Five Hells Angels Have Been Arrested For Shooting A Biker In Washington. Here’s The Story.

It’s almost become a weekly feature for us to be reporting the hells angels going down now. It doesn’t even seem uncanny anymore. Maybe it’s time the club and the members start maintaining a low-profile, if they don’t want law enforcement to tear apart their very fabric. This time, today, we are reporting the arrest of five hells angels members in connection with a shooting in Washington.

 

 

The victim was riding with a bunch of Hells Angels motorcyclists.

 

The exact scene of events and why the shooting took place isn’t exactly clear. When the Washington State Patrol troopers arrived, they found a 52-year old Dennis Donahue shot in the leg. He was first transported to Lourdes ER in Pasco, and then later moved to Kadlec Medical Center.

 

The victim is in serious condition.

 

Franklin County Sheriff’s Detectives have identified six men as Hells Angels members who had a connection with the shooting. One of them was driving a Chevrolet pickup. Investigators said that three of the five motorcycles were hit by bullets.

 

A handgun with a bloody trail was found just 15 feet away from the group.

 

Consequently, five Hells Angels members were arrested.

 

Jason A. Marshall, 47; Neal G. Foulger, 55; William D. Smeeton, 47; William I. Maclean, 66; and Michael A. Smullen, 59.

 

The arrested bikers were sent to the Franklin County Jail for 72 hours. Although no charges have yet been filed, the bikers were sent to jail on “suspicion of criminal mischief”.

Hells Angels MC turns 70 years old

Founded in 1948, the hells angels motorcycle club has been a pop-culture mainstay for decades.

Books, television and movies have mythologized them endlessly.

The story began on March 17, 1948, in San Bernardino, California, and the name is most-commonly attributed to the Howard Hughes movie of the same name, about World War II bombers. But that is where the military connection ends.

The hells angels website refutes the commonly held story that the group was founded by ex-military misfits and outcasts. Of course, later on, members from various branches of the military would join HAMC but it was not a military club to begin with.

The group’s logo, the Death Head, is easily one of the most recognizable brands of the 20th century. It’s since been copyrighted in the United States and internationally.

The “Berdoo” chapter is still alive and well to this day. That group’s 70th anniversary party is scheduled for this weekend. There are no chapters listed in Texas.

More clubs began popping up soon after in and around California. In 1957 Sonny Barger founded the Oakland chapter. He would end up becoming the face of the club in pop-culture, and to this day remains a cult figure.

Barger’s autobiography, “Hell’s Angel,” was released in 2001 to wide acclaim by motorcycle fans and others interested in the biker subculture.

By 1961 the club had a chapter in Auckland, New Zealand, and by the end of the decade the first of many chapters was founded in Europe. Australia, Africa and Brazil were still to come. Today there are even clubs in Turkey.

Nomad Dave shows off his Hells Angels tattoo as he attends a Hells Angels rally.

In 1965 LIFE magazine went on the road with the outlaw bikers for a series of photos featuring the group riding and interacting with polite society. Two years later Hunter S. Thompson wrote the non-fiction book “Hell’s Angels” about his time riding with the club.

They maintain an allure within mainstream culture, with TV shows like “Sons of Anarchy” adding to the mystique. Barger himself appeared on the show a handful of times. The motorcycle club in the TV show is purely fictional, although it does have some elements of the biker culture.

Deadly encounters between the Angels and other clubs have kept them squarely outside the lines, and the actions of bad apples among them haven’t helped matters.

Former Hells Angels President Passes Away in Deadly Accident

Shane Bullock, 51, was the President of the Hells Angels’ Whanganui charter in New Zealand. He had been a member of the club for about 26 years, during which time he traveled the world extensively. Bullock’s death is a sudden tragedy and the family is trying the best they can to cope with this loss. They say that beneath his “bad ass exterior” lied a “big cuddly family guy”.

 

Bullock was riding his Big Bessy motorcycle in Porirua on a Thursday morning.

