Man testifies 2 bikers beat, kicked him in Bay City bar over supposed photo

BAY CITY, MI -- In a quiet courtroom, a prosecutor played video footage of a man being knocked from his bar stool and punched and stomped by two other men. According to witnesses, the beatdown was perpetrated by two bikers who were vexed over a photo the assaulted man had reportedly taken.

And to hear the victim tell it, he hadn't even taken a photo in the first place.

Such was the testimony during the March 6 preliminary examination of Eric J. Kerkau, 46, and Arthur R. Miller, 33, both charged with a 10-year felony count of assault with intent to cause great bodily harm.

Ashley Schwartz, the first witness called by Bay County Assistant Prosecutor Thomas, testified she had been bartending at the Whyte Goose Inn, 108 State St., the early morning of Dec. 27. About 1 a.m., an argument broke out between Scott M. Peterson, 49, and Kerkau and Miller regarding a photo Peterson had supposedly taken, Schwartz said.


Bandidos ex-president wants recordings excluded from racketeering trial

A lawyer for former Bandidos Motorcycle Club president Jeffrey Fay Pike wants a judge to exclude from a racketeering trial recordings made by a co-defendant that the attorney argues could be prejudicial to his client.

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Judge denies Twin Peaks defense motion; scolds DA Abel Reyna for campaign ad

At this point, it appears Matthew Clendennen's trial will happen in October.

During a Twin Peaks hearing on Monday, Visiting Judge Doug Shraver denied a motion from biker Matthew Clendennen's attorney to have the case against the former Scimitars Motorcycle Club member dismissed for speedy trial violations.

Defense lawyer Clint Broden had argued McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna had delayed the trial too many times. But, although Shraver did not side with Broden, he proceeded to scold Reyna for using Clendennen's picture in a 2018 political reelection ad. Judge Shraver said Reyna should be ashamed of himself and order the DA to remove the ad immediately.


PV woman first female to compete for fastest motorcycle racer in the world

(3TV/CBS 5) - (video)--

“My nickname is America’s Queen of Speed!”

Valerie Thompson isn’t just any motorcycle rider.

“I am the first woman to compete for the world record, yes,” said Thompson.

The Paradise Valley local, currently the fastest female motorcycle racer in the world, is now getting ready to fly to Australia for the Lake Gairdner World Speed Trials, to break the all-time race record of 376.36 miles per hour.

Thompson started racing 12 years ago after life gave her an unexpected detour.

“I had been laid off and I got to working at the Harley Davidson dealership,” said Thompson.

In 2016, she hit 304 miles per hour, which made her the first woman to ever race over 300.  

“It’s just pure concentration. You’re focused,” said Thompson.


Bandidos’ secrets spilled by ex-national ranking member

A former ranking member of the Bandidos’ national chapter testified at a racketeering trial Thurday that two ex-biker leaders led a racketeering conspiracy that included handing down orders to commit assault.

Justin Cole Forster, 33, was a member of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club for 10 years, from 2006 until he was arrested in January 2016 with then-national Bandidos president Jeffrey Fay Pike and vice president, John Xavier Portillo.


Six months after his arrest, Forster pleaded guilty to racketeering-related crimes and violated one of the most important rules of the group — he turned on the organization he longed to be a part of since he was 10.

Forster spent hours on the stand on the trial’s third day, explaining the inner workings of the Bandidos, its screening process, its revered vests and patches, and how the Bandidos enforces its rules and protects its territory through intimidation and violence.


Amid criticism, Texas DA dismisses more cases in 2015 biker gang shootout

WACO, Texas - A Texas prosecutor on Wednesday dismissed 13 more cases against bikers stemming from a 2015 shootout at a Waco restaurant, CBS affiliate KWTX reports.

McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna made the announcement Wednesday, a day before scheduled hearings for 10 of the bikers. The May 2015 shootout at Waco's Twin Peaks restaurant left nine bikers dead, and 20 injured. The bikers faced charges of engaging in organized criminal activity.

Of the original 154 bikers indicted, prosecutors are still pursuing 128 cases. Reyna said his office would not pursue cases against 24 bikers who were arrested but not indicted.


Judge orders trial for ex-firefighter accused in stabbing

A Superior Court judge determined last week that there is enough evidence against a former Lathrop-Manteca Fire District firefighter accused of stabbing someone outside of a Manteca bar late last year to move the matter towards trial.
Brandon Burlingame, 35, appeared before Judge Christine Eagle on Feb. 22 for a preliminary hearing in which the court determined that the charges against him – attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon – are supported by enough evidence to transfer the felony matter to the San Joaquin County Superior Courthouse in Stockton and proceed to an arraignment on information.


Trial for Bandidos leaders may last three months

As state authorities struggle to successfully prosecute more than 150 people indicted in the aftermath of the 2015 deadly biker clash in Waco, the feds are pushing forward here with a racketeering trial of two former leaders of the Bandidos for 16 years of alleged criminal conduct.

An anonymous jury of eight men and four women, and four alternates has been picked for the trial in San Antonio of former Bandidos president Jeffrey Fay Pike, 61, of Conroe and then-vice president John Xavier Portillo, 57, of San Antonio. Opening statements are scheduled for Tuesday morning in front of Senior U.S. District Judge David Alan Ezra for the trial that may last up to three months.


Kinley Kelm charged with Scorpions Motorcycle Club HQ break in

A man charged with breaking into the Scorpions Motorcycle Club headquarters in Lyon Township is undergoing a competency exam as club members are still waiting to rebuild after a fire that heavily damaged their building.

Kinley Rae-John Kelm, 39, has been arraigned in 52-1 District Court in Novi on charges of breaking and entering with intent; two counts of larceny of firearms; one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm; and felony firearm.

At this time, no one has been charged with setting the fire that heavily damaged the Scorpions' headquarters, located on Milford Road north of 10 Mile, at the same time as the break-in during the early hours of Sept. 22.  The fire was ruled arson after the police investigation.


Bikers rally in front of McLennan County Courthouse

(video)--WACO, Texas (KWTX) "We are all coming for you in the courts, the media, and the polls," says Jim Harris, a Phd student and mental health clinic worker.

Photo By: Chelsea Edwards

Harris is also a biker who was arrested following the Twin Peaks shooting in May of 2015 which resulted in the deaths of nine men.

One by one, bikers from clubs across Texas took to the microphone posted across the street from the McLennan County Courthouse Sunday afternoon.

One of their goals was to change perceptions of bikers.

"I retired after 24 years as a Christian greeting card salesman,” states one woman.