Fri
07
Mar

Salyers sentenced to 20 years in Casey motorcycle gang killing

GREENSBURG — David Salyers was back in Green Circuit Court today, dressed in faded blue jail duds this time instead of the crisp new dress shirts he wore during his trial in January.

His attorney Jude Hagan was there as well. Together they tried to convince Judge Judy Vance that Salyers deserved something less than the 20 years, six months in prison recommended by the jury that convicted Salyers of complicity to murder in the 2012 shooting death of Gleason Pyles at Tarter Gate Co. in Casey County.

It was to no avail. Vance said even though a pre-sentencing report indicated Salyers "lacked a serious criminal history," she weighed victim impact statements submitted by members of Pyles' family and decided to impose the sentence "as recommended by the jury in this case."

Fri
07
Mar

Judge dismisses murder charge against motorcyclist who argued self-defense in Cycle Gear shooting

A judge on Friday dismissed a murder charge against the Summerville man who said he was defending himself when he fatally shot a member of a motorcycle club last summer in North Charleston.

Ronald Reid, 44, was granted immunity from prosecution and from civil liability under the S.C. Protection of Persons and Property Act. He had been free since late August, when a judge cited Reid's self-defense story in granting him $100,000 bail.

Reid, who had a concealed-weapons permit, shot 41-year-old Maurice Horry of Columbia on June 29 outside Cycle Gear in North Charleston.

Horry, a former Mount Pleasant resident, had been the first to open fire after a group of motorcyclists attacked his friend inside the store on Dorchester Road. Horry fatally shot two men, Theodore Waymyers Jr., 36, of Summerville, and Carlos Davis, 39, of Columbia, and wounded Reid when he fired into the alleged mob.

Fri
07
Mar

'Bikie-only' prison currently holding one motorcycle gang member

The government's much touted 'bikie-only' prison unit has been opened to other prisoners – as it is currently home to just one outlaw motorcycle club gang member.

A spokeswoman for Queensland Corrective Services confirmed members of the general prison population were “sometimes held in the unit when it is not near its capacity”.

The 52-bed 'restrictive management unit' at the Woodford Correctional Centre's maximum security facility, was recommissioned as the government's “bikie superjail” late last year.

When recommissioning the unit in October last year, Premier Campbell Newman said it not only “gives us the capacity to house these violent criminals, but ensure their activities are closely monitored and controlled 24 hours a day”.
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Prisoners within the unit are allowed only one hour outside their cell a day, one 60-minute non-contact visit with family members a week and are subject to increased drug testing and cell searches.

Fri
07
Mar

Bandidos Indicted for Stabbing

Two men accused of a stabbing outside an Abilene Restaurant last November have been indicted.

Curtis Jack Lewis and Wesley Dale Mason will stand trial on Aggravated Assault charges.

The two men were arrested in November last year after a stabbing outside Logan's Roadhouse that sent two men to the hospital.

Police report that Lewis and Mason are a part of the Bandido's Motorcycle Club.

Fri
07
Mar

I-Team: Former President of Las Vegas Hells Angels Speaks Out (video)

LAS VEGAS -- Legal cases stemming from a bloody brawl between rival motorcycle clubs five years ago are finally drawing to a close.

The fight between the Hells Angels and the Mongols broke out at a downtown wedding chapel in December 2008.

Now, the final two defendants are about to be sentenced. One of the men is the former president of the local Hells Angels chapter, and he wanted to get some things off his chest before he is sent away.

He spoke to the I-Team about what happened at the chapel six years ago. This is really two stories. One is about the circumstances surrounding the wedding chapel brawl.

The biggest guy in the chapel video is also the biggest target of the police investigation. That man, Charles Goldsmith, also known by the nickname Pee Wee, says it was a clear case of self defense, that he is being targeted merely because of he was a member of the club.

Wed
05
Mar

Son of Kelowna man beaten to death by Hells Angels can't recall if other suspects participated

The oldest son of a Kelowna man beaten to death in a horrific attack involving the Hells Angels says he can’t recall whether two of the men on trial for manslaughter participated in the fatal assault.

