Courts: NKY drug supply fed by Iron Horsemen motorcycle leader

COVINGTON – Part of Northern Kentucky's crystal methamphetamine supply rode in with the Iron Horsemen motorcycle gang for two years.

Earlier today, a federal judge sentenced an Iron Horsemen motorcycle gang leader from Boone County to 35 years in prison.

Florence Iron Horsemen chapter president and national "enforcer" Matthew Wesley Shaffer was convicted by a jury on drug distribution and weapons charges, according to a U.S. Department of Justice news release.

U.S. District Court Judge David Bunning gave the sentence to the 39-year-old Walton resident Thursday in a Covington courtroom. Shaffer has to serve at least 85 percent of his sentence under federal law.


Sikhs distribute bicycles to underprivileged US children

AMRITSAR: In another effort to break barriers between the Sikhs and other communities in the US, American Sikhs donated over a thousand bicycles to the underprivileged children in Fresno. "Over one thousand bicycles, 200 more than last year were collected, purchased and assembled by the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club of Fresno and donated to children," said Sikh activist Bill Singh Nijjer on Tuesday.

He said the Fresno chapter of 'We Are Sikhs' campaign, in a community cohesion effort, took part in the 19th Annual Fresno Hells Angels Toy Run at Chukchansi Park Field.


Bikers bring holiday joy

Morgan Hill Toy Run donates thousands of gifts, dollars to Gilroy charity

The South Bay motorcycle community came together in Morgan Hill Saturday to help make the holidays merry and bright for local children who are less fortunate.

The House of Thunder Harley Davidson annual Toy Run started in the dealership’s parking lot on Condit Road the morning of Dec. 9. More than 50 bikers loaded up new stuffed animals, dolls, kids’ bicycles and other new presents onto their motorcycles and a trailer, and rode together to donate the gifts to Rebekah’s Children’s Services in Gilroy.


3 Affidavits in Biker Case Attest to FBI Probe of Prosecutor

A retired Waco police officer says in an affidavit that the FBI is investigating McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna for alleged public corruption.

The affidavit was filed Tuesday by Jorge Salinas. He's among the more than 150 bikers indicted on criminal conspiracy charges following a May 2015 shooting in Waco that left nine dead.

It's the third affidavit signed by former law enforcement officials who say FBI agents interviewed them about Reyna allegedly helping campaign donors avoid legal trouble.

The affidavits were filed in support of Salinas' motion to compel the district attorney's office to share evidence and force Reyna onto the witness stand.

Reyna said he's not aware of any FBI investigation of him.


UPDATE | Motorcycle club president accepts plea agreement, avoids trial

WARREN — Faced with having his first cousin and mother's husband testifying against him at trial, Forever Two Wheelz motorcycle club president David H. Bailes Jr. accepted a plea agreement today instead of going to trial in the 2016 shooting deaths of two members of the Brothers Regime motorcycle club and injuring of two others.

Bailes, 46, pleaded guilty in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court before Judge Andrew Logan to two counts of involuntary manslaughter and two counts of felonious assault. He will be sentenced at 9 a.m. Tuesday. His trial was set to begin this morning, but a discussion before jury selection was about to begin eliminated the trial.

VIDEO: Bailes plea agreement

The shootings occurred outside of Shorty’s Place tavern on Highland Avenue in Warren Township as Forever Two Wheelz was preparing to have a benefit motorcycle ride.


Argument between Joliet bartender and ‘clearly enraged’ boyfriend preceded her slaying, authorities say

Hours before Kaitlyn Kearns was killed, the 24-year-old bartender was serving drinks to customers, including her boyfriend, on a Sunday night last month at Woody’s Bar in Joliet when her boss called and told her it was time to close up shop, authorities said.

Video from the bar shows that when the call came in, Kearns’ boyfriend, Jeremy Boshears, argued with Kearns in person and her boss over the phone. After arguing, he slammed the phone down and left, Will County Deputy Chief Dan Jungles said.

A short time later, Kearns would be shot once in the head.

Investigators say Boshears killed her and tried to cover it up by hiding her body and her car.


On tape: AG's lawyer calls McLennan County DA ‘delusional’

WACO, Texas (KWTX) A Twin Peaks defense lawyer says a recording of a conversation with lawyer at the Texas Attorney General’s Office proves local prosecutors are being underhanded in dealing with defendants, and suggests the DA is "delusional".

Dallas lawyer Clinton F. Broden, who represents Burton George Bergman, one of the 154 bikers indicted in the Twin Peaks shooting cases, filed a motion in district court in Waco Friday entitled Motion to Determine Scope of Withheld Discovery that seeks to prove that District Attorney Abel Reyna has intentionally not provided information to defense that they, by law, are entitled to regarding their cases.

Reyna spoke with KWTX by telephone Friday and bluntly refuted the document's claims saying the attorney general's office "does not believe we are withholding evidence."


Tues. 12:45 p.m.: Man pleads in motorcycle gang shooting case

WARREN – Charles C. Dellapenna III pleaded guilty this morning to two counts each of complicity to involuntary manslaughter and complicity to felonious assault, plus a single count of carrying a concealed weapon, all connected to the June 2016 motorcycle gang shooting in Warren Township.

Dellapenna, 48, a member of the Forever Two Wheelz motorcycle gang, is accused in connection to the June 2016 shooting deaths of Jason “Foot” Moore, 41, and Robert A. “Chopper Bob” Marto, 54, both of Mecca, and the wounding of Walter Hughes, 41, of Warren, and Andrew Claypool, 50, of Girard.

The four victims were members of Brothers Regime, a rival motorcycle gang.

With this agreement, Dellapenna could reduce possible life prison sentences for the aggravated murders of Moore and Marto and felonious assaults for Hughes and Claypool to a combined sentence of 15 years.


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.


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.