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Complex federal case could delay trials of Twin Peaks bikers

WACO, Texas (KWTX) A complex federal case whose defendants include top officials of the Bandidos biker gang could delay the start of the trials of the dozens of bikers indicted after the deadly 2015 shootout at Waco’s Twin Peaks restaurant.

McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna filed notice Wednesday with the state district judges who will preside over the Twin Peaks trials that the federal investigation “has information which relates to the events at Twin Peaks” that won’t be released until the federal defendants are tried, which might not happen until sometime next year.

Reyna was advised in a letter dated Monday from U.S. Attorney Richard L. Durbin that the information the FBI has was “obtained through court-authorized wire intercepts…and remains under seal and protective order.”

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Feds decline to share evidence in Bandidos cases related to Twin Peaks shootout

Federal authorities prosecuting top national officers of the Bandidos motorcycle group in San Antonio have information that relates to the May 2015 shootout at Twin Peaks in Waco, but they will not share it with McLennan County prosecutors until after the federal trial, the U.S. attorney for the Western District of Texas said.

McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna filed notice Wednesday that his office is aware "of the existence of federal evidence not in its possession or control," a development that could delay the trials of bikers charged in the Twin Peaks cases.

"This obviously complicates an already immensely complex situation," said 19th State District Judge Ralph Strother, who last week was forced to postpone the start of a Twin Peaks case in his court after Christopher Jacob Carrizal, a Bandido, got a new attorney who needed more time to prepare.

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Virginia ABC Cracking Down on Biker Bars in Central Virginia

ORANGE, Va. (WVIR) -

The Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) is trying to put the brakes on biker bars in central Virginia. The ABC is warning restaurants and bars they could lose their licenses by becoming a hangout for outlaw motorcycle gangs.

The ABC says this crackdown comes in response to concerns from law enforcement in Greene County, Louisa, and Orange.

John Nagro, the owner of CJ’s at Byrd Street in the town of Orange, is trying to shake off that reputation for his bar.

“The windows aren't black, there's nobody undressed in here dancing. It's not a biker bar,” Nagro explained. “Don't just say because you have a motorcycle patch on there that you're a bad guy, because it's not true.”

Nagro believes police and the ABC are targeting bikers after a dust-up between a member of a motorcycle club and another customer

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Hells Angel busted after cops find handgun, cocaine in his car in West Village

Cops busted a Hells Angel after finding a handgun, cocaine and $3,000 cash in his car during a traffic stop in the West Village, police sources said Friday.

Police pulled over Michael Avalone, 37, of Ossining, N.Y., after they spotted him driving recklessly in a 2008 Cadillac DTS at W. 14th St. and 6th Ave. around 2:50 a.m. Thursday, cops said.

After discovering Avalone had three active warrants, the officers placed him under arrest, officials said. During the arrest, Avalone told officers there was a gun on the front passenger seat of his car.

The officers took Avalone and his Cadillac back to the 6th Precinct, and obtained a search warrant for the car, according to a police source.

Inside they found two vials of cocaine, $3,000 in cash, a fake New York transit authority placard and a loaded .380-caliber Luger pistol with an extra magazine, according to a police source.

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First Trial in 2015 Texas Biker Shootout Delayed by Judge

WACO, Texas (AP) — A judge on Friday postponed the first trial over a 2015 Central Texas gunfight involving rival motorcycle gangs that left nine people dead, 20 others hurt and more than 150 bikers charged.

The trial for Christopher Jacob Carrizal, a member of the Bandidos motorcycle group, had been set for May 22. But state District Court Judge Ralph Strother on Friday postponed the trial after a new attorney brought onto the case indicated she couldn't be ready in time, the Waco Tribune-Herald reported (http://bit.ly/2nng4Pu ). A new trial date wasn't set.

Prosecutors and defense attorneys declined to comment, saying Strother had placed them under a gag order.

