Bandidos president's funeral a major event, biker gang expert says

The funeral this weekend for a slain El Paso Bandidos leader will be a major event for the motorcycle club and law enforcement, an expert on biker gangs said.

Funeral services begin Friday with a vigil for Juan Martinez Jr., 61, who police identified as the president of an El Paso chapter of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club.

"He was a chapter president. He was killed for being a Bandido. It will be a very large funeral. With that said, law enforcement’s role is to keep it without violence," said Terry Katz, spokesman for the International Outlaw Motorcycle Gang Investigators Association. The group provides specialized training on biker gangs to law enforcement and prosecutors.

Martinez died Aug. 3 after he and three other men were shot four days earlier during a biker gang fight at Mulligan's Chopped Hog bar in the far East Side.

El Paso police later arrested Javier Gonzalez, 34, of the rival Kinfolk Motorcycle Club, in connection with the shooting.


One Nation endorses ex-Hells Angel

One Nation has endorsed a former Hells Angel as a candidate for the upcoming Queensland election.

Scott Bannan is contesting the seat of Logan at the next state election, and has been up front about his former membership of a motorcycle club outlawed in Queensland, party leader Steve Dickson says.

'He's a family man. He's a three times world champion Muay Thai kickboxer. He's got his huge businesses down in the Logan area. I think the Labor candidate is absolutely terrified he's running,' Mr Dickson has told ABC radio.

One Nation has endorsed a former Hells Angel as a candidate for the upcoming Queensland election.

Police raid Campbell River biker clubhouse in murder probe

(video)--B.C.’s anti-gang police have raided a Vancouver Island clubhouse of the Devils Army in connection with the murder of a Saanich man in March 2016.

Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit Staff Sgt. Lindsey Houghton said the raid happened about 8 a.m. Thursday at 70 Petersen Road in Campbell River. 

Dillon Brown, 30, was found slain inside his car near the west side of a bridge to Sayward, about 75 kilometres north of Campbell River on March 12, 2016

Houghton said his murder was targeted. Brown was last seen leaving a Campbell River residence a day before his body was found.

The Devils Army opened in the Vancouver Island city in 2009 and maintains a relationship with the Haney Hells Angels. The Army has five full-patch members and two strikers.


Hells Angels member and two women facing drugs and firearm-related charges

Charges against the trio stem from an Aug. 2 search warrant executed at a Cole Harbour home

A member of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club and two women are facing several firearm and drug trafficking-related charges in relation to a search warrant executed at a Cole Harbour home last week.

In a media release issued Wednesday morning, Nova Scotia RCMP said on Aug. 2 they executed a search warrant at a home on Pernix Court. Police seized a large amount of drugs, drug and outlaw motorcycle gang related paraphernalia, ammunition and firearms.

One of the firearms was loaded.

Hells Angels member David James Bishop, 35, Jacquelyne Anna Brophy, 33, and Sara Michelle Walker, 28, all from Cole Harbour, have been charged with the following offences:

•Possession for the purpose of trafficking (Cocaine)

•Possession for the purpose of trafficking (Ecstasy)


Fargo Police keep close watch on biker gangs

 (video)--FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) You may have noticed more motorcycles on the road recently. Many of them are heading to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota, which is going on right now.

While most bikers are simply motorcycle enthusiasts, there is a small percentage that Fargo Police officers say they are keeping a close eye on.

Fargo Police Lt. Shannon Ruziska leads the anti-gang unit in the F-M area. He says there is always more activity among bike gangs around the Sturgis rally time, but officers say they are aware of the problems they can bring to town.


Poppy Day Run honours those who fought so we don’t have to

Cape Town: Saturday 11 November will see the fourth annual Poppy Day Run, hosted by the Cape Town chapter of the Hells Angels, and their second annual Bike Build-Off.

It’s appropriate that the second Saturday in November, the traditional date for this run, falls on 11 November this year, for it was at 11am on the 11th of November 1918 the guns fell silent after four long bitter years of what was hoped would be the war to end war.

But that was not to be, and since then the armistice date of what has come to be known as the First World War has been commemorated as Poppy Day, named for the flowers that grew in the fields of France and Belgium where an entire generation of Europe’s brightest and bravest young men gave their lives in the cause of peace.


Santa Fe police set up surveillance units in ‘potential trouble spots’

Santa Fe police are putting a newly acquired mobile surveillance unit to the test to monitor a residential block where officers say a recent shootout occurred between neighbors who claim allegiance to rival motorcycle gangs.

The new video camera units, which police have been using for weeks, have been set up at public events, such as the downtown Spanish Market, to help officers monitor large crowds. But the placement of such a device in the driveway of a home in a south-central neighborhood surrounded by parks raises questions about whether police can strike a difficult balance of protecting residents’ privacy while using the surveillance equipment to keep them safe.


Employee of Bandidos member killed in bar shooting says he was like a father to her

EL PASO, Texas — Family, friends and co-workers are mourning the loss of Juan Martinez, who died after being shot inside a far east El Paso bar.

Susana Perez, office manager at J. Martinez & Associates, said Martinez treated his employees like family.

The business helped people with disability and Social Security claims.

“I worked with him for over 11 years. He was a great person. He was very helpful. He was a family man and he helped so many people,” Perez said.

Perez said Martinez and his wife, Gracie, were inseparable.

Juan Martinez died after being shot at an east El Paso bar. (Courtesy: Motorcycle Coalition of El Paso)

At the office, Perez said co-workers don’t feel like they lost their boss.


Bandidos member shot at eastside bar has died

EL PASO, Texas — 

The Bandidos Motorcycle Club member shot in an east El Paso bar last weekend has died, according to a member of the motorcycle club.

Juan Martinez, 61, was shot in what police are calling a rival gang shooting.

Ballardo Salcido, 49, Juan Miguel Vega-Rivera, 36, and David Villalobos, 47, were also injured in the shooting.

The shooting happened around 9:30 p.m. Sunday at the Mulligans Chopped Hog bar at 1810 George Dieter Drive.

Police said one of the groups was told to leave the bar, which then prompted an argument and a fight between the two gangs.

While the fight was going on, the suspected shooter walked into the bar and began shooting at members of the rival gang, police said.


Acquittal of Hells Angels biker sends ‘strong message’ to police, lawyer says

KITCHENER — A ruling by Ontario's highest court quashing gun and drug trafficking convictions against a member of the Hells Angels sends a "strong message" to police, the biker's defence lawyer says.

"It tells police officers across the country that they cannot engage in unlawful conduct in carrying out investigations," James Lockyer said in an interview Thursday.

"And if they do, any evidence they obtain as a result of their unlawful conduct will be excluded from court and will not be allowed to be heard by the court. So it's a strong message, and I think it's an important message."

In 2014, Frank Strauss, who grew up in Kitchener and is a full-patch member of the Hells Angels in London, Ont., was convicted in a judge-alone trial of 17 offences.

Strauss, 41, walked out of prison a free man on Tuesday after the Ontario Court of Appeal entered verdicts of acquittals on all counts. It did not order a new trial.


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