Idaho House panel unanimously backs ‘motorcycle profiling’ bill

BOISE – Legislation to ban “motorcycle profiling” in Idaho won strong support from the House Judiciary Committee this afternoon, as members praised the bill’s backers and voted unanimously to send the measure to the full House.

“This is the people’s house, and you are welcome any time, as is anybody who wants to come in and address their government,” Rep. Christy Perry, R-Nampa, told the big crowd of motorcycle enthusiasts as she moved to approve the bill.

Rep. Robert Anderst, R-Nampa, told the committee, “Today I’m presenting to you not just as a bill sponsor but as an advocate. For most of my life I’ve been in and around the motorcycling community.”


Cops arrest 24 in massive raid at Brooklyn biker club

Cops on Saturday morning busted 24 people and seized five handguns during a raid of an afterhours Brooklyn motorcycle club that has a reputation as a problem spot, police sources said.

Dozens of cops barged into the God’s Only Demons Motorcycle Club on Butler Street near Fourth Avenue in Gowanus around 4 a.m., witnesses said.

“The whole precinct was here,” said a witness who declined to give his name. “About 80 cops or more. Armored police vans, SWAT gear, dogs. Crazy. I haven’t seen that many cops here ever. They went up on the roofs.”

Ten people at the club face gun charges, said police sources. The other 14 people were picked up for having outstanding arrest warrants.


Member of the Pagans Outlaw Motorcycle Club Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for Prescription Pill Mill

PHILADELPHIA – Today, a federal judge sentenced Patrick Treacy, a/k/a “Redneck” to 20 years in prison for his role in a prescription pill mill that trafficked oxycodone and other dangerous and addictive opioids. Treacy was also ordered to serve a concurrent sentence of 10 years in prions for illegally possessing a firearm charged separately. In addition, the Honorable Nitza I. Quiñones Alejandro, United States District Judge, ordered the defendant to serve three years of supervised release upon release from prison, and pay a special assessment of $200, as well as entering a judgment of forfeiture.


Man affiliated with Hells Angels pleads no contest to assault charge

A man who authorities allege is affiliated with the Hells Angels pleaded no contest Thursday to an assault charge stemming from a fight on Rosedale Highway in January of last year.

Jonathan Cole Smith entered a no contest plea to a misdemeanor count of assault causing great bodily injury, court records show. Five felonies were dismissed.

He is scheduled to be sentenced June 19. 

According to court documents, Smith and Michael Blackwood, also alleged to have ties to the Hells Angels, were traveling in a red pickup the afternoon of Jan. 26, 2016, as they followed a member of the Mongols, a rival motorcycle gang.

When the Mongols member, whose name was redacted in the documents, came to a stop at a red light, Smith yelled an expletive, pulled a knife and grabbed the man, the documents say. The Mongols member said he produced a knife of his own and twice stabbed Smith.


After decades on Division Street, Outlaws biker clubhouse sold

If the walls of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club’s North Side headquarters could speak, they wouldn’t dare.

The weathered, three-story, red-brick storefront at 3745 W. Division St. has been the scene of too many over-the-top parties to count, untold plotting against the rival Hells Angels and sometimes-intense law enforcement scrutiny ever since the North Side chapter was formed in the mid-1990s.

But the nondescript structure — described as a sort of Mecca to the biker underworld — recently was sold for $90,000, $9,900 less than the asking price, as the Outlaws departed Humboldt Park after more than two decades there, according to records and interviews.

The North Side crew, known as a menacing bunch, now appears to be bunking with a satellite biker group at a clubhouse in an industrial area on the Far West Side.

Jason Halvorsen, the North Side president, says: “We decided to move. It’s our own choosing.”


Boozefighters Motorcycle Club headquarters destroyed by fire

(Kearny Mesa) A fire destroyed the headquarters of a local motorcycle club that helps needy children. Almost everything inside the building is gone, including items used to fundraise.

The fire at the “Boozefighters Motorcycle Club” headquarters started early Monday morning. When member Brian Trum arrived, almost everything was gone.

“I was absolutely heartbroken, we worked so hard to keep it clean,” says “Boozefighters Motorcycle Club” member Brain Trum.

The club is made up of military members, veterans, and retired government workers. Their headquarters is where they would gather for meetings and build bikes for kids that were given away for free during the holidays.

“The whole community helps us with what we do,” adds Trum, “We’re one of the few charities in the world where every dime we make goes to the kids.”


Handcuffed Woman Who Fell Out of Moving Police Car Fending Off Rapist Cop Gets $3.5 Million

(VIDEO)--Los Angeles, CA — Taxpayers of Los Angeles will have to pay for their police department’s misconduct yet again, as a woman who fell out of a squad car in 2013 has been granted a $3.5 million settlement.

Kim Nguyen had been arrested for alleged public drunkenness, handcuffed, and put in the back of a Los Angeles Police Department patrol car. At speeds of around 30 mph, Nguyen leaned against one of the back doors — which turned out to be unlocked — in an attempt to escape a sexual assault by one of the officers, according to her lawsuit.


How a motorcylist dispute sparked a shooting

Members of a motorcycle group in Western Broome County form a divide over whether some should join the Hells Angels club. One man gets kicked out of the group and at some point, a shotgun is fired in West Corners.

Prosecutors say the man who got kicked out of the motorcycle club, along with a dog, were injured in the shooting.

The chain of events that escalated into the Sept. 24 shooting on Carl Street in West Corners and a lengthy investigation by state police that resulted in four arrests has only been partly revealed by prosecutors in a public courtroom. More of the story will be presented to a jury when an attempted murder trial for Paul Warner begins Feb. 14 in Broome County Court


Neighbors shocked by motorcycle meetup escalating to gunshots

A fight during a motorcycle meet up escalated to gunshots leaving neighbors on edge Sunday.

The fight broke out off 15th Avenue in Huntsville just before 6:00 pm Saturday.

"Pretty shocking that it's right in my backyard," said 10-year-old Michael Newsom, who lives just down the street, "I was really scared I told the dogs to get in my room, they were shaken too."

While Newsom was at home alone he heard shouting and fighting outside. When he went to look out the window he said he heard gunshots.

"Then I heard sirens and I was like yes, finally," said Newsom.

Newsom's step-dad Vince Tichenor rushed home once he heard what happened.

"Bout 15 cop cars, crime scene tape, went to the backyard and motorcycles were knocked down," said Tichenor, "never anything like that from the motorcycle club, usually a real good, quiet group."


Mongols Motorcycle Club Member Sentenced To Seven Years In Prison For Use And Possession Of Firearm In Connection With Kidnapping

SAN FRANCISCO– Eric Lundin was sentenced today to 84 months in prison for use and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence announced United States Attorney Brian J. Stretch and FBI Special Agent in Charge John F. Bennett.  The sentence follows a guilty plea entered November 10, 2016, in which Lundin admitting using the weapon to enhance or maintain his status with the racketeering enterprise of the Mongols Motorcycle Club.