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Aug
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Twin Peaks defendant asks for postponement of Aug. 27 trial

An attorney for the next Twin Peaks shootout defendant scheduled for trial asked a judge Friday to postpone his trial date, set now for Aug. 27.

Judge Ralph Strother of Waco’s 19th State District Court, who was perturbed by the 11th-hour request, took the matter under advisement and set another hearing for biker Tom Modesto Mendez for Aug. 13.

Mendez, the Bandidos San Antonio chapter president, is represented by Mark Metzger, of Galveston. Mendez is charged with riot, a first-degree felony, in the May 2015 biker brawl at Twin Peaks that left nine dead and 20 injured.

Metzger and prosecutors Staci Scaman, Hilary LaBorde and Gabrielle Massey conferred with Strother in his chambers before Strother emerged to announce the defense requested a continuance in the 3-year-old case.

Sat
04
Aug
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Pre-rally crowd included gathering of 700 Hells Angels

STURGIS | This year’s pre-rally crowd of motorcyclists included an estimated 700 members of the Hells Angels motorcycle gang, participating in their USA Run in the Black Hills.

Speaking at Friday’s news conference, the first daily meeting with reporters through the run of the 78th Sturgis motorcycle rally, Meade County Sheriff Ron Merwin said the gathering was a “mandatory run” for the Angels.

“What that means I guess they could tell you,” Merwin said. “So we did have a larger presence of Angels than we normally would have.”

“The run officially ends today (Friday),” he said. “Some will leave and some will stay.”

Merwin said the week preceding the official start of the Sturgis rally has been quiet in spite of the added influx.

“It’s been good,” he said. “We haven’t had any big issues.”

Tue
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Jul
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Outlaw-affiliated bikers get jail, ordered to pay for barroom beating

(video) --- BAY CITY, MI -- Two Bay City bikers with ties to the Outlaws Motorcycle Club have received jail time for the beating of a man in a local bar.

Eric J. Kerkau, 47, and Arthur R. Miller, 33, appeared before Bay County Circuit Judge Harry P. Gill for sentencing on Monday, July 30. Both men in June pleaded guilty to assault with intent to cause great bodily harm less than murder, a 10-year felony and the lone charge they each faced.

Gill sentenced both men to one year in jail. Gill gave Kerkau credit for 48 days already served in jail, but gave Miller zero days' credit.

Gill gave Miller until 6 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 6, to report to the Bay County Jail. Miller is also to attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings three times a week, the judge ruled.

Sat
28
Jul
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State, Carrizal seek delay in Twin Peaks shootout retrial

Prosecutors and an attorney for Jacob Carrizal have agreed to postpone the retrial of the Twin Peaks biker shootout defendant, which had been set for Sept. 10.

In a joint motion for a continuance, Robert Moody, McLennan County first assistant district attorney, and Chris Lewis, Carrizal’s attorney, cite the volume of evidence Lewis needs more time to review, plus evidence federal prosecutors have agreed to share from the trial of two former Bandidos national leaders that both sides want to see.

Lewis signed on to represent Carrizal, the Dallas Bandidos chapter president, shortly after Carrizal’s first trial ended in a hung jury and mistrial in November. Carrizal is the first and only Twin Peaks defendant to stand trial so far in the May 2015 shootout that left nine dead and 20 wounded. He initially was represented by Casie Gotro, of Houston, who withdrew from the case after the mistrial.

Wed
25
Jul
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Fugitive stockbroker turned Hell's Angel accused of murdering and partially decapitating woman is extradited back to the US after seven years in an Argentinian jail

  • Paul Eischeid was arrested in 2003 on for murder, kidnapping and trafficking
  • Along with three others he was accused of killing Cynthia Garcia back in 2001
  • Because of his career as a stockbroker he was then placed under house arrest 
  • Eischeid managed to escape and was eventually caught in Argentina in 2011
  • He has been languishing in Argentinian jail for seven since he was arrested
  • The former Hell's Angel was flown back to Arizona this week to face charges

(pics) --- A Hell's Angels member accused of murdering and attempting to decapitate a woman in the desert has arrived back in the US from Argentina.  

