CALLAWAY - Not everyone believed Paul Stevens when he said in June he was starting a chapter of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club in Florida.
Stevens however, brushed off the cycnics as well as any mention of possible retribution for using the club's name and insignia without perniission. "I'm not going anywhere," he
said, maintaining his
The bikers apparently served Stevens
with cease and desist papers, then got back into their van and left, according to the incident report. It began with an ad A curious advertisement last month in The News Herald
featured the Hells Angels skull and wings "deathhead" logo and called for 50 new members for a new Gulf Chapter
.It said: "all races & sexes welcome."In a subsequent article, Stevens
laid out plans for a chapter he
hoped eventually would encompass any state touching the Gulf
of Mexico, and possibly Mexico.
didn't flinch: "Until I actually end up in a courthouse, I'm not worried about it."
began heralding his Gulf Chapter
, ears in the law enforcement community perked up.
Local law enforcement wasn't entirely unaware of Stevens
.In May, officers responded to an incident in Panama City Beach that involved an apparent standoff between Stevens
and a collection of local Outlaws.According to the incident report, Stevens
reported that four local Outlaws had taken issue with his
selling T-shirts out of a truck marked "H.A.M.C. Store." The situation, as reported by Stevens
, escalated until one of the Outlaws pulled out a gun, Stevens
pulled a knife, and a number of his
T-shirts were taken.After taking his
two children home, Stevens
apparently returned to the scene. "He
stated that he
could not hide," the report detailed."He
had to stand his
ground." Deputies were not able to verify the Stevens' account, and no arrests were made. If Stevens' T-shirt standoff didn't immediately grab the attention of law enforcement, his
news of a Gulf Chapter
did. "I've got undercovers circling my block since the article came out," Stevens
reported receiving death threats.He
also was fielding calls from bikers interested in joining up.A woman from Britain, he
said, seemed very interested. "She's
been calling every two days," he
also was reluctant to provide a higher-up to verify his Gulf Chapter
eventually did come up with a phone number, which led to a man claiming to be a sergeant of arms with the Hells Angels
had referred to him as an "enforcer."
The group of men sporting Hells Angels colors who paid a visit to Stevens
arrived in the Panama City area traveling in a Toyota van, according to the incident report.
The men were issued with warnings for trespassing, and officers oversaw the handoff of legal documents which requested Stevens
could not be reached for comment, but did leave a phone message following the visit.He
referred to the overall situation as "one big mess" but continued to stand his
ground. "I openly challenge anybody to take me to court over this.It's not going to happen the way they think it's going to happen," Stevens