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Rockford-area businessman thinks Hells Angels good for economy despite police warning

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Lyran Park in New Milford where the Hells Angels USA rally will be held. Lyran Park in New Milford where the Hells Angels USA rally will be held.
Hells Angels Rockford clubhouse. Hells Angels Rockford clubhouse.
NEW MILFORD (WREX) -

Rockford Police warn a national motorcycle club that they have recently had problem with will roll into town soon. But at least one local businessman believes the rally will be a boost to the economy. The Hells Angels will hold their annual USA run in a private park in New Milford starting this weekend. And one nearby business is ready to cash in on the riders.

 

"They are going to be everywhere. Come on, come and frequently visit our business," says Loyd.

 

Loyd, did not want to give his last name, works at New Mill Tap. It is just up the road from where the Hells Angels USA run will set up camp. Loyd gives money to support the Hells Angels but is not a member, though he has helped with some of their charity runs. He say they are not a gang.

 

"It's an organization. They do a lot of good stuff for everybody. They are not run by a gang member," says Loyd.

 

On Friday the Rockford Police Department raided the Hells Angels Rockford clubhouse and arrested a dozen people for charges that included aggravated battery, armed robbery and kidnapping. There are warrants out for two more.

 

Beginning this weekend anywhere from 500 to 1,000 Hells Angels bikers are expected to meet in Lyran Park in New Milford by the southern end of the Rockford airport.

 

"However many shows up here come on in. Open to the public. There's not going to be no trouble, no trouble at all. Everybody thinks there's going to be trouble but no trouble at all," says Loyd.

 

The rally starts Saturday, July 27th and runs through next Sunday, August 4th. Police say people should expect a lot more officers in the area. The bikers are getting together before heading to the rally in Sturgis, South Dakota.

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