Wed
02
Aug

Motorcycle club: We're in Decatur for fun, not trouble

DECATUR – Rumors that the Hell's Lovers motorcycle club is coming to Decatur are true.

But just about everything else cranking up the rumor mill is totally wrong, according to the club and the Decatur Conference Center and Hotel, where Hell's Lovers is hosting its 50th anniversary convention from today through Sunday.

Hotel general manager Donna Wickersham said she has heard fearful stories of outlaw motorcycle riders tearing up the town just as it gets ready to host the annual Decatur Celebration. Wickersham says all of those rumors are nonsense.

Wed
02
Aug

US gang praised Irish biker who murdered rival club member

A US-based biker gang has praised murderer Alan 'Cookie' McNamara after he killed a member of a rival Limerick club.

McNamara (50), who is aligned with the Caballeros motorcycle club, shot Andrew O'Donoghue in a revenge attack after he was humiliated by the Road Tramps gang in an altercation outside a pub in Doon.

He was found guilty of murder at the Central Criminal Court on Monday and will receive a mandatory life sentence in October.

The Irish Independent can reveal that violent Texan biker gang the Bandidos, which has worldwide chapters, was backing McNamara while he was up on murder charges and even produced T-shirts in support of him.

The club initiated a new chapter in Limerick in October 2016 and has an affiliation with McNamara's Caballeros club.

The club posted a photo of McNamara with some words attached online.

Wed
02
Aug

Guns thief, gang members jailed over firearms deal

The man who orchestrated the burglary of a huge cache of weapons from a Dunedin pistol club member has been jailed for nearly four and a-half years.

Scott Alexander Trotter was responsible for the break-in at the Maitland St address on October 25 last year and was instrumental in distributing many of the weapons in the ensuing days.

The Dunedin District Court yesterday heard how the defendant contacted members of the Hells Angels and Bandidos gangs after the burglary.

He offered them 23 pistols, four military-style semi-automatic rifles, a shotgun and 25,000 rounds of ammunition.

Trotter and Raymond Mosley had posed as glaziers to gain entry to the house after Trotter's girlfriend, who had been working there, had alerted them to the potential haul.

They removed a glass panel from a door and once inside found two unlocked safes in the bedrooms containing the arsenal.

Wed
02
Aug

Struggle between motorcycle gangs rattles New Mexico capital

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Police in tourist-friendly Santa Fe, New Mexico, increased patrols and surveillance amid tensions between two motorcycle gangs that sparked a drive-by shooting and a hospital lockdown, authorities said Wednesday.

The measures were ordered after a member of the Vagos Motorcycle Club was shot and wounded while the home of a Bandidos Motorcycle Club member was being riddled with bullets in a drive-by attack, police spokesman Greg Gurule said.

The situation has some residents on edge in the capital of New Mexico, known for its tranquil historic plaza, art galleries and festivals.

"We want to make sure residents (and visitors) feel safe," Gurule said. "We are not going to put up with this."

Wed
02
Aug

EPPD: Kinfolk gang member arrested in Mulligan's shooting

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) - El Paso Police have arrested the 34-year-old man suspected of shooting four people inside the Mulligan's Chopped Hog Bar in the 1800 block of George Dieter around 9:30 p.m. Sunday night.

According to investigators, Javier Gonzalez, 34, was arrested in the 1200 block of Higuera in San Elizario at 5:30 a.m. Tuesday morning.

Police say Gonzalez is a Kinfolk Outlaw Motorcycle Gang Member and is suspected of shooting into a group of Bandidos Motorcycle gang members inside the bar.

Juan Martinez, 61, and Ballardo Salcido, 49, suffered serious, life-threatening injuries in the shooting. Juan Vega-Rivera, 36, and David Villalobos, 47, had non-life-threatening injuries.

Martinez, President of the El Paso Bandidos Chapter — is currently on bond as he awaits trial for an incident that happened in August 2016 at the Hot Chicks Bar on Zaragoza involving another motorcycle club that was never officially named in court documents.

