Outlaw pleads to Cal City bar fight

2000-03-09T00:00:00Z Outlaw pleads to Cal City bar fightMARK KIESLING nwitimes.com
March 09, 2000 12:00 am  • 

One of 11 members of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club who was to go on trial this

week for racketeering has pleaded guilty to an attack inside a Calumet City

tavern believed to have been a hangout for a rival biker gang.

James E. "Manson" Hanson, 44, of Antioch, Ill., was one of 17 Outlaws indicted

in June 1997 in the federal Eastern District of Wisconsin for crimes alleged to

have been committed in Indiana, lllinois and Wisconsin as part of a continuing

criminal enterprise.

In his guilty plea, Hanson admitted to threatening to commit a crime of

violence against patrons at JR's Watering Hole, 110-155th St., Calumet City,

which the Outlaws believed was a hangout of their rivals, the Hells Henchmen

and Hells Angels. At the time of the attack in March 1994 the Henchmen were in

the middle of becoming Hells Angels, a merger which was accomplished in

December 1994.

The Angels have since established a Chicago chapter with headquarters in

Harvey. The Outlaws have local chapters in Gary, Joliet and three in the

Chicago area, two in the city and a third in Bensenville.

The fight in JR's began when 15-30 Outlaws from the Indiana, Chicago and

Wisconsin chapters went into the bar and began intimidating patrons. A fight

began in which a man bit off a finger of Outlaw Donald "Big Don" Fogg and the

bar ended up being trashed. Fogg was shot to death in Gary in January 1995 and

his killers have never been charged.

The bartender was the wife of a Hells Henchman, who later became a member of

the Hells Angels Minneapolis chapter. That member, Jerry Bokina, was convicted

last year along with Chicago Hells Angel Dominic "Butch" Vitro in connection

with a 1993 FBI sting in Indiana in which the two bought a "stolen" tractor

trailer rig from federal agents. Both were given probationary terms.

Pleading guilty with Hanson was William B. "Bad Bill" Brock, 40, of Skokie, who

admitted to an August 1993 armed robbery of two Hells Angels and a single count

of conspiring to unlawfully transport stolen motor vehicles in interstate and

foreign commerce.

Hanson and Brock, as part of their pleas, had to admit that they performed

their crimes in order to enhance their status as Outlaws.

Of the 17 Outlaws indicted, nine remain on trial this week in Milwaukee and six

have pleaded guilty. One, Harvey "RV" Powers, has been granted a separate trial

and one, Randy "Mad" Yager, of Gary, remains a federal fugitive.

Mark Kiesling can be reached at markk@howpubs.com or (219) 662-5330.

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