Wed
20
Sep

Lawyers question former Hells Angels club president about stealing from Rockford chapter

ROCKFORD — The former head of a Rockford motorcycle club testified today that he had heard rumors after he was attacked that he was stealing from the Hells Angels.

But that’s not the reason Josh Johnson, 47, said fellow members gave him for wanting him out of the Rockford chapter before they attacked him. Johnson testified that he and a friend were accused during their weekly club meeting on June 27, 2013, of working with the police.

“They didn’t accuse you of stealing?” asked John Palmer, one of the defense attorneys for five members of the Rockford and Chicago branches of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club who are on trial this week for allegedly beating, stabbing and shocking the former president with a stun gun.

“No they did not,” said Johnson, who was questioned by defense lawyers for hours today.

Wed
20
Sep

Judge denies new trial for member of Detroit's Highwaymen Motorcycle Club

A federal judge has rejected claims by an imprisoned member of the Highwaymen Motorcycle Club which could have undermined a racketeering case that sent more than 30 members of Detroit's home-grown motorcycle gang to prison.

Highwayman Gary (Junior) Ball, Jr. uncovered records that showed the lead defendant in the case — former Highwaymen vice president Aref (Steve) Nagi — had previously served as a police informant.

In court filings, he raised concerns that Nagi could have served as a "spy in the camp," secretly working on behalf of the government, while Nagi's attorney led discussions of defense strategy for all defendants in the case arising from a lengthy and wide-ranging FBI investigation.

Wed
20
Sep

New club riding with Hells Angels, police say

B.C.’s anti-gang unit is monitoring a new motorcycle club called the Savages operating out of the Langford clubhouse previously used by the Devil’s Army.

The Savages are believed to be a puppet club of the Nanaimo chapter of the Hells Angels, said Sgt. Brenda Winpenny, spokeswoman for B.C.’s Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit, which targets organized crime groups. The Savages have set up headquarters at 2775 Spencer Rd., which was vacated by fellow Hells Angels puppet club, the Devil’s Army, a few months after it opened in May 2015.

Surveillance officers have spotted members of the new motorcycle club during group rides with the Hells Angels and its affiliates.

“We have seen them on the last couple of rides the Hells Angels have had on the Island,” Winpenny said. “So they are out there, they are publicly announcing themselves as being associated with the Hells Angels.”

Tue
19
Sep

Date set for first Twin Peaks trial

WACO, TX (KXXV) -

The date for the trial of the first biker indicted in the Twin Peaks shootout has been set for next month after several delays in the process.

Christopher “Jacob” Carrizal, president of the Dallas chapter of the Bandidos, faces charges accused of engaging in organized criminal activity outside the Twin Peaks restaurant on May 17, 2015. The shootout left nine bikers dead and dozens injured.

The jury qualification process was delayed after Carrizal’s attorney Casie Gotro filed a motion to recuse 19th District Court Judge Ralph Strother and 54th District Judge Matt Johnson earlier this month. Johnson is now presiding over the case after Strother’s recusal was granted.

Mon
18
Sep

Bomb-Making Materials, Guns, Flamethrower Seized In Howell-Freehold Bust: Prosecutor

Alleged motorcycle gang member from Freehold, two Howell men were arrested; authorities said thousands of rounds of ammunition were seized.

FREEHOLD, NJ – A homemade flamethrower, bomb-making materials, 30 guns and thousands of rounds of ammunition were seized over the weekend after authorities were tipped off, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni said Monday.

Three men, including an alleged member of an outlaw motorcycle gang, were arrested and face multiple weapons charges, said Charles Webster, spokesman for the prosecutor's office.

After getting a tip that explosives were present at a Howell home, authorities executed a search warrant at 191 Ford Road on Friday night, Webster said. During their search, they found 11 long guns, three handguns, ammunition and a quantity of marijuana, Webster said.

Mon
18
Sep

Bandidos to plead guilty in 2006 murder of rival biker

Four reputed members of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club have signed plea deals in which they will admit to their roles in the killing of a man in Austin who reportedly tried to start a chapter of the California-based rival, the Hells Angels.

The Bandidos have long been suspected of the hit on Anthony W. Benesh III, who was gunned down March 18, 2006, in front of his girlfriend and two children as they left Saccone’s Pizza in Austin.

 

Benesh,44, had been wearing a motorcycle vest depicting the Hells Angels’ death head and colors, despite being told by the Bandidos that he could not do so in Texas, which is Bandidos territory, and that he would be killed if he didn't stop, according to federal court documents.

Sat
16
Sep

Drug related kidnap, torture becomes federal case

Three Kansas City men have been indicted by a federal grand jury for alleged roles in a conspiracy to kidnap and torture an Independence man in September 2016.

Gerald Holmes, 25, also known as “Jerry” or “Joker”; his father Randal Holmes, 53, also known as “Peckerwood” or “Wood”; and 75-year-old Richard Phoenix, also known as “Snake,” were charged in a five-count indictment returned under seal Aug. 30 by a Kansas City federal grand jury. The indictment was unsealed following the arrests and initial court appearances of Gerald and Randal Holmes, who remained in federal custody pending Friday’s detention hearing. Phoenix is a fugitive.

The state charges issued last year in the case – kidnapping and armed criminal action for all three and assault for both Holmes men – will be dismissed in lieu of federal prosecution.

Sat
16
Sep

Judge denies speedy trial motion in Clendennen Twin Peaks case

A judge on Friday rejected a motion from former biker Matthew Clendennen to dismiss the charges against him on a claim his right to a speedy trial has been violated.

Judge Matt Johnson of Waco’s 54th State District Court considered a variety of motions Friday from Clendennen’s attorney, Clint Broden, including a motion to disqualify the McLennan County District Attorney’s Office because it has a tape recording of Clendennen and Broden speaking by phone while Clendennen was still in the county jail.

Fri
15
Sep

An alleged Bandidos prospect member has had his motorcycle seized for six months

POLICE have seized an alleged bikie’s pride and joy under new powers which came into effect this week.

Police allege a man on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle evaded police in East Devonport following an attempted intercept yesterday.

The rider was tracked down a short time later and had his bike seized for six months.

“The rider, who was wearing a vest associated with the Bandidos OMCG with the word ‘Prospect’ on the back in red and gold, [had ridden] in a dangerous manner on the Bass Highway between Devonport and Latrobe,” Inspector Adrian Shadbolt said.

“The rider and motorcycle were located in Latrobe shortly afterwards and the rider was arrested for the evade and driving offences.”

He will appear in the Devonport Magistrates Court at a later date

Tue
12
Sep

Once a Hells Angels stronghold, now-deserted Sherbrooke bunker has been confiscated

Superior Court judge says compound helped facilitate criminal acts, including murder and drug trafficking

The last vestige of the Hells Angels' physical footprint in Sherbrooke — a compound towering over the road between the city's downtown and the borough of Lennoxville — was confiscated from the biker club in a Quebec Superior Court decision released Monday.

The decision, rendered by Justice Carol Cohen, hinges on allegations the buildings, which she likens to a "fortress," helped the group commit acts of organized crime, including drug trafficking and murder. 

"It's clear that those who would go there wanted to be free from any prying eyes, to be in complete privacy," she wrote, adding the property consisted of concealed enclaves.

The compound, worth roughly $425,000, is the last of the club's "bunkers" still standing in Quebec. Its Trois-Rivières location was torn down two years ago.

 

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