Archive | October, 2009

Four Pagans Cooperating

October 27, 2009

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Four of the 55 members and associates of the Pagans Motorcycle Club indicted late last month and arrested three weeks ago have agreed to cooperate with the prosecution. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) have based most of their case so far on information provided […]

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Brad Pitt Falls Down

October 26, 2009

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The essential Los Angeles motorcycling skill is splitting lanes. It is pretty simple at low speeds but before you come out here and try it for yourself there are a couple of things you need to know. First, this city’s great, cultural gift to the world is the right turn on red so you want […]

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A Conversation

October 23, 2009

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(This story was originally published on October 23 and corrected on October 24, 2009.  The corrections are explained in an endnote.) The dark heart of the Mongols case has always been entrapment. In several verifiable instances, one or more of the four, male, ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) Agents who patched with […]

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Former Vago Arrested In Georgia

October 21, 2009

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The former President of the San Bernardino chapter of the Vagos Motorcycle Club was arrested last week in Covington, Georgia on suspicion of murder. Keith Silva, 46, is charged with the April 5, 2003 murder of Dennis Daoussis, 34, of Fontana. Daoussis was a Vagos prospect. His body was discovered in the high desert near […]

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Bye Bye Buell

October 20, 2009

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Harley-Davidson announced last Thursday that profits were down 84 percent. Then on top of that the world’s principal manufacturer of traditional motorcycles also announced it intended to get stronger by eliminating its Buell brand. “We’re going to be able to grow the company more quickly,” Harley Chief Executive Officer Keith Wandell explained, “by investing in […]

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Squeaky Wheel Gets Greased

October 20, 2009

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A friend of this page, who often comments as “Not Surprised” has “undertaken a letter writing campaign regarding the events surrounding the death of James Hicks.” I thought you should know this. And, I also thought you should have the email addresses if you would also like to raise your voice on this subject. The […]

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Why James Hicks Died

October 14, 2009

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The search warrant that got Pagans Motorcycle Club patch holder James Marcus “Jimbo” Hicks, Jr. (above) killed last week is still an official state secret. So is the affidavit which asked a judge to authorize the search. So is the name of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) agent who wrote that […]

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Mongols Case Scorecard

October 13, 2009

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Here is a summary of the three principal federal cases involving members of the Mongols Motorcycle Club as of today. The three cases are United States versus Cavazos and others in Los Angeles; US versus Maestas and others in Denver; and US versus Christopher Ablett in Oakland. Cavazos Count One Seventy-nine members and associates of […]

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Not Forgetting Joshua Embry

October 12, 2009

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This is one small example of how American justice works. Last November 15th, a 26-year-old member of the McLean County Chapter of the American Outlaws Association was stabbed in the heart outside a country music bar called the Six Strings Club in Bloomington, Illinois. The victim (pictured above) was named Joshua C. “Chewy” Embry. He […]

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Love Ride Cancelled

October 9, 2009

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The Love Ride, a Los Angeles area, charity motorcycle event which liked to call itself “the largest one-day motorcycle event in the world” is dead at age 25. The first Love Ride was on November 11, 1984. Only 500 people showed up but they included Peter Fonda and Willie G. Davidson. The Ride came along […]

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Waiting For Samcro

October 9, 2009

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I am riding up through the high desert into the Eastern Sierras a week or so ago. The ride is always plagued with bugs. And, I have never owned a motorcycle with a windshield or a fairing or any of that crap so I am very aware of the bugs. At ninety miles an hour […]

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James Hicks’ Murder

October 7, 2009

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Whatever pathetic racketeering case United States Attorney Charles T. Miller dreamed of bringing against 54 members and associates of the Pagans Motorcycle Club, it has now been overshadowed by the murder of James M. Hicks. Hicks (pictured above) was not named in the indictment but police killed him anyway during a commando style invasion of […]

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And Now The Pagans

October 6, 2009

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A Federal Grand Jury in Charleston, West Virginia has indicted 55 members and associates of the Pagans Motorcycle Club in eight states for violating the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) act. All RICO defendants face up to 20 years in prison. The 83-page, 44-count indictment was returned on October 1st and unsealed today. Besides […]

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