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.


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.



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


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.


Investigators to monitor biker gang member funerals following deadly attack

(video)--PASCO COUNTY, Fla. — Local law enforcement officials worry a deadly attack between motorcycle gangs could bring retaliation and even more violence to public events. 

Police agencies across Tampa Bay are now monitoring several upcoming funerals for motorcycle club members.

"We’re not going into great detail about what we are doing but there are a couple of funerals coming up that we’re keeping our eye on," said Kevin Doll with the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. 

Saturday marks the funeral for a documented member of the "69 Motorcycle Club" at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Tampa. Pasco deputies last week arrested three men from the same gang for the shooting death of Paul Anderson, 44, president of a rival gang, "Outlaw Motorcycle Club" in Pasco County. 


Despite arrests, Pasco sheriff fears more violence in wake of motorcycle gang killing

(pics) ---The president of a local chapter of the American Outlaws Motorcycle Association was shot and killed by the president of a rival motorcycle club Thursday afternoon in a public burst of violence that threatens to ignite a gang war, said Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco.

Paul Anderson, 44, was shot while idling in a truck at the red light where the Suncoast Parkway exits to State Road 54 in Odessa, the sheriff said. The shooting took place at about 4:55 p.m. while many other drivers were on the road, deputies said.

"It was probably like a television show or a movie scene," Nocco said.


Arrests made after motorcycle club president fatally shot in Pasco Co.

We have new information in a deadly shooting in Pasco County yesterday involving rival motorcycle gangs.  We know the identify of the man killed, and three people have been arrested.

The shooting happened yesterday afternoon along the Suncoast Parkway and State Road 5.  The victim, who has been identified as Paul Anderson, 44, is the president of the local chapter of the Outlaw motorcycle gang. 

Anderson was in the northbound lane of Suncoast Parkway when a couple of guys on motorcycles pulled up. 

One of them tapped on Anderson’s window to get his attention.  Anderson was then shot and killed.

Through an investigation, the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office was able to make three arrests – Michael Dominick Mencher, 51; Alan Guinto, 26; and Christopher Bryant Cosimano, 29.   All were members of the rival motorcycle gang, the 69ers. 

Police say Cosimano was the shooter.

All three going to be charged with first-degree premeditated murder.


Sheriff: Biker gang behind homicide near Suncoast Parkway and SR 54 in Pasco County

(video)--Pasco County deputies are investigating a shooting death near Suncoast Parkway and State Road 54.

Sheriff Chris Nocco said the shooting is related to motorcycle gang activity and releases photos of the suspects.

"This shooting, thank God an innocent person was not killed," said Sheriff Nocco. 

A witness heard three loud "pops" and saw the driver of a truck slumped over. Investigators have not released the identity of that driver but tell us he was a documented motorcycle gang member.

PCSO is now asking anyone with information to come forward about the two people who fired the shots, seen riding motorcycles with the tags covered up. 

Sheriff Nocco says it appears this was an internal issue and the victim was targeted. 


Outlaws Motorcycle Club member stabbed in Ormond, wife arrested

A domestic fight between an Outlaws Motorcycle Club member and his wife on Monday left him with a stab wound to the stomach, authorities said.

The husband is Johnie Trail, 59. His wife Deana Trail, 43, was arrested in the stabbing, said Ormond Beach police Chief Jesse Godfrey.

Johnie Trail was taken to the hospital to get his injury treated, police said.

Details of the incident and charges were not immediately available Monday night.

Police were called to Johnie Trail’s home at 713 Virginia Terrace around 12:23 p.m. Monday to a possible fight between a husband and wife.

Officers arriving at the mobile home found the husband with the stab wound, said police spokesman Keith Walker. Court records show the couple filed for divorce last month.

“The investigation is continuing,” Walker said.


Sons Of Speed Back at New Smyrna Speedway for 3rd Race During Daytona Biketoberfest

Inaugural Old Speed Show Debuts as Well

Billy Lane’s thrilling Sons of Speed boardtrack motorcycle race is back for a third running during the 25th Chrome Anniversary of Daytona Beach Biketoberfest. On Saturday, October 21, at 3:15 p.m., thirteen daredevil motorcycle racers will take to the banked track at New Smyrna Speedway in Daytona Beach.

“We’re coming off the second SOS race, which took place at Sturgis this year,” said Billy Lane, renowned bike builder and founder of Sons of Speed. “That was a lot of fun, but nothing beats the banked track at New Smyrna—this is where riders let it all hang out.”