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.
December 4, 2014 |
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.
October 2, 2014 |
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
July 28, 2007 |
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.
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.