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Concerns over motorcycle club with history of posting racist meme moving into Cudahy

(video)---CUDAHY, Wis. (CBS 58) -- A motorcycle club with a history of members posting racist memes on social media is trying to move into Cudahy, and neighbors aren’t happy about it.

Nick Bellanti, a co-president of the club, says he regrets the posts.

“There was a foolish post years ago that I can see how people thought what it was, but that’s not me,” he said. “That’s not what I’m about. Far from it.”

The club has applied for an occupancy permit to a building near Packard and Pulaski.

Cudahy Alderman Justin Moralez calls the posts a deal-breaker.

“I can’t in good faith support anyone who has rallied that sentiment before,” Moralez said.

Moralez is on the planning commission that will decide whether to proceed with the permit.

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OMG: Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs

(video)---FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) - Ronnie Schneider knows bikes and bikers. Not only does he manage the motorcycle dealership Wheels, he's also been riding for 30 years. Schneider says most riders just enjoy the companionship and being out in nature.

"I just like getting out there with my friends on the open road, experiencing the different areas, driving through lakes country - just kind of freedom," Schneider says.

Unfortunately, that isn't the case for everyone. Fargo Police say criminal biker gangs are here, and the warmer weather is drawing them out.

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'El Presidente' of Bandidos testifies at his trial

The man who led the Bandidos Motorcycle Club for a decade testified at his own racketeering trial on Monday that he’s not guilty of any of a host of crimes blamed on his group, and that the organization’s more than 120 chapters are autonomous and run independently from the national chapter.

Jeffrey Fay Pike, 62, who joined the Bandidos in 1979 and was national president from 2006 until he stepped down after he and then-national vice president John Xavier Portillo were arrested in January 2016, described the Bandidos as a brotherhood of like-minded individuals who like motorcycles.

Pike, testifying in his own defense, also said he was unaware of racketeering crimes that include three murders and beatings or intimidation of rivals or fellow Bandidos alleged in a 27-page federal indictment against Pike and Portillo.

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Special prosecutors move to dismiss high-profile Twin Peaks case

Matthew Clendennen may finally walk away from the courtroom.
 

The special prosecutors in the Twin Peaks trial against former Scimitars Motorcycle Club member Matthew Clendennen have filed a motion to dismiss his case.

Clendennen's name became synonymous with the Twin Peaks trials because his attorney was one of the most vocal individuals criticizing the McLennan County District Attorney's Office's handling of the 2015 Twin Peaks shooting, which resulted in the arrests of 177 people.

"Now, almost three years later, after the filing of numerous speedy trial demands and countless motions in the trial court, the recusal of the trial judge, the recusal of the district attorney, and three trips to the Court of Appeals, the saga is over for Matt Clendennen," his lawyer Clint Broden wrote in an email.

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Kingsmen biker to jury: 'He was scared. I would be, too.'

With three of his fellow Kingsmen sitting just a few feet away, it's a safe bet Jimmy Ray Fritts wanted to be anywhere but on a witness stand in Buffalo.

He didn't want to testify that Andre Jenkins, one of his "brothers" on trial, admitted to the double murder at the core of the case.

And Fritts certainly didn't want to tell a jury that former Kingsmen President David Pirk ordered the 2014 killings.

At the constant prodding of prosecutors, Fritts, a Kingsmen Motorcycle Club member from Tennessee, testified that Pirk's involvement became evident during a near-fatal confrontation between Jenkins and four Kingsmen angry over the assassination-style murders in North Tonawanda.

"He walked in and we pulled our weapons," he told the jury. "He was scared. I would be, too."

Now 68, Fritts said that Jenkins, upon seeing the drawn guns, claimed the killings were in self-defense and begged them to make one phone call before killing him.

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2 dead, 5 injured in motorcycle club shooting in King County

(video)---An overnight shooting in south Seattle has left two people dead and five others injured.

Shots were first fired around 4 a.m. Sunday in the Skyway neighborhood, with victims later showing up at a McDonald's in Renton.

