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8/16/2012 10:01:00 PM
Police plan zero-tolerance patrols for Hells Angels boxing, ride event in CV
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The Chino Valley Police Department is making preparations for an upcoming Hells Angels event, billed as the "Chino Valley Shootout and Boxing Smoker," scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 18, at Doreen's Bar, 2879 Arizona Trail.

The event, which will include youth and adult boxing matches and a motorcycle run in the afternoon, is expected to attract more than 150 riders from around the state, many arriving the day before the event.

"In an effort to reduce the number and severity of crashes in which alcohol and/or drugs are contributing factors, officers from the CVPD, along with several area agencies, will be conducting a Zero Tolerance DUI Saturation Patrol in the Chino Valley area," wrote Cmdr. Mark Garcia in a CVPD news release this past week. "This saturation patrol will be occurring on Aug. 17. Extra personnel will be directing their patrols at apprehending impaired drivers who are operating vehicles on our roadways."

The news release also reminded the public to utilize alternative transportation if they plan on drinking. "The CVPD encourages everyone to not drink and drive, but if you choose to drink, drink responsibly and use a designated driver or taxi service to safely arrive home."

Along with the DUI Saturation Patrol alert, the CVPD also issued a statement addressing the boxing event specifically. "The CVPD would like to advise the citizens and visitors to our community that in preparation for the Hells Angels 'shootout' boxing event occurring this Saturday, the Police Department has organized a multi-jurisdictional group of law enforcement officers from across the state and the tri-city area to assist the department in providing adequate law enforcement staffing and to ensure the safety of the citizens of Chino Valley. The department began preparation for this event last month upon receiving information from the AZDPS Gang Intelligence Team Enforcement Mission regarding the upcoming Hells Angels event."

The release added that the public should expect to see a "substantial amount of police presence" in the Chino Valley area.

"Law enforcement officers will be conducting extra patrols throughout the Chino Valley area and will be at Doreen's during the event in an effort to deter criminal activity."

The CVPD added a reminder of the 2010 altercation between members of the Hells Angels and Vagos, a rival motorcycle club.

"This weekend marks the second anniversary of the shooting between members of two outlaw motorcycle gangs. Gang members from the Hells Angels and the Vagos exchanged numerous gunshots on Yuma Drive in an unincorporated part Chino Valley," the statement said.

"Well, all I can say is that the charges from 2010 were dismissed. That's all I will say about that," said Larry Scott, who is helping coordinate the event. Scott was one of the members of the Hells Angels originally charged in the 2010 shooting. "I'm confident we won't have any problems. This will be a chance for people to come on out and have a good time. I spoke with the (CVPD) chief (Chuck Wynn) ahead of time, as a show of respect to him, his department, and the town. All I ask is that we receive the same respect from all law enforcement agencies that show up."

The event begins with boxing registration at 8 a.m. The motorcycle run, which will leave Doreen's at approximately 1 p.m., will cross Highway 89 to Road 4 North, proceed west to Yuma Drive, south on Yuma, then east on Road 3 North. They will then travel north on Highway 89 back to Doreen's.

Scott said he expects at least 100 bikes to participate in the run.

Matt Santos is a reporter for the Chino Valley Review.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, August 23, 2012
Article comment by: brain Boru

Who pays for all the overtime and weekend premium pay for all the extra LE and ancillary staff?

Was that the sheriff's "Rescue Only" helicopter buzzing around there for hours?

Not the people who put on the event.

Just the taxpayers.

Posted: Thursday, August 23, 2012
Article comment by: gary sheldon

........and SATAN can appear as an ANGEL of light. Turf wars? The turf belongs to God and He allows us a pilgrimage on it. Our arms are too short to box with Him. Evil loses in the end.

Posted: Thursday, August 23, 2012
Article comment by: michael williams

You guys talk real big for not even putting your name.... Put on your big kid pants.... I'm sick of people that will talk and talk but will never say it to anyone

Posted: Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Article comment by: Congratulations Michael Williams

You just made yourself out to be a complete .... I don't care WHAT club these kids belong to, GANGWEAR is not allowed in public schools. DUHHHHHHH.

Posted: Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Article comment by: Bully Dad Defending his wanna-be Thugs

How sweet to see the father figure be such a role model for his kids. National championship? Yea, right. And let me guess, the Olympics next? Get real, dude. Because an athlete is good at something doesn't mean they deserve entitlement. AT ALL. They are affiliated TO A GANG. They are therefore no better than who they represent - thugs, thieves, drug dealers, pimps, and whoever else the FBI has linked this criminal organization with. If you are seeking respect for what these guys are doing, affiliation with a gang is NOT the way to do it. GET REAL. And you can BRING IT anytime!!

Posted: Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Article comment by: michael williams

Those kids happen to be very good friends of mine and they belong to a fight club.... They are all three going for national championships in two weeks so you can shut your mouth unless you actually know what you are talking about

Hells angels supporter
All brothers together supporter

Posted: Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Article comment by: Born Here

Thank you, CVPD.

