Wed
02
Jan
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More than 3,700 pounds of food were collected by the local motorcycle club

The North County Chapter of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club helped to collect more than 3,700 pounds of food for the Marysville Community Food Bank this December.

The club’s food drive was held on Dec. 15 in Marysville at the Lucky 13 Saloon and helped to bring in a total of around 3,760 pounds of food in addition to $1,461 raised from items auctioned at their event.

This was the first time that the local club has decided to put on a holiday food drive and Bandido Milkman Josh Leathers, a member of the club and one of the main organizers of the event, was happy with how it went.

“Overall I believe that the food drive was a success,” he said.

The club had decided they wanted to help locals this holiday season and decided to try a food drive.

“We wanted to give back to the community so we chose to give to the local food bank,” said Leathers.

“They do a lot of good work for the less fortunate in the community,” he said.

Fri
21
Dec
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Member of motorcycle gang sentenced to 30 months in prison for illegally possessing gun

A Spokane man and member of the Mongols outlaw motorcycle gang was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison Thursday by a federal judge.

Gabriel Trinidad Lopez, 38, pleaded guilty on July 12 to a charge of illegally possessing a firearm, according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Justice.

Law enforcement officers pulled over Lopez in Spokane on Nov. 4, 2017, because of numerous traffic violations, according to the news release. Lopez told officers he had a firearm, which was illegal because he is a convicted felon.

He also faces three years of probation after his sentence.

Sun
29
Apr
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2 dead, 5 injured in motorcycle club shooting in King County

(video)---An overnight shooting in south Seattle has left two people dead and five others injured.

Shots were first fired around 4 a.m. Sunday in the Skyway neighborhood, with victims later showing up at a McDonald's in Renton.

A total of four people were shot; two later died after being driven to the McDonalds.

King County sheriff's deputies say the victims were members of a motorcycle club. A large fight broke out during a gathering and then multiple gunshots were fired.

Deputies were en route to the scene when the received calls that victims of the shooting had been transported in cars to different locations.

Sat
02
Sep
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A Hells Angels motorcyclist was shot driving through Tri-Cities. Now no one is talking

(video)-- After a Hells Angels member from California was shot in the leg while passing through Pasco, witnesses clammed up and refused to share anything with detectives.

Two weeks later, state investigators are hopeful people will come forward to give some clues into what happened that Aug. 18 afternoon on Highway 395.

The wounded motorcyclist, Dennis Donahue, 52, has since been released from the hospital. And five of his fellow members, who were arrested on suspicion of criminal mischief with a deadly weapon, posted bail and have not been charged.

Sat
02
Sep
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A Hells Angels motorcyclist was shot driving through Tri-Cities. Now no one is talking Read more here: http://www.tri-cityherald.com/news/local/crime/article170988012.html#storylink=cpy Read more here: http://www.tri-cityherald.com/news/local/crime/arti

(video)-- After a Hells Angels member from California was shot in the leg while passing through Pasco, witnesses clammed up and refused to share anything with detectives.

Two weeks later, state investigators are hopeful people will come forward to give some clues into what happened that Aug. 18 afternoon on Highway 395.

The wounded motorcyclist, Dennis Donahue, 52, has since been released from the hospital. And five of his fellow members, who were arrested on suspicion of criminal mischief with a deadly weapon, posted bail and have not been charged.

Fri
03
Mar
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Hells Angels Club House video helps catch man wanted for attempted murder

SPOKANE, Wash. --- Video surveillance from multiple businesses along the Sprague corridor helped detectives find the man accused of shooting a man in the back of the head near the Bel Air Motel on January 9.

According to court documents, suspect Brice Bailey, 43, was driving erratically on Sprague Avenue just before midnight on Jan. 8. A witness told police Bailey had pulled up alongside his car, with his windows rolled down and proceeded to cut him off. The witness said the man, who he did not know, continued to drive strangely in front of him. He said Bailey turned his turn signal off and on, or merged in the wrong direction repeatedly.

Mon
27
Feb
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House passes anti-motorcycle profiling bill on unanimous vote

The House has voted unanimously in favor of HB 123, Rep. Robert Anderst’s bill to ban “motorcycle profiling.” Anderst, R-Nampa, told the House, “For years, the motorcycle community has been working diligently to bring legislation to prohibit what are commonly referred to as profiling stops.” He said the bill does two things: Bans motorcycle profiling for the purposes of traffic stops, detentions or other actions; and defines it as “the arbitrary use of the fact that a person rides a motorcycle, wears motorcycle paraphernalia. … In real terms, what is being asked is that law enforcement rely on conduct, not appearance or association, as a determination to initiate a stop of an individual.”

Mon
29
Aug
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Gypsy Jokers member dies in motorcycle crash in Spokane

A member of the Gypsy Jokers, a notorious biker gang, died Saturday after crashing his motorcycle into a pickup truck in Spokane.

William C. Casteel, 47, was a known affiliate of the Jokers’ Tri-Cities chapter. He and three other members, including the chapter’s president, were arrested in April 2008 after a SWAT team raided their compound in Kennewick. They all were charged with possession of methamphetamine, a drug the gang is known to distribute.

A post on a Facebook page associated with the Jokers identified Casteel as the Spokane chapter president. A source familiar with the gang also said he was the president.

FBI Special Agent Christian Parker said he couldn’t confirm or deny that. No one could be reached for comment at the Jokers’ east Spokane clubhouse Monday afternoon.

 

Tue
23
Aug
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Anti-gang dress code adopted for fair

With an eye toward tamping gang violence, Walla Walla County commissioners unanimously approved a dress code for the county fairgrounds.

The ordinance formalized a long-standing policy prohibiting gang attire and other identifiers at the annual county fair or other county-sponsored events.

The measure became effective Monday immediately after being signed by commissioners and will be in effect for this year’s Walla Walla Frontier Days, which begins next Wednesday.

At a public hearing Monday, three motorcycle club members protested the ordinance, which they said violates free speech rights and would profile club members who wear their emblems as being criminal gang associates.

“To me it just screams a violation of our First Amendment,” said Walla Walla resident Jeremy Sumerlin, president of the Brothers of Liberty Motorcycle Club.