 

He was suddenly hit by a car, and seriously hurt as a result. He was taken to the Wellington Hospital with a broken pelvis and a broken sternum. Two days later, he was in a serious condition, but stable. He was due for surgery on Tuesday. However, at around 11 in the morning on Monday, Bullock succumbed to his injuries.

Owing to Bullock’s position, his son says that the funeral is going to be a massive one.

His son, Jack, says,

“Dad will always be remembered as the big cuddly family guy and as a big bad ass from Hells Angels – that was his life and that was who he was.”

“He spent more than 25 years overseas and has connections all over the world. His funeral will be pretty massive.”

 

Before joining the club, Bullock actively worked in his family business.

 

His great-grandfather had founded the construction company, Bullock Bridge Builders Limited. According to family, he lived his life to the fullest, absolutely loved motorcycles, and ran a club that stretched across the length and breadth of the company. The “big cuddly family guy’s” daughter, Hazy says of him,

“He was the best dad that anyone could imagine.”

“FREEDOM IS OUR RELIGION” HELLS ANGELS ROLL THROUGH BERLIN

The rock group hells angels protested in Berlin with a motorbike demonstration against the prohibition of their association badges.

About 200 participants drove from Biesdorf in the east of Berlin to Alexanderplatz in Mitte, where they returned to Biesdorf.

The police, according to a spokesman, initially controlled several motorcycles, and also ensured some.

Most bikers were mostly dressed in black – without recognizable badges. Some wore jackets with inscriptions and logos on their backs, such as the rock group “Blood Red Section MC”. According to the characteristics, participants came from all over Germany.

The protest under the motto “Freedom is our religion” was directed against the prohibition of wearing dresses with the badge of the hells angels – a winged skull.

VIDEO AND PHOTOS: OVER 200 HELLS ANGELS PROTEST BAN ON INSIGNIA IN BERLIN

According to a law which has been in force since spring, the Hells Angels are no longer allowed to show their club badges in public. The reason for the regulation was that associations, especially in the area of ​​criminal rock groupings, a “cover coat for various forms of serious and organized crime”, it is said. The Hells Angels want to prepare a constitutional complaint according to their own data.

In Germany, the Hells Angels were always banned. In the focus of the investigators the Hells Angels always stand mainly because of drug addicts and criminal activities in the doorman and red light milieu. (AP)

A HELLS ANGELS MOTORCYCLIST WAS SHOT DRIVING THROUGH THE TRI-CITIES. NOW NO ONE IS TALKING

After a hells angels member from California was shot in the leg while passing through Pasco, witnesses clammed up and refused to share anything with detectives.

Two weeks later, state investigators are hopeful people will come forward to give some clues into what happened that Aug. 18 afternoon on Highway 395.

The wounded motorcyclist, Dennis Donahue, 52, has since been released from the hospital. And five of his fellow members, who were arrested on suspicion of criminal mischief with a deadly weapon, posted bail and have not been charged.

“This was a very kind of chaotic situation where it stretched over a lot of miles,” said Lt. Randy Hullinger with the Washington State Patrol’s criminal investigation division. “I think it would be hard to go through an experience like that and not be scared … (but) I don’t know what completely their reason is” for not cooperating.

Hullinger described it as “an interesting circumstance” because people who were victims at different points in the road-rage incident won’t tell anything to investigators.

“We know that there’s somebody out there who saw something, it’s that they just haven’t (seen the news reports) yet” asking for witnesses, said Hullinger. “… It doesn’t matter how big or small they think their information is. We’d love to talk to them because sometimes as we talk, other details will start to come out.”

The altercation is believed to have started on Highway 395 near Clearwater Avenue in Kennewick with motorcycles, vehicles and pickups driving erratically. It continued north over the blue bridge and through Pasco, briefly onto eastbound Interstate 182, and then back onto Highway 395 heading toward Spokane.

