Mon
13
Mar

Longwood biker acquitted of murder wants his guns back

A jury acquitted motorcycle club member David Maloney on charges that he murdered two people during a shootout at the VFW parking lot in Winter Springs in 2012.

Now he wants his guns back.

There are five: three handguns and two 12-gauge shotguns.

Circuit Judge Marlene Alva has scheduled a hearing Tuesday to decide whether he’ll get them.

“He’s entitled to have them back, the same as any other citizen,” said defense attorney Michael LaFay, “particularly given what I would say was a steady drumbeat of threats that he’s been receiving.”

In September, Maloney asked the judge to return the guns, and she initially said yes, but the Clerk of Court’s office, which has possession of them, would not surrender them.

Mon
13
Mar

Motorcycle deaths during Bike Week fall to historic low

Motorcyclists have slammed into utility poles driving at 45 mph. They've drifted into oncoming traffic on busy State Road 40. They sometimes just lose control and are thrown from their bikes.

Close to 500 people have died in motorcycle accidents between 2005 and 2015 in Volusia and Flagler counties, and more than one-third of those accidents occurred during the area's two major biking events, a News-Journal analysis of National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data shows.

Tue
06
Dec

Hillsborough firefighter wanted as Outlaw gang member turns self in

A Hillsborough County firefighter wanted in connection to a Key West bar fight involving Outlaw Motorcycle Gang members turned himself in Monday in Monroe County.
 

Clinton Neal Walker, 33, of Bradenton was booked on a misdemeanor battery charge at a county jail site in Tavernier, a Monroe County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman said. Walker posted $3,000 bail and was released shortly after his arrest.

Walker was wanted by the Key West Police who say he and other Outlaws members beat up the manager and an employee at a downtown Key West bar called Rumor Lounge on Sept. 27.

A woman told officers the fight started after she got into argument with one of several men wearing shirts and jackets with the "Outlaws" logo, according to a police report.

Fri
02
Dec

Attorney claims Hillsborough firefighter wanted on misdemeanor battery charge has not fled the state

TAMPA — A Hillsborough County firefighter wanted on a misdemeanor battery charge stemming from his alleged involvement in a Key West bar fight maintains he will turn himself in to face the charges, but has no intention of altering his vacation plans that would require him to return to Florida early.

 

 

Key West Police issued a warrant for Clint Walker, a 33-year-old Hillsborough County firefighter from Bradenton, after a bar fight that purportedly took place in September at the Rumor Lounge in Key West. The incident allegedly involved several members of the Outlaws motorcycle gang, according to a police report. Walker’s arrest warrant states that he is a “confirmed active member” of the Outlaws; however, Walker’s attorney, Jerry Theophilopoulos, has denied Walker’s membership in the gang in several local news reports.

Fri
02
Dec

Feds warn of outlaw biker club increase

The FBI warned local law enforcement last month that outlaw motorcycle clubs are increasing their presence in South Florida, especially in the Keys.

And their presence has been particularly noticed at popular motorcycle events like the Peterson Poker Run, held annually throughout the island chain in September.

“We’ve seen in the last couple of years, during events like the Peterson Poker Run, an increase in biker gang participation,” said Monroe County Sheriff Rick Ramsay. “We saw them riding colors with their jackets on. Historically, you haven’t seen that.”

“Colors” for motorcycle clubs generally are a three-part arrangement of patches depicting the club name and its location.

Fri
18
Nov

Hillsborough bans workers from biker gangs after fight warrant issued

TAMPA — Hillsborough County is banning employees from participating in certain biker gangs and other criminal groups after a firefighter associated with the Outlaws motorcycle gang was accused of taking part in a bar fight in Key West.
 

In a memo Friday, County Administrator Mike Merrill outlined a new policy effective immediately barring membership in groups or gangs considered criminal organizations by the state or federal government.

