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July 7, 1988 | By Emilie Lounsberry, Inquirer Staff Writer
A federal judge ruled yesterday that there was no evidence that Philadelphia police or federal marshals had engaged in a continuing police action that subjected white males in Southwest Philadelphia to illegal searches or detention. The decision by U.S. District Judge Clifford Scott Green came in a lawsuit filed by four current or former members of the Warlocks motorcycle club, who contended that they had been illegally stopped last month during a police action they called "Operation White Male.
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October 26, 1989 | By Mary Anne Janco, Special to The Inquirer
A Warlocks motorcycle gang member accused of assaulting a 23-year-old Drexel Hill man surrendered to Upper Darby police yesterday. Raymond J. Conaway, 29, of the 300 block of Edmonds Avenue in Drexel Hill, was arraigned before District Justice Albert Berardocco on charges of simple and aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person and criminal conspiracy. He was sent to Delaware County Prison when he failed to post 10 percent of $75,000 bail. A preliminary hearing was scheduled for next Thursday in Upper Darby Regional Court.
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March 1, 1990 | By Mary Anne Janco, Special to The Inquirer
Warrants have been issued for the arrest of two Warlocks motorcycle gang members in connection with an assault on a 23-year-old woman, police said. Police said Richard O'Brien, 30, of the 400 block of Sycamore Road, Clifton Heights, and Raymond Conaway, 30, of Drexel Hill, entered a woman's home in the 200 block of South Madison Avenue at 8:41 p.m. Feb. 21. Police gave this account: The men demanded information about a man they were looking for. O'Brien pulled out a pistol and threatened the woman.
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November 15, 1988 | By Mike Franolich, Special to The Inquirer
A member of the Warlocks motorcycle gang wanted for questioning by federal and state authorities in Pennsylvania was being held in the Camden County Jail yesterday after he was arrested at a South Jersey hospital, officials said. Anthony Merkel, 31, of Hammonton, was transferred to the jail Sunday from West Jersey Hospital-Berlin. He was being held without bail pending extradition to Delaware County, Pa., officials said. Law enforcement authorities said it was unclear when Merkel would be sent to Delaware County.
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May 7, 1998 | by Kitty Caparella, Daily News Staff Writer
Here's an outlaw biker code of the road, straight from a Warlocks motorcycle gang member who experienced a nasty road rage clash in Montgomery County on Sunday: Should you ever find yourself facing an 80-member pack of Warlocks on a "run," don't butt into the middle of the "pack. " A motorist did that on Route 422 near Limerick, and a Warlocks member ended up being arrested for ethnic intimidation, stalking and assault. Days later, the Warlocks are still seething, saying that the motorist is really to blame and that the cops wouldn't listen to the real story.
NEWS
November 11, 1990 | By Terence Samuel, Inquirer Staff Writer
When law enforcement officials tracked down escaped murderer and former Warlock vice president Robert Nauss two weeks ago, they found an aging outlaw who had blended into his surroundings. In that, local investigators say, he is not much different from the renegade motorcycle club he once led. For unlike 15 years ago when the gang members flaunted their association with the club, authorities say, the Warlocks have adopted a more subtle, but no less lawless approach to their activities.
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July 30, 1987 | By Christine M. Johnson, Special to The Inquirer
A Warlocks motorcycle club member, who has been arrested three times since being released on bail in March on charges of injuring three members of a Kennett Square family, was ordered back to prison yesterday after a Chester County Court judge increased his bail to $500,000. Mark R. Conaway, 29, of Drexel Hill, was returned to Chester County Prison to await a Sept. 8 trial on charges that he and another man beat and shot the Jose Santiago family in 1985. Conaway, who was arrested in February, had been freed after posting $50,000 bail.
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August 6, 1988 | By Jerry W. Byrd, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Plymouth Township police officer, whose testimony helped to convict a reputed Warlocks motorcycle gang member on assault charges last month, has been fired, sources familiar with the case said yesterday. Patrolman Kurt J. Trout, 23, was dismissed earlier this week, the sources said. It could not be learned whether the firing was related to the 1987 incident for which Charles D. Rees was convicted in Montgomery County Court. Neither Trout nor Police Chief John Volpe could be reached for comment, and Trout's attorney, J. Pierce Anderson, declined comment.
