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Bandidos trial put on hold due to hotel shortage, road closings caused by Final Four

A shortage of lodging because of the Final Four shortened Thursday’s proceedings in a federal racketeering trial of two top former leaders of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club.

Senior U.S. District Judge David Alan Ezra dismissed jurors midafternoon after prosecutors informed him they had no more than the three witnesses who testified Thursday in their case against former Bandidos national president Jeffrey Fay Pike and ex-vice president John Xavier Portillo.

 

Ezra explained that the next government witnesses are all from out of town and could not find hotels because of the thousands of people in town for the collegiate basketball extravaganza. Additionally, the federal courthouse will be closed Friday because streets around it will be closed or gridlocked due to the Final Four festivities and games, the judge said.

Wed
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Ex-Bandidos member testifies about being ‘out in bad standings’

(img gallery)---Andrew “Corky” Gomez is now a pariah to the Bandidos Motorcycle Club despite dedicating seven years of his life to the group, even helping it commit murder.

Gomez, who was in the Bandidos from 1998 to 2005, testified today that he took over as president of a local Bandidos chapter in San Antonio in 2002 when its then-president John Xavier Portillo was promoted to the national chapter.

 

But Portillo, who is facing racketeering charges in a three-month trial in San Antonio with another former Bandidos leader, first had Gomez demoted and later kicked “out in bad standings” after Gomez got crossways with the outlaw biker club and refused to hand over his motorcycle to the Bandidos, Gomez testified.

Tue
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Lawyers for ex-Bandidos leader try to rip key witness’ testimony

Lawyers for a former leader of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club on Tuesday began chipping away at the testimony of a key government witness, a woman who became “property” of the notorious biker club.

That witness, Magenta Winans, 46, testified on Friday that she helped the Bandidos murder a street gang member in retaliation for the killing of a fellow biker, aided their drug trafficking and ran the group’s call girl service in San Antonio, called Platinum Escorts.

 

Her testimony was offered by the government in support of a federal indictment that alleges that the Bandidos’ racketeering enterprise spanned 16 years, from 2000 to 2016. Her testimony dealt mostly with allegations over the first half of that period.

While some of her testimony implicated several Bandido members, none is on trial other than former national president Jeffrey Fay Pike and ex-national vice president John Xavier Portillo.

Tue
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Motorcycle club tied to deadly shooting denied liquor license

The City of Mesa preemptively shut down an annual event hosted by Arizona Soul Brothers, the Phoenix-based motorcycle club that was involved in a deadly shooting last year. 

The two-night event was scheduled to take place at Desert Wind Harley-Davidson near Country Club Drive and 10th Avenue. A flyer promoting the event stated that it was the 44th annual event hosted by the club.

Forty Eight Foundation – a 501c(3) non-profit first with ties to Arizona Soul Brothers members – applied for a liquor license for the event, which would feature beer, wine and spirits along with food like barbecue, a fish fry, hamburgers and hot dogs.

 

At a special session on March 22, the Mesa City Council unanimously voted to deny the liquor license application based on recommendations from the Mesa Police Department, which identified Arizona Soul Brothers as a criminal gang.

Tue
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Gang leader gets prison in man's slaying

The president of the now defunct Sin City Deciples motorcycle gang was handcuffed in preparation for a four-year prison sentence Monday in connection with last year's killing of a man who apparently ran afoul of gang rules.

Mesa County District Judge Valerie Robison ordered Richard Byrd, 49, into custody soon after hearing him offer a new version of the events that led to the March 2017 shooting death of 38-year-old Dion Nixon in a confrontation with gang members.

Byrd led a formation of Deciples to Nixon's home in the James Trailer Park, according to several witnesses. A drunken and angry Nixon saw the gang approach and began waving a gun, according to witness accounts recounted during Byrd's sentencing hearing, as well as one a few hours earlier for Rufus Billups, the 42-year-old sergeant-at-arms for the gang at the time.

