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Ex-leader of Bandidos rests his case

The former president of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club finished presenting his case Monday at a racketeering trial in San Antonio, calling mostly character witnesses.

Lawyers for Jeffrey Fay Pike called Bandidos members from the Houston area, the wife of one member, and a friend of Pike’s to testify in support of Pike's contention that the club is just a bunch of fun-loving men and not the violence-thriving toughs they have been depicted as in the past.

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Pike, who lives near Conroe, is on trial with his former vice president, John Xavier Portillo of San Antonio, on charges that they led the Bandidos’ alleged racketeering conspiracy by directing, ordering, authorizing or sanctioning murder, drug dealing, beatings and intimidation of other bikers.

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roopers: Two drivers charged with felony DUI after crash kills 2 motorcyclists

GREENWOOD COUNTY, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Troopers said a man has been charged with felony DUI after a collision in Greenwood County killed two people.

SCHP said the crash happened along US 221 at Evans Pond at 8:50 p.m. Saturday night. 

According to troopers, two motorcycles, a 2005 Nissan and a 1999 Jeep were involved in the collision. 

The Jeep was struck by the two motorcycles, troopers said. One of the motorcycles then ran off the road into a ditch and the other was struck by the Nissan, according to SCHP. 

Troopers said neither of the motorcyclists were wearing helmets and both were ejected from their vehicles. The passengers on both motorcycles were also ejected and were transported to the hospital, per SCHP. 

According to troopers, the driver of the Jeep was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the collision and was ejected from the vehicle. He was transported by helicopter to the hospital. 

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Court records: Man killed in shooting previously involved in public fight with rival motorcycle gang

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - New details in a deadly shooting outside a bar on Buck Owens Boulevard. The county coroner identified Ricardo Viera, 56, as the man who was shot to death. 

The shooting happened Saturday afternoon outside Boss Cocktails -- a bar attached to Zingo's Café -- where a bike wash was reportedly being held. It appeared to start as an argument between two biker groups before it became deadly. 
     
Police also said a man claiming to be the shooter later called them and was taken into custody. He was released and police haven't said why. 

According to court records, Viera was involved in another very public fight in January 2016 involving a rival motorcycle gang. Police said two men accused of having connections to the Hells Angels attacked Viera at the intersection of Rosedale Highway and Calloway Drive. At the time, police said the fight also involved the Mongols motorcycle gang.

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Pagans may be planning a 'violent' expansion into North Jersey

The brutal beating of a Hells Angel associate in Newark late last month is part of a broader attempt by the Pagans Motorcycle Club (PMC) to expand its territory into northern New Jersey, NJ Advance Media has learned.

On April 24, a man who told police he just left the Hells Angels clubhouse on Clinton Avenue in Newark was beaten with a baseball bat as he was getting gas at a nearby station. 

Days later, Robert DeRonde turned himself into authorities and was charged with aggravated assault and weapons offenses.

DeRonde, 54, of Edison, is accused of hopping out of a pickup truck and then using an aluminum baseball bat to beat a man so bad that he left him hospitalized with three broken ribs, authorities said.

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Motorcyclists meet for rally against anti-gang laws

A man who declined an offer to join an outlaw motorcycle gang says he won’t support anti-gang consorting laws. 

Devonport motorcyclist Jason Jamieson said he was once nominated for a spot in an outlaw motorcycle club, but he exited from the deal before being inducted. 

Mr Jamieson joined hundreds of motorcycle enthusiasts for a day of action at Devonport on Sunday. 

The event demonstrated an allegiance to fight a proposed ban on riders publicly wearing outlaw gang clothing patches. 

“I just told [the gang] ‘no thanks’ basically, and that was that – we’re still friends, they’re still family,” Mr Jamieson said. 

“We’re all brothers and we were all born to ride.” 

Mr Jamieson said the proposed ban of club colours would be an act of fascism.

Event organiser Doris Smith said it could be classed as discrimination. 

