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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.

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06
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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.

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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.

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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.

Mon
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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.

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23
Dec
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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.

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23
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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.

Thu
21
Dec
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San Diego motorcycle club's holiday tradition goes on despite fire

(video)--SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - A South Bay biker club is all systems go with their holiday tradition of giving, despite suffering a clubhouse fire that destroyed many of their tools and supplies.

The San Diego chapter of Boozefighters Motorcycle Club has donated bicycles and toys for more than 40 years to children in need.

The group's Clairemont clubhouse burned down earlier this year, destroying many of the group's tools and supplies they use to assemble bikes for their annual Christmas With Kids giveaway.

RELATED: Local Group Donates Bikes Christmas Morning

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Man who spoke at biker's sentencing arrested on several charges

FOWLER TOWNSHIP — Walter Hughes, one of two Brothers Regime motorcycle club members who survived being shot by a member of a rival motorcycle club in 2016, was arrested Saturday on a variety of charges.

Hughes, 42, of Homewood Avenue in Leavittsburg, was charged with three counts of carrying a concealed weapon, one of being a felon in possession of a firearm and single charges of driving under suspension and having an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle.

Hughes spoke at a sentencing hearing last week in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court for David Bailes Jr., the man who shot Hughes, another Brothers Regime member and killed the Brothers Regime president and another member June 18, 2016, outside Shorty’s Place tavern on Highland Avenue in Warren Township.

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After final sentencing, prosecutor reveals how fatal biker shootings unfolded

The refusal of key witnesses to testify against Forever Two Wheelz motorycle club president David Bailes Jr. and two co-defendants in the killing of two rival motorcycle club members and injuring of two others reduced prosecutors’ options.

It led to plea agreements with all three defendants and prison sentences of 10 years for Bailes, eight for James Gardner and six for Charles Dellapenna III, the last of whom learned his sentence Thursday in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court.

The sentences were not long enough for Dana Hughes, wife of Walter Hughes, one of the two members of the Brothers Regime who suffered gunshot wounds but survived the June 18, 2016, shootings.

“The years that have been given are not even close to the years it’s going to take to get my life back on track,” she said at Dellapenna’s sentencing hearing.

She had married Walter Hughes at the time of the shootings.

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