Wed
21
Feb

Kingsmen Motorcycle Club trial gets under way

BUFFALO: Federal racketeering case triggered by double murder in North Tonawanda.

BUFFALO — First there were 16. Then there were 20

Now just three remain.

And in a courtroom in U.S. District Court in Buffalo on Tuesday, federal prosecutors began laying out their case that two top officers and a hardened enforcer of the Kingsmen Motorcycle Club, ran an organized crime enterprise out of clubhouses from stretched from Lockport, the Falls and North Tonawanda all the way to Florida.

The federal racketeering case was triggered by the slaying of two North Tonawanda Kingsmen Chapter members in September 2014.

Andre Jenkins, who is currently serving a sentence of life without parole for the murders of Paul Maue and Daniel “DJ” Szymanski, is one of the five remaining federal defendants. He's joined by the Kingsmen’s National President David Pirk and Kingsmen Florida/Tennessee Regional President Timothy Enix.

Fri
16
Feb

Last of Great Falls' Amigos gang convicted for 2016 shooting incident

A jury on Friday found a Great Falls man guilty of his role in a 2016 shooting in which members of the Amigos biker gang unloaded 23 rounds into a Jeep outside an apartment building where eight residents slept.

Gaylord Croft, 56, was charged with tampering with physical evidence, or accountability to tampering as an alternative charge, after law enforcement identified him as an associate of the Amigos. 

After deliberating for less than two hours, the jury found Croft guilty of accountability for helping members mask identifying features of the car used in the shooting. 

He was the last of the members to be tried for their involvement in the incident.

More: Additional suspects charged in vehicle shooting, gang ties reported

Mon
12
Feb

Former 'Amigos' gang member sentenced for 2016 shooting

A 28-year-old man formerly with the Amigos motorcycle gang was sentenced on Monday to three years with the Montana Department of Corrections for his role in the gang opening fire on a jeep parked in front of a full apartment building in 2016. 

After several people testified in support of Tyler Matthew Christiansen, who said he cut ties with the group, his attorney had asked for a deferred sentence. However, Judge Elizabeth Best said in light of recent shootings in Great Falls, she had to address the seriousness of the crime. 

"We just had another shooting over the weekend," Best said after handing down the sentence. "We have people in this community with guns shooting at buildings and cars and people, and I won't allow that to happen. Someone's going to get killed."

Thu
01
Feb

Bike club member indicted

WARREN — A member of the Brothers Regime Motorcycle Club who was wounded in a June 2016 confrontation with another biker gang at Shorty’s Place in Warren Township was indicted Tuesday by a Trumbull County grand jury on felony gun charges connected to a December 2017 traffic stop on state Route 11 in Fowler.

Walter M. Hughes, 42, of Homeview Avenue, Leavittsburg, was indicted on improperly handling weapons in a vehicle, carrying a concealed weapon and having a weapon as a convicted felon.

A Fowler police report states Hughes was stopped as he was driving north on state Route 11 about 5:35 p.m. Dec. 16 in a gray Pontiac registered to his mother. Hughes, who was wearing a Brothers Regime baseball cap and vest, told the officer he was carrying a Glock 22 handgun, the report states. Upon a search of Hughes, officers also found a pair of brass knuckles and two knives, the report states.

Wed
31
Jan

SF police accuse motorcycle gang member of assault, gun and drug possession

The vicious beating of a man last fall led San Francisco police to arrest a motorcycle gang member whose home had a trove of guns and drugs, as well as $275,000 in cash, authorities said Wednesday.

San Francisco police arrested Nicholas Adam, 25, on Tuesday in connection with an assault that took place Oct. 1, when police responded to reports of man on the 1000 block of Ocean Avenue being repeatedly punched in the head and face. The victim, a 58-year-old Burbank man, was treated for life-threatening injuries at the hospital and has since been released, police said. He was allegedly attacked by two men.