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Police hand out more than 240 tickets outside Hells Angels meeting

TROIS-RIVIERES, Que. — Quebec provincial police say they handed out more than 240 tickets Saturday outside a major gathering of Hells Angels and other alleged criminal biker gangs.

Some 370 bikers were intercepted in Notre-Dame-du-Mont-Carmel, about halfway between Montreal and Quebec City.

Most of the citations were for non-conforming motorcycle equipment or speeding.

One vehicle was also seized for a Highway Safety Code violation.

No arrests were made.

Police roadblocks could be seen along the highway leading to the hotel where the annual gathering was held.

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Another defense witness invokes the Fifth in Bandidos trial

A defense witness who reportedly was to contradict a portion of the government’s racketeering case against the former top two leaders of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club instead invoked his right to remain silent Friday.

Michael Anderson, a member of the Bandidos called by lawyers for former national Bandidos president Jeffrey Fay Pike, invoked his Fifth Amendment right after being informed that he could face charges in a bar incident in Fort Worth in which a member of a rival group was shot and killed. He was the second witness called by Pike’s lawyers this week to decide not to testify.

Anderson’s about-face came in the racketeering trial of Pike and his co-defendant, former Bandidos national vice president John Xavier Portillo. After Senior U.S. District Judge David Ezra was apprised of the situation, he appointed Anderson a lawyer and stopped public proceedings to look into the matter further.

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Former biker brought from prison to testify at Hells Angels case

A founding member of the Nanaimo Hells Angels suggested Friday that he had been unfairly convicted in an extortion case because of his membership in the notorious biker club.

Robert “Fred” Widdifield was brought from prison as a witness in the civil trial to determine if three Hells Angels clubhouses in east Vancouver, Nanaimo and Kelowna should be forfeited to the B.C. government.

When asked by government lawyer Brent Olthuis if he had a criminal record, Widdifield said: “I was convicted on a hearsay rule and I was given five years for being a Hells Angel.”

B.C. Supreme Court Justice Barry Davies declared Widdifield an adverse witness in part because of his hostile demeanour on the stand.

Davies also referred to a pretrial interview Widdifield did with a lawyer for the civil forfeiture office in which he claimed the Nanaimo clubhouse had been “stolen” from the Hells Angels when it was seized in November 2007.

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TWIN PEAKS ROUNDUP: Several cases dismissed, trial dates set

Fifteen Twin Peaks cases were dismissed Thursday, and at least one more -- that of Richard Smith -- was dismissed Friday, according to court documents.

Now, judges in both the 54th and 19th District Courts are focused on setting trial dates for those still waiting on their next day in court. This week, the court set the date for the retrial of Dallas Bandido Jake Carrizal. That retrial is now scheduled to begin Sept. 10. If there is any delay in Carrizal's retrial, the trial for biker Wesley McAlister will take its place.

During a status hearing Friday, Judge Matt Johnson made clear he wanted to get the ball rolling on the Twin Peaks trials. Trials for bikers Jacob Reese and Timothy Satterwhite were scheduled for early November.

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Bandido biker yells at Waco judge in court: "Three years and nothing!"

Judge Ralph Strother decided to set Jeff Batey's trial date at a status hearing on May 25. Battey then became agitated and yelled at Judge Strother.

A hearing on whether to modify the bond conditions for a member of the Bandidos motorcycle club ended Friday with biker, Jeff Batey, yelling at the judge over how long it has taken for his case to go to trial.

Battey's attorney, Seth Sutton, asked 19th District Court Judge Ralph Strother to release all three of Battey's current bond conditions. Under the conditions, Battey cannot travel outside the state of Texas, carry a firearm, or speak with other members of motorcycle clubs.

Sutton said he asked the judge for the request because Battey had no criminal history prior to the Twin Peaks Shootout on May 17, 2015. Sutton said Battey is a Marine veteran who still has a bullet in his arm from the shooting.

Prosecutor Amanda Dillon asked Judge Strother to deny the request.

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