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Judge allows indicted Hells Angels to attend fallen club member’s funeral

SONOMA — In an act of benevolence, a federal judge has temporarily suspended the bail conditions for five alleged Hells Angels members, so that they may attend the funeral of a member of the biker club recently killed in a car crash.

This week United States Magistrate Judge Sallie Kim signed an order permitted co-defendants Jonathan “Jon “Jon Nelson, Russell Lyles, Jr., Damien Cesena, Brian Burke, and David Diaz to attend the funeral of Jason Cliff, 50, a motorcycle shop owner who died April 8. Federal prosecutors did not object to the order.

The order permits only the defendants who had bailed out to attend Cliff’s funeral Saturday. It temporarily suspends bail conditions that barred the defendants from associating with other Hells Angels, but requires them to return to their homes by 5 p.m. the day of the funeral.

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Lakeport motorcycle crash victim was Hells Angels indictment suspect

A man killed Sunday in a Lakeport motorcycle crash was awaiting trial as part of a sweeping racketeering and conspiracy case against several Sonoma County Hells Angels motorcycle gang members, according to authorities.

Jason Randall Cliff, 50, died Saturday night when his bike moved into the path of a pickup on a Lake County highway near Lakeport. Three witnesses told CHP officers the rider had been distracted and looked away from the roadway just before the crash, said CHP Officer Kory Reynolds.

Cliff’s 2008 Buell collided with a 2007 Dodge truck at 55-60 mph without braking, Reynolds said.

Two people were not injured.

A Lake County Coroner’s Office investigation showed Cliff was on federal supervision pending an indictment.

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5 North County Motorcycle Club Members Seriously Injured in Vista Crash

Five people suffered serious injuries Saturday in a crash involving at least three motorcycles and a Toyota sedan in Vista.

The crash was reported about 6:40 p.m. at 1385 East Vista Way, just north of Foothill Drive, San Diego County Sheriff‘s Lt. Matthew Glisson said.

He said five people were taken to the hospital. Video from the scene showed a helicopter transporting one of the injured.

The motorcyclists involved in the crash were apparently all members of the Rival motorcycle club based in North County.

Vista Way was shut down in both directions between Foothill Drive and Palomar Place for the sheriff’s investigation, he said.

— From Staff and Wire Reports

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Judge orders trial for ex-firefighter accused in stabbing

A Superior Court judge determined last week that there is enough evidence against a former Lathrop-Manteca Fire District firefighter accused of stabbing someone outside of a Manteca bar late last year to move the matter towards trial.
Brandon Burlingame, 35, appeared before Judge Christine Eagle on Feb. 22 for a preliminary hearing in which the court determined that the charges against him – attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon – are supported by enough evidence to transfer the felony matter to the San Joaquin County Superior Courthouse in Stockton and proceed to an arraignment on information.

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SF police accuse motorcycle gang member of assault, gun and drug possession

The vicious beating of a man last fall led San Francisco police to arrest a motorcycle gang member whose home had a trove of guns and drugs, as well as $275,000 in cash, authorities said Wednesday.

San Francisco police arrested Nicholas Adam, 25, on Tuesday in connection with an assault that took place Oct. 1, when police responded to reports of man on the 1000 block of Ocean Avenue being repeatedly punched in the head and face. The victim, a 58-year-old Burbank man, was treated for life-threatening injuries at the hospital and has since been released, police said. He was allegedly attacked by two men.


    San Francisco police said a search of the home of Nicholas Adams, 25, turned up illegal narcotics and firearms, as well as approximately $275,000 in cash. Photo: Provided By San Francisco Police

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.