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June 27, 1998 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A prosecutor told a federal judge yesterday that Pagans motorcycle club president Douglas Hersch was secretly tape-recorded numerous times discussing drug dealing and urging an FBI informant not to cooperate with authorities investigating the outlaw motorcycle club. Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Dominguez described a March 20 audiotape between Hersch and the unidentified FBI informant in an effort to persuade U.S. Magistrate Judge Carol Sandra Moore Wells not to release Hersch on bail pending trial.
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January 8, 2013 | BY SOLOMON LEACH & WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com
ONE MAN WAS critically injured and two others were wounded during a triple shooting early Sunday outside a biker club in West Philadelphia, police said. The shootings happened just before 6 a.m. outside the Wheels of Soul motorcycle club, on Market Street near 61st. Police said one man was shot in the head and taken to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in critical condition. The second victim, a 47-year-old man, was shot once in the right leg and was stable at HUP. The third victim, a 34-year-old man, was shot in the buttocks, back, shoulder and thigh, and also was stable, according to police.
NEWS
January 10, 2015 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Frederick Messerschmitt, 90, of Gloucester City, a former Philadelphia butcher and South Jersey motorcycle club president, died Monday, Jan. 5, at home. Mr. Messerschmitt grew up on a cattle ranch in Nevada, was home-schooled, and ran away to join the Army when he was 17. He was in the second wave of the Normandy invasion on D-Day, but he was never certain whether he landed on Omaha Beach or Utah Beach because "there was a lot of confusion and miscommunication," son Karl said.
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January 9, 2013 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
NASIR PINKNEY and four fellow members of the Wheels of Soul motorcycle club rolled up to their West Philadelphia clubhouse at 6 a.m. Sunday after a 12-hour drive from Chicago, where they had attended a funeral for another member of the brotherhood. The men, who had taken turns driving an SUV, were getting ready to go their separate ways when a gunman near the club's door opened fire on them, club members said Monday. Pinkney, 31, was shot in the head and taken to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where he later died after being taken off life support.
NEWS
September 21, 2003 | By Rosalee Polk Rhodes INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Dawn Schnorbus' daughter thought her mother had lost her mind. When the 38-year-old Mount Holly grandmother of two decided to purchase a $6,000 Yamaha V-Star 650 motorcycle and form a club for other women interested in cycles, her daughter Ilene was flabbergasted. "My daughter thought I was crazy. She said, 'Mom, why are you doing this?' " Schnorbus roared with laughter when she recalled the moment. But then, she took her daughter for a ride. "She loves it now," Schnorbus said.
NEWS
January 19, 2005 | By Thomas J. Gibbons Jr. INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
February 17, 1994 | By Edward Engel, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Residents waging separate battles against a motorcycle club and a go-go bar may have little recourse in continuing their campaigns, officials here are saying. For several months, neighbors along the rural but residential Old White Horse Pike have accused members of the Hawg Ridin' Fools of throwing loud, all-night parties and firing off guns and fireworks on a nine-acre wooded lot. And last month, a group from the Waterford Green housing development asked the Township Committee what it could do to give the boot to Knockers and Durty Nellie's Irish Pub, two nearby bars that have featured go-go dancers.
NEWS
November 20, 1998 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Nine Philadelphia men were accused by a federal grand jury yesterday of operating drug labs in Kensington and Port Richmond that shipped more than 250 pounds of methamphetamine to traffickers across the East Coast since 1993. U.S. Attorney Michael R. Stiles said that, in arresting eight of the nine suspects yesterday, agents of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration seized about $400,000 in cash and 4.2 pounds of the illegal stimulant from houses in lower Northeast neighborhoods.
NEWS
July 13, 2011 | By Mike Newall, Inquirer Staff Writer
Pac-Man, the big and bearded caretaker of the Wheels of Soul motorcycle club, was asleep on a mangy couch inside the club when, suddenly about 6 a.m., federal agents swarmed through the clubhouse doors. "The next thing I know, a nice big gun was pointed at my face," said Pac-Man, 47, a walrus-sized man who asked to be identified by his club nickname. "I said, 'OK, OK, you ain't got no problems with me.' " Acting on a federal racketeering indictment, dozens of FBI agents and ATF agents descended Tuesday on the "outlaw" motorcycle club's headquarters, located in busted-up buildings near 61st and Market Streets, in the shadows of the Market-Frankford El. The sweeping indictment, unsealed Tuesday in a federal court in St. Louis, alleges that 18 Wheels of Soul members from seven states - Pennsylvania, Illinois, Ohio, Missouri, Colorado, Wisconsin, and Kentucky - are involved in murder, kidnapping, and the distribution of crack cocaine.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 3, 2014 | By Robbie Shell, For The Inquirer
It's hard to miss Eric Sauers when he roars up on his motorcycle. It's not just the bike - a gleaming white Yamaha Stratoliner - but the black T-shirt with the words "Death Grip" on the front and a black leather vest displaying a skull logo. Many things about Sauers, at a beefy 6-foot-1 and 280 pounds, seem contradictory. The soft-spoken 29-year-old works as a Web designer at the University of Pennsylvania and lives in Mount Airy with his wife and dog, but he also spends time riding in full gear and partying with friends.