Franklin County Sheriff deputies and Washington State Patrol trooper investigate the scene on Highway 395 about three miles north of Pasco, where a man was shot in the leg on Aug. 18. Witnesses have remained silent about the incident, which is still under investigation. Watch a video at tricityherald.com/video Bob Brawdy Tri-City Herald
Hullinger said they know that others were involved aside from Donahue and the five men arrested. Those other motorcycles and vehicles likely sped off onto side streets from Highway 395 and Interstate 182 in an attempt to either get away or hide, he said.

That’s why investigators think there are more potential witnesses who just don’t realize they saw something important. Even if they didn’t see the actual shooting of Donahue on northbound Highway 395 near the King City Truck Stop, they may have seen the motorcycles and vehicles earlier on one of the highways or turning onto a side street, Hullinger said.

“This is one of those investigations where it’s just huge. There are a lot of details and areas to cover,” Hullinger told the Herald. “We are still in the process of putting things together and seeing what we have and determining our next steps from there.”

One witness told the state patrol that he was working on his broken down car on the side of Highway 395, south of the incident, when he noticed two groups of motorcycles passing by.

Three motorcycles then pulled onto the shoulder ahead of him and one rider pointed a handgun at the man, according to court documents. The man, who called 911, said the other two riders appeared to talk to their buddy for a moment and then the third guy put the gun in his waistband and they drove off.

The witness further said that after fixing his vehicle, he continued north on Highway 395 and, as he passed the shooting scene, he recognized those same three motorcyclists on the side of the highway, documents said.

Investigators have determined that based on the timing of the witness’ call to emergency dispatchers, the gun was pointed at him “within moments” of Donahue being shot in the left leg.

When troopers, police and deputies responded to the shooting, they found five motorcycles stopped on the shoulder along with a Chevrolet Silverado. The pickup was traveling with the group of motorcyclists.

Bullets reportedly damaged three motorcycles, and a bloody pistol was found about 15 feet away from the parked motorcycles.

Hullinger said they are fairly confident that someone from a different group of motorcycles or another vehicle shot Donahue. Additionally, Donahue is not the rider who pointed the gun at the disabled motorist moments before, he said.

The five people arrested that day would not speak to investigators about what happened.

The men — all from California, ranging in age from 47 to 66 and identified as hells angels members based on their clothing and motorcycles markings — were booked into the Franklin County jail on the criminal mischief allegation. Two of them also were accused of unlawfully possessing a firearm.

The Hells Angels Motorcycle Club is considered a criminal gang by the U.S. Department of Justice.

During an Aug. 21 court appearance, all five signed a waiver of extradition, which means they agree to be returned to Washington state if later charged in this case. They posted bond that same day,

Hullinger said given Donahue’s injuries, they opted not to book him into jail on the same allegations after he was released from Kadlec Regional Medical Center.

Franklin County Prosecutor Shawn Sant said his office wants to have all information before making a charging decision.

The state patrol crime lab currently is analyzing some key evidence, including cellphones and the motorcycles. Sant said he hopes to get reports on those findings within two to four weeks, if not sooner.

Hullinger said the investigators don’t yet know if it was a mutual combat situation, so they have to look at all angles of what might have led up to the shooting,

“The detectives are working diligently and we’ll just keep plugging away until we see what we come up with,” he said. “Everyone still is suspect in this thing until we can get it resolved.”

HELLS ANGELS LARRY AMERO FREED AFTER CHARGES STAYED

Even though Hells Angel Larry Amero has been in a Quebec jail for almost five years, he is still a powerful biker here in B.C. And now he could be coming back to his home province. He had major drug charges stayed Wednesday because of the length of time it took him to get to trial.

Amero’s name has come out repeatedly at the trial in Kelowna of three men charged with killing Jonathan Bacon and injuring Amero in a 2011 shooting. But it has also come out at the Vancouver murder trial of United Nations gangster Cory Vallee. One witness there, a former club member-turned Crown witness, said he contacted Amero to get advice when federal tax agency investigators were coming after the UN club.

Amero has maintained his membership in the longshoremen’s union so perhaps he’ll return to working at the Port of Vancouver.

