Twin Peaks biker charged after high-speed motorcycle chase

GATESVILLE, Texas (KWTX) A man arrested along with a woman Thursday after a high speed motorcycle chase through three Central Texas counties is one of the dozens of bikers indicted in the deadly Twin Peaks shootout.

Aaron Baker Carpenter, 35, of Gatesville and his passenger, Ashley Annette Danlyn Beeson, 27, of Nolanville, were arrested just west of Goldthwaite when the motorcycle they were riding developed mechanical trouble and came to a stop, Department of Public Safety Sgt. Dave Roberts said.

Carpenter was indicted on Nov. 10, 2015 for engaging in organized criminal activity in connection with the shootout between rival biker gangs and law enforcement officers on May 17, 2015 at Waco’s Twin Peaks restaurant that left nine bikers dead and 20 more injured.

At the time of the shootout, he was president of the Coyrell County chapter of the Cossacks motorcycle gang, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.


Witness says he lied about casino gang killing

RENO, Nev. (AP) - The star witness who helped convict the triggerman who killed a high-ranking Hells Angels' boss at a Nevada casino in 2011 says he was lying when he testified that the shooting was an assassination plot orchestrated by a rival motorcycle gang, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press.

Prosecutors think the recantation is a lie, but it could make it more difficult to get another murder conviction against Ernesto Gonzalez, a former Vagos gang member. He's scheduled to be tried again in August after the Nevada Supreme Court threw out the conviction because of improper jury instructions.

Legal scholars say it's hard to predict jurors' reaction to recanted testimony, but it raises questions about the claims of suspects who make deals with prosecutors to take the stand in exchange for more lenient sentences, as Gary "Jabbers" Rudnick did.


Bandidos bikie's friends prompt extra police in court for sentencing over violent 2013 rampage

Extra police were stationed at a Southport courtroom while a former Bandidos bikie was sentenced to six years' jail for a violent rampage on the Gold Coast nearly four years ago.

More than a dozen associates of Leonard Toalei were in court for the sentencing of the 29-year-old, who shot the window out of a taxi, stole a milk truck and bashed two people in Southport on June 11, 2013.

Toalei today pleaded guilty in the District Court at Southport to 13 charges.

They included assault, threatening violence, motor vehicle and weapons offences.

Footage played to the court showed Toalei sitting in the back of a taxi before he twice discharged a shotgun.

The court heard he then flagged down a passing milk truck, bashed the driver and dragged him out of the vehicle.

Toalei then drove off in the truck and crashed into security bollards a short distance away.


Gang arrests over stabbing in Mudgee

Police have arrested and charged six members of the Comanchero Outlaw Motorcycle Gang (OMCG) following investigations into an assault and stabbing incident last month. 

At about 9.50pm on March 24, 2017, Mudgee police responded to reports of a brawl in the front yard of a White Circle, Mudgee, address.

There they located a 21-year-old Mudgee man who had sustained two significant stab wounds to his chest.

He was conveyed to Mudgee hospital and later transferred to Dubbo base hospital for treatment before being released.

An investigation was commenced by Mudgee Detectives and to date six members of the Comanchero OMCG have been arrested and charged with offences relating to the incident.

On April 24, Mudgee Detectives traveled to Muswellbrook where they arrested and charged a 35-year-old Muswellbrook man.

During the course of the investigation a number of exhibits where identified have been forensically examined.


'Proud' Darksider biker fires back at Bathurst mayor for 'fearmongering'

Dominic Doucet responds to Paolo Fongemie's calls for province to ban biker clubs associated with crime

A member of the Darksiders North Shore Motorcycle Club in Bathurst is firing back in response to Mayor Paolo Fongemie's calls Monday for the provincial government to introduce legislation banning biker clubs that are associated with criminal activity.

Club members had declined to be interviewed, but in a letter Tuesday addressed to the mayor, city council, citizens of Bathurst and surrounding areas, Dominic Doucet, who identifies himself as a "proud Darksider Motorcycle Club member," said he felt compelled to write to "correct some … false comments" Fongemie made to the media.