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March 13, 2013 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
A LIFE ON the road ended in the blood-soaked parking lot of the Last Chance Saloon in Camden County. Authorities say Francis Panetta Jr., a member of the Warlocks Motorcycle Club, was stabbed in the leg outside the biker bar on the White Horse Pike in Chesilhurst just before 11 p.m. Friday. The stabbing severed a major artery near his knee, authorities said, and Panetta, 44, was pronounced dead at 11:34 p.m. at a nearby hospital. "Him and another guy got in a fight," said Manny Corti, the bar's owner.
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September 11, 2010 | By JASON NARK, narkj@phillynews.com 856-779-3231
IT TAKES only a sewing needle, a patch and a leather or denim vest to instantly transform a motorcyclist into a rolling controversy who elicits fear from the public and scrutiny from law enforcement. Bikers who choose to patch-in with clubs the FBI considers outlaw motorcycle gangs inherit the baggage that makes them notorious: drug and weapons trafficking, extortion and explosive, deadly violence. They call themselves Hells Angels, Outlaws and Warlocks, and in South Jersey, law-enforcement officials say, more and more bikers are calling themselves Pagans.
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October 17, 2008 | By Mari A. Schaefer INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Four people, including a Montgomery County man, have been arrested and charged with operating a methamphetamine ring in eastern Pennsylvania. The group made as much as $9 million worth of the drug, the state Attorney General's Office announced yesterday. Arrested were Michael Spadafora, 42, of Reading; Michael Sexton, 55, of Perkiomenville; and Randy Cronrath, 43, and Holly Cronrath, 40, both from Bechtelsville, Berks County. The four face drug and corrupt organization charges.
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December 15, 2005 | By Barbara Boyer INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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August 23, 2005 | By Stephanie L. Arnold INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Philadelphia police are hoping that a recent large-scale investigation that netted more than $850,000 in drugs and cash is a signal to the city that law enforcement "is not complacent" when it comes to dealers, Police Commissioner Sylvester M. Johnson said yesterday. Over the span of three weeks - July 17 through Aug. 5 - Philadelphia undercover narcotics officers seized more than 5,648 grams of cocaine, 1,166 grams of crack, 3,183 grams of marijuana, and 947 ecstasy pills, totaling nearly $800,000 in street value, police said.
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July 1, 2005 | By Leslie A. Pappas INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Thirteen people have been charged in what authorities are calling a large, "home-grown" methamphetamine drug ring with links to the Warlocks motorcycle gang in Bucks County and Philadelphia. Police seized more than 50 pounds of methamphetamine, more than $700,000 in cash, and an "arsenal" of more than 61 weapons - including handguns, rifles and assault weapons - and two homemade explosives, state Attorney General Tom Corbett said. "To our knowledge, this is the largest seizure, here in Southeastern Pennsylvania, of methamphetamine in a long time," he said at a news conference at the Bensalem Township police headquarters yesterday.
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November 11, 2002 | By Dan Hardy INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Each fall for the last four years, thousands of motorcycle riders have driven their bikes through eastern Delaware County in a festive event organized by the nonprofit Bikers Against Child Abuse Inc. to raise money and collect toys for abused and neglected children. The group, which has its national office in Delaware County, has been honored for its efforts in the past and has attracted wide support. U.S. Rep. Curt Weldon (R., Pa.) was the grand marshal for yesterday's ride. Yesterday, however, bikers gathering in Darby Borough at 10 a.m. were greeted with heavy police presence.
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November 9, 2002 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Warlocks are often called an "outlaw" motorcycle club, but when some area Warlocks felt they had been harassed by police, they decided to give the law a try. So, following the lead of some of society's other minorities, the Warlocks sued the Philadelphia police in federal court, alleging the police violated their civil rights by "profiling" them. And although the Warlocks may not have yet won their suit, they did apparently get what they want: the right to ride peacefully through the city tomorrow - without police stops - on their way to a Toys for Tots parade in Delaware County.
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January 25, 2001 | By Matthew P. Blanchard, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Vines and thorny brambles grew so thickly on Fred W. Muller's ramshackle Bucks County farm that they obscured the filthy Winnebago trailer that was his secret laboratory. Behind that cover of greenery, investigators say, Muller practiced a sophisticated cooking skill - the manufacture of methamphetamine or speed worth millions of dollars. And his decaying family home in the tiny village of Point Pleasant may have more to hide: U.S. District Court documents released last week say Muller also is suspected in the unsolved murder of former Philadelphia policeman Steve Alexander, whose sawed-off left arm was pulled out of a trash bin in Trenton in April 1998.
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