Sat
12
Aug

2nd Kinfolk biker arrested in deadly Bandidos case

(video)--A second man allegedly affiliated with the Kinfolk biker gang has been arrested in connection with a brawl resulting in the death of a Bandidos leader, police said.

Bandidos Motorcycle Club chapter president Juan Martinez Jr. died Aug. 3 after he and three other bikers were shot during a July 30 bar fight at Mulligan's Chopped Hog.

Manuel Gallegos, 58, was arrested Thursday by the U.S. Marshal's Lone Star Fugitive Task Force, according to an El Paso police news release Friday night.

Gallegos, of far East El Paso, was charged with engaging in organized criminal activity-assault for his alleged role in the bar fight, police said. His bond was set at $70,000.

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Fri
11
Aug

Bandidos members arrested after guns found during traffic stop

EL PASO, Texas — Five Bandidos Motorcycle Club members were arrested for unlawful carrying of a weapon Thursday night.

Police say Zachary Carrizal, 35, Terry Claunch, 55, Charles Newbold, 35, Scot Stevens, 37, and Kaden Hall, 24, were stopped after they failed to turn on their signal lights on the 4500 block of Montana and then again on Gateway North and Pershing Drive.

All but Hall were traveling in Harley Davidson motorcycles and are from Ruidoso, New Mexico. Hall was in a truck and is from Alto, New Mexico, police said.

During the stop, officers found the men were carrying firearms and placed them under arrest on the following charges:

Fri
11
Aug

Sturgis Rally 2017: Man, 27, dies in vehicle crash

(video)--A 27-year-old man died in a vehicle crash Thursday near Custer, bringing the total number of fatal crashes during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally to six.

The Highway Patrol released the latest numbers as part of its Rally Tally on Friday. 

The latest fatal crash occurred at 7:12 a.m. Thursday seven miles west of Custer. The Highway Patrol says a 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan was eastbound when the driver lost control and the vehicle went into the ditch. The 27-year-old male driver was pronounced dead at the scene. One of three other occupants, a 20-year-old male, sustained life-threatening injuries. The other two passengers, a 21-year-old male and an 18-year-old female, both received serious non-life threatening injuries.

In other Sturgis Rally figures, authorities have made 130 arrests on DUI, 131 misdemeanor drug arrests and 38 felony drug arrests. 

There have been 40 non-injury accidents and 59 injury accidents reported.

Fri
11
Aug

Bandidos president's funeral a major event, biker gang expert says

The funeral this weekend for a slain El Paso Bandidos leader will be a major event for the motorcycle club and law enforcement, an expert on biker gangs said.

Funeral services begin Friday with a vigil for Juan Martinez Jr., 61, who police identified as the president of an El Paso chapter of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club.

"He was a chapter president. He was killed for being a Bandido. It will be a very large funeral. With that said, law enforcement’s role is to keep it without violence," said Terry Katz, spokesman for the International Outlaw Motorcycle Gang Investigators Association. The group provides specialized training on biker gangs to law enforcement and prosecutors.

Martinez died Aug. 3 after he and three other men were shot four days earlier during a biker gang fight at Mulligan's Chopped Hog bar in the far East Side.

El Paso police later arrested Javier Gonzalez, 34, of the rival Kinfolk Motorcycle Club, in connection with the shooting.

Tue
08
Aug

The naked truth in Sturgis: World’s largest motorcycle rally getting tamer

(video and 85 pic photo gallery)---STURGIS, S.D. — Among the rumbling V-twin engines, the half-naked, body-painted women and wet T-shirt competitions, the black leather jackets and majestic beards, a gnawing question keeps coming up: Has the world’s biggest motorcycle rally lost its edge after 77 years?

There’s no question Sturgis remains wildly popular. An expected 500,000 riders are flocking to this tiny town in the Black Hills this week, filling hotel rooms and renting out homes, parking their RVs in fields and setting up tents on lawns. They’re buying gas, pulled-pork sandwiches and T-shirts commemorating the trip. They’re riding the curvy, hilly pavement for hundreds of miles around the city, and doing anything conceivably motorcycle related, all under the single-word description: “Sturgis.”

Tue
08
Aug

Fargo Police keep close watch on biker gangs

 (video)--FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) You may have noticed more motorcycles on the road recently. Many of them are heading to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota, which is going on right now.

While most bikers are simply motorcycle enthusiasts, there is a small percentage that Fargo Police officers say they are keeping a close eye on.

Fargo Police Lt. Shannon Ruziska leads the anti-gang unit in the F-M area. He says there is always more activity among bike gangs around the Sturgis rally time, but officers say they are aware of the problems they can bring to town.

Sun
06
Aug

Santa Fe police set up surveillance units in ‘potential trouble spots’

Santa Fe police are putting a newly acquired mobile surveillance unit to the test to monitor a residential block where officers say a recent shootout occurred between neighbors who claim allegiance to rival motorcycle gangs.

The new video camera units, which police have been using for weeks, have been set up at public events, such as the downtown Spanish Market, to help officers monitor large crowds. But the placement of such a device in the driveway of a home in a south-central neighborhood surrounded by parks raises questions about whether police can strike a difficult balance of protecting residents’ privacy while using the surveillance equipment to keep them safe.

Sat
05
Aug

Employee of Bandidos member killed in bar shooting says he was like a father to her

EL PASO, Texas — Family, friends and co-workers are mourning the loss of Juan Martinez, who died after being shot inside a far east El Paso bar.

Susana Perez, office manager at J. Martinez & Associates, said Martinez treated his employees like family.

The business helped people with disability and Social Security claims.

“I worked with him for over 11 years. He was a great person. He was very helpful. He was a family man and he helped so many people,” Perez said.

Perez said Martinez and his wife, Gracie, were inseparable.

Juan Martinez died after being shot at an east El Paso bar. (Courtesy: Motorcycle Coalition of El Paso)

At the office, Perez said co-workers don’t feel like they lost their boss.

Thu
03
Aug

Bandidos member shot at eastside bar has died

EL PASO, Texas — 

The Bandidos Motorcycle Club member shot in an east El Paso bar last weekend has died, according to a member of the motorcycle club.

Juan Martinez, 61, was shot in what police are calling a rival gang shooting.

Ballardo Salcido, 49, Juan Miguel Vega-Rivera, 36, and David Villalobos, 47, were also injured in the shooting.

The shooting happened around 9:30 p.m. Sunday at the Mulligans Chopped Hog bar at 1810 George Dieter Drive.

Police said one of the groups was told to leave the bar, which then prompted an argument and a fight between the two gangs.

While the fight was going on, the suspected shooter walked into the bar and began shooting at members of the rival gang, police said.

Wed
02
Aug

Motorcycle club: We're in Decatur for fun, not trouble

DECATUR – Rumors that the Hell's Lovers motorcycle club is coming to Decatur are true.

But just about everything else cranking up the rumor mill is totally wrong, according to the club and the Decatur Conference Center and Hotel, where Hell's Lovers is hosting its 50th anniversary convention from today through Sunday.

Hotel general manager Donna Wickersham said she has heard fearful stories of outlaw motorcycle riders tearing up the town just as it gets ready to host the annual Decatur Celebration. Wickersham says all of those rumors are nonsense.

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