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Shootout at Waco Twin Peaks 3 years later: Zero convictions

It was a rainy Sunday a little after noon on May 17, 2015, at a Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco where no one would envision the gruesome crime scene that was about to happen.

A meeting of the Coalition of Clubs and Independents was scheduled for 1 p.m. but that meeting would never take place. At 12:24 p.m. witnesses recalled hearing two shots fired from a small-caliber weapon before a barrage of suppressed rifle fire, the type used by law enforcement. Before 12:30 p.m., nine men would be dead and 23 others transported to nearby hospitals. National media reported the melee involving various motorcycle clubs including the Bandidos and Cossacks, as one of America’s deadliest episodes of biker violence.

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2 Shot, 1 Stabbed During Fight at San Bernardino Motorcycle Clubhouse: Police

An investigation was underway in San Bernardino after two people were shot and a third was stabbed during a fight at a motorcycle club hangout early Sunday morning, authorities said.

The San Bernardino Police Department at 12:30 a.m. received multiple calls regarding a shooting at the Magic Wheels Motorcycle Clubhouse located at 272 S. Mountain View Ave., officials stated in a news release.

Responding officers found a large group of people leaving the area and two victims “down” at the scene, the statement read. One victim suffered gunshot wounds while the other had been stabbed, police said. Both people — identified as a 40-year-old man and a 34-year-old man — were transported to an area hospital.

Minutes later, a 31-year-old woman arrived at a local hospital and said she had been shot at the clubhouse as well, according to authorities.

Fri
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Scoop: Coming Up on 20/20 on ABC - Today, June 22, 2018

"20/20" reports on Kim Pack's five-year-long fight for justice after her mother, New Jersey radio host April Kauffman, was allegedly murdered by a hitman hired by her husband, Dr. James "Jim" Kauffman. Jim was charged with the murder of April and with allegedly running an illegal drug distribution ring with members of the Pagans Motorcycle Club. Jim's charges came after prosecutor Damon Tyner, appointed to his position in 2017, dug into the cold case of April's murder. ABC News correspondent Deborah Roberts interviews Kim and Tyner and reports on the alleged double life that Jim was leading. "20/20" airs Friday, June 22 (10:01 - 11:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC.

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Buffalo Chip, Indian Motorcycles Dismissed From Lawsuit

STURGIS, S.D. – A federal judge has dismissed Buffalo Chip Campground and Indian Motorcycles from a lawsuit filed by an Alaska man injured by a motorcycle at the 2016 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota.

Royce Rath, of Sitka, Alaska, was attending a Kid Rock concert when a motorcycle went off the stage and into the crowd, hitting him.

His lawsuit alleged he suffered severe physical and mental anguish and permanent disability. He sued Buffalo Chip, Indian Motorcycles and showman Roland Sands in federal court last fall, seeking money damages.

The Rapid City Journal reports that a judge granted a joint motion to dismiss the campground and motorcycle company. It’s not known if Sands and Rath have reached a settlement.

Wed
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Outlaw bikers caught on video beating man in bar plead guilty

(video) -- BAY CITY, MI -- Two biker buds who beat a fellow bar patron for, so they thought, taking a photo of their Outlaws Motorcycle Club apparel have pleaded guilty as charged.

Eric J. Kerkau, 47, and Arthur R. Miller, 33, on Monday, June 18, appeared before Bay County Circuit Judge Harry P. Gill and pleaded guilty to assault with intent to cause great bodily harm less than murder. The charge is a 10-year felony.

The men each faced that charge and no others. They pleaded two days before their trials were to begin.

The prosecution agreed both men's sentencing guidelines would range from zero to 17 months. The prosecution also agreed not to seek habitual offender sentencing enhancement in either man's case. Court records indicate each man has three misdemeanor convictions.

Tue
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200 grams crystal meth seized during drug arrest

A convicted felon and Pagan’s East Coast motorcycle club member was arrested and charged with selling meth Monday.

A Midway Park Pagan’s East Coast motorcycle club member remains in jail after being accused of possessing of over 200 grams of crystal meth, among other charges.

Michael Lee Phelps, 51, of Hannah Court, was charged Monday by the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office with two counts of trafficking methamphetamine by possession, trafficking methamphetamine by manufacture, trafficking hydrocodone by possession, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver methamphetamine, maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to an OCSO news release, information about Phelps allegedly selling meth from his home in Midway Park was obtained during an investigation with the Carteret County Sheriff’s Office.

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Owner's daughter disputes portrayal of Elm Mott bar as biker hangout

Proprietors of an Elm Mott bar that a local man patronized before he was found beaten nearby are pushing back against law enforcement officials’ statement that the bar is known to be frequented by members of the Cossacks motorcycle group.

Ginger Gregory, daughter of the owner of MacDaddy’s Pub in Elm Mott, said the 45-year-old man, who was found injured off the bar’s property, was drinking at the bar and had left on foot. Law enforcement officials have said the man was wearing a Bandidos support group T-shirt and that a rivalry between the Bandidos and Cossacks may have led to his assault.

However, Gregory said the bar does not allow motorcycle club members, and she does not believe the incident was connected to the establishment.

Fri
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Motorcycle club helps single mom after van breaks down on highway

(video)---SPEEGLEVILLE, TX (KXXV) -

A China Spring woman is thanking a motorcycle club after she was stranded on the side of the road in Speegleville with her son who has special needs.

Ashley Ballew was heading to Waco on Highway 6 a few weeks ago to take her son, Benjamin, to therapy. Benjamin has cerebral palsy.

"My van overheated. So I pulled over," Ballew said.

Smoke was coming out of the hood of the car. When she opened the hood, there was brown liquid everywhere.

"We sat there for about 10-15 minutes to cool off. I was going to drive it somewhere because I didn't know what else to do," Ballew said. "I put it in drive and it didn't go anywhere."

Thu
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Conviction upheld for one-time leader of Pagans, Hempfield resident

In a 6-to-2 ruling Thursday, state Superior Court reversed a prior appellate court panel's decision and upheld the 2014 conviction of a former head of the Pagans motorcycle club from Westmoreland County on multiple drug charges.

 

A three-member panel in December 2016 had granted Dennis “Rooster” Katona, 52, of Hempfield, a new trial in Westmoreland County citing problems with the validity of the search warrant used in the years-long investigation.

 

The court previously ruled that police cannot use a single search warrant to repeatedly send a wired informant into someone's home. As stipulated in previous court rulings, “a separate finding of probable cause was required for each in-home intercept,” the court had stated in a 2-1 decison.

 

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95th pilgrimage: World-renowned gathering of motorcycle enthusiasts returns with Bike Week

There are two warm-weather traditions "unlike any other" — the Masters golf tournament in April — and Laconia Bike Week in June.

An annual rite of summer for motorcycle enthusiasts throughout the northeast, the 95th pilgrimage of untold legions of weekend warriors to Lake Winnipesaukee began on Friday, June 8 and will conclude on Sunday, June 17. In years past, the event has drawn as many as 300,000 people.

Around the Granite State, scores of local bikers have revved the engines of their choppers, sport bikes, fatboys and sidecars up Interstate 93 to meet other enthusiasts, and enjoy all the week has to offer, including demo rides, vendor displays, live entertainment and on-track racing and off-track stunt shows at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon.

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