June 27, 1998 |
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.
January 10, 2015 |
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.
January 8, 2013 |
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.
January 9, 2013 |
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.
September 21, 2003 |
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.
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.
February 17, 1994 |
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.
September 23, 2015 |
LaBrian Dale-Parker, 34, of Fredericksburg, Va., died wearing his group's colors. He had on a jacket emblazoned with the name of his motorcycle club, "Wheels of Soul," when he was fatally wounded in a burst of gunfire inside a Summerdale bar Sunday night. Three other club members were wounded, and Dale-Parker died less than a half-hour later at Einstein Medical Center. The motive for the gunplay inside Tangeray Tavern, 900 Pratt St., was "an argument," police said Monday. When officers responding to a call for shots fired arrived at the scene about 6:15 p.m., they found Dale-Parker in the bar with multiple gunshot wounds.
April 3, 2014 |
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.
July 13, 2011 |
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.