Fri
13
Apr
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Jurors hear recording of Bandidos leader declaring war on Cossacks

A post from “Cossack Doc” to a Facebook friend in July 2014 said the Cossacks Motorcycle Club had permission from the Bandidos to wear a patch saying “Texas,” a state the Bandidos consider their home and territory.

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07
Apr
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Ex-Bandido says national president kicked predecessor out over TV interview

A former national ranking member of the Bandidos testified Friday that the group’s latest president kicked his predecessor out of the biker club for appearing on a television documentary.

William “Big G” Ojemann, a Bandidos member from 2008 until 2013, said George Wegers, who was the Bandidos’ president from 1998 until his arrest in 2005, had his Bandidos patches revoked by his successor, Jeffrey Fay Pike, because Wegers appeared in a report about the club.

Pike “was like, ‘(expletive) him. We don’t do interviews. We don’t do TV,’” Ojemann testified, recalling a conversation he said he had with Pike in 2012. “It was a patch-pull offense.”

Ojemann is the latest ex-insider to testify against his former Bandidos “brothers” at the racketeering trial in San Antonio of Pike and ex-national vice president John Xavier Portillo.

Tue
03
Apr
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Ex-Bandidos member testifies about beatdown that quelled a coup

The caravan of bikers wearing black vests with red and gold patches was about 70 deep when it pulled into a “party site” outside Roswell, New Mexico, for what was supposed to be a regional meeting of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club.

Soon, dust kicked up at the front of the pack, and David Lombino — from his motorcycle near the middle of that caravan — could see men clad in black clubbing, punching and kicking the bikers at the front.

 

Such was the scene of a March 2011 ambush of members and supporters of the Bandidos’ El Paso chapters, Lombino testified Tuesday during the San Antonio racketeering trial of the Bandidos’ former top leaders, then-national president Jeffrey Fay Pike and ex-national vice president John Xavier Portillo.

Sun
01
Apr
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BREAKING NEWS: Man is found dead inside a Bandidos clubhouse in Melbourne after a 'gunshot' was heard ringing out early this morning

  • Man's body has reportedly been found inside Melbourne's Bandidos clubhouse 
  • Police and paramedics taped off Weston Street, Brunswick, early on Monday 
  • The street has been home to a number of bloody shootings in recent years 

A man has been found dead at a Bandidos clubhouse in Melbourne's north following reports of a gunshot.  

Police were called to Weston Street, Brunswick, after someone heard a blast about 7.20am on Easter Monday. 

The man has not been formally identified but Radio 3AW reported patched members of the motorcycle club could be seen consoling each other outside. 

Wed
28
Mar
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Ex-Bandidos member testifies about being ‘out in bad standings’

(img gallery)---Andrew “Corky” Gomez is now a pariah to the Bandidos Motorcycle Club despite dedicating seven years of his life to the group, even helping it commit murder.

Gomez, who was in the Bandidos from 1998 to 2005, testified today that he took over as president of a local Bandidos chapter in San Antonio in 2002 when its then-president John Xavier Portillo was promoted to the national chapter.

 

But Portillo, who is facing racketeering charges in a three-month trial in San Antonio with another former Bandidos leader, first had Gomez demoted and later kicked “out in bad standings” after Gomez got crossways with the outlaw biker club and refused to hand over his motorcycle to the Bandidos, Gomez testified.

Tue
27
Mar
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Lawyers for ex-Bandidos leader try to rip key witness’ testimony

Lawyers for a former leader of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club on Tuesday began chipping away at the testimony of a key government witness, a woman who became “property” of the notorious biker club.

That witness, Magenta Winans, 46, testified on Friday that she helped the Bandidos murder a street gang member in retaliation for the killing of a fellow biker, aided their drug trafficking and ran the group’s call girl service in San Antonio, called Platinum Escorts.

 

Her testimony was offered by the government in support of a federal indictment that alleges that the Bandidos’ racketeering enterprise spanned 16 years, from 2000 to 2016. Her testimony dealt mostly with allegations over the first half of that period.

While some of her testimony implicated several Bandido members, none is on trial other than former national president Jeffrey Fay Pike and ex-national vice president John Xavier Portillo.

Tue
20
Mar
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Bandidos bikie gang making bid for Border turf

THE Bandidos are attempting to establish a new chapter in Albury-Wodonga, according to police.

The news came to light during a case in Albury Local Court following the formation of a strike force last August.

If successful, the outlaw gang would join the Black Uhlans and Gypsy Jokers, which both have local clubhouses.

The Albury Drug Squad and members of Strike Force Raptor, which targets bikies, conducted multiple raids against Bandidos members and associates in Albury in November and December.

Fri
02
Mar
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Bandidos’ secrets spilled by ex-national ranking member

A former ranking member of the Bandidos’ national chapter testified at a racketeering trial Thurday that two ex-biker leaders led a racketeering conspiracy that included handing down orders to commit assault.
 

Justin Cole Forster, 33, was a member of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club for 10 years, from 2006 until he was arrested in January 2016 with then-national Bandidos president Jeffrey Fay Pike and vice president, John Xavier Portillo.

 

Six months after his arrest, Forster pleaded guilty to racketeering-related crimes and violated one of the most important rules of the group — he turned on the organization he longed to be a part of since he was 10.

Forster spent hours on the stand on the trial’s third day, explaining the inner workings of the Bandidos, its screening process, its revered vests and patches, and how the Bandidos enforces its rules and protects its territory through intimidation and violence.

Mon
26
Feb
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Trial for Bandidos leaders may last three months

As state authorities struggle to successfully prosecute more than 150 people indicted in the aftermath of the 2015 deadly biker clash in Waco, the feds are pushing forward here with a racketeering trial of two former leaders of the Bandidos for 16 years of alleged criminal conduct.

An anonymous jury of eight men and four women, and four alternates has been picked for the trial in San Antonio of former Bandidos president Jeffrey Fay Pike, 61, of Conroe and then-vice president John Xavier Portillo, 57, of San Antonio. Opening statements are scheduled for Tuesday morning in front of Senior U.S. District Judge David Alan Ezra for the trial that may last up to three months.

Thu
11
Jan
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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.

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