Wed
25
Jul
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Owasso Bodycam Video Shows Arrest After Police Chase

(video) --- TULSA COUNTY, Oklahoma -

Bodycam video released Tuesday, July 24th gives a first-hand look at the moments after an Owasso Police chase which ended with a motorcycle crash in Tulsa.

Police say Brooks Whiteside was going more than 100 miles per hour down Highway 169.

They say the bodycam didn’t capture the chase, and police don’t have dashcams, but his arrest is caught on camera.

“The motorcycle attempted to pass some cars on the right and got off the roadway into some gravel and grass and crashed,” said Jason Woodruff, Deputy Chief of Owasso Police Department.

Pictures on Facebook show Whiteside claims to be a part of the motorcycle gang the Mongols.

He doesn’t have a criminal history, but police say this isn’t the first time dealing with him and they found a loaded gun in a saddlebag.

Wed
25
Jul
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Man faces multiple drug, weapons charges in Grayling

CRAWFORD COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- A northern Michigan man faces a long list of charges after a report of a crash in Grayling.

Officers from the Grayling Department of Public Safety were called to Spike's Keg O' Nails on Saturday, July 7 for a three-vehicle crash.

While officers were responding, dispatch advised that the vehicle was continuing to crash into other vehicles.

When they arrived on scene, officers found the driver, and sole occupant of the car, to be a 64-year-old Cheboygan man who is a member of the Northmen Motorcycle Club.

Investigators said the man was in the area for a club meeting in Frederic.

Tue
24
Jul
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Judge: No acquittal, new trial for ex-Bandidos' leaders

John Portillo, Jeffrey Pike challenged convictions

SAN ANTONIO - A federal judge on Monday rejected attorneys' claims for acquittal and new trial for two former leaders of the Bandidos.

Jeffrey Fay Pike and John Xavier Portillo were convicted in May on charges of racketeering, drug dealing, extortion and multiple murders. The trial lasted more than three months and included testimony from Bandidos members, as well as FBI agent Scott Schuster, who testified as an expert on the gang.

Attorneys for the men questioned Schuster's testimony primarily on the basis that his testimony was "hearsay" and that "he was shown merely to be an investigator and a recounter of stories he had come across during his investigation of the club."

Mon
23
Jul
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R.I. police pull over 100 motorcycle club members, but issue no citations

HOPKINTON, R.I. — What happens when police officers from three departments pull over about 100 members of a motorcycle club on an interstate highway? Well, sometimes nothing.

Such was the case Saturday afternoon when Rhode Island State Police, assisted by officers from Hopkinton and Connecticut, pulled over about 100 members of the Pagans motorcycle club on Route 95 shortly after they had crossed into Rhode Island.

Laura Meade Kirk, spokeswoman for the Rhode Island State Police, said the motorcyclists were pulled over about 1:30 p.m. Saturday as part of an “investigatory stop.”

But the stop turned up not a single violation nor culminated in a single arrest, she said, and the bikers continued on their way to a club rally in Fall River.

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Jul
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Police: Two people shot, stabbed during Bandidos-involved fight at Southtown bar

SAN ANTONIO — Two people are in the hospital after a fight involving alleged Bandidos members broke out at a Southtown bar early Sunday morning.

It happened in the 100 block of Pereida Street at about 2:20 a.m. Police said some members of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club were hanging out at Southtown 101 when a few of them became angry with a woman. At some point, guns were pulled on her. Two other Bandidos members tried to protect the woman and a fight broke out. Guns and knives were pulled out during the fight, injuring two people. The victims were transported to the hospital in serious condition.

One person was taken into custody, but three others remain at large. Descriptions of the suspects were not immediately made available.

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