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Oct
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Austin-area men sue Waco police over arrests in biker shootout

Two Austin-area men who were present at a 2015 shootout during a gathering of motorcycle clubs and riders in Waco have filed federal civil rights lawsuits against law enforcement officials there.

Complaints filed on Tuesday allege Waco Police Department Chief Brent Stroman, Detective Manuel Chavez, District Attorney Abelino Reyna and an unnamed Texas Department of Public Safety employee arrested William Brent Redding of Travis County and Thomas Paul Landers of Williamson County solely based upon their presence at the incident and the clothes they were wearing. Redding and Landers are both members of the Escondidos Motorcycle Club, according to the complaint, whose patches bare a similar color scheme to that of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club, which is listed as an outlaw motorcycle gang by the FBI’s National Gang Report.

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Pagans member sentenced in pill mill trafficking case

Joseph Mitchell Sr., a member of the Pagans Motorcycle Club, was sentenced Thursday to nine years in federal prison for his role in a prescription pill mill that trafficked about 700,000 oxycodone and other addictive opiate pills.

United States District Court Judge Nitza L. Quinones Alejandro also ordered Mitchell to serve three years supervised release and pay a special assessment of $100.

The court also entered a forfeiture judgment, but did not elaborate what property it would take from Mitchell.

On July 14, 2015, a Philadelphia grand jury charged Mitchell, along with William O'Brien, a former doctor of osteopathic medicine, and eight co-defendants with conspiring to distribute controlled substances.

Mitchell was a member of the Pagans, an outlaw biker gang known for violence and drug dealing, officials said.

Records show O'Brien worked with the Pagans and their associates to operate a "pill mill" out of his medical offices.

Wed
12
Oct
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Widow of biker slain in brawl sues for wrongful death

The widow of a man killed by a corrections officer during a motorcycle brawl in January has sued her husband’s shooter.

Laura Ramirez Mendoza, wife of a motorcycle club member killed in a melee that wounded seven other people at the Colorado Motorcycle Expo, is suing shooter Derrick Duran as well as Duran’s motorcycle club and the organizers of the expo.

Mendoza is represented by Kidneigh & Kaufman in the Denver district court case alleging wrongful death.

The complaint filed Oct. 6 claims shooting suspect Derrick Duran, a member of the Iron Order Motorcycle Club and an employee of the Colorado Department of Corrections, committed a felony killing.

Mon
10
Oct
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Outlaw motorcycle gang reportedly tied to torture case

Great Falls and the surrounding area is home to many motorcycle enthusiasts. It’s also home to motorcycle “clubs” that are, in fact, nationally recognized outlaw motorcycle gangs.

The U.S. Department of Justice says the following in its definition of a gang: “… members collectively identify themselves by adopting a group identity which they use to create an atmosphere of fear or intimidation …”

An example of this is the “1%” patch many outlaw motorcycle gang members wear along with their club’s logo and “colors.”

The 1 percent symbol is attributed to the response following a decades-old quote from the American Motorcycle Association assuring folks that 99 percent of motorcyclists are law-abiding citizens.

“They’re saying they’re not a part of the 99 percent of motorcyclists who are law-abiding citizens,” Great Falls Police Sgt. Jim Wells said.

Mon
10
Oct
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Twin Peaks biker killed in crash during police chase

GATESVILLE, Texas (KWTX) One of the bikers indicted in the deadly May 2015 shootout at Waco’s Twin Peaks restaurant died when the stolen motorcycle he was riding crashed into a van during a police chase in Gatesville.

Trey Alston Short, 29, of Temple was among the bikers indicted on Nov. 10, 2015, for engaging in organized criminal activity in the May 17, 2015 shootout between rival biker gangs at police that left nine dead and 20 injured.

A law enforcement source said Monday he was a member of the Cossacks motorcycle gang.

Short died Friday night as he tried to elude police in Gatesville while riding a Harley Davidson motorcycle that had been stolen out of Waco.

An officer spotted the motorcycle traveling at a high rate of speed late at around 9:45 p.m. Friday in the 1000 block of West Main Street and attempted to pull the rider over.

