Jury panel reports Friday for next Twin Peaks trial; here are dates to watch

The jury panel will report Friday to the McLennan County Courthouse to fill out questionnaires ahead of the Jan. 23 jury selection in the next Twin Peaks trial.

Nine bikers were killed and 18 people were injured in the shootout between motorcycle clubs and law enforcement at the Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco on May 17, 2015. After the bullets stopped flying, law enforcement rounded up and arrested 177 people -- the majority of whom were later indicted in court.

The next case on the docket is George Bergman's trial. Bergman is a Dallas trucker and member of the Desgraciados.

Other cases to watch include the trial for Chance Aiken -- a Cossack from East Texas. He has a hearing scheduled Jan. 19. No trial date has been set.


Twin Peaks Lawyer Quits

Yesterday, Casie Lynn Gotro, the eccentric Houston lawyer who defended Dallas Bandido Christopher Jacob Carrizal at his five-week-long trial last October and November. withdrew from the case.

Carrizal was charged with so many crimes it took an assistant district attorney more than 20 minutes to read them all. Simply stated, Carrizal was accused of instigating multiple assaults and murders on behalf of his motorcycle club at the Waco Twin Peaks restaurant on May 17, 2015. The trial jury hung and Judge Matt Johnson declared a mistrial. Carrizal will probably be retried in April, If the long-delayed case actually does go forward, Carrizal will be represented by somebody new.



Court bans Dutch arm of Bandidos motorcycle gang

THE HAGUE, Netherlands –  A court in the Netherlands has banned the Dutch branch of the Bandidos motorcycle club, ruling in a civil case that the biker gang is a threat to public order.

A court in the central city of Utrecht said Wednesday that the ban "is necessary to protect society."

The court says that the Bandidos have "a culture that stimulates violence," including awarding club patches to members who have been involved in violence.

There was no immediate reaction from the Bandidos to the ruling, which is part of a crackdown by Dutch prosecutors on motorcycle gangs.

According to the ruling, the Bandidos first opened a Dutch chapter in the southern city of Sittard in 2014. Prosecutors say the gang has dozens of Dutch members.


Bandidos bikies arrested over alleged drug supply

TWO members of the notorious Bandidos bikie gang have been charged with drug supply offences in Albury as part of Strike Force Stoutland.

Police from the southern NSW city will allege the strike force unveiled a significant drug network run by bikie gangs.

Local police today arrested a 34-year-old Bandidos member and charged him with a range of drug-related offences including five counts of supplying a prohibited drug, two counts of offering to supply a prohibited drug, two counts of fraud and participating in a criminal group.

Detectives also arrested a 66-year-old man, who is now facing charges of participating in a criminal group and multiple drug-supply charges.

A 26-year-old woman was also arrested and charged with offences relating to drug supply, proceeds of crime, using false documents and participating in a criminal group.

Across the Victorian border, a 26-year-old member of the Bandidos was also arrested.


Outlaw Motorcycle Gang “smitten” with Tasmania after weekend’s national run in Devonport

The Bandidos will try to meet the Mayor of Devonport today for a “debrief” about the bikie gang’s national ride at the weekend.

The national spokesman for the Bandidos, who goes by the name Grey Norman, said he would seek out a meeting with Steve Martin to canvass his thoughts on the club’s presence during the run.

The national run, which kicked off Friday morning in Devonport, came under close scrutiny by local and interstate police.

Bandidos started arriving last week ahead of the ride which peaked with about 250 members this weekend.

About 140 were expected to depart aboard the Spirit of Tasmania last night with others leaving via flights over coming days.

Police, who conducted a tight monitoring operation and had liaised with the Bandidos leadership for months before the ride, said there were no major incidents over the weekend.


NSW Cops follow Bandidos to Tasmania and back

THEY once roared along NSW highways in their hundreds, inspiring anxiety as they brazenly sported their bikie colours in an act of defiance to the police and public.

But the once infamous and fear-inducing annual national bikie run is now all but dead with the Bandidos the latest outlaw motor cycle gang to be run out of town by dedicated NSW cops.

And when at one time hundreds of bad boy bikies had virtual free rein across thousands of kilometres of Australian roads, they are now confined to a remote 45km stretch of bitumen on the north coast of Tasmania.

Tough 2012 anti-consorting laws designed to target the gangs ban people from associating with two or more convicted criminals, and the aggressive tactics of NSW Police’s anti-bikie Strikeforce Raptor have resulted in the outlaws having to travel more than 1300km to saddle up for their once vaunted rite of passage in Tassie.


Tasmania Police monitor Bandidos as national run begins on Bass Highway

Tasmania Police has advised the public that a large group of Bandidos Outlaw Motorcycle Club members have hit the road on Bass Highway this morning. 

The group have departed Devonport on the way to Burnie as part of their national run visit to Tasmania with police closely monitoring the 200 or so members.

Tasmania Police said stated a large group of motorcyclists can be intimidating to many members of the public and its aim was to minimise disruption to commuters and the general public.


Jurors in first Twin Peaks trial express disappointment on mistrial


On Monday, three McLennan County residents who served on the jury for the first Twin Peaks trial expressed disappointment about not being able to reach a unanimous verdict.

Christopher Jacob Carrizal, the president of the Dallas Chapter of the Bandidos, was the first biker to go on trial for the deadly shootout that left nine dead and dozens injured outside the Waco Twin Peaks restaurant in 2015. 

He was indicted on one count of directing activities of a criminal street gang and two counts of engaging in organized criminal activity.

It was the first time J.C. Crow and one man who only wanted to be known as Mr. Smith served on a jury.

"I felt in a way honored to serve my civic duty but at the same time it was a month away from work and life, regular life," Crow said.

Mr. Smith said he had concerns about serving in a high-profile case the first two days of the trial.


Bandidos’ arrival in Tasmania is trouble-free

POLICE have reported no incidents related to the arrival of the Bandidos motorcycle gang in Tasmania.

About 30 bikies began arriving in the state on board the Spirit of Tasmania and other transport on Saturday as part of their national run later this week.

The Bandidos have scheduled activities in Tasmania until next Sunday, with a smaller group to travel to southern Tasmania on Monday and Tuesday before returning to Devonport on Wednesday.


Tasmania Police western district commander Johnathan Higgins said there had been no incidents reported.

Commander Higgins said 70 more Bandidos members would arrive in the state by Sunday morning.


Police will be on the lookout for criminal behaviour as outlaw motorcycle gang arrives

Police have labelled the Bandidos “an organised crime gang” ahead of the bikie outfit’s national run next weekend in Tasmania.

The Bandidos, who are expanding their presence in the state with more chapters, start arriving here today on the Spirit of Tasmania and other transport.

Up to 300 Bandidos are expected to be in Tasmania for the ride which starts Friday.

Yesterday, the Mercury revealed that new prospect chapters in Hobart and Launceston were being established.

Police Commander Jonathan Higgins said the Bandidos was an “organised crime gang” which would “be under very close police scrutiny while in Tasmania”.

“The [outlaw motorcycle club gang] members are on notice in our jurisdiction. We will not tolerate criminal activity, anti-social or intimidating behaviour, or breaches of our traffic laws,” he said.