Employee testifies about seeing first shot in Twin Peaks melee

A biker with a “big yellow helmet” who appeared to be in charge pulled out a “long, ‘Dirty Harry’-type pistol” and fired the first shot in the May 2015 Twin Peaks biker brawl, a former Twin Peaks employee testified Tuesday.

While testimony thus far has not revealed who was wearing the “big yellow helmet,” previous video and photographic evidence presented by the state show Jacob Carrizal leading a band of Bandidos into Twin Peaks while riding a shiny blue motorcycle and wearing a yellow helmet.

Also, a CNN special on the one-year anniversary of the shootout featured an interview with Carrizal, who said he was punched by a Cossack seconds after he pulled up. A CNN announcer identifies Carrizal on video footage as the biker leading the group into Twin Peaks and wearing a yellow helmet.

It is unclear how many other bikers were wearing yellow helmets that day.


FBI arrests Bandidos Motorcycle Club’s ‘Sergeant at Arms’ in drug, gun trafficking case

FBI agents have arrested the “Sergeant at Arms” of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club in Albuquerque as part of an investigation into trafficking in methamphetamine, stolen firearms and stolen vehicles, including a tractor trailer whose driver was found dead in a Texas hotel parking lot earlier this year.

Federal agents seized more than 20 stolen vehicles and trailers at three different locations in and around Albuquerque last Thursday during pre-dawn raids. During the raids, they arrested Thomas Giles, described by agents in court documents as the motorcycle club’s sergeant at arms, and another man, Michael Vickery, on drug trafficking charges.

Giles and Vickery, who was described in court filings as a “hang around” and not a club member, were charged with distributing methamphetamine and heroin.

Agents made it clear in search warrants filed in the case that the investigation was not of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club, but was focused on Giles and his associates.


Twin Peaks biker's attorney says email proves DA Reyna under federal investigation

A Twin Peaks shootout defense attorney claims a 2013 email from an FBI agent to local authorities proves McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna lied when he claimed last week he is not now, nor has ever been, under federal investigation.

Waco attorney Robert Callahan, who is representing biker William Chance Aikin, of Talco, released an email from FBI agent Dan Brust to Waco police detective Sherry Kingrey and two other local investigators sent in February 2013. In the email, Brust asks all three investigators about unspecified information regarding “the potential corruption,” and possible information confidential informants may have.


Officers give emotional testimony about Waco shooting

Officer Ben Rush was moved to tears when he described the scene, saying it “looked like a horror movie”

WACO, Texas — Two police officers gave emotional testimonies about a fatal shooting that broke out between bikers.

KCEN reported that Officer Ben Rush was moved to tears when he testified in the trial against Dallas Bandido Christopher Jake Carrizal, and said he went to work that day thinking it was going to be easy overtime.


Outlaws Motorcycle Club member stabbed in Ormond, wife arrested

A domestic fight between an Outlaws Motorcycle Club member and his wife on Monday left him with a stab wound to the stomach, authorities said.

The husband is Johnie Trail, 59. His wife Deana Trail, 43, was arrested in the stabbing, said Ormond Beach police Chief Jesse Godfrey.

Johnie Trail was taken to the hospital to get his injury treated, police said.

Details of the incident and charges were not immediately available Monday night.

Police were called to Johnie Trail’s home at 713 Virginia Terrace around 12:23 p.m. Monday to a possible fight between a husband and wife.

Officers arriving at the mobile home found the husband with the stab wound, said police spokesman Keith Walker. Court records show the couple filed for divorce last month.

“The investigation is continuing,” Walker said.


1 person killed, 1 wounded in shooting at motorcycle club fish fry


One person was killed and another person was wounded in a gun battle at a motorcycle club's fish fry event.

It happened at approximately 12:30 on Friday morning at Fourth and Grant streets in Phoenix.

Police said at least 20 gunshots were fired in what appears to be a retaliation shooting, but the details are unclear.

Ten men reportedly pulled their guns on each other during the incident.

"We had two police officers in the area of Fourth Street and Grant when they heard roughly 20 shots," said Phoenix Police Sgt. Alan Pfohl. "Officers responded to an event that was taking place there, and when they came upon the event, they saw several people leaving in a hurry."

Two men had been shot.


Organizer of meeting at Twin Peaks tells jury Cossacks tried to intimidate his wife

A founding member of a “mom and pop” motorcycle group testified Friday that before the Cossacks took over a biker coalition meeting at Twin Peaks and engaged in a deadly shootout with Bandidos, one ran over his wife’s foot, they circled her and spit in her face.

Mike Lynch, a self-employed plumbing contractor from Mart, said the Cossacks cause more trouble in the Waco area than the Bandidos ever have.

Lynch, an original member of the Los Pirados motorcycle club, testified Friday in the trial of Jacob Carrizal.

Carrizal, 35, the Bandidos Dallas chapter president, is the first of 154 bikers indicted in the May 17, 2015, shootout at Twin Peaks to stand trial. Nine bikers died and more than a dozen were injured in the clash between the Cossacks and the Bandidos, the dominant biker group in Texas.

Prosecutors have called 24 witnesses during the first eight days of testimony.


Former Waco Twin Peaks restaurant general manager testifies on day 8 of trial


The former general manager of the Waco Twin Peaks restaurant testified on day 8 of the first trial of the Twin Peaks shootout. 

Christopher Jacob Carrizal who is the president of the Dallas chapter of the Bandidos was indicted on charges of directing activities of a criminal street gang and engaging in organized criminal activity. Nine people died and dozens were injured.

Former Waco Twin Peaks GM Brad Doan said his restaurant started having bike nights on 2014. He recalls members of the Boozefighters being the majority of their clients on those special events.

Doan said he never had any issues with those bikers or Cossacks during those bike nights.

Prosecutor Amanda Dillon asked Doan whether at any point his restaurant decided to stop bike nights. Doan replied no and added that was a decision made by the owner.


Twin Peaks jury gets first look at video of biker shootout

Jurors in the initial Twin Peaks trial watched two men die Wednesday when they got their first look at law enforcement video from the brutal 2015 shootout.

After setting up three large monitors in front of the jury box and one near the witness stand, prosecutors played video from a hidden pole camera Department of Public Safety investigator Chris Frost had installed earlier on the morning of the melee.

Frost testified Wednesday about his role in the May 17, 2015, incident during the trial of Jacob Carrizal, 35, Bandidos Dallas chapter president.

Carrizal is charged in Waco’s 54th State District Court with directing the activities of a criminal street gang and two counts of engaging in organized criminal activity.


Alaska Man Files Lawsuit Over Motorcycle Mishap at Concert

An Alaska man who says he was hit by a motorcycle that flew offstage during a 2016 Buffalo Chip Campground concert has filed a federal lawsuit against the campground, the rider and the bike company.

STURGIS, S.D. (AP) — An Alaska man who says he was hit by a motorcycle that flew offstage during a 2016 Buffalo Chip Campground concert has filed a federal lawsuit against the campground, the rider and the bike company.

The Argus Leader reports that Royce Rath was in the crowd during the Aug. 2016 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally festivities at the campground. The complaint filed this week says in between concert performers Lita Ford and Kid Rock, showman Roland Sands road a motorcycle designed without front brakes across the stage and into a crowd of spectators.