Involvement in these organizations "will not be tolerated as these affiliations are contrary to the mission of public service," Merrill wrote. "This directive is a reminder of our continuing obligation to represent all the citizens of Hillsborough County."

The list of banned organizations is guided by the 2015 FBI National Gang Report and it includes the Outlaws, as well as Crips, Bloods, Almighty Latin King and Queen Nation, Hells Angels Motorcycle Club and the Pagans.

Thu
18
Aug

Last defendant in Winter Springs biker gang shootout expected to take a plea

SANFORD – Four years ago, two rival motorcycle gangs got into a shootout in the parking lot of the VFW hall in Winter Springs. When it ended, three people lay dead, all of them members of the same gang: The Florida Warlocks.

This afternoon, the last suspect charged in those slayings is expected to enter a plea, bringing to an end four criminal cases that resulted in five jury trials.

David "Tinman" Maloney, 56, of Longwood will be in court, charged with one count of attempted murder.

His first trial ended in a mistrial, and when he was retried, a Seminole County jury found him not guilty of two counts of murder and one count of attempted murder, but it could not decide on one remaining count: whether he had tried to murder another member of the rival gang who survived.

That's the reason for today's plea hearing.

All of the defendants were members of Maloney's break-away biker group, the Philly Warlocks.

Mon
06
Jun

Biker gang member released from prison; one co-defendant awaiting trial in VFW shootout

Paul Wayne "The Dog" Smith, the former Warlocks motorcycle gang member who fired the first shots in a gun battle in a Winter Springs VFW parking lot that left three people dead, has been released from state prison.

Smith, 51, was acquitted by a Seminole County jury of three counts of murder two years ago after testifying that he acted in self-defense Sept. 30, 2012, when he opened fire on an unarmed member of a rival biker group, killing him.

But what jurors did not know was that Smith should never have had a gun.

He was a convicted felon, a group that's prohibited from having firearms. They also did not know that police found drugs in his pocket – methamphetamine. After his acquittal on three murder charges and two attempted murder charges, he pleaded no contest to the gun and drug charges.

He did the same to a weapons charge in Lake County, a charge he was already facing at the time of the VFW shooting.

Tue
31
May

‘Habitual traffic offender’ in Pasco jail after running over motorcyclists

LUTZ, Fla. (WFLA) – A 31-year-old Land O’ Lakes man is facing a variety of charges following a serious crash Monday near the intersection of US 41 and County Line Road in Lutz.

Robert Vance is being held without bond at the Pasco County Jail. He is facing one count of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, one count of leaving the scene of a crash involving injury and one count of operating a motor vehicle without a valid driver’s license. Florida Highway Patrol says Vance is classified as a habitual traffic offender.

Witnesses say Vance drove his vehicle over a motorcycle carrying a man and woman before fleeing.

Just moments before the incident, the suspect exchanged words with the driver of the motorcycle – identified as Joseph Philipp Calderazzo – and his passenger, Melanie Ann Milinkovich.

Fri
13
May

Court allows biker statements in gang shootout

DAYTONA BEACH — More than three years after a shootout between rival motorcycle gangs in Seminole County left three bikers dead, including one from Tavares, an appeals court Friday rejected a gang member's arguments that police improperly got information from him before reading required Miranda rights.

The ruling by the 5th District Court of Appeal overturned a lower-court decision that suppressed statements of David "Tin Man" Maloney, a member of the gang known as the Philly Warlocks who faces an attempted-murder charge.

The Philly Warlocks and a rival gang known as the Florida Warlocks got into a shootout in September 2012 outside a Veterans of Foreign Wars hall in Winter Springs, resulting in the deaths of three members of the Florida Warlocks, according to Friday's ruling.

Killed were Harold “Lil’ Dave” Liddle, 46, of Tavares, David “Dresser Dave” Jakiela, 52, of Orlando and Peter “Hormone” Schlette, 50, from Denham Springs, Lousiana.

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