Winter Springs man goes back on trial in Warlocks murder case

Attorneys finished jury selection in Sanford Monday for a Warlocks murder suspect whose trial three weeks ago ended in a mistrial.

Prosecutors are expected to begin presenting their case tomorrow against Victor "Pancho" Amaro, 43, of Winter Springs, who is charged with murdering three members of a rival motorcycle gang during a shootout two years ago in the VFW hall parking lot in Winter Springs.

He says he acted in self-defense.

Amaro's biker gang got into a shootout Sept. 30, 2012, with members of the Florida Warlocks.

Three Florida Warlocks were killed. Amaro and three other members of his gang were charged with murder.

Amaro went on trial three weeks ago, but four days into the proceeding, prosecutors played an audio recording of his statement to Winter Springs police and inadvertently included a portion in which he confessed to being a convicted felon.

That prompted Circuit Judge Jessica Recksiedler to declare a mistrial.


WKRC TV Cincinnati Biker gang members arrested for Covington arson (video)

COVINGTON, Ky. (Rich Jaffe) -- Two members of a local biker gang now face charges in connection with a fire at a rival gang's club. This case began back in mid-February, when Local 12 reported exclusively on the violent back and forth between the Detroit Highwaymen and their rivals the Iron Horsemen. It culminated the weekend of February 23, with what authorities say was two Highwaymen shooting up and firebombing the Horsemen's Covington clubhouse. Local 12 has learned that on Friday, Cincinnati Police and ATF agents picked up Emmert Earls, also known as Andy Earls, and Ricky Fields. Both are members of the now defunct Cincinnati chapter of the Detroit Highwaymen. They're facing a variety of charges including arson for the February attack on the Iron Horsemen's Covington clubhouse. People were inside the building when the two men allegedly opened fire with a shotgun and threw an incendiary device, basically a Molotov cocktail through one of the upstairs windows.


Motorcycle club member's murder trial begins again following mistrial

~Victor Amaro says shooting was self-defense~

SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. —A motorcycle club member, whose murder trial abruptly ended two weeks ago, will be back in court Monday morning.

A Seminole County judge declared a mistrial for Victor Amaro when prosecutors accidentally played a statement in front of jurors they were not allowed to hear.

According to court observers, the recorded statement Amaro gave to police back in 2012 included an admission that he was a convicted felon.

The judge declared a mistrial saying his criminal past is only allowed if Amaro had testified himself.

Amaro faces three counts of second-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder in the September 2012 shootout in Winter Springs that left three people dead.

Amaro said he opened fire in self defense.


Police from Rock Springs, other cities train to deal with outlaw motorcycle gangs

ROCK SPRINGS, Wyoming — Rock Springs police are getting training to deal with outlaw motorcycle gangs.

The Rock Springs Rocket-Miner reports ( ) Police Chief Mike Lowell arranged two days of training this week for his officers and others across the state.

Steve Cook of the Heartland Training Institute in Kansas City, Missouri, led the training.

Lowell says the number of outlaw gang members is increasing in Wyoming. He says Rock Springs doesn't have any gang headquarters but some cities have groups that support gangs.

He says he wants to make sure his officers know the right way to handle gangs.

Lowell says some motorcycle clubs don't break laws but outlaw motorcycle gangs are defined by involvement in crime.


Muskegon Motorcycle Club expects large turnout for 94th Annual Spring Run




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MUSKEGON, MI – Muskegon Bike Time isn’t until July, but the roar of motorcycles will be heard loud and clear in the Muskegon area when the 94th Annual Spring Run takes place on Sunday, May 4.

What started as a relationship-building event between Dan Raymond, the founder of what is now Hot Rod Harley-Davidson, and his customers is now the symbolic start to the motorcycle riding season in West Michigan.

“In our region this is typically the first ride of the year,” said Carl Murat, chairman of the Spring Run. It’s kind of tradition to have your bike up and running by the Spring Run. If you have a winter project or are getting your bike done over the winter, the idea is to have it done by the Spring Run. It’s some incentive to get your bike up and running.”


DUI and motorcycle enforcement planned for Saturday(Napa Cal.)

The Napa Police Department will be doing special DUI and motorcycle safety enforcement on Saturday.

There will be DUI patrols between 6 p.m. and 2 a.m. in areas with high frequencies of DUI collisions and/or arrests, police said in a new release.

Extra officers will also be patrolling areas frequented by motorcyclists. Officers will be looking for violations made by drivers and riders alike, cracking down on those who are speeding, making illegal turns or any other dangerous violation, police said.

Over the course of the past three years, DUI collisions have claimed one life and resulted in 13 injury crashes harming 23 people, police said.

In the city of Napa in 2012, there was one motorcycle fatality and 13 motorcyclists injured in traffic collisions. In 2013, there were no motorcycle fatalities but eight motorcyclists were injured in collisions.


Complaint: Black Berets president arrested on domestic violence charges

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Inmate_ImageA man identified in court documents as the president of the Black Berets Motorcycle Club was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of beating up a woman and holding a gun to her head in front of her two young children.

Ronald Chavez, 45, is being held on a $50,000 cash-only bond for child abuse, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, false imprisonment and felon in possession of a firearm charges.


Knox County cop fired immediately after photos show brutal choking of student

Usually, after charges of police brutality, police officials take their time reacting while they follow procedure to determine who did what. But this episode in Knoxville, Tenn., was so extreme and well-documented that the local sheriff fired the officer immediately.

Frank Phillips, a Knox County Sheriff’s officer, was fired Sunday night after a series of pictures taken by photographer John Messner were published in the Daily Mail in Britain. They showed an officer identified by the Sheriff’s Office as Phillips grabbing 21-year-old college student Jarod Dotson around the neck and squeezing him until he fell to his knees.


Fugitive Aussie biker Wade Yates-Taui found via Facebook

Mongols bikie Wade Yates-Taui fled to the US after the murder of Max Waller with the help

Mongols bikie Wade Yates-Taui fled to the US after the murder of Max Waller with the help of the outlaw motorcycle club's underworld network, according to police. Source: News Corp Australia

Wade Yates-Taui's pregnant model girlfriend, Raquel Petit, who he was in LA with when arr

Wade Yates-Taui's pregnant model girlfriend, Raquel Petit, who he was in LA with when arrested


Conn. man faces drug, weapons charges after traffic stop

A Connecticut man is facing drug and weapons possession charges after State Police allegedly discovered both in his motorcycle during a traffic stop in Lee Saturday afternoon, officials said.

Curtis Godfrey, 52, of Winsted was stopped while driving on Route 20 just after 5 p.m., State Police said in a statement.

A subsequent search of the vehicle and Godfrey revealed he was illegally carrying two canisters of pepper spray, prescription drugs, and a leather belt and wristband, which both had metallic spikes, State Police said.

“He had indicators of being in a motorcycle gang called the Connecticut Valley Riders, and other symbols that the trooper recognized as being associated with the Outlaws Motorcycle Club,” said State Police spokesman David Procopio.

He was also carrying four knives, but they were legally his and were not seized by police.