Thu
27
Apr

Witness says he lied about casino gang killing

RENO, Nev. (AP) - The star witness who helped convict the triggerman who killed a high-ranking Hells Angels' boss at a Nevada casino in 2011 says he was lying when he testified that the shooting was an assassination plot orchestrated by a rival motorcycle gang, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press.

Prosecutors think the recantation is a lie, but it could make it more difficult to get another murder conviction against Ernesto Gonzalez, a former Vagos gang member. He's scheduled to be tried again in August after the Nevada Supreme Court threw out the conviction because of improper jury instructions.

Legal scholars say it's hard to predict jurors' reaction to recanted testimony, but it raises questions about the claims of suspects who make deals with prosecutors to take the stand in exchange for more lenient sentences, as Gary "Jabbers" Rudnick did.

Fri
07
Oct

Motorcycle shop owner arrested in Sept. 14 shooting of motorcyclist

The owner of a Yuba City motorcycle shop arrested Wednesday for a September shooting is alleged to have ties to the Hells Angels.

Francisco "Cisco" Fernandez, 34, was taken into custody in Carson City, Nev., on a Yuba City warrant, accused of attempted murder for the benefit of a criminal street gang.

He allegedly shot a man Sept. 14, according to Yuba City police spokesperson Shawna Pavey.

Officers received calls of shots fired and found a man in the street at Lincoln and Jones roads. Witnesses said the victim, whose name was not released, was riding a Harley-Davidson when shots were fired from what police were told was a white SUV traveling west toward Highway 99.

The victim was hospitalized for multiple nonlife-threatening gunshot wounds and released a few days later, Pavey said.

Mon
26
Sep

Two Carson City search warrant executed in connection with California murder

Street Vibrations weekend ended with two warrant services on a Carson City residence and business for evidence in an alleged gang-related murder.

The Carson City Sheriff’s Office, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and Lyon County Sheriff’s Office Gang Units, and Tri-Net conducted two search warrants for property related to a shooting several weeks ago in Yuba City, Calif. It is suspected that the shooting was a gang killing, possible involving the motorcycle gang, the Hell’s Angels, law enforcement officials said.

Sunday morning, the Sheriff’s Office received search warrants to look for property related to the shooting at the Roop Street Tanglewood Village apartments and at the Highway 50 Nautical Motorcycles. There also was a simultaneous search done in Yuba City by the SWAT there.

“This residence and business were identified as connected to persons sought, but at this time there are no active warrants,” Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong said.

Fri
23
Sep

5 years after biker gang casino shootout, new trial looms

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Casino patrons dived for cover under blackjack tables as two rival gangs fired dozens of shots at each other during a deadly brawl on the floor of a northern Nevada casino five years ago this weekend.

The day after a Hells Angels boss died in the melee, a member of the Vagos gang was shot in retaliation, leading the mayor of Sparks to declare a state of emergency. FBI agents joined an extensive manhunt for the killer.

Ernesto Gonzalez, a Vagos leader, was caught a week later, telling police who found him cowering in his car in San Francisco that he was relieved to be caught. He had feared they were Hells Angels coming to kill him.

Gonzalez was convicted of the slaying and sentenced to life in prison but won an appeal before the Nevada Supreme Court in December and was granted a new trial.

Thu
11
Aug

Murder retrial delayed a year in Nevada casino shootout

An ex-motorcycle gang leader whose Nevada murder conviction was overturned in December will spend another year in jail before he's retried for the killing of a rival gang member during a casino shootout in 2011, a judge in Reno decided Thursday.

RENO, Nev.

An ex-motorcycle gang leader whose Nevada murder conviction was overturned in December will spend another year in jail before he's retried for the killing of a rival gang member during a casino shootout in 2011, a judge in Reno decided Thursday.

Washoe District Judge Connie Steinheimer entered not guilty pleas on behalf of Ernesto Gonzalez at the arraignment for the former president of the Vagos chapter in Nicaragua.

She cited lawyers' scheduling conflicts in setting the new trial for Aug. 28, 2017.

Wed
01
Jun

KOLO Washoe County prosecutors have decided to retry an ex-motorcycle gang member on murder

Washoe County prosecutors want to retry an ex-motorcycle gang member on murder charges after the state Supreme Court overturned his conviction in a 2011 shootout with rival gang leaders at a Nevada casino

RENO, Nevada — Washoe County prosecutors have decided to retry an ex-motorcycle gang member on murder charges after the state Supreme Court overturned his conviction in a 2011 shootout with rival gang leaders at a northern Nevada casino.

Washoe District Judge Connie Steinheimer has scheduled a hearing June 8 to consider the motion for a new trial for Ernesto Gonzalez, 58, and set a date for the proceedings.

Michelle Bays, spokeswoman for the district attorney's office, said Wednesday that she couldn't provide details but confirmed assistants to District Attorney Chris Hicks will argue for the retrial of the former president of the Nicaraguan chapter of the Vagos, who was sentenced in 2013 to up to life in prison.

Sun
27
Apr

Coones And Sincox Rousted In Laughlin (vids)

Nevada police continue to consider motorcycle club members fair game.

Last night at the annual Laughlin River Run approximately 40 police including a Swat team shut down adjoining vendor booths operated by a member of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club and the Vagos Motorcycle Club.

According to a usually informed and reliable source the Lucky 7 Motorsports booth owned by Vago Michael Raymond Sincox and the So Cal Clothing Line Booth run by well known Hells Angel Rusty Coones were closed and the operators were compelled to pack up and leave. Both booths were on property owned by the Pioneer Hotel. Police called the booths “potential threats,” presumably because the two operators belong to different motorcycle clubs and members of those clubs have confronted one another in the past.

Fri
07
Mar

I-Team: Former President of Las Vegas Hells Angels Speaks Out (video)

LAS VEGAS -- Legal cases stemming from a bloody brawl between rival motorcycle clubs five years ago are finally drawing to a close.

The fight between the Hells Angels and the Mongols broke out at a downtown wedding chapel in December 2008.

Now, the final two defendants are about to be sentenced. One of the men is the former president of the local Hells Angels chapter, and he wanted to get some things off his chest before he is sent away.

He spoke to the I-Team about what happened at the chapel six years ago. This is really two stories. One is about the circumstances surrounding the wedding chapel brawl.

The biggest guy in the chapel video is also the biggest target of the police investigation. That man, Charles Goldsmith, also known by the nickname Pee Wee, says it was a clear case of self defense, that he is being targeted merely because of he was a member of the club.