Tue
05
Dec

UPDATE: Verdict reached for three Hells Angels

UPDATE: ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - Three members of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club are found not guilty of battery and robbery charges.

Christopher Lawson, John Savalick and Richard Todd were in court Monday morning for their bench trial for the beating and stabbing of then-president Josh Johnson.

"The defendants and attorneys are very grateful to Judge McGraw for being such a thoughtful jurist that he paid close attention to all the evidence, that he considered all of the evidence," says Attorney for John Savalik and Richard Todd John Palmer.

All three men were found not guilty of four counts of aggravated battery and four counts of armed robbery.

"Josh Johnson clearly was the aggressor in this situation," says Attorney for Christopher Lawson David J. Brown.

Sat
02
Dec

Hundreds of motorcyclists parade through Portland for toy run

(pic gallery)--Hundreds of black-clad Christmas themed motorcyclists traveled in a roaring motorcade Saturday to give toys to children during the 38th annual ABATE Shriners Toy Run at Shriners Hospital in Southwest Portland.

The event began with motorcyclists socializing and holding a raffle in the parking lot of the Fred Meyer Corporate Center, Southeast 22nd Avenue and Powell Boulevard. Raffle tickets were $10 and the winner received a Harley Davidson. Additional proceeds from the raffle went to Shriners Children Hospital. 

Sat
02
Dec

Dramatic Kingsmen clubhouse showdown described in federal bail hearing

Andre Jenkins was eager to distance himself from his murder of two fellow Kingsmen in North Tonawanda on a late summer day in 2014, when he hopped on his motorcycle and returned to the gang's clubhouse in Tennessee, according to prosecutors.

But what greeted Jenkins was far from a welcome home party.

Inside, the Kingsmen also known as Little Bear discovered a scene right out of "Sons of Anarchy": a room covered in plastic and several Kingsmen Motorcycle Club members pointing guns at his head, prosecutors say.

Jenkins pleaded for his life.

"He kept saying, 'Call Pirk, call Pirk, call Pirk," Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph M. Tripi said during a court appearance last week.

The call was made, Tripi said, and Kingsmen President David Pirk, the man accused of orchestrating the double murder in North Tonawanda, ordered the Tennessee chapter members to back off.

Tue
21
Nov

Jurors in first Twin Peaks trial express disappointment on mistrial

WACO, TX (KXXV) -

On Monday, three McLennan County residents who served on the jury for the first Twin Peaks trial expressed disappointment about not being able to reach a unanimous verdict.

Christopher Jacob Carrizal, the president of the Dallas Chapter of the Bandidos, was the first biker to go on trial for the deadly shootout that left nine dead and dozens injured outside the Waco Twin Peaks restaurant in 2015. 

He was indicted on one count of directing activities of a criminal street gang and two counts of engaging in organized criminal activity.

It was the first time J.C. Crow and one man who only wanted to be known as Mr. Smith served on a jury.

"I felt in a way honored to serve my civic duty but at the same time it was a month away from work and life, regular life," Crow said.

Mr. Smith said he had concerns about serving in a high-profile case the first two days of the trial.

Mon
20
Nov

Texas Motorcycle Clubs show what biker meetings are about after Twin Peaks Mistrial

The sound of their motorcycle exhaust pipes will get your attention, but bikers say they do not want to cause fear or intimidation.

Bikers across Texas said they have had enough with law enforcement calling them corrupt and criminals. They said since the deadly Twin Peaks shooting happened in May of 2015, there has been a bad stigma attached to their motorcycle clubs.

"We're totally involved in our community, but you never hear about that. All you hear is about is the crap when they bust some of the big boys," Wolverine Motorcycle Club member Mike Drutter said.
 

More than 100 bikers, including veterans, showed up at Scooters Bar and Grill Sunday in Garland for a Region 2 Confederation of Clubs and Independents meeting.

"The COCI was started for righteous reasons. We work legislative issues, and we work charitable issues," Mel Moss of Sons of Liberty Motorcycle club said.

Mon
20
Nov

Prosecutors Charge California Hells Angels Members

Federal prosecutors in San Francisco have charged nine members of the Hells Angels motorcycle gang with running a criminal organization responsible for multiple robberies and assaults and one murder.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Federal prosecutors in San Francisco have charged nine members of the Hells Angels motorcycle gang with running a criminal organization responsible for multiple robberies and assaults and one murder.

The U.S. Attorney's office and FBI announced the charges on Monday. Most of the defendants are members of the group's Sonoma County chapter in Northern California.

The head of the FBI's San Francisco division, Jack Bennett, said their crimes were intended to instill fear in parts of the city of Santa Rosa.

Mon
20
Nov

Coal City man pleads not guilty in shooting death of 24-year-old bartender girlfriend

As friends and family said their final goodbyes to Kaitlyn Kearns, the 32-year-old Coal City man accused in her killing was in a Will County courtroom Monday where he pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder charges.

Jeremy Boshears, who authorities say is a member of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club, faces three counts of first degree murder in the shooting death of Kearns. Authorities say the two met at the Joliet bar where she began working about a month ago and dated for about two weeks.

Boshears' wife and other family members and friends attended Monday's court hearing, his attorney Neil Patel said. Boshear's wife and others with her declined comment after the court hearing.

Patel declined to comment on how Boshears knew Kearns or if the two had dated.

Sat
18
Nov

FBI involved in Santa Rosa related raids targeting motorcyclists at bar, home

Law enforcement officers, including the CHP and FBI, were staged Saturday afternoon in Santa Rosa in what appeared to be a raid targeting motorcyclists gathered at the Wagon Wheel Saloon. A related search by officers focused on a home in southwest Santa Rosa.

The operation included the detention of riders and seizure of motorcycles. About 12:30 p.m., Santa Rosa police issued a public notice advising people to avoid Mendocino Avenue between Administration Drive and Bicentennial Way as a heavy law enforcement presence descended on the bar in northern Santa Rosa. The road was reopen by 2 p.m.

Witnesses said numerous officers from multiple agencies appeared to target for detention a large group of motorcyclists, including some who had gathered at the bar before a planned ride.

Fri
17
Nov

Judge denies bond reduction for man accused of killing motorcycle club president

EL PASO, Texas (KFOX14) — A judge decided to keep bond the same for the man accused of killing the local Bandidos Motorcycle Club chapter president an at east El Paso bar.

Javier Gonzalez, 34, was arrested in August on suspicion of involvement in the shooting death of Juan Martinez, 61.

The shooting happened on July 30 at Mulligans Chopped Hog and left four people injured.

Investigators said Gonzalez was part of the rival Kinfolk motorcycle club.

In Friday’s court proceeding, prosecutors told the judge one of the shooting victims is in a hospital and might die.

The judge warned the defense that if that victim dies, Gonzalez may face capital murder charges.

The state also said there’s a video of the shooting.

The judge denied the defense’s request to lower the bond, and it remains at more than $1 million.

A jury trial is scheduled for May 2018

Thu
16
Nov

Police raid motorcycle club after woman last seen working at nearby Joliet bar found murdered

(vid)--KANKAKEE COUNTY, Ill. -- Police say a missing 24-year-old Mokena woman was found murdered in a rural area of Kankakee County Thursday.

Kaitlyn Kearns was last seen at about 1:30 a.m. Monday when she finished her bartending shift at Woody's Bar in Joliet. She never made it home, and never showed up for her other job on Tuesday morning. Her body, with a single gunshot wound to the head, was found along with her 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee in a rural area near St. Anne, about 50 miles away from the bar where she was last seen.

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