Keep Joe Free

January 12, 2020

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Keep Joe Free

The Providence, Rhode Island charter of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club held a fundraiser Saturday. They called it “Keep Joe Free.” It cost $20 to get in and you would be gifted with a limited addition shirt for an additional contribution. The shirt was pretty spiffy. It identified the wearer as a “known associated” of the club.

The funds raised were to pay a lawyer to keep chapter president Joseph M. Lancia out of jail. Lancia was arrested by Swat last June and charged with: Assault with a Deadly Weapon; Discharging a Firearm when Committing a Crime of Violence; Carrying a Pistol Without a License or Permit; and Firing in a Compact Area. The four charges are an example of “running wild the charges.” They are multiplied like that to give prosecutors a better chance to win the case and also make the alleged crime seem worse than it is.

Lancia is accused of firing a single shot in the general direction of an unnamed former prospect in a pickup truck. He didn’t shoot the former prospect because if had his charges would have reflected that. Lancia was arrested in the vicinity of the Providence clubhouse. Police then used a Bearcat armored vehicle to break into the clubhouse and arrested two other people. Lance T. Imore was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine. Imore is alleged to be a member of the club. Amber E. Gill was charged with possession of marijuana which is increasingly no longer a crime in much of the country.

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The charges still linger for Lancia. These cases are a lucrative racket for both lawyers and the police. The lawyers get paid. The police get to dramatize their mostly mundane jobs and make them sound more dangerous and exciting than they really are.

This is still the slow news season so the fundraiser gave hot air to drive-by reporter Tim White. White took the video below from his car. He is an “investigative reporter” for television station WPRI. After driving near the event White found out what was going on there by talking to the police.
He reported “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.”

He “rolled by the Hells Angels headquarters Saturday around 2 p.m. and witnessed a large gathering of bikers. Sources say the party is expected to draw members and affiliate gangs from out of state.”

And police told him Lancia arrest last summer, “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.”
That’s what happened in Providence yesterday.

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8 Responses to “Keep Joe Free”

  1. rollinnorth Says:

    The “lucrative racket,” as Rebel wrote:

    “Judge refuses to step aside in R.I. Hells Angels case

    Lancia and Imor had argued that it would create an appearance of impropriety for Rodgers to oversee the case, because her husband, Scott N. Raynes, is a retired lieutenant of the state police. Raynes now works as the police chief in Little Compton.

    Lawyers for Lancia and Imor, Joseph Voccola and Jason Dixon Acosta, respectively, had asserted that Raynes or someone under his supervision may have written documents involved in the case.”

    Respect.

  2. rollinnorth Says:

    “Judge refuses to step aside in R.I. Hells Angels case

    PROVIDENCE — A Superior Court judge is refusing to step aside from presiding over a case involving the purported president of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club’s Rhode Island chapter and his associate, although her husband was formerly a lieutenant with the Rhode Island State Police.

    Judge Kristin E. Rodgers rejected a request by Joseph M. Lancia, 28, of Smithfield, a full-patch Hells Angels member; and Lance R. Imor, 54, of West Warwick, that she recuse herself from hearing the case stemming from a June 12 raid at the Hells Angels clubhouse at 161-163 Messer St.

    Lancia and Imor had argued that it would create an appearance of impropriety for Rodgers to oversee the case, because her husband, Scott N. Raynes, is a retired lieutenant of the state police. Raynes now works as the police chief in Little Compton.”

    https://www.providencejournal.com/news/20200430/judge-refuses-to-step-aside-in-ri-hells-angels-case

    Respect.

  3. rollinnorth Says:

    “Judge: RI Hells Angels leader failed to ‘keep the peace,’ ordered held without bail

    ‘At Tuesday’s hearing at Providence Superior Court, prosecutors argued that Saturday night’s incident broke the terms of Lancia’s bail and asked that he remain in custody.

    Assistant Attorney General Joseph McBurney said the man Lancia punched was an off-duty member of the strip club’s security team.

    Before that individual could even be interviewed by the police, Mr. Lancia and other members of the club insisted that person would not have a complaint when he did regain consciousness,’ McBurney said.

    The victim declined to file a complaint, according to a police report.

    Lancia’s attorney Joseph Voccola said video from the strip club’s security system shows his client was coming to the defense of his fellow club members when he punched the 43-year-old, who he said has a history of violence.

    Voccola said the victim had been making threatening statements toward members of the club and was known to carry a gun.

    ‘On the video you even see him in an agitated state of mind,’ Voccola said. ‘There is more to it than Mr. Lancia acting like an enraged maniac throwing punches at someone for no reason at all.’

    Several members of the motorcycle club were in the courtroom to show their support for Lancia.

    But Raspallo said he wasn’t there to rule if the act was in self-defense, but rather whether Lancia broke the terms of his bail to ‘keep the peace and be of good behavior.'”

    https://www.wpri.com/target-12/judge-ri-hells-angels-leader-failed-to-keep-the-peace-ordered-held-without-bail/

    Respect.

  4. rollinnorth Says:

    “R.I. Hells Angels president claims entrapment in shooting case; says victim was a police informant.

    In legal papers filed just before the strip-club altercation, Lancia’s attorneys launched a number of accusations at the man police said he tried to shoot. The man, Richard Starnino, denied the allegations, saying that he’s a law-abiding citizen who was just trying to work that day, and also denied that he was working as an informant for the police.”

    https://www.providencejournal.com/news/20200302/ri-hells-angels-president-claims-entrapment-in-shooting-case-says-victim-was-police-informant

  5. rollinnorth Says:

    “RI Hells Angels Chapter President Arrested at Cadillac Lounge

    Shortly before Midnight Saturday February 29, 2020 nightclub staff alerted police about a disturbance inside the nightclub near the bar area.

    Sunday, March 1st 2020, 11:16 AM EST.”

    https://www.abc6.com/story/41836556/ri-hells-angels-chapter-president-arrested-at-cadillac-lounge

  6. Stoney Says:

    Why do cops dress up like military? If you want to be a warrior the join the military and not have wet dreams about how cool you look. Cowards way if you ask me.

  7. Phuquehed Says:

    What a little bitch. The ‘reporter’ even looks like he’s ready to gobble every pigs cock who gives him info.

    Here’s what I put on his FB page:

    If this clown is what’s considered an ‘investigative reporter’, it’s nothing but positive proof that journalism is dead. This brainless waster of air Tim White, is nothing but a mouthpiece for the cops and their pivot man. I could find a Pet Rock with a far better work ethic, more ethical overall, and more honest than this useless waste of flesh.

    Keep showing these asstards how to report the truth, Rebel!!

  8. rollinnorth Says:

    But for the record-breaking warm temperature this weekend, Tim White likely wouldn’t have even been out of his house.

    Keep up the good work, Rebel. Thank you.

    Respect.

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