July 12, 2011 |
A raid of two clubhouses under the Market-Frankford El this morning was part of a federal crackdown today on a motorcycle gang whose "Mother Chapter" is alleged to be based in Philadelphia. About 6 a.m., agents of the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms entered two Wheels of Soul buildings that sit across from each other in the 6100 block of Market Street. A federal indictment unsealed in St Louis this morning alleged that 18 Wheels of Soul associates from seven states - Pennsylvania, Illinois, Ohio, Missouri, Colorado, Wisconsin and Kentucky - are suspected of involvement in murder, kidnapping, drug distribution and racketeering.
September 28, 1989 |
Two motorcycle gang members are being sought in connection with an assault on a 23-year-old Drexel Hill man at Burmont and Garrett Roads. Warrants have been issued for William McDonnell, 28, of the 7200 block of Guilford Road, Upper Darby, and Raymond J. Conaway, 29, of the 300 block of Edmonds Avenue, Drexel Hill, both known members of the Warlocks motorcycle gang, authorities said. The men face charges of simple and aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person and criminal conspiracy in connection with the assault on Patrick Clay, 23, of Drexel Hill.
October 19, 1989 |
A Warlocks motorcycle gang member has been ordered to stand trial in Delaware County Court on Nov. 21 on charges stemming from the beating of a Drexel Hill man. At a preliminary hearing last Thursday in Upper Darby Regional Court, District Justice John Perfetti upheld all charges against William McDonnell, 29, of the 7200 block of Guilford Road, Upper Darby. They include simple and aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person and criminal conspiracy. Patrick Clay, 23, of Drexel Hill, testified that he and a friend, James P. Carroll, were driving by the Gambol's Bar parking lot toward Burmont Road when words were exchanged with a group of men in the parking lot. Four or five men chased the car, driven by Carroll, about 1 a.m. Sept.
December 5, 1989
So much energy was gushed earlier this year over the 20th anniversary of the Woodstock musicale, that at least a brief mention should be made of the fact that tomorrow marks the 20th anniversary of the rock concert at Altamont Speedway in California. During the concert there, which featured the Rolling Stones among others, four people were slain, at least one of them by members of the Hell's Angels motorcycle gang who were putatively employed to provide security. The dark tragedy at Altamount has long been seen as a counterpoint to the bright ecstasy of Woodstock.
June 23, 2012
A Camden man is among four alleged members of a Philadelphia-based outlaw biker gang charged with robbery, kidnapping, and murder in an indictment announced Friday, the U.S. Attorney's Office in St. Louis said. Curtis "Tomahawk" Cole, 33, of Camden, an alleged member of the Wheels of Soul motorcycle gang, is charged in a January 2011 robbery and killing in Chicago, prosecutors said. The U.S. Attorney's Office announced a superseding grand jury indictment naming the four men. Eighteen others were accused in the original June 2011 indictment.
June 22, 1989 |
A man identified by state crime officials as a leader of the Pagans motorcycle gang was arrested early yesterday in the shooting death of his estranged wife inside their home in rural Conestoga Township, police said. Kerby Keane "Bear" Keller, 42, surrendered to state police who surrounded the couple's house after the fatal shooting of Barbara Keller, 33. He was charged with criminal homicide and was ordered held without bail. The 1988 Pennsylvania Crime Commission report identified Keller as a leader of the "Pagan Nation" motorcycle gang.
August 9, 1995 |
A former Pagans Motorcycle Club member who has been a Delaware fugitive since 1993 was arrested by borough police last week. Robert Johnson, 36, of the 1500 block of Chester Pike, was arrested Thursday after police learned he was wanted by New Castle County and Delaware State Police since 1993 on charges of aggravated assault with a weapon. Folcroft Police Chief Edward Christie said Johnson, who uses the alias "Jesse James," had been living in the borough with his girlfriend.
April 2, 2012 |
Philadelphia police were investigating three overnight homicides, including the death of a woman in Feltonville whose body was recovered from a charred vehicle found with two bullet holes in the passenger door. At 2:19 a.m. Sunday, officers from the 25th District found a burning 2002 Chrysler Sebring in the 4500 block of North Third Street. An unidentified woman was pulled from the passenger seat after the fire was extinguished. At 3:46 a.m. Sunday, two men were shot in the 6100 block of Market Street in West Philadelphia, outside the clubhouse of the Wheels of Soul motorcycle gang, police said.
September 9, 1986 |
A local artist was asked recently by federal marshals to look at a mug shot of escaped convict Hans Vorhauer, taken about 11 years ago, and to sketch what Vorhauer might look like today. The sketch by artist Frank Bender, and some patient detective work by a task force hunting Vorhauer, was credited with leading to the capture of the professional thief yesterday outside a South Philadelphia motel. Members of the task force had followed Vorhauer's wife to the motel early yesterday morning, and a dozen marshals, all heavily armed, were waiting when the couple left the Quality Inn, 26th and Penrose Avenue, about 10 a.m. Vorhauer, who had spent about 13 years in Graterford Prison before his escape in 1983, surrendered without a struggle.