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Bandidos leader fighting federal charges and outlaw reputation

Motorcycle club is about brotherhood, not crime, former president says

Jeff Pike makes his way through the crowd with a cup of Crown Royal whiskey and water in his hand and dark sunglasses framing his gray crew cut.

The leader of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club wears a dark denim vest adorned with patches that say things such as "Expect No Mercy," but he smiles at everyone.

 

"How ya doing, brother?" Pike asks as he stops for another hug. "Good to see you. Good to see everybody."

 

At a 50th anniversary gathering of Bandidos, on a recent Saturday afternoon along the banks of the San Jacinto River, one thing was clear: Among these people, Pike is a rock star, a father figure, a man who inspires and awes.

"I love him to death," said someone known as "Baytown Rob." "He gives me the chills. A great, great man."

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$3.5M claim filed in Eagle Nation shooting

A claim totaling more than $3.5 million has been filed against the city of Neenah and three police officers stemming from the Dec. 5 shooting death of Michael L. Funk during a hostage standoff at Eagle Nation Cycles.

It was filed Thursday by Funk's widow, Theresa Mason-Funk, and is a prelude to an expected federal lawsuit, according to a release from attorney Howard B. Schoenfeld of DeWitt Ross & Stevens.

The city and the three officers have 120 days to determine if they want to resolve the matter without litigation, the law firm said. Schoenfeld served the documents on the city of Neenah and three Neenah police officers — Craig Hoffer, Jonathan Kuffel and Robert Ross.

Late Thursday night, the city released a statement saying the claim is under review and has been referred to its defense counsel, Gunta Law Office.

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Pro Stock motorcycle’s Andrew Hines likes view from top heading to Summernationals

Andrew Hines and his Screamin’ Eagle Vance and Hines Harley-Davidson team went to work in the off-season, determined to produce something far different in 2014.

 
 
Pro Stock motorcycle’s Andrew Hines likes view from top heading to Summernationals

 

ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. — Intent on making up for a season of disappointment, Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Andrew Hines and his Screamin’ Eagle Vance and Hines Harley-Davidson team went to work in the off-season, determined to produce something far different in 2014.

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Motorcycle Club Looks to Future After Court Cancels Party (video)

 

A Muscatine County motorcycle club is looking to make changes and try to host other events in the future after a judge granted a preliminary injunction canceling a fundraising party that was going to be held this coming weekend.

The Eastern Iowa chapter of the motorcycle club Sons of Silence had posted flyers all over town inviting community members, other club members, neighbors and friends to a three-day party with live music, motorcycle rodeo events, primitive camping, and food and drinks available on sight.

They had lined up performers, vendors, and porta-potty rentals, and thought they were ready to go, until they received notice of an injunction, later upheld by the judge, ordering them to cancel the plans.

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Hayward police ID 22-year-old man found fatally shot in SUV

HAYWARD -- A man found fatally shot behind the wheel of an SUV last week has been identified by police as Hayward resident Carlos Diaz-Rubalcava.

Diaz-Rubalcava, 22, died Thursday evening after being shot by an unknown suspect, Sgt. Mark Ormsby said.

Police on Tuesday were not releasing how many times he was shot or where he was shot.

Investigators learned about the shooting just before 5:40 p.m. after receiving multiple 911 calls about a traffic crash on the corner of Saklan Road and West Winton Avenue. Officers found the man fatally shot in the driver's seat of a Ford Explorer, said Sgt. Mark Ormsby.

As police investigated, they learned of another shooting victim who had been dropped off at the Kaiser emergency room in Hayward. That man, a 48-year-old Oakland resident, was eventually transported to Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley.

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Gang members seen in beating outside Fresno's Crossroads bar to get probation (pic/video)

A Fresno gang whose members were caught on video tape severely beating two men outside the Crossroads nightclub in March will get felony probation for the assault, their lawyers said Tuesday.

Apolonio Martinez, Daniel Martin Telles, Christopher Martinez Jr. and his father, Christopher Martinez Sr., pleaded no contest last week in Fresno County Superior Court to assault likely to commit great bodily injury. In addition, Martinez Jr. pleaded no contest to possession of drugs and his father pleaded no contest to possession of a firearm by a felon.

In exchange for their pleas, prosecutors dismissed a second assault charge against all four defendants and dismissed a felony drug charge against Apolonio Martinez and Martinez Jr., and a felony ammunition charge against Telles and Martinez Sr., the documents show.

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Biker gangs thrive in Central Florida

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David Jakiela, 52, of Orlando was killed in a biker gang shootout in Winter Springs in 2012. (Suzelle Miller / May 25, 2014)

SANFORD — They looked like characters who had wandered off a movie set, more than a dozen outlaw bikers trooping into the Seminole County criminal courthouse week after week in April and May for a series of murder trials.

Some took the witness stand. Others were there just to watch.

Many had tattoos, beards, shaved heads or ponytails. Most were members of the Florida Warlocks, which law enforcement considers a dangerous outlaw motorcycle gang.

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Party ain't playing possum: It really is dead after court rules against bike club's local fundraiser

MUSCATINE, Iowa — To party or not to party?

That was the question before the Muscatine County District Court Thursday morning, and the final decision ended up being ... not to party.

Muscatine County Attorney Alan Ostergren petitioned the court for an injunction on a party that members of a local motorcycle club want to hold from May 30 to June 1 at the club's headquarters, located at 2097 Old U.S. Highway 61 South, located just south of the Muscatine Municipal Airport.

The ruling in the case, Muscatine County vs. Edward Zeman and the Sons of Silence, puts a preliminary injunction against the event, known as the Eastern Iowa: We Ain't Playing Possum Party. Zeman is the owner of the property and a member of the club, which Zeman identified in court testimony as the Eastern Iowa chapter of the Sons of Silence Motorcycle Club.

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‘Hells Angels’ Feature Rides Over To Writer-Producer Rob Weiss

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Motorcycle Club Defends Its Reputation

A motorcycle club rumbled into the Payson Town Council meeting last week to set the record straight on its reputation.

Members of the Payson Wolves motorcycle club took up nearly every seat in the normally empty council hall, causing quite a stir.

Just two bikers spoke during the public comment period, president Jimmy Johnson and member Ed ‘Hollywood.’

Johnson said he was compelled to visit after learning “that a member, or members of, the Payson Town Council are speculating publically that our club is affiliated with criminal enterprises associated with drug dealing and other illegal acts. Nothing could be further from the truth,” he said.

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