What is being hailed as the “largest federal bust of alleged g*** activity in Indianapolis’ history,” just went down at the Outlaws Motorcycle Club’s clubhouses in Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, and Gary.
Evidently SWAT members cleared the way this morning for FBI and local authorities to come in and search the clubhouses and surrounding blocks. Evidence was boxed up and motorcycles removed from the premises’, but with the court documents remaining sealed, we are unsure as to exactly what the feds are looking for. However, we do know that there were 43 arrests warrants issued and ranges in charges from Racketeering to Mail Fraud. We also know that more than 300 federal and local law enforcement agents were involved in the bust.
More info as it becomes available… there will be a new conference at 2pm local time.
Motorcycle Clubs take their colors, insignias, rituals, traditions, and place in society very, very seriously. As someone who has worked to start a three-piece patch club in an area with a very powerful dominant club, I understand how important it is to watch your p’s and q’s, pay your respects, and play by the rules as they are laid forth.
In Australia there is a group of social riders that has recently been asked to change their patches. This kind of thing happens. You may or may not agree with it, but the honest truth is, the MC world belongs to the 1% clubs… if you wanna play in their yard, you had better follow their rules. What you find below is an article from the Gold Coast Bulletin, followed by the front page of the Gold Coast Cruiser Club’s website…
I am not asking for judgement… rather I would like to make sure folks understand the kinds of things that are reality in the MC world.
Much Love and Respect,
The Nomads bikie [club] has warned a Gold Coast social motorcycle club to remove their club insignia because it ”offends” the outlaw organisation.
The Gold Coast Cruiser club, which has more than 160 members, was ordered to ”get the patches off” after a member wearing the social patch was spotted by a member of the Nomads outlaw [club].
The Nomads from the southside chapter of the [club] confronted the biker as he was coming out of a doctor’s surgery, the Gold Coast Bulletin said.
A statement on the Cruiser website has urged members to remove their patches.
”I have had a phone call from a 1 per cent club The Nomads, Southside Chapter. A member rang me stating our back patch is too much like a motorcycle club back patch and all members should remove them and replace them with one which Nomads would be happy with and to come up with a design as a replacement,” the statement reads.
”I did put the point forward regarding the round back patch worn by members of Ulysses Club who, like Gold Coast Cruiser Club, are social motorcycle riders.
”The problem the Nomads have with our patch is the wording around our logo making the patch look like it has rockers, which had been deemed at the 2005 Ulysses AGM in Canberra to be avoided and never to be worn on member’s vests.
”I consider it advisable to remove the Gold Coast Cruiser Club back patch.”
The statement said the club understood the ”annoyance and frustration” as in the club’s seven-year history, the insignia has never been an issue.
”All I can say is, I have been given this message to pass on to everyone as soon as possible.
”The message is ‘Get the patches off and that’s it!’ from the Nomads.”
The cruiser club has appealed to the United Motorcycle Council of Queensland to mediate the dispute.
It is not the first time an outlaw [club] has attempted to strong-arm a social motorcycle club.
In 2005, a Canberra-based Rebels motorcycle [club] warned that the Ulysses veteran social to remove their insignia.
Ulysses Club members were confronted, intimidated, and threatened their bikes would be destroyed by members of the Rebels Motorcycle Club if they did not remove the cloth patches, known as ”rockers”.
In a bid to avoid violent incidents, Ulysses’ national committee has instructed its 5000 members attending the Canberra rally to remove the rockers from their riding apparel.
I have had a phone call from a 1% club ‘The Nomads’ – Southside Chapter. A member rang me stating our back patch is too much like a Motorcycle Club back patch and all members should remove them and replace them with one which Nomads would be happy with and to come up with a design as a replacement. I had a discussion with Beau of Southside Nomads and it was in a respectful manner from each of us.
I did put the point forward regarding the round back patch worn by members of Ulysses Club who, like Gold Coast Cruiser Club, are social motorcycle riders. Beau’s reply was it had been discussed at a United Motorcycle Council meeting of 1% clubs and agreed that the Ulysses patch was OK. The problem the Nomads have with our patch is the wording around our logo making the patch look like it has rockers, which had been deemed at the 2005 Ulysses AGM in Canberra to be avoided and never to be worn on member’s vests.
As all Gold Coast Cruiser Club members are aware our club is a club in name only. We have no committee and the club basically runs on the input of its members. We don’t have any ‘offical’ back patch, the back patch available is not compulsory and is a personal choice by anyone to purchase and wear. Our only offical patch is the one small patch purchased to initiate being on our list for emailing and being one of the groups of 160 who call themselves Gold Coast Cruisers Club.
I consider it advisable to remove the Gold Coast Cruiser Club back patch. I understand the annoyance and frustration which will be felt by many of you, and have had the comment as to why after 7 years have none of the eight 1% clubs on the Gold Coast had a problem with this, but now this comes from a ‘South Brisbane Chapter’! Along with many other comments; all I can say is, I have been given this message to pass on to everyone as soon as possible.
The message is “Get the patches off and that’s it!” from the Nomads.
The following is a reprint from a story run by The Daily Commercial in Lake County, Florida. It tells of 51 year-old Warlocks President, Donn Wolf, and his passenger, who died in a motorcycle accident Sunday…
Gone But Not Forgotten,
Biker boss killed in wreck
Published: Tuesday, November 15, 2011
The 51-year-old president of the Warlocks Motorcycle Club of Lake County and his passenger died Sunday afternoon when his bike struck the rear of a car in Seminole County, the Florida Highway Patrol said.
Donn Wolf of Sorrento and his passenger, 40-year-old Angela “Angie” Curcio of Lake Mary, died at the scene.
The FHP said Wolf’s 2007 Harley-Davidson struck the rear of a 2002 Hyundai while illegally passing other traffic. The accident occurred at about 5:50 p.m. on State Road 46.
The motorcycle wrecked, with the driver of the car and her passenger receiving minor injuries.
Law enforcement officials refer to The Warlocks as an outlaw or “one-percenter” motorcycle gxxx, along with the Hells Angels and Outlaws. The Warlocks have chapters in various parts of the United States, England and Germany.
State records say the Warlocks M.C. of Lake County Inc. is located at 32205 County Road 437 in Sorrento. An arrest report last July for criminal mischief listed Wolf’s address as 32200 CR 437.
Incorporation records list Wolf as president, Shawn Clapp of Mount Dora as vice president, Nicholas Kansfield of Leesburg as secretary and Ronald Seaver of Paisley as treasurer. There are at least eight other Warlocks chapters in Florida.
Warlocks national President “Big John” announced Wolf’s death on Warlocks MC International Web site Sunday night.
“Our condolences go out to Wolf’s family, friends and brothers,” he said.
One Warlocks associate, “Jungle George” of Grand Island, left the following comments on the Web site: “He died way too young, but I can take comfort in knowing that he was doing what he loved …”