Weeks later, their mutilated remains were found miles away and miles apart.The two were not believed to be members, and the motive for their murders is not clear.In addition, a Drug Enforcement Administration agent's affidavit accuses two Invaders members of the 2007 disappearance and presumed murder of fellow gang member Alan Henry Little, 61, of St. Louis County. Investigators theorize that Little was killed for cooperating with authorities. Whether the remains recovered at St. Mary, Mo., were of Little has not yet been determined, authorities said. The remains were found on property that until recently belonged to the parents of an Invader.Earlier this year, police and federal agents in Missouri arrested more than a dozen Invaders and associates on charges of dealing marijuana. Officials seized drugs, cash, hundreds of weapons and more than a dozen motorcycles.
Defense attorneys say they believe that prosecutors filed the marijuana case to pressure defendants into providing information about the killings. Nobody has been charged in the murders.But the brutality of the slayings, coupled with the gang's violent reputation, have given both sides pause. Last year, an Invader with a past murder conviction was charged in Illinois with a federal firearm violation after investigators allegedly caught him with silencers and explosives.Prosecutors are concerned about the safety of their witnesses. A defense attorney has expressed concern about the welfare of his staff. And police told relatives of at least one murder victim to stay clear of the investigation for their own good.
The Invaders Motorcycle Club was founded in Gary, Ind., in 1965, and now has chapters in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana and Colorado. Its logo is an "angry green monster" in a white vest on a motorcycle. The FBI says total membership is probably fewer than 100.A woman cannot join but can participate if "owned" by a male member, according to court testimony.The Missouri chapter was founded in 1967 and went underground in 1971 because of "pressure from local law enforcement," according to the DEA. The group resurfaced in 1990.Ron Holmes, a former agent of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, who spent two decades investigating bikers, said the Invaders had a long history of drugs and crime.Holmes, postal inspectors and state and local police built a racketeering case against almost a dozen members and "hang-arounds" — including the national president and two chapter presidents — in the mid-1980s. It was called "Operation Gherkin," because officials thought the "monster" looked like a pickle.
Continuing law enforcement pressure started to fracture the gang last year, with federal indictments in Indiana accusing the Invaders of making methamphetamine. A lab raid there netted at least 40 firearms and 10,000 rounds of ammunition, court documents show. Plea agreements show that some of the accused have admitted crimes and agreed to cooperate with authorities.Most of the members who appeared in federal court in St. Louis last month to face drug charges sported long hair, goatees and tattoos on their arms and necks.Their attorneys portrayed them as middle-aged family men with either relatively clean, nonviolent or old criminal records. Attorneys said their clients knew for months that charges were coming, and chose to stay and defend themselves in court.
But prosecutors and investigators apparently see it differently.
At a hearing March 25, U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas Mummert said in court that two prosecutors had raised concerns with him early on. "There's some scary issues here in terms of people's safety," Mummert suggested.Assistant U.S. Attorney Ed Rogers has tried to block the customary release of some search warrant information to the defense, warning that it could put people at risk.
The attorney for one alleged Invader charged in the marijuana case told Mummert in a hearing that he was not comfortable letting his staff see evidence in fear that their safety would be imperiled if they knew too much.Mummert said he briefly considered ordering defense attorneys not to share investigators' information with their clients. Ultimately, he decided he could not do that.Defense attorneys say Rogers still will not give them information about witnesses against the Invaders until after their testimony at trial — an unusual move.
Not much information is available about the investigation into Alan Little's disappearance May 31, 2007. Neighbors said police and the DEA searched his home in the 10500 block of Niblic Drive in St. Louis County.A DEA affidavit filed last year says that while Little was in jail on unrelated charges, his then-girlfriend found something in his house that suggested he had cooperated with investigators against another Invaders member.The affidavit also says "witnesses have provided evidence" that after the Invaders found out, two members were involved in Little's disappearance and presumed murder. David Rosener, whose client is one of those two members, said his client was now in protective custody. "Emphatically and absolutely, (my client) did not kill anyone,'' Rosener said. "He's not lily white. He's not perfect, but none of us are.''The attorney for the other Invaders member had no comment.
Greenman and Whitter disappeared after leaving the House of Rock bar in Ronnie's Plaza, in south St. Louis County, on Aug. 30, 2007. Police do not believe either was an Invaders member, although the DEA said that Greenman headed a marijuana distribution cell for the gang.
Whitter's family and friends said he worked as a bouncer at a bar Greenman once managed in south St. Louis. They said Whitter was not close with Greenman and had not seen Greenman for about a month before they disappeared.
Greenman, who was separated from his wife and was the father of a young son, had called friends to hang out the night he disappeared.
Court documents show the police investigation into their murders quickly focused on at least one Invaders member in early September, about the time a small wooden yard sign appeared in front of his home accusing the gang of the killings.Phone records showed that Greenman called a phone "commonly used" by the suspect the morning Greenman disappeared and got a call back from a pay phone near the suspect's house in south St. Louis County.St. Louis police interviewed that suspect on Sept. 5, 2007.On Sept. 12, an anonymous caller told St. Louis County police that the suspect and a second Invaders member had killed Whitter and Greenman at the South County house during an "altercation," and that the Invaders had dumped the bodies in Illinois, documents show.Greenman's partial remains were found in Festus in September 2007. Whitter's were found in West Alton two months later. Both had bullet wounds in their heads and appeared to have been mutilated, perhaps with a chain saw, the DEA said.Late that September, a police dog trained to sniff out human blood and bone called its handler's attention to the South County home's front door and a basement window, court documents show.The next day, a contractor started to demolish the house. County officials found out and blocked the demolition. Police searched the home, finding what appeared to be traces of blood. They also noticed that a bathtub and other bathroom fixtures had been removed.
A witness told police the tub and other items had been moved to a used car lot in St. Louis. Police searched the lot that Oct. 29, and seized two tubs and other fixtures.All police agencies involved in the murder investigation either declined to comment or did not return calls seeking comment on the investigation.The home in South County has since been demolished. The driveway now leads to an empty lot covered in grass, with a faint outline where a pool once stood.Attorney Richard Sindel, who represents the home's owner, said his client knew he was on the investigators' "radar screen" because of police interviews and searches. Sindel said he assumed that the murders ramped up the ongoing federal investigation into the gang's marijuana ring.But he was skeptical of the evidence against his client — and allegations against the Invaders.
"I don't see that as going anywhere," he said. "An anonymous phone call?"The other suspect's attorney, Richard Fredman, said, "The only thing that I can tell you is that it's our belief that (he) had no involvement at all in any murders. And to be quite honest with you, the government agrees with me that he has no involvement."
Whitter's widow, Kyrstin Whitter, said she hoped the indictments would lead to answers.When her husband of 17 years went missing, Kyrstin Whitter and her mother-in-law began a frantic search for information. They told anyone who would listen about the night Whitter and Greenman vanished. They posted fliers with his face everywhere they could. And they promised themselves and each other never to give up.But it turned out to be a promise too dangerous to keep.Police told them they suspected the Invaders were involved and asked that relatives, out of concern for their safety, leave the search for answers to the professionals.Kyrstin Whitter said she knew nothing of the Invaders. But, just in case, she cut ties to people she and her husband knew, fearing they could be part of the underground world she said they never knew existed around them.
"It's been a rough year for me, being alone," she said. "If it wasn't for God, I wouldn't have made it. Nothing is going to bring my husband back. But if George's death has taken a lot of really bad people off the streets and out of society, then hopefully he died for a good cause."

