Chosen Few biker gang members face drug charges in Monroe

A tip submitted to the Metro Narcotics Unit led to the arrest of multiple members of the Chosen Few biker gang near the University of Louisiana Monroe. 

According to a statement released by the MPD, the unit was dispatched to the 1700 block of University Avenue regarding a tip about large amounts of drugs being taken into an apartment. 

The caller said multiple bikers at the location were breaking down the drugs for distribution. He said the drugs were being stored and sold from that apartment and a residence in the 200 block of Filhiol Avenue.

Agents started a surveillance operation and saw multiple men going and coming from the two locations. The men all wore what appeared to be identifiers consistent with an outlaw motorcycle gang that operates in several states, per the department. 


I-Team: Outlaws chapter president and former Hillsborough firefighter was shot

(video)--Several residents heard gun shots about 10:30 PM Tuesday night.
"I heard 2 gunshots and then there was a pause then 3 or 4 more gunshots" one resident tells us.

Residents in the trailer park at hwy 41 and Valroy were stunned when a bleeding man came running through the park pleading for help.

"He was bleeding on the side he said he was shot and to call 911 and that's what I did," a resident tells us.

"He said he thought he'd been targeted," says a resident who wants to remain anonymous.

The I-Team has confirmed the man shot was James Costa a retired Hillsborough Firefighter and President of the Outlaws motorcycle club, an organization law enforcement classify as a "criminal gang".


Police: Biker gang, other group involved in Nampa shootout

NAMPA -- A disturbance that began inside a downtown Nampa business erupted into a shootout Tuesday night.

Nampa Police Lt. Eric Skoglund said Wednesday that investigators are still searching for the people involved in the gun battle.

Police were called out to a business in the 1300 block of 1st Street South just before midnight. By the time they arrived, Skoglund said, all the participants in the shooting had already scattered.

Officers found evidence that multiple people had fired multiple rounds. The shootout appeared to be between people wearing the insignia of the Devils Diciples motorcycle gang and another group.

Skoglund said no one was hurt in the shooting, but bullets struck three cars and a building.

The people involved in the shooting have not yet been identified, and a motive in the fight is unknown.

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Sixth person arrested in shooting outside Diablos' clubhouse

A sixth person has been arrested in connection with a March 30 shooting outside the Diablos motorcycle clubhouse at 27th Street and Eighth Avenue.

Wesley E. Charlton Jr., 48, of Terre Haute, appeared Tuesday in Vigo Superior Court 5 where he received a trial date of Oct. 24 and another hearing date of Sept. 28.

Charlton had been wanted on a warrant issued July 6 for criminal organization activity, a Level 5 felony; assisting a criminal and obstruction of justice, both Level 6 felonies.

Information filed with the court in the case alleges Charlton picked up shell casings fired outside the motorcycle club so they could not be used as evidence in an investigation of the shooting.

A Terre Haute man was shot as he was driving past the club on March 30, and other people were injured by flying glass from the shots.

Police initially arrested five club members. Charlton is accused of helping one of those men involved in the incident.


Law enforcement preps for Hells Angels to visit Lake of the Ozarks

LAKE OF THE OZARKS, Mo. - ABC 17 News has reached out to the Lake Ozark Police Chief, who has confirmed that Hells Angels, a motorcycle club, is expected to be in the lake area starting this weekend through Aug. 4.

300 to 600 people are expected to come into town. The police chief said that the entire staff will be working this weekend and that the Missouri State Highway Patrol is bringing in extra troopers.

Hells Angels members are apparently staying in motels throughout the lake area, but will also congregate near Mack's Creek.

The police chief said that he doesn't remember any significant problems when the club visited in the past.


I-Team: Rising violence between local motorcycle groups

The I-Team found there's been a recent string of violence amongst local motorcycle clubs. Law enforcement classify some of those clubs as "criminal gangs" and "criminal enterprises". Florida law enforcement agencies including right here in Tampa Bay are on high alert.
Belinda Donovan's husband for 22 years, David from Homosassa, was murdered execution style in Leesburg.

"It's kind of a nightmare.  Seeing him in the hospital was tough" Belinda tells us.
Police say David, the Vice President of the Kingsmen Motorcycle Club Chapter in Lake County, was getting cigarettes at a gas station, when a large group of the Outlaws Motorcycle "gang" demanded he take off his club's leather vest.


Warrant for biker gang member ends with arrest in Collier

EAST NAPLES, Fla. A 32-year-old man with a warrant was arrested Saturday at a tattoo parlor on Airport-Pulling Road, the Collier County Sheriff’s Office said.

Gregory Alan Umphress, of West Palm Beach, had an outstanding warrant from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office for conspiracy to commit murder and kidnapping, according to a sheriff’s office arrest report.

Deputies found Umphress laying on a couch in the waiting room of a tattoo parlor at the 6000 block of Airport-Pulling Road, deputies said. He was then taken to the Naples Jail Center. Bond has not been set.

Umphress was a member of the Outlaws motorcycle gang, WKMG reports. “Miquel Angel Torres, 37 Marc Edward ‘Knott Head’ Knotts, 48, and Jesus Alberto Marrero, 35,” were arrested on similar charges in connection to an incident that left one person dead in April at a bike week in Leesburg.


A farewell ride (w/video)

A motorcyclist pulling a clear vessel that held the casket of Phillip Medellin shut down Rio Grande Street, Main Street and U.S. 87 North on Saturday as it made its way to Memory Gardens Cemetery.

Riding just behind were two rows of motorcycles that extended for several miles.

Medellin, a 39-year-old Victoria man was killed in a motorcycle wreck early Monday morning just north of Woodsboro.

Hundreds of bikers attended the funeral of Medellin, who was a member of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club, an outlaw motorcycle club. Several chapters of the club, as well as chapters of other motorcycle clubs, were present at the funeral to honor Medellin.



Courthouse security, ballistics discussed at Twin Peaks pretrial hearing

An attorney for Twin Peaks biker Christopher Jacob Carrizal said Friday she will “object strenuously” if courthouse security measures during Carrizal’s trial feature a “display of force” similar to one in Fort Worth during the trial of a Bandido leader.

The topic of courthouse security and other miscellaneous pretrial matters came up Friday as officials prepare for Carrizal’s trial. Carrizal, 35, a Bandido from Dallas, is scheduled to be the first of 155 bikers indicted in the May 2015 Twin Peaks incident to stand trial.


Man pleads not guilty to fatally shooting member of rival biker gang in Riverside

A Corona man pleaded not guilty on Wednesday, July 20 to fatally shooting a 31-year-old member of the Hells Angels motorcycle gang in Riverside.

Joshua Herbert, 27, entered not guilty pleas to one count of murder in the death of James Duty of Orange and one count of attempted murder in the non-injury shooting of another Hells Angels member, court records show. Herbert also denied gang and firearm enhancements tied to the charges.

Officials say Herbert is a member of the Mongols, a motorcycle gang that has been feuding with the Hells Angels for decades. He was arrested after a month-long, multi-agency investigation fronted by the Riverside Police Department.