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Chief of Hell's Angels affiliate indicted

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November 23, 2007

The head of a Hell's Angels affiliate in Massachusetts was indicted this week on federal gun and drug charges. Prosecutors say Jeffrey Dillon, 44, of Fall River, was indicted on charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition and possession of cocaine with intent to distribute. Dillon, the president of the Fall River chapter of the Sidewinders, a Hell's Angels affiliated group, was charged after police seized 23 guns, ammunition, and about 50 grams of cocaine. US Attorney Michael Sullivan described the Sidewinders as a "violent motorcycle gang." Prosecutors say Dillon's indictment is part of an ongoing criminal probe into the two motorcycle gangs. (AP)

Hospital patient accused of dealing drugs
Police said a woman who checked herself into a hospital earlier this month was dealing drugs from her bed. Quincy police confiscated seven small bags of heroin, a scale used to weigh the drug, marijuana, and $344 from the room of 39-year-old Jonna Marks at Quincy Medical Center. Police did not arrest Marks because she was under hospital care, but she will be summoned to court on charges of possession and distribution of heroin, and marijuana possession, The Patriot Ledger reported. Police staked out the medical center after two people arrested on heroin charges said they got their drugs from Marks. (AP)

Police probe homicide at industrial park
Authorities said they are treating the discovery of a body in a Taunton industrial park as a homicide. Police said the body of a man was found inside a parked vehicle within the 800-plus-acre Myles Standish Industrial Park just after noon on Wednesday. The man had been shot. His identify was not immediately released. The body was found in a vehicle left in an isolated parking lot next to a vacant building. (AP)

Hunter's lawyer calls fatality 'a mistake'
A lawyer for a hunter from Massachusetts accused of shooting a Vermont man to death says it was "a terrible mistake," not a crime. Brian Gilbert, 28, of Charlemont, Mass., is charged with second-degree murder in the Sept. 3, 2005, death of Douglas Bartlett, 50, a construction company owner who was shot as he picked blackberries in Whitingham. "Obviously, this is a terrible mistake," said Kevin Griffin, Gilbert's lawyer. Police said Gilbert's shot punctured Bartlett's lungs, and that when Bartlett cried for help, Gilbert and his brother, Corey Gilbert, fled the scene and didn't call for assistance. In a court hearing Wednesday, Vermont State Police investigators and game wardens testified about their efforts to reconstruct what happened when Gilbert says he mistook Bartlett for a foraging bear. (AP)

Couple vows: Honey I dew
Cyndi LaRose and Joseph David Smith's wedding was extra sweet. The couple got married at the place they met - a Honey Dew Donuts shop in North Kingstown. They exchanged vows before a justice of the peace and with the blessings of store owner Faraq Mohamed, who greeted customers before Wednesday's ceremony with "Coffee or the wedding?" The 49-year-old LaRose and the 58-year-old Smith have been regulars at the shop for years. They fell in love while helping Mohamed with an errand on Veterans Day. Two days later, Smith proposed. LaRose says Smith is a "country-looking guy, the type I look for, the Grizzly Adams type." They picked out rings last Friday. They got their license Monday. The doughnut shop's baker made the cake. The witnesses were the shop's regulars. They plan a honeymoon at a Connecticut casino. (AP)

State park institutes leash policy

Officials are requiring all dogs to be leashed while at Nickerson State Park after a pit bull allegedly attacked a man as he walked on dirt trails. Ted Brown was not injured during what he says is the third such incident in the past six weeks. Park Superintendent Jon Peterson notified the Brewster Police Department to ask neighboring towns whether they knew of a woman who was walking the pit bull together with a Rottweiler and a German shepherd. Police Sergeant Heath Eldredge told the Cape Cod Times they were still waiting on responses from towns. Previously, park regulations required only that dogs be kept under control. (AP)

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