Mon
02
Oct

Judge recuses himself from Twin Peaks biker's trial

Judge Matt Johnson, of Waco's 54th State District Court, who was set to preside over the trial of the first Twin Peaks case next week, removed himself Monday from hearing what is set now as the second Twin Peaks shootout trial next month. 

Johnson's decision to step aside came after Dallas attorney Clint Broden, who represents former Scimitars motorcycle club member Matthew Clendennen, filed a motion Monday seeking to recuse Johnson from further involvement in Clendennen's case.

Johnson was formerly law partners with McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna. Broden's motion states that, according to the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure, "a judge must recuse in any proceeding in which ... the judge or a lawyer with whom the judge previously practiced law has been a material witness concerning the proceeding." 

Mon
02
Oct

Wentzville Police investigating bar brawl at Maggie Malone's

WENTZVILLE, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

Wentzville Police said two people were injured after a bar fight at Maggie Malone's Saturday night. 

Investigators said they got a tip that there were members of the "Outlaw Motorcycle Gang" in town. 

"We began proactively conducting bar checks," said Lieutenant Dave Schoolcraft. 

He said around midnight they received a 911 call from Maggie Malone's on Wentzville Parkway for a fight involving 20 people. 

"When we got there several motorcycles were leaving. We were able to detain about six people," said Lt. Schoolcraft. "The fight started when a female patron said she was inappropriately touched by a  member of the 'Outlaw Motorcycle Gang.'"

Police said the victim couldn't identify that person in the group of people police detained. Everyone was released. 

Investigators said two people who were with the female were injured during the fight. 

No weapons were involved in the fight. 

Sat
30
Sep

Alleged ‘Mongols’ biker gang members arrested after search warrant

Two men were arrested on suspicion of drug distribution in Visalia after detectives served search warrants at two homes.

James Earl Melo, 44, and Christopher Clay Wilson, 39, were both arrested Friday after narcotics detectives issued a search warrant for a home on the 600 block of Edison Street and another at a home on the 3600 block of College Avenue. The warrants were issued after there was suspicion of drug distribution by members of the Mongols Motorcycle Club, police said.

After the searches, detectives confiscated a loaded handgun, half a pound of methamphetamine and more than $13,000 in cash. The men were booked into the Tulare County Jail for allegations including suspicion of drug sales, weapons and being in a street gang.

Sat
30
Sep

Twin Peaks jury panel readies for Carrizal trial

The first trial of a biker arrested in the May 2015 skirmish between rival motorcycle groups at Twin Peaks in Waco inched a bit closer to reality Friday with the impaneling of about 150 potential jurors.

Judge Matt Johnson of Waco’s 54th State District Court excused 33 of the 181 potential jurors who reported Friday after hearing exemptions and excuses and instructed the remaining panel to return Oct. 9 to fill out a 60-question questionnaire. The judge scheduled jury selection in Dallas Bandidos chapter President Jacob Carrizal’s trial to start the following day.

Johnson had intended the jury panel to fill out the questionnaires on Friday. However, that had to be postponed because of last-minute changes to a number of the questions submitted by prosecutors and Carrizal’s attorney, Casie Gotro, of Houston.

Fri
29
Sep

No Surrender founder to press slander charges against prosecutor, mayor

, founder of outlaw motorcycle gang No Surrender, is pressing slander charges against Breda chief prosecutor Charles van der Voort and Bergen op Zoom mayor Frank Petter, his lawyer Louis de Leon confirmed to AD. The reason for the charges is recent publications in the Volkskrant and the Telegraaf in which Van der Voort linked Otto to two assassinations and Petter called him a professional criminal.

De Leon is convinced that these publications are "directed by the highest level of the Public Prosecution". According to him, they form part of a well-though-out media campaign to turn public opinion against Otto. "That's trial by media. We would greatly appreciate a judicial review. They're speaking out of turn with these accusations", the lawyer said to AD.

Fri
29
Sep

Bikie gangs in Sydney: ‘Eric the Wolf’ charged with kidnapping

THE alleged head of the Lone Wolf Bikie gang known as “Eric the Wolf’’ has been arrested and charged with kidnapping a drug dealer who weeks later was shot dead in front of his fiance in Western Sydney.

Erkan Keskin appeared via video link in Central Court yesterday to face a string of charges including kidnapping, lying to the crime commission and demanding menaces with intention to steal.

The charges relate to the alleged kidnapping of Mehmet Yilmaz, 29, prior to his murder outside the home of Commanchero bikie Tayan Chandab at St Marys on September 9 last year. Keskin has not been charged with his murder.

No one has been charged over the murder which is one of eight gangland slayings being investigated by a dedicated Homicide Squad Strike Force known as Osprey.

It was launched days after Mafioso kingpin Pasquale Barbaro was shot dead at Condell Park last November.

Fri
29
Sep

Majority of Dutch outlaw biker gang members have criminal records: study

Over half of outlaw motorcycle gang members in the Netherlands have been convicted of a violent crime and a third have a criminal record with more than 10 convictions behind his name, according to a study Leiden University published on Thursday, ANP reports. 

Especially members of the larger biker gangs Satudarah, No Surrender, Hells Angels, Bandidos and Trailer Trash, have long lists of crimes on their record, according to the researchers. In addition to violent crimes, biker gang members are also often convicted for capital offenses, drug trafficking and illegal arms possession.

Thu
28
Sep

New Motion filed to remove D.A. from trying Twin Peaks biker case

WACO,Texas (KWTX) A Dallas attorney representing a Twin Peaks biker has filed a new motion to have the McLennan County District Attorney's office removed from his client's case.

Last July, F. Clinton Broden, the defense attorney for Matt Clendennen of Hewitt, filed a similar motion but was denied by 54th District Court Judge Matt Johnson. That decision was upheld by the Tenth Court of Appeals.

In today's motion, Broden claims that District Attorney Abel Reyna was a material witness in the July hearing, "the rules are crystal clear, Judge Johnson should have recused himself from making any ruling because of that."

Broden cites Judge Johnson and Reyna's past history of being law partners as problematic.

The motion and recusal request seek a new judge to re-hear the motion to remove Reyna and his office from trying Clendennen's case and name an attorney pro tem.

Thu
28
Sep

Life Inside the Chicago Outlaws Motorcycle Club

“Big Pete” James, of the infamous “biker gang” that started in Chicago, talks about why people misunderstand these groups and what he loves about riding on IL-173.

As a child, Peter James loved playing Risk with his family. Only twelve years old, he appreciated the strategy involved in commanding armies and taking territory from his opponents. One night, during a game, James’s father asked what he wanted to be when he grew up.

“Boss,” James replied. A few decades later, he was a boss, all right—Chicago’s regional vice president of the Outlaw Motorcycle Club.

Wed
27
Sep

Hells Angels biker charged in shooting dies of brain aneurysm

The Hells Angels biker charged with shooting a man who dared to move a parking cone outside the infamous gang’s East Village headquarters died of a brain aneurysm, his lawyer said.

Prosecutors dismissed the assault case against Anthony Iovenitti, 52, Wednesday in Manhattan Criminal Court due to his August passing while on a motorcycle road trip.

Defense lawyer Ron Kuby said the biker ​​“died doing what he loved most, riding motorcycles with his brothers.”

Iovenitti had faced first-degree assault and weapon possession raps for allegedly shooting 25-year-old David Martinez in the stomach Dec. 11, 2016.

Martinez had moved a cone outside the notorious E. 3rd St. clubhouse so he could park.

Kuby previously said that NYPD surveillance video showed Martinez kick Iovenitti in the head before the biker fired a single round at him.

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