Thu
19
Oct

Twin Peaks jury gets first look at video of biker shootout

Jurors in the initial Twin Peaks trial watched two men die Wednesday when they got their first look at law enforcement video from the brutal 2015 shootout.

After setting up three large monitors in front of the jury box and one near the witness stand, prosecutors played video from a hidden pole camera Department of Public Safety investigator Chris Frost had installed earlier on the morning of the melee.

Frost testified Wednesday about his role in the May 17, 2015, incident during the trial of Jacob Carrizal, 35, Bandidos Dallas chapter president.

Carrizal is charged in Waco’s 54th State District Court with directing the activities of a criminal street gang and two counts of engaging in organized criminal activity.

Wed
18
Oct

Alaska Man Files Lawsuit Over Motorcycle Mishap at Concert

An Alaska man who says he was hit by a motorcycle that flew offstage during a 2016 Buffalo Chip Campground concert has filed a federal lawsuit against the campground, the rider and the bike company.

STURGIS, S.D. (AP) — An Alaska man who says he was hit by a motorcycle that flew offstage during a 2016 Buffalo Chip Campground concert has filed a federal lawsuit against the campground, the rider and the bike company.

The Argus Leader reports that Royce Rath was in the crowd during the Aug. 2016 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally festivities at the campground. The complaint filed this week says in between concert performers Lita Ford and Kid Rock, showman Roland Sands road a motorcycle designed without front brakes across the stage and into a crowd of spectators.

Wed
18
Oct

As "Gypsy Jokers" Sit in Jail on Murder Charges, the Motorcycle Gang's Clubhouse is Up For Sale. Check out What's Inside.

As members and associates of the Gypsy Jokers Motorcycle Club's Portland chapter sit behind bars, awaiting trial on accusations they kidnapped, tortured and murdered a former member, its longtime Northeast Portland headquarters is up for sale.

"Same owner for the last 28 years!" the real estate listing states, offering rare photographs inside the cloistered clubhouse and residential property on NE MLK that was raided by the cops last year in connection with the investigation of Robert Huggins' murder.

Wed
18
Oct

SWAT Sergeant testifying on day 6 of Twin Peaks trial says officers didn't anticipate shootout

WACO, TX (KXXV) -

A SWAT sergeant for Waco Police who witnessed the Twin Peaks incident said officers did not anticipate a shootout more than two years ago outside the Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco.

Sgt. Drews, who started his testimony on Tuesday, said he was assigned to investigate and create a plan in preparation to the Confederation of Clubs and Independents meeting expected to take place at the Twin Peaks restaurant on May 17, 2015.

Christopher Jacob Carrizal, the president of the Dallas chapter of the Bandidos, was indicted on charges of directing activities of a criminal street gang and engaging in organized criminal activity.

On Tuesday morning, Drews testified Waco Police officers had a visible presence at the scene with marked units and uniformed officers. 

Tue
17
Oct

Twin Peaks trial day four 10.16.17

Cell phones seized after the deadly Twin Peaks shootout were the focus of testimony Monday afternoon in Waco in the first trial of a defendant in the case as prosecutors laid a foundation for the presentation of what they say is crucial evidence recovered from the phones.

Defendant Christopher Jacob Carrizal, 35, is the president of the Dallas chapter of the Bandidos.

He’s accused of directing activities of a street gang, engaging in organized criminal activity with the underlying offense of murder and engaging in organized criminal activity with the underlying offense of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in the May 17, 2015 shootout between rival biker gangs at the Twin Peaks restaurant at the Central Texas Marketplace shopping center that left nine bikers dead and more than 20 others injured.

Tue
17
Oct

Four more arrested in Kingsmen motorcycle case following 2014 murders

When the leadership of the Kingsmen Motorcyle Club was indicted and eventually jailed, Brian Witkowski found himself leading the club's New York State chapter.

The promotion, according to prosecutors, was a reward for Witkowski's loyalty to former Kingsmen President David Pirk and Witkowski's lies to federal agents about Pirk's role in the execution-style killings of fellow club members Daniel “DJ” Szymanski and Paul Maue.

Prosecutors also claim Witkowski's rise through the ranks can be traced to a Kingsmen directive that he stay close to Szymanski's family in order to monitor the federal investigation.

"I would argue that is organized crime at its best," said Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph M. Tripi.

On Tuesday, Witkowski, former head of the club's South Buffalo chapter, appeared in Buffalo federal court, one of four additional Kingsmen arrested in connection with the 2014 double murder.

Tue
17
Oct

Report: Biker gang member had drugs, gun in car

A Texas couple is facing multiple charges following a traffic stop for speeding. 

According to an arrest report for John Franklin Craft, 55, Walker Road, an officer with the West Monroe Police Department saw a tan Kia sedan traveling at 76 mph in a 60 mph zone near the Downing Pines exit ramp on Interstate 20. 

The driver was verified as John Franklin Craft. A computer check alerted the officer that Craft was a documented violent offender and member of the Cossacks biker gang, the affidavit states.

Craft told the officer the pair were traveling from Temple, Texas to Virginia to visit a friend. 

The officer reported asking Craft for permission to search the vehicle, which was denied. 

A Monroe Police Department canine was brought to the scene and provided an alert on the vehicle. 

Tue
17
Oct

Woman shot by gunman barricaded inside Soul Devils Motorcycle Club on Detroit's west side

Plymouth Road closed near Littlefield Street

(video)--DETROIT - A man in his 30s is barricaded with guns inside the Soul Devils Motorcycle Club.

Mon
16
Oct

First Waco biker trial could have domino effect on others

WACO, Texas

Steel barriers and sheriff's deputies surrounded the courthouse in Waco, Texas, in a show of heightened security as the trial began for an alleged leader of the Bandidos biker gang in connection to the deadliest shootout between biker groups in U.S. history.

But experts say the trial — the first stemming from the fatal May 2015 shooting — could reach far beyond the single case, as the government tries to convict other leaders and dozens of members.

It has been nearly 2 ½ years since a confrontation between the Bandidos and the Cossacks left nine bikers dead and 20 wounded outside a Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco. Local police arrested 177 bikers after the mayhem, and more than 150 people were eventually charged.

Mon
16
Oct

Cheektowaga man arrested by FBI on RICO charges for activities with Kingsmen

CHEEKTOWAGA – A Cheektowaga man was arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation Thursday morning in connection with his involvement in The Kingsmen Motorcycle Club.

Brian Witkowski, of S. Colby Street, was arrested after Cheektowaga Police and the FBI’s Safe Streets Task Force executed an arrest warrant at his home around 6 am according to an FBI spokesperson.

He faces federal RICO conspiracy charges for his involvement in The Kingsmen Motorcycle Club.  Two other club members were arrested in Tennesee, and more arrests are pending.

The United State’s Attorney classifies The Kingsmen Motorcycle Club as a criminal organization which engages in such crimes as the distribution of controlled substances, maintaining premises for the use and distribution of controlled substances, possession, use, and sale of firearms, sales of untaxed cigarettes, and promoting prostitution.

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