Tue
17
Oct

Woman shot by gunman barricaded inside Soul Devils Motorcycle Club on Detroit's west side

Plymouth Road closed near Littlefield Street

(video)--DETROIT - A man in his 30s is barricaded with guns inside the Soul Devils Motorcycle Club.

Mon
16
Oct

First Waco biker trial could have domino effect on others

WACO, Texas

Steel barriers and sheriff's deputies surrounded the courthouse in Waco, Texas, in a show of heightened security as the trial began for an alleged leader of the Bandidos biker gang in connection to the deadliest shootout between biker groups in U.S. history.

But experts say the trial — the first stemming from the fatal May 2015 shooting — could reach far beyond the single case, as the government tries to convict other leaders and dozens of members.

It has been nearly 2 ½ years since a confrontation between the Bandidos and the Cossacks left nine bikers dead and 20 wounded outside a Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco. Local police arrested 177 bikers after the mayhem, and more than 150 people were eventually charged.

Mon
16
Oct

Cheektowaga man arrested by FBI on RICO charges for activities with Kingsmen

CHEEKTOWAGA – A Cheektowaga man was arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation Thursday morning in connection with his involvement in The Kingsmen Motorcycle Club.

Brian Witkowski, of S. Colby Street, was arrested after Cheektowaga Police and the FBI’s Safe Streets Task Force executed an arrest warrant at his home around 6 am according to an FBI spokesperson.

He faces federal RICO conspiracy charges for his involvement in The Kingsmen Motorcycle Club.  Two other club members were arrested in Tennesee, and more arrests are pending.

The United State’s Attorney classifies The Kingsmen Motorcycle Club as a criminal organization which engages in such crimes as the distribution of controlled substances, maintaining premises for the use and distribution of controlled substances, possession, use, and sale of firearms, sales of untaxed cigarettes, and promoting prostitution.

Fri
13
Oct

Special prosecutor to be appointed against McLennan DA and Waco detective for perjury accusations

WACO, TX (KXXV) -

A special prosecutor will be appointed to look into perjury accusations against the McLennan County District Attorney and a Waco Police detective. 

A defense attorney for a biker who faces charges over the twin peaks shootout filed a complaint in a Dallas court earlier this month.

He claims that either District Attorney Abel Reyna or Waco Police Detective Manuel Chavez lied during a hearing last year in which a judge was deciding if Reyna should be taken-off the Twin Peaks cases.

Attorney Clint Broden says judge Davis Peeples from the San Antonio area will appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the accusations. 

Broden says the two men told conflicting stories over who prepared arrest papers for the Twin Peaks bikers.

Broden adds that if the special prosecutor discovers that either Reyna or Chavez lied, they could be arrested.

Abel Reyna released the following statement:

Fri
13
Oct

Third day of testimony underway in first Twin Peaks trial

WACO, Texas (KWTX) A third day of testimony is underway in the first trial of a biker charged in the deadly May 2015 shootout at Waco’s Twin Peaks restaurant.

Christopher Jacob Carrizal. (Photo by John Carroll)

Christopher Jacob Carrizal, 35, the president of the Dallas chapter of the Bandidos motorcycle club, is accused of directing activities of a street gang, engaging in organized criminal activity with the underlying offense of murder and engaging in organized criminal activity with the underlying offense of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Fri
13
Oct

Sons Of Speed Back at New Smyrna Speedway for 3rd Race During Daytona Biketoberfest

Inaugural Old Speed Show Debuts as Well

Billy Lane’s thrilling Sons of Speed boardtrack motorcycle race is back for a third running during the 25th Chrome Anniversary of Daytona Beach Biketoberfest. On Saturday, October 21, at 3:15 p.m., thirteen daredevil motorcycle racers will take to the banked track at New Smyrna Speedway in Daytona Beach.

“We’re coming off the second SOS race, which took place at Sturgis this year,” said Billy Lane, renowned bike builder and founder of Sons of Speed. “That was a lot of fun, but nothing beats the banked track at New Smyrna—this is where riders let it all hang out.”

Thu
12
Oct

Official attendance at Sturgis Motorcycle Rally set at 480,000

STURGIS, S.D. -- Official attendance for the 2017 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally was released Thursday showing an estimated 480,000 people attended the 77th annual event in August, up from last year.

Last year’s estimate was 448,000 visitors.

It was well below the record-setting attendance for the 75th annual event in 2015 when 739,000 people traveled to the Black Hills of western South Dakota for the nine-day gathering of motorcyclists from across the world.  Some were estimating almost 1 million attended the 75th event, but that wasn’t official.

The official number for this past summer’s event was released at the first Sturgis Rally Summit on Wednesday, Oct. 11, and Thursday, Oct. 12, where local business owners discussed increasing digital advertising and having more events at the end of the rally.

Thu
12
Oct

Undercover ATF agent testifies in second day of first Twin Peaks trial

WACO, TX (KXXV) -

An undercover agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms or explosives is the second witness to take the stand in the first trial of a biker indicted in the 2015 Twin Peaks shootout on Thursday.

Christopher Jacob Carrizal, president of the Dallas chapter of the Bandidos, was indicted on one count of directing activities of a criminal street gang and two counts of engaging in organized criminal activities for the shooting that took place more than two years ago outside of the Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco. Nine bikers died and dozens were injured.

An ATF agent who said he has 30 years of experience with outlaw motorcycle gangs after infiltrating three of them stated the Bandidos is the largest outlaw motorcycle gang in the U.S. and is the dominant group in Texas.

He mentioned territory and their control is very important to the outlaw motorcycle gangs. He said the patch and the gang are priorities to members.

Thu
12
Oct

Testimony kicks off in first Twin Peaks shootout trial

Lettie Jones, a former cook at the Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco, knew something was going on when she turned around from her duties and she was alone in the kitchen.

She rushed to a patio window in time to hear a single burst of gunfire that she mistook for a firecracker before a flurry of shots shattered the otherwise calm Sunday afternoon of May 17, 2015.

Jones was the first prosecution witness Wednesday in the trial of Jacob Carrizal, the first to stand trial of the 154 bikers indicted in the Twin Peaks shootout that left nine dead and dozens injured.

Carrizal is on trial in Waco’s 54th State District Court on charges of directing the activities of a criminal street gang and two counts of engaging in organized criminal activity. Security has been intensified dramatically for the trial.

Wed
11
Oct

Documents: Police did little to stop Waco biker showdown

Law enforcement officers prepared for war in Waco, Texas, on May 17, 2015.

In parking lots surrounding the Twin Peaks restaurant just off Interstate 35, 16 police officers, including a SWAT team of 11, were poised with assault rifles in five police cars and two unmarked SUVs. Seven state police, some undercover, were inside the restaurant or nearby.
 

Families were eating Sunday lunch apparently oblivious to the gathering storm, as dozens of armed bikers from the Cossacks poured onto the restaurant patio to confront the most powerful motorcycle gang in Texas, the Bandidos.

When the first Bandidos rolled in, "the Cossacks began coming off the patio. You could see the tension building up instantly," Waco Police Detective Jeff Rogers said in an affidavit that is part of a trove of evidence provided to The Associated Press.

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