Mon
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Motorcycle gang member loses appeal of conviction for rival biker's murder

A motorcycle gang member convicted of fatally shooting a rival biker during a melee outside a Philadelphia convention hall is fated to keep serving his 18 1/2- to 37-year prison sentence for the crime.

A state Superior Court panel guaranteed that by rejecting what Judge Alice Beck Dubow called Stanley "Stizz" Newell's "significantly underdeveloped" appeal of his third-degree murder conviction.

It didn't help Newell's case that the September 2014 shooting of Michael "Country" Baker was filmed by surveillance cameras at the Nifiji Event Hall on Chew Avenue in North Philly.

Investigators said the gunfire erupted during an anniversary ceremony for the Twisters Motorcycle Club. Newell, now 48, was a member of the rival Byrd Riders club.

Dubow cited an opinion by Philadelphia Judge Barbara A. McDermott in the state court ruling tossing Newell's appeal.

Mon
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Arson investigators looking into suspicious fire at local motorcycle club

Local arson investigators are looking into an early Sunday morning fire at a midtown Columbus motorcycle club, Fire Marshal Ricky Shores said.

The call to Columbus Fire and Emergency Medical Services came just before 2 a.m. for the Chosen Few Motor Cycle Club at 1238 Midway Drive. Firefighters from the Brown Avenue and downtown stations were able to quickly bring situation under control and keep it from doing serious damage to the building, Shores said.

There were three separate fires started on the exterior of the building, Shores said, declining to go into additional details.

There was no one in the building at the time of the fire, but people had been there earlier in the evening, Shores said.

Wed
21
Mar
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Peterborough police planning on dealing with increased outlaw motorcycle gang activity

Peterborough Police Service anticipate the city will see an increase in Outlaw Motorcycle Gang (OMG) activity this year.

“We’re kind of here for the picking right now,” says Peterborough police Insp. Larry Charmley, adding that the Outlaws, Hells Angels, Rock Machine and other groups are looking for opportunities here.

“They are worldwide and want to take over territory.”

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Peterborough Police say Outlaw Motorcycle gang activity is expected to pick up in 2018. The Outlaws on Park and Perry streets burned to the ground last March, but they have relocated to this clubhouse on Parkhill Road East. - Todd Vandonk/Metroland

He says biker activity and representation began to increase in the fall of 2017 and will become more visible this spring.

Wed
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Man is set free after 2017 gang gunfight

The man prosecutors believe fired the shot that killed 38-year-old Dion Nixon in a March 2017 gang-related incident has served his last day in custody in connection with the death, after a plea deal to a count of reckless manslaughter was accepted by a judge Tuesday.

Gregory Clark, 39, was originally charged with first-degree murder, along with two co-defendants, but the murky circumstances of the shooting and witness accounts of the victim brandishing or actually firing a handgun before being gunned down made proving a murder charge impossible, Mesa County District Attorney Dan Rubinstein told the court.

There is "lots of conflicting information about the guns and who had them," Rubinstein told Mesa County District Judge Richard Gurley.

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Defense using diversion tactics, finger-pointing in Kingsmen trial

In the hours after the murders of two of his fellow Kingsmen, Roger Albright found himself inside the Olean clubhouse with Andre "Lil Bear" Jenkins.

Albright said he was in the midst of calling other Kingsmen Motorcycle Club members, warning them about the killings and the possibility a rival biker club might be involved, when Jenkins interrupted and said, "I'm here."

When asked what Jenkins meant, Albright told a federal court jury last week that Jenkins was confessing to the murders.

"He said he had shot them," Albright said. "Basically he was saying there was no threat."

Later, Jenkins would claim that the two slain Kingsmen – Paul Maue and Daniel "DJ" Szymanski – had informed on him to another club he was trying to infiltrate, and that the "hit" was ordered by national club president David Pirk, Albright said.

"He said, 'Pirk said to take care of it,' " he told the jury.

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