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NEWS
January 10, 2015 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Frederick Messerschmitt, 90, of Gloucester City, a former Philadelphia butcher and South Jersey motorcycle club president, died Monday, Jan. 5, at home. Mr. Messerschmitt grew up on a cattle ranch in Nevada, was home-schooled, and ran away to join the Army when he was 17. He was in the second wave of the Normandy invasion on D-Day, but he was never certain whether he landed on Omaha Beach or Utah Beach because "there was a lot of confusion and miscommunication," son Karl said.
NEWS
December 4, 2014 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
IN THE early-morning hours of April 1, 2012, outside the Wheels of Soul motorcycle club in West Philly, a man shot another man in the chest, then stood over his victim, pumping eight more shots into him, a prosecutor told a jury yesterday. "Lying on the street, his body riddled with gunshot wounds," was Marcus Smith, 28, said Assistant District Attorney Guy D'Andrea. Smith was pronounced dead shortly afterward at a hospital. Authorities contend that a man named Cortez Pryor fired the shots, and that his cousin, Demetrious Young, helped.
NEWS
October 2, 2014 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
THE EVENT HALL at Park and Chew avenues in Fern Rock has a sign outside that says it's a day-care, so its promoters need all the help they can get to draw attention to the hall's pay-at-the-door weekend parties. Now the hall, which sometimes markets itself as the Nifiji Club, is getting a lot of special attention - from the Police Department and District Attorney's Office. Officials met with concerned neighborhood residents last night - two weeks after a wild shootout following a motorcycle club's party at the hall left two people dead and two injured - and pledged that if they have anything to do with it, the hall's doors won't be open much longer.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 3, 2014 | By Robbie Shell, For The Inquirer
It's hard to miss Eric Sauers when he roars up on his motorcycle. It's not just the bike - a gleaming white Yamaha Stratoliner - but the black T-shirt with the words "Death Grip" on the front and a black leather vest displaying a skull logo. Many things about Sauers, at a beefy 6-foot-1 and 280 pounds, seem contradictory. The soft-spoken 29-year-old works as a Web designer at the University of Pennsylvania and lives in Mount Airy with his wife and dog, but he also spends time riding in full gear and partying with friends.
NEWS
January 9, 2013 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
NASIR PINKNEY and four fellow members of the Wheels of Soul motorcycle club rolled up to their West Philadelphia clubhouse at 6 a.m. Sunday after a 12-hour drive from Chicago, where they had attended a funeral for another member of the brotherhood. The men, who had taken turns driving an SUV, were getting ready to go their separate ways when a gunman near the club's door opened fire on them, club members said Monday. Pinkney, 31, was shot in the head and taken to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where he later died after being taken off life support.
NEWS
January 8, 2013 | BY SOLOMON LEACH & WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com
ONE MAN WAS critically injured and two others were wounded during a triple shooting early Sunday outside a biker club in West Philadelphia, police said. The shootings happened just before 6 a.m. outside the Wheels of Soul motorcycle club, on Market Street near 61st. Police said one man was shot in the head and taken to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in critical condition. The second victim, a 47-year-old man, was shot once in the right leg and was stable at HUP. The third victim, a 34-year-old man, was shot in the buttocks, back, shoulder and thigh, and also was stable, according to police.
NEWS
July 13, 2011 | By Mike Newall, Inquirer Staff Writer
Pac-Man, the big and bearded caretaker of the Wheels of Soul motorcycle club, was asleep on a mangy couch inside the club when, suddenly about 6 a.m., federal agents swarmed through the clubhouse doors. "The next thing I know, a nice big gun was pointed at my face," said Pac-Man, 47, a walrus-sized man who asked to be identified by his club nickname. "I said, 'OK, OK, you ain't got no problems with me.' " Acting on a federal racketeering indictment, dozens of FBI agents and ATF agents descended Tuesday on the "outlaw" motorcycle club's headquarters, located in busted-up buildings near 61st and Market Streets, in the shadows of the Market-Frankford El. The sweeping indictment, unsealed Tuesday in a federal court in St. Louis, alleges that 18 Wheels of Soul members from seven states - Pennsylvania, Illinois, Ohio, Missouri, Colorado, Wisconsin, and Kentucky - are involved in murder, kidnapping, and the distribution of crack cocaine.
NEWS
July 28, 2007 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Federal prosecutors have again added charges to the grand jury indictment against six Philadelphia-area members of the Breed motorcycle club, which would likely mean life in prison for each man if convicted. The second superseding indictment against John Napoli, president of the Pennsylvania Breed Motorcycle Club, and members William Johnson, Christopher Quattrocchi, Thomas Heilman, Frederick Freehoff and Eric Loebsack adds a charge of conspiracy to distribute about 125 pounds of crystal methamphetamine between January 2003 and last July.
NEWS
January 19, 2005 | By Thomas J. Gibbons Jr. INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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