Wed
02
Aug

Ontario’s top court finds police violated rights of Hells Angels member

Even biker gangs have privacy rights that need to be respected, Ontario’s highest court has ruled in a case in which police found guns, drugs, cash and ammunition behind a fake wall in a barn leased to a member of the Hells Angels. Police, acting on a tip about the fake wall, obtained a warrant to conduct the search. But earlier in their investigation, police had picked a lock and broken into the same barn – with no warrant.

In a 3-0 decision, the Ontario Court of Appeal quashed multiple convictions against Frank Strauss of Perth County, west of Kitchener, Ont., for which he had been sentenced to 11 years in jail. The court said the justice system’s reputation needs to be protected from what it described as blatantly illegal police behaviour. The Canadian government had argued that the case was especially serious because the Hells Angels are a criminal organization, and that the public deserved to have the evidence heard.

Wed
02
Aug

Bandidos MC national president says El Paso won't become 'war zone,' following shooting

(VIDEO)--EL PASO, Texas — The Bandidos Motorcycle Club is labeled as a tier two gang by the FBI, Department of Justice and Texas Department of Public Safety. They say they're just a club.

Now they say they want to make sure this incident doesn't set them back in the eyes of the community.

"We came here to check on our brothers that were injured,” Clifton ‘Dozer’ Roberts, the Bandidos National President, said.

A shooting involving the Bandidos Motorcycle Club brought the club's president to east El Paso. Four members were shot on Sunday at Mulligan's Bar.

"They went on and on, and there might have been some kind of an altercation," Ashley ‘Smiley’ Brecker of the Bandidos El Paso chapter said.

Brecker said he left right before shots were fired by a gunman from a different group inside the bar.

Tue
01
Aug

SA police drop alleged $151 million bikie drug syndicate trial to keep surveillance techniques a secret

AN alleged $151 million outlaw bikie drug syndicate trial has been dropped because SA Police want its surveillance techniques kept secret — even from a court.

Two years of investigations and 12 months of court hearings over one of the biggest drug busts in SA’s history came to nothing on Tuesday.

Troy Robert Nissen and Alex Vanin walked free less than three hours after the state’s highest court declined to get involved in SA Police’s refusal to reveal its methods.

Detectives did not want the duo to know anything about two GPS devices attached to their cars during a 2013 investigation into Adelaide Hills drug trafficking.

Prosecutors asked both the District and Full Courts to permit the use of “crucial” data from the devices despite the secrecy, but were unsuccessful.

Tue
01
Aug

Police: Father, son fired 20 shots at home of alleged Bandidos member

Police have accused two men in connection with what investigators say was a weekend shooting incident involving motorcycle gang members that led to a temporary lockdown at the Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center.

A complaint that police filed Monday in Santa Fe County Magistrate Court charges David Andrew Cordova, 54, and his son, David Ray Cordova, 29, with shooting at a building and shooting from a vehicle.

Medics took the elder Cordova to the hospital emergency room on Saturday night for treatment of a gunshot wound to one of his arms before he was booked into the Santa Fe County jail.

Capt. Robert Vasquez said Sunday that a member of the Vagos Motorcycle Club had been injured by a member of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club.

Mon
31
Jul

4 wounded in shooting possibly linked to biker gangs

A shooting —  possibly involving biker gangs — wounded four men Sunday night during a brawl inside a bar in far East El Paso.

Police officials said that a Gang Unit investigation continued Monday, along with the search for the shooter.

Police said that several gunshots were fired during a fight between two gangs inside Mulligan's Chopped Hog bar, 1810 George Dieter Drive near Trawood Drive.

More: 3 wounded in gang-related bar shooting in far East El Paso

The shooting victims were identified by police Monday as Juan Martinez, 61; Ballardo Salcido, 49; Juan Miguel Vega-Rivera, 36; and David Villalobos, 47.

A police spokesman on Sunday night initially reported that three people were shot.

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