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Two additional Twin Peaks bikers named in sealed indictments arrested

Two more of the six bikers who were named in sealed indictments last week were arrested on charges of engaging in criminal activity Wednesday, unsealing the indictments.

Richard Dewayne Smith, 39, and Richard Clarence Lockhart, 46, were each arrested on a first-degree felony engaging in organized criminal activity charge for their alleged role in the May 17 biker shootout at Twin Peaks. Both men were subsquently released from custody by Wednesday afternoon after each posted a $250,000 surety bond.

Officials report that Smith is a member of the Bandidos motorcycle club and Lockhart is a member of the Compañeros motorcycle club — a support group of the Bandidos. Both men were in two of six sealed indictments that were returned by a McLennan County grand jury last week. The grand jury returned a total of 48 indictments last week, but sealed six for suspects who had not previously been arrested.

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Danell Lynn Sets World Record for Longest Journey by Motorcycle in a Single Country

Giant Loop has announced that sponsored rider Danell Lynn has set a new Guinness World Record for “Longest journey by motorcycle in a single country.” Traveling for a year on her Triumph Bonneville equipped with Giant Loop gear, Lynn covered 48,600 miles while riding throughout the contiguous 48 states of the Unite States of America. Lynn is the first solo woman motorcyclist to hold the record.

Although her travels actually covered all 50 states, as well as three Canadian provinces, totaling more than 53,000 miles from September 2014 through September 2015, Guinness only counted the miles logged within the continental 48 states. Duplicate miles also did not apply to the record; each of the 48,600 miles covered different routes.

For her world record setting ride, Lynn used Giant Loop’s Siskiyou Panniers, Fandango Pro Tank Bag, Tillamook Dry Bag, Rogue Dry Bag, Possibles Pouch and Pronghorn Straps on her 2006 Triumph Bonneville.

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New Port Richey officer arrested for eluding after motorcycle chase that topped 120 miles per hour

BROOKSVILLE, Fla. - A New Port Richey officer and his girlfriend were arrested in Hernando County for fleeing from a deputy on Thursday morning.

Francis Downey and Tiffany Brush were spotted by the deputy going more than 85 mph in a 50 mph zone. This occurred near Cortez and Deltona Boulevards.

The Hernando County Sheriff's deputy activated his emergency lights, and that's when both motorcycles sped up, according to the report. The deputy reported Brush accelerated to 120 mph in an apparent attempt to flee. The report said Downey got out of range too fast for the radar to process how fast he was driving.

The deputy disengaged, but Brush crashed at Cortez Boulevard and Winter Street and ran from the scene. Running the registration led the deputy to Brush, who was receiving treatment at a nearby hospital.

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Bandidos leader fighting federal charges and outlaw reputation

Motorcycle club is about brotherhood, not crime, former president says

Jeff Pike makes his way through the crowd with a cup of Crown Royal whiskey and water in his hand and dark sunglasses framing his gray crew cut.

The leader of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club wears a dark denim vest adorned with patches that say things such as "Expect No Mercy," but he smiles at everyone.

 

"How ya doing, brother?" Pike asks as he stops for another hug. "Good to see you. Good to see everybody."

 

At a 50th anniversary gathering of Bandidos, on a recent Saturday afternoon along the banks of the San Jacinto River, one thing was clear: Among these people, Pike is a rock star, a father figure, a man who inspires and awes.

"I love him to death," said someone known as "Baytown Rob." "He gives me the chills. A great, great man."

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$3.5M claim filed in Eagle Nation shooting

A claim totaling more than $3.5 million has been filed against the city of Neenah and three police officers stemming from the Dec. 5 shooting death of Michael L. Funk during a hostage standoff at Eagle Nation Cycles.

It was filed Thursday by Funk's widow, Theresa Mason-Funk, and is a prelude to an expected federal lawsuit, according to a release from attorney Howard B. Schoenfeld of DeWitt Ross & Stevens.

The city and the three officers have 120 days to determine if they want to resolve the matter without litigation, the law firm said. Schoenfeld served the documents on the city of Neenah and three Neenah police officers — Craig Hoffer, Jonathan Kuffel and Robert Ross.

Late Thursday night, the city released a statement saying the claim is under review and has been referred to its defense counsel, Gunta Law Office.

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Pro Stock motorcycle’s Andrew Hines likes view from top heading to Summernationals

Andrew Hines and his Screamin’ Eagle Vance and Hines Harley-Davidson team went to work in the off-season, determined to produce something far different in 2014.

 
 
Pro Stock motorcycle’s Andrew Hines likes view from top heading to Summernationals

 

ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. — Intent on making up for a season of disappointment, Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Andrew Hines and his Screamin’ Eagle Vance and Hines Harley-Davidson team went to work in the off-season, determined to produce something far different in 2014.

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Motorcycle Club Looks to Future After Court Cancels Party (video)

 

A Muscatine County motorcycle club is looking to make changes and try to host other events in the future after a judge granted a preliminary injunction canceling a fundraising party that was going to be held this coming weekend.

The Eastern Iowa chapter of the motorcycle club Sons of Silence had posted flyers all over town inviting community members, other club members, neighbors and friends to a three-day party with live music, motorcycle rodeo events, primitive camping, and food and drinks available on sight.

They had lined up performers, vendors, and porta-potty rentals, and thought they were ready to go, until they received notice of an injunction, later upheld by the judge, ordering them to cancel the plans.

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Hayward police ID 22-year-old man found fatally shot in SUV

HAYWARD -- A man found fatally shot behind the wheel of an SUV last week has been identified by police as Hayward resident Carlos Diaz-Rubalcava.

Diaz-Rubalcava, 22, died Thursday evening after being shot by an unknown suspect, Sgt. Mark Ormsby said.

Police on Tuesday were not releasing how many times he was shot or where he was shot.

Investigators learned about the shooting just before 5:40 p.m. after receiving multiple 911 calls about a traffic crash on the corner of Saklan Road and West Winton Avenue. Officers found the man fatally shot in the driver's seat of a Ford Explorer, said Sgt. Mark Ormsby.

As police investigated, they learned of another shooting victim who had been dropped off at the Kaiser emergency room in Hayward. That man, a 48-year-old Oakland resident, was eventually transported to Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley.

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Gang members seen in beating outside Fresno's Crossroads bar to get probation (pic/video)

A Fresno gang whose members were caught on video tape severely beating two men outside the Crossroads nightclub in March will get felony probation for the assault, their lawyers said Tuesday.

Apolonio Martinez, Daniel Martin Telles, Christopher Martinez Jr. and his father, Christopher Martinez Sr., pleaded no contest last week in Fresno County Superior Court to assault likely to commit great bodily injury. In addition, Martinez Jr. pleaded no contest to possession of drugs and his father pleaded no contest to possession of a firearm by a felon.

In exchange for their pleas, prosecutors dismissed a second assault charge against all four defendants and dismissed a felony drug charge against Apolonio Martinez and Martinez Jr., and a felony ammunition charge against Telles and Martinez Sr., the documents show.

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Biker gangs thrive in Central Florida

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David Jakiela, 52, of Orlando was killed in a biker gang shootout in Winter Springs in 2012. (Suzelle Miller / May 25, 2014)

SANFORD — They looked like characters who had wandered off a movie set, more than a dozen outlaw bikers trooping into the Seminole County criminal courthouse week after week in April and May for a series of murder trials.

Some took the witness stand. Others were there just to watch.

Many had tattoos, beards, shaved heads or ponytails. Most were members of the Florida Warlocks, which law enforcement considers a dangerous outlaw motorcycle gang.

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