Oct 202010
 

Today is the day when the trial of five Outlaws, including the national president, is to begin in Richmond’s federal court in Richmond. An additional six bikers will be tried starting Dec. 1.

You  may recall that more than two dozen members of the Outlaws and Pagans motorcycle clubs were arrested last June in Maine, Montana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Wisconsin.  They have been charged in the indictment that alleged the Outlaws moved into Virginia in 2006 when it opened the Manassas chapter, with plans to expand in the state and battle with the Hells Angels in the Richmond area.

The 50-page indictment alleges the Outlaws ran a long-term criminal enterprise that involved attempted murder, kidnapping, assault, robbery, extortion, witness intimidation, drug distribution, illegal gambling, weapons offenses, and a civil-rights violation.

Authorities say that in February, Outlaws members discussed plans to blow up a Richmond tattoo shop owned by a Hells Angels member, and that in March, undercover agents who infiltrated the gang were instructed on how to make several types of explosives for killing Hells Angels in the Richmond area.

Last Wednesday, Mark “Snuff” Steven Fiel, president of the Outlaws’ Manassas and Shenandoah Valley Chapter, plead guilty to a charge of conspiracy to violate federal racketeering law. He was the 14th person to sign a plea deal and faces up to 20 years in prison when he is sentenced in January. Fiel will forfeit his 2005 Harley-Davidson, but his agreement does not require him to rat on other club members. Plea deals often call for cooperation with authorities, although the lack of such a provision does not bar someone from snitching.

Feil’s son, Mark Jason Fiel, 37, a former Outlaw, is set to be tried Dec. 1. He and club member Christopher Timbers, 37, are charged with violating the civil rights of a black man beaten because of his race in Fredericksburg in 2008. The civil-rights charges will be tried separately.

Jack “Milwaukee Jack” Rosga, 53, of Wisconsin, the Outlaws’ National President, is among those set to be tried today on charges of racketeering and conspiracy to commit violence in the aid of racketeering.

The others on trial today are:

• William “Rebel” Davey, 46, a former chapter enforcer in North Carolina;

• Thomas “Jo Jo” Petrini, 48, a former Outlaws member in the Manassas chapter;

• Mark “Lytnin'” Spradling, 52, treasurer of the club region that includes Virginia and both Carolinas

• Leslie Werth, 47, vice president of a South Carolina chapter.

In addition to the racketeering and conspiracy charges, Davey and Werth are accused of violence in the aid of racketeering and firearms offenses.

One of those indicted will not be tried — Thomas “Tomcat” Mayne, 59, was shot to death June 15 in Maine when authorities tried to arrest him the day the charges were made public.

Three Richmond-area members of the Pagans, who allegedly allied themselves with the Outlaws, also were indicted: Charles Love, 49, of Amelia County; and Charles Barlow, 43, and Dennis Haldermann, 45, both of Chester.  Barlow and Love have pleaded guilty, while Haldermann will be tried Dec. 1 on a charge of committing violence in the aid of racketeering.

Jan 132010
 

OK, so this is a casting call for members of motorcycle clubs.  Bob Saget is going to be the host of this show… I will leave it to you to decided if this exposure is a good idea or not.

Love, Respect, and Not So Funny Narration,

ArtBiker

Casting Call Information

City: Any City

State: National

Now Casting: Biker Clubs for A&E! A&E is on a nationwide search for authentic and unique motorcycle clubs to feature on a new original real-life series hosted by Bob Saget (America’s Funniest Home Videos/Full House). We are specifically seeking groups of bikers who’ll be riding together to the 2010 Daytona Beach Bike Week at the end of February beginning of March!! 

The hour long, documentary-style series will follow our host as he dives in to the unique pool of cultures, lifestyles, practices, and people in America. He’ll take the audience on a fun, but informative, journey through a variety of worlds that they’ll learn about through his experiences. It will be an objective and entertaining look at interesting people, places, and things as only Bob Saget sees them.

Casting call site is here.

