Twin Peaks biker charged after high-speed motorcycle chase

GATESVILLE, Texas (KWTX) A man arrested along with a woman Thursday after a high speed motorcycle chase through three Central Texas counties is one of the dozens of bikers indicted in the deadly Twin Peaks shootout.

Aaron Baker Carpenter, 35, of Gatesville and his passenger, Ashley Annette Danlyn Beeson, 27, of Nolanville, were arrested just west of Goldthwaite when the motorcycle they were riding developed mechanical trouble and came to a stop, Department of Public Safety Sgt. Dave Roberts said.

Carpenter was indicted on Nov. 10, 2015 for engaging in organized criminal activity in connection with the shootout between rival biker gangs and law enforcement officers on May 17, 2015 at Waco’s Twin Peaks restaurant that left nine bikers dead and 20 more injured.

At the time of the shootout, he was president of the Coyrell County chapter of the Cossacks motorcycle gang, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.


Witness says he lied about casino gang killing

RENO, Nev. (AP) - The star witness who helped convict the triggerman who killed a high-ranking Hells Angels' boss at a Nevada casino in 2011 says he was lying when he testified that the shooting was an assassination plot orchestrated by a rival motorcycle gang, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press.

Prosecutors think the recantation is a lie, but it could make it more difficult to get another murder conviction against Ernesto Gonzalez, a former Vagos gang member. He's scheduled to be tried again in August after the Nevada Supreme Court threw out the conviction because of improper jury instructions.

Legal scholars say it's hard to predict jurors' reaction to recanted testimony, but it raises questions about the claims of suspects who make deals with prosecutors to take the stand in exchange for more lenient sentences, as Gary "Jabbers" Rudnick did.


Fugitive Outlaws Motorcycle Club member busted for shoplifting

One of Chicago’s most wanted fugitives — Outlaws Motorcycle Club member Orville Jerome Cochran — was arrested over the weekend in a southwest suburb for shoplifting, police said Monday.

Cochran, who once worked at McCormick Place, is charged in a federal racketeering case that involves allegations of drug dealing, bombings and two murders by members of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club.

Cochran was arrested in Evergreen Park just before 5 p.m. on Sunday.

He’s accused of stuffing a back brace into his pants at a Meijer store and walking past the check-out counter, said Capt. Peter Donovan, a spokesman for the Evergreen Park Police Department.

Cochran gave officers a phony name, but a fingerprint check revealed his identity, Donovan said.

A U.S. Marshals Service wanted poster for Orville Cochran. / U.S. Marshals Service


Bikers Taken Into Custody After Incident That Closed Carson Street

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — East Carson Street was shut down Sunday night after a young man reported being robbed and assaulted, allegedly over the shirt he was wearing, by a large group of men outside of a South Side bar.

Police responded to the area of Carson Street near South 14th Street after 7 p.m.

Several people spent more than an hour handcuffed as officers checked drivers’ licenses and registrations.

“The victim ran and called police. The motorcyclists left the bar and our officers spotted them, pulled them over right here. The rest played out right in front of you,” Pittsburgh Police Spokesperson Sonya Toler said.


Costs mount despite Waco motorcycle gang trials on hold

Costs are mounting for the Texas county where a fatal gunfight involving two motorcycle gangs and police led to the indictments of 155 bikers

WACO, Texas (AP) — Costs are mounting for the Central Texas county where a fatal gunfight involving two motorcycle gangs and police led to the indictments of 155 bikers.

The trials arising from the 2015 shootout at the Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco are on hold until after a federal case against leaders of the Bandidos motorcycle gang wraps up.

The Waco Tribune-Herald ( ) reports McLennan County prosecutors are sharing massive amounts of evidence with defense attorneys while awaiting tests on DNA samples from the shootout that killed nine people and wounded 20 others.


Federal cases delay Twin Peaks trial

A judge on Friday effectively postponed the start of any Twin Peaks biker trials in McLennan County until after the federal trial of Bandidos national leaders in San Antonio or until federal prosecutors agree to share evidence with McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna.

Judge Matt Johnson of Waco's 54th State District Court granted a motion to delay the June 5 trial of Kyle Smith, 50, an air-conditioning technician from Kilgore and member of the Cossacks motorcycle group.

Johnson's ruling comes in the wake of Reyna filing a letter he got last month from U.S. Attorney Richard Durbin, of San Antonio, telling him that federal authorities prosecuting the Bandidos have information that relates to Twin Peaks cases but won't share it with Reyna's office until the federal trial is over.

That trial is set for August, but Durbin's letter said it could be postponed until later this year or early next year.


Avengers Motorcycle Club member charged with murder for wife's death

FLINT, MI -- A member of the Avengers Motorcycle Club has been charged with murder in relation to his wife's 2012 suffocation death.

On Wednesday, April 19, Frank Bartels, 51, was arraigned in Genesee District Court on a single count of first-degree premeditated murder in relation to his wife's death in January 2012.

If convicted, he faces the potential of life in prison without parole.

Bartels' attorney, Frank J. Manley, noted that the 2012 homicide is a cold case, and that "cold cases are different by definition and tend to present very unique fact patterns."


"Mr. Bartels maintains his innocence and looks forward to being exonerated from these false allegations," Manley said.


New owner of former SNPJ tells Cross Creek residents he aims to be asset

A Prosperity man who recently purchased the former SNPJ building in Cross Creek Township told residents Tuesday he bought the property with the intention of being an asset to the community, and did not plan to operate a motorcycle club.

Michael Barringer, who bought the building in March, appeared at the Cross Creek Township supervisors meeting to answer questions about his plans for the property from the approximately 30 residents who attended.

“I bought this place as a commercial-industrial business to generate extra money. I’m not here to cause trouble. I want to try to be an improvement to your community,” said Barringer, a former coal miner who now works seasonally as a concrete pump operator and is a member of the Pagans Motorcycle Club. He believes his affiliation with the motorcycle club has caused some residents to oppose his ownership of the building.

“I’m just like you guys, The last thing I’d like to do is cause trouble,” he said.


2 shot at Louisville motorcycle club

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) -  The Shawnee neighborhood started Easter morning with gunfire.

LMPD said they were called to the Outcast Motorcycle Club at 43rd and West Market Street around 3 a.m. Sunday.

Officers arrived to find a black man and woman had been shot.

Dwight Mitchell, an LMPD Spokesperson, confirmed that both were taken to University Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. 

Nan Palmer lives a couple houses away.

“Not a way you want to be woken up any morning but especially Easter morning when you're thinking about being with family,” Palmer said. “They may not be targeting us or somebody else but you never know when a stray bullet is going to get somebody."

The intersection isn’t a stranger to violence. Records show there were two homicides there in 2009, with another in 2010 and a fourth in 2011.

Palmer’s husband Donovan said the violence has gotten out of control lately.


Three Arrested For Rock Springs Biker Assault

Three men who police identify as members of the Sons of Silence motorcycle gang have been arrested in connection with an attack on a member of a rival motorcycle gang in a Rock Springs bar.

According to a release from the Rock Springs Police Department, cops were called to the Saddle Lite Saloon around 3 p.m. Monday, where they found Bradley Chrisman bleeding from the head.

Chrisman told officers that he is an enforcer for the Bad 7 motorcycle gang and that he was wearing his gang patch while sitting at the bar. Chrisman told police Cory Rutherford walked up and started hitting him, saying “give me your cuts or I will kill you.” The word “cuts” is slang for the vest that has a gang member’s patch on it. Taking away a biker’s “cuts” is considered the worst possible insult among biker gangs, according to police.