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Apr
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Judges summon Twin Peaks bikers for case updates

With the McLennan County District Attorney’s Office in a state of flux, the county’s two felony court judges have summoned about 50 Twin Peaks biker shootout defendants to court in coming weeks to try to determine how the 128 or so remaining cases will proceed.

Judge Ralph Strother of 19th State District Court and Judge Matt Johnson of 54th State District Court have scheduled status conferences for many of the Twin Peaks defendants. Strother has summoned 27 defendants for April 27, while Johnson’s conference with about 25 defendants is set for May 4.

All of the defendants directed to be in court on those days are or were affiliated with the Cossacks motorcycle group. Nine bikers were killed and more than 20 were injured in the May 17, 2015, shootout between the Cossacks and Bandidos that played out before a lunch crowd at Twin Peaks in Waco.

Thu
19
Apr
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Biker testifies Bandidos beat him with a claw hammer

A member of the Cossacks Motorcycle Club testified Thursday at a racketeering trial in San Antonio federal court that several Bandidos beat him and gashed his head with a claw hammer in North Texas when he refused to take off his biker vest.

Arthur David Young, 39, survived the March 22, 2015, attack at the Bar-B truck stop in Gordon in Palo Pinto County, between Abilene and Fort Worth. Young, who worked in the oil fields, said he had to have 12 staples to close the gashes, and the beating left him with headaches and affects his equilibrium.

 

“It felt like hours, but it only took seconds,” Young said of the assault. “They ended up with my cut (vest).”

The government alleges the Bandidos’ then-vice president John Xavier Portillo, who is on trial with then-president Jeffrey Fay Pike, had declared war on the Cossacks shortly before the attack on Young.

Thu
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Apr
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What life's REALLY like inside a bikie gang: A code of silence, a secret underworld language and women considered 'property' worth less than a motorcycle

  • 400-page document was prepared by police for court proceedings over turf war 
  • It reveals how gang members claim 'ownership' over their wives and girlfriends 
  • Some are 'branded like dogs' with tattoos or jackets marking them as property
  • Report reveals bikies have a secret underworld language and a 'code of silence'
 

Bikie gangs enforce a strict code of silence, treat women as property and use a secret underworld language, a court dossier reveals.

A 400-page document prepared by police for court proceedings over an explosive Hunter Valley turf war between the Nomads and Finks provides a rare and detailed insight into gang life.

It reveals how bikies claim 'ownership' over their wives and girlfriends who can never become gang members themselves. 

Thu
19
Apr
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Judge allows indicted Hells Angels to attend fallen club member’s funeral

SONOMA — In an act of benevolence, a federal judge has temporarily suspended the bail conditions for five alleged Hells Angels members, so that they may attend the funeral of a member of the biker club recently killed in a car crash.

This week United States Magistrate Judge Sallie Kim signed an order permitted co-defendants Jonathan “Jon “Jon Nelson, Russell Lyles, Jr., Damien Cesena, Brian Burke, and David Diaz to attend the funeral of Jason Cliff, 50, a motorcycle shop owner who died April 8. Federal prosecutors did not object to the order.

The order permits only the defendants who had bailed out to attend Cliff’s funeral Saturday. It temporarily suspends bail conditions that barred the defendants from associating with other Hells Angels, but requires them to return to their homes by 5 p.m. the day of the funeral.

Tue
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Hells Angel facing B.C. civil forfeiture suit dies of suspected overdose

A member of the West Point Hells Angels died of a suspected overdose last week while in the middle of a court case with the B.C. Civil Forfeiture office.

Lukasz Cimoszko, 36, was found dead near Barriere, RCMP Sgt. Janelle Shoihet confirmed Monday.

She said there was nothing suspicious about the death and the B.C. Coroners Service is leading the investigation.

Coroners’ spokesman Andy Watson said he couldn’t comment. 

Social media tribute to Hells Angel Lukasz Cimoszko, centre, who died last week. Also pictured is Hells Angel Bob Green, left, who was shot to death in October 2016 and Hells Angel Bjorn Sylvest, who died in July 2016 while house boating on Shuswap Lake.

Social media tributes were pouring in for Cimoszko, who became a full-patch member of the notorious biker gang in 2012.

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Apr
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Inquiry begins into Calgary police conduct after arrest of Hells Angel

2 arresting officers ultimately cleared of wrongdoing in 2008 incident

A special hearing looking into the circumstances surrounding the 2008 arrest of a known biker gang member that resulted in two Calgary police officers facing charges will hear from 15 witnesses, including the ex-police chief Rick Hanson.

The five-day inquiry is looking into the actions of Const. Brant Derrick and Sgt. Les Kaminski, who were charged with assault in the arrest of Jason Arkinstall, a member of the Hells Angels.

Kaminski was later charged with perjury relating to Arkinstall's trial.

It was alleged the officers used excessive force during Arkinstall's arrest.

Sun
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North East Hell's angels bikers to stage welcome for Tall Ships

Around 250 of the North East's Hell's angels bikers are staged their own special welcome for the Tall Ships Races 2018.

They'll form a guard of honour for the incoming Ships.

Their Club House, Angels Place - one of the oldest buildings in Sunderland - is at the edge of the river and was used to house and rehabilitate injured sailors.

Making it an important piece of naval heritage.

Hells Angels carefully guard a full, battle log detailing the chronological events of the naval battle, noting each ship's fate  and the notification of Admiral Nelson's death in battle.

Tall Ships sail

 Alasdair Bailey, accountant and chairman of the Coalition Motor Cycle Club 2012 said :

Sat
14
Apr
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Rival bikie gangs refuse a senior police officer's pleas to meet and form a truce because the 'only way they can trust each other is if the other is behind bars'

  • Hopes of an end to a turf war terrorising residents in New South Wales is dashed
  • Court papers reveal police attempted to broker a truce with Nomads and Finks
  • But ongoing battle between the bikie gangs in the Hunter Valley set to continue
 

Hopes of an end to a turf war terrorising residents between rival bikie gangs have been dashed after a police plea was shot down.

Attempts by senior officers from New South Wales Police to call a truce were ended just weeks after securing a guarantee from leading Nomads members.

The peace deal was supposed to end violence between the Nomads and their rival gang, the Finks, in the Hunter Valley.

Sat
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Apr
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Hells Angels descend on Sunderland

(photo gallery)---LEATHER-clad bikers roared into Sunderland on Saturday morning to welcome tall ships to the town ahead of a major international sailing event.

On July 11 a magnificent fleet of sailing vessels will arrive at the North-East coast for the UK’s largest, free, family festival; the Tall Ships Races Sunderland 2018.

And with just three months to go, around 250 of the North East of England’s motorcycle fraternity staged their own special welcome this weekend.

The North East Coalition of Motorcycle Clubs, hosted by the Hells Angels MC Tyne & Wear formed a guard of honour for the incoming Tall Ships with leather and chrome.

The Hells Angels have a strong link to naval heritage as their Sunderland Club Hose, Angels Place, was used to house and rehabilitate injured sailors from the epic Battle of Trafalgar.

Fri
13
Apr
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Jurors hear recording of Bandidos leader declaring war on Cossacks

A post from “Cossack Doc” to a Facebook friend in July 2014 said the Cossacks Motorcycle Club had permission from the Bandidos to wear a patch saying “Texas,” a state the Bandidos consider their home and territory.

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