Jan 102010
 

This morning, over the proverbial cup of coffee and Sunday Times (i.e. leftover pizza, Diet Coke, and checking my fave blogs), I came across a nice little article from the Toronto Star by author Bill Taylor.  It is a short story and interview with Don Norris, an early president of the Satan’s Choice Motorcycle Club.  You may know them from the patch over with the Hells Angels in 2000.  Anyway, it is a nice read and a great way to start your Sunday.  If it is not too cold where you are (ie- you live in SoCal cause the rest of the country is friggin’ frigid right now), then enjoy your bros, have a beer for me, and just cruise.  For the rest of us it is a good way to kick off a day of wrenching, picking up around the garage, and hanging with friends or family.  I am going to play with my girls, toss a ball for the puppy, and tinker with the sidecar rig to see if I can get closer closer to getting it back in rotation… said girls and puppy would appreciate the riding when it warms back up.

Love, Respect, and Club Life,

ArtBiker

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Jan 09, 2010

Bill Taylor

Special to the Star

BOLTON–”You don’t look like a bad-guy biker.”

In certain circles, saying that could get you punched out.

Don Norris smiles. “Thank you,” he says.

With his white hair, gentle demeanour and blue, knitted slippers, he doesn’t look like a one-percenter.

Except for the “Department of Homeland Security” T-shirt, which shows a bunch of long-haired motorcyclists.

And the tattoo: a grinning devil’s head and the name Satan’s Choice.

Norris was an outlaw, all right. President of the Choice back in the early ’60s.

Who else in this comfortable sub-division off Hwy. 50 could sit in his living room and jog his memory with, “That would be the night the Vagabonds beat the s – – – outta me?”

Satan’s Choice was front and centre in the famous “patch-over” of 2000-01 when members of several Ontario clubs became Hells Angels. Norris was long gone by then. But he’s still close to a number of guys who live the outlaw life.

“Friends are friends,” he says. “They’re good people.”

If he more resembles a retired scoutmaster, well, he’s been that, too. And a karate instructor. He may be 67 but you wouldn’t want to cross him even now.

“I’m not a tough guy any more,” he says. “I’ve had heart problems and diabetes. I would avoid a fight. But, still, some things are ingrained.”

He most wants to be thought of as a writer, author of the self-published memoir Riding With Attitude.

You can order it from him (email donnorris©rogers.com) for $22.50 plus $2.50 postage, or from Chapters/Indigo. If you see Norris at a rally, 20 bucks and it’s yours. This weekend, he’ll be selling copies at his own booth at the motorcycle Supershow at the International Centre.

Norris is retired from the trucking industry and lives with his wife, Carolyn, and a cat named Riggs, after the Mel Gibson character in Lethal Weapon.

He has four children, who are “fascinated by the biker stuff,” and six grandchildren. He no longer carries a “gator-skinner” knife with a 30-centimetre blade, or rides with three sticks of dynamite wrapped up in his bedroll – “another of my quirks.”

It was through one of his son’s scouting activities that he became a troop leader. “I always get a kick out of the people who say, `I can’t believe you were in Satan’s Choice,’ ” says Carolyn. “Or, `I can’t believe you were a scoutmaster.’ ”

Riding With Attitude is sometimes lurid. Norris writes of losing his virginity “with Lulu in the Golden Hawks’ clubhouse … while the guys sat around drinking and watching.”

He opens a window into a time when outlaw bikers were hellraisers who hadn’t yet been tarred with the “organized crime” brush. That’s a label that irks him mightily.

As a teenager in Scarborough, Norris earned 35 cents an hour “as a carhop at a drive-in restaurant – no roller skates. I’d saved 100 bucks and I knew some fellers who belonged to the Saddle Tramps club. Through them, I bought a ’52 Triumph.”

(Biker clubs then weren’t mandating that their members ride Harleys.)

“I hooked up with Satan’s Choice and a year later I became president. That would be 1959 or ’60. There was only one chapter back then, about 45 members. We hung out at Aida’s restaurant at Kingston Rd. and St. Clair Ave. There were no initiation rituals. You just needed a motorcycle and $3 for the patch.”

What was it like being in Satan’s Choice?

“Party, party, party,” Norris recalls with a grin. “And some ongoing rivalry with other clubs. The Black Diamond Riders tended to try to wipe out other clubs. I was beaten up a few times.”

And beat up people himself?

“Of course. It was all challenges. You can’t reject a challenge.

“We were treated with respect by people, given a wide berth wherever we went. They saw your patch and they stepped aside.”

The Choice disbanded temporarily in 1963 but Norris joined the Swamphawks and Golden Hawk Riders. “And I was always very friendly with the Para-Dice Riders.”