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    San Francisco police said a search of the home of Nicholas Adams, 25, turned up illegal narcotics and firearms, as well as approximately $275,000 in cash. Photo: Provided By San Francisco Police

Tue
30
Jan

Bar brawl ends with motorcycle dragging, police say

(video)--After bystanders broke up a bar brawl, one of the men hopped onto his Harley-Davidson and steered straight toward the man he’d been fighting, Davie police said Tuesday.

Evans Diaz hit Marco Correa and dragged him around the parking lot of the Twin Peaks sports bar at 2000 S. University Drive, according to a police report.

Another man was able to jump out of the motorcycle’s path, the report said.

A portion of the incident Friday night was captured on cellphone video. It shows Diaz, police say, punching Correa several times. Shortly after the men are pulled apart, headlights shine upon a small group standing in the parking lot and a motorcycle rams into Correa’s legs.

Mon
08
Jan

Man sentenced in motorcycle club killing gets more time to appeal

A judge Monday provided more time for a Battle Creek man to appeal his plea in a six-year-old murder case.

An attorney for Marion Barroso asked to reset the clock for a possible appeal of his manslaughter conviction.

Barroso, 69, was sentenced Sept. 21, 2015 to five years and 11 months to 15 years in prison after entering a no contest plea to manslaughter in the Jan. 1, 2012 death of Leeroy Taylor at the Iron Coffin Motorcycle Club in Battle Creek.

But lawyers argued last year that Barroso never had the opportunity to appeal his case because he was never appointed an appeals attorney.

Sat
06
Jan

Motorcycle-gang-member-turned-attorney disbarred nearly 38 years after murderous Westminster massacre

Thomas Frank Maniscalco, who was convicted in 1994 of the “Memorial Day Massacre,” stipulated in mid-November that he deserved to be disbarred based on his convictions. The disbarment has taken this long due to the defendant’s numerous appeals in state and federal courts over the years in addition to the delays in charging and convicting him.

Maniscalco was a biker who founded a motorcycle gang while going to law school.

Maniscalco was convicted of killing two former motorcycle gang members and a 19-year-old girlfriend of one of the victims in May of 1980, but he wasn’t charged until March of 1984 for the murders of  Richard Rizzone, Rena Miley and Thomas Monahan in Westminster.

The 72-year-old is serving a 46-years-to-life prison term at Mule Creek State Prison.

His first trial ended with a hung jury in November 1990. The state Supreme Court denied his petition for review of his conviction in 2001.

Wed
03
Jan

Historic Hollister biker bar Johnny's changes hands

A new owner is taking over Johnny's Bar & Grill in Hollister, but it will still be a biker bar and popular local watering hole.

It’s called “The friendliest little bar in town.”

Johnny’s Bar & Grill at 526 San Benito St. in Hollister is not only a biker bar. It’s a place where locals greet, meet, drink and eat. More notably, Johnny's Bar & Grill is considered a mecca for bikers from around the world and each year thousands who come to Hollister's motorcycle rally stop there, as if on pilgrimage. 

The building with the Marlon Brando and “The Wild One” theme has a 70-year history as a watering hole. And its history is about to change.

On New Year’s Eve owner Charisse Tyson handed over keys to the business to new owner Peter Lago, ending her 22-year proprietorship. The change of ownership occurred at a private party attended by Tyson’s many friends and former employees.

Tue
02
Jan

Black Pistons biker clubhouse seized

For the second time in three months, a Niagara biker gang has lost its clubhouse.

On Tuesday, Superior Court of Justice Judge Joesph Henderson ruled the Black Pistons clubhouse on Page Street in St. Catharines is to be forfeited to the Ontario government because it was used as a base for a drug-trafficking operation.

Noting that at least one member of the gang, Isaac Lucas, used the clubhouse “as a base for illegal drug transactions and that illegal drugs that were intended to be used in drug trafficking were stored on the premises,” Henderson ordered the building be seized from its owner Dan Carley, a one-time lottery winner and former Black Pistons probationary member.

Carley had asked the courts not to allow the seizure — it was requested by the Crown after a 2013 Niagara Regional Police investigation — because he was not complicit in illegal activity at the clubhouse.

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