August 28, 2013 |
"OLD JOE" sat in his wheelchair just off the tarmac at the Northeast Philadelphia Airport yesterday, awe-struck by a beautiful lady he'd known as a young man but was now afraid to take out for a ride - a B-17 World War II bomber. "I'm 94. I have a pacemaker. I'm afraid my adrenaline would get too much," Joseph Blinebury said. "I'd be so thrilled that I'm liable to have a heart attack. " As the Port Richmond man watched from the sidelines and shared stories of his days as a ball-turret gunner on other B-17s in the war, members of the media took a ride in the aircraft, one of only a dozen airworthy B-17s left.
September 28, 2011
THE "PAGAN'S Motorcycle Club" was formed in Maryland in 1959 by Lou Dobkins. Though Dobkins was supposedly a biochemist, he wasn't a stickler for punctuation. Pagans insist that the apostrophe in their top "rocker" patch is correct. They're not fixing it and no one outside the club is really sure what it means. It could mean that the club belongs to each individual Pagan, or maybe it (or they) belongs to the chief Pagan, their dark lord Surtr. Either way, most law-enforcement sources think they just screwed up and never fixed it. And their archrivals are just as bad, but in reverse: the Hells Angels rockers leave off the apostrophe.
September 13, 2011 |
PITTSFIELD, Mass. - A ranking Hells Angels member in western Massachusetts and two acquaintances charged in a triple murder killed one of the victims to prevent him from testifying in a kidnapping trial and killed the other two men to eliminate witnesses, according to a police report released yesterday. The probable-cause report by Massachusetts State Police describes how Adam Lee Hall, 34, the reputed sergeant at arms of the Berkshire County chapter of the Hells Angels, allegedly was involved in a dispute over a carburetor in 2009 that escalated into a series of criminal acts that ended with the killings of the three men. Their bodies were found buried in an undisclosed location in the county on Saturday.
August 9, 2011 |
Steven "Gorilla" Mondevergine is heading back to prison after pleading guilty Monday to aggravated assault and weapons offenses in the shooting and stabbing of Timothy "Casual" Flood, a rival leader of the Pagans Motorcycle Club, more than three years ago. Flood, who began cooperating with authorities in 2009, may also be providing information about other acts of violence in the biker underworld, including the January 2005 slaying of a leader of...
July 1, 2011
LOS ANGELES - The Mongols motorcycle gang will be allowed to keep its name and trademark logo after a federal court judge rejected the government's attempts to seize control of their use. In an eight-page ruling made public yesterday, U.S. District Judge Otis Wright vacated a preliminary order of forfeiture against the gang. Prosecutors had tried to take over the rights to the Mongols name and logo - a ponytailed man riding a chopper - and prevent members from using, distributing or wearing both, arguing that the insignia were very closely associated with the gang and by removing access, the Mongols would be prevented from operating.
January 4, 2011 |
The city released a second batch of police-arbitration opinions Monday, further revealing the previously hidden struggles between the department's discipline and the police union's advocacy. The city is releasing the opinions in batches after a judge's order to make public about 200 arbitration awards. The city released 42 on Christmas Eve and 36 on Monday. The first group showed how some police officers suspended or fired for major violations were reinstated in the absence of a criminal conviction.
December 18, 2010 |
He walked into court in an orange prison jumpsuit, his shackled feet and girth giving him the gait of a sumo wrestler. With no supporters sitting behind him and no attorney at his side, Steven "Gorilla" Mondevergine - the man once feared as the baddest biker in Philly - was all manners and mousiness when he appeared yesterday morning in a Gloucester County courtroom for an extradition hearing. "I don't have my glasses, but I'll just go with whatever it is," he quietly told Superior Court Judge Walter Marshall, when the judge asked if he had read the extradition paperwork.
September 16, 2010 |
THE PAGAN'S Motorcycle Club didn't burn down the boardwalk during a biker rally in Wildwood last weekend, but they did take a few moments to plan a thoughtful Christmas gift for some fellow bikers. Unfortunately, "Christmas presents" was a phrase the outlaw motorcycle gang used for homemade hand grenades, federal officials said, adding that some Pagans in Wildwood last weekend were plotting to use them to kill members of the Hells Angels, their biggest rival. According to indictments unsealed in New York federal court yesterday, two undercover federal agents infiltrated the infamous outlaw motorcycle gang's Long Island chapter over the course of a 21-month investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives dubbed "Operation On the Road Again," and broke up a plot to murder Hells Angels with homemade grenades.
September 11, 2010 |
IT TAKES only a sewing needle, a patch and a leather or denim vest to instantly transform a motorcyclist into a rolling controversy who elicits fear from the public and scrutiny from law enforcement. Bikers who choose to patch-in with clubs the FBI considers outlaw motorcycle gangs inherit the baggage that makes them notorious: drug and weapons trafficking, extortion and explosive, deadly violence. They call themselves Hells Angels, Outlaws and Warlocks, and in South Jersey, law-enforcement officials say, more and more bikers are calling themselves Pagans.
October 15, 2009
JUST LIKE last year, the Los Angeles Dodgers are a speed bump in the road between Philadelphia and Destiny. Just like last year, it's Philadelphia vs. Los Angeles, the Phillies fightin' the Dodgers, Red against Blue to earn a berth in the World Series. To put this in terms Los Angelenos can comprehend, it's Bloods vs. the Crips. We're red, the Bloods. The Dodgers are blue, the Crips. An explanation for Philadelphians: The Crips and the Bloods are two mammoth street gangs born in L.A. The Crips, whose signature color is blue, are larger, with an estimated 30,000-35,000 members.