Doucet pointed to Fongemie's statements that the use of "MC" for Motorcycle Club on the members' jackets indicated an affiliation with the Hells Angels, and that the club was trying to recruit local young men in high school and college.


German biker gang with links to violence, killings sets up in Denmark

German biker gang Guerilla Nation set up shop in Denmark last month, despite government attempts to crack down on biker-connected organised crime.

A total of eight foreign biker gangs are now present in the country, despite government measures taken to prevent the spread of gang-related crime.

Justice Minister Søren Pape Poulsen announced a new set of measures against biker gang activity – which is closely related to much of Denmark’s organised crime - last month, reports tabloid newspaper Ekstra Bladet.

READ ALSO: Copenhagen Hells Angels raid aimed at Christiania cannabis trade: police

The new anti-gang measures, passed in parliament with support from the Social Democrats and Danish People’s Party, were announce on March 24th – just four days before the German group announced it had opened a branch in Denmark.


Fugitive Outlaws Motorcycle Club member busted for shoplifting

One of Chicago’s most wanted fugitives — Outlaws Motorcycle Club member Orville Jerome Cochran — was arrested over the weekend in a southwest suburb for shoplifting, police said Monday.

Cochran, who once worked at McCormick Place, is charged in a federal racketeering case that involves allegations of drug dealing, bombings and two murders by members of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club.

Cochran was arrested in Evergreen Park just before 5 p.m. on Sunday.

He’s accused of stuffing a back brace into his pants at a Meijer store and walking past the check-out counter, said Capt. Peter Donovan, a spokesman for the Evergreen Park Police Department.

Cochran gave officers a phony name, but a fingerprint check revealed his identity, Donovan said.

A U.S. Marshals Service wanted poster for Orville Cochran. / U.S. Marshals Service


Costs mount despite Waco motorcycle gang trials on hold

Costs are mounting for the Texas county where a fatal gunfight involving two motorcycle gangs and police led to the indictments of 155 bikers

WACO, Texas (AP) — Costs are mounting for the Central Texas county where a fatal gunfight involving two motorcycle gangs and police led to the indictments of 155 bikers.

The trials arising from the 2015 shootout at the Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco are on hold until after a federal case against leaders of the Bandidos motorcycle gang wraps up.

The Waco Tribune-Herald ( ) reports McLennan County prosecutors are sharing massive amounts of evidence with defense attorneys while awaiting tests on DNA samples from the shootout that killed nine people and wounded 20 others.


Federal cases delay Twin Peaks trial

A judge on Friday effectively postponed the start of any Twin Peaks biker trials in McLennan County until after the federal trial of Bandidos national leaders in San Antonio or until federal prosecutors agree to share evidence with McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna.

Judge Matt Johnson of Waco's 54th State District Court granted a motion to delay the June 5 trial of Kyle Smith, 50, an air-conditioning technician from Kilgore and member of the Cossacks motorcycle group.

Johnson's ruling comes in the wake of Reyna filing a letter he got last month from U.S. Attorney Richard Durbin, of San Antonio, telling him that federal authorities prosecuting the Bandidos have information that relates to Twin Peaks cases but won't share it with Reyna's office until the federal trial is over.

That trial is set for August, but Durbin's letter said it could be postponed until later this year or early next year.


Comanchero bikie club members found guilty of drive-by shooting in Canberra's south

Two Comanchero club members have been found guilty of shooting the former member of a rival bikie gang two years ago in Canberra.

Today, in the ACT Supreme Court, the Lihai Vimahi, 24, and Daniel Grech, 27, were found guilty of discharging a firearm but cleared of the more serious charge of causing the Rebel member grievous bodily harm.

Prosecutors told the court they believed the shooting was part of a dispute between the rival gangs, with one witness telling the court that Vimahi told her the Rebel deserved to be shot.

The court also heard that Vimahi had admitted to the witness a gun he owned had been used to shoot a Rebel.

Justice Stephen Walmsley said the victim was shot as he smoked outside a home in the Canberra suburb of Stirling late in the evening on March 12, 2015.

Justice Walmsley said he accepted the pair had gone to the house to shoot the man, each armed with a firearm.


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