A total of four people were shot; two later died after being driven to the McDonalds.

King County sheriff's deputies say the victims were members of a motorcycle club. A large fight broke out during a gathering and then multiple gunshots were fired.

Deputies were en route to the scene when the received calls that victims of the shooting had been transported in cars to different locations.

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Combat veterans plan 10th annual motorcycle ride

MOORESVILLE — An estimated 1,000 motorcycles are expected for the 10th annual CVMA Ride next Saturday.

The ride, sponsored by Combat Vets Association Chapter 15-5, will begin at the Crossroads Harley-Davidson store in Wilkesboro and end lakeside at Queen’s Landing Marina in Mooresville.

Signup, with a $25 fee for one or a two up for $30, starts at 10 a.m. in Wilkesboro with kickstands up at 1 p.m. Riders should arrive at Queens Landing Amphitheater at 2 p.m. The police-escorted ride is 55 miles long.

Riders will be entertained in Wilkesboro just before the ride with music the C.J. Ballard Band.

Music at Queens Landing will start at 2 p.m. with Red Dirt Revival. Nonriders can attend for a $10 donation to CVMA at the amphitheater. Raffle tickets will be sold for a Marlin Lever Action 30/30, and a silent auction will be held.

This year’s ride is in memory of combat veteran rider Robert “Sniper” Gallman.

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Defense lawyer says most Twin Peaks cases could be dismissed

WACO, Texas (KWTX) A Houston-area lawyer who appeared on a speedy trial motion in 19th District Court on Friday said an Assistant prosecutor told him she would recommend dropping about 90 of the remaining Twin Peaks cases.

Paul Looney, who represents former Cossack motorcycle club member Phillip White of Eddy, said Assistant District Attorney Amanda Dillion said during the hearings on Friday that she would gather a list of some 90 of the remaining 130-or-so cases still open in the Twin Peaks issue and recommend to District Attorney Abel Reyna that they be dismissed.

That would leave 25 to 35 cases still to be dealt with.

Looney appeared on the speedy trial motion and during a series of hearings before 19th District Judge Ralph Strother Friday afternoon he was given the first trial setting among those discussed.

“We anticipate asking for the earliest trial date possible – perhaps as early as July,” Looney said.

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Police credit visible presence for little trouble at Bikefest

LEESBURG — It may be a slight exaggeration, but police say you have to go out of your way to get arrested at Bikefest. If you really want to be fitted with stainless steel bracelets, there will be plenty of officers on hand to help.

“It’s a laid-back event and people don’t get ridiculously drunk,” said Leesburg Police Lt. Scott Mack. “You can usually count the number of arrests downtown on one or two hands,” he said.

Not bad, considering 150,000-plus motorcycle enthusiasts pour into the three-day event from Friday through Sunday.

“We have a very visible presence and an approachable presence,” Mack said.

Planning is everything, says Mack and Joe Shipes, executive vice president of the Leesburg Partnership, which puts on the event every year. Officially, planning begins in January, but it really takes place year-round, including looking at events around the country and the world.

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Biker set to file motion for speedy trial in Twin Peaks case

WACO, Texas (KWTX) A Hempstead lawyer who represents a man charged in the Twin Peaks massacre case will file a motion for speedy trial Friday in 19th District Court.

Paul Looney, who represents former Cossack motorcycle club member Phillip White of Eddy, said he’ll request the earliest trial date possible when Judge Ralph Strother rules on the motion tomorrow.

“We anticipate asking for the earliest trial date possible – perhaps as early as July,” Looney said.

The third anniversary of the gunfight outside the Waco restaurant that left nine dead and more than 20 injured is just 20 days away.

Of the more than 155 bikers indicted in connection to the event, only one has been tried and his day in court ended in a mistrial.

Many of the cases already have been dismissed but there are about 130 people who were arrested (123 indicted and seven unindicted) remain open, Looney said.

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