After delaying the trial, Strother released a panel of 186 potential jurors who had reported to fill out questionnaires for the trial.

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Oregon man’s affiliation with Mongols Motorcycle Club costs him an internship with the Oregon Youth Authority

Justin DeLoretto’s last major brush with the law came nine years ago in Lane County, when he was jailed on charges that he and two cohorts from his motorcycle club tried to run a Eugene police officer and a federal agent off Interstate 5.

Although he’s now nearing completion of a master’s degree in social work at George Fox University, his association with the Mongols Motorcycle Club — described by federal officials as a violent, outlaw gang — apparently still causes some problems for him.

 

DeLoretto, 35, this month filed suit against the Oregon Youth Authority, after officials with the state juvenile corrections agency allegedly fired him from an unpaid internship in Woodburn last summer. That decision, according to the lawsuit, came shortly after OYA officials learned that he remains a member of the Mongols chapter that he founded in Oregon months before his arrest in Eugene.

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Bail set at $1 million for Hells Angel charged in Monkey Junction killing

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - (video)

Bail was set at $1 million for a Hells Angels gang member charged in the killing of one man and critically injuring another.

Aaron Christopher Stephens, 42, is charged with second-degree murder, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and possession of a firearm by a felon in the shooting death of 39-year-old Terry Dale Greenwood, and stabbing of 35-year-old Anthony Paul Lanza.

Deputies with the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office responded to Julia Drive at around 1 a.m. Wednesday and found Greenwood and Lanza, both with serious injuries, lying in a cul-de-sac next to a truck. Greenwood was pronounced dead at the scene, and Lanza was taken to the hospital with a serious stab wound to the chest. An autopsy revealed Greenwood had been shot in the face and stabbed eight times.

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Motorcycle club makes changes after two deadly shootings

PITTSBURGH - A Homewood motorcycle club plans to make changes after two people connected to it were killed over the weekend.

The New Brotherhood Motorcycle Club said in a statement that it will permanently close its clubhouse and will no longer have late night and after-hours events.

RELATED: 2 killed in weekend shootings in Homewood

Sean Lyons, 20, was shot and killed Sunday morning inside the club. One day earlier, 33-year-old Michael Leonard was killed in his car on Blackadore Street. Friends said the shooting was connected to a fight inside the club.

"It’s unfortunate that two lives are taken,” said Angela Jackson, who was a friend of Leonard.

“Somebody is doing something, so I’m happy about that.”

Police continue to investigate both cases.

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The Wild Bunch

Two years after a deadly Waco shoot-out, the local district attorney is trying to take down the Bandidos and Cossacks biker clubs. It won’t be easy.

It started off as a Texas version of the Sharks versus the Jets. In 2013, the Bandidos, the oldest, biggest, and most-feared outlaw motorcycle club in the state, learned that members of the Cossacks, a rapidly growing rival club, had begun wearing patches on the backs of their vests that read “Texas” in capital letters. For decades, the Bandidos had decreed that the Texas “bottom rocker” patch belonged only to them. If another club wanted to wear the patch, it would have to receive permission from the Bandidos and pay them dues. But the Cossacks contended that the Bandidos had no right to tell them what to do.

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SHOOTING TRIAL: Tension brewed at motorcycle club, lawyer says

Three days before a September shooting in West Corners, a former motorcycle club member confronted others outside their Carl Street clubhouse in attempt to regain some tools and settle a monetary issue. On Wednesday, that former motorcycle member said he showed up with a billy club in order to keep others from ganging up on him.

Another confrontation broke out three days later, on Sept. 24, prosecutors say, resulting in former "Flesh and Blood" motorcycle club member Timothy Mancini and his dog being wounded by shotgun fire.

Paul Warner's trial for attempted second-degree murder continued Wednesday in Broome County Court, and the defense argued tensions had been brewing after a divide among the roughly 18-member group of motorcyclists in the days before the shooting.

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