Philadelphia Pagan sentenced to 15-years

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (YC – Gov.) – Yesterday, a federal judge sentenced Joseph Mehl, a/k/a “Joseph Montanero” to 180 months in prison for his role in a prescription pill mill that trafficked oxycodone and other dangerous and addictive opioids. In addition, the Honorable Nitza I. Quiñones Alejandro, United States District Judge, ordered the defendant to serve three years of supervised release upon release from prison, and pay a special assessment of $100, as well as entering a judgment of forfeiture.


Fed, state, local authorities charge Middletown garage owner with illegal operation

MIDDLETOWN >> A 43-year-old city man was arrested after local, state and federal authorities discovered he was allegedly running an illegal car repair operation and had an illegally altered pistol hidden in his office located near a housing project, according to Middletown police.

The arrest was made after members of the Middletown Police Department Street Crime Unit and Connecticut State Police Auto Theft Task Force served a warrant Wednesday at 50 Walnut St.

A three-month investigation had revealed that owner Joseph Walden III, 43, of High Meadow Lane was allegedly operating the garage without a license, according to authorities. Walden, who operates Walden Enterprises and is a member of the Ruthless for Life Motorcycle Club, serves as regional president, police said.


Judge Denies Biker's Request for Delay in Waco Trial

The judge who would preside over the first trial of a biker allegedly involved in a shootout at a meeting of rival motorcycle gangs in Waco, Texas, that left nine people dead has denied a motion to delay the trial.

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The judge who would preside over the first trial of a biker allegedly involved in a shootout at a meeting of rival motorcycle gangs in Waco, Texas, that left nine people dead has denied a motion to delay the trial.

Christopher "Jake" Carrizal was among more than 150 bikers indicted following the 2015 shooting on charges of murder conspiracy and engaging in organized criminal activity. His trial is scheduled for Sept. 11.


Felony filed in biker brawl: Ottawa man charged with striking cop

OTTAWA — Ottawa’s police chief said there would be more people charged in connection with Sunday’s downtown brawl, and another has.

Police reported this morning that Shawn P. Thompson, 39, of Ottawa was charged with aggravated battery to a peace officer, a Class 2 felony with a base sentencing range of 3-7 years, plus one count of misdemeanor obstructing a peace officer. Thompson was picked up Monday on a La Salle County warrant.

He posted bond and was released. This is the fifth arrest stemming from the melee in the 100 block of West Main Street, and so far the only one charged with a felony for a crime of violence. 

‘Clubs’ and a knife

Police initially reported two felony charges for violence following the Sunday evening fight, described in open court as “a large brawl” — involving, police said later, members of the Hells Angels and Biker Outlaws — but the first two charges were filed as felonies.


5 held after Friday’s shooting on Highway 395

Five men are in jail after one of them allegedly pointed a gun at a motorist before Friday’s shooting on Highway 395.

Few details about the shooting have been released, but five California members of the Hells Angels — Jason A. Marshall, 47; Neal G. Foulger, 55; William D. Smeeton, 47; William I. Maclean, 66; and Michael A. Smullen, 59, are being held in Franklin County jail after one of their fellow members Dennis Donahue, 52, was shot in the leg.

Authorities are holding the men for 72 hours on suspicion of criminal mischief. Two of the men, Foulger and Marshall, are accused of unlawfully possessing a firearm. Washington State Patrol investigators identified the men as Hells Angels by their clothing.

No one is yet charged with any crime related the shooting.

Judge Joe Burrowes set bail at $10,000 for Smeeton, $15,000 for Smullen, $20,000 for Marshall, $30,000 for Maclean and $35,000 for Foulger.


4 arrested, weapons seized in violence between bikers outside downtown Ottawa bar

Violence between out-of-town motorcycle clubs ensued around dinner time Sunday just outside of JJ's Pub in downtown Ottawa.


Brawl charges against two Pagans withdrawn

MEDIA COURTHOUSE >> The commonwealth has withdrawn charges against two members of the Pagan’s Motorcycle Club for an alleged assault against a fellow club member in April.



Assistant District Attorney Christopher DiRosato told Delaware County Common Pleas Court President Judge Kevin F. Kelly that he was unable to secure the presence of the complaining victim – though he noted the charges were initiated more by police – and was therefore withdrawing charges against 48-year-old Brion Phillips and Joseph E. Meehan, 44, of Ardmore.



Phillips and Meehan were charged with conspiracy, harassment, and aggravated and simple assault for the April 13 incident that resulted in Phillips being shot in the leg. Meehan was also charged with reckless endangerment.



A third club member was also initially charged, but those charges were dropped at the magisterial district judge level.




Tensions rise during hearing in Twin Peaks shootout case

If the trial of the first Twin Peaks case lives up to the rancor and ill will exhibited between attorneys on both sides in recent pretrial hearings, the McLennan County courthouse could be in for a real donnybrook.

Tensions between prosecutor Michael Jarrett and defense attorney Casie Gotro continued to mount Monday during a three-hour pretrial hearing in Waco's 19th State District Court.

Judge Ralph Strother seemed more like a referee in a 15-round boxing match, as he repeatedly asked the attorneys to address him and not each other and cautioned Gotro to quit interrupting him. 


Murder suspects are high-level gang members, cop says

Three men charged with murder in connection with a fatal shooting in Grand Junction five months ago were upper-level members in a national outlaw motorcycle club’s local branch, according to a detective who testified about the gang’s structure in court.

Richard Byrd, 49, Rufus Billups, 42, and Gregory Clark, 39 — each of whom is charged in the March 15 slaying of 38-year-old Dion Nixon at his Grand Junction home — are all members of one-percenter motorcycle club the Sin City Deciples, according to Grand Junction Police Detective Julie Stogsdill, who headed the investigation.

Police believe Nixon was shot to death on the front porch of his trailer at James Trailer Park, 489 28 1/4 Road, after a confrontation with several local members of the Sin City Deciples. Witnesses have told police that Nixon’s girlfriend was the ex-wife of the chapter’s past president.


Hundreds attend funeral for Bandidos leader; law enforcement officers watches closely

(video)--EL PASO, Texas - Hundreds of motorcyclists bid a final farewell to Bandidos Motorcycle Club President Juan Martinez.

The procession stretched for miles with bikers visiting from several parts of the U.S. with law enforcement making a large presence.

Bikers followed the white hearse carrying the body of Martinez.

The Harleys rumbled as they drove into Evergreen Cemetery.

Hundreds of motorcycle clubs including veterans and faith-based riders, attended the funeral.

And nearby, El Paso Police -- Sheriffs -- and state and federal agents watched closely.

Up above, helicopters operated by U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Department of Public Safety hovered over the procession.

The security is related to the shooting on El Paso's eastside that sent four men including Martinez to the hospital.