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Biden Takes Action To Shut Down Wilmington Gang House

Wilmington – Attorney General Beau Biden announced that his office, joined by the City of Wilmington, has filed a lawsuit to shut down a gang clubhouse and clean up a property on Wilmington’s East Side that has been the site of at least 15 shootings – including five homicides – in the past eight years.

 

Biden is targeting a property on the 2800 block of Northeast Boulevard that is home to a national clubhouse for the Thunderguards Motorcycle Club, a group that has been identified as a “national outlaw motorcycle gang” by the federal government’s National Gang Intelligence Center. In addition to the clubhouse, the suit is also targeting a parking lot adjacent to the clubhouse and nearby storage units that the gang uses for criminal activity, as well as a business adjacent to the parking lot that is owned by a gang member.

 

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Third motorcycle club murder trial to begin

~Robert Eckert charged with three counts of murder~

SANFORD, Fla. —The murder trial for a third man accused in a deadly triple shooting involving two motorcycle clubs is expected to begin Monday morning.

Robert Eckert, 39, is charged with three counts of murder and two counts of attempted murder for the September 2012 shootout in the parking lot of the Winter Springs VFW. David Jakiela, Harold Liddle and Peter Schlette were killed in that shooting.

Last week, a judge declared a mistrial for co-defendent Victor Amaro. It's likely Amaro's trial will be reheard next month.

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David Maloney was acquitted of two counts of second-degree murder and one count of attempted murder, but the jury could not decide on the second count of attempted murder, so the state must decide if it wants to retry that one count.

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Mistrial declared in 2nd Warlocks gang member's case

SANFORD -- 

A mistrial has been declared in Seminole County in the case against the second member of the Warlocks motorcycle gang to stand trial on charges of killing rival gang members in 2012.

The trial against Victor Amaro, 41, started Monday with jury selection.

Amaro, a member of the Philly Warlocks Motorcycle Club, was an alleged accomplice of gang leader David Maloney in the 2012 shootings outside a VFW hall in Winter Springs.

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Fresno police target motorcycle gang, arrest 4 after nightclub beatings (video)

A new motorcycle gang in Fresno received some pushback with the arrests of four members after what police described as the "severe beating" of two innocent men outside a nightclub.

Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer announced the arrests of the Malos Hechos members -- the name translates roughly to "made bad" in Spanish -- at a news conference Thursday.

A crucial piece of evidence that led to the arrests Wednesday was a graphic video posted on Facebook of the March 7 beating outside Crossroads nightclub in central Fresno.

Four Malos Hechos members were arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon: Apolinio Martinez, 40, Daniel Telles, 25, Christopher Martinez Jr., 21, and Christopher Martinez Sr., 42. The charges included a gang enhancement.

While search warrants were being served, two others also were arrested: Joaquin Quijada Sr., 41, on suspicion of felony weapons charges, and Natalie Arias, 36, on suspicion of drug sales.

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Drivers Privacy Act Now Includes Motorcycles

A proposed change in the language of the Driver Privacy Act in the U.S. Senate would expand the bill's scope to protect all information recorded by event data recorders installed on all "motor vehicles," including motorcycles, the American Motorcyclist Association reports.

The substitute amendment was offered in committee by Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) to S. 1925, which deals with information collected by event data recorders, sometimes referred to as "black boxes."

While the government does not require the installation of event data recorders on motorcycles, some current models are equipped with the devices.

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Judge: David Maloney can carry guns while waiting retrial

WINTER SPRINGS -- 

A judge has ruled that David Maloney, the Warlocks motorcycle gang leader, can carry guns while he awaits a retrial.

David Maloney was found not guilty by a Seminole County jury on two counts of second-degree murder and one count of attempted first-degree murder.

But, Maloney will go back to court on May 14 on a count of attempted first-degree murder. The judge declared a mistrial on that count after the jury couldn't reach a verdict after deliberating for about nine hours on April 9.

Maloney was the first of four men to stand trial for the 2012 shooting deaths outside a VFW hall in Winter Springs. He was initially charged with three counts of second-degree murder, but one of the counts was later dropped.

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Trial begins for 2nd Warlocks MC member in VFW shootout case (video)

SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. —

Opening arguments will start Tuesday in the trial of a second member of the Philadelphia Warlocks Motorcycle Club accused of killing two rival club members in 2012.

Prosecutors argue that bullets from Victor Amaro's gun killed two Orlando Warlocks MC members at a charity poker run at the Winter Springs Veterans of Foreign Wars post.

The state believes its case against Amaro is stronger than the case against David Maloney, who was acquitted of murder charges last week.

Prosecutors are still deciding whether to re-try Maloney on the one count of attempted murder that the jury deadlocked on.

Maloney is now a free man and a judge recently denied a request from the state to put him on electronic monitoring and under house arrest.

Maloney's attorney argued his client has been getting threats online and he fears for his life. He said keeping Maloney at home would make him an easy target for his enemies.

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Bikers push for tougher penalties on motorcycle accidents (video)

 Updated: Monday, April 14 2014, 07:03 PM CDT It was one of the loudest demonstrations in Tallahassee, hundreds of motorcycle riders rode their bikes to the State Capital demanding lawmakers crack down on drivers that injure bikers on the road. The bikers are supporting bills in the Florida House and Senate that provide criminal penalties for anyone who hits and seriously injures not only motorcyclists on the road but also bicyclists and pedestrians. The bikers roared up US-27 and onto Capital grounds. Abate Florida, a motorcycle organization, planned this rally. They displayed their colors, and raised the American flag to draw attention to their message. With each tolling of a bell, a name from a list was read out loud, names of fellow riders killed in the last year. Josh Bear was visibly upset. His brother, Jacob, was killed six months ago. The bikers have been pushing for tougher penalties for several years.

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Hines Wins 2014 NHRA Four-Wide Nationals

NHRA Four-Wide Nationals Charlotte 2014
Racers lined up four-wide at Charlotte's vMax Dragway last weekend, with Harley-Davidson Screamin' Eagle/Vance & Hines rider Andrew Hines getting the drop on his V-Rod Destroyer to ride out of Charlotte with the NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle victory.
 
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Warlocks MC member still faces legal battle despite acquittals(vid)

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