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Hells Angels Member Sentenced in Manchester Meth Trafficking Case

A member of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club​ was sentenced today in federal court for dealing meth in Manchester and Merrimack.

CONCORD, N.H. - A member of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club was sentenced today in federal court for dealing meth in Manchester and Merrimack.

According to a release from United States Attorney Scott W. Murray, James Cunningham, 61, of Laconia, was sentenced to serve 39 months in prison for methamphetamine trafficking in a federal court.

According to court documents, Cunningham, who is a member of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club, sold quantities of methamphetamine on four separate occasions in 2013 to an individual who was cooperating with the FBI. Three of the drug transactions took place in Manchester and one occurred in Merrimack.

Cunningham, who pleaded guilty on January 25, 2018, will be on supervised release for three years following his release from prison. He also was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine.

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Texas biker accused of killing man who was shot by police

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - One of three bikers indicted on murder charges Wednesday stemming from a chaotic 2015 shooting outside a Texas restaurant is accused of killing a man who was also shot twice by police, according to ballistics evidence reviewed by The Associated Press.

The indictments against Glenn Walker and two fellow members of the Bandidos motorcycle club mark the first murder charges filed in connection to the melee that left nine bikers dead, 20 wounded and nearly 200 arrested outside a Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco.

Investigators say the shooting was sparked by rivalries between the Bandidos and Cossacks motorcycle clubs ahead of a biker meeting. Waco police monitoring the gathering said officers opened fire after fights and gunfire broke out in the parking lot.

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One last ride

One last ride: Hundreds of bikers pay respects to Lakelands Warlocks president

Hundreds of leather-clad bikers sat atop their motorcycles, engines revving loudly, with their middle fingers to the sky in a show of respect to a man who often lifted the same digit to his many friends — John Ruley Jr.’s funeral procession was as boisterous and head-turning as his laugh was.

On Wednesday, Harley Funeral Home was surrounded by motorcycles. Hundreds of bikers from throughout the state and some from as far as West Virginia came in their colors to pay their respects to Ruley. He served as president of the Warlocks Motorcycle Club Lakelands chapter, and died in a wreck Saturday night alongside the club’s vice president, Tommy Burdette.

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Kingsmen president offers surprise testimony, denies ordering murders

When David Pirk talks about the murders of Paul Maue and Daniel "DJ" Szymanski, he is quick to suggest his fellow Kingsmen were working for him, not against him, when they were shot execution-style outside the North Tonawanda clubhouse.

Pirk, the former Kingsmen president accused of orchestrating the killings, acknowledged taking part in a plot Wednesday but said it was a plan that included Maue and Szymanski and targeted another member of the Kingsmen Motorcycle Club.

Speaking publicly for the first time about the murders, Pirk denied any involvement in the 2014 killings and instead pointed the finger at former Kingsmen Filip Caruso.

"My suspicion was that it was Filly's crew," he told a federal court jury. "That it was Filly or his crew."

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Murder charges filed in 2015 biker shooting in Texas

Three members of the Bandidos motorcycle club were indicted on murder charges Wednesday stemming from a chaotic 2015 shooting that involved police and members of another biker club outside a restaurant in Waco, Texas.

The indictments mark the first murder charges in the case and come just eight days before the statute of limitations runs out. More than 20 other bikers were re-indicted on new charges ranging from rioting to tampering with evidence.

Police arrested nearly 200 bikers following the shooting at a Twin Peaks restaurant that left nine people dead and 20 injured. Investigators say the incident was sparked by rivalries between the Bandidos and Cossacks motorcycle clubs. Waco police officers monitoring the gathering also fired on the bikers.

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Hells Angels and Mongols involved in deadly motorcycle gang shooting, per BPD

(video)---BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Police tell 17 News that 56-year-old Ricardo Viera was killed as a result of a clash between the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club and the Mongols Motorcycle Club.

Near Zingos Café outside of Boss Cocktails on Buck Owens Boulevard, a bike wash was reportedly being held Saturday afternoon. 

But exclusive 17 News video shows how things escalated.

Police say members of the Hells Angels were at an event when members of the rival Mongols Motorcycle Club arrived.

During that confrontation Ricardo Viera-- who police say was affiliated with the Mongols--fired a shotgun into a crowd of people at the event.

You can hear the shotgun blast in the video.

Police say one person was hit by that shot and received minor injuries.

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42 More Dismissals in Twin Peaks Cases

(audio)---Felony charges have been dismissed for 42 more bikers for their alleged involvement in the 2015 shootout between rival groups at a restaurant in Waco. It’s the largest round of case dismissals so far
 

The DA’s office began slowly dismissing charges earlier this year, and recently began picking up the pace. These dismissals are the 3rd round in a week bringing the total down to 58 pending cases. 155 were originally indicted and given a blanket charge of engaging in organized criminal activity. District Attorney Abel Reyna has said the dismissals are to focus on defendants with more culpability.

The next round of trials is planned for late August. A retrial of the head of the Dallas chapter of the bandidos motorcycle club is scheduled for September. Jacob Carrizal’s first trial ended in a hung jury.

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Ex-leader of Bandidos rests his case

The former president of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club finished presenting his case Monday at a racketeering trial in San Antonio, calling mostly character witnesses.

Lawyers for Jeffrey Fay Pike called Bandidos members from the Houston area, the wife of one member, and a friend of Pike’s to testify in support of Pike's contention that the club is just a bunch of fun-loving men and not the violence-thriving toughs they have been depicted as in the past.

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Pike, who lives near Conroe, is on trial with his former vice president, John Xavier Portillo of San Antonio, on charges that they led the Bandidos’ alleged racketeering conspiracy by directing, ordering, authorizing or sanctioning murder, drug dealing, beatings and intimidation of other bikers.

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roopers: Two drivers charged with felony DUI after crash kills 2 motorcyclists

GREENWOOD COUNTY, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Troopers said a man has been charged with felony DUI after a collision in Greenwood County killed two people.

SCHP said the crash happened along US 221 at Evans Pond at 8:50 p.m. Saturday night. 

According to troopers, two motorcycles, a 2005 Nissan and a 1999 Jeep were involved in the collision. 

The Jeep was struck by the two motorcycles, troopers said. One of the motorcycles then ran off the road into a ditch and the other was struck by the Nissan, according to SCHP. 

Troopers said neither of the motorcyclists were wearing helmets and both were ejected from their vehicles. The passengers on both motorcycles were also ejected and were transported to the hospital, per SCHP. 

According to troopers, the driver of the Jeep was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the collision and was ejected from the vehicle. He was transported by helicopter to the hospital. 

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Court records: Man killed in shooting previously involved in public fight with rival motorcycle gang

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - New details in a deadly shooting outside a bar on Buck Owens Boulevard. The county coroner identified Ricardo Viera, 56, as the man who was shot to death. 

The shooting happened Saturday afternoon outside Boss Cocktails -- a bar attached to Zingo's Café -- where a bike wash was reportedly being held. It appeared to start as an argument between two biker groups before it became deadly. 
     
Police also said a man claiming to be the shooter later called them and was taken into custody. He was released and police haven't said why. 

According to court records, Viera was involved in another very public fight in January 2016 involving a rival motorcycle gang. Police said two men accused of having connections to the Hells Angels attacked Viera at the intersection of Rosedale Highway and Calloway Drive. At the time, police said the fight also involved the Mongols motorcycle gang.

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