3rd suspect accused in biker-gang murder case

A third man has been arrested in connection with the March 15 killing of 38-year-old Dion Nixon of Grand Junction at James Trailer Park.

Gregory Shariod Clark, 39, was arrested shortly before 4 a.m. Sunday on suspicion of first-degree murder, according to Mesa County Jail records.

Grand Junction Police spokeswoman Heidi Davidson said affidavits and warrants relating to Clark’s arrest have been sealed by a judge, but she confirmed that Clark is suspected of involvement in Nixon’s shooting death.

Richard Byrd, 48, of Fruita, and Rufus Billups, 41, of Grand Junction, were arrested March 16 on first-degree murder and felony menacing charges. Police believe both men are affiliated with outlaw motorcycle club the Sin City Deciples, a group that intentionally misspells its own name and is considered to be a “1-percenter” group by local law enforcement.


Detectives describe shooting at Diablos clubhouse

Five men arrested; victim listed in critical condition

An earlier fight or beating at the Diablos Motorcycle Club apparently led to a shooting Thursday evening near the group’s clubhouse on Eighth Avenue between 26th and 27th streets.

In a court hearing Friday, Terre Haute Police Department detectives Keith Mowbray and Brad Rumsey testified witnesses gave information about a running altercation Thursday between the shooting victim — 54-year-old Kenny Pitts — and members of the Diablos. 

The detectives also said members of the motorcycle club also tried to cover up evidence.

Mowbray said Pitts suffered two gunshot wounds and was in critical condition at an Indianapolis hospital.

The testimony prompted Judge Michael Rader to find probable cause to hold five Diablos members. Those arrested, initial charges and their bond amounts are:


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Police: Victim resisted gang

A 38-year-old man gunned down in his Grand Junction trailer earlier this month had moments earlier been arguing with his alleged attackers and telling them he did not want to join their outlaw motorcycle club, witnesses told police.

One witness told officers that Dion Nixon was frustrated with accused shooters Richard Byrd and Rufus Billups, and that during the confrontation, Nixon drew and fired a handgun himself as his attackers opened fire and fatally wounded him, according to arresting documents recently unsealed by a Mesa County district judge.

Byrd, a 48-year-old Fruita man who prosecutors believe is the local chapter president of outlaw motorcycle club the Sin City Deciples, and Billups, 41, of Grand Junction, face first-degree murder and felony menacing charges in Nixon’s death.


Three suspects charged in deadly biker gang shooting at Warren Twp. bar

WARREN, Ohio -

Three men now face charges in connection with a deadly bar shooting involving rival biker gangs.

The Trumbull County Grand Jury on Wednesday secretly indicted 46-year-old David Bailes, Jr. of Leavittsburg  and Charles Dellapenna III of Warren on two counts of aggravated murder, and issued a new indictment against 48-year-old James Gardner of Warren.

The charges stem from a June shooting incident at Shorty's Place on Highland Avenue in Warren Township.

Two people died as a result of the shooting. Three others were wounded, including Bailes who had faced a murder charge in Warren municipal court until it was dismissed in September.

Bailes was arrested by U.S. Marshals on Wednesday and booked into the Trumbull County Jail.  Bailes and Charles Dellapenna III, 47 of Warren are each charged with two counts of aggravated murder for the shooting deaths of Jason Moore and Robert Marto.  


Complex federal case could delay trials of Twin Peaks bikers

WACO, Texas (KWTX) A complex federal case whose defendants include top officials of the Bandidos biker gang could delay the start of the trials of the dozens of bikers indicted after the deadly 2015 shootout at Waco’s Twin Peaks restaurant.

McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna filed notice Wednesday with the state district judges who will preside over the Twin Peaks trials that the federal investigation “has information which relates to the events at Twin Peaks” that won’t be released until the federal defendants are tried, which might not happen until sometime next year.

Reyna was advised in a letter dated Monday from U.S. Attorney Richard L. Durbin that the information the FBI has was “obtained through court-authorized wire intercepts…and remains under seal and protective order.”


Feds decline to share evidence in Bandidos cases related to Twin Peaks shootout

Federal authorities prosecuting top national officers of the Bandidos motorcycle group in San Antonio have information that relates to the May 2015 shootout at Twin Peaks in Waco, but they will not share it with McLennan County prosecutors until after the federal trial, the U.S. attorney for the Western District of Texas said.

McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna filed notice Wednesday that his office is aware "of the existence of federal evidence not in its possession or control," a development that could delay the trials of bikers charged in the Twin Peaks cases.

"This obviously complicates an already immensely complex situation," said 19th State District Judge Ralph Strother, who last week was forced to postpone the start of a Twin Peaks case in his court after Christopher Jacob Carrizal, a Bandido, got a new attorney who needed more time to prepare.


Virginia ABC Cracking Down on Biker Bars in Central Virginia


The Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) is trying to put the brakes on biker bars in central Virginia. The ABC is warning restaurants and bars they could lose their licenses by becoming a hangout for outlaw motorcycle gangs.

The ABC says this crackdown comes in response to concerns from law enforcement in Greene County, Louisa, and Orange.

John Nagro, the owner of CJ’s at Byrd Street in the town of Orange, is trying to shake off that reputation for his bar.

“The windows aren't black, there's nobody undressed in here dancing. It's not a biker bar,” Nagro explained. “Don't just say because you have a motorcycle patch on there that you're a bad guy, because it's not true.”

Nagro believes police and the ABC are targeting bikers after a dust-up between a member of a motorcycle club and another customer


Hells Angel busted after cops find handgun, cocaine in his car in West Village

Cops busted a Hells Angel after finding a handgun, cocaine and $3,000 cash in his car during a traffic stop in the West Village, police sources said Friday.

Police pulled over Michael Avalone, 37, of Ossining, N.Y., after they spotted him driving recklessly in a 2008 Cadillac DTS at W. 14th St. and 6th Ave. around 2:50 a.m. Thursday, cops said.

After discovering Avalone had three active warrants, the officers placed him under arrest, officials said. During the arrest, Avalone told officers there was a gun on the front passenger seat of his car.

The officers took Avalone and his Cadillac back to the 6th Precinct, and obtained a search warrant for the car, according to a police source.

Inside they found two vials of cocaine, $3,000 in cash, a fake New York transit authority placard and a loaded .380-caliber Luger pistol with an extra magazine, according to a police source.


First Trial in 2015 Texas Biker Shootout Delayed by Judge

WACO, Texas (AP) — A judge on Friday postponed the first trial over a 2015 Central Texas gunfight involving rival motorcycle gangs that left nine people dead, 20 others hurt and more than 150 bikers charged.

The trial for Christopher Jacob Carrizal, a member of the Bandidos motorcycle group, had been set for May 22. But state District Court Judge Ralph Strother on Friday postponed the trial after a new attorney brought onto the case indicated she couldn't be ready in time, the Waco Tribune-Herald reported ( ). A new trial date wasn't set.

Prosecutors and defense attorneys declined to comment, saying Strother had placed them under a gag order.

After delaying the trial, Strother released a panel of 186 potential jurors who had reported to fill out questionnaires for the trial.