For years, friends of incarcerated Hells Angel Larry Amero have pasted “Free Larry” stickers on their Harleys to demand his release.

On Wednesday, they finally got their wish after a judge in Quebec stayed organized crime and cocaine importation charges against the prominent B.C. gangster.

Prosecutor Philippe Vallières-Roland confirmed to Postmedia News that the charges were stayed because of the length of time the case took to get to trial.

Last year, the Supreme Court of Canada set a 30-month time limit for prosecutions at the provincial supreme court level to be completed, except in exceptional circumstances.

Amero is the highest-profile B.C. gangster to have his case thrown out under the so-called Jordan rule.

The 40-year-old biker has been in jail since his arrest in Montreal in November 2012 as a prime target in Québec provincial police’s Project Loquace, which resulted in more than 100 arrests.

Amero and several associates, including now convicted killer and former B.C. gangster Rabih Alkhalil, were alleged to be ringleaders in a major coalition of organized criminals trying to control cocaine distribution across Canada.

Police said they found documentation in the penthouse Amero shared with Alkhalil showing millions of dollars in drug transactions, some of which were here in B.C.

Amero, who grew up in Metro Vancouver, joined the hells angels program as a hangaround in 2002 and became a full-patch member of the White Rock chapter of the biker club three years later.

Just months before his arrest, he joined the breakaway West Point chapter, now operating out of a rented south Langley home near the U.S. border.

hells angels spokesman Rick Ciarniello did not respond to an emailed request for comment on Amero’s release.

Brad Stephen, a biker expert and retired Vancouver police officer, said Wednesday that Amero “is a formidable member within the Hells Angels and within the underworld in general.”

“He has managed to create alliances with different crime groups and been extremely successful and has made a lot of money in the drug trafficking business.”

If he returns to B.C. as expected, anti-club police will be watching.

Sgt. Brenda Winpenny of the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit said police would take the appropriate action if Amero resumes his position in the Lower Mainland underworld.

“How he chooses to conduct himself when he gets back will obviously be on him,” Winpenny said. “We are very aware of the current club landscape and the conflicts, and if he chooses to involve himself in that we would dedicate as many resources as possible to address that.”

When Amero was arrested in 2012, the B.C. head of CFSEU at the time said that Amero and two others charged in Quebec were “key figures” in club violence in B.C.

Amero had formed the Wolf Pack alliance with some members of the Red Scorpion club and some Independent Soldiers.

Amero, Scorpion Jonathan Bacon and Independent Soldier James Riach were in a Porsche Cayenneoutside Kelowna’s Delta Grand Hotel in August 2011 when it was shot up by masked gunmen.

Bacon was killed in the shooting, while Amero was seriously injured. Riach escaped injury.

Three rival gangsters — Jujhar Khun-Khun, Michael Jones and Jason McBride — are currently on trial in Kelowna on first-degree murder charges.

After his near-death experience, Amero moved to Montreal, but would return to B.C. When he visited Vancouver in January 2012, police warned him he might be targeted again.

While Amero is now tasting freedom for the first time in five years, his former co-accused from B.C. haven’t fared as well.

Alkhalil was sentenced in Toronto in June to life in prison for hiring a hitman to kill Johnnie Raposso in Little Italy in June 2012.

And Shane “Wheels” Maloney, a B.C. native who joined Montreal’s West End club, pleaded guilty in the Loquace case and was sentenced in May to 10 years in jail.

Winpenny said that if Amero wants to change his ways, police are there to help.

“We would like to offer Mr. Amero the opportunity to take advantage of the services offered by our club exiting and outreach program,” she said. “He can contact the CFSEU-BC at 778-918-2287 if he would like help leaving his club ties and lifestyle.”

LIFE AFTER BETRAYING THE HELLS ANGELS

We talked to Dave Atwell, the highest ranking member of the hells angels in history to flip on the club. He’s now in the witness protection program.

It’s been almost a decade since Dave Atwell ever truly unpacked his suitcase.

