Wed
21
Feb

Hell’s Angel to forefeit gun and cash in plea deal

LACONIA - A man believed to be affilliated with the Hell's Angels motorcycle club has agreed to forfeit $6,472, a handgun and ammunition as part of a federal plea agreement.

Timothy D. Raxter, 53, was arrested last year by local police after a search of his pickup turned up a loaded .40 caliber Smith & Wesson semi-automatic, the cash, and 13.5 grams of what field tested positive as methamphetamine.

The investigation began with a reported domestic assault of a woman on Church Street. The victim told police Raxter was a member of the Hell's Angels and that she'd seen him carry a black handgun that he'd stash behind the seat of his truck. She also told police she'd seen him carry sums of money and drugs in a Royal Crown bag in his 2006 GMC pickup, according to police.

Laconia police issued a statewide alert for police to be on the lookout for Raxter, who was then only wanted for domestic assault and criminal mischief.

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.

Tue
20
Feb

Twin Peaks shootout biker takes Carrizal's retrial date

Cody Ledbetter has been trying to get his day in court for almost three years as the specter of witnessing his stepfather’s death in the 2015 Twin Peaks shootout and his pending indictment hang over his life.

Ledbetter and his attorney, Paul Looney, of Houston, got their wish Monday when 54th State District Judge Matt Johnson gave them the April 2 trial date initially reserved for the retrial of Jacob Carrizal, president of the Dallas Bandidos chapter, whose November trial ended in a mistrial.

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

Thu
15
Feb

Twin Peaks defendant welcomes Reyna’s testimony, attorney says

WACO, Texas (KWTX) An Arlington lawyer said Thursday his client welcomes an opportunity to have McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna testify at an open hearing set for March 1.

Gary D. Smart, who represents Raymond Hawes, III, has filed a motion to recuse Reyna, and he says 11 other lawyers who represent bikers have also filed motions seeking Reyna's dismissal from prosecuting still more Twin Peaks trials.

Smart said his, and several other similar motions, are set for hearing before 19th District Judge Ralph Strother on March 1 and any testimony offered that day could involve both current and former prosecutors and police officers.

Smart said his motion is a carbon copy of one filed two weeks ago that eventually resulted in dismissal of several Twin Peaks cases and, he said, he is hopeful for the same outcome for his client.

Thu
15
Feb

GUT TERK: THE COOLEST OF THE COOL

Gut Terk – the legendary outlaw biker, Merry Prankster, Blue Cheer manager, poster and album cover artist and Acid Test graduate now rides in paradise

Allan “Gut” Terk, a legendary outlaw biker, Merry Prankster, graphic artist, and an original mainstay of the California 1960s counterculture, died of organ failure caused by metastasized cancer on January 18 in Reno, Nev. He was 78. He was, in the words of his fellow biker *Mouldy Marvin, “so fucking cool it almost breaks your heart.”

Soon after leaving high school, Terk joined the U.S. Navy, becoming a submarine sonar specialist. While serving in the Navy, he joined Hell Bent for Glory Motorcycle Club, which included several soon to be infamous Hells Angels, such as James “Mother” Miles and John Terrance Tracy (better known as “Terry the Tramp”).

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."

Sat
10
Feb

Why members of the Pagans Motorcycle Club gathered in Northampton

(9 photos)--More than 100 members of the notorious Pagans Motorcycle Club gathered Saturday morning in Northampton to say goodbye to one of their own.

Ronald S. "Rocky" Bedics Jr. was a long-time member of the club, according to his obituary. He died Monday at St. Luke's University Health Network. No cause was given in his obituary. He was 54.

Bedics was also a member of the Pennsylvania Federation of Injured Workers, whose activities include raising money to help those who get hurt on the job.

A graduate of Whitehall High School, Bedics had worked in construction.

Thu
08
Feb

Texas Prosecutor Dismisses 13 Cases Tied to Biker Shooting

A Texas prosecutor on Thursday dismissed 13 cases stemming from a 2015 shootout in Waco involving bikers and police and recused himself from two others, placing into doubt the criminal prosecution of the more than 130 bikers still awaiting trial.

The actions came hours before a scheduled hearing for Jorge Salinas, whose case was among those dismissed.

Current and former staff had been due to speak at the hearing about corruption allegations against District Attorney Abel Reyna, who faces a Republican primary election in March.

The hearing was canceled.

According to a motion filed Thursday, the prosecutor dismissed Salinas' case "in order to focus its efforts and resources on co-defendants with a higher level of culpability."

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.

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