Posted: Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Article comment by: Mitch

There's a new one - people feel more safe because a gang member live in their neighborhood? Really, Mitch? I'm not sure which side of your brain you are missing, but something is amiss. You don't need to tell anyone that this group of thug wanna-be's are good guys - we ALL know differently. But maybe the FBI profile has it all wrong about this gang. Maybe, just maybe, there are some regular nice guys but they still belong TO A GANG. At the local high school, the kids of the gang have shown up wearing leather vests with gang patches and HA symbolism - they were asked to remove their vests. Now, just yesterday, they show up with a tee shirt from this event with the exact same markings. And one of the kids said he was told by the gang to wear this shirt on Monday. Why is it necessary to show your gang regalia at a high school? If you cared sooooo much you would be secure in what you already have, and not try to recruit KIDS. It's disgusting.

Posted: Sunday, August 19, 2012
Article comment by: Mitch Ryder

Well, Larry and Chuck worked on this together, my 13 yr old son boxed, no problems. Alot of 81 Brothers have no criminal record, carry concealed and open, the neighborhoods where we live are crime free and the neighbors KNOW they are safe @ home. Can all Az neighborhoods say the same?

Posted: Saturday, August 18, 2012
Article comment by: People worry

about the Hells Angels I worry more about a government that sees nothing wrong in arming gangs and drug cartels. Now then who are the real criminals?

Posted: Saturday, August 18, 2012
Article comment by: julie ru kidding me

Julie your either a CV cops wife or your just clueless.I live in CV and i call the Sheriff dept if i need the law way before i'd call them most of them act like their still overseas fighting a war

Posted: Saturday, August 18, 2012
Article comment by: julie shapiro

I get tired of everyone bashing the Chino Valley Police Dept. If you ever needed one, you would certainly appreciate them.

Posted: Saturday, August 18, 2012
Article comment by: The Rev

There's a place for us,
A time and place for us.
Hold my hand and we're halfway there.
Hold my hand and I'll take you there
Some day,

Posted: Saturday, August 18, 2012
Article comment by: Thanks !

Thanks to all the law enforcement officers that came over ( and the ones here in Chino) and helped the community feel safer! My kids and I saw them coming into the area on our way out this morning and it was a nice feeling to know that a group such as the Hells Angels can express themselves in a free country and all the officers band together and come out to help us Chino residents feel safer in the midst of it!

Posted: Saturday, August 18, 2012
Article comment by: Thanks For a fun morning

Thanks to the club for putting this event together. it was great to see our young athletes out there demonstrating thier training and hard work at thier sport. everyone was having a good time-very peaceful and fun event.

Posted: Saturday, August 18, 2012
Article comment by: @Grateful Citizen

Really? Family and community oriented? A "Shootout" and boxing match at a bar, organized by the most notorious biker gang in the world? I think you need to wake up and smell the gunpowder!

Posted: Saturday, August 18, 2012
Article comment by: Reed Winfrey

I just got home from this event and the boxing was in a tent away from the bar. I didn't know it was gonna cost $10 to get in tho but that's life. I didn't have to pay, I could have left. I chose to stay.
I waved, nodded my head,and otherwise acknowledged both officers and HA's. Only one group waved back and they didn't have cameras with big lenses.Location chosen was great and in a safe location for everyone concerned.
Nobody's perfect.

Posted: Saturday, August 18, 2012
Article comment by: Common Senzi

After seeing what cops do to homeless people, I'm more afraid of cops now than Hells Angles.

At least you know HA's won't go out of their way to ruin your day or beat you for asking questions.

Posted: Saturday, August 18, 2012
Article comment by: Why Is It Publicized?

Why is this event publicized? Should have kept it low-keyed. Too much temptation to other gangs. Hope is is a success and not a catastrophe!

Posted: Saturday, August 18, 2012
Article comment by: Fact Check

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Hells Angels MC


Outlaw motorcycle club

The Hells Angels Motorcycle Club (HAMC) is a worldwide one-percenter motorcycle club whose members typically ride Harley-Davidson motorcycles and is considered an organized crime syndicate by the U.S. Department of Justice.[3][4][5][6]

Posted: Saturday, August 18, 2012
Article comment by: Turf Rights?????

I didn't know these "gangs" owned the streets? When? Do they pay taxes and have their names on the streets? I, as all the taxpayers, own the streets, not these gangs! Sounds like West Side Story, MY turf, not yours! They only turf they will own is the cemetery plot! At what age do these "gang members" ever grow up??????

Posted: Saturday, August 18, 2012
Article comment by: Bag Over Head

Who runs this town?
You are embarassing us......

In Agreement with.....Note to Self!!

Posted: Saturday, August 18, 2012
Article comment by: Rita Stricker

Talk about overreacting -- the local police force gearing up as if for war -- who's REALLY looking for violence here? (We especially enjoyed the spectacle of the stolen "command center" trailer crashing into a police car before they even made it out of the fortress. No doubt they'll find some way to blame the bikers for that, too.)

Posted: Saturday, August 18, 2012
Article comment by: SONNY BARGER TELLS IT ALL

Just read the books Sonny wrote and you'll understand when and how the HA started. They aint no missionaires or Santa Claus's! Wake up you supporters! The cemeteries and prisons will give you more statistics. LOL

Posted: Saturday, August 18, 2012
Article comment by: It all started with a battle over a Starbucks?

According to this 10/27/11 UK article in The Telegraph, the shoot-out in Chino Valley originated with a feud over whether the Hells Angels or the Vagos had turf rights over a California Starbucks. (Well, Latte, Da!)

Interesting read, actually. Might be worth cutting and pasting into your browser.


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