He spent most weekends at Bernie Guindon’s house. It was Guindon, co-founder of the Phantom Riders, who in 1965 masterminded an amalgamation of his club, the Canadian Lancers, the Throttle Twisters and the Wild Ones.

Satan’s Choice was reborn.

The four club presidents visited Norris to see what he thought of the idea.

“I could hardly contain my enthusiasm,” he writes. “I loaned them my old crest as a sample and told them where they could be made. For aiding in the new beginning, I was presented with a new set of colours.”

But Norris was a family man by then and never went back to the Choice.

“Do I miss it?” he says. “Not really. I’m enjoying saner times. Would I live in that culture again? Yes, absolutely.”

He owns a 1997 Honda Gold Wing that he’s ridden all over the continent.

“Most of my neighbours have no idea about any of the biker stuff,” he says. “They know I ride. Maybe that’s what keeps them away!”

His wife had no idea either when they met “or I wouldn’t have touched him with a 10-foot pole!”

Norris looks at her in mock disbelief. “I never could talk her into getting a `Property of Satan’s Choice’ tattoo.”

He backs his Gold Wing out into the rain for pictures.

“Where do you want me?” he asks. “By this tree?”

Sure. Unless you’d like to ride around the block and look as if you’re terrorizing the neighbourhood.

His wife laughs. “He’s the quietest guy on the street.”

In certain circles, saying that could get you punched out.

Norris smiles. “Thank you,” he says.

Toronto Star

http://www.wheels.ca/newsFeatures/article/783681

Bandidos Sentenced in Worst Mass Slayings in Ontario History

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Oct 302009
 

Well, with all that is happening in Australia with biker clubs and all the new biker laws (anti-biker laws), other news has been pushed to the background.  There is a lot going on back East with the Pagans, and now the Bandidos of Canada are in the news.

In London, Ontario, six members of the Bandidos were found guilty yesterday of murdering eight associates in what is the worst mass slayings in Ontario history.

The jury began deliberations earlier this week after hearing from more than 70 witnesses over six months. Wayne Kellestine, Dwight Mushey, Michael Sandham, Marcelo Aravena, Frank Mather, and Brett Gardiner were found guilty of 44 counts of murder and four manslaughter convictions.

The prosecution said the murders were the result of rising tensions between the men who were killed and the Bandidos chapter in Winnipeg, Manitoba.  Kellestine, a member of the Toronto chapter, had become increasingly alienated from his Toronto members and allied with the Winnipeg men.  According to the prosocution, he had received orders from U.S. Bandidos officials to strip the Toronto men of their gang affiliation and start a new Canadian chapter, but there is no evidence that anyone ever received orders of murder.

Bandido Associates: George Jessome, 52, George Kriarakis, 28, John Muscedere, 48, Luis Raposo, 41, Frank Salerno, 43, Paul Sinopoli, 30, Jamie Flanz, 37, and Michael Trotta, 31, were found on April 8, 2006. The men were stuffed into four vehicles abandoned in a farmer’s field a few miles from a farmhouse belonging to Kellestine.

A timeline of the Bandidos massacre can be found here.

Aug 242009
 

formal_wearOK readers, here is you chance to be a hero… not like you need another opportunity as you are all heros to me just for checking out the blog.  However, this is much more important.  I have been a member of the Deacons of Deadwood MC for over 6 years now  and every year we throw a HUGE party and give 100% (yes, really 100%… every single penny…) to a children’s charity or charities that need our help.  And every year we have a better time than before.

This year we will again be supporting Camp for All, a unique camping and retreat facility that enriches the lives of children with chronic illnesses and disabilities.  Tickets are 5 each and for that you get a really wonderful, five star evening.  We start off with a pre-party at Artista, located at 800 Bagby in the Houston Center for the Performing Arts.  There will be hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar there.  At 7:30 sharp we will be escorted by the Houston Police Dept. Motorcycle Unit to the party at La Colombe D’or.

