Sheriff: Biker gang behind homicide near Suncoast Parkway and SR 54 in Pasco County

(video)--Pasco County deputies are investigating a shooting death near Suncoast Parkway and State Road 54.

Sheriff Chris Nocco said the shooting is related to motorcycle gang activity and releases photos of the suspects.

"This shooting, thank God an innocent person was not killed," said Sheriff Nocco. 

A witness heard three loud "pops" and saw the driver of a truck slumped over. Investigators have not released the identity of that driver but tell us he was a documented motorcycle gang member.

PCSO is now asking anyone with information to come forward about the two people who fired the shots, seen riding motorcycles with the tags covered up. 

Sheriff Nocco says it appears this was an internal issue and the victim was targeted. 


San Diego motorcycle club's holiday tradition goes on despite fire

(video)--SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - A South Bay biker club is all systems go with their holiday tradition of giving, despite suffering a clubhouse fire that destroyed many of their tools and supplies.

The San Diego chapter of Boozefighters Motorcycle Club has donated bicycles and toys for more than 40 years to children in need.

The group's Clairemont clubhouse burned down earlier this year, destroying many of the group's tools and supplies they use to assemble bikes for their annual Christmas With Kids giveaway.

RELATED: Local Group Donates Bikes Christmas Morning


Man who spoke at biker's sentencing arrested on several charges

FOWLER TOWNSHIP — Walter Hughes, one of two Brothers Regime motorcycle club members who survived being shot by a member of a rival motorcycle club in 2016, was arrested Saturday on a variety of charges.

Hughes, 42, of Homewood Avenue in Leavittsburg, was charged with three counts of carrying a concealed weapon, one of being a felon in possession of a firearm and single charges of driving under suspension and having an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle.

Hughes spoke at a sentencing hearing last week in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court for David Bailes Jr., the man who shot Hughes, another Brothers Regime member and killed the Brothers Regime president and another member June 18, 2016, outside Shorty’s Place tavern on Highland Avenue in Warren Township.


After final sentencing, prosecutor reveals how fatal biker shootings unfolded

The refusal of key witnesses to testify against Forever Two Wheelz motorycle club president David Bailes Jr. and two co-defendants in the killing of two rival motorcycle club members and injuring of two others reduced prosecutors’ options.

It led to plea agreements with all three defendants and prison sentences of 10 years for Bailes, eight for James Gardner and six for Charles Dellapenna III, the last of whom learned his sentence Thursday in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court.

The sentences were not long enough for Dana Hughes, wife of Walter Hughes, one of the two members of the Brothers Regime who suffered gunshot wounds but survived the June 18, 2016, shootings.

“The years that have been given are not even close to the years it’s going to take to get my life back on track,” she said at Dellapenna’s sentencing hearing.

She had married Walter Hughes at the time of the shootings.


Police: Lathrop-Manteca firefighter a suspect in stabbing

MANTECA — Police have arrested a Lathrop-Manteca Fire District firefighter on suspicion of attempted murder after it is alleged he stabbed a man at a bar, according to authorities.

The Manteca Police Department’s Gang Suppression Unit arrested Brandon Burlingame, 35, about 7:45 a.m. Thursday. He was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon and a weapon enhancement. His bail is set at $1 million.

Police allege Burlingame stabbed a 43-year-old man about 10:13 p.m. Dec. 1 at The Pub & Lounge at 1305 N. Main St. Officers investigating the case learned the suspect was wearing a Jus Brothers Motorcycle Club patch at the time of the assault.

When police arrived, the suspect had left the scene, but police later identified Burlingame as the suspect, according to the Manteca Police Department.

The victim suffered serious injuries in the attack and was taken to the hospital, but he is expected to survive.


Courts: NKY drug supply fed by Iron Horsemen motorcycle leader

COVINGTON – Part of Northern Kentucky's crystal methamphetamine supply rode in with the Iron Horsemen motorcycle gang for two years.

Earlier today, a federal judge sentenced an Iron Horsemen motorcycle gang leader from Boone County to 35 years in prison.

Florence Iron Horsemen chapter president and national "enforcer" Matthew Wesley Shaffer was convicted by a jury on drug distribution and weapons charges, according to a U.S. Department of Justice news release.

U.S. District Court Judge David Bunning gave the sentence to the 39-year-old Walton resident Thursday in a Covington courtroom. Shaffer has to serve at least 85 percent of his sentence under federal law.


Sikhs distribute bicycles to underprivileged US children

AMRITSAR: In another effort to break barriers between the Sikhs and other communities in the US, American Sikhs donated over a thousand bicycles to the underprivileged children in Fresno. "Over one thousand bicycles, 200 more than last year were collected, purchased and assembled by the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club of Fresno and donated to children," said Sikh activist Bill Singh Nijjer on Tuesday.

He said the Fresno chapter of 'We Are Sikhs' campaign, in a community cohesion effort, took part in the 19th Annual Fresno Hells Angels Toy Run at Chukchansi Park Field.


Bikers bring holiday joy

Morgan Hill Toy Run donates thousands of gifts, dollars to Gilroy charity

The South Bay motorcycle community came together in Morgan Hill Saturday to help make the holidays merry and bright for local children who are less fortunate.

The House of Thunder Harley Davidson annual Toy Run started in the dealership’s parking lot on Condit Road the morning of Dec. 9. More than 50 bikers loaded up new stuffed animals, dolls, kids’ bicycles and other new presents onto their motorcycles and a trailer, and rode together to donate the gifts to Rebekah’s Children’s Services in Gilroy.


3 Affidavits in Biker Case Attest to FBI Probe of Prosecutor

A retired Waco police officer says in an affidavit that the FBI is investigating McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna for alleged public corruption.

The affidavit was filed Tuesday by Jorge Salinas. He's among the more than 150 bikers indicted on criminal conspiracy charges following a May 2015 shooting in Waco that left nine dead.

It's the third affidavit signed by former law enforcement officials who say FBI agents interviewed them about Reyna allegedly helping campaign donors avoid legal trouble.

The affidavits were filed in support of Salinas' motion to compel the district attorney's office to share evidence and force Reyna onto the witness stand.

Reyna said he's not aware of any FBI investigation of him.


UPDATE | Motorcycle club president accepts plea agreement, avoids trial

WARREN — Faced with having his first cousin and mother's husband testifying against him at trial, Forever Two Wheelz motorcycle club president David H. Bailes Jr. accepted a plea agreement today instead of going to trial in the 2016 shooting deaths of two members of the Brothers Regime motorcycle club and injuring of two others.

Bailes, 46, pleaded guilty in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court before Judge Andrew Logan to two counts of involuntary manslaughter and two counts of felonious assault. He will be sentenced at 9 a.m. Tuesday. His trial was set to begin this morning, but a discussion before jury selection was about to begin eliminated the trial.

VIDEO: Bailes plea agreement

The shootings occurred outside of Shorty’s Place tavern on Highland Avenue in Warren Township as Forever Two Wheelz was preparing to have a benefit motorcycle ride.