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Ex-firefighter linked to Bandidos fights to get job back

A Waco firefighter who lost his job in part over his ties to the Bandidos Outlaw Motorcycle Club is fighting to be reinstated, saying he was unjustly terminated four years ago.

Dudley, a 13-year veteran with the Waco Fire Department, testified in an all-day hearing Tuesday in a third-party arbitration review of his termination in October 2015.

Dudley was arrested during a traffic stop in Tarrant County on May 12, 2015 and charged with unlawfully carrying an unconcealed weapon in his truck. Crowley police ran a safety check on Dudley and found that the Texas Department of Public Safety flagged him as a member of the Bandidos, which DPS classifies as a "criminal street gang."

The arrest occurred five days before a deadly shootout at the Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco between the Bandidos and rival Cossacks motorcycle club.

Tue
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Court Says Jury Can‘t Strip Mongols Biker Club Of Its Trademarked Logo

The Los Angeles-based Mongols motorcycle club will not be stripped of its trademarked logo any time soon, after a federal judge essentially overruled a jury‘s decision to deprive the group of its collective symbol.

U.S. District Judge David O. Carter in Santa Ana said Thursday that the jury ruling violated club members‘ 1st Amendment rights to free association and expression and their 8th Amendment protection against excessive penalties.

“It is beyond question that the Government has a legitimate interest in attacking the economic roots of a criminal organization like the Mongol Nation,” Carter wrote in his 51-page ruling. But he said forcing the club to forfeit its rights associated with the symbol the group has used since 1969 “is unjustified and grossly disproportionate.”

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Sheriff's office: Motorcycle gang member who wielded flail in attack charged in death of Marsing farmer

(Video) --- Mark Warner, 50, is charged with involuntary manslaughter and other felonies.

MARSING, Idaho — A member of an Owyhee County motorcycle gang is facing felony charges in connection to a bizarre attack that left a Marsing farmer dead. 

But authorities say the suspect, 50-year-old Mark Warner, did not fire the shot that killed Rod St. Clair, and the reasoning behind the attack remain unclear. 

According to court documents, deputies were called out to St. Clair's home on Island View Drive the evening of Nov. 15 for a report of a man beating on the doors and windows of the home. 

Sun
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Top Hatters give away turkeys for Thanksgiving

One-hundred seniors received free Thanksgiving turkeys during a Nov. 19 lunch at the Hollister Rec Center, located at 300 West Street.

Members of the Top Hatters Motorcycle Club handed out turkeys for Thanksgiving during a lunch program put on by Jovenes de Antaño. The club also handed out small gifts by lottery.

San Juan Bautista Mayor and Top Hatter Cesar Flores said the club has given away turkeys for 22 years as “a way of respecting our community and our elders.”

“We want to let them know that they are not forgotten and we are grateful,” Flores said.

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US Judge Doesn’t Toss Top Charges in Vagos Biker Gang Trial

A federal judge in Las Vegas said the prosecution case has been weakened but declined to throw out the most serious charges against eight accused Vagos biker gang members stemming from the killing of a rival Hells Angels leader in September 2011.

 

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A federal judge in Las Vegas said the prosecution case has been weakened but declined to throw out the most serious charges against eight accused Vagos biker gang members stemming from the killing of a rival Hells Angels leader in September 2011.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro on Thursday scheduled testimony to resume Monday the criminal racketeering and conspiracy trial.

Trial started in September and defense attorneys say they expect it’ll continue at least another month.

Sat
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Corpus Christi motorcycle gang member gets 9 years in federal prison for shooting at man

A 37-year-old Corpus Christi motorcycle gang member was sentenced for federal charges. 

Billy Boortz, a member of the Homietos outlaw motorcycle gang and former Mexican Mafia gang member, pleaded guilty to unlawful ammunition possession on July 24, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office.

U.S. District Judge David Morales sentenced Boortz to nine years in prison followed by three years of supervised release, the release states.

"At the hearing, the court heard additional evidence that Boortz intentionally tried to murder the victim in this case," the release reads. "In handing down the sentence, the court noted Boortz fired his pistol directly at the victim, not in the air or at the ground, and that the offense would have constituted attempted second degree murder."

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Denver prosecutor charges 13 alleged members of motorcycle gangs, including the Hells Angels, with organized crime

Authorities seized guns, meth and other narcotics during raids in Denver and other metro area cities earlier this month.

The Denver District Attorney’s office on Friday said they charged 13 people with violating the state’s organized crime act after local and federal authorities raided several businesses and homes in the metro area associated with motorcycle gangs including the Hells Angels.

A release from the DA’s office said the 13 are charged with violating the Colorado Organized Crime Control Act. The investigation leading to the arrests began in July, with law enforcement agencies, including Denver Police, executing warrants at multiple locations on Nov. 7. Among the places raided was the Denver Charter Hells Angels Outlaw Motorcycle Club Gang Club House at 3257 Navajo St. in Denver’s Highland neighborhood.

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Bikers profess innocence as they get life in prison for Pasco Outlaw’s killing

Christopher “Durty” Cosimano and Michael “Pumpkin” Mencher were members of the 69′ers Motorcycle Club. Prosecutors said they were responsible for the rush-hour assassination of Paul Anderson, a president in the rival Outlaws Motorcycle Club.

TAMPA — Two Tampa motorcycle gang members received sentences of life in prison Wednesday for their respective roles in the December 2017 assassination of a rival gang leader in Pasco County.

But neither of them went quietly.

In separate back-to-back hearings, Christopher “Durty” Cosimano and Michael “Pumpkin” Mencher each denied participation in the brazen, rush-hour shooting of Paul Anderson, who was president of the Cross Bayou chapter of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club.

Tue
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Murder charge dismissed against man accused of stabbing Hells Angels affiliate ‘Mikey Smash’

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — A Superior Court judge has dismissed murder and conspiracy charges against an alleged member of a biker gang accused of stabbing to death an affiliate of the Hells Angels at a downtown bar.

Judge John W. Lua on Monday found insufficient evidence to order 60-year-old Russell Vannoy to stand trial on charges of murder and conspiracy to commit murder in the death of Michael Adam Morales.

Known by friends as “Mikey Smash,” Morales, 32, was fatally stabbed Feb. 16 inside Guthrie’s Alley Cat, a popular bar in the 1800 block of Eye Street.

The judge did, however, order Vannoy, arrested March 6 in Bellflower, to stand trial on two felony assault charges and a gang participation charge.

As a result of Lua’s findings, prosecutors said, they anticipate filing a voluntary manslaughter charge with gang enhancements against Vannoy.

Tue
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Bikes, bullets, blood: Bikers face sentencing in killing of Pasco Outlaws leader

Evidence from the federal trial of two members of the 69′ers Motorcycle Club offers a rare glimpse of the world of outlaw biker gangs

TAMPA — A federal judge will decide Wednesday if Christopher “Durty” Cosimano and Michael “Pumpkin” Mencher should spend the rest of their lives in prison for crimes related to their involvement in the 69′ers Motorcycle Club.

Both men were found guilty this summer in a trial that centered on the December 2017 assassination of Paul Anderson, president of the Pasco County chapter of the rival Outlaws Motorcycle Club. Anderson was shot repeatedly while his pickup truck was stopped in rush-hour traffic off the Suncoast Parkway.

Prosecutors said the killing was the culmination of a months-long campaign of violence that began with the beating of two 69′ers and the theft of their cherished biker vests.

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