Sat
23
Dec

The Kingsmen, in the eyes of New York State, are no more

For more than six decades, the gold knight's helmet with the red plume on top – a frequent sight on local streets and highways – served as a reminder of the Kingsmen Motorcycle Club's dominating presence here.

No other biker club enjoyed deeper roots in the community.

But earlier this month, a yearlong legal fight over the Kingsmen name and organization resulted in a court-approved agreement requiring the club's two factions to form new clubs under new names.

In short, the Kingsmen, at least in the eyes of New York State, are no more.

Not surprisingly, in an organization whose motto is "Live Kingsmen, Die Kingsmen," both sides are disappointed in the outcome.

"That is as important, if not more important than, the ownership of any property," said Charles J. Marchese, a lawyer for the previous leadership, of the Kingsmen name and history.

Sat
02
Dec

Dramatic Kingsmen clubhouse showdown described in federal bail hearing

Andre Jenkins was eager to distance himself from his murder of two fellow Kingsmen in North Tonawanda on a late summer day in 2014, when he hopped on his motorcycle and returned to the gang's clubhouse in Tennessee, according to prosecutors.

But what greeted Jenkins was far from a welcome home party.

Inside, the Kingsmen also known as Little Bear discovered a scene right out of "Sons of Anarchy": a room covered in plastic and several Kingsmen Motorcycle Club members pointing guns at his head, prosecutors say.

Jenkins pleaded for his life.

"He kept saying, 'Call Pirk, call Pirk, call Pirk," Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph M. Tripi said during a court appearance last week.

The call was made, Tripi said, and Kingsmen President David Pirk, the man accused of orchestrating the double murder in North Tonawanda, ordered the Tennessee chapter members to back off.

Tue
17
Oct

Four more arrested in Kingsmen motorcycle case following 2014 murders

When the leadership of the Kingsmen Motorcyle Club was indicted and eventually jailed, Brian Witkowski found himself leading the club's New York State chapter.

The promotion, according to prosecutors, was a reward for Witkowski's loyalty to former Kingsmen President David Pirk and Witkowski's lies to federal agents about Pirk's role in the execution-style killings of fellow club members Daniel “DJ” Szymanski and Paul Maue.

Prosecutors also claim Witkowski's rise through the ranks can be traced to a Kingsmen directive that he stay close to Szymanski's family in order to monitor the federal investigation.

"I would argue that is organized crime at its best," said Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph M. Tripi.

On Tuesday, Witkowski, former head of the club's South Buffalo chapter, appeared in Buffalo federal court, one of four additional Kingsmen arrested in connection with the 2014 double murder.

Mon
16
Oct

Cheektowaga man arrested by FBI on RICO charges for activities with Kingsmen

CHEEKTOWAGA – A Cheektowaga man was arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation Thursday morning in connection with his involvement in The Kingsmen Motorcycle Club.

Brian Witkowski, of S. Colby Street, was arrested after Cheektowaga Police and the FBI’s Safe Streets Task Force executed an arrest warrant at his home around 6 am according to an FBI spokesperson.

He faces federal RICO conspiracy charges for his involvement in The Kingsmen Motorcycle Club.  Two other club members were arrested in Tennesee, and more arrests are pending.

The United State’s Attorney classifies The Kingsmen Motorcycle Club as a criminal organization which engages in such crimes as the distribution of controlled substances, maintaining premises for the use and distribution of controlled substances, possession, use, and sale of firearms, sales of untaxed cigarettes, and promoting prostitution.

Wed
27
Sep

Hells Angels biker charged in shooting dies of brain aneurysm

The Hells Angels biker charged with shooting a man who dared to move a parking cone outside the infamous gang’s East Village headquarters died of a brain aneurysm, his lawyer said.

Prosecutors dismissed the assault case against Anthony Iovenitti, 52, Wednesday in Manhattan Criminal Court due to his August passing while on a motorcycle road trip.

Defense lawyer Ron Kuby said the biker ​​“died doing what he loved most, riding motorcycles with his brothers.”