Hells Angels brother of a man bludgeoned to death at Sydney airport. has been gunned down at his home in Sydney's southwest

Hells Angels brother of a man bludgeoned to death at Sydney airport. has been gunned down at his home in Sydney's southwest .
Peter Zervas, 32, was shot in the chest, arm and abdomen about 11.30pm (AEDT) last night while getting out of his vehicle in an underground carpark at a unit block in Punchbowl Road, Lakemba.
It is believed the attackers were lying in waiting and fled the scene shortly after the shooting. While police would not speculate whether the injured man was Mr Zervas, the unit block is believed to be where Hells Angel Peter Zervas and his family live.
The man was found slumped on the ground, bleeding heavily from his injuries. Four ambulance officers, under police guard, battled to keep him alive in the back of the ambulance as he was taken to St George hospital, where he underwent emergency surgery early this morning. He is currently in a serious but stable condition.
The public order and riot squad were stationed at the hospital early today. Three armed security guards were stationed in the emergency department while two police cars and Polair were patrolling outside the building. Mr Zervas's parents, his mother dressed in black, were escorted out of the hospital by two police officers just before 1pm (AEDT). They got in the back seat of a black car with tinted windows that then drove away from the hospital. Officers from Strike Force Raptor, the anti-bikie operation which was officially launched last week, are now investigating the shooting. Police last night locked down a 300m stretch of Punchbowl Rd as forensic officers, detectives and police dogs scoured the street looking for shell casings and other clues.
Police are appealing for the driver of a white motor vehicle, who encountered a man who fled the scene, to come forward. The man was described as being around 173cm tall, of muscular build, with long dark collar length hair and wearing a dark long sleeved jacket and dark jeans. The driver had to sound his horn while avoiding the man running across Punchbowl Road shortly after the gunshots were heard.
NSW police Gang Squad Commander Mal Lanyon refused to confirm the identity of the latest victim but did say he was a member of the Hells Angels. "We're not actually revealing how many times he was shot," Detective Superintendent Lanyon told ABC Radio. "He was certainly shot a number of times." When asked whether the shooter was a bikie, he said: "I think it's probably realistic that we will be looking at other motorcycle gangs." Det Supt Lanyon would not say whether police had information that Peter Zervas was in any danger prior to the shooting. He said public should not believe the gangs were a law unto themselves and police were putting as many resouces as possible into stemming the violence. "The police are in control of these matters, the police are certainly taking them seriously," he said. "Obviously I'm not about to tell you these matters will stop today but certainly we treat them seriously."
He said violence between gangs was common and escalated from time to time. Shortly after the shooting police were also called to a business in Kings Cross which had been sprayed with gunfire.Several shots were fired and penetrated the structure of the business but no one was injured. Two men were seen leaving the area on foot shortly after the shots were heard.
Anthony Zervas, 29, was bludgeoned to death during a brawl in the domestic terminal at Sydney Airport on the afternoon of March 22.
He was killed during a fight between 15 members of the Hells Angels and the rival bikie gang the Comancheros. Five people have been charged with affray over the brawl but no one has been charged with Zervas' death after security footage at the airport did not directly show the brawl. Amid public cries outlaw bikie gangs were out of control, an additional 75 police officers added to Strike Force Raptor to help target the gangs and their alleged illegal activities.


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