Not since the former downtown Toronto chapter sergeant-at-arms of the hells angels flipped on his club has he ever really felt at home. In a sad twist, the only people Atwell can ever truly talk to anymore are the ones he would have previously avoided like the plague—journalists and police officers.

“Man, just being able to talk like this means the world to me,” Atwell told me after ringing my phone from a blocked number.

That’s the thing few people realize about the witness protection program: the fact that it goes arm and arm with an enduring loneliness.

Atwell is in the program after becoming an informant on the Hells Angels for the police in the late 2000s—he is the highest ranking member of the motorcycle club to do so. Atwell and veteran journalist Jerry Langton just released a book, The Hard Way Out, which outlines his experiences with the club. In the book, he talks about selling coke, patching from one gang (Para-Dice Riders) to the Hells Angels, becoming a full patch member, and how and why he flipped.

For seven years, Atwell was the sergeant-at-arms of the Toronto chapter, meaning that he doled out discipline and made sure that everything was on the straight and narrow. He was also integral in the HA’s movement of coke around Toronto. When the respected Angel was hit with some drug charges he decided he wanted out, but it’s not that easy. When the charges were stayed he was expected to happily come back and work. After that, Atwell started to see the club and his brothers differently: the bikers and the Hells Angels weren’t a family, they were “all in it for themselves.”

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THIS YOUNG MAN WANTS TO FOLLOW HIS UNCLE STEPS AND BECOME A MEMBER OF HELL ANGELS

This story is about Tyler Hayden(25) from Martinsville, Indiana who wants to follow his uncle steps and become a member of Hell Angels.

His uncle Ernie Whitesell was apart of the family but he passed away from cancer, this guy is trying to get in touch with some members from Hell Angels.

When we asked him why he wants this so much, he said:

” I love to ride and l love the road, l could ride on my bike and never get tired of it. It’s not a phase. It’s my life. It’s not a hobby, it’s a passion.

I’m doing this for me, because life is always better when i ride. My uncle would never tell me how he joined, he road bikes with Hell Angels anytime they needed him and he did the cook outs and roasted hogs for everyone.

I stood next to him when he died it’s heart breaking and trust me l’d love nothing more than to be apart of the family, i will never take my uncle spot he was irreplaceable.”

This is my bike, it’s smaller but it’s made with love. My uncle was helping me to build this motorcycle after hid death I did the rest of it.

Like many exclusive organizations, the hells angels maintain a great deal of secrecy involving the inner workings of their group. But enough has been written by members and observers to give a basic idea of what’s required to join. Officially, you must:

– Have a driver’s license;
– Own a working motorcycle;
– Never have applied to be a police officer or prison guard;

We share this story to help him, because brothers always help each other. If someone knows how to get in touch with Hell Angels, write us.

We hope for a happy ending..

Feds list Hells Angels, Outlaws as gangs

The Ottawa Police Department listed the two biker groups that brawled on Sunday night as motorcycle clubs.

That is what the Outlaws and hells angels call themselves. But on social media Monday, some suggested referring to the groups as gangs, not clubs.

In 2014, the U.S. Department of Justice listed eight of the biggest motorcycle clubs as “outlaw motorcycle gangs.” They included the hells angels and the Outlaws.

According to the department, the gangs are organizations “whose members use their motorcycle clubs as conduits for criminal enterprises.” The gangs are involved in violent crime, weapon trafficking and drug trafficking, the report said.

The department said there are more than 300 active outlaw motorcycle gangs in the country.

“The Hells Angels, Mongols, Bandidos, Outlaws, and Sons of Silence pose a serious national domestic threat and conduct the majority of criminal activity linked to (outlaw motorcycle gangs), especially activity relating to drug trafficking, and, more specifically, to cross-border drug smuggling,” the 2014 report says.

Robert Turner, Streator’s deputy police chief, said members of the Outlaws and Hells Angels have been in the region for some time.

“We haven’t had any problems with them as of yet in Streator,” he said in an interview Monday.

