Thu
19
Oct

Twin Peaks jury gets first look at video of biker shootout

Jurors in the initial Twin Peaks trial watched two men die Wednesday when they got their first look at law enforcement video from the brutal 2015 shootout.

After setting up three large monitors in front of the jury box and one near the witness stand, prosecutors played video from a hidden pole camera Department of Public Safety investigator Chris Frost had installed earlier on the morning of the melee.

Frost testified Wednesday about his role in the May 17, 2015, incident during the trial of Jacob Carrizal, 35, Bandidos Dallas chapter president.

Carrizal is charged in Waco’s 54th State District Court with directing the activities of a criminal street gang and two counts of engaging in organized criminal activity.

Thu
19
Oct

Criminal groups: the bill to ban the “patches” defeated in the Commons

OTTAWA | The House of commons has dealt a fatal blow Wednesday to the bill that was intended to prevent, in particular, the Hells Angels wear their “patches”.

Bill C-349, presented by the Bloc québécois in last April, was defeated 18 votes to 261 for the second reading. Apart from the members of the Bloc, only a handful of parliamentarians have supported, including many conservatives of Quebec.

Under the draft law, it would have been illegal for any member of a criminal group to wear an emblem “in order to demonstrate his membership in such an organization”. The application of the act would be based on a list of criminal entities established by the authorities, such as the one that already lists of terrorist organizations.

Thu
19
Oct

Police: London Outlaws biker busted in murder-for-hire plot

A London man police say is a member of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club is charged in a murder plot, the third member of the biker club’s London chapter to be arrested in less than two weeks.

London police, working with the OPP, arrested two men Wednesday and seized a handgun as part of a probe into counselling to commit murder.

Who was the target of the alleged plot, and when and how, police wouldn’t say, citing a continuing investigation.

The arrests come on the heels of the OPP’s biker enforcement unit charging two men, both identified as members of the London Outlaws, in connection with cocaine trafficking in the London region.

One biker expert says the string of arrests have dealt a death blow to the Outlaws’ attempt to re-establish a foothold in London, long considered the territory of the club’s bitter rivals, the Hells Angels.

“They were done from the start,” Yves Lavigne, the author of several books on outlaw biker clubs, said Wednesday.

Wed
18
Oct

As "Gypsy Jokers" Sit in Jail on Murder Charges, the Motorcycle Gang's Clubhouse is Up For Sale. Check out What's Inside.

As members and associates of the Gypsy Jokers Motorcycle Club's Portland chapter sit behind bars, awaiting trial on accusations they kidnapped, tortured and murdered a former member, its longtime Northeast Portland headquarters is up for sale.

"Same owner for the last 28 years!" the real estate listing states, offering rare photographs inside the cloistered clubhouse and residential property on NE MLK that was raided by the cops last year in connection with the investigation of Robert Huggins' murder.

Wed
18
Oct

SWAT Sergeant testifying on day 6 of Twin Peaks trial says officers didn't anticipate shootout

WACO, TX (KXXV) -

A SWAT sergeant for Waco Police who witnessed the Twin Peaks incident said officers did not anticipate a shootout more than two years ago outside the Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco.

Sgt. Drews, who started his testimony on Tuesday, said he was assigned to investigate and create a plan in preparation to the Confederation of Clubs and Independents meeting expected to take place at the Twin Peaks restaurant on May 17, 2015.

Christopher Jacob Carrizal, the president of the Dallas chapter of the Bandidos, was indicted on charges of directing activities of a criminal street gang and engaging in organized criminal activity.

On Tuesday morning, Drews testified Waco Police officers had a visible presence at the scene with marked units and uniformed officers. 

Wed
18
Oct

German police launch massive crackdown on Hells Angels group

(photo gallery)--Hundreds of police officers have moved to raid apartments and seize property of a Hells Angels' charter in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia. The Concrete City biker club is said to include "proven criminals."

The northwestern German state formally banned the Concrete City charter and its supporter club Clan 81 and launched a crackdown against the groups on Wednesday.

Some 700 police officers were involved in the crackdown in over a dozen German cities, including Cologne, Wuppertal, and Düsseldorf in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW). Special police units, experts on organized crime, and people acquainted with the "biker scene" also took part in the effort.

Read more: Hells Angels member charged in Frankfurt shooting

Wed
18
Oct

Police to watch outlaw motorcycle gangs closely as they arrive in Tasmania for their national runs

TASMANIA Police says it is ready for an influx of outlaw motorcycle gang members as two clubs prepare to come to the State for their national runs.

From Friday, about 350 members of the Rebels OMCG will be in Tasmania for a four-day ride, just days after Rebels boss Aaron “AJ” Graham was kicked out of Australia.

MORE: AJ DEPORTED FROM THE COUNTRY

The bikers will arrive on the Bass Strait ferry into Devonport and travel to Hobart via the East Coast.

About 350 Rebels bikie members will arrive in Tasmania from Friday.

Tue
17
Oct

Twin Peaks trial day four 10.16.17

Cell phones seized after the deadly Twin Peaks shootout were the focus of testimony Monday afternoon in Waco in the first trial of a defendant in the case as prosecutors laid a foundation for the presentation of what they say is crucial evidence recovered from the phones.

Defendant Christopher Jacob Carrizal, 35, is the president of the Dallas chapter of the Bandidos.

He’s accused of directing activities of a street gang, engaging in organized criminal activity with the underlying offense of murder and engaging in organized criminal activity with the underlying offense of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in the May 17, 2015 shootout between rival biker gangs at the Twin Peaks restaurant at the Central Texas Marketplace shopping center that left nine bikers dead and more than 20 others injured.

Tue
17
Oct

Four more arrested in Kingsmen motorcycle case following 2014 murders

When the leadership of the Kingsmen Motorcyle Club was indicted and eventually jailed, Brian Witkowski found himself leading the club's New York State chapter.

The promotion, according to prosecutors, was a reward for Witkowski's loyalty to former Kingsmen President David Pirk and Witkowski's lies to federal agents about Pirk's role in the execution-style killings of fellow club members Daniel “DJ” Szymanski and Paul Maue.

Prosecutors also claim Witkowski's rise through the ranks can be traced to a Kingsmen directive that he stay close to Szymanski's family in order to monitor the federal investigation.

"I would argue that is organized crime at its best," said Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph M. Tripi.

On Tuesday, Witkowski, former head of the club's South Buffalo chapter, appeared in Buffalo federal court, one of four additional Kingsmen arrested in connection with the 2014 double murder.

Tue
17
Oct

Notorious Aussie bikie gang boss AJ Graham deported back to NZ

A Kiwi bikie gang boss, notorious in Australia, who has been deported to New Zealand, is the latest high profile criminal to be kicked out of the country.

Rebels gang boss Aaron "AJ" Graham landed in Auckland this afternoon, and appeared to have left the airport through a side door.

He joins Brownlow medallist Dustin Martin's father Shane as one of the many bikie bosses kicked out of Australia.

Graham was deported to his native New Zealand today - despite last month winning a High Court appeal against his second visa cancellation.

Australian Immigration Minister Peter Dutton cancelled Graham's visa for a third time within hours of the September 6 High Court decision that his earlier visa cancellation decision was invalid.

Graham is the latest bikie gang member to be kicked out of Australia by Dutton.

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