Sat
06
Jan

Motorcycle-gang-member-turned-attorney disbarred nearly 38 years after murderous Westminster massacre

Thomas Frank Maniscalco, who was convicted in 1994 of the “Memorial Day Massacre,” stipulated in mid-November that he deserved to be disbarred based on his convictions. The disbarment has taken this long due to the defendant’s numerous appeals in state and federal courts over the years in addition to the delays in charging and convicting him.

Maniscalco was a biker who founded a motorcycle gang while going to law school.

Maniscalco was convicted of killing two former motorcycle gang members and a 19-year-old girlfriend of one of the victims in May of 1980, but he wasn’t charged until March of 1984 for the murders of  Richard Rizzone, Rena Miley and Thomas Monahan in Westminster.

The 72-year-old is serving a 46-years-to-life prison term at Mule Creek State Prison.

His first trial ended with a hung jury in November 1990. The state Supreme Court denied his petition for review of his conviction in 2001.

Wed
03
Jan

Historic Hollister biker bar Johnny's changes hands

A new owner is taking over Johnny's Bar & Grill in Hollister, but it will still be a biker bar and popular local watering hole.

It’s called “The friendliest little bar in town.”

Johnny’s Bar & Grill at 526 San Benito St. in Hollister is not only a biker bar. It’s a place where locals greet, meet, drink and eat. More notably, Johnny's Bar & Grill is considered a mecca for bikers from around the world and each year thousands who come to Hollister's motorcycle rally stop there, as if on pilgrimage. 

The building with the Marlon Brando and “The Wild One” theme has a 70-year history as a watering hole. And its history is about to change.

On New Year’s Eve owner Charisse Tyson handed over keys to the business to new owner Peter Lago, ending her 22-year proprietorship. The change of ownership occurred at a private party attended by Tyson’s many friends and former employees.

Thu
28
Dec

Suspect in Pub stabbing out on $100,000 bail

Brandon Burlingame, 35, the Lathrop firefighter charged with premeditated attempted murder, bailed out of San Joaquin County Jail on Dec. 23 and was arraigned Wednesday on the felony charges filed against him.
Burlingame is an engineer with the Lathrop-Manteca Fire District where he has been employed for some 12 years. He is suspected of assaulting a patron at a pub at 10 p.m., on Saturday Dec. 1. He reportedly had been wearing a Jus Brothers Motorcycle Riders patch identical to one posted on his Facebook page.
The Jus Brothers Motorcycle Riders are seen by police as an affiliate of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club.

Thu
21
Dec

San Diego motorcycle club's holiday tradition goes on despite fire

(video)--SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - A South Bay biker club is all systems go with their holiday tradition of giving, despite suffering a clubhouse fire that destroyed many of their tools and supplies.

The San Diego chapter of Boozefighters Motorcycle Club has donated bicycles and toys for more than 40 years to children in need.

The group's Clairemont clubhouse burned down earlier this year, destroying many of the group's tools and supplies they use to assemble bikes for their annual Christmas With Kids giveaway.

RELATED: Local Group Donates Bikes Christmas Morning

Fri
15
Dec

Police: Lathrop-Manteca firefighter a suspect in stabbing

MANTECA — Police have arrested a Lathrop-Manteca Fire District firefighter on suspicion of attempted murder after it is alleged he stabbed a man at a bar, according to authorities.

The Manteca Police Department’s Gang Suppression Unit arrested Brandon Burlingame, 35, about 7:45 a.m. Thursday. He was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon and a weapon enhancement. His bail is set at $1 million.

Police allege Burlingame stabbed a 43-year-old man about 10:13 p.m. Dec. 1 at The Pub & Lounge at 1305 N. Main St. Officers investigating the case learned the suspect was wearing a Jus Brothers Motorcycle Club patch at the time of the assault.

When police arrived, the suspect had left the scene, but police later identified Burlingame as the suspect, according to the Manteca Police Department.

The victim suffered serious injuries in the attack and was taken to the hospital, but he is expected to survive.

Thu
14
Dec

Sikhs distribute bicycles to underprivileged US children

AMRITSAR: In another effort to break barriers between the Sikhs and other communities in the US, American Sikhs donated over a thousand bicycles to the underprivileged children in Fresno. "Over one thousand bicycles, 200 more than last year were collected, purchased and assembled by the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club of Fresno and donated to children," said Sikh activist Bill Singh Nijjer on Tuesday.

He said the Fresno chapter of 'We Are Sikhs' campaign, in a community cohesion effort, took part in the 19th Annual Fresno Hells Angels Toy Run at Chukchansi Park Field.

Mon
20
Nov

Prosecutors Charge California Hells Angels Members

Federal prosecutors in San Francisco have charged nine members of the Hells Angels motorcycle gang with running a criminal organization responsible for multiple robberies and assaults and one murder.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Federal prosecutors in San Francisco have charged nine members of the Hells Angels motorcycle gang with running a criminal organization responsible for multiple robberies and assaults and one murder.

The U.S. Attorney's office and FBI announced the charges on Monday. Most of the defendants are members of the group's Sonoma County chapter in Northern California.

The head of the FBI's San Francisco division, Jack Bennett, said their crimes were intended to instill fear in parts of the city of Santa Rosa.

Sat
18
Nov

FBI involved in Santa Rosa related raids targeting motorcyclists at bar, home

Law enforcement officers, including the CHP and FBI, were staged Saturday afternoon in Santa Rosa in what appeared to be a raid targeting motorcyclists gathered at the Wagon Wheel Saloon. A related search by officers focused on a home in southwest Santa Rosa.

The operation included the detention of riders and seizure of motorcycles. About 12:30 p.m., Santa Rosa police issued a public notice advising people to avoid Mendocino Avenue between Administration Drive and Bicentennial Way as a heavy law enforcement presence descended on the bar in northern Santa Rosa. The road was reopen by 2 p.m.

Witnesses said numerous officers from multiple agencies appeared to target for detention a large group of motorcyclists, including some who had gathered at the bar before a planned ride.

Sat
30
Sep

Alleged ‘Mongols’ biker gang members arrested after search warrant

Two men were arrested on suspicion of drug distribution in Visalia after detectives served search warrants at two homes.

James Earl Melo, 44, and Christopher Clay Wilson, 39, were both arrested Friday after narcotics detectives issued a search warrant for a home on the 600 block of Edison Street and another at a home on the 3600 block of College Avenue. The warrants were issued after there was suspicion of drug distribution by members of the Mongols Motorcycle Club, police said.

After the searches, detectives confiscated a loaded handgun, half a pound of methamphetamine and more than $13,000 in cash. The men were booked into the Tulare County Jail for allegations including suspicion of drug sales, weapons and being in a street gang.

Thu
20
Jul

Man pleads not guilty to fatally shooting member of rival biker gang in Riverside

A Corona man pleaded not guilty on Wednesday, July 20 to fatally shooting a 31-year-old member of the Hells Angels motorcycle gang in Riverside.

Joshua Herbert, 27, entered not guilty pleas to one count of murder in the death of James Duty of Orange and one count of attempted murder in the non-injury shooting of another Hells Angels member, court records show. Herbert also denied gang and firearm enhancements tied to the charges.

Officials say Herbert is a member of the Mongols, a motorcycle gang that has been feuding with the Hells Angels for decades. He was arrested after a month-long, multi-agency investigation fronted by the Riverside Police Department.

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