The Hells Angels and Outlaws are known enemies. On a Saturday afternoon in April 2010, the two groups battled in a parking lot in a tiny village in southeastern Minnesota, according to the Pioneer Press.

The newspaper reported police cited no one for fighting because no one involved would talk to officers, but two were charged with possessing brass knuckles.

In 2008, the Hells Angels and Outlaws brawled at an airport in Great Britain. Seven members of the two groups were jailed, according to media reports.

Both the Hells Angels and Outlaws have websites.

The Outlaws claim chapters mainly east of the Mississippi. The closest chapters to La Salle County include Pontiac, Joliet, Kankakee, Peoria and Rockford.

The Hells Angels website indicated it has chapters around the world, on every continent but Antarctica. The nearest chapters are in the Rockford and Peoria areas, according to the website.

The Hells Angels were founded in 1948 in the San Bernardino area of California. The Outlaws started in 1935 in the Chicago suburb of McCook.

On its website, the Outlaws group gives an email address but says, “DO NOT write us asking how to join! Find an Outlaw and ask him!” Its news feed contains condolences to members who have died, but they are referred to by their nicknames.

The Hells Angels has an “RIP” section on its site and also uses nicknames.

Member of Mongols club is arrested in fatal shooting of rival Hell Angels member

The Mongols are based in the Southland, and many members came from street gangs, officials say. The gang has many members across the U.S.

A Mongols motorcycle gang member is accused of fatally shooting a member of the hells angels biker gang last month in Riverside as part of an ongoing rivalry, authorities said.

Joshua Ryan Herbert, a 27-year-old Corona resident, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of murder and attempted murder, according to the Riverside County district attorney’s office. Prosecutors allege the offenses were committed for the benefit of the Mongols gang.

Authorities say Herbert opened fire on five hells angels members on May 21, including 21-year-old James Duty, who died at the scene.

The group had stopped just before 10:30 p.m. to fuel up at a Shell gas station in the 3500 block of Adams Street, Riverside police Lt. Charles Payne said at a news conference this week. Clad in Hells Angels attire, the group stood in the parking lot and chatted.

As the group was talking, he said, someone exited a vehicle and began spraying gunfire.

When officers arrived, they found the bikers next to a set of fuel pumps.

Duty had been shot multiple times. Gunfire also struck the helmet of a second Hells Angels member, but he was not injured.

“This shooting was the result of an ongoing rival feud between the Hells Angels and Mongols outlaw motorcycle gangs,” Deputy Chief Larry Gonzalez said at a news conference.

Detectives, with the assistance of the FBI and other law enforcement agencies, launched an investigation into the gangs’ activities.

Detectives gathered surveillance camera footage and talked to witnesses who helped identify Herbert as the shooter, Payne said.

Authorities searched seven locations throughout Orange and Riverside counties associated with the Mongols gang. Investigators also seized illegal weapons as well as Mongols gang paraphernalia at Herbert’s home, authorities said.

The motorcycle gangs have a “long history of animosity toward one another, which includes committing crimes against each other, including murder,” Payne said.

Members are looking to expand their territory and increase their gang’s presence, he added.

The Mongols gang formed in Southern California in the 1970s. Hells Angels was established in 1948 in Fontana.

For decades, federal and local authorities have arrested and charged dozens of members from both gangs on racketeering, murder, drug sales and other charges.

The ongoing turf battle between the rival motorcycle gangs hit a boiling point in 2002, when a shootout erupted at Harrah’s Casino & Hotel in Nevada during the Laughlin River Run, the annual biker rally.

During the melee, three people were killed and at least 16 people were injured.

In the last six to eight months, the rivalry between the Mongols and the Hells Angels has intensified in Orange and Los Angeles counties, resulting in attempted murders and shootings, Det. Jim Simons said.

“We believe it’s retaliation,” he said.

Authorities hope Herbert’s arrest doesn’t lead to more bloodshed.

“We hope that this will be the end of it but we always fear ongoing retaliation and feuds between both of these gangs,” Simons said.

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