Kaylin Phillips, 27, also told a judge Wednesday in Vancouver that he couldn’t recall where a third man accused in the attack on his dad, Dain Phillips, was at the time of the June 2011 attack.

Kaylin’s younger brother, Kody Phillips, had earlier testified that all four men on trial — alleged Hells Angels associates Daniel McRae, Matthew McRae, Anson Schell and Robert Cocks — had kicked his father as he lay on the ground.

Cocks’ son, full-patch Hells Angel Norman Cocks, and fellow Hells Angel Robert Thomas had earlier pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the slaying of Phillips. The two men admitted using a baseball bat and hammer to attack the Kelowna father following a minor dispute between the Phillips brothers and the McRae brothers.

Wed
05
Mar

Uncrackable phones provided by Phantom Secure linked to murder of Hells Angels bikies

Australian law enforcement agencies are increasingly unable to monitor the communications of some of the country's most powerful criminals due to the rising prevalence of uncrackable encrypted phones.

The phones are linked to a series of the underworld killings that rocked Sydney, several senior law enforcement officials told the ABC on condition of anonymity.

The phones are sold by dozens of companies worldwide and have legitimate uses.

But the law enforcement officials say thousands of the phones have been obtained by Australian criminals and they are using them to commit serious crimes, including murder.

One company is Phantom Secure, a Canadian-based seller of encrypted Blackberries.

The ABC does not suggest the company itself is aware its products are being used by criminals, only that criminals have become aware of the phone's utility and have taken advantage.

Wed
05
Mar

Finks associate Shane Conci allegedly bashed student’s parents after schoolyard argument

A DAD was punched out after throwing a dinner plate at a Finks bikie who confronted his family over a school yard spat between their children.

Bikie associate Shane Conci allegedly threatened to use his Finks mates as pay back after his son and daughter had a falling out with another student at their north eastern suburbs school.

Conci is facing eight charges including recklessly causing serious injury after victims Costas Valogiannis and his wife Evdoxia were assaulted at their home.

Today Mr Valogiannis gave evidence via video link saying he was terrified after the thick-set Conci came to his door and demanded to see his daughter.

“You couldn’t reason with this bloke,” Mr Valogiannis told the Melbourne Magistrates Court.

Mr Valogiannis said he threw a plate at Conci before losing consciousness after being struck in the head.

Tue
04
Mar

Labor to repeal Qld's anti-bikie laws

Queensland's opposition Labor party says it will repeal the Newman government's contentious anti-bikie laws if it wins the next election

That's despite Labor voting with the Liberal National Party to pass the laws in October last year, albeit while criticising the government's rushed approach.

Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk has told parliament the laws must change to safeguard the rights and freedoms of innocent Queenslanders.

"They have gone too far, affecting innocent Queenslanders whose only crime is to ride a motorcycle," she told parliament.

She said the government had publicly acknowledged innocent riders were being affected by the gang crackdown.

"We will repeal and we will replace them," she said, adding Labor would soon start work on its own suite of anti-crime gang laws.

Tue
04
Mar

'You see this tattoo?': Kelowna man describes assault, warning from Hells Angels before fatal attack on his father

The son of a Kelowna man who was viciously beaten to death described an assault and a warning from the Hells Angels that preceded his father’s slaying.

Kaylin Phillips, 27, testified Tuesday that he was punched in the face by a man at a recycling depot just hours before his dad, Dain Phillips, was attacked on June 12, 2011.

The Crown witness said that he and his then-girlfriend had gone to the depot in his truck to pick up some boxes for moving when a truck occupied by two men pulled up.

He said one of the men was Daniel McRae, one of four alleged Hells Angels associates on trial for manslaughter in his father’s death.

The other man came up to him and repeatedly called him by his brother Kody’s name, Phillips told B.C. Supreme Court Justice Mark McEwan.

When he denied that he was Kody Phillips, the man with McCrae pointed to a tattoo on his forearm, he said.

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