Fri
24
Mar

Oregon man’s affiliation with Mongols Motorcycle Club costs him an internship with the Oregon Youth Authority

Justin DeLoretto’s last major brush with the law came nine years ago in Lane County, when he was jailed on charges that he and two cohorts from his motorcycle club tried to run a Eugene police officer and a federal agent off Interstate 5.

Although he’s now nearing completion of a master’s degree in social work at George Fox University, his association with the Mongols Motorcycle Club — described by federal officials as a violent, outlaw gang — apparently still causes some problems for him.

 

DeLoretto, 35, this month filed suit against the Oregon Youth Authority, after officials with the state juvenile corrections agency allegedly fired him from an unpaid internship in Woodburn last summer. That decision, according to the lawsuit, came shortly after OYA officials learned that he remains a member of the Mongols chapter that he founded in Oregon months before his arrest in Eugene.

Thu
23
Mar

Bail set at $1 million for Hells Angel charged in Monkey Junction killing

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Bail was set at $1 million for a Hells Angels gang member charged in the killing of one man and critically injuring another.

Aaron Christopher Stephens, 42, is charged with second-degree murder, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and possession of a firearm by a felon in the shooting death of 39-year-old Terry Dale Greenwood, and stabbing of 35-year-old Anthony Paul Lanza.

Deputies with the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office responded to Julia Drive at around 1 a.m. Wednesday and found Greenwood and Lanza, both with serious injuries, lying in a cul-de-sac next to a truck. Greenwood was pronounced dead at the scene, and Lanza was taken to the hospital with a serious stab wound to the chest. An autopsy revealed Greenwood had been shot in the face and stabbed eight times.

Thu
23
Mar

Motorcycle club makes changes after two deadly shootings

PITTSBURGH - A Homewood motorcycle club plans to make changes after two people connected to it were killed over the weekend.

The New Brotherhood Motorcycle Club said in a statement that it will permanently close its clubhouse and will no longer have late night and after-hours events.

RELATED: 2 killed in weekend shootings in Homewood

Sean Lyons, 20, was shot and killed Sunday morning inside the club. One day earlier, 33-year-old Michael Leonard was killed in his car on Blackadore Street. Friends said the shooting was connected to a fight inside the club.

"It’s unfortunate that two lives are taken,” said Angela Jackson, who was a friend of Leonard.

“Somebody is doing something, so I’m happy about that.”

Police continue to investigate both cases.

Wed
22
Mar

The Wild Bunch

Two years after a deadly Waco shoot-out, the local district attorney is trying to take down the Bandidos and Cossacks biker clubs. It won’t be easy.

It started off as a Texas version of the Sharks versus the Jets. In 2013, the Bandidos, the oldest, biggest, and most-feared outlaw motorcycle club in the state, learned that members of the Cossacks, a rapidly growing rival club, had begun wearing patches on the backs of their vests that read “Texas” in capital letters. For decades, the Bandidos had decreed that the Texas “bottom rocker” patch belonged only to them. If another club wanted to wear the patch, it would have to receive permission from the Bandidos and pay them dues. But the Cossacks contended that the Bandidos had no right to tell them what to do.

Wed
22
Mar

SHOOTING TRIAL: Tension brewed at motorcycle club, lawyer says

Three days before a September shooting in West Corners, a former motorcycle club member confronted others outside their Carl Street clubhouse in attempt to regain some tools and settle a monetary issue. On Wednesday, that former motorcycle member said he showed up with a billy club in order to keep others from ganging up on him.

Another confrontation broke out three days later, on Sept. 24, prosecutors say, resulting in former "Flesh and Blood" motorcycle club member Timothy Mancini and his dog being wounded by shotgun fire.

Paul Warner's trial for attempted second-degree murder continued Wednesday in Broome County Court, and the defense argued tensions had been brewing after a divide among the roughly 18-member group of motorcyclists in the days before the shooting.

Sat
18
Mar

No bond for two suspects in GJ slaying

A Mesa County judge ordered two murder suspects held without bond Friday following their arrest in connection with a Wednesday night shooting that might have ties to an outlaw motorcycle gang.

Richard Alexander Byrd, 48, and Rufus Billups, 41, each face first-degree murder and felony menacing charges in the shooting that left 38-year-old Dion Nixon mortally wounded.

Both men, who were arrested Thursday morning, appeared Friday afternoon before Judge Craig Henderson for advisement and bond setting.

While police records detailing what prompted the attack have been sealed, Mesa County Prosecutor Dave Waite said Friday in court that Byrd and Billups are believed to have killed Nixon after firing “several guns, several times” into a residence in the 400 block of 28¼ Road in the James Park Trailer Court.

Thu
16
Mar

Six Members And Associates Of The Hells Angels Charged In White Plains Federal Court With Racketeering, Narcotics, And Money Laundering Offenses

Joon H. Kim, the Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and William F. Sweeney Jr., Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI’), announced the unsealing of an Indictment charging six members and associates of the Hells Angels with various racketeering, narcotics, and money laundering offenses, including the assault of a rival gang member with a hammer.

 

THOMAS SCHMIDT, JOSEPH KAPLAN, JOHN CALVACCHIO, JEFF AMATO, and GARY PAGANELLI were taken into federal custody this morning and were presented before United States Magistrate Judge Judith C. McCarthy. MICHAEL PICCIONE was taken into federal custody this morning near Los Angeles, California, and will be presented later today before a magistrate judge in the Central District of California. The case has been assigned to U.S. District Judge Cathy Seibel.

 

Mon
13
Mar

Longwood biker acquitted of murder wants his guns back

A jury acquitted motorcycle club member David Maloney on charges that he murdered two people during a shootout at the VFW parking lot in Winter Springs in 2012.

Now he wants his guns back.

There are five: three handguns and two 12-gauge shotguns.

Circuit Judge Marlene Alva has scheduled a hearing Tuesday to decide whether he’ll get them.

“He’s entitled to have them back, the same as any other citizen,” said defense attorney Michael LaFay, “particularly given what I would say was a steady drumbeat of threats that he’s been receiving.”

In September, Maloney asked the judge to return the guns, and she initially said yes, but the Clerk of Court’s office, which has possession of them, would not surrender them.

Mon
13
Mar

Motorcycle deaths during Bike Week fall to historic low

Motorcyclists have slammed into utility poles driving at 45 mph. They've drifted into oncoming traffic on busy State Road 40. They sometimes just lose control and are thrown from their bikes.

Close to 500 people have died in motorcycle accidents between 2005 and 2015 in Volusia and Flagler counties, and more than one-third of those accidents occurred during the area's two major biking events, a News-Journal analysis of National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data shows.

Fri
10
Mar

$350M lawsuit claims investigators lied in court about Waco Twin Peaks biker shootout

A Brenham woman who says she was wrongfully charged in the 2015 biker gang shootout that left nine dead and 177 people arrested has filed a $350 million federal lawsuit against the City of Waco, McLennan County, the district attorney, police chief and other investigators.

Morgan English, 32, filed the suit Wednesday in federal court in Austin, contending officials violated her constitutional rights and lied to authorities in wrongly claiming that she was a known member of a criminal motorcycle gang who participated in ongoing criminal activities.

 

MYSTERY: 12 key unanswered questions in the Waco biker case

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