The rider, however, sped up and tried to elude the officer, authorities said Monday.

Fri
07
Oct
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Key Bandidos member pleads guilty to racketeering

The former president of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club is standing his ground against federal organized crime charges that could land him in prison for life, even as a key member pleaded guilty Friday to racketeering in a possible bid for leniency in his case.

 

Jeff Pike, the former president and still powerful member of the motorcycle club, was charged earlier this year with three other Bandidos in federal court in San Antonio with racketeering to commit murder, drug trafficking and other crimes.

 

Justin Cole Forster's guilty plea Friday in San Antonio is set to be followed next week with a plea by another key member, Frederick "Fast Fred" Cortez, according to court documents.

That would leave Pike, who lives in Conroe, and vice president John Portillo, of San Antonio, still facing the federal charges, which carry a penalty of up to life in prison.

Fri
07
Oct
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Sedalia residents concerned over Hells Angels moving in

(VIDEO)--Sedalia, Colorado.  Described affectionately by residents as the land that time forgot.  Mom and pop shops, horse and buggy-sized lots with folks who love to live here.

But there is a newly built structure in town that has the neighbors worried.

Not so much because of aesthetics but because of who they believe owns it. "We had heard that it is the Hells Angels and it's going to be their clubhouse," said one resident who wished to remain anonymous.

The motorcycle enthusiasts known as the Hells Angels are not a business or any one individual. They don't purchase property.  But an LLC can, like Rocky Mountain Red and White LLC in Longmont.

It is the organization that bought the property in question. According to business owners who do not want to be known, the connection between Hells Angels and Rocky Mountain Red and White LLC is on Facebook.

Fri
07
Oct
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Motorcycle shop owner arrested in Sept. 14 shooting of motorcyclist

The owner of a Yuba City motorcycle shop arrested Wednesday for a September shooting is alleged to have ties to the Hells Angels.

Francisco "Cisco" Fernandez, 34, was taken into custody in Carson City, Nev., on a Yuba City warrant, accused of attempted murder for the benefit of a criminal street gang.

He allegedly shot a man Sept. 14, according to Yuba City police spokesperson Shawna Pavey.

Officers received calls of shots fired and found a man in the street at Lincoln and Jones roads. Witnesses said the victim, whose name was not released, was riding a Harley-Davidson when shots were fired from what police were told was a white SUV traveling west toward Highway 99.

The victim was hospitalized for multiple nonlife-threatening gunshot wounds and released a few days later, Pavey said.

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Philly doctor gets 30 years in prison for running pill mill with biker gang

A Philadelphia doctor was sentenced to prison Wednesday for operating a pill mill with the help of a motorcycle gang and giving drugs that resulted in a patient's death.

William J. O'Brien III, 50, was given a 30-year sentence for allegedly conspiring with the Pagans Motorcycle Club in the drug scheme and netting himself about $2 million, prosecutors said.

“Those doctors who distribute dangerous prescription drugs for no legitimate medical purpose need to be held fully accountable when their irresponsible conduct leads to death and addiction among patients," U.S. Attorney Zane David Memeger said in a press release.

According to prosecutors, members of the Pagans — a gang known for "violence and drug dealing" — would recruit "pseudo-patients" to send to O'Brien, who would write them fraudulent prescriptions for oxycodone and other drugs. Pagans associates would then resell the drugs on the street.

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Two Carson City search warrant executed in connection with California murder

Street Vibrations weekend ended with two warrant services on a Carson City residence and business for evidence in an alleged gang-related murder.

The Carson City Sheriff’s Office, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and Lyon County Sheriff’s Office Gang Units, and Tri-Net conducted two search warrants for property related to a shooting several weeks ago in Yuba City, Calif. It is suspected that the shooting was a gang killing, possible involving the motorcycle gang, the Hell’s Angels, law enforcement officials said.

Sunday morning, the Sheriff’s Office received search warrants to look for property related to the shooting at the Roop Street Tanglewood Village apartments and at the Highway 50 Nautical Motorcycles. There also was a simultaneous search done in Yuba City by the SWAT there.

“This residence and business were identified as connected to persons sought, but at this time there are no active warrants,” Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong said.

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