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  • Gang or club?: For Bandidos, the distinction matters after Waco biker shooting

    07/12/2015 5:24:02 AM PDT · by don-o · 70 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | July 11, 2015 | Dane Schiller
    It's not a gang, it's a club. When it comes to the Houston-born Bandidos Motorcycle Club, this debate has taken on some urgency and a few twists. Following a May 17 melee in Waco that left nine dead and 18 wounded, police arrested 177 bikers. Each was charged with engaging in organized criminal activity by being part of a conspiracy to commit murder and assault as part of a turf war between the Bandidos and a lesser-known rival, the Cossacks. The distinction carries a hefty penalty, as those charged faced 15 years to life in prison if convicted - even...
  • WacoGate

    07/03/2015 7:00:27 AM PDT · by don-o · 45 replies
    The Aging Rebel ^ | July 2, 2015
    Waco is leaking lies again. Detective Manuel Chavez has admitted to a defense attorney that he perjured himself when he presented a fill in the name criminal complaint to Justice of the Peace Walter H. “Pete” Peterson on May 18. Chavez presented the complaint which began, “Before me, the undersigned authority, personally appeared the affiant herein, a peace officer under the laws of Texas, who being duly sworn, on path made the following statements and accusations: “My name is Manuel Chavez and I am commissioned as a peace officer with the City of Waco by The Stale of Texas. I...
  • The Biker Battle of Twin Peaks: What Was That All About?

    06/22/2015 4:15:27 PM PDT · by Prolixus · 86 replies
    Newsweek ^ | May 21, 2015 | Dana Goldstein
    If you thought violent biker gangs were a relic of the Altamont era, the shootout at a Waco, Texas, restaurant on May 17 might have come as a shock. A long-simmering beef between the Bandidos and Cossacks boiled over into gunfire. When police arrived at the scene, gang members shot at them too, leaving nine bikers dead, 18 people injured, and 170 suspects in police custody. Over 100 weapons have been confiscated. The scale of this incident dwarfs a typical urban gang confrontation, says Harold Pollack, co-director of the University of Chicago Crime Lab and an expert on gangs and...
  • One of two Bandidos gets bond reduced

    06/10/2015 4:16:45 PM PDT · by Prolixus · 25 replies
    Waco Tribune-Herald ^ | June 10, 2015 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    A member of the Bandidos motorcycle gang described Wednesday how he was punched in the face and then shot May 17 while rushing to defend a Bandidos president, who became embroiled in an argument with the rival Cossacks moments after the Bandidos rode in from Dallas. Two Bandidos asked 54th State District Judge Matt Johnson to reduce their $1 million bonds at back-to-back hearings Wednesday. Reginald Weathers, 43, of Forney, was successful, but his fellow Bandido, Marcus Pilkington, 36, of Mexia, who has at least four pending felony cases against him in Limestone and Ellis counties, was not. After hearing...
  • 4 Reasons that Waco Biker Gang Shootout Reflects Badly on Police

    06/03/2015 8:48:50 AM PDT · by don-o · 116 replies
    Reason ^ | June 2, 2015 | Brian Doherty
    What was initially reported as a motorcycle gang shootout that killed nine and wounded 18 to which police heroically responded last month in Waco, TX, at the Twin Peaks restaurant seems a bit more complicated, and bit worse for the cops, than that as further details have been revealed. This week one of the people arrested at the scene, Matthew Clendennen, filed a lawsuit directly against the officers involved in the incident (Manuel Chavez by name, the others as John and Jane Does) as well as the city. From that suit filing, in which Mr. Clendennen presents himself as a...
  • When They Come for the Smaller Groups. . . .

    05/25/2015 6:54:29 PM PDT · by null and void · 68 replies
    bojidarmarinov.com ^ | May 23, 2015 | Bojidar Marinov
    First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—Because I was not a Socialist.Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Trade Unionist.Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Jew.Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.Martin Niemöller’s words delivered a painful sting to his fellow pastors in postwar Germany. These words clearly spoke the truth: the guilt for the desolation of Germany lied on their shoulders. From the very beginning...
  • Witness: ‘It was a setup from start to finish’ (Waco Bikers)

    05/24/2015 7:08:05 AM PDT · by texas booster · 73 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 05/24/2015 | Tim Madigan and Kevin Sullivan (WaPo)
    WACO — Richie was the first to die, then Diesel, then Dog. Whatever else they were in life, the men with the biker nicknames were Cossacks, loud and proud and riders in a Texas motorcycle gang. And that’s what got them killed, shot to death in a brawl with a rival gang in the parking lot of a Texas “breastaurant” that advertised hot waitresses and cold beer. “I saw the first three of our guys fall, and we started running,” said their brother-in-arms, another Cossack, who said he was there a week ago when the shooting started at the Twin...
  • Waco Shootout Linked to North Texas Attacks

