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.


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.


    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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Arkansas biker festival's charity donations nearing $2 million

FAYETTEVILLE -- Bikes, Blues & BBQ is going to have to change the tagline on its website.

It touts the rally as the world's largest charity motorcycle rally, adding that over the course of 17 years, the annual event "has realized over $1.5 million to local charities."

As of this year, that number is more like $1.75 million.

About 40 organizations received more than $270,000 thanks to this year's festival. That figure tops last year's record-setting $230,000. Last year also marked the start of the rally's 10-year, $200,000 commitment to Arkansas Children's Northwest hospital.

Executive Director Tommy Sisemore estimated 300,000 people attended this year's event, fewer than the 325,000 or so in 2016. However, heavier charitable giving in the earlier days of the festival, Wednesday and Thursday, likely made a difference. That, and running the event more efficiently probably played a role, he said.


The Kingsmen, in the eyes of New York State, are no more

For more than six decades, the gold knight's helmet with the red plume on top – a frequent sight on local streets and highways – served as a reminder of the Kingsmen Motorcycle Club's dominating presence here.

No other biker club enjoyed deeper roots in the community.

But earlier this month, a yearlong legal fight over the Kingsmen name and organization resulted in a court-approved agreement requiring the club's two factions to form new clubs under new names.

In short, the Kingsmen, at least in the eyes of New York State, are no more.

Not surprisingly, in an organization whose motto is "Live Kingsmen, Die Kingsmen," both sides are disappointed in the outcome.

"That is as important, if not more important than, the ownership of any property," said Charles J. Marchese, a lawyer for the previous leadership, of the Kingsmen name and history.


Ghost Riders Motorcycle Club toy run raises $10,000

Members of the Ghost Riders Motorcycle Club traded their helmets for Santa hats again this year as they raised over $10,000 to help buy Christmas for over 100 families this year.

A lot of funding comes from the club’s annual toy run. This year approximately 110 motorcycles started from Boxcar Grille through downtown Marion to Old Fort to raise money and donate toys for needy families.

“This year it was over 100 families that needed help. This club raised $10,000 here within six to seven weeks. We made sure we got what they needed,” said James Johnsons of the Ghost Riders Club.


The club teamed up with New Testament Baptist Church of Old Fort to find out the wants and needs of children and distribute gifts and bicycles.


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