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Kingsmen 'tough guy' accuses club president in murders

Filip Caruso admits to being a tough guy and a hot head, and the former Kingsmen would be the first to tell you his violent reputation earned him immediate status in the biker club.

Within the Kingsmen community, Caruso, a convicted felon five times over, may be best known for his role in a gun-toting confrontation outside the South Buffalo clubhouse just weeks before the murders of Kingsmen Paul Maue and Daniel "DJ" Szymanski.

Caruso, angry over the promotion of another Kingsmen Motorcycle Club member, came armed with a Kel-Tec rifle hidden in his pants and, with Maue and Szymanski watching his back, confronted then national president David Pirk and regional president Timothy Enix.

"The talking just went to screaming and yelling," Caruso told a federal court jury this week. "There was about 200 people standing and watching."

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Biker clubhouse shut down on Cornhusker Highway; sheriff's office investigating

The state fire marshal has shut down a biker clubhouse being run out of a former gas station in northeast Lincoln, which investigators believe was operating as an illegal bar.

The white sign for Zodiac's Motorcycle Club, at 8805 Cornhusker Highway, still says open and a cardboard sign in the window states it's a private clubhouse.

But the Nebraska State Fire Marshal's Office has closed it until further notice after an inspection March 30 found it lacked a safe second exit.

Five days earlier, a woman and her boyfriend had reported a brawl there, according to court documents. The pair told Lancaster County sheriff's deputies that they paid a cover charge to attend an after-party there which was still going at 4 a.m.

Inside, as many as 100 people stood shoulder-to-shoulder as alcohol was being sold, investigators said in an affidavit requesting a judge's permission to search the building.

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Motorcycle Gang Members Enter Not Guilty Pleas to 17 Charges

Three outlaw motorcycle gang members are heading to trial by judge and jury in connection to a massive 2016 drug bust.

Vincent A. Leonard, Wayne Johnson and James Curran are facing 17 charges including participating in an criminal organization, possession and trafficking in a controlled substance. This morning in Supreme Court, the men stood and entered not guilty pleas to each count.

Nearly a dozen people were arrested back in September of 2016 as part of Operation Bombard—a drug bust targeting an outlaw motorcycle gang.

The trial has been set for five-weeks beginning January 15, 2019.

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5 North County Motorcycle Club Members Seriously Injured in Vista Crash

Five people suffered serious injuries Saturday in a crash involving at least three motorcycles and a Toyota sedan in Vista.

The crash was reported about 6:40 p.m. at 1385 East Vista Way, just north of Foothill Drive, San Diego County Sheriff‘s Lt. Matthew Glisson said.

He said five people were taken to the hospital. Video from the scene showed a helicopter transporting one of the injured.

The motorcyclists involved in the crash were apparently all members of the Rival motorcycle club based in North County.

Vista Way was shut down in both directions between Foothill Drive and Palomar Place for the sheriff’s investigation, he said.

— From Staff and Wire Reports

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Biker unit executes search warrants in Barrie

Police search homes on Pickett Crescent, Wessenger Crescent in city's south end

Three people were arrested and charged after the OPP’s biker enforcement unit executed a pair of search warrants in Barrie on Tuesday.

Provincial police, with assistance from the OPP and Barrie police tactical units, searched a pair of homes on Pickett Crescent and Wessenger Crescent in the city's south end.

Pickett Crescent is located near Big Bay Point and Huronia roads, while Wessenger Crescent is in the area of Mapleview Drive and Essa Road. 

Police said some of the items seized included cash, firearms, ammunition, a bulletproof vest, cocaine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

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Motorcycle club tied to deadly shooting denied liquor license

The City of Mesa preemptively shut down an annual event hosted by Arizona Soul Brothers, the Phoenix-based motorcycle club that was involved in a deadly shooting last year. 

The two-night event was scheduled to take place at Desert Wind Harley-Davidson near Country Club Drive and 10th Avenue. A flyer promoting the event stated that it was the 44th annual event hosted by the club.

Forty Eight Foundation – a 501c(3) non-profit first with ties to Arizona Soul Brothers members – applied for a liquor license for the event, which would feature beer, wine and spirits along with food like barbecue, a fish fry, hamburgers and hot dogs.


At a special session on March 22, the Mesa City Council unanimously voted to deny the liquor license application based on recommendations from the Mesa Police Department, which identified Arizona Soul Brothers as a criminal gang.

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Motorcycle gang member loses appeal of conviction for rival biker's murder

A motorcycle gang member convicted of fatally shooting a rival biker during a melee outside a Philadelphia convention hall is fated to keep serving his 18 1/2- to 37-year prison sentence for the crime.

A state Superior Court panel guaranteed that by rejecting what Judge Alice Beck Dubow called Stanley "Stizz" Newell's "significantly underdeveloped" appeal of his third-degree murder conviction.

It didn't help Newell's case that the September 2014 shooting of Michael "Country" Baker was filmed by surveillance cameras at the Nifiji Event Hall on Chew Avenue in North Philly.

Investigators said the gunfire erupted during an anniversary ceremony for the Twisters Motorcycle Club. Newell, now 48, was a member of the rival Byrd Riders club.

Dubow cited an opinion by Philadelphia Judge Barbara A. McDermott in the state court ruling tossing Newell's appeal.

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Putin's Pals, The Night Wolves, Troll Bosnia And The Region

The motorcycle club whose members were at the vanguard of Russia's occupation of Crimea, nicknamed "Putin's Angels" by the media, is on the road again.

Members of the Night Wolves were due in the capital of Bosnia-Herzegovina's Serb-majority entity Republika Srpska, Banja Luka, on March 21 and were expected to hold a press conference in the Serbian capital, Belgrade, around a week later.

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Defense using diversion tactics, finger-pointing in Kingsmen trial

In the hours after the murders of two of his fellow Kingsmen, Roger Albright found himself inside the Olean clubhouse with Andre "Lil Bear" Jenkins.

Albright said he was in the midst of calling other Kingsmen Motorcycle Club members, warning them about the killings and the possibility a rival biker club might be involved, when Jenkins interrupted and said, "I'm here."

When asked what Jenkins meant, Albright told a federal court jury last week that Jenkins was confessing to the murders.

"He said he had shot them," Albright said. "Basically he was saying there was no threat."

Later, Jenkins would claim that the two slain Kingsmen – Paul Maue and Daniel "DJ" Szymanski – had informed on him to another club he was trying to infiltrate, and that the "hit" was ordered by national club president David Pirk, Albright said.

"He said, 'Pirk said to take care of it,' " he told the jury.

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Callihan bound over to grand jury

Officer testifies that shooter claimed self defense

Albert Callihan, the suspected shooter in a recent incident at Grayson’s Taco Bell, was in court last Wednesday for a hearing where Judge Rupert Wilhoit found probable cause to have his case bound over to the grand jury.

Officer Roy Ison, with the Grayson Police Department, testified at the hearing that when he arrived on the scene at Taco Bell he saw the victim, Scotty Eldridge, lying on the floor, “in pretty crippled shape.”

Ison testified that his first course of action was to inform dispatch, so they could send medical aid, and then to start separating witnesses. He said others were already administering first aid to Eldridge when he arrived.


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