Sat
30
Sep

Alleged ‘Mongols’ biker gang members arrested after search warrant

Two men were arrested on suspicion of drug distribution in Visalia after detectives served search warrants at two homes.

James Earl Melo, 44, and Christopher Clay Wilson, 39, were both arrested Friday after narcotics detectives issued a search warrant for a home on the 600 block of Edison Street and another at a home on the 3600 block of College Avenue. The warrants were issued after there was suspicion of drug distribution by members of the Mongols Motorcycle Club, police said.

After the searches, detectives confiscated a loaded handgun, half a pound of methamphetamine and more than $13,000 in cash. The men were booked into the Tulare County Jail for allegations including suspicion of drug sales, weapons and being in a street gang.

Sat
30
Sep

Twin Peaks jury panel readies for Carrizal trial

The first trial of a biker arrested in the May 2015 skirmish between rival motorcycle groups at Twin Peaks in Waco inched a bit closer to reality Friday with the impaneling of about 150 potential jurors.

Judge Matt Johnson of Waco’s 54th State District Court excused 33 of the 181 potential jurors who reported Friday after hearing exemptions and excuses and instructed the remaining panel to return Oct. 9 to fill out a 60-question questionnaire. The judge scheduled jury selection in Dallas Bandidos chapter President Jacob Carrizal’s trial to start the following day.

Johnson had intended the jury panel to fill out the questionnaires on Friday. However, that had to be postponed because of last-minute changes to a number of the questions submitted by prosecutors and Carrizal’s attorney, Casie Gotro, of Houston.

Fri
29
Sep

EPD: Gang fight at bar leads to arrests

(video)--EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) -

Police say a motorcycle gang got into a fight at an Evansville bar, and things escalated quickly from there.

A sergeant with EPD says members of that gang started physically fighting with other customers at Corner Pocket on North Fulton Avenue. 

It happened around 1:00 a.m. Friday morning. 

During the fight, officers say one man in the gang fired a gun into the air outside the bar. 

They say he was then run over by a car. 

He was taken to the hospital and is expected to be okay. 

No one else was hurt.

The man hit by the car is in custody, and police say there could be more arrests.

At last check, we were told investigators were still interviewing two more members of the motorcycle gang.

Thu
28
Sep

Scorpions Motorcycle Club plans to rebuild clubhouse after devastating fire

As the investigation continues into the fire that destroyed a local motorcycle club's headquarters, members are making plans to rebuild.

"We're waiting on the insurance people. The guys in the club will clear out the debris. We'll check the concrete — I'm sure it will have to be replaced," Scorpions Motorcycle Club president Chris Page said. "We have electricians, carpenters and plumbers in the club. We will build on the same footprint."

The clubhouse, located on Milford Road in Lyon Township, was destroyed by an early morning fire Sept. 22 that is under investigation by the Oakland County Sheriff's Department arson unit. The Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms answered a request to bring a dog trained to alert for accelerants and chemicals to the scene — the sheriff's office dog wasn't available.

Thu
28
Sep

New Motion filed to remove D.A. from trying Twin Peaks biker case

WACO,Texas (KWTX) A Dallas attorney representing a Twin Peaks biker has filed a new motion to have the McLennan County District Attorney's office removed from his client's case.

Last July, F. Clinton Broden, the defense attorney for Matt Clendennen of Hewitt, filed a similar motion but was denied by 54th District Court Judge Matt Johnson. That decision was upheld by the Tenth Court of Appeals.

In today's motion, Broden claims that District Attorney Abel Reyna was a material witness in the July hearing, "the rules are crystal clear, Judge Johnson should have recused himself from making any ruling because of that."

Broden cites Judge Johnson and Reyna's past history of being law partners as problematic.

The motion and recusal request seek a new judge to re-hear the motion to remove Reyna and his office from trying Clendennen's case and name an attorney pro tem.

Thu
28
Sep

Life Inside the Chicago Outlaws Motorcycle Club

“Big Pete” James, of the infamous “biker gang” that started in Chicago, talks about why people misunderstand these groups and what he loves about riding on IL-173.

As a child, Peter James loved playing Risk with his family. Only twelve years old, he appreciated the strategy involved in commanding armies and taking territory from his opponents. One night, during a game, James’s father asked what he wanted to be when he grew up.

“Boss,” James replied. A few decades later, he was a boss, all right—Chicago’s regional vice president of the Outlaw Motorcycle Club.

Wed
27
Sep

Hells Angels biker charged in shooting dies of brain aneurysm

The Hells Angels biker charged with shooting a man who dared to move a parking cone outside the infamous gang’s East Village headquarters died of a brain aneurysm, his lawyer said.

Prosecutors dismissed the assault case against Anthony Iovenitti, 52, Wednesday in Manhattan Criminal Court due to his August passing while on a motorcycle road trip.

Defense lawyer Ron Kuby said the biker ​​“died doing what he loved most, riding motorcycles with his brothers.”

Iovenitti had faced first-degree assault and weapon possession raps for allegedly shooting 25-year-old David Martinez in the stomach Dec. 11, 2016.

Martinez had moved a cone outside the notorious E. 3rd St. clubhouse so he could park.

Kuby previously said that NYPD surveillance video showed Martinez kick Iovenitti in the head before the biker fired a single round at him.

Wed
27
Sep

4th Bandido gang member admits to role in killing Hell’s Angels rival

A fourth member of the Bandidos Outlaw Motorcycle Organization pleaded guilty Wednesday for his role in the killing of an Austin man who tried to start a chapter of rival group, Hell’s Angels.

Norberto “Hammer” Serna, Jr., 35, pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting by using and discharging a firearm during and in relation to the shooting death of Anthony Benesh at a hearing in San Antonio’s federal court.

Three other Bandidos have also pleaded guilty to similar federal charges.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

Tue
26
Sep

Third member of Bandidos pleads to homicide charges from 2006

SAN ANTONIO - A man faces life in federal prison after pleading guilty to a charge in connection with the murder of Hells Angel Anthony Benesh, which took place in 2006, the Department of Justice said Monday.
 
Jesse James Benavidez, sergeant at arms with the Bandidos Outlaw Motorcycle Organization, San Antonio Centro Chapter, pleaded guilty to one count of aiding and abetting using and discharging a firearm during and in relation to a crime -- specifically, murder in aid of racketeering, officials said in a news release.
 
Benavidez is the third member of the group to plead guilty.

Fri
22
Sep

BREAKING: 2 Bandidos plead guilty in 2006 Austin killing, feds say

Two leaders of the Bandidos motorcycle club pleaded guilty Friday to charges related to the killing of Anthony Benesh III outside an Austin restaurant in 2006. 

Johnny Romo, 47, and Robert Romo, 45, both of San Antonio, pleaded guilty to two charges related to murder, racketeering and using a firearm in relation to a violent crime, according to a statement from the U.S. Department of Justice. 

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