Iovenitti had faced first-degree assault and weapon possession raps for allegedly shooting 25-year-old David Martinez in the stomach Dec. 11, 2016.

Martinez had moved a cone outside the notorious E. 3rd St. clubhouse so he could park.

Kuby previously said that NYPD surveillance video showed Martinez kick Iovenitti in the head before the biker fired a single round at him.

Mon
28
Aug

Source: Mall parking lot fight was motorcycle-gang related

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- An assault at the Staten Island Mall parking lot involved members of two rival motorcycle gangs, the Pagans and the Bridge Runners, according to a source with knowledge of the investigation.

The fifth annual "Bikers for Bini" charity event was shut down on Sunday after a 54-year-old man was allegedly punched, according to sources.

No arrests have been made in the incident that happened at about 1 p.m. in the parking lot of the mall at 2655 Richmond Ave., said a spokesman for the NYPD's Deputy Commissioner of Public Information.

The 54-year-old man was treated at the scene for injuries that include lacerations to the left side of his face and declined to be taken to a hospital, said a spokesman for the NYPD's Deputy Commissioner of Public Information.

The victim is being uncooperative with the probe, said the source with knowledge of the investigation.

Thu
01
Jun

Biker associate pleads guilty to steroids charge

ALBANY -- A Stillwater man with ties to a Dutch outlaw motorcycle gang pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court on Thursday to selling steroids and international money laundering for the performance-enhancing drugs he acquired in the mail from Thailand.

Sean Dubanowich, 43, who was convicted of a federal drug felony in 2000 unrelated to steroids.

He is an associate of the Satudarah motorcycle club and onetime member of the Rock Machine biker gang, according to court papers and his attorney.

The stocky defendant, a weight lifter, obtained the performance-enhancing drugs from Thailand and sold them in the United States and Canada.

Fri
19
May

Multiple arrests made, two suspects still sought in Blue Jay Tavern brawl

ROTTERDAM -- Rotterdam police have arrested a number of suspects in a brawl March 19 at the Blue Jay Tavern -- and they're asking for the public's help to locate two more.

Shortly after midnight March 19, officers were dispatched to the tavern for a fight call. On arrival, they located two victims, one of whom had injuries that required transportation to the hospital. All suspects had left the scene before police arrived.

Using surveillance footage from the Blue Jay Tavern, City of Schenectady Street Camera System, and several other surrounding local businesse,s Rotterdam Police Detective Division was able to identify several suspects in the matter.

Sun
26
Mar

Hells Angel busted after cops find handgun, cocaine in his car in West Village

Cops busted a Hells Angel after finding a handgun, cocaine and $3,000 cash in his car during a traffic stop in the West Village, police sources said Friday.

Police pulled over Michael Avalone, 37, of Ossining, N.Y., after they spotted him driving recklessly in a 2008 Cadillac DTS at W. 14th St. and 6th Ave. around 2:50 a.m. Thursday, cops said.

After discovering Avalone had three active warrants, the officers placed him under arrest, officials said. During the arrest, Avalone told officers there was a gun on the front passenger seat of his car.

The officers took Avalone and his Cadillac back to the 6th Precinct, and obtained a search warrant for the car, according to a police source.

Inside they found two vials of cocaine, $3,000 in cash, a fake New York transit authority placard and a loaded .380-caliber Luger pistol with an extra magazine, according to a police source.

Wed
22
Mar

SHOOTING TRIAL: Tension brewed at motorcycle club, lawyer says

Three days before a September shooting in West Corners, a former motorcycle club member confronted others outside their Carl Street clubhouse in attempt to regain some tools and settle a monetary issue. On Wednesday, that former motorcycle member said he showed up with a billy club in order to keep others from ganging up on him.

Another confrontation broke out three days later, on Sept. 24, prosecutors say, resulting in former "Flesh and Blood" motorcycle club member Timothy Mancini and his dog being wounded by shotgun fire.

Paul Warner's trial for attempted second-degree murder continued Wednesday in Broome County Court, and the defense argued tensions had been brewing after a divide among the roughly 18-member group of motorcyclists in the days before the shooting.

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