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2 bikers charged with murder in Twin Peaks shootout get Jan. 15 trial date

Two defendants in the Twin Peaks biker shootout who were re-indicted earlier this month on murder and riot charges might be tried together and had a priority trial date set Friday for Jan. 15.

Jeff Battey, 53, of Ponder, and Ray Arnold Allen, 48, of Crum, both members of the Bandidos motorcycle group, were joined in Waco's 19th State District Court on Friday by four other bikers who were re-indicted May 9 on new charges that will replace the original engaging in organized criminal activity charges.

Judge Ralph Strother called the hearing to get updates on the pending cases.

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Florida motorcycle gang members charged in death of rival

Five members of a Florida west coast motorcycle gang Friday were indicted in multiple crimes, including murder.

The Department of Justice's U.S. Attorney Office in Tampa announced the charges against five members of the 69'ers Motorcycle Club. Indicted were Christopher Brian Cosimano, aka "Durty," 30 of Gibstonton; Michael Dominick Mencher,  aka “Pumpkin,” 51, of Tarpon Springs; Allan Burt Guinto, aka “Big Beefy,” 27, Brandon; Erick Richard Robinson, aka “Big E,” 45, of Zephyrhills; and Cody James Wesling, aka “Little Savage,” 27, of Riverview.

They were indicted on multiple violent crimes in aid of racketeering activity, including conspiracy, murder, and assault with a dangerous weapon. They have also been charged with firearms offenses and narcotics trafficking.

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R.I. seen as key crossroads for biker gangs

The popularity of motorcycle clubs exploded in the 1940s when thousands of World War II veterans, who had shared the adrenaline of combat and a brotherhood unmatched, found themselves on the tranquil thresholds of middle-class America — and bored.

Looking to share again in dangerous thrills, some turned to motorcycles. In 1947 thousands of bikers streamed into Hollister, California, for races and a rally where drinking and club rivalries brought havoc to the small town.

The resulting outcry prompted the American Motorcyclist Association to declare that 99 percent of motorcycle clubs were law-abiding and harmless.

Seventy years later, the nefarious few — like the two clubs Rhode Island law enforcement literally blew the doors off Wednesday — still proudly call themselves “1 percenters.”

And for the last few years some violent biker gangs have been feuding over Rhode Island turf, says State Police Lt. Col. Joseph Philbin.

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Riding Season: Outlaw bikers celebrate, police make their presence felt and the Post follows along

From Victoria Day weekend in Niagara Falls to the sprawling Friday the 13th motorcycle bash in Port Dover in October, the National Post followed along as Ontario’s bikers and cops did their colourful tango

As temperatures climb and the residuum of salt and grit from winter driving clears, Canada’s bikers start an annual routine.

Riding season is a consideration for every motorcyclist in the country, but for the subset of riders in outlaw motorcycle clubs the routine is regimented — perhaps surprisingly for bands of outlaws, bikers have strict internal rules, and in Canada those rules stipulate exactly when they have to ride their Harley-Davidson motorcycles. If they don’t have a road-worthy bike for the opening of the season, their club typically levies a fine.

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49 arrested as state police target R.I. biker gangs

(photo gallery and documents)---WOONSOCKET, R.I. — A year-long investigation by the Rhode Island State Police culminated Wednesday with more than 150 investigators swarming through northwestern Rhode Island seizing guns, drugs and arresting 49 people, many of them associated with motorcycle clubs that authorities feared were trying to establish turf in Rhode Island.

The arrests were made in a coordinated series of pre-dawn raids that involved the use of explosive devices to breach heavily fortified building, an armored truck and battering ram to break down doors; and dozens of heavily armed SWAT team members and other officers, according to State Police Supt. Col. Ann C. Assumpico.

She said the raids were conducted without incident.

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Pair charged with conspiracy to murder as Rebels bikie investigation continues

INVESTIGATORS have charged two men, one in Newcastle, with a conspiracy to murder as part of an ongoing investigation into a chapter of Rebels bikies. 

Homicide Squad detectives arrested two men, aged 25 and 29, at corrections centres in Newcastle and Goulburn on Tuesday. 

The pair were both charged with conspire and agree to murder. The charges stem from an investigation by Strike Force Raptor into the Burwood chapter of the Rebels outlaw motorcycle gang and their associates that began in November 2015. 

A man, now 29, had previously been charged over the alleged conspiracy to murder Ricky Ciano, who died in Oberon in 2017. The latest arrests came following further investigations. 

The two men charged on Tuesday will remain in custody until they face court in June. 

Homicide Squad Commander Detective Superintendent Scott Cook said the investigation was ongoing.

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Prosecutors: Kingsmen members were 'vicious'

PROSECUTORS: Kingsmen trio tried to steer motorcycle club in bad direction.

Prosecutors described the trio of defendants as members of a larger network who took steps to turn a local motorcycle club into a “vicious gang” bent on “terrorizing” the Western New York area.

On Friday, they celebrated a victory in court against three members of the Kingsmen Motorcycle Club who were found guilty by a federal court jury in Buffalo following a four-month trial. 

“(Friday)’s verdict demonstrates that the rule of law, as enforced by the dedicated men and women of this office together with our partners in federal, state, and local law enforcement, is more powerful than even the murderous leaders of an outlaw biker gang,” said James P. Kennedy Jr., the U.S. Attorney for the Western District whose office helped prosecute the case. 

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Verdict reached in racketeering trial of top ex-Bandidos leaders

On the three-year anniversary of Texas’ deadliest biker shootout, jurors in San Antonio found the two top former Bandidos leaders guilty of all charges they faced in a racketeering indictment.

After two days of deliberations, the eight men, four women jury returned a unanimous verdict against former Bandidos national president Jeffrey Fay Pike, 62, of Conroe, and ex-vice president John Xavier Portillo, 58, of San Antonio, on all counts each faced in a 13-count indictment.

 

Related: Feds: Bandidos are "the mafia on two wheels"

The crimes include racketeering conspiracy, murder, extortion and drug dealing (or aiding and abetting the crimes). Some involved the killings of rival bikers by other Bandidos members.

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Twin Peaks cases unravel as 3rd anniversary arrives

By the evening of May 17, 2015, the bodies of nine dead bikers had been cleared from the parking lot of the Twin Peaks restaurant, and the Waco Police Department was working America’s deadliest episode of biker violence as a murder case.  read the rest

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Motorcycle club claims harassment. Sonora police asks the public to watch the video

The Sonora Police Department put out a message on Facebook regarding this YouTube video, in which bikers accuse members of the Police Department of profiling local bikers. Warning: Graphic content. YouTube video by Jus Brothers Nate Smith

A video posted on YouTube last week shows members of the Jus Brothers motorcycle club criticizing a police sergeant who photographed the license plates on their parked motorcycles.

The motorcycle club members in the video, which had more than 14,700 views on Wednesday morning, say they were doing nothing wrong when the Sonora police sergeant started harassing them. They say police unlawfully profiled the club members as a motorcycle gang in the incident that appeared to have occurred in downtown Sonora.

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