December 15, 2005 |
The Kensington clubhouse of the Warlocks motorcycle gang was firebombed with a Molotov cocktail early yesterday morning, police said. "The Warlocks have plenty of enemies," said Lt. Jim Miller of the East Detective Division. "This is a case where we don't have a lack of suspects; we have too many. " Three Warlocks - the youngest in his 40s and the oldest in his 60s - told police they didn't know who would target them. Although the clubhouse at 1867 Frankford Ave. was not damaged extensively, swarms of investigators showed up from the Police Department, the Fire Marshal's Office, and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.
October 18, 2005 |
Greenspan: Energy prices bad, but have been worse The sharp spike in energy prices that occurred after the Gulf Coast hurricanes will act as a drag on the economy, although the impact on growth and inflation won't be as severe as the oil shocks of the 1970s, Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said today. Greenspan said that with world oil markets exceptionally tight because of rising global demand, the likelihood of a sizable spike in prices due to the loss of Gulf Coast production was "an accident waiting to happen.
April 20, 2005 |
Two New Jersey members of the Pagans motorcycle group remained jailed last night, their bail set at $1 million each, on charges that they killed a man who was wearing a T-shirt of a rival club, authorities said. John Grover, 40, of Somerset County, went to Gatto's Sports Cafe in Manville on Sunday in a T-shirt emblazoned with the name of the New Rochelle, N.Y., chapter of the Hells Angels, Somerset County Prosecutor Wayne J. Forrest said. Pagans leaders had dispatched Peter J. Ciarletta, 28, and William "Rodent" Martin, 33, to the bar that afternoon to investigate a report that Hells Angels might be using it as a hangout, Forrest said.
January 22, 2005 |
The funeral of Thomas David Wood, the local Hells Angels officer who was shot to death on Jan. 14, was a study in contrasts. About 150 burly, tattooed men in leather stood shoulder to shoulder yesterday with about 350 men and women wearing suits and dresses. The serenity inside the sanctuary of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Downingtown was offset by the scores of police officers, many holding automatic weapons, standing guard outside. Wood, 37, of Upper Darby, was killed in South Philadelphia on a street paralleling the Schuylkill Expressway.
January 19, 2005 |
A top official in the Hells Angels yesterday disputed contentions by law enforcement officers that violence is impending between the Angels and their area rival, the Pagans motorcycle club, after last week's fatal shooting of a Hells Angel in South Philadelphia. "There is no war between the Hells Angels and the Pagans," said John "John the Baptist" LoFranco, president of the Hells Angels, East Coast, in a statement released by his attorney, Ronald L. Kuby, a New York civil-rights lawyer.
January 15, 2005 |
A high-ranking member of the local chapter of the Hells Angels was shot and killed early yesterday in a barrage of gunfire on a South Philadelphia street, and police braced themselves for a possible biker war. The victim, Thomas Wood, 36, was vice president of the Philadelphia chapter, based in a two-story brick building that sits behind a foreboding iron gate bearing the metal logo "HA" at 4826 Merion Ave. in West Philadelphia. Wood, of the 100 block of Harvin Road in Upper Darby, was shot once in the head by the two occupants of an SUV. He was driving a gray GMC pickup on a street paralleling the westbound lanes of the Schuylkill Expressway.
June 11, 2003 |
Where does a 250-pound biker called "Gorilla" sleep? Not wherever he wants. For now, it's his sister's house in a tranquil neighborhood in the Turnersville section of Washington Township. Last month, Steven "Gorilla" Mondevergine, the barrel-chested, heavily tattooed former president of the Philadelphia chapter of the Pagans Motorcycle Club, was released from Allenwood federal prison after serving 23 months of a 27-month sentence for trying to kill a rival on a South Philadelphia street.
April 15, 2003 |
For years, this was Pagans country. They were the biggest motorcycle gang in the Philadelphia region, coexisting with the rival Warlocks. They were intimidating, tough, able to pull together a small army on command. Few dared to cross them, leaving them free to dabble in the myriad illegal activities police suspect they control. But that all changed on March 1. That's the day the Hells Angels officially opened a new chapter. Now the Pagans' three Philadelphia chapters have disbanded, with members either joining their rivals or affiliating themselves with Pagans chapters in the suburbs, police said.
March 7, 2002 |
In what some investigators said is the latest installment in a last-man-standing battle between the Pagans and Hell's Angels motorcycle gangs, a South Philadelphia tattoo parlor belonging to a Pagans leader was firebombed Tuesday night. The firebombing occurred as police along the East Coast were on alert for possible retaliation by Hell's Angels following a brawl at the club's Hellraiser Ball in New York two weeks ago. "Obviously, we're looking into that connection," said Capt.
May 17, 1998 |
Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Pennsylvania officials spent thousands of dollars here last week trying to please people like the leader of a motorcycle gang that may want to roar around the southeastern part of the state riding Harley Davidsons. The difference between this gang and the Hells Angels, however, is vast. This gang is a group of about 10 senior managers of Deutsche Bank, one of Europe's largest financial institutions. Its members are aged 30 to 50, and their leader is vice president Christoph Speir, a bank travel manager.