    05/23/2015 2:58:49 AM PDT · by Ethan Clive Osgoode · 67 replies
    NBCDFW ^ | May 19 2015 | Scott Gordon
    The shootout in Waco that killed nine motorcycle gang members began in the weeks before Christmas with a beating at a Toys for Tots event in Wise County and a murder in Fort Worth, according to law enforcement sources. The backdrop is a growing turf battle between the Bandidos – which has controlled Texas for years – and the Cossacks, a lesser-known biker gang that has been gaining power by aligning itself with Bandido rivals, the sources said. On Dec. 12, 10 Bandidos burst into Gator’s bar in Fort Worth and "without saying a word, started punching and attacking people,"...
  • CRIMINAL MEETING’ OF BIKERS IN WACO WAS ACTUALLY ORGANIZED POLITICAL GATHERING (On Breitbart )

    05/22/2015 9:25:57 AM PDT · by wardaddy · 344 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5-21-15 | Stranahan
    Despite the characterization by police that the afternoon gathering at a Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco, Texas that led to Sunday’s bloody shooting incident was a gathering of criminal biker gangs with violent intent, the meeting appears to have been a legitimate, organized gathering of motorcycle riders meeting to discuss political issues. The group that met was the Texas Confederation of Clubs and Independents (CoC&I) and a look at that group’s website and history gives a very different impression of the group’s purpose and goals than what has been said repeatedly by Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton.
  • Waco Brawl: Busted Bikers Include Retired San Antonio Detective

    05/21/2015 12:07:02 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 18 replies
    NBC News ^ | Tracy Connor
    The 170 bikers rounded up after a deadly battle in Texas this week included a retired police detective who traded in his badge for a Bandidos supporter patch. The San Antonio Police Department confirmed Wednesday that Martin Lewis was on the force for 32 years before retiring in 2004. It provided no further details about his service record. Lewis, 62, was charged with engaging in organized criminal activity and held on $1 million bond...
  • How the Bandidos became one of the world’s most feared biker gangs

    05/19/2015 5:24:21 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 99 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 19 may 2015 | Micheal E. Miller
    The Bandidos motorcycle gang has a saying: “Cut one, we all bleed.” It’s not clear who started the cutting, but there was plenty of bloodshed on Sunday when the Bandidos brutally clashed with members of several other bike gangs at a restaurant in Waco, Tex. A wild shootout in broad daylight left nine bikers dead, 18 wounded and at least 165 under arrest. The confrontation began about noon at a Twin Peaks restaurant in a shopping center and quickly escalated from fisticuffs to all-out war, said Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton, a police spokesman. At one point, as many as 30...
  • Accused Danced Jig During Slaughter, Trial Told (Jewish biker was told he would be killed last)

    07/21/2009 11:58:58 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 26 replies · 4,723+ views
    Toronto Star ^ | July 18, 2009
    Jewish biker was told he would be killed last so he'd suffer the most, informer testifiesAn underworld informer has provided court with macabre details of the night eight biker gang members were shot to death: Accused murderer Wayne Kellestine danced a jig several times during the slaughter while singing the Nazi national anthem, "Deutschland über alles." Kellestine told a Jewish biker he would be killed last so he would suffer the most. Kellestine also complained about the sheer volume of work involved in carrying out the massacre. The informant, who can only be identified as M.H., was testifying at the...
  • Arrests in Texas and California Target Members of Known Outlaw Motorcycle Gang...

    07/13/2009 1:27:05 PM PDT · by Cindy · 8 replies · 1,456+ views
    Arrests in Texas and California Target Members of Known Outlaw Motorcycle Gang in Methamphetamine Distribution Conspiracy Two Defendants Charged in Conspiracy are Hockley County, Texas Sheriff Deputies LUBBOCK, TX—Twenty-eight defendants, including sheriff deputies and members of a motorcycle gang that is a support club of the Bandidos Outlaw Motorcycle Gang (OMG), are charged in a 110-count federal indictment, returned earlier this week in Lubbock, Texas, for allegedly operating a major methamphetamine trafficking organization since January 2003 in west Texas, Arizona, and in the Modesto, California, area, announced James T. Jacks, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas. Today,...
  • Mexico, U.S.: A New Weapon in the Cartel Arsenal

    02/11/2009 11:08:23 AM PST · by AuntB · 14 replies · 1,617+ views
    Stratfor Intelligence ^ | Feb. 10, 2009 | Stratfor
    Grenades used in three recent attacks in Monterrey, Mexico, and Pharr, Texas, all originated from the same lot delivered from South Korea... That the grenade used in the third attack reportedly came from Mexico indicates that in addition to the well-known path of weapons flowing from the United States into Mexico, arms also are flowing from Mexico into the United States. The first of the three attacks targeted the U.S. Consulate in Monterrey, Mexico. In the second incident, again in Monterrey, gunmen attacked a local TV station on Jan. 12 in an attempt to intimidate the news agency into cutting...
  • Biker massacre an inside job: OPP

