Fri
25
May
THUMPERRRR's picture

Florida motorcycle gang members charged in death of rival

Five members of a Florida west coast motorcycle gang Friday were indicted in multiple crimes, including murder.

The Department of Justice's U.S. Attorney Office in Tampa announced the charges against five members of the 69'ers Motorcycle Club. Indicted were Christopher Brian Cosimano, aka "Durty," 30 of Gibstonton; Michael Dominick Mencher,  aka “Pumpkin,” 51, of Tarpon Springs; Allan Burt Guinto, aka “Big Beefy,” 27, Brandon; Erick Richard Robinson, aka “Big E,” 45, of Zephyrhills; and Cody James Wesling, aka “Little Savage,” 27, of Riverview.

They were indicted on multiple violent crimes in aid of racketeering activity, including conspiracy, murder, and assault with a dangerous weapon. They have also been charged with firearms offenses and narcotics trafficking.

Fri
27
Apr
THUMPERRRR's picture

Police credit visible presence for little trouble at Bikefest

LEESBURG — It may be a slight exaggeration, but police say you have to go out of your way to get arrested at Bikefest. If you really want to be fitted with stainless steel bracelets, there will be plenty of officers on hand to help.

“It’s a laid-back event and people don’t get ridiculously drunk,” said Leesburg Police Lt. Scott Mack. “You can usually count the number of arrests downtown on one or two hands,” he said.

Not bad, considering 150,000-plus motorcycle enthusiasts pour into the three-day event from Friday through Sunday.

“We have a very visible presence and an approachable presence,” Mack said.

Planning is everything, says Mack and Joe Shipes, executive vice president of the Leesburg Partnership, which puts on the event every year. Officially, planning begins in January, but it really takes place year-round, including looking at events around the country and the world.

Thu
05
Apr
THUMPERRRR's picture

Court sides with cops on using biker photos in lobbying

Fighting a bill that would have allowed Floridians to openly carry guns, two Orange County sheriff’s officers in 2011 moved forward with a plan to give lawmakers a glimpse of some people who might be able to pack heat publicly.

The officers pulled together booking or driver’s license photos of “one percenters” — members of motorcycle clubs — who might be able to openly carry guns and provided the photos to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Mon
02
Apr
THUMPERRRR's picture

1 year later, murder of Daytona Outlaws biker ‘Louie da Lip’ remains unsolved

(pics and video)---DAYTONA BEACH — “Louie da Lip,” a felon accused by a courtroom witness of assaulting and battering a woman inside a locked room, met his own violent end one year ago.

Detectives learned quickly that the known member of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club’s Daytona Beach chapter, aka Christopher Keating, was likely killed by someone in the rival Pagan’s biker gang.

Police also knew Keating, 59, had a criminal history. He was killed during a fight near the doorway to an alley inside a bar.

Police have video of the incident and witnesses called 9-1-1, one of whom gave a vague description of the suspect.

Twelve months later, the case remains unsolved.

Thu
15
Mar
THUMPERRRR's picture

Police watching motorcycle gangs in Daytona for Bike Week

DAYTONA BEACH — More motorcycle gangs are in town for Bike Week but the Volusia County sheriff said police will come down on them “like white on rice” if they break the law.

Sheriff Mike Chitwood said he has seen an increase in motorcycle gangs coming to Bike Week in Daytona Beach. To prevent gang violence, the Sheriff’s Office has taken a proactive approach and shifted the focus of its motorcycle theft task force that operated during the event for years. The team now monitors local, national and international motorcycle gangs.

“I would say that it seemed when I first got here in 2006, it was high, and then we hit a period where there was a lull, there was a period where we knocked their club house out of Daytona Beach,” Chitwood said.

Tue
30
Jan
THUMPERRRR's picture

Bar brawl ends with motorcycle dragging, police say

(video)--After bystanders broke up a bar brawl, one of the men hopped onto his Harley-Davidson and steered straight toward the man he’d been fighting, Davie police said Tuesday.

Evans Diaz hit Marco Correa and dragged him around the parking lot of the Twin Peaks sports bar at 2000 S. University Drive, according to a police report.

Another man was able to jump out of the motorcycle’s path, the report said.

A portion of the incident Friday night was captured on cellphone video. It shows Diaz, police say, punching Correa several times. Shortly after the men are pulled apart, headlights shine upon a small group standing in the parking lot and a motorcycle rams into Correa’s legs.

Tue
16
Jan
THUMPERRRR's picture

Hillsborough County firefighter gets the ax after investigators find ties to motorcycle gang

TAMPA — Hillsborough County officials fired a Fire Rescue medic Tuesday after an internal investigation concluded he had "unwavering loyalty" to the Outlaws Motorcycle Club — the state’s dominant biker gang.

Clinton Neal Walker, 33, of Bradenton, is the first Hillsborough County employee to be investigated for gang activity under a series of county-wide ordinances sparked by Walker’s own arrest last September for starting a bar fight in Key West. The fight came just three months after he was placed on administrative leave for joining another bar brawl in May 2016, this time in St. Petersburg with a city police officer.

The ordinances prohibit county employees from gaining membership in any organization the state or federal government considers criminal, including the Outlaws St. Petersburg Chapter, where Walker remains an active member.

Tue
16
Jan
THUMPERRRR's picture

Hillsborough Firefighter accused of withholding evidence from biker gang shooting

Also accused of violating anti-gang policy

(video)--A local firefighter is accused of refusing to hand over evidence from a motorcycle gang shooting. The I-Team reveals why his potential affiliation with the gang could cost him his career.

Hillsborough County Fire Rescue firefighter, Clint Walker, was an Outlaw for a couple of years. The Outlaws Motorcycle Club is considered a criminal gang among law enforcement and county officials say Walker's continued loyalty to the gang could cost him his career.

He is the first firefighter to be investigated under an anti-gang policy county officials implemented after a series of I-Team investigations.

RELATED: 

Sat
06
Jan
THUMPERRRR's picture

Hundreds gather in Pasco County to mourn victim of motorcycle gang shooting

(video)--HOLIDAY, Fla. – Hundreds of bikers gathered Saturday afternoon to pay their respects to a motorcycle gang president shot and killed three days before Christmas.

Aerial footage from Sky10 showed hundreds of people gathered to mourn Paul Anderson at Dobies Funeral Home.

Anderson, 44, died in a shooting along Suncoast Parkway and State Road 54 on Dec. 22. He served as president of the local chapter of the Outlaw motorcycle gang.

Related: Pasco sheriff warns of more violence after deadly motorcycle club shooting

Fri
05
Jan
THUMPERRRR's picture

Law enforcement to monitor bikers coming to funeral of murdered motorcycle gang leader

(video)--PASCO COUNTY, Fla. — Several members of the Outlaws came to a Pasco County funeral home this afternoon as they are grieving the loss of their president.

But Sheriff’s Chris Nocco says this is just the beginning.

“We have to be preparing, because we don’t know what may happen.”

As many as a thousand bikers from around the country are expected in the area this weekend for Paul Anderson’s funeral.

He was murdered a few days before Christmas by members of a rival club.

“I think the way that the homicide occurred definitely shocked people. It was broad daylight in a very populated area where people are constantly driving,” said Nocco.

Pages