Archive | March, 2012

Kevin Augustiniak Sentenced

March 30, 2012

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Kevin Augustiniak, a member of the Mesa, Arizona charter of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club, was sentenced to 23 years in prison by a Maricopa County Superior Court Judge named Peter Reinstein yesterday for the murder of a woman named Cynthia Yvonne Garcia in Phoenix in October 2001. For the last decade Garcia’s murder has […]

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Harley Execs Get Paid

March 28, 2012

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Harley-Davidson, the Milwaukee based lifestyle products company, announced yesterday how much its top five executives made last year. The five executives are Keith Wandell, chief executive officer of the motor company; John Olin, the chief financial officer; Matthew Levatich, the chief operating officer; Lawrence Hund who runs Harley’s loan company; and Paul Jones who is […]

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Wrapping Up The Pagans Pleas

March 26, 2012

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The remaining two defendants in the Pagans racketeering case titled U.S. v. Barbeito et al. took plea deals last week in Charleston, West Virginia. The men were Richard Timothy “Lucky” Weaver and Elmer Luke “Tramp” Moore. Weaver pled guilty to one count of “conspiracy” charged in a superseding indictment in this case filed in February […]

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Pagans Take Plea Deals

March 22, 2012

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The trial of the two remaining defendants in the Pagans case in Charleston, West Virginia ended suddenly today when the men agreed to plea and sentencing agreements offered by the government. The pleas were offered and accepted during a long break after a juror was dismissed. The plea negotiations began around noon and took about […]

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The Pagans Trial

March 21, 2012

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The ATF may finally be about to lose a biker case. The two year, five month long morality play that is still called United States of America v. Barbeito et al. has finally gone to trial. The Barbeito case originally had 56 defendants. The case would have had 57 defendants but a SWAT team killed […]

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Willie G. Retires

March 20, 2012

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Willie G. Davidson, without whom you would probably be riding a different brand of motorcycle, will retire from the Harley-Davidson Motor Company on April 30. Willie G.(in his youth above) is 78-years-old, suffers from Type 2 Diabetes, and has worn hearing aids in both ears for the last 25 years. He is the grandson of […]

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The Bandidos Bar Menace

March 19, 2012

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A politician in a blue suit named Tim Vasquez crushed a small businessman named Alex Suarez this week in San Angelo, Texas. Vasquez (above) is the San Angelo Chief of Police. He went to work for the department as a dispatcher when he was 19. He was elected Chief in 2004 and he obviously enjoys […]

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Calendar Days

March 15, 2012

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I grow restless. I must go. I need a road trip. It is not just me. These are frustrating times and I think the road trip is one of the last remaining fragments of the broken American dream. I cling to it like a splinter from the true cross. We may no longer be able […]

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Clapp Versus Harley

March 13, 2012

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Fritz Clapp, the self-described “lawyer from hell” who has represented “the Hells Angels Motorcycle Corporation in trademark and related business matters” for more than two decades is involved in a small dustup with Harley-Davidson. Clapp (above) has filed numerous trademark infringement suits on behalf of the Angels. Last August he filed suit against Wildfox Couture, […]

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Noise Nut Wins One

March 12, 2012

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The Noise Nut of New Hampshire, a busybody named Bill Mitchell, was in the center of a puff journalism piece by Sarah Schweitzer in the Boston Globe last week. (Linked here.) Schweitzer describes, “The inimitable engine roar of Harleys” as “increasingly despised. Critics say quality of life is under assault by motorcycles that blot out […]

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Attention El Lay Anarchists

March 7, 2012

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It has already been a long, dry spell for the devoted followers of the motorcycle outlaw television series Sons of Anarchy. It hasn’t been so bad for me because I don’t actually watch the show unless I am about to write something cruel and snide about it. But I know that many people who stumble […]

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Cavazos Brothers Speak Out

March 4, 2012

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Three suburban Los Angeles newspapers ran a story Sunday morning about accusations of official corruption in Operation Black Rain. Black Rain was the ATF infiltration of the Mongols Motorcycle Club that ended abruptly on October 9, 2008. The papers are the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News and Whittier Daily News. They are collectively called […]

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Rudnick Makes A Deal

March 3, 2012

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Stuart Gary “Jabbers” Rudnick (above), the former Vice-President of the Vagos Motorcycle Club’s Los Angeles chapter, pled guilty to a single charge of conspiracy to commit murder yesterday in a courtroom in Reno. The guilty plea is one part of a plea and sentencing agreement Rudnick has arranged with the Washoe County District Attorney. He […]

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