    04/11/2006 9:16:48 AM PDT · by Clive · 9 replies · 1,075+ views
    Toronto Sun via Sun Media ^ | 2006-04-11 | Alan Cairns
    Biker massacre an inside job: OPP5 from Bandidos circle face 8 counts of first-degree murder in shootingsBy ALAN CAIRNS, TORONTO SUN ST. THOMAS -- Four men and a woman, each facing eight counts of first-degree murder in what police call an "internal cleansing" massacre of eight bikers, appeared stunned during brief court appearances. As forensic cops pored over Wayne Kellestine's Iona Station farmhouse seeking clues to the murder of the Bandidos members, the accused man told court he would ask a lawyer "to find out what it is all about." Kellestine, 56, a former bike gang boss with the Annihilators...
  • Canadian Cops Nab 5 in Deaths of 8 Bikers

    04/10/2006 2:01:23 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 32 replies · 1,081+ views
    Yahoo/AP ^ | Apr. 10, 2006
    Canadian Cops Nab 5 in Deaths of 8 Bikers By BETH DUFF-BROWN and ROB GILLIES,/ Associated Press Writers Canadian police arrested five people on murder charges Monday and said that eight men found stuffed inside vehicles on a farm over the weekend were affiliated with a biker gang. Police called the killings "an internal cleansing" of the Bandidos motorcycle gang and said that the eight victims suffered gunshot wounds. Their bodies were found Saturday on a farm in Shedden, Ontario, about 90 miles northeast of Detroit. Police on Monday searched a modest, two-story farmhouse owned by a gang member near...
  • Massacre points to Toronto biker war

    04/10/2006 7:47:15 AM PDT · by ferri · 30 replies · 1,591+ views
    Globe and Mail ^ | 04/10/06 | JOE FRIESEN AND TIMOTHY APPLEBY
    SHEDDEN, ONT. and TORONTO — A long-simmering rivalry between criminal biker gangs appears to have exploded in the largest gangland slaying in Ontario history. Three members of the Bandidos motorcycle club, long-time rivals of the Hells Angels, were reported missing Friday and may be among the eight bodies discovered Saturday morning. One of the missing men is believed to be associated with Superior Towing, the Toronto-based company whose truck was found abandoned on a side road south of London, Ont., not far from the home of a well-known biker-gang leader.
  • Nine Hells Angels and associates convicted of total of 26 criminal charges

    03/01/2004 6:33:00 PM PST · by Clive · 14 replies · 827+ views
    Canadian Press via Sun Media ^ | March 1, 2004 | Pierre St-Arnaud
    MONTREAL (CP) - In what one lawyer called a legal precedent in Canada, a jury convicted nine Hells Angels and associates on gangsterism charges Monday and found them guilty on 26 out of a total of 27 criminal charges. The accused, who were arrested in a major police crackdown on biker gangs in 2001, each faced three charges - gangsterism, drug trafficking and conspiracy to commit murder. Eight of the men were convicted on all three counts, while the ninth was acquitted of the murder charge. Crown prosecutor Madeleine Giauque praised the jurors, who heard about 125 days of testimony...
  • California Assembly Debating Repeal of Drivers License for Illegals (CA Assembly Repeals SB 60)

    12/01/2003 3:19:24 PM PST · by ElkGroveDan · 42 replies · 505+ views
    The California State Assembly is presently debating the repeal of SB 60 (SB 1XXX, Oller), the measure which gave drivers licenses to illegal aliens has already passed the State Senate, and late last week it passed the Assembly Transportation Committee. It is expected to pass the full Assembly, and after that it goes to the Governor for his signature. If you can, tune in to your local Cal Channel on cable, or you can try to access the live audio stream here-> http://192.234.213.71/asm-flr
  • Biker gang forces out Scottish team

    10/15/2003 12:21:47 AM PDT · by martin_fierro · 8 replies · 677+ views
    Biker gang forces out Scottish team SYDNEY (Reuters) - Scotland have left their luxury hotel on Australia's Sunshine Coast to avoid hundreds of heavily tattooed bikers called the Bandidos who are due to check in on Friday for four days of drinking and partying. The Bandidos are one of Australia's most notorious motorcycle gangs, with members involved in turf wars, street shootouts and drugs trafficking, according to police. Local Australian media have claimed Scotland fled their hotel to avoid a clash with partying bikers. Team officials denied the reports on Wednesday but admitted the bikers' drinking schedule meant the hotel...