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Shootout at Waco Twin Peaks 3 years later: Zero convictions

It was a rainy Sunday a little after noon on May 17, 2015, at a Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco where no one would envision the gruesome crime scene that was about to happen.

A meeting of the Coalition of Clubs and Independents was scheduled for 1 p.m. but that meeting would never take place. At 12:24 p.m. witnesses recalled hearing two shots fired from a small-caliber weapon before a barrage of suppressed rifle fire, the type used by law enforcement. Before 12:30 p.m., nine men would be dead and 23 others transported to nearby hospitals. National media reported the melee involving various motorcycle clubs including the Bandidos and Cossacks, as one of America’s deadliest episodes of biker violence.

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Owner's daughter disputes portrayal of Elm Mott bar as biker hangout

Proprietors of an Elm Mott bar that a local man patronized before he was found beaten nearby are pushing back against law enforcement officials’ statement that the bar is known to be frequented by members of the Cossacks motorcycle group.

Ginger Gregory, daughter of the owner of MacDaddy’s Pub in Elm Mott, said the 45-year-old man, who was found injured off the bar’s property, was drinking at the bar and had left on foot. Law enforcement officials have said the man was wearing a Bandidos support group T-shirt and that a rivalry between the Bandidos and Cossacks may have led to his assault.

However, Gregory said the bar does not allow motorcycle club members, and she does not believe the incident was connected to the establishment.

Fri
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Motorcycle club helps single mom after van breaks down on highway

(video)---SPEEGLEVILLE, TX (KXXV) -

A China Spring woman is thanking a motorcycle club after she was stranded on the side of the road in Speegleville with her son who has special needs.

Ashley Ballew was heading to Waco on Highway 6 a few weeks ago to take her son, Benjamin, to therapy. Benjamin has cerebral palsy.

"My van overheated. So I pulled over," Ballew said.

Smoke was coming out of the hood of the car. When she opened the hood, there was brown liquid everywhere.

"We sat there for about 10-15 minutes to cool off. I was going to drive it somewhere because I didn't know what else to do," Ballew said. "I put it in drive and it didn't go anywhere."

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Man wearing motorcycle club T-shirt attacked near local bar

ELM MOTT, Texas (KWTX) Authorities are investigating after an Elm Mott man who was wearing a T-shirt bearing the name of a motorcycle club affiliated with the Bandidos was attacked and seriously injured, evidently after leaving a local bar.

McLennan County deputies found Eusebio Ramon early Sunday morning lying in a pool of blood, Sheriff’s Lt. Kevin Ferguson said.

Ramon told deputies he was jumped by a number of men on East Long Street, just a block away from MacDaddy’s Pub at 101 East Long. St. in Elm Mott.

He had injuries to his face, lacerations, contusions, and was covered in blood, authorities said.

He was wearing the motorcycle club T-shirt when he was attacked, but the attackers ripped off the shirt during the assault.

He told authorities he thinks the T-shirt was the reason he was attacked, Ferguson said.

Ramon was taken to a local hospital where he was treated and later released.

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2 bikers charged with murder in Twin Peaks shootout get Jan. 15 trial date

Two defendants in the Twin Peaks biker shootout who were re-indicted earlier this month on murder and riot charges might be tried together and had a priority trial date set Friday for Jan. 15.

Jeff Battey, 53, of Ponder, and Ray Arnold Allen, 48, of Crum, both members of the Bandidos motorcycle group, were joined in Waco's 19th State District Court on Friday by four other bikers who were re-indicted May 9 on new charges that will replace the original engaging in organized criminal activity charges.

Judge Ralph Strother called the hearing to get updates on the pending cases.

Thu
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May
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Verdict reached in racketeering trial of top ex-Bandidos leaders

On the three-year anniversary of Texas’ deadliest biker shootout, jurors in San Antonio found the two top former Bandidos leaders guilty of all charges they faced in a racketeering indictment.

After two days of deliberations, the eight men, four women jury returned a unanimous verdict against former Bandidos national president Jeffrey Fay Pike, 62, of Conroe, and ex-vice president John Xavier Portillo, 58, of San Antonio, on all counts each faced in a 13-count indictment.

 

Related: Feds: Bandidos are "the mafia on two wheels"

The crimes include racketeering conspiracy, murder, extortion and drug dealing (or aiding and abetting the crimes). Some involved the killings of rival bikers by other Bandidos members.

Thu
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Twin Peaks cases unravel as 3rd anniversary arrives

By the evening of May 17, 2015, the bodies of nine dead bikers had been cleared from the parking lot of the Twin Peaks restaurant, and the Waco Police Department was working America’s deadliest episode of biker violence as a murder case.  read the rest

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Councilman stepping down after he said White Settlement honored Bandidos motorcycle gang

Councilman Dave Mann abruptly resigned Tuesday night, a week after the city, he said, recognized local Bandidos motorcycle gang members during a proclamation for Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month.

Mann, who was elected two years ago, is also a Tarrant County sheriff’s deputy.

Mann read a written statement before Tuesday’s council meeting, saying that he could no longer serve on a council that did not value and protect its citizens. Members from the local Bandidos motorcycle gang attended the council meeting May 8, he said.

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DA dismisses five more Twin Peaks cases

The McLennan County District Attorney's Office dismissed five more Twin Peaks cases Tuesday morning as the massive event that once included 155 indicted bikers continues to unravel.

Judge Ralph Strother of 19th State District Court signed dismissals on cases for Noe Adame, James Caffey, Stephen Dudley, Paul Miller and George Rogers, bringing the number of dismissals of the 155 indicted to 126. 

On Monday, 54th State District Judge Matt Johnson signed off on the dismissals of Thomas Paul Landers, Christopher M. Stainton and Michael Herring. 

All were indicted on a first-degree felony charge of engaging in organized criminal activity in the May 2015 shootout between the Bandidos and Cossacks in which nine were killed and 20 injured. 

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Feds: Bandidos are “the mafia on two wheels”

A federal jury will begin deliberating Tuesday whether the top two former national leaders of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club headed a racketeering conspiracy and authorized or sanctioned members to commit extortion, robbery, assault, drug dealing and murder.

In closing arguments Monday of the nearly three-month trial in San Antonio, prosecutors painted Jeffrey Fay Pike, who was national president of the Bandidos from 2005 until January 2016, and then-vice president John Xavier Portillo, as crime bosses of a secretive gang of outlaw bikers who claimed Texas as their territory.

 

But lawyers for Pike, 63, of Conroe, and Portillo, 58, of San Antonio, countered that the defendants headed a fraternal, social club of motorcycle enthusiasts, and that the group had some “bad apples” who committed crimes for which neither Pike nor Portillo are responsible.

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