Here is where it gets fun as all the top shelf liquor you can ingest is included in the price of admission.  Gourmet food will be waiting for your taste buds and there is even an amazing chocolate fountain in which you can dip strawberries, cookies, candies, and anything else you can dream up.  It is a biker party after all.  There will be bands playing, body painters painting, brand new Harleys being raffled off, an amazing silent auction (you have to see the wheel barrow of booze!), biker babes in various states of dress, cigars, photo booths, ice sculptures (including a life sized chopper made of ice), and more!!07-charity-pic04

So, while the price of admission might seem steep at first, you are getting a lot in return.  And, if you have read this far down, let me entice you even further.  For every ball ticket you buy, I will put your name into a raffle for a free ArtBiker Print worth $500.  And for every $20 raffle ticket you buy for the new Harley, I will put your name into a raffle for an ArtBiker Print worth $100… this is win/win folks!  You have to be sure to tell them you are buying the tickets from me in order to have your name entered, so don’t forget!  Go to the website now and sign yourself up… order often and can’t wait to see you!

www.deaconsofdeadwood.com

Deacons of Deadwood Motorcycle Club

2009 Charity Ball

We are preparing for our 8th Annual Deacons of Deadwood Charity Ball and need your support.  The Deacons of Deadwood Motorcycle Club is a 501 (c)(3), non-profit organization that has supported local children’s charities for the past eight years.  This year’s Ball will raise money to benefit Camp For All, a unique camping and retreat facility that enriches the lives of children with chronic illnesses and disabilities.  Camp For All encourages campers to go beyond their limitations through fun and therapeutic programs, including horseback riding, canoeing, fishing, archery, water activities, team sports, arts and crafts, a nature program, and much more.

The Deacons of Deadwood have an impressive track record of donating over $500,000 to Houston area charities, including Camp for All, Boys and Girls Country, Make-a-Wish, Ronald McDonald House and others.  We expect this year’s Ball will be our largest fundraiser ever and everyone is certain to have a great time while supporting a wonderful cause for Houston area children.2005ball-004

This year’s event will be held on Saturday, September 19, 2009, from 8:00 p.m. until 12:30 a.m. in the Grand Salone of the La Colombe D’or, located at 3704 Yoakum, Houston, Texas 77006.  Your sponsorship, whether monetary or by donating an auction item, will help defray the Ball’s expenses and ensure a successful Silent Auction.

Thank you for your consideration in providing these tax-deductible donations.  Should you need further information, please contact Jay McKendree, our club President at 713/859-7990 or email jaymckendree@sbcglobal.net.  You can also contact Lisa Talbott, our Silent Auction Chairperson at dodsa09@sbcglobal.net.

Again, thank you so much for your consideration and support for this very important cause!

DEACONS OF DEADWOOD

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2009 Charity Ball

VIP Sponsor Packages

Deacons Sponsor: $5,000

· VIP Reserved Table

· Twelve VIP Table Tickets

· Thirty-Six Special VIP Raffle Tickets

· Two Chauffeured Lincoln Towne Cars to Escort You and Your Guests To and From the Ball

· Personal Wait Staff for Your VIP table

· Commemorative Deacons of Deadwood Mementos for Each Guest

Wild Bill Sponsor: $3,750

· VIP Reserved Table

· Ten VIP Table Tickets

· Twenty Special VIP Raffle Tickets

· One Chauffeured Lincoln Towne Cars to Escort You and Your Guests To and From the Ball

· Personal Wait Staff for Your VIP Table

· Commemorative Deacons of Deadwood Mementos for Each Guest

Calamity Jane Sponsor: $2,500

· VIP Reserved Table

· Eight VIP Table Tickets

· Eight Special VIP Raffle Tickets

· Personal Wait Staff for Your VIP Table

· Commemorative Deacons of Deadwood Mementos for Each Guest

Only a limited number of VIP tables are available this year. Contact your local Deacon to reserve your table now before its too late.

Underwriting Opportunities

The Deacons of Deadwood offer underwriting opportunities for individuals and businesses to show their

support for our Charity Ball and Camp for All’s considerable challenges. In exchange for a taxdeductible

charitable contribution, the Deacons of Deadwood will acknowledge each underwriter at the

Ball and on our website. We currently offer the following options:

Casino Table $750

VIP Area Raffle Award $1,000

Motorcycle Raffle $5,000 – $15,000

Silver Rider $20,000 – $25,000

Gold Rider $30,000 – $50,000

Platinum Rider $60,000 – $100,000

Please contact Jay McKendree at (713) 859-7990 for more information on underwriting.